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Ali Parsa, NHS Privatiser & Babylon Health CEO, attends Butchers without Borders

What motivates UK-based “healthcare entrepreneur”, ex-Goldman Sachs investment banker, Ali Parsa to attend the Butchers without Borders investment conference in Saudi Arabia?

The Saudi Sovereign Wealth fund, bought a stake in Babylon Health in August.

Yes, that’s right, Saudi Arabia are making money from the NHS, and no-one is saying a bad word about it.

Britain is truly open to all types of masochistic business.

The Neo-Liberal Guardian

Maybe Guardian news hound Rupert Neate is busy writing a book about the health benefits of wealth.

The Axios article referenced at the end of his piece was published last week and cited here:

Since then the event itself has started and a full line-up has been published.

For some reason the Guardian hasn’t mentioned that Babylon Health CEO Ali Parsa was at the conference yesterday:

In Brief

Babylon Health is defunding GPs practices, cherry picking younger patients, handing over confidential medical data to Google Health, operating with an inevitable significant error rate (machine learning isn’t perfect), taking Saudi Money, Google money, US health insurance (Centene) money, Swedish venture capitalist money which specialised in 1990’s Russian disaster capitalism (New Vostok Ventures), doing deals with surveillance capitalists Tencent in repressive China, and in Rwanda thanks to Tony Blair and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr Murphy

I can see why Ali Parsa is doing what he’s doing – for the money.

For more on NHS Privatisation the upcoming film, Great NHS Heist, is the one to watch:

Here is some good deprogramming re: Babyon BBC PR Shenanigans

The Circle Debacle

This is an Ali Parsa appearance in 2012 during his previous failed venture, with a Hospital:

Bankruptcy

The Big Society

Here is Ali Parsa on Health Care and the BIG SOCIETY:

National Radio

Here is Ali Parsa on BBC Today Programme, he isn’t introduced as having failed in his Circle venture, he is able to use his buzzwords.

When he makes claims none of them are questioned:

Regulation

The UK information commissioner is woefully underfunded for protecting patients from data fraud, as is the case with fake news during elections.

This took place yesterday. Can you feel the tech firms and investment banks circling the UK as we speak?

More puff from Ali, this time at KPMG.

KPMG, the Big Four, and PFI

KPMG, PWC, Deloitte, Accenture are management accounting firms that are also known as the Big Four.

They offer more than just accounting services and, although they are referred to as mere Bean Counters, their work is often laden with conflicts of interest.

KPMG, over the years have been a big funder of the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) a New Labour-style Think Tank.

IPPR backed the part-privatisation of many of Britain’s hospitals in the 1990s and early 2000s. But the conflicts of interest in their promotion are now much clearer than they were then. The so-called left wing think tanks were funded by large private companies to push their privatising agenda.

Martin Taylor, former general secretary to the secretive Bilderberg Group, donates big. He was also a top Goldman Sachs, Barclays and WH Smith executive and is understood to have been a lead driver of PFI in this country.

IPPR has had a bit of a makeover in the last couple of years, since the 2017 election. Grace Blakeley, one of their economists, is on the TV a lot and Tom Kibasi, the soon to depart CEO, has become very close to the top of the Labour Party. But although Blakeley has written a book about Financialisation, I understand that she rarely takes on her former employers – like KPMG.

On the subject of PFI, IPPR now say that it was a disaster — conveniently forgetting their own role promoting it.

They say that the Government should bail out the hospitals by buying the debt and issuing (cheaper) government bonds to pay it off.

It goes without saying that the hospitals should have been funded using general taxation in the first place.

Apparently EU accounting rules forbade UK from running the type of deficits that such programmes would have required.

But the actual solution, going after the fraudsters that pushed PFI in the first place, doesn’t seem to get mentioned even in the Labour Party.

Why do you think that is? Maybe because IPPR have infiltrated Labour Party thinking and are doing the bidding of their friends, (some of) the fraudsters over at the City of London.

More on the NHS Privatisation from Dr Bob Gill, GP and producer of the Great NHS Heist.

Sell-Off

This film was made in 2014

Awareness

If we don’t have a proper media, the only way any good decision making will happen for this country is if we take back control of internal communication.

Lobbyists, Public Affairs and Public Relations execs will always be paid to serve the rich. But they need to be called out more frequently, if not they will carry on winning the war. The stakes are high. Please share this information, if you can.

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“Kingmakers” — 160,000 of dem

The Language of Propaganda & Manipulation

Check out the bastardised use of “kingmakers” below.

This from Wiki:

This from the Tory Party website. Kofi aptly means Friday in Ghana.

More from Wiki. Maybe the Tories and the Times have point:

From West Africa to the West of England

Arms sales were declared illegal in a UK court yesterday, but look how the Times reports it, no mention of illegality or complicity in war crimes.


In the adjacent story the only reason Saudi are being forced to withdraw from Yemen is British shareholders can no longer profit from killing Yemeni kids.

Explo Nani Kofi

We leave the final word to the Real Kingmaker – Explo – Nani – Kofi

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Who’s Regulating the post-Brexit Conversation?

For in the hand of Yahweh there is a cup, full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours it out. Indeed the wicked of the earth drink and drink it to its very dregs.

Subliminal

A friend and I recently agreed that Naomi Klein’s latest book No is not Enough appeals less to Brits than North Americans.

We have other things going on like Corbyn and Brexit.

Media Hype

I like how the American media are so upfront. They openly discuss their administration’s white nationalism and deregulatory stance on health insurance, tax, guns, & net neutrality.

Here in the UK our deregulation is not so much spoon-fed as subliminal.

Just like with shadow banking, we know it’s naughty, we know it’s happening, but we act as though everything’s above board.

Too much Red Tape, Mate

The Brexit vote of June 2016 was sold as the perfect opportunity to take back control of our borders, recover sovereignty and cut Red Tape.

Click the image below for the original Sun article.

But exactly which regulations we’ll be cutting remains to be seen.

After all we’ll still need to retain the right to trade with Europe.

We’ll also need to keep our rights at work, protect our food, and look after the environment.

Countries will only trade with us if they trust our regulatory standards.

How will that happen if we become a totally unregulated space?

As Tax Justice Campaigner Richard Murphy puts it:

“We need rules. Try playing football without any rules. It doesn’t work.”

Captured Media

The lack of clarity from our journalists and politicians may be part of the problem.

Academics like Daniela Gabor, Prem Sikka, David Graeber, Vickie Cooper, David Whyte, Steve Tombs, and commentators like Frances Coppola, Ann Pettifor, Nicholas Wilson, and Ian Fraser are all reliable.

But few out and out hacks are prepared to rock the boat by asking difficult questions.

Even fewer politicians make meaningful commitments, give straight answers, or admit mistakes.

We don’t need no Education

In the midst of all this emerged Nigel Farage.

While the left and right were playing musical chairs in the centre, a gaping chasm opened up everywhere else.

All anyone had to do to occupy the space was point out the contradictions in the system.

Engineering of Consent

So in a strange social experiment the British public briefly entered an age of demagoguery. One that can’t be undone.

Where Thatcher, Blair and even Cameron got their voters mildly excited, unelected Mr Farage got the nation to  say “No” to the Establishment and  replace it with — the Establishment!

Post-coup nerves

The only problem with all this was that nobody ever thought that the Brexiteers could win. The Brexiteers themselves had no idea what they’d do once they won their coup.

As Hannah Arendt said of the British Empire:

It has often been said that the British acquired their empire in a fit of absent-mindedness, as consequence of automatic trends, yielding to what seemed possible and what was tempting, rather than as a result of deliberate policy. If this is true, then the road to hell may just as well be paved with no intentions as with the proverbial good ones.

Attention Hacker

In the following clip Nigel Farage strategically attacks ‘diversity’ before claiming that English is no longer spoken in many parts of the UK.


He’s our very own Donald Trump. The influence he’s projected over global politics is staggering.

Waistline Firecracker

By relentlessly attacking every MP in sight whilst having never been more than an MEP in Brussels, Farage has become the ultimate spectactor.

Like Lear’s Fool and Donald Trump, Farage has been able to speak populist truth to power without following any of the rules by which normal politicians are bound.

Deregulatory Fork

But just like Trump, he’s a vicious corporatist.

Earlier this year after asking if Trump’s an anarchist,  I asked anthropologist  David Graeber to distinguish between corporatists like Farage and fascists like Marine Le Pen.

It was Auntie wot won it

Before the referendum I asked the BBC how frequently Farage had appeared on Newsnight, Question Time, and The Today Programme — they refused.

I assume someone like Rupert Murdoch was supporting him.

In the wake of the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry James Harding moved to manage BBC News after having edited Murdoch’s Times for six years.

Maybe he was leaned on by Murdoch to include Farage on the BBC’s radio and televised debates.

Despite being a fully paid up member of the Metropolitan Elite and presumably a Remainer, Harding knows which way his bread’s buttered.

Amusing ourselves to death

Though humouring his old boss would have been logical, what started out as a joke led to a constitutional crisis.

By attacking the EU and political correctness in the way that he has, Farage has managed to overturn forty years of food, employment, financial and environmental standards.

Farage is currently employed by Rupert Murdoch in the US and by LBC talk radio in the UK.

What happened

Neo-liberal economics was underpinned by a belief in the idea of infinite growth. But the rapid growth of the ‘left behinds’ who under Thatcher had been written off as the acceptable rate of unemployment led to a growing divide.

They had no way out of a life of austerity.

At the same time came the rise of the Metropolitan Elite with their skinny lattés and Polish plumbers

Et Voila!

Plenty of newspapers also told their readers to vote for Brexit.

They weren’t all convinced by Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove.

The Sun, the Mail, the Express, the Sunday Times, and the Telegraph are all still fervent Brexiteers.

Brexit Bill

But according to those Brexiteers who aren’t in the Cabinet, the Government are making a hash of Brexit.

The potential benefits of a Brexit deal are fast disappearing as the Government commits to paying more and more money to the EU.

What next?

  1. Who is going to stand up for UK regulation?
  2. How will a balance be struck between protecting UK business, UK citizens and non-citizens?