I’ve been a Guardian reader for 40 years, but no longer. Here’s why. 

Walker's Rambles

Today, I received a routine email from the Guardian regarding my ongoing subscription to the paper. I have been a regular reader of the Guardian for 40 years including as a subscriber in recent years. But no longer.

My email explaining why is listed below.

Hi there

Thank you for your recent email.

It has prompted me to contact you regarding my Guardian subscription.

I have bought the Guardian since the age of 12; I am now 52. I have always considered the paper to be fair and on the side of people who are trying to make a difference. The paper’s campaigning work is well known and rightly so. Even though I have not always agreed with the paper’s leaders and editorial line, mostly I have and one of the main reasons I have supported the paper for 40 years has been its left of centre position on the…

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U Gambira, Leader of Saffron Revolution, in prison in Mandalay

U Gambira, Leader of Saffron Revolution, in prison in Mandalay

A friend of mine is with U Gambira in Mandalay

Marie reported U Gambira’s arrest a few hours ago


Just now ·

This is where they’re holding U Gambira in Mandalay. A cop finally let me inside and told me in very limited English that Gambira is going to be ‘investigated’ (his words) for one week, on some dodgy Immigration charges. I told UNHCR Canberra and UNHCR Bangkok repeatedly that he had a warrant out for his arrest in Myanmar but my correspondence was completely ignored. We had no choice but to risk going back in after failing twice to get him a passport. A passport agent in Bangkok took his money and ran 1 year ago. (her phone number: +66 0874951367). Gambira has had severe schizophrenia since 2009 after being tortured extensively in prison in Myanmar when he was a Buddhist Monk. He is on 4 different types of anti psychotic medication. We have been followed, harrassed and photographed by police constantly since arriving in Myanmar 4 or 5 days ago.


5 hrs ·

U Gambira has just been arrested again! 20+ cops came to our hotel room in Mandalay while we were sleeping and took us to the police station. They are interrogating him as we speak.

Woman arrested after posting photo of George Osborne at Dominatrix’s flat

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

A woman was arrested today after posting a photograph on Twitter of chancellor George Osborne at her flat when she worked as a madame at an escort agency.

Natalie Rowe posted this photo on Twitter just two days ago:

rowe osborne

Then today Natalie was arrested by the police for “abusive behaviour”:

rowe osborne1

Natalie’s home was also searched last year by police after she tried to publish her memoirs in which she mentions Osborne took cocaine and used her services as a dominatrix called Miss Whiplash:

Cops raid home of ex-vice madam about to tell all on wild parties involving top Tories

Of course this could all be coincidence.

Or perhaps more proof – if any more were needed – that our police are being used to protect politicians’ reputations rather than catching criminals?


UPDATE: Natalie has posted another photo of Osborne – this time off his…

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Why do sick notes go missing?Aggressive G4S security amongst other issues.

The poor side of life

Whilst I was handing leaflets out i was asked to go and speak to a man who was stood round the corner. This happens quite a lot because they feel that they can’t be seen talking to us.Why? The fear of sanction and discrimination by DWP staff members. The threat of a sanction is enough for anyone to comply with their wishes. So i went over and spoke to this man.
He was in a very agitated state, he was very articulate but also very angry. He told me that he had worked all of hi life and had had an accident requiring several painful operations on his knee.He had received a letter from the eSa department to remind him to send his sick note in, but they didn’t include an envelope. So thats what he was there for. He asked to speak to an advisor but was stopped by…

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Democracy in traction


Dear fellow voters,

Tomorrow we will decide on who will govern us for the next five years, and it will be the first general election that I actively participate in. In previous elections I felt that by voting I was condoning a broken system, the illusion of democracy, and I didn’t want any part of the whole sordid affair. What’s the bloody point? They’re all the same aren’t they?

And then the Tories got in.

I have to say I was reticent to speak up at all. I don’t seek to be the target of trolls and my objective isn’t to upset anyone. My opinions are no more valid than anyone elses, but I have a platform that most don’t, and I ‘m regularly told that I should use it. I should be clear that I am not a Labour party member, and I find it easier to get behind…

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