No it’s not a good deal.

RE: European deal.

I don’t think it’s a good one, in fact one could say that penalising people who want to work is positively stupid, not one person who I spoke to actually thinks Europeans who work are the overall issue, it’s the ones “only here for the £60 a week benefits” (sounds stupid every. fucking. time).

You guys aren’t dumb anyone to read my ramblings know that this is all a ploy for a relatively quick and simple referendum, one we should not be having for the reason that if a political feel like me cannot start to see both arguments on either side, nor understand the complexities then how can a Farage supporting xenophobic bigot do so?

They cannot because there is no such document that exists that is not politically spun, factual nor informative enough to grasp what the European Union is, what it does, how it grows, how it helps and what the people individually gain for being tax (or even non-tax) paying members!

Every bloke from the centre left to the far right look like well shined pebbles with a face on it that sounds like a dull drone quoting numbers and the far right look like moronic spitting image puppets that sound like they might break out into the propoganda song played in the SS camps during WWII for all the lies they spin.

I went on the fence about Europe for the last month, I asked for the out camp to give me something that I can hang my hat on that is not biased, factual, the whole truth and cannot be easily rebuttable through a Google search and I got either Nigel Farage or a Nigel Farage double who said simply “we will get better out of Europe, we will be better out of Europe” and I’m not really paraphrasing too much, that is a pathetic argument very similar to that of every current Trump speech!

the 10th time hearing that  I got bored, the rest was lies, in fact there are some really easy things they can attack like oh I don’t know… TTIP? But you know that will directly hurt Farage and Carswell friends if they brought more attention to it.

I think if we were given an out of any effect of TTIP on that negotiation table it would have been a very good and a game changer on our relationship with Europe, but the Conservatives want TTIP to be deployed it will be the next step in the current Economic system and the end to any hope of getting out of Austerity.

long blog journey right?

My theory is that separation from Europe would have been tough, it would take years before the last T was crossed and in the meantime the situation would have cooled that we would probably choose to re-join as the ghastly truth rears its head that we need each other equally.

We’re a country of banking now, we might even lose some of that if we leave Europe as trading gets more difficult before one-on-one deals are made to reopen borders again.

Our skill jobs have been chipped away making white collar jobs more prolific in this country, what makes you scratch your head is why ministers are wonder why productivity is low? Simply put it’s easier to prove productivity when you’re producing something like cars, steel, coal, clothing, electrical and food goods than telling someone to scan more foreign goods of all the above through the till quicker when people are not shopping.

you can try and sell our bankers and customer service representatives over seas but they might have something to say about that! Invest more in Britain and we might be able to be the UKIPesq strong Britain which every country needs but at the moment we’re probably seen as that annoying beagle running away with Europes underwear and burying it in our green and pleasant land.






Challenge Cup Final- here we come!

Such a great match!

A View Over Kingsholm

What an evening! There’s no doubt we could have made it easier for ourselves, however, we thoroughly deserved that victory.

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I voted for him, now I’m his biggest critic.

I have a history seeped in the Labour Party, my grandfather was a Methodist and trade unionist Labour supporter my father is an Engineer and my mother a Health Care Assistant who, until recently, were both dye cast reds.

My dad stood in local council elections for the Labour Party and the chat around me growing up was filled with vitriol towards the Conservative party, this was a shared feeling with all members of the family. If I was to be honest with myself for a long time I’m one of those tribal voters who grew up on the left and would stay on the left the difference is now that I cannot stay with a party who say they’re on the left but now firmly in the centre.

During my time in the Labour Party I was a Gordon Brown supporter, I found his more left wing style was refreshing after years of the Tony Blair new Labour. When it came to leadership selection I was never going to vote for David Miliband. The majority of Gloucester Labour Party agreed that Andy Burnham was probably the best candidate of them all however the chances he had of winning was small so they decided that they were going to back David Miliband. I did not vote for David in fact he was the last person in my selection, in that moment I stood up for the measured thinking of Ed Miliband who was more likened to that of Attlee than Blair, and we really needed to stay away from having a New Labour like leadership again.

Gloucester is a swing state in the broadest sense of the political statement. Only very rarely has a majority council existed until recently historically before then it hadn’t happened since 1988. Labour thrived in Gloucester during the Blair years and our Labour MP who was a charismatic leader and people were genuinely sad to see him leave office, but it was inevitable when the Gordon Brown train slowed, a few mistakes were made and due to chief whips getting MP’s to vote against their own policies the right wing press in Gloucester who had their guns out for Parmjit Dhanda from the beginning (really racist reaction to him standing) took him apart.

I said that Ed Miliband was going to get the top job and I was elated when he did, I had hopes that we were going to move away from the flash lizard-like slick politics, to something of substance and gravitas and a move towards a party which will be far more progressive than any previous administration, I was very wrong; If Labour wins it will not be because of Ed Miliband, fact is any political geek knows that Labour will be the next administration, they have been ahead in the polls by a couple of points continuously and even Gordon Brown at his worse made a majority Conservative government impossible. UKIP will take enough votes from the Conservatives to get Labour through in the swing seats however I genuinely think that Gloucester will not go red though.

I come down to this I’m not going to do a kiss and tell of all the dirty goings on in Gloucester CLP, they know why people have left them in droves, they know why they cannot poll well against a nonexistent Conservative MP, they know they had a couple of better candidates who were hard working, good progressive socialist candidates who had rooted interests and local standings within the community and they know full well why they ended up with someone who has no vested interest in Gloucester and will move on if she doesn’t get in during the 2015 election.

I’m sorry to all those Labour supporters who think that I go for easy shots to the Labour leader that I voted for, I was a passionate supporter of a party of the working class people, I used hours of my time promoting them and I know full well that there are good people within the Labour ranks however there are also some left over ejaculates of the Blair government. The big headache which is never talked about are stuck in the Grass Roots of politics and that is ‘Professional Politicians’ these guys do not carry a banner for any one party they’re people who will stand for anyone as long as they can boost their career and eventually become an MP, these are the people we see who look the same, always on the fence around any issue which could make them look bad in the left or right wing media. These are the politicians who are driving people away from being involved in politics.

If you are a Green Party member you know that even trying to be career politician is not exactly a fruitful endeavour; if you join UKIP you will become a fruitcake with policies of homophobia, xenophobia, classism, racism and the occasional case of denying people with disabilities the option to stand for your own party for election. The money will always be in Labour or the Conservative party, that is their own fault they are attracting the wrong sort of candidate people who only care for lining their own pockets and getting a job which will lead them on to a better job after politics.

I left Labour when I honestly though they were pandering to the media, when they decided to firmly stand on the centre line and no longer had the guts to go out there and fight for what they believe in, they campaign for something and will drop it when someone strongly disagrees with them in the papers, they’re more likely to listen to Katy Hopkins and Jeremy Clarkson’s drivel in the right wing newspapers than one of the people on the street who will probably tell them that they would never choose policies based on what these idiots write in a tabloids.

I chose to stay close to my beliefs and decided to join the Green Party, why? Because Caroline Lucas is out there listening, fighting, progressive and has a genuine heart compared to those suits in Government, maybe Ed Miliband should shadow her for a day just to remind him of how to do his job properly. There is a reason that the Green Surge is a true threat to not only the Liberal Democrats but to the Labour Party, unlike UKIP they will not be a by-election blip and not just a vote of protest; The Green Party have been growing steadily for many years with a hard lined manifesto that is gaining support with younger voters, their membership has been growing steadily and has an MP which has had a career before politics and gives clear unbiased views and answers not dripping in spin.

I think people in the Green Party members and their PPC’s know that things are not going to change overnight but the way that politics is currently being done is going to have to change in order for people to engage in politics. We need to see a change in the voting system, one that is not going to benefit any one party and not going to shore up either Labour or the Conservatives and only then will we see the United Kingdom grow as a democracy for the people.

James Hoddy

Harvester: A family eatery for all the family, unless one of them is disabled.

When I opened The Black Dawg blog, I thought The Tweeter also Blogs was dead, as dead as the duck my wife had in her Chinese meal a few weeks ago, deader than the lost episode of Tom and Jerry committing joint suicide, deader than Harvesters ethics in the Ham Farm branch Eastleigh… That was not the subtle way of getting on to this subject but for crying out loud they have annoyed me.

Once in a while you decide to read a paper due to the fact I’m of the socialist persuasion so have a habit of reading the Guardian, Independent & maybe the Mirror if I’m forced too; when this story came to light this time round I was perusing the Metro on my tablet computer, my emotions were rampant first utter unbelief, then sadness ran through me which lead to anger for the family involved, it was a disgusting treatment towards them and certainly unwarranted.

In the liked articles above I read that not one customer who were around this family had actually complained, In fact after working in the similar industry I can almost guarantee it would be not an issue with any staff members who are more than likely on minimum wage and it’s not worth their jobs; the manager though I bet you he/she took issue with it as big boss person!

You see when your manager at the Ham Farm Harvester decided to pick on a family with a disabled child you made me wonder how many people with disabilities have been refused service by your company, but out of embarrassment didn’t complain.

My wife has a disability called Multiple Sclerosis and coincidently works with people with disabilities at the National Star College and donates time to Glos Young Carers two groups of people your company, Harvester, may have offended with these actions.

I had a weak reply on twitter when I had questioned you about it, maybe this time less of the spin but more detail, what are you going to do to ensure that this NEVER happens to people ever again?

• Has the person or persons who perpetrated this ignorant and callous act at Eastleigh Harvester been brought to justice?
• Will you apologise and correctly compensate (no measly £100.oo vouchers) the Brennan’s so they can finally have the goodbye meal they deserve in a restaurant of their choosing?
• Will you be sending ALL your staff on a course in which they will learn the correct way of treating disabled persons, including ones who may have disabilities they cannot see?
• Will you put a system in place where people with disabilities can give feedback about their personal experience of their treatment at your eatery?
• And will you promise that it will take less than 7 days to get all of these things in place so no one has to be victims of ignorance again?

I am personally no longer taking my business to Harvester, we have a couple in the area of Gloucester and the Quedgeley branch is one my parents have frequented many times. I’m going to ask all of my friends, family and twitter followers not to give business to their local Harvester until we hear or read about a huge change in the company. In six days since this story broke I think that your company has been trying to be sweep this under the carpet with weak political like answers and I also believe after all this coverage no change will be enforced, ball is your court prove me wrong.

James Hoddy.

A new future with Gloucestershire Young Carers

This evening my eyes were opened when I attended Gloucestershire Young Carers volunteer training. We know that if anything happens to either one of us, we may have a child who will become a young carer, with this Emily and I are proud to have become volunteers with GYC.

Their are 700 known young carers in Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Young Carers have made themselves open to all of them. GYC arranges buddies, forums, days out, camps and have also gone to festivals all to provide vital respite for young people who find it difficult to have a childhood due to having to care for someone they love.

With initiatives to go in to schools to raise awareness of what they can do to help those who need it, this is a charity Emily and I are proud to volunteer our time for we are looking forward to having a long relationship with this charity.

We support many charities including The MS Society, Therapy Centre, British Legion and Movember all of whom are vital in changing the lives of many people in the UK and will continue to raise and donate money to all in one way or the other!

Ben Affleck and other geeky things

Ben Affleck is a good choice, something not heard often recently.

Affleck has long departed the company of Damon and Kevin Smith but with that he has learned well, his acting has dramatically got better over the years and fitted well in the driving seat as a director and writer and with that comes a head which is ready to fit in the cowl.

Reading the Dark Knight Returns you can see this role is not “comic-like” in the way other Batman Comics are set, if they truly want to go this way structure will be set on how Batman gets over hurdles which prevent him doing the things he could do in the past, also a hard crust of politics surrounds the story line which I think Affleck can portray easily enough.

He will have to bulk up and he with have to become haggard and grumpy and republican but if he gets the character right and pulls off a great performance he will be in the role for a long time to come, a missed opportunity for Christian Bale in my mind.

Superman is not my favourite hero, I have yet to see Man of Steel but I shall do it as I am now truly interested on how they have revamped the poster boy scout.

Superman is a difficult character to support, he has all this power, he can jump and flout in the air and is almost impossible to defeat unless you get a certain colour stone *yawn* he does everything the government wants him to do without hesitation and I find him irritating. I hope this gets the right Nolan touch and we will see a hero truely re-resurrected.

Punisher needs a new movie! I have recently got into the Max published Punisher comics and simply put AMAZING and I believe this comic can have a series run of films and a cult following please make this happen!

Libraries, you and why they shouldn’t close.

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”
Lady Bird Johnson

It is not common knowledge but I had severe hearing difficulties when I was quite young, by proxy I started reading from an incredibly young age and never really stopped since.  My favourite author was Roald Dahl I’ve read every single one of his books, of course with the amount I read books they were not cheap, so my parents used to take me to the local library every week from around the age of around  five which in that point  of time was in the Gloucester city centre. Over the years I lost myself in many, many books and learnt so much and now I’m disgusted that we will be not only losing libraries but with the ones we have left are going to have gravely reduced hours.

“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”

Marilyn Jager Adams

The latest argument has been that libraries are a relic of the past, no longer needed in this day and age, everyone can afford books and computers. Firstly I say that anyone who believes this has never seen some of the more deprived areas of Britain and in these areas how much it is used, loved and cherished by its citizens. Secondly I will also say that some libraries provide more services to the community than just books and internet, there’s also books readings, educational lessons, toddler groups and more.

It is impossible to enter a large library… without feeling an inward sensation of reverence, and without catching some sparks of noble emulation, from the mass of mind which is scattered around you.
James Crossley

No library ever goes unused I don’t think any person who has been educated to BTEC, NVQ, Degree, Doctorate or Master level has never used a library and the only thing that comes to my mind with these closures and the reducing of hours is the great Tory hope of a giant gap between the poor and the rich, a higher education system that will only cater for the people who can afford it and finally plummet the part of society that we need to nurture the most into true desperation.

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
Claude Adrien Helvetius

The library has the ability to open doors to endless possibilities we can learn about space and time, theories and science, explore worlds we could only dream of and learn of places we could one day go. My head and my heart are a million miles apart but on this issue I stand before you and can honestly say that taking these opportunities away from any generation let alone the future generations should surely be a crime?

The only true equaliser in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.
J. A. Langford

The Library used to be a shining beacon to everyone that this is a first world country, that we believe that the greatest wealth is knowledge and that knowledge is power. It’s free, I believe it’s our right to have it and it certainly is not the governments, the councils or any individuals right to take away.

James Hoddy.