Building Kent Voice
THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY is building the infrastructure of an alternative mass media of news, information and entertainment. To date, we’ve produced various different issues of Liberty & Nation, Caledonian Voice, English Voice, Cuffley, Courier, Kent Voice, the Isle of Wight Voice and St. Andrews Voice. And in the very near future, we hope to produce Harrow Voice and Ulster Voice.
The reason why we put so much effort into building our alternative media is because we believe that it’s unhealthy to have the mainstream media concentrated in the hands of so few. In any industry this means that a very small number of people become very powerful figures.
In respect of the British media, this small number of powerful people includes the likes of Like Rupert Murdoch, Lord Rothermere and Richard Desmond. All are part of the super-rich global elite.
This isn’t good for democracy or freedom of speech. No wonder many journalists – with mortgages and families to support – have to toe the editorial line. Therefore, it’s our intention to produce an alternative media that is fair and honest – and one which reflects the thinking of ordinary working families. This is why we produce publications like Kent Voice.
With this in mind, here we reproduce the main article from issue 1 of Kent Voice – KV – which was produced way back in February 2013. As far as we’re aware, there’s only been one review – http://nationalliberal.org/review-of-kent-voice-issue-1 – of this issue. Therefore, we’d like to hear from anyone who’d be willing to produce another review of it or who’d be able to produce articles for future articles. Indeed, we understand that issue 2 will be out fairly soon.
Last August KV produced its first e-poster, noting that mass immigration was a capitalist con-trick: http://nationalliberal.org/is-mass-immigration-a-capitalist-con-trick-kent-voice
If anyone can suggest subjects for future KV e-posters, simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or look out for this article on the National Liberals facebook site https://www.facebook.com/groups/52739504313/?ref=br_tf and have your say in the comments section.
Oppose Animal Cruelty!
JOHN BOTTING – the National Liberal Party’s Kent Representative and National Coordinator of the National Liberal Supporters Club – has always been interested in animal welfare.
In the past he has opposed the practice of Beagles being forced to inhale cigarette smoke. This sick practice was exposed way back in 1975 by journalist Mary Beith of The People who worked undercover in an ICI animal-testing laboratory in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Later he opposed the cosmetics company Revlon having their products tested on rabbits – using the notorious Draize test. This test involves putting a substance in the eye or on the skin of an immobilised rabbit (in this case) and then observing and recording the results. Animals are subsequently either reused or “euthanized” (killed!).
John is still opposed to all forms of animal cruelty. Speaking exclusively to Kent Voice he said:
“To me there are four main types of animal cruelty – testing on animals, ritual slaughter, factory farming and the disgusting practice of exporting live animals.”
As we’ve already noted, John has long opposed testing on animals. On the subject of ritual slaughter, he supports the view of Marianne Thieme, head of the Dutch Animal Rights Party, who has noted:
“This way of killing causes unnecessary pain to animals. Religious freedom cannot be unlimited. For us religious freedom stops where human or animal suffering begins.”
In 2011 her party successfully proposed that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to the Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws that require animals to be fully conscious. (However, in July of last year the Dutch upper house, the Senate, rejected a ban on ritual slaughter).
The NLP man also slated modern intensive farming methods – especially battery farming.
“This system tries to produce the most eggs as quickly and cheaply as possible and in the least amount of space. This barbaric system means that hens are caged for around a year before slaughter. They have no sunlight, fresh air and – in many cases – can’t even turn around.”
He also spoke about “the cruel and unnecessary trade” of exporting animals for slaughter. Here calves and sheep are transported for miles to the port of Ramsgate in Kent before being shipped to ports on the continent and farther destinations.
“I just don’t understand this. Like many people I’m a meat eater. However, I feel that the animals should be slaughtered as humanely as possible and as close to their farm of origin as possible. But there doesn’t seem to be any concern for the suffering of the animals here. They’re just abused for their monetary value.”
Kent Voice echoes John’s view and calls upon all of its readers to oppose all forms of animal cruelty!
• THE following should be read in conjunction with this article:
Building English Voice: http://nationalliberal.org/building-english-voice
Building Caledonian Voice: http://nationalliberal.org/building-caledonian-voice
Building Liberty & Nation: http://nationalliberal.org/building-liberty-nation
Building the Isle of Wight Voice: http://nationalliberal.org/building-the-isle-of-wight-voice