The Mouse and the Milk (inspired by Gramsci)

The Mouse and the Milk – by Mike Quille, with illustrations by John Gordon

£8.00 (plus £1.50 p&p). ISBN978-1-907464-29-4

Culture Matters, an imprint of Manifesto Press, has published a new version of a classic folk-tale from Sardinia, The Mouse and the Milk.

The story was written down in 1931 by Antonio Gramsci, the Marxist philosopher and political activist, in a letter to his children. The letter was smuggled out of one of Mussolini’s prisons, where Gramsci had been imprisoned ‘to stop his brain from functioning’. (In fact, as we know, his brain functioned all the more powerfully!) The story was later re-told by John Berger.

Mike Quille said, “Folk-tales are, by their very nature, metaphorical. They can be re-shaped for a contemporary audience and show the children of today how we can we make the world a better place by working collectively and respecting the environment.

“The Mouse and the Milk is a simple but very profound story. In just a few pages it expresses how practising natural human generosity and caring for the world around us leads not only to material abundance but a kinder, more just and peaceful society. At a time of growing child poverty and threats to the environment, this message could not be more relevant.”

Overstretched police? 19 police cars sent to protect Baronet Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland from fox hunting protesters

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if you live in Cambridgeshire and found the police too busy to attend your call on the 23rd of December – it’s probably because NINETEEN Cambridgeshire police cars were sent to protect a fox hunt organised by Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland, 4th Baronet.

The police turned up in force and then proceeded to threaten the peaceful anti-hunt protesters with CS spray:

Cambridgeshire police seem to think their job is to protect the wealthy as they go about killing wildlife rather than investigate the robberies, muggings, break-ins and rapes that happen to the rest of us plebs. 


Full report here:



After picking up…

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Labour a FORCE to be reckoned with👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 MORE THAN 30 Tory U-Turns

In spite of Labour’s General Election surge and its continued polling strength – not to mention more than thirty u-turns Labour under Corbyn had already forced from the Tories before the election – the line persists in some quarters that Labour is not an effective opposition.

That line tends to be spouted either by those who think defeating Brexit is the only important task for the opposition – or by those who talk like it for factional purposes – ignoring the fact that Corbyn’s handling of the issue has been intelligent, nuanced and politically skilful.

It’s patent nonsense to suggest that a party that terrified the Tories in June and has forced them into either abandoning their plans or going into hiding is not an effective opposition.

So, as it’s the time of year for round-ups, here is a non-exhaustive list of sixteen u-turns that the Tories have been forced to make because there is an opposition party willing and able to stand for something different.

And for those who think Brexit is the only vital issue, the first three are Brexit-related:

1 Brexit deal vote u-turn

2 Brexit impact assessment u-turn

3 European Court of Human Rights u-turn

4 Dementia Tax u-turn (unprecedentedly dropped from the manifesto before the GE)

5 Pensions triple lock u-turn

6 Housing benefit cap for supported housing u-turn

7 Self-employed National Insurance increase u-turn

8 School meals u-turn

9 NHS Professionals sell-off u-turn

10 Police funding u-turn

11 Fire safety in schools u-turn

12 Grammar schools u-turn

13 Abortion for Northern Irish women u-turn

14 Winter fuel payments u-turn

15 Universal Credit 7-day waiting period u-turn

16 Universal Credit freephone u-turn

17 Fox-hunting u-turn

18 Diesel tax u-turn

19 Manchester terror attack costs u-turn

20 Prisoner vote u-turn

Few if any of these u-turns would have happened had the Tories not been so weakened by Corbyn’s Labour taking a clear, firm stand – and the Labour surge resulting from the party presenting a genuine alternative.

2017 has been a historic year for Labour and much of that can be attributed to Corbyn’s vision, leadership and his strength in standing firm against an unprecedented media onslaught – and it’s been a better year for millions of UK people.

As a result of Labour’s effective opposition.

Thought for the day | Philip Hammond: ‘Please help me to stop speaking.’

That’s funny!



Today, I am launching a crowdfund page to raise the money for an operation to sew my mouth closed.

An extreme measure, yes, but also the only way to protect us all from volcanic-like eruption of idiocy that occurs when it is opened.

At this very moment, I feel the ignorance rising like magma within me. The pressure is building, forcing some new, bewilderingly misinformed proclamation towards my lips until it explodes into the atmosphere like a toxic cloud.

Disabled people are lazy.

There. You see? It won’t be long until there is another one.

Help me, please. Just a small donation could help close this portal into an alternative world of boundless insensitivity.

How will I eat? With difficultly. A bit like the unemployed, I suppose.

If there were any.

I’ve done it again, haven’t I?

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If you say David Davis should now resign, you’re thinking too small

#GEJanuary18 is needed✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

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by Martin Odoni

Irrespective of whether we think Brexit is a good idea or a bad one, there can be no escaping the reality that its execution is going incredibly badly. After Monday’s utterly shambolic wall-crash over finding a new settlement for the Irish border – perhaps the single most important conundrum that needs solving – matters somehow plumbed even danker depths today. David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting The European Union, finally revealed in Parliament what many of us had been suspecting for weeks.

Answering questions from the House Of Commons Exiting the EU Committee, Davis admitted that neither he nor anyone else inthe Government had carried out the so-called ‘Brexit Impact Assessments’ i.e. the many complex and detailed calculations about how leaving the EU is going to affect British society, particularly its economy. This was after over a year of his repeated assurances to the House…

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See 20 years of FAKE NEWS about EU by UK press. Vote for your ‘favourite’ here:

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Forget about Russian meddling or US companies pushing fake and ‘dark’ news on the internet to influence the Brexit vote.

Fake news to influence the UK public to vote for Brexit has mostly come from our very own so-called professional journalists right here in the UK.

Here’s a list of fake news by the UK press over the last 20 years. Every single story here has been debunked as fake news.

It’s hard to pick just one but my personal favourites are Euronotes cause impotence‘ by the Daily Mail and ‘EU puts speed limit on children’s roundabouts‘ from the always entertaining Daily Express.

Read through the list and vote for your own ‘favourite’ in the comments section below – the most popular will win a ‘prize’for ‘Most Ridiculous EU Fake News’.

Enjoy (or maybe despair):

EC regulations to ban playgrounds – Daily Express

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