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.
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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Rupert Murdoch prefers Marine Le Pen to Jeremy Corbyn as she is, like himself, a racist anti-EU campaigner.
But if you forget about race and look at international trade and financial markets — her views are much more like Corbyn’s than Murdoch’s.
She’s a protectionist.
This is the same direction opportunist Theresa May is now taking when she steals Labour policies.
But May is still a ruthless Tory – paying off her friends in the finance sector while saying she will protect the NHS and public services.
Nigel Farage was allowed to open the door to ‘populism’ in the UK and, having achieved his aim of getting Britain out of the EU, he is now openly supporting Marine Le Pen.
I wrote about his interview with Le Pen a few months ago which was remarkable because till Brexit he avoided being seen in her company for fear of being called a fascist.
The interview was also interesting because Le Pen referred to how much more similar Theresa May’s policies now are to the Front National’s — and not to Emmanuel Macron’s.
This was even more remarkable for Le Pen because Macron had just been invited to visit Downing Street and she hadn’t.
Downing Street failed to get friendly with Trump before November and now, yet again, they are slow to get to know Le Pen.
But either way, as alluded to in the previous post, Le Pen’s differences with Trump, Farage and Murdoch, and similarity with Corbyn can be summed up in one word: DEREGULATION
Today’s Murdoch-owned Times quotes Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean Marie Le Pen, who founded the Front National, as saying she must act like Murdoch’s friend — Donald Trump.
Jean-Marie Le Pen believes his daughter needs to campaign more like Donald Trump if she is to defy the opinion polls and take the Élysée Palace in Frances presidential run-off. Marine Le Pens...
Mr Le Pen’s anti-semitism is not even mentioned till the eighth sentence.
The very idea that other racism might exist in France is not alluded to even once.
Murdochs and Trumps
Unlike the Blairs before them, we know the Murdochs and the Trumps still get on.
Ivanka Trump was one of five people on a board tasked with overseeing the trusts of Grace and Chloe Murdoch, the two daughters of her friend Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch.
The media titan, long accustomed to influence and access when it comes to Australian and British prime ministers, is poised to enjoy similar status with President Trump.
It is unclear whether media mogul sat through interview or just introduced new president to former minister and Times columnist
Many Brexiteers love Le Pen as she is anti-immigrant and anti-EU.
Here is Donald Trump Jr retweeting his dad’s friend Nigel Farage:
Donald Trump, Jr., retweeting Nigel Farage endorsing Marine Le Pen.
Global. White. Nationalist. Authoritarianism. Movement. pic.twitter.com/FvCk3UVVYG
— …she persisted. 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) April 25, 2017
Here’s the actual video:
Macron will take powers away from France while Le Pen will protect it. This is the choice for French voters. pic.twitter.com/98Bo3jk8cK
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 25, 2017
Deregulation – The Elephant in the Room
Like Murdoch and unlike Corbyn, Le Pen uses immigration to divide.
Lots of people in the UK are now sceptical about Globalisation – many vote UKIP, Labour, Green, and SNP.
By stealing Labour policies and rhetoric the Tories are picking up plenty of ex-UKIP votes.
With the media’s help they try to convince voters that Blair, Cameron and even Corbyn are far too metropolitan and somehow un-British, and that we should all get back in touch with our socially conservative inner-Tory.
Many of these voters are against excessive immigration and open borders.
Which Corbyn and Lib Dems are seen as soft on.
We’re constantly told that we want a strong leader. Like May, Trump, or Le Pen.
Now is Le Pen’s time because she goes one further than Corbyn, Sturgeon, Lucas and even Theresa May.
For Le Pen is both fully racist and fully anti-capitalist — wanting total protection of both borders and markets.
She needs to solve France’s unemployment and lack of productivity without acknowledging that the EU has historically protected its borders and markets (often to benefit France!)
Is Le Pen more scared of the Eastern Europeans who’ve used free movement since communism fell; the refugees from US / UK / Coalition operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria; or of immigrants who’ve moved to France not because of the EU but because of France’s own kleptocratic African, Asian and Caribbean adventures?
Unlike Trump, Farage and Murdoch — and very much like Corbyn — Le Pen is fervently anti-Deregulation.
Farage ran a very confused Brexit campaign that focused on Brussels’ authoritarianism and ignored the degree to which Brussels had been infiltrated and in many ways captured by the City of London’s lobby group.
For evidence of this lobbying just look at the EU -US trade agreement TTIP.
This policy was announced by Obama and Cameron in Northern Ireland at the G7 / G8 meeting in 2013 and would have harmonised food, labour and environmental regulation on both sides of the Atlantic.
It’s precisely that model of Anglo-Saxon style capitalism that Le Pen and Corbyn both reject.
Farage just pretended to hate it. He is actually a big fan of the financial services lobby. It’s where he gets his cash.
But still, lots of Brexit campaigners, including Farage, jumped on the momentum that had been generated by the Anti-TTIP movement to push for Brexit.
In France, Le Pen used TTIP to push for her own election.
This is the most irresponsible manner in the way the French election is being covered here in the UK.
There is not enough parallel context being drawn with the UK political scene..
Is Le Pen being praised by the British press simply because our newspaper owners think she is a bit like Theresa May?
The way the European Central Bank is run is severely flawed but little discussion of its policies are permitted to take place at any level.
Therefore even though many people know there is a problem, our media and politicians don’t permit us the space to discuss it.
Many Labour and Lib Dems seemed to have swallowed deregulation whole and by aggressively campaigning to remain in the EU didn’t permit debate of its flaws.
Jeremy Corbyn was an exception to that as he said he was against TTIP and deregulation. But he wasn’t given the platform that he deserved.
He was co-opted by the Remain camp.
His biggest failing on Europe was that he didn’t take more of a stand in public over TTIP.
Despite letting people know his views on Trident and Bombing Syria Corbyn never engaged in a public debate with his party about TTIP and so the deregulation lobbyists captured the entire debate.
They’re doing the same with the NHS and PFI.
So despite having some great ideas about taking back control, Corbyn’s project is being treated as a joke while Le Pen’s is taken seriously.
Corbyn’s patriotism is being rejected by the tax-avoiding foreign-owned media in favour of Theresa May’s lies which are designed to mask the looting of the UK public sector by the financial services sector.
Will Labour come up with a plan to save the NHS by prosecuting bankers for fraudulent PFI?
I asked them that very question this week and have been told Labour’s PFI announcements are due later in the campaign.
I suggested that we need ideas circulating asap in order to persuade people to ignore the spin. But so far no reply.
It’s now or never. I’m still waiting.
Defrauding Families in the UK
The following story about overcharging at private care homes appeared on page 2 of yesterday’s Daily Mail – before the announcement of the ‘snap election’:
Care homes across the country are being probed for wholly unfair fees charged to families after loved ones have died.
Similar Strategy in the US
This story has many similarities to the US Department of Justice’s investigation into US Health Insurer United Health’s pilfering of the American public purse in its Medicare programme.
The Justice Department moved Thursday to join a whistle-blower suit in California that claims the insurer improperly collected vast sums by claiming people under its care were sicker than they were.
The man who ran the Medicare programme when UnitedHealth allegedly overcharged the American taxpayer by hundreds of millions of dollars was Simon Stevens – current head of NHS England.
According to his current LinkedIn Profile, Stevens was Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare between 2006 – 2009
His CV goes on to say:
America’s leading seniors health company, with $30 billion revenues and serving one-in-five Medicare beneficiaries nationwide in partnership with AARP – the world’s largest voluntary organization. Launched the largest Medicare Part D benefits plan, also managing the largest Medicare-focused PBM.
Here’s a screenshot from LinkedIn:
Conflict of Interests
So if Simon Stevens knew about the multimillion dollar fraud cases that took place on his watch – did he declare or disclose any of this to Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, or to NHS England?
It is now in the public interest for all correspondence between Simon Stevens, NHS England and Jeremy Hunt prior to his 2014 appointment to be made public.
Stevens advised the Department of Health and Blair throughout the period when the NHS was using PFI to build hospitals. So he basically aided and abetted the bankruptcy of the NHS and now looks to be finishing off the job.
This ought to be an election issue. I hope Shadow Health secretary John Ashworth raises this conflict of interests during the campaign.
Can such an individual be trusted to look after the NHS?
Tories to join forces with UKIP, say Huff Post sources
The Conservative Party has struck a deal with UKIP and won’t field a candidate in the upcoming Stoke by-election, it was alleged yesterday.
The story, reported by Martha Gill of the Huffington Post, has not yet been fully picked up by bigger media outlets.
John McDonnell’s press secretary James Mills tweeted:
Paul Nuttall is a Tory candidate.. *AGAIN* RT Tories write off stoke-on-trent central by-election, party sources say https://t.co/VNcAX251dm
— James Mills (@JamesMills1984) January 24, 2017
But is it True?
One can understand Mills’s frustration, but is it true the Tories won’t field a candidate?
According to Wikipedia in the 2015 Stoke Central General Election the Tory candidate got just 33 votes less than the UKIP candidate.
And the Chancellor was actually in Brexit-backing Stoke only yesterday to talk about the Government’s new ‘hands on’ Industrial Strategy:
— Phil Corrigan (@PhilC2010) January 23, 2017
Stoke Conservatives who run the City Council in a coalition with independents tweeted:
— Stoke Conservatives (@SoTConservative) January 23, 2017
Hardly the behaviour of a party that won’t field a candidate.
In fact the Tory Deputy Leader of the Council was out canvassing this weekend :
— Abi Brown (@AbiBrown1) January 21, 2017
The Tories will apparently be choosing their candidate tomorrow night – on the same night as Labour:
— Joe Rich (@joerichlaw) January 23, 2017
— Daniel Jellyman (@DanielJellyman) January 23, 2017
— Daniel Jellyman (@DanielJellyman) January 23, 2017
Esther McVey on UKIP’s Chances
Former Tory Welfare Minister Esther McVey was on Marr a couple of weeks ago talking up UKIP’s chances in Stoke:
But grassroots Tories are unwilling to cede a single vote, let alone seat, to UKIP or Labour:
— Andrew Thorpe-Apps (@AG_ThorpeApps) January 15, 2017
Despite all this grassroots sentiment would the Tory Party Strategists still gift a seat to UKIP?
To many such pragmatism could be a step too far.
From Nasty to Neo-Nazi
In the eyes of many this could shift the Tories from the Nasty Party to the Neo-Nazi Party
As for Stoke Central itself, wouldn’t it be something for them to lose their Old Etonian former shadow cabinet member to the Victoria and Albert Museum and to replace him with a UKIP leader who to many is nothing more than a neo-fascist thug?
Nuttall once stood for the Conservatives in Bootle, his hometown, before becoming a UKIP MEP.
The following story appeared in yesterday’s Evening Standard in London.
Should you find yourself in Stoke this week the Repertory Theatre is staging : One Man Two Guvnors
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The Devolution agenda: Outsource the cuts. Outsource the liability for the much needed infrastructure spend.
Overrule councils if they dont do as they’re told. Otherwise give them full freedom. Freedom to get into debt. To sign LOBOs and PFI deals.
And interest rate hedging products. Embedded derivatives. Swaps. Bermudans. Callable. Floating Rate Notes. Inverse Floaters.
Linked to LIBOR. Is there something we’re not being told?
At the end of this article, The Times claims the government is turning to Post War tactics to ease the housing crisis and hit its construction target.
The housing minister in 1945 was Nye Bevan, who built the NHS.
Will the Times now nostalgically call for the ejection of private companies and re-nationalisation of the NHS — as a return to post war tactics?
Hmm. All these contradictions. So much engineered confusion. How do we even manage to get out of bed in the morning?
Will Corbyn and McDonnell get treated with respect if they frame their NHS reforms as a return to post war tactics and not as an attack on the City of London?
Jeremy Corbyn delighted Remain Boss, Roland Rudd, with his multiple TV appearances & speeches in the run-up to the EU referendum vote.
Rudd admitted this on Bloomberg TV two days before the vote.
The exact quote is at 3m 37s:
Yet Angela Eagle, Hillary Benn, Chuka Umunna, & Seema Malhotra have repeatedly claimed Corbyn did not do enough.
They can’t all be right.
Iraq Cover Up
So many Labour MPs voted for the Iraq war, Tuition Fees, and for airstrikes on Syria — they all wanted Corbyn out of the way before last week’s Chilcot Iraq Inquiry.
Therefore ‘Blairites’ blame Corbyn for their own inability to defend the EU.
Disdain for Democracy
New Labour’s disdain for democracy becomes clearest when nominating successors.
Coming up with a challenger to Corbyn, has put them in total disarray.
How ironic that — given their individual ambition — New Labour dinosaurs are incapable of leadership or collective decision-making.
What will they do next to persuade the country to vote for them?
More Project Fear?
Angela Eagle is an experienced parliamentarian but has no charisma and was never more than a junior minister.
Her wooden PMQ’s performance in December 2015 against the equally wooden George Osborne was obviously stage-managed with both sides’s lines seemingly written by the same team.
Perhaps a clue lies in the fact that Angela Eagle shared the same Pro-EU platform with Roland Rudd’s sister Amber Rudd in the week before the Referendum.