Ingeborg Breines, Co-president International Peace Bureau in
Well the General Election is just around the corner. Next week; May 7th to be exact. If you live in GB, you must vote. Remember you won't have a voice if you don't vote; and you won't have a right to criticize whomever is eventually elected to govern this country. My manifesto pamphlet looks like this (the words have blurred a little in reproduction)..............
with the outside world as a whole started on April 1st when I was interviewed by
Liz Green on her BBC Radio
I had a lovely
session with Joe Tidy from Sky News who spent a few good hours with me filming
both at home and in
I had a visit
from Ben Greenwood a nice young chap from
He hopes to gain votes in the area from his unique approach to politics: through music.
Joe had voted Labour his whole life until 2003 when
This year Joe has created his own party, of which he is the soul member, to go
up against the major parties. He had to pay £150 to name
his independent party so that it will appear on the ballot paper , he said “I
thought World Peace through Song seemed like a really good title…you are
now looking at a political party!”
Joe's manifesto includes: saving Halifax A&E, stopping fracking, protecting dairy farmers and nationalisation the railways. He also wants everyone who votes in this election to have free rail travel until the next election in order to promote his view that everyone should vote.
He moved to the
Here is what Joe had to say about the process that led to him deciding to become an independent candidate in the coming election:
As well as a first-time politician, Joe is also a successful folk performer. He
Joe has a campaign CD which has songs that he says are relevant to his policies. After being asked if he thought music and politics complemented each other he said "It depends what you're singing about. As far as I'm concerned, yes. On my CD the songs are mostly about peace. All the songs I sang as a solo performer were left-wing union songs about getting work and getting paid for holidays ... so yes, I do think they go well together"
Joe's left wing stance and view that the 'main parties' "breed racism" and "only look after the rich" may have been influenced by friends of his that include Pete Seeger, who was also a Folk performer and political activist, and Paul Robeson: legendary Singer, civil rights activist and anti-imperialist.
One sunny day I had a visit from Amy Murphy a delightful young lady from the Press Association who filmed me in the garden. Taking stock from the picture above I decided to wear long trousers. Not quite sure what became of that. Might yet hear something.
Interesting the different attitude shown between Amy Murphy, Ben Greenwood, Joe Tidy and Liz Green. The first three helpful, informative and interested. The last one simply going through the motions. Well actually watching her going through her motions might have been more enlightening than being on her radio programme. That's something I suppose I should be thankful for not witnessing.
at Todmorden and
I'm glad I've done it. Now we wait for the result of the poll to come through in the early hours of Friday May 8th. I'm not holding my breath. I have no idea how many votes I will get. Five, fifty, one hundred and fifty? Only time will tell. Getting letters of encouragement from two members of The World Peace Bureau, one of whom the president and a former director of UNESCO, gave me a huge boost. The letters can be found in the letter section that follows.
whilst digging round the office, I found the following photograph of myself with
Neil Kinnock and Alice Mahon in 1987. Neil was the leader of the Labour
Party and would have been prime minister if he had not lost the election by 229
seats to 375. Almost a landslide defeat!!! Alice Mahon however
became the Member of Parliament for
And what you
might ask are we singing? The answer is 'Joe Hill' and I'm delighted
to tell you that they both knew the song reasonably well. With me leading
it they joined in every verse. A delightful morning in Mixenden; and for
those of you who live outside a radius of 10 miles of
Fixture List for Kimber's Men and
May 11th (Joe) The Morely Monday Club. 10.30am Paul Robeson
11th (KM) Beverley Folk Club, Rose and Crown, Beverley,
May 15th (KM) Shepley Festival
May 16th (KM) Clennell Hall Folk Festival, Northumberland.
May 17th (KM) Clennell Hall Folk Festival, Northumberland.
23rd (KM) Met Studio, Gatehouse Theatre,
Jun 12th (KM) Mylor - Venue to be confirmed
24th (KM) Penarth Pier Pavilion,
Jul 25th (KM) Shammick Acoustic’ Pack o’ Cards, Combe Martin. EX34 0ET
14th (KM) Trades Club,
(Joe) Rochdale Masonic Buildings.
Sep 25th (KM) Keighley Folk Club - Provisional
Sep 26th (KM) Eyemouth RNLI - Provisional
Nov 20th (KM) Market Theatre, Market St, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2AQ
Nov 21st (KM) Rhosygilwen, Rhoshill, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire. SA43 2TW
6th (KM) The Bothy Folk Club, Park Golf Club,
Feb 1st (KM)
Feb 5th (KM) Provisional date for Village Halls in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Feb 6th (KM) Provisional date for Village Halls in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Feb 12th (KM) Provisional date for Village Halls in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Feb 13th (KM) Provisional date for Village Halls in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Feb 19th (KM) Provisional date for Village Halls in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Feb 20th (KM) Provisional date for Village Halls in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
My brother sent me the link to your page and that of Kimber's Men. Great stuff!
I used to live in
If it's OK I will send the link to some of our members and supporters.
BTW do you know about the Peace Party, we have one of our members standing in the
Also : Are you related in any way to the famous WT Stead? He was one of our peace pioneers in late 19C. Amazing character...died on the Titanic.
send me a CD I'll put an old fashioned British cheque in the post to you.
Wishing you best of luck
International Peace Bureau
41 rue de Zürich
I would love to buy a CD with your songs and hope you will get MANY votes during the elections.
Look forward to hearing from you - and of you!
Co-president International Peace Bureau (Former director UNESCO)
phone: (+47) 90031659
8400 Sortland (+47 76127026)
I read your flyer this morning and would just like to say thanks for standing in the election. You've saved me from having to spoil my vote for the first time ever.
Cheers & good luck.
I had been clinging to the hope that you would someday be able to make one more solo trip to our side of the pond, but given your current circumstances, I guess it's not to be.
started reading your "FIVE PARROTS" story, I first thought it was a variation of
the famous (or INfamous) "
Really sad to hear about Pete Fyfe passing.
I've very fond memories of throwing The Band of Two into very difficult racecourse bars and them coming out on top - with punters and trainers alike.
All the best and every success
written in awhile. Sorry to hear of the side effects of your medication. Glad to
see you running for parliament. If I were not a
Good to get the Ramblings again today as always but was shocked to read about your prostate cancer!
I won't ramble on telling stories of people I don't know, but I do want to share with you some info I have found first hand as it were with people in my life.
Water fasting is something people talk about in passing but I'll share with you now what I know to be the case.
most relevant case I know is that of my father in law who was for many years a
naturopth, chiropractor and osteopath in
My father in law ended up doing a water fast for about 44 days and at the end of that fast had his prostate tested again, when the results came back it showed a reading of a man half his age. He was in his late 60's and that was about 7 years ago and he's going strong.
My wife and her sister as teenagers were both using needles to inject drugs and both got Hep C. My wife, after 9 days on a water fast got rid of it, her sister did 14 days as she was a bigger girl.! They don't call them antibodies but that's kinda what the were left with and in the clear.
I have done two 5 day water fasts with about 5 years in-between each, there are many reasons to do a water fast and we should all do them periodically in our lives as it is the only way to flush away all the toxins that stay in our bodies without us knowing. I can give you lots of details if you want them and if you do a fast like this your urine' respiratory system and blood pressure will need to be monitored by someone with experience like a natuopath. Your doctor will not approve as he will not gain by you not taking drugs.
A water fast is when you only drink water.! nothing else is swallowed. If you put anything in your digestive system that is not a water fast.
I will describe really briefly what I mean as I am very aware that my behaviour could offend, but it's worth the risk so what the feck:)
about 3 days of being on a water fast the digestive system goes into an
emergency state and turns off leaving the body to search elsewhere (itself) for
sources of energy. Firstly and noticeably are fats being used, calluses and
scare tissue start to be absorbed, then any arthritic joints are cleared,
viruses and tumours are also seen by the body as non vital so are absorbed. The
body goes through everything in itself like it has an emergency check list
leaving bone tissue and organ mass until the end of course!
All the unusable waste leaves the body with the urine and in my experience that's like pissing porridge which is a bit of a shock at first but a sure sign the body is being cleansed in an astonishing way. Humans have evolved through millennia doing this living through times of no food, ancient wisdom speaks of it too, I for one advocate it at every opportunity.
I don't mean to pry into your life in any way Joe, but I've known you since I was a kid and I love you man!
am sending you a dropbox link so you can hear one of my songs. I'm still saving
up to get it mastered so it's a bit quiet but turning the volume up will be fine
:) It was completely inspired by you and your sea shanty ways, researching for
this song was lots of fun and very informative. My song is called the Ballad of
Dean Van Jones xxx
has been such a lot of bad news in recent years – ISIS, Al Quaeda, etc. – so it
was with relief that we saw some good news on the TV a couple of nights ago. The
item showed Raoul Castro of
World War was the worst event ever to have been inflicted on mankind. And as
such it has prompted many people to write about it. There are two British
authors who are pre-eminent in this field. They are Antony Beevor and Max
Hastings. I have just finished reading
book that I have just started to read is ‘KIWI COMPANEROS”. It looks to be an
interesting account of the New Zealanders who went to
One for the elections.
While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'
'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.
'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter.
like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one
day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.'
'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.
'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.'
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises....
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
'Now it's time to visit heaven.'
So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.'
The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.'
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ' I don't understand,' stammers the MP..
was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and
caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a
wasteland full of garbage and my friends look haunted and miserable. What
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, 'Yesterday we were campaigning'.
"Today you voted".
The train was
quite crowded, and a U. S. Marine walked the entire length looking for a seat,
but the only seat left was taken by a well dressed, middle-aged, French woman's
The war-weary Marine asked, 'Ma'am, may I have that seat?'
The French woman just sniffed and said to no one in particular 'Americans are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat.'
The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat left was under that dog.
'Please, ma'am. May I sit down? I'm very tired.'
She snorted, 'Not only are you Americans rude, you are also arrogant!'
This time the Marine didn't say a word; he just picked up the little dog, tossed it out the train window, and sat down.
The woman shrieked, 'Someone must defend my honour! This American should be put in his place!'
An English gentleman sitting nearby spoke up, 'Sir, you Americans seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing.
You hold the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your cars on the wrong side of the road. And now, sir, you seem to have thrown the wrong bitch out the window.'
tells Luther, This year I'm gonna do my vacation different.
The last few years, I took your advice about where to go.
ago you said to go to
Then two years
ago, you told me to go to the
Last year you
Luther asks Billy Bob, So, whatcha gonna do this year that's different?
"I'm taking Earlene with me."
Keep smiling, keep singing.......................and VOTE
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