They said it would be all over by Christmas….

So, in Gloucestershire the government’s fourth annual sponsored badger persecution has finished. 
Year 4 of 4 of their test on free shooting has been done.
So what have they achieved? 
Well, an awful lot of normal glos folk are now a lot less trusting of the police, and far more cynical about their motives. On the bright side they are also a lot most knowledgable about their rights. One of my favourite memories is of a law abiding pensioner, masked up, and refusing to give a copper her name. 

They have watched for four years as Btb rises in the cull zones. Sadly this hasn’t made them think they are doing something wrong, but then making governments think is a tricky affair, possibly even impossible, and makes you wonder the reason they tested no badgers for Btb…

They have however made people think. These same people who he government has for want of a better word radicalised, are now joining the fight against fox hunting. The cull has shown them that hunt saboteurs are not a mythical ninja group with special powers, just ordinary folk (and quick tip, if you want to help or donate to them, choose your local group and contact them direct, don’t send it to the hsa).

They proved fairly early on that badgers can’t be free shot effectively and resorted to cage trapping…. Still, who doesn’t love cage dancing.  

They have spent a colossal amount of cash, tens of millions. So if you’re in glos and wondering why you no longer have a local police station (to hand yourself into) them thank the nfu. If you’re in glos and wondering why your bus services are cut thank the Tories. 

They have validated direct action. Badgers were saved in all the cull zones, not by the hard work of NGOs and charities petitioning parliament. But by boots, wellies and in some cases crocs on the ground. Not to say that the “badger army” did nothing. The profile raising and fund raising was absolutely necessary. They made the people in black and camo wearing masks in the dead of night the good guys. They shouted down the nfu press steam roller. And because of them, badgers were saved… Even the wounded badger patrols were direct action, although they won’t thank me for saying it. 

They made criminal damage socially acceptable. People who would have tutted under their breath at throwing  a brick at a window, clapped you on the back for trashing a badger cage. (By the same token they have made anarchist more socially acceptable)

And lastly, they gave me some friends I’ll have for life. Friends I would and have back up no matter what. And that is the one thing I thank them for.

Criminality and Incompetence


For those of you without a knowledge of Greek mythology is one of the Titans.

She was often pictured blindfold with scales.
Themis was the goddess of a civilized human existence, of natural justice and fairness.

Her Roman name was justitia, we know her as the figure atop the old Bailey, madam justice.
How ironic that gloucester police used this epithet for their operations policing the badger cull and the badger cull area. 

Lest we forget, despite the threats and the assaults on badger cull protesters, or as the more politically correct are want to call them wildlife protectors. Despite ladies being followed, run over, men being assaulted, shots being fired over people’s heads, nothing was done…

Actually that’s a lie, a man, or so some would call him was blocked in, after running a last over…. The witnesses were given harassment notices.

Now …. Martin Surl will tell you that that was in the past, and liaison is so much better these days…

More lies.
What they call liaison is in fact a cost cutting exercise… Year one they reported every badger cage missing. Just driving behind a badger killer would get you a harrasment notice. And walking through a field with a torch was an act of criminality.
However they got clever…. Years two and three they have got clever… They have “listened” and now want to “engage”.

We have lost count of times people mentioned that nice Adrian Tuft, or how the new wildlife office Jill Shields will be good of how Inspector Cruse is a vegan you know….

Here’s a thing. They are the police . They are NOT ON YOUR SIDE . If they were the hunts wouldn’t have free access over the county, Brian Bennet wouldn’t be able to bulldoze badger setts with impunity and Mr J T Griffiths would be in HMP.

But let’s think about that for a moment… In listening were they really being neutral, or have they sold us a con.
Has “police liaison” done anything other than giving us a higher level copper to say fuck you in more diplomatic terms….
Cos let’s be clear once and for all…. They have sold us on the lie that they are impartial. They aren’t. They are plebs protecting their feudal masters. 

This is the old struggle, the monitors who tell the police about the hunt, the oppressed who tell the authorities about their landlord…. Nothing has changed and nothing has been done. 

To illustrate this point I could use so many examples.

But I will use one.

James Griffiths

Recently, and by recently I mean after the cull there was a thriving badger sett, thriving because people had spent weeks protecting them….

Now AFTER THE CULL mr Griffiths and  his cohorts filled in the sett…. Placed feed bags down it…. Poured petrol and diesel down and tried to incinerate the Badgers. They killed them all. 

And here is the strange part. The police (operation Themis and glos wildlife ) were called. They have admitted that these badgers were killed illegally. They have fingerprints. They have lots of scene of crime evidence, but have decided not to prosecute.

The police know that it wAs him and his cronies. When sabs walk on his land he and his inbred chums are there in seconds. Why? Because the whole place is drenched in cameras, all miraculous in the fact they failed to capture people burning badgers to death, but capture a person looking at the results.

Let’s make this clear.

They have evidence. Witness statements and fingerprints. And won’t prosecute. 
Now there are those that will apologise for this … They are the same ones who blast the police for their treatment of activists.
We cannot cooperate with these people they enable and encourage crimes and wildlife and crimes against people.

Here’s a thought…. Try breaking the law in front if the police ….
Try laughing at madam justice You will be arrested …
There really are only two possibilities the police concerned are either corrupt or incompetent. 

The activists who place their faith in them are naive in the extreme.
The hideous cliche is there is no justice just us. 
The sad truth is there never has been any justice, there will only be natural justice . 
Help us.

We can stop these monsters 

Brexit and other great lies

In the red corner we have old Etonian career politician and all round man of the people david Cameron…..

In the blue corner we have old Etonian career politician and all round man of the people Boris Johnson…..
This is your choice. 

Yes there are are side characters… Lazy ex tory stock brokers and closet racists (Nigel Farage, claiming to represent British fishing, yet on the eu fisheries commission only turned up once out of 43 meetings) billionaire media tycoons worried about the lack of influence they have over Brussels… Left wing career politicians promoted way above their ability to cope (and new messiah of the keyboard left).Gideon “beat me mistress” Osbourne. 

This is your choice…
The hatred and xenophobia whipped to the surface would make Enoch Powell a happy fascist. Do these morons represent the hopes and fears of this country? I have met many many beautiful people saving badgers, I have met many many beautiful people helping refugees in Calais and fighting fascists…This small and insignificant rant is not meant to sway your vote in or out.

It’s to sway your vote against making a decision based on a little Britain mentality. Thankfully the empire is gone. 

Thankfully blind allegiance to the flag and the monarchy is gone (in the main).

Britain never be “great” again. But then for most of its inhabitants it never was.

So make your vote, of you choose to vote at all, for a better place for everyone. Not based on the drivel being fed to you by the privileged few. 
Our dreams do not lay in a ballot box, they lay in the hearts of those who want to make this country a haven of equality and fairness. 
Our country can be great, by being a place that welcomes all with equality regardless of their wealth, their creed, their looks….
I feel a twinge of pride when I see people giving up their time and money to help refugees, animals and the oppressed around the world. 

I feel shame and horror when I see fascists screaming hate and “normal people” laughing as they throw coins at beggars in France. 
My one hope is people will vote for considered views. Not for markets, not for imaginary lines drawn on maps. 

This world is a small and delicate place. Vote to make it better. Or don’t vote at all. 
It makes no difference to me,I will just carry on same as ever… The only difference this vote will make is which cause I pull the mask on for…

A death in the family

For hundreds of years, we’ve been voting, now granted only in the last hundred years has everyone been able to vote, but I digress….

I’ve mentioned in the past on the roll of social licence and petitions in the case of direct action. 
I’ve always been firmly of the belief, without social licence direct action has no authority. 

Without direct action petition signing etc has no teeth.
Believe me the poll tax wasn’t dropped because Mrs Smith wrote a letter to the chingford gazette, but because of her letter, the fighting on the steers of London ceased to be rent a mob and became warriors for social justice. They cannot exist without each other. 

But increasingly, the political parties know that X % will vote for them whether they install a nuclear waste ground in their local school or not. They have cowed the electorate so much they know Simon Cowell will get more votes than the council. They can slip their chosen puppets into the local planning with a small core of local supporters.

This is highlighted by the recent events in North Yorkshire…

They did everything right. 

The anti fracking camp did the social license surveys. They got the petitions signed. They had a letter writing campaign that produced over 3000 objections locally. In short, they did everything right.

And it made not one iota of difference. 

The people in power have contempt for the electorate apart from that small window when they want you to vote for them.

Yes, there are still a few idealists in politics. But they are the exception. Not the rule anymore.

If you disagree with something, better get some stout shoes. Cos your going to end on the streets or in a field.

It’s the only way now. A corner has been turned. Lines drawn in the sand.
And sadly the first casualty of this war has been democracy.
Killed by neglect. 

On badgers and the Class War

In Somerset and Gloucestershire and more recently Dorset. Meles meles or the badger, one of our most enigmatic wild animals has been the subject of a heated and fierce war. 
On one side you have the National Farmers Union, home to the wealthiest 18% of britain’s farmers, and the Countryside Landowners Association. In the other corner you have a ragtag band of aged rock stars, hunt saboteurs, anarchists, vegans, badger lovers and every major scientist who has expressed an opinion. 

Now, I can’t speak for the rock stars, the hunt sabs, or even the normal people! But people have said why is an anarchist spending six weeks a year nocturnally,wearing a mask and trying to save badgers?

There is as ever a myriad of answers:

The badger cull is scientifically wrong. (So is homoeopathy and I’m not picketing Holland and Barrett anytime soon)

The badger cull won’t help Btb reduction, bio security will (again true, but no gofundme for farmers’ badger proof fencing from me)

Badgers are a scapegoat for poor farming practices (yes yes, and if someone writes a strong letter I’ll treat them to a stamp)

The reasons I happily spend the time engaged in open hostility with our landed gentry is this. They don’t own these animals, so they want to kill them. 
This cull is a pointless exercise in feudalism. 
It’s my land so I can kill what I want. 

At the end of the day we fight gentrification and oppression of the working class in cities because it is wrong.

We fight fracking and the poisoning of our land for capitalist gain because it is wrong. 

We say no pasaran to fascists and racists everywhere because they are wrong.

We fight for the badgers for the same reason we fight for the oppressed in camps in Calais. 

We fight for the badgers for the same reason we fought for the miners and we fought the poll tax.



A letter to the editor…

I hear people moaning about keyboard warriors who spend their time signing petitions, or creating working on social surveys. 
I hear people on the same side moaning about direct action and demos. 


And here’s the thing. In this country petitions and smiley happy demos haven’t changed things. Social justice surveys haven’t changed things. 

BUT they legitmise the direct action. The people who then occupy a site, the people who mask up at night to save badgers. These people are operating with a public mandate.
It’s easy for the authorities to marginalise a group when there is no groundswell of public opinion. Without the letter writers and petition signers, direct action can be dismissed as radicals. 
But by the same token without a real threat of direct action, petition signers and letter writers have no teeth. 
I have been privileged to be in a dark field where some lovely older ladies who were protesting against the badger cull we’re delighted to see the approach of masked hooded people as they knew they had friends there. 

We may not all have the same methods but we all have the same goals, whether it is badgers foxes fracking or bypasses. We need to rejoice in our differences because they are what gives us power. 

The mainstream support must treasured, for it empowers us, the petition signers, the social justice surveyors, they give direct action a mandate from the people. And they, in turn must learn to love the direct action. For without them, they have no teeth. 

On making a difference

Remember a while back…
A few hundred peaceful people dressed up, waved banners and marched through London and the government cancelled the poll tax?

Remember when the government were so impressed with Ms Pankhurst and her strongly worded letter to her MP got women the vote? 

We try, every time, we try. 
We write letters, we sign petitions, we arrange meetings and dialogue with those we oppose.

But what changes things is a show of force. Not necessarily violence. A force of public resistance. 
Junior doctors saying no. We will not work under these conditions.

Train drivers saying no, this is not acceptable.

Compassionate people in fields saying you will not kill this animals.

The brave people taking aid to refugees.

And people standing looking at the face of hatred and violence and saying to the fascists, no pasaran.

Yes, some people will tut and say you go too far, I agree with you, but the police/government say we that’s how it is, but let’s be honest we know, if we stop the traffic in parliament sq. if we ignore the police and stay in the field for that fox or badger. We make a difference. 
If we occupy the land they want to frack on. If we take back the power we have handed to Westminster. If we don’t rely on Jeremy Corbyn and Brian May to save things but do it ourselves. We can win.

The street they tell you to stay off is our street. The field you protect is our countryside. The people you fight for are our our people. 

We stand together and fight together.

And they are cliches because they are true. An injury to one is an injury to all. 
Stand strong stand proud, and support your comrades!