Local girl Luciana Berger’s Lib Dem campaign in Finchley and Golders Green appears to have hit a snag.
Shunned by Synagogues
London Conversation has learned that a faction within that Jewish community has told Finchley’s Conservative Synagogues to back Tory MP Mike Freer.
Hindu Block Vote
Similar behaviour is alleged to be taking place in British Hindu communities.
Gay Friend of Israel
A former Remainer, Mike Freer, used to run Barnet Council, is staunchly pro-Israel, and has turned his back on his liberal views to become one of Boris Johnson’s Whips (hardline enforcer of party discipline).
The North London Pinochet
Full disclosure: This author frequently refers to Mike Freer as the Augusto Pinochet of North London due to the shock therapy neo-liberal economic experiments Freer has subjected the residents of Barnet to, particularly the outsourcing of many of the Council’s Functions to Capita in what became known as the One Barnet / Easy Council policy.
The Anti-Female Female
With Conservative Synagogues behind him, Mike Freer is happy for Berger to be denounced as anti-female due to her signing up to the Lib Dem manifesto which includes pledges about Trans Rights.
For truth lovers this strategy is wrongheaded in many ways.
He’s not Anti-Trans
First of all Freer is an openly gay man who is not known for his anti-trans views.
Tories love Paedos
The Tory record on paedophilia in general and Westminster VIP sex abuse in particular is hardly one in which they have covered themselves in glory.
Thatcher & Savile
Margaret Thatcher, who represented the Finchley and Golders Green constituency from 1959 to 1992, was on very good terms with BBC stalwart Jimmy Savile who is now known to have been easily as prolific and organised in his approach to blackmail, influence, & paedophilia as that other friend of the British Establishment – Jeffrey Epstein.
That Savile operated with impunity throughout his life is testament to the protection he received.
Savile’s connections to the establishment ran deep – including the Royal Family, The Military, The NHS and Northern Ireland.
Savile was introduced to Prince Charles by Prince Phillip’s favourite Uncle — Lord Louis Mountbatten.
In 1966 Lord Mountbatten, then Commandant General, arranged for Jimmy Savile to be the first civilian to be awarded a Royal Marines’ green beret.
Mountbatten was murdered off the coast of Ireland by the IRA in 1974.
Kincora Children’s Home
He was known to frequent Kincora, a Northern Irish children’s home, where he habitually raped vulnerable teenage boys.
Theresa May ensured Kincora would not be investigated in the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse because she was unwilling for the truth about rampant MI6, Military and Royal Family paedophilia to surface on her watch.
Theresa Villiers, another Brexiteer and former Northern Ireland Secretary, is the Tory MP for the neighbouring constituency: Chipping Barnet.
She shut down the investigation into Kincora:
Thus the shadow of establishment paedophilia & anti-semitism has fallen upon this campaign.
Mike Freer like everyone else in this story claims to be a huge Thatcher fan.
In the following 2013 video following her death Freer claims Mrs Thatcher’s views on international diplomacy were an influence.
This was obviously when he was still a Remainer.
Freer appears to also be a huge pragmatist
Rather than sticking to his principles and falling on his sword following Remain’s failure to win the referendum, Freer has shown himself willing to get in bed with anyone, from Boris Johnson to the bigoted racist, homophobic, misogynist DUP.
Misogyny without Borders
In the following image, prolific left wing Broken Barnet Blogger aka Mrs Angry revealed that in June this year Mike Freer invited the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-abortion, anti-Trans, far-right Arlene Foster to Margaret Thatcher’s former constituency office.
In the photo is Conservative Female Councillor Jennifer Grocock whose Brexit credentials and taste in bedfellows couldn’t be clearer.
Revolt & Reform
Liberal Jews in Finchley and Golders Green are leaving the Tory Party and campaigning for Luciana Berger to become their MP.
But will the Conservative narrative, that Gay Male Flip-Flopper Mike Freer is the one whom Jews can trust really defeat the homecoming of a Finchley Girl and (unwilling) national antisemitism spokesperson?
Ring My Bell
One thing’s for sure in all this — the Conservatives are looking pretty jittery next door:
Lord Letwin DeRegulator ((Dominator)) ((Der is no Udder))
Wanna Kiss Myself
It’s quite something to see Arch-Remainers parachute Arch-Thatcherite Oliver Letwin into his new emergency-stylerole as Lord Liberal of Remain.
But does this not slightly give the game away?
That we’re in for a Mandelsonian Blairite Johnson Miller Faragiste Zero Regulation Putin Trump Murdoch Roy Cohn-style Apocalyptic #TINA-style Brexit.
A fool & his attention are soon hacked.
On the BBC yesterday he was made to look as though he was attempting to thwart Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal:
But on Andrew Marr today he said he would happily vote for it.
It is testament to the Billionaire BBC and Press Baron propaganda machine that Letwin was lauded by thousands in Central London for appearing to block Boris’ Brexit and all the deregulation that will come with it, when nothing could be further from the truth.
In June 2017 Letwin wrote this piece for Evening Standard Editor George Osborne. Note the use of the term Crypto-Marxist. Yesterday he relied on John McDonnell’s vote. I smell shenanigans.
The Real Deal
This is more like it (from August)
The new EU / Boris withdrawal agreement is stuffed with deregulation. No wonder Letwin says he’ll vote for it. Interesting that they put a border around Ireland.
Drift to Union
In 1989 Oliver Letwin wrote Drift to Union: Wiser Way to a Wider Community.
This was one of the early Eurosceptic works and is said to have radicalised Brexit Headbanger and all round swivel-eyed loon Bernard Jenkin.
Check out the lyrics:
In his autobiography, Hearts and Minds, Oliver Letwin admits to being hoist by his own petard in regard to Jenkin and the rest of the “bastards”.
Letwin of course didn’t invent Euroscepticism.
Paedo Harvey Proctor was a eurosceptic long before Letwin came on the scene. He was an Enoch Powell fan. Powell, though a genius in the linguistic realm, was also said variously to be a racist, a eurosceptic, a monetarist and a paedophile. Proctor is well known to have been all of the above.
Tony Benn was a Eurosceptic too and bonded with Powell over their mutual disdain for the EU. Just as Corbyn has always been against the Bosses Union. God knows why he and John McDonnell have U-turned now!
Deregulation is the thing which has been the only political topic for the last forty years but which the BBC and other channels of course pretend isn’t actually happening.
Racist though they are, the executives at the BBC would prefer to talk about racism than deregulation!
The gargantuan effort of miseducating the nation would take years of deprogramming to eventually be remedied.
The BBC are happy to refer to unregulated sectors as being bad, but never to deregulation as a political choice.
Check out the spike from 2015 in the graph below. They pretend the stats over the decade are bad, but the inflection point is the deregulation bill of 2015. There was a clause in the bill about privatising and outsourcing children’s homes. I called the Children’s Society, who did this research, at the time, but they couldn’t care less. The graph appears in the video below it.
Again the stat below is for 2012 to 2019 but I suspect the bulk of the rise is from 2015. Some Tory donors will have made big money from the Deregulation Bill.
The Deregulation Bill of 2015 passed almost without mention. Sponsored by Ken Clarke and Oliver Letwin. Both of whom featured in Iain Duncan Smith’s speech yesterday.
So Johnson, Clarke, Letwin, and Duncan Smith are all pimping vulnerable kids into prostitution, trafficking, drug addiction and misery for the sake of a couple of quid. And the BBC say nothing.
Matt Hancock signed off on the Deregulation Bill at the same time as he was talking up TTIP.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, a Labour Lord, represented Labour for the Deregulation Bill in the Lords against the coalition’s Lib Dem Lord Saltaire.
I watched Hancock and Hunt in Parliament on the same day in January 2015.
Little did I know that Britain would leave the EU and Trump torpedo TTIP.
Or that Hancock would become Health Minister.
But weirdest of all was when I found out that Lord Hunt was on the books of Tory former health Minister Baroness Cumberlege’s lobbying firm : Cumberlege Connections.
How transparently fucked up is that? A leading Labour Lord being on a Tory’s lobby outfit’s payroll. And guess who else is on Cumberlege’s books?
Only Baroness Browning, the chair of ACOBA, the body that is supposed to police the revolving door. Browning is literally doing the thing she is supposed to be guarding against. Fox in charge of chicken house on a meta-fucking-level.
Speaking of meta, that is what the deregulation bill was. It took bits from pre-existing laws. Same as Brexit is doing to workers rights. Snipping them away in one go.
After the Deregulation bill was passed Sajid Javid became Business Secretary and said he wanted to cut even more Red Tape. The Cameron One in Two Out and One in Three Out Deregulation policies were eventually copied in Brussels and by Donald Trump.
We are the kings of below the radar human rights violations.
And the BBC is key in disarming, disinforming, destroying modern Britain.
Paedo Protection Unit
Concealing deregulation debates from its audience has been as big a con trick as the VIP sex scandal it pulled with Jimmy Savile. It’s tried to pretend Westminster doesn’t have a paedo / rent boy / VIP sex ring problem but, again, it’s plain as day that the BBC is protecting paedos like Harvey Proctor.
Proctor’s winning the Paedo PR war with help from the likes of Stephen Fry, Craig Dillon, and Tarsh Consulting.
The associates on Daniel Janner’s Paedo pressure group FAIR look like they’re almost all evil. I would say Liam Allan has been utterly duped into joining.
For the link between privatisation, profit and paedophilia listen to this podcast from 2018 that connects upskirting scandal MP Sir Christopher Chope who used to run Wandsworth Council with the drugging and raping of Teresa Cooper and other women as part of the Big Pharma experiments that were conducted at Kendall House in the early eighties.
Teresa is an inspiration – do find out more about her. Amazing Woman.
Letwin’s wife, Isabel, was head of Legal Services at the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health during the Health and Social Care Act of 2012.
The Act did more to open up the NHS to the Private Sector than any other.
Pushed through by Letwin’s wife and Lib Dem peer Tim Clement Jones while Letwin himself was the eminence grise of the then coalition cabinet.
Cameron had put Letwin in every Cabinet Committee and let him run the Country via the Cabinet Office.
Clement Jones was Miriam Gonzalez Durantez’s boss at DLA Piper as well as being the Lib Dems’ Treasurer & Health spokesman in the Lords.
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez is a trade and competition lawyer who worked for Chris Patten in Brussels. After working at DLA Piper she moved to the London office of US law firm Dechert. She is currently Vice Chair of UBS Europe and at the beginning of the year she moved to California with her family and joined Cohen Grasser.
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez is married to former UK Deputy Prime Minister and current Facebook Vice President for Global Affairs and Comms, Nick Clegg.
Clegg of course worked for reputed paedo Leon Brittan in Brussels.
Will Facebook’s new currency Libra be linked to UK DWP benefits payments?
AI & Govt Welfare Contracts
Tata Consulting Services have a contract to supply platforms for Aadhaar, the Indian biometric welfare system,
as well as the private sector AI offshoot for UK benefits — BPDTS.
But they are still trying to make it look glam to attract “talent” to its Newcastle offices. Offering Datajams, Dojos, and hackathons. When in actual fact they are just persecuting, traumatising and often killing people who they should be helping.
Tata have been here for 10 years:
Aadhaar – Indian Biometric ID System
This is what can happen when things go wrong – and they have been going wrong for a long time already.
Cathy O’Neill’s Weapons of Math Destruction is brilliant on this.
Keir Starmer was the lawyer for the McLibel case that was so embarrassing for McDonalds. He went on to become Director of Public Prosecutions. A super political job. They say he’s a proper deep state man.
How funny that John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson, Keir Starmer and OLIVER LETWIN all voted, against Boris, for the same bill.
Were they really all voting against a crash-out?
I am of the opinion that no deal would be better than the one that Boris has agreed.
The Meaning of Meaning
Here’s my mate Roger Lewis and I trying to make sense of events.
Great NHS Heist
If you liked the themes in this blog you would probably like the upcoming film by Dr Bob Gill and Drew McFadyen, The Great NHS Heist.
Combine Felicity Lawrence’s article on Chinese antibiotics in today’s Guardian
with her talk at the Museum of Comedy last week,
and you get a decent prism through which to interpret Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
What’s the Deal?
If Northern Ireland is to officially remain in the Customs Union and follow the EU’s food safety regulation, this is proof that they have already started to flout it.
Concerned Brexiteers have spoken of Brexit in name only (BRINO) – but this deal, masquerading as Remain, retains the familiar Rees Mogg whiff of droit du seigneur, sans noblesse oblige.
Why all the enthusiasm from Macron, Merkel, Varadkar and even Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg?
I suppose that as the EU has painted itself as a moral organisation which exists to protect peace within and outside its borders, it is very hard for it to make noise about anything that resembles specific features from its own system of exceptions, caveats, favouritism and outright hypocrisy.
The BBC had a legal and trade academic from Cambridge University on yesterday talking about how the EU is afraid of a Singapore on Thames on its doorstep.
But what about Ireland and Luxembourg — what are they?
This is UK pitching to be a rogue state that gets to compete with everyone else in a race to the bottom taking every possible advantage it can whilst pretending to respect the rule of law and do deals with the equally hypocritical but harder to control EU.
Is there a way out of this mess? I don’t know.
The fact that nobody in the UK is made aware of the confirmation hearings for EU commissioners, let alone that at least three proposed commissioners have had their candidatures voted down by the European Parliament, indicates the outsize ignorance levels in which this country bathes.
Ignorance as a Weapon
Speaking of ignorance – I picked up Linsey McGoey’s new book The Unknowers last week.
I’ve been looking forward to this for about two years and the first few pages do not disappoint. This is looking like it’s going to be book of the year and recommended reading for anyone who doesn’t like being lied to.
The field of ignorance studies is also known as agnotology and strategic ignorance — one way of describing the tactics of those who have done so much to create our almost total lack of political awareness.
The axioms upon which the foundations of classical economics are built include perfect access to information and logical rational decision-making. One doesn’t have to be Kurt Gödel to disprove either.
As the saying goes, We are not so much Dr Spock as Homer Simpson.
Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed
Instead of discussing whether or not we are being lied to, McGoey gets us comfortable with the idea that being surrounded by lies and omissions is just the norm.
A good place to start. I’m not yet familiar with the principles and schools of thought in the science of agnotology, but I feel quite sure that, whatever they are, they are being deployed by and upon us every minute of every day.
Censorship, Profits, Health Claims
The book has a section on Big Pharma whistleblowers, and relates to the whole world of non-disclosure and gagging clauses:
It’s no secret that the Morning Star swings to the left.
And one shouldn’t belittle its fantastic work highlighting underrepresented points of view.
But it’s quite remarkable when the newspaper it is most in sync with is … The Sun.
Obviously a constellational thing.
Many years ago it became clear to me that the right wing press was funnier than the left.
I grew up in the 1990s when most right-on alternative comedians opposed the Thatcher and Major Conservative governments.
So this all came as a bit of a shock.
But the culture war has now moved on.
People like me need to get with the times.
The war of ideas has become more sophisticated than I recognized.
Political marketing assumes many forms.
Have I become more paranoid?
Or have things genuinely moved on?
Until very recently Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire owner of the Sun, backed Theresa May.
She called an election in 2017 and made sure she put the elimination of the Leveson Inquiry into press criminality on her manifesto.
Murdoch’s staff had been paying the police and getting people sent to jail for relatively minor crimes such as helping undercover journalists buy small amounts of drugs.
In other countries such behaviour would be called entrapment.
For this she was rewarded with favourable media coverage and became so full of hubris that she didn’t even turn up to the TV debate.
Murdoch got what he wanted when the then Media Secretary Matt Hancock got the entire Tory Party (except 5) to vote, along with the DUP, to bin the Inquiry.
Hacked Off, a press regulation pressure group financed by F1 Billionaire Max Mosley, took a Judicial Review case to get the Government to reverse its position, but they lost.
The verdict was announced last week.
If only the story stopped there.
Carry on Brexit
Murdoch is for Brexit. It helps shrink the state and turn the UK (and its overseas territories) into even more of an oligarch-friendly low tax regime.
The links between the Sun’s ideology and the right-wing think tanks coming out of Tufton Street are repetitious.
But the the US Tea Party and even Reagan’s Republicans have always been skilled in dressing up their deregulation in a Ché Guevara beret.
Steve Bannon constantly refers to culture wars. I remember the American conspiracy theorist historian Webster Tarpley telling Alex Jones back in 2009 that to get rid of Obama the right would have to attack him from the left.
And so the Sun’s anti-regulation anti-EU stance now overlaps with the Morning Star’s!
I am not against debate.
But it is good to get enough background context to back up the valid instinct that you are being lied to.
Knowing who funds the article you are reading usually tells you more about what is being written than the words themselves.
The fact that the Morning Star is dead against the EU shows how strongly the unions must really feel about Brexit.
Phillip Coggan of the Economist tweeted about the parallels with UK 1930s politics recently. This was possibly in relation to the Nicky Morgan and Oliver Letwin suggestions of a temporary technocratic Unity Government.
George Lansbury (grandfather of actress Angela) became head of the Labour Party at a time when they split and one half (not his) joined a Unity Government.
Lansbury once edited the Herald, a workers’ newspaper that eventually became The Sun.
Funny to see the spectres of Mosley and Lansbury rear themselves once again.
It’s fair to say that Kevin Billington and Peter Cook were well ahead of their time.
Like Terry Southern, the Tarantino of the 60s, Cook passed away in 1995.
What would have these chaps made of current shenanigans?
Perhaps it’s been going on since time immemorial – but very few people seem to have made a success of pointing these things out.
Heretical Finance Reading Group
We are looking at Dark Pools on Monday:
I’m a third of the way in. One thing that has struck me is how infrequently this 2012 book about high frequency trading uses the words ‘leverage’, ‘arbitrage’ or even the term ‘High Frequency Trading’.
In my interview with Peter Jukes of Byline earlier this summer Jukes outlined how hedge fund billionaires such as Robert Mercer transferred their awareness of natural language programming and other pattern detecting machinery from profit seeking in illiquid and arcane financial markets to emotional manipulation and election influencing in political marketing.
Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore boasted about their use of AI and micro targeting at the time.
But as the story of the Brexit victory unravels, it is becoming clear that when it comes to the regulation of market and election rigging, as with corporate billionaire tax avoidance, it is the technology and legal loophole industry, and not regulatory bodies or even legal authorities, that set the pace.
She has consistently voted with the Government for Brexit in the Lords and is therefore too biased to regulate the BBC.
She shouldn’t be allowed to back the Government in the Lords as well as in our living rooms.
Separate questions about her role overseeing the re-appropriation of hundreds of millions of pounds worth of small and medium sized businesses’s assets at the Royal Bank of Scotland also cast doubt on whether she possesses the probity and good judgment required of a media regulator.
Here she is, only last week, retweeting the most controversial of characters, Darren Grimes of Vote Leave.
This young man took hundreds of thousands of pounds from Vote Leave to launder money and the youth vote for the corrupt Steve Bannon’s Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to the Brexit Vote.
As a gay man and ardent Brexiteer, this is bollocks. Our equality, non-discrimination and family rights were hard fought for over many years by parliamentarians in the UK. The idea we’ll become intolerant of minorities without the EU is nonsense on stilts. https://t.co/tXnqGWHyQ6
This cases are just the tip of the iceberg as so much remains covered up.
This from February:
That’s right, this woman is deeply involved in one of the biggest banking scandals of all time.
Noakes was once described as the country’s top accountant and has lots of experience in PFI both for the government, the audit firms as well as in the private sector.
But sadly, it looks as thought our BBC has been entrusted to a card-carrying Tory Brexit propagandist.
Freedom of Information
John Mann sent a Freedom of Information Request to the Bank of England about former Deputy Governor Paul Tucker’s role in getting Barclays to readjust their LIBOR submissions during the crash in 2008. Mann was on the Treasury Select Committee and so the FOI was treated as urgent and replied to swiftly.
I suggest that a Labour member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee or the Shadow Minister for Culture, Tom Watson, send in an FOI to Ofcom asking to see whether Baroness Noakes membership of the House Lords has ever been considered a potential conflict of interest.
Certainly all of Noakes’s correspondence on the subject of Brexit during the run up to the referendum and ever since are highly relevant at this time. Perhaps a group of Remainer MPs on the DCMS select committee, including Damian Collins, would like to start asking Ofcom these crucial questions.
Anything less would demonstrate a high degree of collusive corruption.
I asked David Whyte if the UK is a corrupt country in the run up to last year’s election:
For those who are new to the scandal plagued RBS GRG unit, this has been described as an “abattoir” for small businesses and that it may be the “biggest theft ever”.
That’s right, this woman is up to her neck in criminality and that is before the mega scandal that is about to break.
By the way she was once described as the country’s top accountant and has lots of experience in PFI both for the government, the audit firms as well as in the private sector. So yes, we’re talking about a mega-looter as a well as propagandista extraordinaire!
Good luck, Shelia Noakes, you’re going to need it!
What a funny week we’ve had: Wages, Inflation, Sterling, Labour shocks, Enoch Powell, Windrush, Home Office, Deportations, Andrew Neil and David Goodhart, Nick Timothy, Hostile Environment, Modi, Gove, Mode4, The Times, ALEC, Cambridge Analytica, Barbara Bush, Basic Income, Biometrics, Aadhaar, Syria, Peter Hitchens, Owen Jones, Amelia Gentleman and Jo Johnson, Amber Rudd, Caroline Nokes, Mick Mulvaney, Lance Armstrong, The Serious Fraud Office, Aaron Banks and Local Elections — all very Surkov. (explanation to come)
Some of these issues were mentioned in Amusing Ourselves to Death, a podcast out later today. I will include some links for some of what we talked about and a few more from the list above.
Corbyn who has been personally accused of Anti-Semitism was one of only a handful of Labour MPs to oppose Theresa May’s Hostile Environment Strategy in Parliament in 2013. The Conservative MPs all voted for it and the Labour MPs who accuse him of Anti-Semitism all abstained. Actions speak louder than words, ha?
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes claimed not to know the numbers when asked bout how many people had been deported but promised them all Biometric Residency Permits. WTF?
Amber Rudd accused her own department of being too focused on policy and not on individuals. But she’s been running it since she took over from Theresa May in July 2016. It was during Rudd’s incredibly hostile speech at the Tory Party Conference in October 2016 that the Pound dropped like a stone.
Recent wages figures may have outstripped inflation for the first time in a long time and Sterling may have hit a recent high but it has since fallen and the wage increases mask a labour shock fuelled by a fall in immigration due to foreign workers unwilling to come to Britain.
According to Theresa May’s definitions David Goodhart’s grandfather was a Jewish immigrant to the UK. Yet Goodhart himself, despite being descended from the Jewish Bankers who set up Lehman Brothers, thinks nothing of lending support to the far right French National Front and to Hungarian far right anti-Soros Orban Party.
I must say I am one of the people who was going to vote Remain but changed their mind at the last minute. The arguments I fell for were persuasive so I was utterly convinced of them at the time.
The proof has come out just a few hours after the BBC read out Enoch’s Powell’s Rivers of Blood Speech on the television to commemorate’s its 50th anniversary.
The BBC is a public institution which shrouds itself in secrecy. Which shows how seriously our leaders take its propaganda purpose. If only we could know who had decided we needed to hear that speech in that particular way. The BBC relies on a single Supreme Court ruling to interpret the European Convention on Human Rights in such a way as to prevent the public from ever knowing who decides what at the BBC. You’re more likely to find out about the contents of a telephone call between Theresa May and Donald Trump than between the producers and programme researchers of Newsnight.
It was quite obviously written to persuade FT readers in Kensington that are disgusted at the behaviour of the Conservative Party in relation in particular to Grenfell, but also Brexit, that there is a non-Labour alternative. Quite a PR coup for the Conservatives who have clearly already given up on the idea that they can maintain their stranglehold over the borough.
But also of interest from the national perspective as perception is everything and the Conservatives have to do everything they can to fight a Labour revival wherever it appears. Like the Americans in Latin America.
The few photos I can see of the Advance canvassers tell me they are not made up of Grenfell Fire survivors.
This looks like an outside operation – just as Cambridge Analytica were paid by UKIP to swing Brexit.
A quick look at who is following the Advance Party on Twitter shows a demographic that is even whiter than the Tories! Obviously there is nothing in itself wrong with that, but these people are obviously all Lib Dem Remainers who just can’t bring themselves to vote Labour.
The class struggle is alive and well in Kensington and Chelsea!
This retweet by one of the Advance Followers – says it all:
Bloomberg has just shown that the May Government’s proposals to shut the Serious Fraud Office are part of the UK’s post Brexit offer of Corruption-as-a-Service.
UK territories already include tax havens like Jersey and the Cayman Islands, so why not go the whole way and get rid of fraud prosecution altogether?
Steve Middleton, Financial Adviser and Founder of Bank Confidential, says that if you’re an up-to-no-good financial services outfit, who would you rather be on your case, Hercules Poirot or Inspector Clouseau?
That is the current state of affairs in the UK with the FCA, Bank of England, City of London Economic Crime Police, Audit Firms, Law Firms, SFO and the revolving door with the Banks.
As long as regulators are muzzled and employees afraid to speak out, the culture of Omertà that financial journalist Ian Fraser has said exists in UK financial services will never go away.
A potential whistleblower has to jump through many legal hoops in order to get whistleblower status and all for very little reward.
See it. Say it. Sorted.
The government’s recent “See it. Say it. Sorted.” campaign applies to unattended baggage and foreign looking individuals,
Apparently wearing a coat now makes you a terror suspect… Especially if you look like a Jew as depicted by the Nazis pic.twitter.com/JNeOXRwpGJ
But as pointed out by the Bloomberg Report, the government’s entire post Brexit strategy is premised on suspect packages of cash making their way into the UK financial system with absolutely minimal questions asked.
The “See it. Say it. Sorted.” campaign is run by British Transport Police which reports to the Home Office.
Contrast that with typing “Speak up”, “Whistleblower” into a UK-based search engine. What you get is a fractured wild west of consulting firms all of whom are competing with each other to get private sector contracts to help companies deal with whistleblowers.
Senior Saudi Officials are in town this week. The type that hire American mercenary firms to torture their own cousins in American owned Marriott Hotels in order to extract $100 billion and show everyone who’s boss.
This would be equivalent to Amber Rudd hiring ex-Met Chief Phillip Hogan Howe’s new HSBC financed security firm to torture the previous Home Secretary Theresa May for a few months in exchange for her and her husband’s pension and most of their life savings.
Of course all talk of British made bombs being dropped on innocent hungry Yemeni children is off limits.
The UK is still angling for the Saudis to give clearance for Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil firm, to float on the London Stock Exchange.
Such a transaction would allow for millions in commission to float through to the City of London and to the advisers on the deal – HSBC.
One of the main advantages the UK has over the US is that in the UK no-one will ever bring a lawsuit agains the Saudis for harbouring terrorists.
In New York, lawyers are licking their lips at the chance of winning compensation for 911 victims from Saudi Arabia as 11 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.
If Gadaffi had to pay for Lockerbie than why not the Saudis?
So UK really is selling immunity as a service. The ultimate form of liberalism. We believe in a form of diversity that takes in acceptance of war criminals and genocide as well as mere guns, drugs and terror.
I interviewed anti-corruption campaigner and HSBC Whistleblower Nicholas Wilson during the last election and he explained the situation nicely:
Nicholas Wilson has blogged, tweeted and spoken about these issues and UK politics in general from an HSBC angle. The data he presents and the power mapping he has done points strongly to the systems that are in place to protect the UK establishment as well as transnational corporations at the expense of much human life and the environment. To those of you who are interested in political puppetry and the revolving door, I strongly suggest following his campaign.
You have to admire the chutzpah of these Tories. It’s all done in plain sight and they only ever lie about it when questioned.
This puff piece in defence of Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is by an employee of the Islamaphobic Henry Jackson Society and appears in the Independent which is owned by the same Russian Oligarch that employed George Osborne to edit the Evening Standard.
The Standard and Independent’s mission is therefore clear: Oppose Brexit but promote anything which protects billionaires, like money laundering.
On Thursday George Osborne, current editor of the Evening Standard and architect of extended austerity policies that inflicted misery on millions, issued a self congratulatory tweet upon the news that the austerity deficit target had finally been met, two years after he was ejected and nearly 8 years after it started.
The question i ask myself is whether anyone is going to get the Labour Party to debate these issues openly and vigorously and put clear unambiguous pledges and policy in its manifesto that can stop this sort of thing forever.
Those who wish to contribute, please step forward.
The Telegraph is going big on the story that George Soros is against Brexit. Theresa May’s former Chief of Staff, Nick Timothy, gets a byline for this “news story”.
With Osborne running the Remain supporting Standard and Timothy operating out of the Brexit-backing Telegraph it is no wonder there has been an erosion of standards in public life.
Rupert Murdoch has displayed outsized influence over both New Labour and Cameron and now it is clear that the Barclay Brothers and Mr Lebedev are pushing their own conflicting agendas.
Politicians such as Timothy and Osborne have no loyalty to the truth and as such, have no place in the media except as conservative columnists or more appropriately as registered corporate lobbyists.
There is nothing in itself wrong with the content of the article. It’s the tone that is worrying. By attacking Soros for being a foreign financier, the Telegraph are going big on the Big Money, Big Media, Big Influence angle which just so happens to tick every anti-semitic trope going.
It is worrying that just a few rich influential people get to decide how and when to overturn Brexit and indeed the UK government but following in the steps of Donald Trump and Hungary’s Populist leader Victor Orban is not a good look.
LeaveEU retweets Hungarian Populist Victor Orban, @theresa_may‘s former Chief of Staff Nick Timothy uses the Telegraph to attack Soros, whilst most Tories remain silent. We’re plumbing the depths here. Where is this going? https://t.co/sKkyo5JzBM
Soros made a lot of money out of Britain’s inability to converge the pound with the German Deutsch Mark in 1992. This meant that Britain stayed in what became the European Union but never joined the Eurozone which would have meant adopting the Euro.
In a sense Britain has a lot to thank Mr Soros for as without this seismic event, Britain might have turned into Greece already.
However Soros did buy HMRC’s buildings off the government for very little money and, of course, has stashed all the money offshore.
It would probably be more accurate to say that Soros got the UK to pay him handsomely to take the buildings. In this sense I wouldn’t say that he is a particularly nice man. But this is the model of capitalism that the Telegraph has always championed so it irks to see them turn against it just because they feeling like serving up some Brexit-inspired retribution.
They say you should never argue with a man who buys his ink by the gallon.
In the case of today’s media wars, for all their influence, I think the Tory movers and shakers will end up having to capitulate to the desires of big capital. That means staying friends with people like Soros and the big companies. Unless a new system rises up anytime soon, I can’t see how UK can simply exclude itself from the international financial system.
Yes much of it is corrupt but Britain has excelled at making money out of that corruption. Being in the EU helps.
But as there isn’t a fully fledged government in Berlin right now, Chancellor Merkel’s acting Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt was able to vote to renew the EU licence behind Merkel and SPD Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks’ back.
Under the IG Farben label they made Zyglon B, the gas used by the Nazis in the Gas Chambers.
Zyglon B was originally just another pesticide — invented by Fritz Haber’s research group at the IG Farben-owned Degecsh pest control company.
Fritz Haber was German, originally of Jewish background, and won the 1918 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his invention of the Haber-Bosch process which was used for both fertilisers and chemical weapons.
Immerwahr was the first woman in Germany to obtain a PhD in Chemistry. She contributed to Haber’s work but was a pacifist and woman’s rights activist.
She committed suicide in 1915 apparently upset about the role her husband played in overseeing the killing of thousands of soldiers in Belgium in the first known use of chemical weapons as a weapon of mass destruction.
Many of Monsanto and Bayer’s pesticide products double up as chemical weapons.
In the 1930s, chemists working for the German company Bayer discovered the highly poisonous properties of organophosphate compounds. By then, Bayer had already merged with BASF, Hoechst and other companies to form
the huge chemical conglomerate I.G. Farben; today Bayer is poised to become the worlds largest manufacturer of herbicides and pesticides and a leading source of genetically engineered seed varietieswith its recent takeover of the biotech giant Aventis CropScience. (Aventis is the company responsible for the Starlink variety of insecticidal GE corn, which was never approved for human consumption and thus forced the recall of some 300 name-brand processed food products during 2000-01.) As all of German industry became absorbed into the growing Nazi war machine, Bayers organophosphate compounds were developed simultaneously
as agricultural pesticides and as nerve gases for military use.
Agriculture — War by Other Means
Back in 1998, the Economist didn’t hide it’s enthusiasm for Better Living Through Chemistry.
All this talk of chemistry, the military, and the clown like approach to information management reminds me of another international laughing stock from way back in 2003: Ali Hassan Al-Majid aka Chemical Ali
Sweet Home Alabama
According to the Times, Tate & Lyle switched out of its historic sugar operation in 2010 and now focuses on developing new products including sweeteners, many of which are made in Alabama and delivered to Mexico to go into soft drinks.
US are using Brexit & Ireland to colonise Europe as they’d originally planned via TTIP.
First Baghdad then Athens then London
French Economist Patrick Artus predicted way back in 2002 that Britain would surely have adopted the Euro by now.
He clearly never read the Sun.
The likes of Buiter can claim the ‘Cave-In’ as a victory for the EU or his type of disaster capitalism, but he fundamentally misunderstands.
Brexit is an opportunity for far greater disruption via regulatory arbitrage. Collateral damage will be borne by those whose shoulders are least broad.
Amusing Ourselves to Death — Brexit Jihadi in Sheep’s Clothing Jacob Rees Mogg on Marr Show (3/12/17)
We need to deliver the benefits of leaving to the poorest in our nation because otherwise they will feel deeply let down. That includes dealing with freedom of movement and that includes getting free trade deals so that we can learn the cost of food clothing and footwear.
This from an Alt-Right man who consistently voted to cut disability benefit and whose father William edited the Times for several years and said of Murdoch in his memoirs: “Looking back, he has been an excellent proprietor for the Times, but also for Fleet Street.”
Lord William Rees-Mogg wrote the following book, quoting a famous Rothschild on when best to invest in the stock market.
Brits often sold secrets to Moscow during the Cold War. Redwood’s loyalty clearly lies elsewhere. He’s undermining Britain for his 30 pieces of silver. In days gone such behaviour could get you hanged.
Speaking in Codes – When you mean Deregulation, just say Ireland
Rees Mogg wants to maintain the integrity of Northern Ireland in UK and to have no hard border. This means he wants to recolonise the Irish by forcing them to accept the UK’s regulatory regime.
And if they don’t then Brexiteers can treat them just like they did the ‘Remoaners’.
Rees Mogg & Bannon Alliance
Marr should have asked Rees Mogg about Bannon’s stated aim to deconstruct the Administrative state.
This seems entirely consistent with Blood on The Streets and the Death of Britain.
Rees Mogg suggests speaking to Alt-Right Breitbart owner Steve Bannon is just like talking to Barrack Obama’s “left-wing” former UK ambassadors.
Presumably Jihadi Joseph views fellow Tory austerity architects David Cameron, George Osborne & Oliver Letwin as a bunch of wayward Crypto-Marxists.
Just as energy firms trade with ISIS, Jihadis like Rees-Mogg get on well with comrades like Bannon.
Sympathy for the Devil
On the other hand, here’s Bannon explaining his Economic Nationalism to a US Black Republican meeting last week — a captivating speech.
If you’re disappointed the BBC presenter didn’t do more to challenge Mogg, let’s not forget that till April this year, the Deputy Chair of the BBC Trust was Sir Roger Carr who, as well as Chairing BAE Systems, is a senior adviser at the world’s largest Private Equity firm aka Asset Strippers — KKR.
Toward the end of the interview when asked about Trump retweeting Britain First, Rees Mogg says that Twitter is a trivial medium.
Conveniently ignoring the fact that this was the main medium via which the Brexit and the US election campaigns were fought and is the main arena for Fake News which is how Rees Mogg now maintains power.
What was Mogg saying pre-cave-in on Tuesday when DUP had just scuppered the deal?
The US, UK & EU have always been run for the benefit of the same people — the Rich. Therefore the 2016 Trump & Brexit votes, though referred to as populism, are no different.
Under Brexit the US will export more to Europe by going through UK.
UK employment rights will take a hit and the Investor Protections that they tried to implement under TTIP will be granted under the US/UK trade agreement.
Europe’s regulatory system will be eroded despite the best wishes of their increasingly feeble politicians as the place doubles up as an old people’s home that markets itself as a gap year destination for the global middle class.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Who is going to stand up for UK regulation?
How will a balance be struck between protecting UK business, UK citizens and non-citizens?
I watched some of the proceedings yesterday — Dominic Grieve did a great job.
As far as Britain’s business interests are concerned these ‘mutineers’ are actually the only trustworthy Tories.
The Telegraph quote the pathetic Sir Bernard Jenkin whose contorted logic and uncharismatic speech made him look desperate.
John Redwood contributed in the same way.
Read this excellent Frances Coppola thread on Redwood and make up your own mind:
1/ Here is Redwood’s FT profile. Describes himself as “Chief Global Strategist for Charles Stanley”. Fact he is a senior Conservative MP and former Cabinet Minister is completely omitted. https://t.co/QptijFWDQW
The FT should be ashamed of themselves for giving Redwood a platform.
Sat next to Redwood during the debate was Oliver Letwin with a rather pained look on his face. He admitted in his new book Hearts and Minds that his 1988 book Drift to Union converted Bernard Jenkin into a Eurosceptic.
How must he have felt in the knowledge that this retard has taken the country hostage?
Jenkin also said it’s ok to leave the EU because most countries are outside the EU and are perfectly fine. Hardly the best defence of the Brexit cause.
Maybe he should spend a bit more time in Albania or Puerto Rico?
But former Telegraph Editor Max Hastings summed things up in August:
Hastings of course employed the bumbling oaf Boris Johnson at the Telegraph. He sent him to Brussels and even promoted him to assistant editor so, just like Letwin, this Tory Remainer ought to feel much remorse.
1. Oakeshott was a philosopher — not a neo-liberal economist.
2. Unlike Friedrich Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, or even Arthur Seldon, Oakeshott was a bona fide English Gentleman.
3. He wasn’t actually that interested in politics.
Oakeshott was appointed Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics in 1968 – at a time when Daniel Cohn Bendit (Nous sommes tous les Juifs Allemands / We are all German Jews) was over from Paris attempting to foment revolution at the London University.
By simply not being a leftist, unlike his predecessor Harold Laski, Oakeshott did more to foster the LSE neo-liberal counter insurgency than many realise.
Oakeshott was very good friends with Oliver Letwin’s mother Shirley Letwin who wrote the Anatomy of Thatcherism shortly before passing away in 1993.
Thatcher once said “Economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul.”
Given that Oliver Letwin has since discovered Behavioural Economics, as outlined in a previous post, it is telling that he chose to name his new book on the Conservative Party — Hearts and Minds.
Nudging people into loving deregulation hasn’t gone quite according to plan. In a way Letwin was hoist by his own petard. He wrote a paper called Drift to Union in 1988 in which he pointed out the risk of a Ever Closer Union and a European Superstate. But nevertheless he believed it would have been better to remain in the customs union whilst arguing for reforms.
He talks about the morning of Brexit as reminiscent of passages by Nadezhda Krupskaya on the morning of the Russian Revolution. A coup d’état had taken place with the ‘arch-Machiavelli’ David Davis being one of the major players.
Was all this madness just to suit the ambition of a bunch of Tory psychopaths?
A Guide to the Classics
Oakeshott wrote a book in the 30’s about how to pick the winner at the Epsom Derby.
Applying conservative principles to the world of horse-racing Oakeshott translated his way of thinking to something everyone could relate to — dealing with uncertainty.
In some fields this could be termed rationality, empiricism or even heuristics.
Oakeshott’s principles included checking a horse’s breeding and form and not just betting on a horse because of its name.
Despite Oakeshott’s advice I couldn’t help but notice — at the top left of an early edition — a horse going by the name of ‘Airborne’.
Airborne, for a couple of years, was also my nickname for Daily Mail Columnist Peter Oborne.
And it just so happens that Oborne wrote the foreword to the June 2017 reissue of Oakeshott’s Guide to the Classics — the only reason I picked it up in the first place.
Merely co-incidence? Of course — but fun all the same.
It turns out that Airborne was a surprise winner. Nobody had heard of it but lots of people bet on it because of the airborne division in the war.
Oakeshott never claimed to make you rich, merely to help you think about how to think.
Corrupt Money Launderers HSBC bankrolled David Cameron and George Osborne’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009, it has emerged.
The controversial lender lent the gaffe-prone billionaire bookie and former Tory Treasurer Michael Spencer £200 million pounds just a day before the massive Iceland Crisis that wiped billions of pounds off the balance sheets of many UK Local Authorities.
Many of these cash strapped Local Authorities had invested in Iceland because of advice given to them by one of Michael Spencer’s firms — Butlers.
Shortly after getting a £200million bailout from HSBC and narrowly avoiding bankruptcy because of the Iceland debacle (unlike his local authority clients), Spencer donated a million pounds to the Tory party.
It was around this time that Spencer’s holding company IPGL paid for Cameron and Osborne to fly to Davos by private jet.
This revelation is all the more galling given that Cameron and Osborne are known to have shaped regulation to favour HSBC and Spencer’s ICAP and torpedoed investigations into both firms both in the UK and the USA.
Some anti-corruption researchers and campaigners raised this issue with the HSBC board at the Bank’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London on Friday but were sidelined.
The Canary have run a piece on the scandal which has received zero pick-up in the mainstream press.
For more info on Spencer read this article by the excellent I am Incorrigible :
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.
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.
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?
Are all Americans deserving of the right to healthcare?Yes — Universal healthcare systems should mean free access for all at the point of delivery, focused on protecting public health, and funded via general taxation. No — No-one should ever be forced to pay for services they will never use and no-one should be allowed to use services they could never afford.
The US health care debate on CNBC this morning started with EVERYONE AGREEING that EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES COVERAGE.Discussion quickly moved on to whether IMPROVING ACCESS to HEALTHCARE is best achieved by MAKING IT MORE AFFORDABLE.It was then pointed out that the only way you could make healthcare more affordable would be to force all taxpayers to subsidise the health system.Finally there was talk of the injustice of taking money off citizens whose belief systems prevent them from ever using the health system in the first place.
When Sqwawk Box presenter Andrew Sorkin pointed out that this was an absurd line of argument his co-presenter stated that though he agreed with Sorkin he still thought the point of view deserved mentioning.
Check the buzzwords in this recent MSNBC video:
What is the difference between Receiving Affordable Care, Unaffordable Coverage & Insurance, & Access to Healthcare?
What is the difference between Classic Republicans, Democrats and Trump’s people?
Back to the UK
Looks like Brexit has been brought about to Deregulate the Labour Market and get rid of the minimum wage.
According to Dale Purves what we hear is often determined by our Darwinian programming which filters out sounds that don’t help us reproduce.
Purves points to the McGurk Effect:
How does this apply to modern politics?
As mentioned in a previous post Lord Ashcroft has released Hopes and Fears based on polling he did in the US 2016 Presidential election.
In it he publishes a graph of how voters from different points in the political spectrum responded to controversial questions such as whether Barack Obama was born outside the USA or if Hillary Clinton is ‘culpable for murder’.
Here are some of the results:
Given the McGurk Effect, it’s not hard to see how easily clickbait, fake news and filter bubbles feed off our predictable irrationality and confirmation bias.
This cognitive perfect storm creates blindspots in society that allow vast chunks of the population to ditch their own interests and plump for Trump.
The current US President once said he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and he wouldn’t lose a single vote.
By reading the crowd and making the right noises, Trump has been able to say and do anything and still win.
The McGurk Effect doesn’t just apply to Trump’s high visibility and invincibility but also to the powerlessness of his voters.
Steve Bannon now supposedly runs America on behalf of the American People but very little about him is known. Bannon may have helped Trump tap into voters’ fears and anxieties but will he help deliver a better economy in time for re-election in 2020?
In an age of populism and demagoguery Bannon and Trump have somehow ended up delivering for Goldman Sachs — the ultimate con.
Trump, May, & Farage deliver the anti-establishment messages but it’s Steve Bannon, Rupert Murdoch and Goldman Sachs who really benefit.
I came across Transatlantic Aliens in the bookshop today.
The blurb referred to the cultural contribution made by Europeans who moved to the US in the 1930s and 1940s.
By looking at how celebrated outsiders such as Theodor Adorno, Simone de Beauvoir and Vladimir Nabokov experienced American life, Will Norman celebrates their transformation of alienation into novel ways of interpreting the modern world.
Given President Trump’s recent Executive Order indefinitely banning all refugees from Syria from entering the US, the book — which came out in October — couldn’t be more relevant.
This is an excellent blog post by author Will Norman on the need to not demonise foreigners — written just days after President Trump won the 2016 US Election:
Norman starts by saying, “These are dark days for Cosmopolitanism.”
Dark days indeed.
Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference in October that a Citizen of the World is a Citizen of Nowhere.
Following Amber Rudd’s speech about naming and shaming firms who hire too many foreign workers — the Pound dropped like a stone.
One interpretation of Cosmopolitanism is that the Cosmopolis, the world state, is an ideal state in which citizens must live their lives regardless of local constraints. This is a morally driven universe which comprises of international solidarity above all else.
I do not feel this is Mrs May’s interpretation. Although English Culture is itself a mix of so many influences, the incorporation of habits, customs and languages from around the world makes the PM squirm.
In Mrs May’s worldview, the more that Cosmopolitans feel they have in common with outsiders, the more readily they distinguish themselves from fellow British citizens and the less loyalty they show.
Tory donor Lord Ashcroft commissioned a study into the US election which referred to Cosmopolitan Activists — 25% of whom are less than 24 years old — the majority of whom believe in gun control, government regulation, green energy, same sex marriage, immigration, multiculturalism, social liberalism and feminism.
There are so many contradictions in what our politicians now say that there’s no fun in spotting inconsistencies.
Now that they’ve lost power, maybe here are two former Chancellors whose words we can actually trust.
Here is George Osborne on how the Government has prioritised controlling immigration over the economy:
And Ken Clarke on how Enoch Powell would have been surprised that the Tory party is now ‘mildly’ anti immigrant:
Where do we go from here?
I hope there is more public participation in the debate surrounding the terms of Brexit.
If not then commission hungry lobbyists will run the show and sell Britain into feudalism for a fraction of what it is really worth.
The British Parliamentary system is not equipped to override inherent conflicts of interest – if this isn’t fixed immediately this will lead to Britain’s downfall.
How to solve such a problem?
Strategic Noise. We have an accountability problem. Certain people are getting away with passing lots of favourable legislation because there is no independent scrutiny or oversight.
Better reporting of parliamentary, local government and international affairs would do a lot to warn people of what is coming in a structured way that allows for organised civil responses that go beyond attending protests.
The Government is well equipped to rely on and perpetuate bureaucracy – the rest of us need to start catching up.
Too many people are keeping their knowledge to themselves.
The more we know about what is actually happening up and down the country and about the political process the more we can more meaningfully get involved.
Will political parties suddenly adjust to allow new ideas?
Or will they do what they can to protect the status quo?
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
If it is the case that she is knowingly undermining the safety of the British public then surely she should be tried for treason.
Bradley / Chelsea Manning was lucky to have had his / her sentence commuted by Barack Obama last week. Could Theresa May be closer than any other PM in the history of Parliament to being hanged, gassed, or made to sit in an electric chair?
She’s since become PM and launched semantic warfare on the British public by using inane soundbytes ranging from “Brexit means Brexit” through to “Red, White & Blue Brexit”.
There have been various other versions including clean, hard, fast, slow, smooth, and soft Brexit with messy and technicolor on the side.
Either way, the Economist strongly implied she’s a ditherer when they referred to her as Theresa Maybe
Farage himself reckons this is just the start of a Global Revolution.
Winners & Losers
Given that populism, anti-globalisation, autonomy, independence and revolution were so frequently invoked during both the Brexit vote and the US election, it is very telling that the new rulers are all from the very minority that benefited the most from globalisation in the first place.
Will they govern as benign dictators or will they do everything they can to make life as hard as they possibly can for everyday Brits and Americans in a way that the European Union, European Central Bank (ECB), Hillary Clinton, and the Federal Reserve would never have dreamed of?
Hammond himself has become personally wealthy doing business with the NHS. An investigator told Financial Eyes that Hammond was also involved with super scammers Enron.
Just as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt set up a business called Hot Courses of which his half is being sold at the moment, reputedly for £15m, his aunt Virginia Bottomley also a former Health Secretary is said to have had a high ranking position at the British Council at a time when they were his biggest client.
Reduced tax income will defund the National Health Service (NHS) and any trade deal with the US will let health insurance firm United Health get an even deeper hold over the UK health sector than it already has.
Pharma and Genetically Engineered Food
Pharmaceutical and Food Regulation will of course be liberalised to allow cheap genetically engineered american meat into US supermarkets as well as profitable drugs with several dodgy side effects.
As so little of what Trump says turns out to be true and his America First policy will involve cutting back on so much trade with other countries, it looks like his friend Nigel Farage may end up being called in to help flog the remainder of GB Plc.
With Sterling at relatively low levels, cheap firms are ripe to have their assets stripped.
This from Tax Campaigner Richard Murphy:
Nobody in the States wanted to be seen with Trump this weekend, but Theresa May’s rushing to see him. She may not find a queue