Real Media were at last Monday’s protest and will be releasing further interviews and a join the dots on the taboo topic of geographical displacement this week.
Michael Gove, Minister for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, twice referred to a five year parliament as he started to backtrack on the Government’s austerity programme during this morning’s Andrew Marr politics show.
At no point did Andrew Marr pull the Gove up on his error.
This could have just been a double oversight on both of their parts – not that unlikely given the sheer incompetence emanating from the Tory party and the BBC right now.
But it could all just be more intrigue and subterfuge from a politician who, by U.K. standards is a well accepted as being as dishonest, self-serving and Machiavellian as they come.
Few politicians enjoy the degree of political protection that has been afforded to Michael Gove. The risk free environment in which he operates has convinced him – quite fairly – that he can actually do no wrong.
The man is a close friend of Rupert Murdoch’s and just as his fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel writes for the Mail on Sunday, Gove’s own wife Sarah Vine is a columnist for The Daily Mail.
Gove himself returned to the Murdoch Times during his recent sabbatical when he managed to deliver the ‘Exclusive’ interview of Donald Trump from Trump’s palace in New York with his own boss and fixer Rupert Murdoch in attendance.
With Gove’s ex-Cabinet colleague former Chancellor George Osborne already editing London’s only high circulation freesheet, you’d be forgiven for contemplating whether the sudden acceleration of the pace of the revolving door be a signal of what anti-corruption expert David Whyte calls a “high degree of tolerance of collusive corruption in this country.”
Any honest journalist, unlike Marr, would have flagged as, in and of itself, the massive risk to UK Public Health that Gove really represents.
Some other interesting things about his interview.
Gove used the term 5 year parliament twice but was never picked up on this.
Gove’s appearance is supposed to reflect Tory backtracking on Austerity.
Damian Green implied there will be a U-Turn on University fees.
But Gove defended fees by saying it isn’t fair that those who don’t g to uni fund those who do. He didn’t go so far as to say that those who have been funding people to go universities deserve a rebate so it is a wonder whether he means anything he says.
The 1% public sector pay cap may go. There was the £1bn to Northern Ireland. Abortions. Same Sex marriage.
Gove was asked how he fel, as an individual, about austerity, to which he replied that he is not an individual – that he is a member of the government. He also told Marr that that Marr himself said that he has had to learn to keep his own views to himself. So here we had two men – both public figures – admitting to have no personal investment in their own words.
This reminded me of the scene at the beginning of Michael Lewis Liars Poker in which he said that banking was really all about people who didn’t know what they were buying buying from people who didn’t know what they were selling.
With no TV Debate – Manifestos do the Talking
When the facts change I change my mind. What do you do, Sir? J.M Keynes.
In a time of Information Overload, the Info-Arbitrageur is King.
Tim Shipman of the Times refers to the increasingly decreasing gap between Tories and Labour. There’s no hiding the fact the Tories are dumping it.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 20, 2017
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There will be big price changes at the betting websites over the next few hours. Get in.
The American satirist HL Mencken famously quipped that no-one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.
But here in Britain we have a different maxim:
No Tory ever lost out overestimating the gullibility of the British Voter
I interviewed David Whyte of the University of Liverpool about various aspects of corruption last week.
He called for an investigation into allegations the Tory party has received funding from laundered HSBC money.
Yesterday the Conservative Manifesto included proposals to scrap the Serious Fraud Office :
If Theresa May succeeds in combining the Serious Fraud Office into the National Crime Agency, it will be disruptive and could lead to a slowdown in the U.K.'s work to combat white-collar crime.
Tories are also proposing that all voters provide ID cards to vote – a move which has been criticised by the Electoral Commission which itself recently concluded that the Tories themselves broke electoral rules regarding local spending limits in the 2015 election.
The Tories got away with this and are now seeking to undermine the smooth running of future elections.
This is the sort of thing you expect from Turkey, Russia, or even Iran.
May is very scary. I cannot emphasise enough what a bad idea it would be to vote for her.
Emmanuel Macron wants to stop British businesses from being able to bid for public contracts within the European Union post-Brexit, according to reports.
How is this going to play out?
Seeing as protectionism is in fashion maybe the EU will now be more upfront about its priorities.
Real Media have been looking at the links between UK, US and Indian National Database and surveillance systems.
Here are two highlights:
Legal Researcher Usha Ramanathan speaks with NewsClick on how the Centre is undemocratically widening the ambit of the bio-metric project despite its shaky record on privacy given the recent massive data breach in some states.
Now that we are living through an age of automation and underemployment, technical skills should be our passport to competing on the post-Brexit world stage.
Tories hell-bent on Education Apartheid
But Tories are up-front about being the anti-immigration austerity party.
Selective Grammar Schools and pricy uni fees reflect a backward Tory deskilling agenda which maximises inequality and cuts UK competitiveness.
Almost two thirds of schools will cut one or more teaching posts before the new academic year begins in September because of falling budgets, a survey of hundreds of head teachers found. Results...
Even the PM’s former colleague George Osborne’s Standard reported last week that quite a few Tories are upset that the PM remains stubborn about cutting funding to schools.
Theresa May today faced the first Tory uprising of the General Election with calls to tear up proposed school funding changes, which have sparked fury. An Evening Standard investigation revealed that senior Conservatives are lining up to urge the Prime Minister to abandon the Governments school funding reforms before voters go to the polls.
Given the context Labour’s policy to increase education spending and cut university fees sounds like the most sensible option if we are to remain a serious competitive economy.
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Channel Four report on Education Cuts
Historic Tory Education Policy
Rhodes Boyson was a Tory MP who switched from the Labour Party because he objected to Labour’s education policies.
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She did her best to destroy it.
But apparently her gutting of the EPA led to major developments in the field of environmental law.
I’ve been reading about some of this in Lawyers James Thornton and Martin Goodman’s new book, Client Earth.
Whereas Thornton and Goodman say their Client is the Earth, Gorsuch proudly states his client is … The Law.
Encore une fois, industry, via dead letters, attempts to short change the planet.