Food Crisis, Jo Cox, Rampant PR

Food crisis Vs Financial crisis

Food giants Mars and Cargill, and the World Wildlife Fund, are partnering with the US Defense Department to role play future food crises.

Participants start off declaring that poverty alleviation is the key to reducing terrorism and war and that the US private sector can provide the technology we need to feed the world.

After a while the executives sound much less concerned with world hunger and terrorism than shareholder value and global markets.

This discussion took place yesterday as part of the the Food Chain Reaction programme.

No such thing as a free gift

Bill Gates is a well known champion of GM food technology in Africa and the Gates Foundation hugely influences global health and agricultural policy.

This Guardian article highlights The Gates Foundation’s investments in global food companies Monsanto and Cargill.

The newspaper in which this article appeared is sponsored by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

GM Food

This Monsanto video is for an initiative that receives funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

But not everyone wants GM food in Africa.

 

This 2015 Paper on Bill Gates’s Agricultural Neo-Colonialism in Africa is by the African Centre for Biodiversity

Sociologist Linsey McGoey recently wrote No Such Thing as a Free Gift — a book about Bill Gates and Philanthrocapitalism.

Here she discusses her book with the Hudson Institute, an influential US think tank.

 

McGoey’s book builds on the Charles Piller 2007 article on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s finances.

This is a 2014 follow up:

Jo Cox

The recent tragic murder of former Oxfam policy chief and MP, Jo Cox, highlights the fact that the Global Development Agenda at the G8, UN, World Economic Forum, Oxfam and Save the Children is run by people whom the public knows very little about.

According to her LinkedIn profile Cox worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for several months before becoming an MP and did several years at Oxfam in the UK, Brussels, and New York.

Although she was one of the MPs to nominate Corbyn, she later admitted she regretted it and eventually voted for the Blairite candidate Liz Kendall.

Her credentials as a right-winger were reinforced when she spoke on BBC Breakfast the day after the recent 2016 local elections to claim that Labour had performed badly.

Even as she spoke the results on the screen said quite clearly that the Labour Party had won more than double the amount of councils in England than the Tories.

TTIP, Syria, GM Food, Blair

Like the other Blairites, Jo Cox was silent on TTIP, which it is feared will allow US firms to sell GM food in the UK. This is consistent with her position of World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, her work with Oxfam and Bill Gates, and with her close relationship with Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah, and fellow MP and former World Economic Forum director, Stephen Kinnock.

In 2010 The World Economic Forum (WEF) produced the Global Redesign Initiative (GRI). The WEF is the place where Public meets Private. GRI is criticised in a Transnational Institute report here.

The WEF was founded in 1971 and calls for more Public Private Partnerships (PPP) — the financing system that has effectively bankrupted the UK’s NHS.

In her favour, Jo Cox was on the Department of Communities and Local Government Select Committee and is the only person to have asked any decent questions during the ongoing inquiry into Local Council Loans also known as LOBOs in which many councils in the UK were missold loans by large banks like Barclays and RBS.

But she did not vote against the UK bombing Syria, instead she abstained.

Her widow Brendan Cox is good friends with Justin Forsyth who is now at UNICEF but was also at Oxfam and Save the Children and is reputed to be close to both Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

Forsyth went from Oxfam to Downing Street in 2004 to organise Make Poverty History for New Labour and portray Blair and Brown  as humanitarians not warmongers.

When Brown lost the election in 2010 Forsyth joined Save the Children.

Forsyth then organised for Bill Gates to take centre stage and talk about feeding the world at Hyde Park during the G8 weekend in 2013 just like he had done in 2005.

Raj Patel said at the time that the 2013 G8’s stance on supplying nutrition to the poor was an example of the depoliticisation of poverty.

This was the same 2013 G8 at which David Cameron and Barack Obama announced the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

 

Forsyth also appointed former PR man David Cameron’s wife Samantha Cameron as an ambassador of Save the Children in 2011.

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In November 2014 Forsyth controversially allowed Tony Blair to be awarded a Global Legacy Award for his philanthropy work.

Further scandal followed when Brendan Cox was sacked from Save the Children in 2015 after allegations of misconduct.

Like Jo Cox, Brendan Cox is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Leaders Forum and worked as an advisor to Gordon Brown with Justin Forsyth before joining him at Save the Children in 2010.

The thing that becomes clear upon researching these characters is the blurred boundaries between Charity, Philanthropy, Media, PR, Parliamentary Politics, Foreign Policy and Big Business.

Big PR

Save the Children’s Chairman Alan Parker runs PR firm Brunswick and is known to have had clients from Mining, Banking, Defence, Nuclear, Oil, Gas, Coal, Biomass, Fracking, Supermarkets, and Publishing sectors.

Ex PM Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah Brown used to work for Parker at Brunswick and Gordon Brown himself is Godfather to Parker’s son.

Current PM David Cameron attended Parker’s wedding and holidayed with him in South Africa in 2008.

In his book Mad Men & Bad Men: What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising Sam Delaney outlines the effect advertisers Saatchi and Saatchi and PR man Tim Bell had on Tory policy in the 20th Century and the similar techniques that got New Labour in.

If Delaney were to do an up to date version he would have to include Parker’s Brunswick and Mandelson’s friend Roland Rudd’s Finsbury International.

Rudd’s sister Amber happens to be Energy Secretary and appeared in full attack dog mode in the TV debates defending the role of Britain in the EU.

She was also a consultant on the film four weddings and a funeral.

The Freuds

The last piece in the PR jigsaw is the Freuds. The revelations about Clement Freud being a serial paedophile and rapist had minimal impact despite their shocking nature.

Clement Freud’s son Matthew runs a top PR firm and was married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter for many years.

Matthew’s daughter Emma is married to Richard Curtis who directed four weddings and a funeral and runs comic relief.

Comic relief use Matthew Freud’s agency and bring Bob Geldof and Bill Gates in the picture too.

Bob Geldof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston — the woman who backed TTIP & BREXIT

Wollaston U TurnDouble U-Turn

Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Health Select Committee, joined the Brexit camp for a few weeks and then left it a few days before the Sun came out for Brexit. 

The government had previously relied on her statements in favour of TTIP in January 2015 before she then U-turned in favour of Brexit.

No newspaper mentioned her U-turn on TTIP at the time. One political journalist told me he remembered the pathetic Demarty assurance she received from the European Commission on how TTIP would not affect the NHS.

Political Pirouette

Wollaston has now performed a perfect political pirouette and gone back to Remain.

Like a blend of Clare Short leaving the Blair administration only after the Iraq War had been declared, and Iain Duncan Smith leaving the government after destroying so many lives through austerity,  Wollaston has jumped ship, on both occasions, after doing the British people much more harm than good.

Chinese Central Bank Clobbers All UK Students By Raising Rents & Tuition Fees

Made In China

Real Media’s latest video reveals how the UK’s proposed University Laws have been drafted to suit the People’s Bank of China — also known as the Chinese Central Bank —  the world’s second largest financial institution.

UCL Rent Strike

I was first told this story last month by David Dahlborn, a history student at University College London (UCL). He is the Student Housing officer at UCL.

Dahlborn informed me that students in London are being systematically overcharged for University accommodation.

The UCL Rent Strike Campaign have discovered the revolving door between their University and its largest private accommodation provider — UPP.

UPP

Last year UCL Estates Office appointed Duncan Palmer the ex-Managing Director of UPP’s Residential Services as their Head of Student Accomodation.

The wording on Palmer’s LinkedIn profile is consistent with the revolving door theory as it says he only has an interim role at UCL.

The general feeling is that Palmer is going to hand over as much of UCL’s housing stock to his former colleagues at UPP as he can — before returning there himself.

UCL have been asked via Freedom of Information (FOI) request to supply details of all correspondence between Palmer and UPP but there is no guarantee they will co-operate.

The Rent Strike have not yet attempted to monitor Palmer’s employment contract with UCL.

David Dahlborn showed me in UPP’s accounts that their major shareholders are a Dutch Pension Fund and the Chinese Central Bank.

Chinese Central Bank

This Wall Street Journal piece shows the Chinese Central Bank have recently been taking quite an interest in Britain.

Further googling told us that UPP sponsor the Higher Education Commission which lobbies government to raise tuition fees and increase the size of student loans.

In December 2015 UPP released their Work Hard Play Hard report on Student Experience

And surely enough in the Queen’s Speech, Student Experience is used to justify rampant marketisation of the University Sector as the UK positions itself as a Global Academic Supermarket.

Financial Times Financial Times

 

#rentstrike

Chinese Central Bank Clobbers All UK Students By Raising Rents & Tuition Fees

Made In China

Real Media’s latest video reveals how the UK’s Proposed University Laws have been drafted to suit the People’s Bank of China — also known as the Chinese Central Bank —  the world’s second largest largest money machine.

UCL Rent Strike

I was first told this story last month by David Dahlborn, a history student at University College London (UCL). He is the Student Housing officer at UCL.

Dahlborn informed that me students in London are being systematically overcharged for University accommodation.

The UCL Rent Strike Campaign have discovered the revolving door between their University and its largest private accommodation provider — UPP.

UPP

Last year UCL Estates Office appointed Duncan Palmer the ex-Managing Director of UPP’s Residential Services as their Head of Student Accomodation.

The wording on Palmer’s LinkedIn profile is consistent with the revolving door theory as it says he only has an interim role at UCL.

The general feeling is that Palmer is going to hand over as much of UCL’s housing stock to his former colleagues at UPP as he can — before returning there himself.

UCL have been asked via Freedom of Information (FOI) request to supply details of all correspondence between Palmer and UPP but there is no guarantee they will co-operate.

The Rent Strike have not yet attempted to monitor Palmer’s employment contract with UCL.

David Dahlborn showed me in UPP’s accounts that their major shareholders are a Dutch Pension Fund and the Chinese Central Bank.

Chinese Central Bank

This Wall Street Journal piece shows the Chinese Central Bank have recently been taking quite an interest in Britain.

Further googling told us that UPP sponsor the Higher Education Commission which lobbies government to raise tuition fees and increase the size of student loans.

In December 2015 UPP released their Work Hard Play Hard report on Student Experience

And surely enough in the Queen’s Speech, Student Experience is used to justify rampant marketisation of the University Sector as the UK positions itself as a Global Academic Supermarket.

Financial Times Financial Times

 

#rentstrike

Disgraced Brexit Cheerleader for PM?

If the UK votes for Brexit, Dr Liam Fox, the disgraced ex-Defence Minister responsible for getting the UK involved in conflict in Libya and Syria before being sacked for Cronyism in 2011, could become Prime Minister.

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Is this really happening?

Fox & NHS

Tory Leavers now openly refer to Brexit as being our best chance of saving the NHS from privatisation.

But research has shown that most of them have big money invested in private healthcare firms.

Fox is a well known Thatcherite along with his colleagues John Redwood, John Whittingdale, and Oliver ‘Privatising the World’ Letwin.

Brexit & TTIP

TTIP is bad for the NHS as it is designed to open it up to US Health Insurance firms.

And the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission are heavily captured by the City of London Corporation. Liam Fox is right to say that it doesn’t look as though they will change path.

But it would be very dangerous to put the Brexit camp in charge of the country.

The fact that Fox thinks the City of London Corporation and the EU are not Neo-Liberal enough is a fair sign of what he has planned for the NHS.

Attempting to reform the undemocratic EU from within will be hard – but much easier than negotiating with Fox.