Politics

  • Tory Advent: Day 10 December 10, 2017 This is not doing my blood pressure any good. I pretty much have a low-level rage constantly simmering at what’s happening to this country but actively looking for the thing that pisses me off most each day about them is increasing my stress levels. Today’s “winner” was finding out that the situation over Grenfell Tower has got to the stage where the Equality and Human Rights Commission has decided that it needs to do its own enquiry. They are to determine whether the government and local council fulfilled their obligations to to protect their citizens. The commission has said The Grenfell Tower fire caused catastrophic loss of life for which the state may have been responsible. More than 70 people died in homes managed by the ... Read More
  • Senior Tory MP desperately tries to hide support for fox hunting by deleting blog pages December 9, 2017 The Tories seem to have belatedly realised their support of posh blood sports like fox hunting has been hurting their vain attempts to persuade voters they are not the bunch of out-of-touch toffs they obviously are: Which is probably why in the last couple of months, senior Tory MP and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom MP has been going through her numerous blog posts about how much she loves fox hunting and deleting them all: Luckily for us, the internet archives have kept copies of her enthusiastic support for rich people slaughtering British wildlife:     Incidentally, the Grafton Hunt is also infamous for being a hotbed of racist wealthy thugs: The racist thugs who are Andrea Leadsom’s fox hunting friends Do I smell a ... Read More
  • A few words about trickle down economics December 9, 2017 Trickle down economics is a form of laissez-faire capitalism in general and more specifically, it is a form of supply side economics. Whereas general supply side theory favours lowering taxes overall, trickle down theory more specifically prefers targeting the very wealthy for lower taxes. Trickle down theory is implicit in neoliberal discourse. As such, it’s become politically normalised. It’s a form of tacit knowledge. However, the term trickle down originated as a joke by humorist Will Rogers and it is often used to criticise economic policies based on a justification of  ‘competitive individualism’ and ‘meritocracy’, which strongly favour and reward the wealthy and privileged, while being framed as ‘good’ for the average citizen. This of course is political hocus pocus and snake oil economics. The government has been ... Read More
  • Scotland Leased to the Scots December 9, 2017 Imposing an unequal Treaty on a neighbour nation in which that nation will always be overpowered by the parliamentary votes and self-serving agenda of the dominant nation is normally described as governing a colony. In Scotland’s case, Scotland is leased to the Scots. The majority of key powers are retained by the UK Parliament which in the main serves England first, colonies second, usually serving them badly. All Scotland’s wealth goes south, a tiny portion sent back in case we starve, in which case we’d be no use to our colonial masters at all. The tragic political dog’s dinner that is Northern Ireland is a case in point, Gibraltar another. Scotland gets short shrift but a bit more attention because it’s joined onto England ... Read More
  • This is just wrong December 9, 2017 I saw this story this weekend and had to do a double take. Newspapers all over the country will receive funding from the BBC to fund so called local democracy reporters at a cost of £8 million pounds per year. Scotland it is being reported to have been awarded the most reporters, there’s a f surprise. This deal is being couched as ending the rivalry between the BBC and mainstream media, no this smacks of the state now having a foothold in the so called independent media, and in particular Scotland, all in time for another referendum. The BBC are reporting this as Local News Partnerships and it is a disgrace if you ask me and an absolute step too far with tax ... Read More
  • Tory Advent: Day 9 December 9, 2017 Gove has been spouting off again. Bullshitting pretty much as he did during the Leave campaign. His latest is that the British people will be able to change the terms of Brexit if they don’t like it. Fuck sake, how? This is supposed to be an intricate diplomatic deal. There will be no change in the terms. It’s a take it or leave it. Remember May said she needed an election to strengthen her hand in talks – remember how well that went. The EU doesn’t care what proportion of the UK public support its Government, what they care about is getting the best deal for their people. What Gove means is a rejection of any deal with the EU. He talks of future governments ... Read More
  • Tory Advent: Day 8 December 8, 2017 Well what can I say? 18 months of bluffing, hyperbole and downright lies the first phase of the Brexit agreements have taken place and what has happened? Pretty much bugger all. The EU has set terms and May has accepted them. So much for taking back control etc. The Brexiteers are raging – well more than normal. Hopefully Gove and Rees-Moog will both choke on their bile as it appears environmental regulations will be protected at least short term. One thing that is certain is plotting will go continue in the Tory party. May’s been on a shoogly peg for a while now, I think the only reason she hasn’t been pushed out already is the lack of quality candidates. May only got to be ... Read More
  • £Billions Sucked Out Of UK Universities By Equity Finance Enterprise Registered in the Grand Cayman Islands – And There Are Links to the Trump Russia Scandal December 8, 2017 INTO University Partnerships – Labour Party Private Finance Initiative For Further Education Every year, INTO helps almost 14,000 students from 150 countries and territories around the world achieve their dream of studying overseas. Investing more than £46 million annually and working with around 1,000 carefully selected education counsellors, we provide a permanent presence in more than 31 countries around the world. INTO works together with university partners providing specialist degrees and pathway programmes designed for international students. Students are guaranteed a great education with INTO, wherever they choose to study. Our university partners and affiliates are respected worldwide. And they’re dedicated to providing a great student experience.       Who Started the Programme? The innovative joint venture model emerged from a collaboration in 2005 between then-Vice Chancellor Sir David ... Read More
  • Thousands of disability assessments deemed ‘unacceptable’ under the government’s own quality control scheme December 8, 2017 Infographic from The Centre for Welfare Reform New figures released by the Government indicate that neither Atos nor Capita – the private companies contracted by the government – paid more than £500m to assess people for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – are actually meeting the target of 97% of assessments conforming to standards. The government have released the data to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, which was due to take evidence from Atos and Capita regarding the assessments yesterday. While private companies carry out the assessments, it is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that makes the final decision on whether to award people financial support. However, those decisions are informed by the contents of reports that privately contracted ‘health professionals’ write during the assessment ... Read More
  • Tory MP caught red-handed sharing pro-Brexit fake news on social media December 8, 2017 I was a bit surprised to see Tory MP for Gloucester Richard Graham announcing on Twitter that US corporate giant Mars Inc had decided to relocate its European confectionery headquarters from Brussels to London – with the loss of over 500 jobs in Belgium: I was also somewhat surprised to note that none of the mainstream press – either pro or anti-Brexit – were reporting this important news. And I was even more surprised to note the company itself has issued no press releases about it. But that would probably be because it’s not true. Mr Graham simply made it up, thinking nobody would notice and call him out on it (from the Mars press team):     But the fake news has already done its job. It ... Read More