Some things I like

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Let’s get off our knees and abolish the monarchy.

It's just too obvious...

Majority of anti-vaxx ads on Facebook are funded by just two organizations.

His father would, I think, not be proud....

Will Brexit lead to the break-up of the union? - BBC Newsnight

Little Englanders - stuck in the past, exceptionalism. Utter fools!
YouTube (Britain4Europe)


An excellent summary of the current "arrangements" from a lawyer...

When Jacob Rees-Mogg lets slip what he really believes, the choices become clear - Gary Younge

When the spin falls away, this is what British society is really about...

Scrap tax relief used by Britain's richest, urges former HMRC head

So, the guy who ran the UK Tax Authority says it's unfair to let rich people off the hook....

IFS: UK's richest people exploiting loophole to cut tax rate

No, really? A loophole?
Channel 4

Led By Donkeys

What decent people with reasoned arguements.
Channel 4

Trump's Plan for the NHS

The Tories would sell everything the country has.
Brexit Shambles

The Crime of The Century: A Post Referendum Chronology

The truth is out, but, will people even read it, let alone act accordingly?

The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s sorry Brexit deal

Just about sums it up.....
New York Times

The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class

Most Brits really don't understand their "leaders" or the true meaning of the Empire. From January 2019, but still very relevant.
The New European

How Brexit marks the end of the British story

A brief history, the end of Empire.

George Monbiot: How to Really Take Back Control

This really sums up a whole lot of issues and reveals the sources of our problems.
Channel 4

Naomi Klein on Extinction Rebellion, the Green New Deal and fast fashion

Must interesting. This really is a crisis.
We Own It

Here’s why the CBI is wrong about Labour’s nationalisation plans

So, there we have it. Natural monopolies should be in public hands, not a reliable line of profit for corporations. The CBI made an estimate of the cost of re-nationalisation, but they got is wrong - they admit it!

Propaganda - Engineering Consent

The basis for our advertising-dominated world, where corporations turbocharge their profit aspirations.
Irish Times

Graham Norton: When I found out how much the Telegraph paid Boris Johnson, I just thought, No

Well, Johnson seems to have lost one supporter.
Channel 4

Some of today’s politicians have learned propaganda tricks from 1930s fascists, says Yale professor.

Very powerful. Propaganda from the 1920s, invented in a German prison. We Anglo Saxons, such a wonderful group.

Why are Remainers so convinced that staying in the European Union is what is best for the UK?

Just about summs up the whole terible idea of Brexit.

The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology - Fintan O'Toole

Cognitive dissonance from Eton graduates such as Johnson and Farage.

Why you need to put crisps in your sandwiches

Well obviously, delicious....

Europe isn’t the enemy – demonising us is undermining Britain - Joris Luyendijk

Just about sums it up - The Tories have succumbed to the Ultra right-wing.

Abolish Eton with Holly Rigby and Aaron Bastani

Probably won't happen given the way so many people vote in the UK. It is the basis of the class system, well after the lax tax laws.
ABC News

David Attenborough slams Australian PM on climate record

This man has told the Australian PM, a man who seems to me to be firmly in the pocket of the coal industry. After all he went to the recent UN meeting with the Australian queen of coal.

A free world needs satire

This is a very important issue.

Climate Change : What Do We Need To Do To Address It, George Monbiot?

I bet Frankie was nodding all the time through this rant. I was too. How right he is!

Cummings - Why Leave Won the Referendum

Modern, manipulative political science. The world has changed and we are now completely under the influence of these types of amoral characters.

Why Are Brexiteers So Desperate for a 2019 Brexit?

Yep, the EU wants (finally) to stop this legal, unethical operation.

How climate change affects your mental health

I feel this now, goodness knows how this will exhibit a response in us as time goes on...
ABC News

Australia must fix school inequity to create a top education system

Too bloody right, there should only be public schools if people want a fair society.
Quotes: "What policy-makers need to understand better is this: How schools are funded is a fundamental question for those wishing to achieve educational excellence in schools. Here is why."
"Equity in education, as defined by David Gonski's Review panel, is to ..`ensure that differences in educational outcomes are not the result of differences in wealth, income, power or possessions`".


I’m a journalist. Monsanto built a step-by-step strategy to destroy my reputation - Carey Gillam

The shocking power of corporations. Like the Brexit Party donar personally suiing a journalist for her revealing story of his mis-deeds-

David Yelland - The British Establishment doesn’t care about Ireland

An excellent interview...
The Guardian

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics - George Monbiot

Nothing is being done and in all likelyhood nothing will be done. What a legacy we are leaving to future generations. I can't see how they will deal with it.
The Guardian

The super-rich have made Britain into a nation of losers - Aditya Chakrabortty

Just about right...

Why are Remainers so convinced that staying in the European Union is what is best for the UK?


Why governments should prioritize well-being

Things are on the move. Makes sense to me. I have long thought that governments are responsible for making sure people live well.

The new political story that could change everything

I wonder if this can take hold?
The Guardian

From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs - George Monbiot

It is actually getting worse than I had thought was possible.
The Guardian

Snakes, stupidity and sycophants: the horror of the Johnson cabinet

The Guardian

Canadian cities take wooden skyscrapers to new heights

The Guardian

Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?

Well, are you?
The Guardian

Farewell, Theresa May. Your best was far from good enough - Gary Younge

What a disaster the Tories have been...
You Tube

US vs UK Healthcare. Boris, Trump vs Truth, with Stephen Fry.

Says it all really. The US wants to get it hands on the NHS.
You Tube

Boris Johnson's biggest design fails as London mayor

Boris the Big Buffoon, costing you and me millions...
You Tube

Rapper Akala on Linking Knife Crime to Race | Good Morning Britain

Facts are facts and the media tells you, what you want to hear if you're white and don't understand the issues of poor education, lack of opportunity and poverty. While we still have the elite of the country being schooled privately, some people buying all sorts of things with their money, including healthcare...

Beginning at 34 minutes

Interesting points. Brexit really makes no sense at all... We have declared a treade war on ourselves.

Hardtalk: ir John Major

He says a great deal of common sense
The Guardian

How Britain can help you get away with stealing millions: a five-step guide

The UK, corrupt to the core

Noam Chomsky: BBC Newsnight


The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism

After 30 years of vulture capitalism people are finally waking up to the dame that has been done.
Quote: "A huge political space has opened up. In Britain and the US, in many ways the most capitalist western countries, and the ones where its problems are starkest, an emerging network of thinkers, activists and politicians has begun to seize this opportunity. They are trying to construct a new kind of leftwing economics: one that addresses the flaws of the 21st-century economy, but which also explains, in practical ways, how future leftwing governments could create a better one."

Brexit is an idea for a bygone era

The WTO fanatasy

TRUTH about this Government watch & Share this film!

The lies - in parliament....

Comedian Andrew Maxwell explains how the Brexiteers can never win.

Bout right.... not a hope.....

Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement. Nearly a billion dollars a year is flowing into the organized climate change counter-movement

It is hardly surprising that our society allows this to happen, given that we continue to actively support the idea that if people believe there is such a thing as a god it is totally acceptable. We event promote belief in gods as part of human rights.
The Guardian

Want to tackle inequality? Then first change our land ownership laws - George Monbiot

Hit the nail right on the head. It is disgusting that 30% of the land in England is owned by the gentry. And other consequences of this corrupt system fall hard on people with little power.
The Guardian

Revealed: one in five peers advise private business while serving in parliament

This is simply corruption. Paid for by the taxpayer, they have one job to do.
The Guardian

Peer who never spoke in Lords last year claims £50,000 expenses

Haha, what a mess...
The Guardian

Neoliberalism must be pronounced dead and buried. Where next? - Joseph Stiglitz

Been saying this for years...
The Guardian

Britain is in the grip of an existential crisis that reaches far beyond Brexit - Aditya Chakrabortty

Tell me something we didn't already know. The UK supports "Trusts" which are the main
Quote: "..... Thatcher experiment has pretty much failed. Four decades after she took power, 38% of working-age households now take more from the state in benefits, health and education than they pay back in taxes. Wealth in Britain is so concentrated that the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies believes “inheritance is probably the most crucial factor in determining a person’s overall wealth since Victorian times”.
The Guardian

UK and territories are 'greatest enabler' of tax avoidance, study says

Tell me something we didn't already know. The UK supports "Trusts" which are the main method used by the UK finance Centers for avoiding fiscal responsibility.
The Guardian

‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism

An excellent analysis.

Jennifer Lawrence is 'Unbreaking America's Political System Failure

A good overview of the issues.
Chomsky has been saying this for a very long time. The UK has similar issues.

George Monbiot has some big ideas on stopping climate breakdown.

And this was actually on the BBC...

Facebook's role in Breit. The end of Democracy

Crazy how we have lost control of our politics....

Brexit: Endgame - The Hidden Money, with Stephen Fry

Just about covers it....
The Guardian

Germany’s AfD turns on Greta Thunberg as it embraces climate denial

It isn't just the Russians affecting our system. The right-wing "think tanks" have been in place now for 30+ years, funded by corporations and designed to spread fake news. They are not representatives of science, just financial interests.
The Guardian

Richer Sounds founder hands over control of hi-fi and TV firm to staff

A better way really is possible, but it requires people to be a great deal less greedy.
Well done sir!
The National

Scottish Borders Council hits out at whistleblowers

This is simply corruption - in the open. The UK is riddled with it based largely on the UK jurisdicted tax havens, more than in any other set of legal entities on the planet. The UK founded the whole system of "Trusts".
You Tube

DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by George Marshall

How our brains work (or don't) regarding Climate Change.
You Tube

Fintan O'Toole - Borders and Belonging: British and Irish Identities in a Post-Brexit Era

The English are revolting and reverting to type - Empirists, even if that gig is now long, long gone.
The Guardian

Some sort of Scottish independence is inevitable. May needs to face up to it - Simon Jenkins

Wholeheartedly agree.
Quote: "The concept of independence is now as entrenched in Anglo-Scottish relations as it was in Anglo-Irish ones before 1921."
The Guardian

'I am called a bad teacher and my students overturn desks and chairs'

Recent UK governments have so screwed up education in the UK, it is yet another crisis the country is facing. And still private (public) schools get government grants and don't pay tax because they are allowed to register as a charity. This is simply madness.
The National

Expert warns of overseas competition risk to UK marine energy

I would guess the UK government will again throw this away by insisting it is subject to "market forces". Meaning finance would have to come through the gangster finance indusry instead of at government rates, especially because the government has sold off the Green Investment Bank. The Tories are criminals.
The Guardian

We cannot allow Liam Fox’s post-Brexit trade plans to go unscrutinised - Caroline Lucas

Free Trade never is that.. The ultra-right are influencing everyones' lives.
The Guardian

Dare to declare capitalism dead – before it takes us all down with it - George Monbiot

It has taken to be a semi-religious issue, but now the crows are coming home to roost, it is a sick system. Marx's analysis was always true (his solution not so much) so, where do we go from here. My suggestion is that political system take the good health and welfare of its citizens as the top priority and see where it takes us. Clearly the international financial system has to be replaced with something that works for all of the people on the planet.
There are some interesting ideas here. And an interview with him here.

Politicians are trying to rewrite history with their ‘British Empire 2.0’ - Inglorious Empire

Most Brits simply have no knowledge of how bad the Empire was for most people living under it.
You Tube (TED)

Ecocide, the 5th Crime Against Peace: Polly Higgins at TEDxExeter

Sadly now gone, far too young....

Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

10% tips it...
The Guardian

Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population

This is beyond obscene and disgusting. That the pyramid of wealth and power is still so prescient and headed by a monarchy goes to show how broken the UK actually is. And another article as follow-up. I don't support any monarchy options, but getting the land back into common ownership would be a start for a more equitable society.

Facebook and Democracy, focus on Brexit

Lies, and more lies. The system is broken. The leave campaigns should be in the dock....

Question Time 14-FEB-2019

Well, there you have it - dogma to protect his business which is now based in Dublin and because it is "taxed" in The Caiman Islands, pays no UK tax.
The Guardian

Who is really responsible for Brexit? The Queen - Suzanne Moore

It is a pyramid of priviledge and power with the queen right on the top. Wealth and inherited position dominates in the UK.
Clean Technia

Fraunhofer Reports Combining Farming With Solar 186% More Efficient In Summer Of 2018

It really does make sense to go forward, experiment and make changes. This new view of combining agriculture and energy is simply great.
The National

On the trail of the dark money which funds Trump, Davidson and Brexit

It's not just because the UK has broken political and election systems that things are bad - most other civilised countries have a PR-based system - there is the lack of a written, clear constition....

Churches cost US taxpayers $71 billion each year.

Religion is costly, in so many ways.

Cheap, safe 100% renewable energy possible before 2050, says Finnish uni study

More and more studies show that renewables are the way forward. But this one shows it can be done without other energy sources. It's a matter of political will.
You Guardian

Owen Jones asks Sinn Féin leader if Brexit could lead to a united Ireland

So much sense here, including reformation (away from a simple market/economic focus, to a more holistic Europe.
You Guardian

‘Ryanair is the new coal’: airline enters EU’s top 10 emitters list

Not a surprise.
Quotes: “When it comes to climate, Ryanair is the new coal. This trend will only continue until Europe realises that this undertaxed and under-regulated sector needs to be brought into line, starting with a tax on kerosene and the introduction of mandates that force airlines to switch to zero-emission jet fuel.”
Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, dismissed climate change concerns as “complete and utter rubbish” in an interview two years ago. His airline is now ranked as Europe’s 10th worst emitter, after nine coal plants. Poland’s Belchatów is the worst polluter, producing 38 megatonnes of planet-warming emissions annually.
You Tube

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (Documentary)

Yep, the Eurodollar - offshore and not regulated..... The UK finance industry gone rogue...

Oil And Gas Giants Spend Millions Lobbying To Block Climate Change Policies

Well I never, who wouldhave thought this?
The Guardian

‘Peasant revolt’ at earl’s bid to build flats on allotments

Britain's landed gentry - green, well not really... Inherited title and inherited (untaxed) wealth, what a boon to society.

The Independant

New Zealand’s new prime minister calls capitalism a ‘blatant failure’

Well, obviously. Also Climate Change, Environmental Destruction, Species Wipeout.... and on, and on...

The Guardian

EU bans UK's most-used pesticide over health and environment fears

What has the EU ever done for us.....


A Bonkers U.K. Establishment Drags Everyone Down

Bonkers just about covers it.....

Clean Technia

Banks Funneled $1.9 Trillion Into Fossil Fuels Since Paris Agreement

Absolutely sickening. Gamblers the lot of them....

The Guardian

Dark money is pushing for a no-deal Brexit. Who is behind it?

This should be on front pages and the new until there is a change made....


French Politicians Scrapped Palm Oil Tax After Indonesia Execution Warning

This is simply buggered even forgetting the primates which are also being slaughtered.

The Times

We are not powerless to stop Brexit. We must fill the streets

Short, to the point and right!

The Guardian

Britain’s Brexit crisis is rooted in the power of our public schools.

A wonder for people with cash.

The National

The chilling tale of the biggest bank scandal in history.

The banking industry has basically gone rogue - and the politicians have allowed it.

Fridays for Future

Fridays for Future Website

What a fantastic girl she is. It makes so much sense.
On Friday March 15th 2019 well over 1,5 million students school striked for the climate in 2083 places in 125 countries on all continents. The favorite argument here in Sweden (and everywhere else…) is that it doesn’t matter what we do because we are all too small to make a difference. Friday’s manifestation was the biggest day of global climate action ever, according to It happened because a few schoolchildren from small countries like Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland decided not to go to school because nothing was being done about the climate crisis. We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference. People keep asking me ”what is the solution to the climate crisis.” And how do we ”fix this problem”. They expect me to know the answer. That is beyond absurd as there are no ”solutions” within our current systems. No one ”knows” exactly what to do. That’s the whole point. We can’t just lower or heighten some taxes or invest in some ”green” funds and go on like before. Yes there are many many things that are very good and necessary, and improves the situation. Such as solar- and wind power, circular economy, veganism, sustainable farming and so on. But even those are just a parts of a greater picture. We can no longer only focus on individual and separate issues like electrical cars, nuclear power, meat, aviation, bio fuels etc etc. We urgently need a holistic view to adress the full sustainability crisis and the ongoing ecological disaster. And this is why I keep saying that we need to start treating the crisis as the crisis it is. Because only then - and only guided by the best available science (as is clearly stated throughout the Paris Agreement) can we together start creating the global way forward. But that can never happen as long as we allow the ”yeah-but-what-about-nuclear-power-then-debate” to go on and on and on. This is wasting our time. This is climate delayer-ism. We need to keep a great number of thoughts in our head at same time and yet move forward with the changes at unprecedented speed. Nuclear power, according to the IPCC, can be a small part of a very big new carbon free energy solution, especially in countries and areas that lack the possibility of a full scale renewable energy supply - even though its extremely dangerous, expensive and time consuming. But let’s leave that debate until we start looking at the full picture. Some people seem so desperate to go on with the comforts and luxuries of their every day life that they tell others to not have any children. As children, speaking for our little sisters and brothers, we don’t find that very encouraging. It is not us or future generations who have created this. And yet - once again - you blame us. If not even the scientists, politicians, media and the UN currently can speak up on what exactly needs to be done to ”solve” the climate crisis (in other words, dramatically lowering our emissions starting today) , then how could we, some schoolchildren, know? How can you leave that burden to us? Once you have done your homework, you realize that we need new politics. We need a new economics, where everything is based on our rapidly declining and extremely limited carbon budget. But that is not enough. We need a whole new way of thinking. The political system that you have created is all about competition. You cheat when you can because all that matters is to win. To get power. That must come to an end. We must stop competing with each other. We need to start cooperating and sharing the remaining resources of this planet in a fair way. We need to start living within the planetary boundaries, focus on equity and take a few steps back for the sake of all living species. We are just passing on the words of the science. Our only demand is that you start listening to it. And then start acting. So please stop asking your children for the answers to your own mess.

The Guardian

More than £100bn of UK property is secretly owned

The British have been sold a pup about the value of external investment in the country.

The Guardian

So, poorer Brexiters voted to be worse off? There’s nothing wrong in that - Gary Younge

The British have been told junk for decades as to what the empire was all about, and for whom. The view 'from the other side' is very different.
Quote: "Embodied in that preoccupation with sovereignty, I believe, was a notion of what this country has been, has become and might be – a story many British, and particularly English, people tell themselves about a once independent and impregnable distinct island that has lost its autonomy to a faceless potage of bureaucrats from Babel and how this is a chance to break free. That story did not come from nowhere. From the Falklands war to Fritz, the New Labour bulldog, the entire political class has colluded in its construction. It has now been leveraged by opportunists and is consuming the political class whole."

The Guardian

Britannia rules the waves? After Brexit, it’ll be floundering - Polly Toynbee

British free-marketeers (all markets are managed in some form) have destroyed their own seafaring capabilities and allowed the EU to not regulate transport to and from the EU. Degulation, not the friend of the working man - otherwise known as the reduction of protetcions and standards.
Quote: "Yet again, Britain is to blame, acting as drag-anchor on EU progress. A manning directive was proposed to keep crews of ships sailing between EU ports protected by EU pay and conditions, but Britain helped the ship-owners sabotage the plan. The UK also chooses to issue the most certificates of equivalent competency to foreign crews, less well-trained and paid, undercutting its own mariners but pleasing the shipping lobby. We even let foreign ships and crews sail to and from our ports to our own oil platforms and wind farms."

The Guardian

UK corporation tax cut to cost billions more than thought.

Full steam ahead for the low tax, low public services and more poverty for the masses. Nothing like a highly unequal society to make the upper classes, the rich and the corporations happier. Your Tories - looking after the people - not!

The National

Forget about the royals, let’s elect a Scottish president.

A brilliant idea to set Scotland on the road to a republic. If only the UK as a whole could do this...

The Guardian

Peers and MPs receiving millions in EU farm subsidies

The upper classes maintain their economic position. The system is crawling with these maggots.
Quote: "British farmers will no longer receive subsidies from the EU after Brexit and will instead be paid by the UK government. The EU subsidies have been criticised for many years for rewarding large landowners, who receive the biggest payments. The top 10% of recipients receive almost 50% of total payments, which in the UK amount to £3bn per year."

The Guardian

Revealed: the free-market groups helping the tobacco industry

What a grand idea, allow money and lobbying into politics. "Free-market" is a complete misnomer - all markets are "managed" in some form or another. The best way to do this is with regulation - not "light-touch", but real regulations designed to be for the benefit of the public, not protecting profit.
And, BTW, the same underhand processes and organisations have been disclaiming climate change. In some cases the organisations are identical.

The Guardian

State education is a Cinderella service and both the Tories and Labour are to blame - Fiona Millar

The UK Education system has been broken for many years and the Tories have done a great job of making it a great deal worse. It is one of the only European countries with a large, expensive private sector (strangely called public schools) and it shows in results. The best in Europea, indded the world is exampled by Finland. A book on the subject is - Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (Series on School Reform) by Pasi Sahlberg
And Scotland has the same problem, see here.

The Guardian

The idea that Britain can develop an independent trade policy is absurd - Will Hutton

Well I never, someone needs to take note......

The Guardian

Ministers urged to halt right-to-buy scheme over level of private rentals

Something hs gone vey wrong. Well done Mrs T...

The Guardian

EU glyphosate approval was based on plagiarised Monsanto text, report finds

The only way to describe this is corruption.

The Guardian

Britain’s private school problem: it’s time to talk

How the maintain a class system 101.
Quotes: " The proportion of prominent people in every area who have been educated privately is striking, in some cases grotesque. From judges (74% privately educated) through to MPs (32%), the numbers tell us of a society where bought educational privilege also buys lifetime privilege and influence.
The words of Alan Bennett reverberate still. Private education is not fair, he famously declared in June 2014 during a sermon at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. “Those who provide it know it. Those who pay for it know it. Those who have to sacrifice in order to purchase it know it. And those who receive it know it, or should.” "

The Independent

The NHS 10-year plan has cleared a path for total privatisation of our health service.

This is very worrying.
Quotes: " The proportion of prominent people in every area who have been educated privately is striking, in some cases grotesque. From judges (74% privately educated) through to MPs (32%), the numbers tell us of a society where bought educational privilege also buys lifetime privilege and influence.
The words of Alan Bennett reverberate still. Private education is not fair, he famously declared in June 2014 during a sermon at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. “Those who provide it know it. Those who pay for it know it. Those who have to sacrifice in order to purchase it know it. And those who receive it know it, or should.” "And.... 64 Mps take money from US healthcare corporations:

The Guardian

Britain’s private school problem: it’s time to talk

How the maintain a class system 101.
Quotes: " The proportion of prominent people in every area who have been educated privately is striking, in some cases grotesque. From judges (74% privately educated) through to MPs (32%), the numbers tell us of a society where bought educational privilege also buys lifetime privilege and influence.
The words of Alan Bennett reverberate still. Private education is not fair, he famously declared in June 2014 during a sermon at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. “Those who provide it know it. Those who pay for it know it. Those who have to sacrifice in order to purchase it know it. And those who receive it know it, or should.” "

Clean Tech

Supreme Court Rejects ExxonMobil Appeal Of Massachusetts Court Ruling

How the right-wing, well Conservative (fashist) media, owned by a UK tax exile, blames individuals for the demise of the UK.
Quotes: " “Exxon has fought this investigation all the way to the Supreme Court and has lost at every stage. Today’s decision means Exxon is out of options and out of time in its fight to keep these documents from public light.
The millions of pages of documents Exxon was compelled to turn over in the New York investigation evidenced widespread malfeasance reaching the highest levels of the company, and they led the New York Attorney General to sue the company on multiple counts of securities fraud. "

Another Angry Voice

12 things you should know about the Daily Mail slurs against Ralph Miliband

How the right-wing, well Conservative (fashist) media, owned by a UK tax exile, blames individuals for the demise of the UK.
Quotes: " The attempt to smear Ralph Miliband as an apologist for Soviet oppression simply because he was a student of Marxist philosophy betrays an extreme level of political ignorance. To slur a student of Marxist ideas by association with the worst excesses of the Soviet Union is akin to slurring anyone who believes in capitalist ideas with claims that they support, by implication, the crimes against humanity committed of any number of vile capitalist regimes such as Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Apartheid South Africa or General Pinochet's Chile.
Harmsworth is such a "patriot" that he lives in France in order to avoid paying UK tax. His wealth was estimated to be over £1 billion back in 2006, but he is such a "patriot" that he sees no moral obligation to actually pay UK tax on his earnings from the Daily Mail, unlike the vast majority of taxpaying people who are stupid enough to buy a paper that lectures them about what is and isn't patriotic, that is owned by someone who deliberately lives abroad and registers his shares in that newspaper in a tax haven in order to avoid paying tax in the UK!"


Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so

The destruction will take years to reverse.
Quotes: "I don’t wish to write about the everyday failings of neoliberalism – that piece would be filed before you could say “east coast mainline”. Instead, I want to address the most stubborn belief of all: that running a small state is the soundest financial arrangement for governments and voters alike. Because 40 years on from the Thatcher revolution, more and more evidence is coming in to the contrary.
... what this IMF research shows is that the Westminster classes have been asset-stripping Britain for decades – and storing up financial trouble for future generations."


The halfway point: what have two years of Trump's wrecking ball done to America?

The destruction will take years to reverse.
Quotes: " Sidney Blumenthal, a biographer of Abraham Lincoln, says: “Trump is certainly the person with the worst character ever to be president. At two years and counting, the damage may equal the damage done by the worst presidents which brought on the civil war, and the damage done by Andrew Johnson who encouraged the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalist attacks on Reconstruction that brought about legalised segregation.”
The president has shaken up norms once taken for granted, he adds. “Trump and the right have sort of called the bluff on those things where we thought the system was supposed to work: you can’t steal a supreme court seat, you can’t say racist things to a black female reporter, you can’t lie every day and get away with it. The bluff has been called and we can’t rely on the old structures and rules of cordiality.”"





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