Sunday, 18 July 2021

TIME FOR A NEW POLITICAL PARTY - THE SOCIALIST PARTY

It was Bastille Day - July 14 - last Wednesday when I cancelled my monthly direct debit to the Labour Party and filled in the online form that asked me why I was taking this action. I like the association with that revolutionary day in 1789 but I must admit it was accidental. My movement to the point of departure had been gathering pace for months as I realized there was there now little to no chance of a leadership challenge to the new leader, Keir Starmer, who has emerged as a New Labour man through and through. Louise had resigned from the Labour Party months ago. Here's a link to my website, if you are interested in the story of my last period as a Labour Party member - press here.


I had filled in the Labour Party online form with these words:

'I am a socialist - this is no longer my party.'

The automatic response read: 'Be in touch shortly'.

Yesterday, the next automatic response appeared: 'Did you make a mistake?', followed by lots of stuff about what the party stood for.    



A clip from BBC News - what were you thinking, Sir Keir?



Over the last two days, I have been following the Daily Mirror story that I provide below. It confirms my sense that people such as me are toxic in this New Labour Party, determined to reshape itself after the shock of five socialist years with Jeremy Corbyn as the elected leader:

Keir Starmer set to expel 1,000 far left Labour members in four ‘poisonous’ groups

EXCLUSIVE Labour Against The Witchhunt and Socialist Appeal are among the groups to be proscribed by the party's ruling body as the leader bids to stamp out "toxic extremism"


"Keir Starmer is preparing to purge far left Labour members part of "poisonous" campaign groups in a bold confrontation with operators loyal to Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour 's ruling National Executive Committee will be asked to proscribe four "toxic" organisations which promote communism, claim anti-Semitism allegations are overblown and demand whips restore Mr Corbyn as a Labour MP.

Those to be banned include Resist and Labour Against the Witchhunt, which claim anti-Semitism allegations were politically motivated, and Labour In Exile, which expressly welcomes expelled or suspended members.

The openly communist Socialist Appeal will also become a forbidden group.

The Mirror understands anyone found to be a member of any group will be automatic expelled from the Labour Party.

The plans on the agenda at the NEC meeting on Tuesday are expected to pass and more than 1,000 members could be "auto-excluded" as a result.

One Labour source said: "Under Corbyn those from the far left fringes with poisonous beliefs and warped world-views were welcomed into the party. Keir is right to stamp out anti-Semitism and toxic extremism and get the party back into the decent mainstream of Labour values.

The move sets the stage for factional warfare at the Labour Party conference in Brighton as Mr Starmer (sic) attempts to stamp his authority on the party."


 So much for the Daily Mirror story - what follows is a more local Cornish story set in the near-by constituency of Truro and Falmouth. SKWAWKBOX takes up the tale:

Labour’s all-out war on members’ democratic rights

Labour has launched yet another assault on local member democracy – and at a national scale – in its all-out war on its members.

This time, the tip of the iceberg has emerged in the Truro and Falmouth constituency, with

Saturday, 17 July 2021

MONDAY 19 JULY 2021 WILL GO DOWN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AS THE DAY THAT OPENED THE GATES TO CATASTROPHE

Louise, my wife, noticed in the online site, Common Dreams, this latest follow-up to the meeting of the 1,200 scientists this week which confirmed the idiocy of allowing the lifting of all restrictions this coming Monday. I present it to you below. Its author is Kenny Stancil and the piece is dated Friday, 16 July 2021.

A few thoughts from me, first. This misgovernment in the UK have always said they have been following the science. They have claimed their actions are always shaped by data, not dates. They have been lying - and relying on the blind trust of people in their leaders during a war-time situation. There has been no effective opposition from other politicians nor from the mainstream media - the lies of Johnson and his cronies have not been called out in any systematic way. The truth is out there; there are journalists writing angry and insightful articles that reveal the horror - but there is as yet no public rage that the social murder of more than 150,000 British citizens has happened and those responsible are getting off scot free and seem all set for another round of mayhem.  


 

The man who should be facing charges of administrative malfeasance, at the very least 

'Danger to the World': 1,200+ Scientists Denounce Boris Johnson's Plan to End UK Covid Restrictions

"Mass infection is not an option," experts said of the Tory government's "dangerous and unethical" reopening plan.


More than 1,200 scientists from around the world have condemned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to lift nearly all Covid restrictions in the United Kingdom on Monday, with some of the experts holding an emergency summit on Friday to warn that prematurely ending public health precautions in the country would lead to a surge in infections that could enable vaccine-resistant variants to develop and spread rapidly around the world.

"I believe that the strategy of herd immunity is actually murderous." 
—William Hasteltine, Access Health International

During Friday's summit, epidemiologists and physicians compared Johnson's decision to proceed with

Thursday, 15 July 2021

COLLUSION BETWEEN THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS AND THOSE MISGOVERNING US

 The SKWAWKBOX has been indispensable during this pandemic. Here is the latest bulletin: 


The editor-in-chief of the Lancet, Richard Horton, accuses the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, of ‘wilfully misrepresenting scientific opinion’ on the lifting of safety measures 




Professor Chris Whitty - colluding with those who misgovern us



Richard Horton’s remarkable accusation highlights the degree to which expert opinion is against the Tories’ headlong rush toward unvaccinated and unattainable ‘herd immunity’


The Editor-in-Chief of world-renowned medical journal The Lancet has gone on video to accuse government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Chris Whitty of ‘wilfully misrepresenting scientific opinion across the country‘ to justify Sajid Javid’s stubborn determination to remove measures to restrict the spread of COVID – even though Javid has admitted that his move will lead to 100,000 infections a day or more and even though many of those now worst hit are our children. The UK’s ‘R rate’ is now around 1.5 and rising, meaning exponential growth in infections.

Richard Horton told a Zoom meeting that much scientific opinion is in fact ‘profoundly’ against Javid’s actions:


A group of more than 1200 scientists have signed a statement – to which Horton refers in his comments – accusing the Tories of:

'recklessly exposing millions to the acute and long-term impacts of mass infection'.

Javid appears to think that Boris Johnson was talking sense and not insanity last year when he spoke of ‘taking it on the chin’ and simply allowing the virus to spread unchecked, in

Saturday, 10 July 2021

'FREEDOM DAY' ON JULY 19? - IN YOUR DREAMS - IT'S A RECIPE FOR MORE COVID-19 DISASTER

Spotlight is a worthwhile online paper. There are 4.1 K members in the Spotlight community - out of little acorns, mighty oak trees grow. Here is a piece published yesterday:





122 Scientists speak out against govt plan to end all lockdown


122 scientists from the UK and around the world held a summit today. They also published a letter in the Lancet about the UK government’s plan to end all lockdown restrictions on the 19th July.

The gambler - our lives and health are being staked - my thanks to the brilliant cartoonist.


Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences / Medical Sciences division at the University of Cambridge, opened proceedings with her statement that the government are pursuing a “dangerous and unethical experiment”. She explains that Covid transmission is

Friday, 9 July 2021

'MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES' - ALTERING THE FABRIC OF BRITAIN WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING

'May you live in interesting times' is supposed to be an ancient Chinese curse - but it seems that is not the case. Here is the Wikipedia wisdom on the matter which seems to me pretty convincing. It's a Chamberlain rather than a Chinese curse:


May you live in interesting times



"May you live in interesting times" is an English expression that is claimed to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically; life is better in "uninteresting times" of peace and tranquility than in "interesting" ones, which are usually times of trouble.

Despite being so common in English as to be known as the "Chinese curse", the saying is apocryphal, and no actual Chinese source has ever been produced. The most likely connection to Chinese culture may be

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

THE MADNESS OF THIS MISGOVERNMENT - THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL DATA BITE BACK

 Where to begin? The man who masquerades as the prime minister in this misgovernment announced yesterday that Freedom Day will indeed be Monday 19 July 2021. All government mandatory restrictions will be lifted - we will start to learn to live with COVID-19, just as we have learned to live with the flu virus in its different mutations which account for between 10-20,000 deaths each winter. 


HOWEVER, COVID-19 IS A CORONAVIRUS NOT A FLU VIRUS. 

WE ARE BEING LED INTO A NEW WORLD WHERE THE THREAT OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE NHS HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS VERY REAL.

THE PURSUIT OF PROFIT FOR THE FEW IS ONCE AGAIN TRUMPING PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS AND THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE.

AND THE ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO BE DAMAGED BY THESE BUFFOONS IN POWER - SINCE 2010 WHEN THE NEOLIBERAL TORIES FIRST TOOK CHARGE THE BRITISH ECONOMY HAS BEEN FLATLINING - GROWTH HAS BEEN OVERALL STAGNANT.



COVID-19 is not to be underestimated - a ZERO-COVID strategy is the only way for the peoples of this planet - nearly 8 billion of us - to overcome this threat.



As Professor Stephen Reicher of the University of St Andrews said on Channel 4 news last night, 'I hope I am wrong - I really do - but I fear we will regret this decision to continue with lifting restrictions as planned ... We are in a third wave and the rate of infection is increasing, as are hospital admissions. The

Monday, 5 July 2021

CRIME OF THE CENTURY - EXXON EXPOSED

 Back in 1974, Supertramp played a gig at Slough college and I was there. I remember standing in the loo and being mistaken for a member of the Drug Squad. It must have been the look of the teacher that rang the alarm bells for those who feared discovery. 

I loved the sound of Supertramp. I still do. They went on to achieve international supergroup status and the key partnership was between working-class Rick Davies (vocals and keyboard) and private school-educated Roger Hodgson (bass guitar, vocals and keyboards). It was Hodgson who introduced the Wurlitzer electric piano sound that helps make their music so distinctive. Supertramp still survive as a touring group but Davies' role is now more advisory and Hodgson left in 1983 to follow his own path. 


Here are the lyrics of the title track from their September 1974 album release: Crime of the Century - an album that helped me through a tricky year. Hodgson and Davies are the lyricists.  


    Now they're planning the crime of the century

    Well, what will it be?

    Read all about their schemes and adventuring

    Yes, it's well worth a fee


    So roll up and see

    How they rape the universe

    How they've gone from bad to worse  


    Who are these men of lust, greed and glory?

    rip off the masks and let's see

    But that's not right, oh no, what's the story?

    But there's you and there's me


    That can't be.


Released in September 1974




Who indeed are they - these men of lust and greed? Where do all their antics leave you and me? 

Sunday, 4 July 2021

THE JOY OF DISCOVERING AN AUTHOR I HAD NOT HEARD OF BEFORE - MARGARET KENNEDY (1896-1967)

 I cannot fully recall exactly how the discovery happened. There I was, in mid-Google about a month ago, and I saw that a book which told a tale of a buried seaside hotel in Cornwall had recently been republished. It was called 'The Feast' and set in 1947.  Written by Margaret Kennedy, it had been published in 1950. The cover carried the accolades of the Guardian: 'Magic' and the Observer: 'The miniature charm of a Baby Austin'. It also quoted Anita Brookner who claimed the author was 'not only a romantic but an anarchist' and Elizabeth Bowen whose judgement was: 'Exquisite comedy ... Tense, touching, human, dire and funny'. Within a week, a copy from Waterstone's online service was safely in my hands.


Margaret Moore Kennedy


Yesterday I completed my reading of this clever and extraordinary tale. I am very impressed and would like to share my discovery. 

My ignorance about Margaret Kennedy may be shared by some of you. Writers move in and out of fashion and perhaps female authors may have been more vulnerable to disappearing from the literary

Friday, 25 June 2021

THANKS TO OUR LEADER AND HIS MINIONS WE REALLY ARE WORLD-BEATING NOW



First, a cartoon to set the mood: 


Acknowledgements and thanks to RL Oppenheimer for this cartoon that was published last year in the Dutch daily newspaper, NRC, mocking Johnson using a reference to Churchill. 

 


Next, an image of a FB post that was circulating on 13 March this year - a reminder of the chronic failure of empathy in the character of the man who masquerades as our prime minister:




And now I share this post from SKWAWKBOX that appeared this morning (SKWAWKBOX have been telling the truth and exposing this horror ever since it began back at the start of 2020 - my version of

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

WHAT'S WRONG WITH BRITAIN - THE VOICES OF ANGRY PEOPLE GIVE US THE ANSWERS

 

I copied the statement below from the site of Jeremy Corbyn's 'Peace and Justice' project. This movement - to which I subscribe -  is supporting the People's Assembly national demonstration this Saturday - 26 June 2021 - in London. 

JC is still around - and so too are his values - the socialist 'threat' hasn't gone away


The Peace and Justice project was launched six months ago.




The title of my book: 'The Road to Corbyn' (2016) has become a metaphor for our journey in search of peace and justice for a world in which the interests of the many are prioritized and the few are held to account.   


So why are we angry?

'The pandemic would always have been a crisis. But every Tory government decision has made it worse. We have faced:



It's worth dwelling on each point of outrage for a few seconds. In the great rush of contemporary life, the sheer magnitude of this neoliberal assault on the shape of our country may get overlooked. The

Sunday, 20 June 2021

'ALONE IN BERLIN', A MASTERPIECE BY HANS FALLADA - AND A WARNING TO US ALL

Back at the end of March this year, nearly three months ago, I published a blogpost that indicated Fallada's book was having quite an impact upon me. Here's a link:

https://robdonovan.blogspot.com/2021/03/what-kind-of-society-do-i-want-and-is.html

In this extract below, you might pick up on the fear that was developing as I began reading through nearly 600 pages:

'Sam Munson in The National wrote that Fallada's work is 'the great novel of German resistance ... (and) deserves a place among the 20th century's best novels of political witness'. Philip Hensher in the Independent describes the book as '(Fallada's) heartbreaking tale of futile resistance in Nazi Berlin'. I am fifty pages in; there are around 600 pages in all. I am hooked. It is gut-wrenching.'




It became so horrific as I read on, I had to limit my time with the book. Emotionally, I could not stomach more than one incident in one reading session. It must have taken a good month before I finished.


Could such horror happen here in our country? Take a trip back in time to 1927 and ask any German citizen whether such things that became commonplace during the Nazi dictatorship (1933-45) would ever occur in their Weimar republic and nearly all would be shocked and deny the possibility. But economic crises turn the world upside down. Those who have power and wealth and control capital and production thrive on the chaos created by such turmoil. Patterns of behaviour can be transformed so

Friday, 18 June 2021

THE FACE THAT GIVES THE GAME AWAY - HANCOCK, CUMMINGS, JOHNSON: THEY ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SOCIAL MURDER

My thanks to the Skwawkbox for this gem, today.


Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, is not one of the good guys. He has been intimately involved with the privatization of the National Health Service. But when asked whether he had confidence in the Minister for Health, Matt Hancock, his face said so much more than words ever could. This was classic body language, declaring 'Yes, this man really is utterly hopeless!' The man who leads this misgovernment in our land expressed such a view, according to a document revealed by Dominic Cummings a couple of days ago.   


The Health Secretary with a penchant for messaging

 


“You’re not really going to answer that? OK”

NHS boss Simon Stevens has been asked on camera whether he agrees that Health Secretary Matt Hancock is totally useless. His reaction is priceless:



Stevens has played a full part in the ongoing americanisation, privatisation and rationing of the NHS, but even he can’t bring himself to pretend Hancock is not a disaster.

That disaster – and Boris Johnson’s willingness to leave him in post for political appearances – has cost more than 150,000 lives needlessly lost in the pandemic. They should both be in the dock.

The day before my 72nd birthday in September last year, I published this blogpost with its two videos and text that highlight the extent of the misgovernment in this country. Such malfeasance has been responsible for the failure to avert this pandemic and for its awful death-toll.  

Here is the link to this blogpost:

http://robdonovan.blogspot.com/2020/09/johnson-and-hancock-lessons-for-all-of.html

The man who misleads this country should try swotting-up on some elementary psychology and

THE ENCHANTMENTS OF MAMMON - HOW CAPITALISM BECAME THE RELIGION OF MODERNITY

 The title for this blogpost is the title of Eugene McCarraher's magisterial book, published in 2019 in the USA. I bought my copy last year as soon as I discovered that this 800-page work that has taken two decades to produce had been published. McCarraher is an associate professor at Villanova University, a Catholic research institution in Pennsylvania. 


Professor Eugene McCarraher - Villanova University


Here are extracts from the insightful review by Julian Coman, published in the Observer newspaper on 22 December 2019, with some commentary from myself:

To begin, I should point out that a volume with this title was bound to attract my attention. In my book: 'The Road to Corbyn' (2016) - [copies available using this link here] - Mammon soon makes his appearance. This work, after all, is my reworking of John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' for our 21st century times:

'The Lady Hope had warned him that there would be moments of testing on his journey in search of truth. He must have passed through the archway that marked an election victory and found himself in this celebratory fair. Pilgrim could feel the sense of a past recalled sweep through him. Another journey, another place, another fair... Souls sold for commercial gain... The merchandising of every human activity and all things... A fair dating back to the beginning of time and ruled by Mammon, the grasping figure of greed who controlled the human species through love of money. Vanity Fair. (16) - p.15

16. 'Mammon' is a term used to describe gluttony and unjust worldly gain in the Christian Bible. it was first personified as a false god in the New Testament of that Bible. (Mt. 6.24; Lk. 16.13.)'

I should also note that I first became aware of Professor McCarraher's book and ordered my copy as I struggled with my own disappointment with the Tory landslide victory in the December 2019 General

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

WE NEED HOWARD BECKETT AS THE LEADER OF THE UNITE UNION - WE NEED A SOCIALIST WHO TELLS IT AS IT IS

 Thanks to SKWAWKBOX for this material - I loved working my way through text and video - I am sure some of you will too. (You will find a reference to LoveActually which I think is magnificent cinema, fit to be valued in a generation or two as a film of cultural significance - Howard Beckett could be heading for a similar place in the history books.)

Breaking: Beckett on ballot
Howard Beckett - a socialist for our times





News confirmed via ‘Love Actually’ style tweet (though really it’s far more directly Bob Dylan)

Left favourite Howard Beckett has this evening confirmed his place on the ballot of Unite members to choose the next general secretary of the giant Unite union.

Beckett has withstood huge pressure, as the left machine tried to lever him off despite coming second in nominations and the determination of all other candidates who passed the threshold to take up their place – and his decision is the one the union’s members, the wider movement and the country need.

In typical style, the announcement came couched in humour and with a dig at the Establishment on both sides of the House of Commons:

In typical style, the announcement came couched in humour and with a dig at the Establishment on both sides of the House of Commons:



Questions have been raised about the nomination totals for other candidates, where transparency has been lacking and complaints from disenfranchised members numerous. Beckett, by contrast, announced every one of his nominations and thanked those who voted for him. Now members will have their say and the chance to choose the candidate who stands head and shoulders above the rest.



                                             Feck it, vote Beckett.


We need socialists - we need Howard Beckett



That's a message of concern for the neoliberal Tories

Friday, 28 May 2021

OUR WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF YANIS VAROUFAKIS - INSIGHTS INTO ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

I have produced economic blogposts before - see this link here for an explanation of Modern Monetary Theory which everyone needs to understand to avoid having the wool pulled over their eyes by mendacious and patronizing politicians. This blogpost has some very useful insights too. 



Yanis Varoufakis - academic and politician



Yanis Varoufakis is both an academic and a politician. Born in Athens in 1961, he spent twelve years teaching at the University of Sydney in Australia and has also taught at various British universities: Essex, East Anglia, Cambridge, and Glasgow. He served as the Greek minister of finance until quitting when the European Economic Community determined that Greece would follow an austerity programme. The Democracy in Europe Movement (DIEM25) was founded by him in 2016 as a political means of bringing about change in Europe through resistance to the neoliberal economic agenda that has become a dominant defining force throughout much of the world. Yanis Varoufakis describes the world that is now shaping us as post-capitalist. 

This blogpost is based on his online streamed lecture on post-capitalism that was aired on 21 April 2021.

  • In this post-capitalist world, the financial sphere has decoupled itself from the economic sphere. The old 20th century adage that what was good for General Motors was good for the USA held true for as long as General Motors was just a car manufacturing company. But by the time of the global economic crisis in 2008, General Motors may have still been making cars but most of its profits came from finance trading. 
  • The industrial revolution turned the world upside down in the 19th century. In the new world of

Thursday, 27 May 2021

THE INSIDE STORY FROM CUMMINGS AS HE SEEKS TO MINIMISE HIS OWN ROLE IN THIS MISGOVERNMENT



I AM A SUPPORTER OF SPOTLIGHT NEWS AND SUBSCRIBE A FEW POUNDS EACH MONTH TO THIS EXCELLENT PROJECT.

HERE ARE CUMMINGS' REVELATIONS OF YESTERDAY IN SUMMARY FORM PRESENTED BY KOSER SAEED FOR SHARING. SHE IS THE JOURNALIST AND RESEARCHER WHO IS ALSO THE EDITOR OF THE SPOTLIGHT ONLINE NEWSPAPER.



Cummings and Johnson when they were in it together 



There’s been a lot of coverage of todays revelations by Dominic Cummings by various news sources who have tried their best to condense a 7hr investigation into 6-10mins. Novara did an excellent program covering many of the points but even that’s almost 1.5hrs long and doesn’t cover everything so we thought it might be helpful to condense all the key points down into an overview for folks who perhaps don’t have the time to sit through all that content..

  • Cummings said Boris Johnson is not a fit and proper person to get us through a pandemic.
  • In February 2020, Johnson was referring to the pandemic as nothing more than a “scare story” and no more serious than “swine flu”. Cummings claims this is  why Johnson missed 5 Cobra meetings.
  • According to Cummings, Johnson proposed a stunt where he would get the Chief Medical Officer to inject him with COVID live on TV to try and convince people that there was nothing to worry about.
  • Around the same time, Johnson was boasting about how he was happily shaking hands with COVID patients.
  • They were also discussing keeping major sports events and pubs open so more people

Sunday, 23 May 2021

THE ART OF CONCEALING THE NEWS - AS PRACTISED BY UK MISGOVERNMENT

No surprises here - but please never lose your sense of shock. It really has got this bad in the UK. My source here is this afternoon's Mirror Politics

Government quietly publishes troubling new India variant data late on Saturday night

A risk assessment rated the increased transmissibility and the reduced effectiveness of vaccines on the India variant as ‘red’ - and warned it had an "increased growth rate" compared to the Kent variant.


The SARS-CoV-2 virus


Public Health England (PHE) was supposed to publish the latest weekly data on new variants of the virus on Thursday.

But the data was eventually published two days later, late on a Saturday night.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

YET MORE LIES FROM THE MOUTHS OF THIS MALEVOLENT MISGOVERNMENT

On Monday of this week, pubs, theatres, museums, hotels and sports venues reopened in most parts of Britain. Read my last blogpost - here - to explore the reasons why it was a mistake to lift restrictions at this time. 

As the Daily Mirror commented on Monday, 'Boris Johnson this morning placed the responsibility for what happens next on the shoulders of the British public.' The newspaper cited his words: "I urge everyone to be cautious and take responsibility when enjoying new freedoms today".

The sub-text here reads: ' It will be your fault, not mine, if you catch the virus and die'.

 



COVID-19 Indian variant hot-spots - as of two days ago


The Daily Mirror continued: 'Many are asking whether the government acted cautiously and responsibly when it delayed adding India to the travel-ban red list. India was only added to the list two weeks after restrictions were placed on travel from Bangladesh and Pakistan despite having more cases per hundred thousand people than either of these two countries'. 

Was this true? And if so why was India made an exception?

The Daily Mirror explored the questions further, asking whether the delay was influenced by the fact that back then Johnson was still planning to travel to India to meet Modi, the Indian leader, with the hope of securing a post-Brexit trade deal. 

The Sunday Times, the day before, had quoted an anonymous Whitehall source saying: "It's very clear we should have closed the border to India earlier and that Boris did not do so because he didn't want to offend Modi."

Between April 9, when the restrictions were placed on Pakistan and Bangladesh, and April 23

Friday, 14 May 2021

THOUGHTS FROM A JEREMIAH - HOW TO SURVIVE AND FLOURISH IN A PANDEMIC

     'We've had both our jabs now - we're alright. Panic over. Let's get back to normal. Book that holiday.'


Music to the serial liar's ears. That nasty man who wears the calculated mask cares only for himself. He is in the business of protecting and developing his power and status. If called on to justify his actions - and inactions - he would explain that his concern is to get the British economy back to being world-beating - or some such rhetorical emptiness. 


Johnson - a nasty and dangerous leader - thanks to the Guardian for this cartoon



The fact is our tiny economic 'recovery' this year is significantly lower than any other European country apart from Spain. Since 2010 and the election of the Tory-led coalition government that introduced the vile policies associated with austerity, the British economy has been under-performing and broadly stagnant. Austerity became the governing principle for our society in order to put the economy back on its feet.  That's what they told us. We're all in this together - a little pain now, but it will all be worth it. 

Well, the super-rich have done very well out of the last decade of stagnation. Much of the money created at the press of a button by those in charge of quantitative-easing to save the banks and the economy from