My view on Earth Song

I recently saw a new Michael Jackson video which I would encourage you to take a look at.  It is Earth Song (live), a modern sequel to the number 1 music video of the '90's.

It is a video which says a lot and I first saw it on Top of the Pops as a child, on a small black and white TV in the kitchen with my friend, then child minder, "Sponge".  My mom later took me to see the History tour live which quotes the famous Civil Rights movement MLK Jr. speech.
It says a lot that amidst the breath taking scenery of rain forest, stands Michael Jackson cruciform between two tree stumps.  I am no Christian but I recognise the symbolism, one of MJJ's favourite poses, and reject it.  It is a somewhat apocalyptic story you could say.  What have we done to the world?  War, famine, celebrities as savior.  Usually white celebrities.

Imagine (it isn't hard to do) what would happen if the Government listened to Michael Jackson and his army of American, European, North West London fans.  If they marched to his tune there would soon be a USA (that great bastion of democracy around the world with Michael Jackson's personal sponsor Sadam Hussain) invasion of Brazil and Amazonia.  I have a map of America on the wall.  Quite similar to Africa you see those straight lines.  There is a word for this sort of environmentalism: colonialism.  It is eco colonialism that reigns supreme in Israel with organisations like the JNF planting trees just like the girl in Michael Jackson's Earth Song (live).  MJ did not create the video with native Amazon tribes rather people dressed as Indians is more in style than we would like to think in the state of California where he is a citizen.

He is right about one thing.  One week before he died he addressed his touring band of talented dancers and singers.  There is nothing to be nervious about he said, just convey the important message that we are all one.  This is often a theme in shows and one reason I like Green Politics because I know that there is no escaping air pollution.  We are all the victim and we are all the polluter including future generations and, other species.

As a scientist I see inspiration in nature especially after my visit to South Africa between school and University.  However these ideas do need to be worked into a plan of action which is not to big up the oppressors but to be a campaign of the oppressed.  The Americans (I mean not US citizens) I met in Paris during the alternative climate talks, emphasised that it is not the planet we must save but ourselves.  We depend on its sustenance just to continue life.  The planet will be OK , it will go on, but will humanity?

One last plea.  If you still haven't watched the Earth Song video don't do it in anything lower than DVD or Blu Ray quality.

Ivan Lewis MP presents: Brexit, Trump, Corbyn, Politics in turmoil - What's going on?

I had a really good trip to Manchester.  The main reason I went to the MP's talk is I wanted to find out exactly what questions local people were raising.

However to my surprise, my old friend Simon Johnson was chairing and used chair's privilege to ask most of the questions for the first half hour!  Here is what was said:

Simon: Did it surprise you it was Jeremy Corbyn who won the Labour leadership?
Ivan: In many ways it is like the Tory leadership during their time in opposition.  The purpose was to get a leader who was not someone rather than because of who they are. Ken Clarke's ideology regarding the EU made him the wrong leadership choice.
Simon: Brexit question.  Should there have been a referendum
Ivan: No.  In a way it was a back clash against the establishment and how the EU question was flooded with things that have nothing to do with the question.  In many ways people used the referendum as a proxy.
Simon: should it be decided by the courts or not?
Ivan: But the voice of the people has to be respected.  Any delay in triggering article 50 is wrong
fair equitable re...
the deal is not in the interests (of Labour voters) but there are ideological factors

After 45 minutes of 2 men talking questions were picked from the audience.  Only men asked questions for the remaining 45 minutes!

-Antisemitism:  Do you feel comfortable in the Labour Party and the question of the Oxford accusations of antisemitism.  Ivan got a round of applause for saying he is not comfortable and it has not been zero tolerance but you would get this in any party
-Power should it lead people or respond to people?  i.e. bottom up or top down (at this point Ivan raised immigration as one example out of the air)
-Should the article 50 vote be following voters or your principles?
- Malcolm Jolis wanted to know if he should vote for Corbyn
- Trump and Israel - do you agree that the Americans want to bring a messianic age? (i.e. apocalypse)
- Are remainers thinking, with all the elections around Italy and Europe, that they can cause a reformation of the EU.

I managed to get in a question about why in Jewish and Muslim events no women tend to speak, and it's just men who spoke
Someone told me afterwards she was actually asked to be on the JLC panel... but someone like Trump can be seriously damaging to progress.

I am told Ivan used to be involved in the Jewish Socialist Group but fell out because he was very pro-Israel, after organising a very expensive trip to Manchester for a meeting.