The Suppression Of Truth

If EU membership were as onerous as the Brexiteers suggest, the UK would have left decades ago. Instead it has remained a member for nearly 47 years (albeit in a comatose state for the last three). In the decade before the 2016 referendum, fewer than 10% of UK voters cited Europe as the most important issue. Indeed, as late as December 2015, a mere 1% did. Only after the Leave vote did its salience spike (47% now name it as the most important issue). In other words, contrary to David Cameron’s claims, it was the politicians who led the public rather than the public who led the politicians.
( George Eaton, 16.10.2019 )

Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility.
( Hannah Arendt )

This uncaring Conservative Government allow the big online companies to pay very little tax and employ people on a “you-only-come-to-work-if-we-need-you” basis with no holiday or sick pay, and then sit back and do nothing as our high street stores and shops continue to close down. And this deluded Government consider this to be progress and a good economy.
( Rose Winfold )

In February, 2019, the European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and four U.S.A. territories to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering. Several countries, including the UK and the USA, criticised the move because of worries about their economic relations with the listed nations.

Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries. It is as though mankind had divided itself between those who believe in human omnipotence (who think that everything is possible if one knows how to organise masses for it) and those for whom powerlessness has become the major experience of their lives.
( Hannah Arendt )

One of the advantages of EU membership is that we get to negotiate wider and deeper trade deals from a position of strength. If we leave, the boot will be on the other foot – and that will put Britain at a serious disadvantage.
Do businesses want the benefits and security of continued access to the Single Market, or the instability and uncertainty of a lost decade? However you feel about Europe, whether you’re an enthusiastic federalist or an ardent advocate of leaving, that is the question you have to answer on 23 June. And from where I’m standing, there’s only one answer – a vote to remain.
( Sajid Javid, 14.05.2016 )

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism. Instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.
( Hannah Arendt )

Just like Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and IMF head Christine Lagarde, I still believe that Britain is better off in. And that’s all because of the Single Market. It’s a great invention, one that even Lady Thatcher campaigned enthusiastically to create. The world’s largest economic bloc, it gives every business in Britain access to 500 million customers with no barriers, no tariffs and no local legislation to worry about. It’s no surprise that nearly half of our exports go to other EU nations, exports that are linked to three million jobs here in the UK.
And as an EU member we also have preferential access to more than 50 other international markets from Mexico to Montenegro, helping us to export £50 billion of goods and services to them every year. Even companies that are neither exporters nor part of the export supply chain, your local corner shop, for example, benefit from the economic growth that kind of access brings.
( Sajid Javid, 14.05.2016 )

Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.
( Hannah Arendt )

BBC :  “Do you still want to replace the NHS with a private insurance basis?”
Nigel Farage:  “I never did. I would like.. I would like to take the burden off the NHS. If I was encouraged to opt out of the system to relieve the burden of the NHS I would do so gleefully.”
( May 2019 )
What Farage said:  “I think we’re going to have to think about healthcare very, very differently.  I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare.  Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value if I was able to do that through the market place of an insurance company than just us trustingly giving £100billion a year to central government and expecting them to organise the healthcare service from cradle to grave for us.”
( September 2012 )

BBC :  “You now say that a second referendum, or another referendum would be in your phrase, ‘the ultimate betrayal.’ How can it be the ultimate betrayal when you yourself have advocated it?”
Nigel Farage:  “Oh dear, oh dear. Now look, I’ve said we have to prefer ourselves on the leave side mentally for the fact there could be another referendum. If there is we have to fight it and win it.”
( May 2019 )
What Farage said:  “The Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonis’s will never ever give up. They will go on whinging and wining and moaning all the way through this process. So maybe, just maybe,  I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum.”
( January 2018 )
“In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.”
( May 2016 )

BBC :  “Nigel Farage, in 2016 why did you not advocate no deal Brexit?”
Nigel Farage:  “Oh no, no, no. In the referendum itself I was the one that coined the phrase, ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’… I was using it every day for the last two weeks of that campaign.”
BBC :  So far we haven’t been able to find evidence that – as he claims – Nigel Farage coined the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” and used it in the referendum campaign.
( May 2019 )
Nigel Farage:  “No deal but continuing under WTO rules would be better and cheaper for this country than where we currently are.”
( June 2016 )

BBC :  “When it comes to something like a closer relationship, as Norway has, you’re talking about betrayal. During the referendum you used to laud that, you used to present it as a wonderful opportunity.”
Nigel Farage:  “No, no no… I said Norway is doing better than we are. However, as I said on this programme, we can do much better than that. We could have gone for a free trade deal, we didn’t. We’re now three years on, we have to deliver the democratic will of the people of this country and the only way we can do that is by leaving on WTO terms.”
( May 2019 )
Nigel Farage:  “It would be ghastly if this country was like Norway. Can you imagine it?  Rich, free, catching your own fish, and with a seat at the World Trade Organisation!”
( May 2016 )

Nigel Farage supports the legalisation of all drugs, supports Britons to have a handgun and opposes the ‘green obsession’. Born in 1964, throughout his youth, Nigel was an active supporter of the Conservative Party, though he did support the Green Party in 1989.
( Andrew M, How Rich?, December 2016 )

The Cost, And We Haven’t Left Yet

Many economists fear that the past nine years of austerity could have all been for nothing, as no-deal Brexit threatens to plunge the UK back deep into the red.

Brexit has cost the British economy £66billion in just under three years, or around £1,000 for every person in the country.
( Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, April 2019 )

The UK Government spent £25,300 of taxpayers’ money on a single Snapchat advert promoting its “Get Ready For Brexit” campaign. The six-second ad was posted on September 9, 2019 and ran for six days, according to data released by the app’s owner, Snap Inc.

Even a ‘relatively benign’ no-deal Brexit would push UK debt to its highest since the 1960s. Borrowing was likely to rise to £100billion and total debt would soar to 90% of national income. The government is now adrift without any effective fiscal anchor.
( The Institute for Fiscal Studies )

The UK government has spent £97million in consultancy fees alone in its preparation for Brexit, according to the National Audit Office. The money was spent on hiring external ‘experts’ because government departments lacked the necessary staff and skills.

The Brexit vote increased aggregate inflation by 1.7 percentage points in the year following the referendum. There is uncertainty about the exact size of this effect, but our analysis unambiguously shows that the referendum led to a substantial rise in inflation. The 1.7 percentage point increase in inflation implies that by June 2017, the Brexit vote was costing the average household £7.74 per week through higher prices. That is equivalent to £404 per year. Higher inflation has also reduced the growth of real wages. The impact of the referendum is equivalent to a £448 cut in annual pay for the average worker. Put another way, the Brexit vote has cost the average worker almost one week’s wages due to higher prices.
( London School of Economics )

The cost of staging the EU referendum and the 2017 General Election, which can also be attributed to Brexit came to £269million. In addition, MPs who were voted out of office as a result of the election claimed £4.6million in ‘winding up’ costs.

The latest Brexit impact assessment comes after Goldman Sachs estimated that the UK has foregone £600million of economic growth each week since the referendum.The Bank of England put the figure at £800million
( Independent, 04.04.2019 ) 

Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Daiwa, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Nomura have all already announced that they will be relocating some operations and staff from Britain to the EU because of Brexit.
( Independent, 26.12.2017 )

Two years on from the referendum, we now know that the Brexit vote has seriously damaged the economy. We know that the government’s Brexit dividend is a myth. The vote is costing the Treasury £440million a week, far more than the UK ever contributed to the EU budget.
( John Springford, Centre for European Reform, November 2018 )

Up to January 2019, the UK Treasury had allocated a total of £4.2 billion towards government departments for Brexit preparations since 2016. Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings says Brexit has cost the UK economy £66 billion in just under three years.

Brexit is already making us all worse-off, costing jobs and damaging investment in our country – and that’s before we’ve even officially left the EU. This is not what anyone was promised during the EU referendum. No-one voted to be poorer.
( Ian Murray MP, February 2019 )

Around 6,000 civil servants, of which 4,500 were new recruits, are involved specifically in no-deal Brexit planning, and has cost UK taxpayers an estimated £1.5 billion just in the past year. With a deal or no-deal, plenty of things will need to be done to prepare the UK for life outside the EU. This will include recruiting 15,000 to 20,000 extra staff across government and the civil service to deal with the challenges of Brexit.
( Independent, 08.10.2019 )

The 2016 vote meant households were £900 worse off than they would have been had the UK remained in the EU. This was already an awful lot of money for households struggling with high inflation and stagnant wage growth.
( Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, November 2018 )

In the Autumn Budget, November 2017, it saw Chancellor Philip Hammond announce £25billion in extra spending to prop up the economy. Data in the Budget showed families are suffering the biggest financial squeeze since the 1950s.

Before today’s announcement of an additional £2.1 billion of Brexit funding, a total of £4.2 billion had already been allocated by the Government to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. Spending began in autumn 2016, a few months after the referendum, when £400 million was earmarked for Brexit. This was followed in the 2017 Budget by a further £3 billion to be spent during 2018/19 and 2019/20.
£250 million was drawn from the UK’s reserves in 2017/18 for Brexit spending, and at the 2018 Budget another £500 million was made available.
( The Canary, 01.08.2019 )

In November 2017, professional services firm EY said that the UK is expected to have lost 10,500 finance jobs by day one of Brexit. It said that almost a third of City firms had already confirmed moves to the continent.

We’ve already witnessed an increase in the number of EU construction workers leaving the UK for jobs on the continent, according to the Association for Consultancy and Engineering. Findings by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a report published in March showed that almost 200,000 construction jobs could be slashed if Britain loses access to the European single market, jeopardising billions of pounds worth of infrastructure projects.
( Independent, 26.12.2017 )

Two Prized Regulatory Bodies Lost Because Of Brexit ..
The European Medicines Agency moved from London to Amsterdam, and the European Banking Authority, also based in London, moved to Paris in one of the first concrete signs of Brexit as the UK prepared to leave the EU. The medicines agency employs 900 people and the banking authority employs 150. The UK government was powerless to stop the relocation of these two prized regulatory bodies, secured by previous Conservative prime ministers. Seen as one of the EU’s most important agencies, the medicines agency carries out assessments and issues approvals for medicines across the union. The agency is also a boon for hotels, as 36,000 scientists and regulators visit each year.

While the economy out-performed expectations in the aftermath of the referendum, since then, the UK has dropped below Italy to become the slowest growing economy in the G7.
( John Springford, 23.06.2018 )

A range of estimates calculated by the Financial Times suggests that the value of Britain’s output is now around 0.9% lower than was possible if the country had voted to stay in the EU. That equates to almost exactly £350million a week lost to the British economy — an irony that will not be lost on those who may have backed Leave because of the claim made on the side of the bus.

The £39billion ‘divorce bill’ agreed with the EU, with payments to Brussels in pensions liabilities are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
( Independent, 08.10.2019 )

The UK economy is already around £60billion smaller than it would have been without a vote to leave the European Union, with the UK missing out on a bout of global growth. Business investment is up to 20% lower than it would otherwise have been, hurting productivity and wage growth. A no-deal Brexit – even with a substantial stimulus – could mean no growth at all for the next two years. Remaining in the EU would be the best scenario for economic growth in the next few years.
( Dr Christian Schulz, Director and Chief UK Economist, Citigroup Global Markets, October 2019 )

The Brexit Referendum Was Won By Lying To The Public ..
Buried in a 19,800 word Spectator essay written by former online editor and Vote Leave director Dominic Cummings is an admission: The Brexit referendum was won by lying to the public. At the heart of the vote to leave the European Union is an entanglement of lies and propagandist sensationalism that even the most brave souls wouldn’t dare admit to. There is the admission that the NHS wouldn’t really take back our £350 million EU fee, and that immigration wouldn’t really be capped, and that standards of living wouldn’t really change if we left the EU. All of which are matters that the general public voted on, and all are incorrect.
And so to the damning paragraph that outs the Leave Campaign for what it was:
“Pundits and MPs kept saying ‘why isn’t Leave arguing about the economy and living standards’. They did not realise that for millions of people, £350m/NHS was about the economy and living standards – that’s why it was so effective. It was clearly the most effective argument not only with the crucial swing fifth but with almost every demographic. Even with UKIP voters it was level-pegging with immigration. Would we have won without immigration? No. Would we have won without £350m/NHS? All our research and the close result strongly suggests No. Would we have won by spending our time talking about trade and the Single Market? No way.”
( The London Economic, 08.01.2019 )

The NHS Will Be Getting No Extra Money ..
It was on the side of a bus, it was on the lips of Brexiteer politicians – £350million a week would go to the NHS if we voted to leave the European Union. Except, as soon as we did vote to leave, politicians back-tracked and Nigel Farage denied ever making the promise. The Leave campaign quickly erased the promise from its website. In her Brexit speech in January 2017, Theresa May failed to mention the NHS at all. In fact, in October 2016, Theresa May said the NHS will be getting no extra money. This is despite 40% of hospitals issuing an alert within the first week of 2017, and by the second week, 20 hospitals had declared the highest level of alert, which usually means they have no beds free and patients arriving at A&E will need to go to another hospital.
( Independent, 08.02.2017 )

The Plot Dating Back Decades

We’ve Accidentally Sold Weapons To Saudi Arabia ..
UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has been ridiculed after claiming the government had accidentally granted two military export licenses for Saudi Arabia. Truss was forced to apologise to the Court of Appeal for the “two inadvertent breaches”. The UK suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia in June, 2019, after the court ruled that ministers had acted unlawfully by not determining whether weapons could be used against civilians in the war in Yemen. As a result, the government stated that no new licenses would be issued to Saudi Arabia while a review is conducted. Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which brought the original legal challenge, said: “If the government cannot be trusted to follow its own rules, or an order from the Court of Appeal, then it must immediately end all arms exports to the Saudi regime”. Before the court ruling in June, 40% of arms made in the UK were sold to Saudi Arabia.

Remotely Controlled Killing Machines Made In The UK ..
From 10-13 September, London’s ExCeL Centre hosted arms companies from around the world. Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) is the world’s largest arms fair. On 11 September, the government announced a contract worth ‘approximately’ £100 million for new drones. It stated: The world-class Protector will be the first remotely controlled aircraft capable of attacking targets anywhere in the world while being operated from their home base in RAF Waddington. The government also stated that Protector 
will use enhanced data links and carry next-generation, low collateral, precision strike weapons, including the UK-made Brimstone missile (MBDA) and Paveway IV Laser Guided Bomb (Raytheon UK). The aircraft’s design enables almost unlimited payload options in the future, depending on requirement. The Protector will be armed with the same missiles used in the brutal Yemen war. In 2018, evidence emerged that since 2013, the UK sold 2,400 Paveway IV bombs worth £150 million, and 1,000 Brimstone missiles worth £100 million to Saudi Arabia. The key selling point of Protector is that it can fly for up to 40 hours and operate in civilian airspace. The U.S. and Israel led the way in the use of armed drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). China followed. Following 9/11, the U.S. was the first country to kill people with missiles launched from drones. The UK seems keen to push further forward as a world-leader in this technology. Authoritarian countries around the world are increasingly violating international law using these drones. The U.K., Israel, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Nigeria, and Turkey have all used armed UAVs to kill targets since 2015. The U.S. has set a precedent of impunity by carrying out hundreds of strikes that have killed civilians over the last decade. In Yemen’s brutal war, U.S. drone strikes alone have killed over 1,000 people. This includes around 200 civilians and up to 50 children. In 2018, as people in Gaza protested against Donald Trump opening the Israeli embassy in Jerusalem, Israel launched drones to unleash lung-burning tear gas on demonstrators. In 2012, Israeli drones constantly circled the skies over Gaza launching hundreds of missiles. Despite Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian human rights, the British government is importing Israel’s drone technologies to be integrated into its armed forces.
( Extract from an article by Fréa Lockley, 21.09.2019 )

The UK Are Currently Engaged In Conflicts In Seven Countries .. 
UK special forces (UKSF) are currently engaged in conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Yet the nature of UKSF operations means that our political system enables ministers to conduct secret wars in our name with zero parliamentary or public oversightThe British government states that its policy on the covert wars it fights is “not to comment, and to dissuade others from commenting or speculating, about the operational activities of special forces because of the security implications”.  Added to this, the UK’s Freedom of Information Act gives “absolute exemption” to UKSF activities. So this makes it virtually impossible for anyone to question or “scrutinise policy”.
( Extract from an article by Fréa Lockley, 18.09.2019 )

David Goldberg Was Found Dead In New York On June 8th. 2019 ..
Friends of Mr. Goldberg believe he was murdered and did not pass away of natural causes. His friends were also given access to his accounts before his passing. They are reviewing many documents in Mr. Goldberg’s possession, some of which appear to be top-secret government documents and White House memos. The documents and much of what Mr. Goldberg posted on his YouTube account relates to the upcoming planned Iran War, which will be precipitated by a series of False Flags conducted by the United States and Israel. Mr. Goldberg’s Iran War false flag video was posted first on April 14th, 2019. Goldberg says that new alternative media organisations, particularly the ones exposing Israel and Zionism, those with the best work, highest standards, are run by Israel to tag activists for assassination. Goldberg, before he was murdered, says Israel plans to murder 15 million Americans using disease, accidents and eventually, as America becomes more “Trumpish,” simply outright murder.
( Veterans Today, 01.09.2019 )

Documents He Felt Could Get Him Killed ..
David kept me abreast of things over email, and he told me he had been given some documents he felt could, for certain, get him killed. The documents related to some internal White House memos in which a couple of New York rabbis were meeting with Trump frequently, and the memos talked about the nature of those meetings.
I didn’t get full details, except that it seems the rabbis were going to deliver for Trump a re-election victory if he did things they were asking. I guess Trump was listening intently, because — well this is what David said to me — because the rabbis had a lot of power, in ways in which they could rig the elections if they needed to. The memos also talked about how Trump’s poll numbers were not very good and he could easily lose in 2020, and the White House knew this, and this was part of the reason why Trump was paying so much attention to these rabbis. I guess they just have a lot of control or something, and Trump needed them. David said the documents, if they ever got out, would be very bad for Trump, because there was no way to put a positive spin on them. He said the memos were pretty blunt, and seemed to have been written by a couple of staffers coordinating the meetings.

( A friend of David Goldberg who wishes to remain anonymous, Veterans Today, 13.06.2019 )

Fewer Prison Officers In England And Wales ..
There are 7,000 fewer prison officers now than there were in 2010 on one definition. This fall followed on from the 2010 spending review which reduced funding for the Ministry of Justice.
( Full Fact, 13.02.2017 )

Historically High Levels Of Deaths, Assaults And Violence ..
Around 85,000 people are in prisons in England and Wales. The prison population peaked at 88,000 in 2011, partly explained by the riots that summer, before falling to 84,000 at the end of 2012. The total population of the UK has also increased over time. There were 182 prisoners per 100,000 adults in England and Wales in 2016. This is higher than historic levels back to 1901, apart from the peak in 2011, according to the House of Commons Library. A quarter of prisoners are held in crowded accommodation. Around 24,000 people work in operational roles in the prison service. 10,800 more work in non-operational roles, like management, administration and services. The number of staff in both areas has fallen since 2010. In March 2017 there were 30% fewer operational staff, and 29% fewer non-operational staff, than there were in March 2010. Over the last 12 months the number of operational staff has fallen by 168. This is largely due to falling numbers of operational support staff and supervising officers, which outweighs the increase in prison officers. The number of non-operational staff has increased by 248, driven by 155 more managers. There are 15,000 ‘front-line’ prison officers working at band 3 or 4, who are not in management or supporting roles. That number is down from 20,000 in 2010. More frontline officers left than were recruited or promoted every year until 2015. Although this changed in 2015 (with 507 net new officers) the total number of full-time equivalent frontline officers first increased in 2016. In 2017, there was a net gain of 711 front-line officers through recruitment and promotion, which translated into an increase of 122 full-time equivalents. The government announced in November 2016 that it plans to recruit 2,500 new frontline officers by 2018.
The number of deaths in custody fell slightly for the first time since 2013 this year, but remain at historically high levels. Other measures of violence have reached record highs. Assaults on other prisoners and staff are the highest on record.
( Extract from Full Fact article, 02.08.2017 )

The Tory Plan For Privatising The NHS ..
Everyone suspects the Tories have a long-term plan to abolish the NHS.
A new documentary film will lay bare the plot dating back decades, and within sight of success. ‘Under The Knife’ charts the secret Conservative strategy to open up the health service to private sector companies as a prelude to total sell-off.
The devastating documentary, made by Pam Kleinot and Susan Steinberg, draws on dozens of interviews with doctors, nurses, politicians and patients to track the steps towards today’s crisis. Under The Knife tells how the NHS was almost strangled at birth by opposition from doctors and Tories. And while it offered the best health service in the western world for 40 years, the campaign to get rid of it never ended. Margaret Thatcher wanted to privatise, but a Cabinet riot stopped her. So she appointed Sainsbury’s boss Roy Griffiths to “reform” the NHS. He brought in a new managerial class dedicated to running the service like a business. This was the first step on the road. The health service was to be a “business operation” with management, not the patient, at its heart. Dr James Le Fanu, a doctor at Whipps Cross Hospital, says in the film that Griffiths “introduced a new class in the health service, a management class that hadn’t existed before. Doctors were stripped of power. They were told how to run wards. It was a serious blow. Thatcher also listened to U.S. economist Alain Enthoven, who believed the only way to meet patient demand was to bring in so-called market competition. Tony Blair tells the film-makers: “There was no bigger challenge for the incoming Labour government of 1997 than the NHS.” His first Health Secretary, Frank Dobson, agrees: “It was underfunded, understaffed and a lot of hospitals were very run down.”
The Tories’ return in 2010 brought hard-liner Andrew Lansley as Health Secretary. He brought in the Health and Social Care Bill 2011, seen by many as taking the NHS on to the final stretch to privatisation. He took away the Health Secretary’s ultimate responsibility to provide a national health service for all. “It really was the end of the national service,” says Prof Pollock. The Tories’ coalition partner, the Lib Dems, initially opposed the bill.
“At its heart was privatisation,” Lady Shirley Williams admitted to the film-makers.
But they caved in, and the 2012 Act laid down that all NHS services should be subject to competitive tender, bringing private companies into the whole range of public healthcare. There was outcry from doctors and nurses, but behind the scenes lobbying firms working for private sector companies like Virgin and Circle had the ear of Lansley’s policy team. They kept the Tories on the privatisation track.
The next step was to transfer control of the NHS to new management. The service was divided into smaller regional systems, under private or public control, with powers to decide what services will be available and who will provide them.
In 2017, 43% of the total value of these contracts went to the private sector.
Virgin won over a billion pounds worth of NHS business.
( Paul Routledge, 20.09.2019 )

Are The Actions Of The Prime Minister In The National Interest ?..
The troubling role of one of the few sectors in the economy which could benefit from a ‘no deal’ Brexit was exposed by a Channel 4 documentary, including an interview with Crispin Odey, a hedge fund owner who contributed more than £870,000 to pro-Leave groups in the run-up to the 2016 EU Referendum, as well as bankrolling the parliamentary campaign of MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and the leadership campaign of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Odey, with his partner at Odey Asset Management, made a fortune of £350 million by shorting the pound and moving 65% of his fund into gold in anticipation of the shock Brexit result three years ago. Prior to the EU referendum, Odey had incubated Rees-Mogg’s Somerset Capital Management hedge fund as a start-up. This summer, Odey was reported by The Times as having made an equally large bet on UK equity prices crashing  £299 million in short positions on some of Britain’s biggest firms. In June he donated to Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party leadership campaign. That Odey had such a strong interest and apparent knowledge of the actions of the prime minister, including a desire to prorogue Parliament a month before it happened, raises a question of acute public interest.. How involved – and how influential – are the rich backers who have funded the Prime Minister so far? This highlights the potential for conflicts of interests to arise between the Prime Minister’s backers and the national interest as a ‘no deal’ Brexit looms. While it is the role of hedge funds to reduce risk by spread betting on multiple market fluctuations, a ‘no deal’ Brexit is a one-off market-moving event ultimately in the control of politicians.
( Extract from an article by Peter Jukes, 23.09.2019 )

Good People Expose The Lies

Between August 2014 and February 2018, the Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper aircraft of the Royal Air Force spent a total of 42,000 hours in the air over Iraq and Syria. That alone cost the UK taxpayers around £1.5 billion.

Tory MPs, largely, do not care about these poor people, they don’t care about the NHS.
( Dominic Cummings, chief advisor to UK PM Boris Johnson )

We are living in a period of time in which the biggest threat to humanity, to all creatures, and to the Earth itself, is ourselves. And yet our greedy leaders and greedy governments allow greedy men and greedy corporations to continue with their wake of destruction.

The socialism I believe in is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It’s the way I see football, the way I see life.
( Bill Shankly )

The UK Government spent £10,842,063 on their ‘Prepare For EU Exit’ adverts between November 2018 and July 2019. Every single penny spent on this advertising campaign to prepare for the self-inflicted damage that is Brexit would have been better spent on policing, schools and the NHS. Brexit is already costing us dearly and we haven’t even left yet.
( Wes Streeting, 19.08.2019 )

Boris Johnson asserts, ever more boldly, that we will leave the EU with or without a deal. But as his sister has reminded us, he is backed by speculators who have bet billions on a hard Brexit – and there is only one outcome that works for them.
A crash-out no-deal Brexit that sends the currency tumbling and inflation soaring.
( Former UK Conservative Chancellor Philip Hammond )

Dominic Cummings, who claims to be a hard Brexiteer and is chief advisor to UK PM Boris Johnson, received over £200,000 in EU subsidies for a farm he co-owns.

There’s a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies. You know what some people call us – the nasty party.
( Theresa May, October 2002 )

The hard-right in the Conservative Party are just a multi-millionaire elite who have managed to convince the gullible masses that they, and their billionaire friends, really care about the common people.
( Len Firswood )

The Far-Right Billionaires And Their Puppets In Government ..
The dominant five newspapers in the UK, all far-right and owned by billionaires, 
are the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Sun on Sunday, the Mail on Sunday, and the Sunday Times. Each of these publications has been brainwashing its readers with fake news about the EU for years, while building up pro-Brexit politicians and stoking divisions. Terms such as “betrayal”, “surrender”, “plots by traitors” and “enemies of the people” are on the front pages routinely. We then had Conservative Ministers spewing mindless remarks.. Michael Howard talked up war with Spain over Gibraltar. Jeremy Hunt likened the EU to the Soviet Union. Boris Johnson compared the EU to the Nazis. Priti Patel suggested threatening the people of Ireland with starvation. Jacob Rees-Mogg threatened to sabotage the EU from within if Brexit was postponed. Comments like these from both the far-right billionaires, and their puppets in government, have whipped up frenzy and incite violence in the not-so-smart members of the public.

We live in a time when our politicians, and the media that supports them, lie to the people, and those who dare to tell the truth are ignored or ridiculed.
( Rose Winfold )

The sort of language I’m afraid we’ve seen more and more of coming out from No 10 does incite violence. It’s the sort of language people think legitimises a more aggressive approach and sometimes violence.
( Former UK Conservative Minister Amber Rudd )

American sanctions don’t affect the ruling elite in Iran. It’s the people who suffer.
All this trouble started when Donald Trump reneged on the nuclear deal.
He did nothing when Saudi Arabia bombed a school bus in Yemen killing 40 children, or when they murdered an American-based journalist.

The UK has been maintaining Saudi warplanes, storing their bombs, issuing their bombs, providing their missiles, training the pilots, providing the warplanes, present in the operations rooms. The UK is not just backing the Yemen war; it’s part of it and its complicity is direct.
( Mark Curtis, 15.05.2019 )

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
( Benito Mussolini )

UK Labour MP Karl Turner confronted Dominic Cummings, the advisor to PM Boris Johnson, saying he had death threats overnight. To this, Cummings casually replies: “Get Brexit done.”

I have had a death threat this week that literally quoted the prime minister and used the prime minister’s name and words in a death threat that was delivered to my staff.
( UK Labour MP Jess Phillips, 26.09.2019 )

Remember, when governments measure the ‘economy’ it’s by how well the rich people are doing, and not by how well the poor and the ordinary folk are doing.

Shame on the misguided, the blinded, the distracted and the divided. Shame. You have allowed deceptive men to corrupt and desensitise your hearts and minds to unethically fuel their greed.
( Suzy Kassem )

Since the American-orchestrated 2014 overthrow of its democratically elected government, Ukraine has been a complete political and economic disaster. Ravaged by civil war, this American vassal statelet faces a very dark and troubled future.
Ukraine has discovered that there is absolutely no honour in being a satellite outpost of Washington. While it has willingly cut itself off from Russia, it has no EU membership and is being used by the US as an East-West zone of geopolitical instability.
( REAL NEWS on Twitter )

Saudi Arabia’s government announced the mass execution of 37 men on April 23, 2019. At least 33 of the 37 were from the country’s minority Shia community.
The mass execution was the largest since January 2016, when Saudi Arabia executed 47 men.

The blinkered masses don’t get it, but the Government’s aim is getting them to hate the people who are being oppressed, and love the Government, who are the oppressors.
( Rose Winfold )

When the media and those with power support the corrupt few because it suits their agenda, it’s the responsibility of good and decent people to expose the lies and speak the truth.

Government scientists are commonly as corrupt as the corporate government that employs them.
( Steven Magee )

We live in a time when our leaders and those with power no longer commit crimes. They are either ‘indiscretions’, ‘an error of judgement’, ‘an honest mistake’, or a ‘misunderstanding’.

When the UK Prime Minister was in America he told Donald Trump that his number one priority was Brexit. Not the 87 old people dying EVERY DAY because of cuts to social care, or the continuing rise in homelessness, or the children living in poverty.
( Doris Fenlow )

More than $1million PER MINUTE of taxpayers’ money is spent on global farm subsidies, much of which is driving the climate crisis and destruction of wildlife.
Just 1% of the $700billion (£560billion) a year given to farmers is used to benefit the environment.

The crowd doesn’t have to know, all they have to do is believe and submit to being shaped.
Benito Mussolini )

Complicit in misery, suffering and death. When our leaders and our governments fail to condemn and ignore the sickening and brutal atrocities and crimes committed by the nations who they profit from, what does that say about them?

Yesterday in the UK House of Commons. PM Boris Johnson said, “The best way of honouring murdered Labour MP Jo Cox would be to get Brexit done.”
A crass, ignorant comment about someone who, though is dead, still has far more dignity than Johnson.

( Doris Fenlow, 26.09.2019 )

An Unfair Policy That Only Benefits Employers ..
Employers in the UK are abusing current flexible working arrangements to make life impossible for hard-working people. Over 1.7 million people across the country are very anxious about their hours changing unexpectedly and without enough warning. Shifts are often cancelled at the last-minute leaving families short of cash for things like food or bills. And with hours changing week to week it can be impossible to budget and plan ahead. This unfair policy is supported by the Conservative Government. And when the government say the number of people in employment is at record levels, they include those in part-time jobs and those on zero-hour contracts who need only work one hour in two weeks to be classed as employed.
A deliberate and scandalous ploy to fool the people.

Yesterday in the UK House of Commons. The wealthy and the privileged Tory MPs were cheering, clapping, and braying like donkeys after PM Boris Johnson described the increase in death threats towards women as ‘humbug’.
( Doris Fenlow, 26.09.2019 )

Remember The Chemical Attack On Douma ?..
In retaliation, the UK fired 8 missiles into Syria 
costing £790,000 EACH. Plus four Tornado GR4s at £35,000 per flying hour. The U.S. fired over one hundred missiles. This attack took place in the early hours of the morning on the same day the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were due to start their investigation. 
The OPCW investigation found no evidence of chemical weapons nor any evidence of people exposed to, or killed by, chemical weapons.

If one hundred people drowned on a British cross-channel ferry, it would be a national disaster. If one hundred refugees drowned in the English Channel, it would be a political question.
( Rose Winfold )

Was It Really Iran Who Attacked Saudi Arabian Oil Fields ?..
Saudi Arabia has spent $billions purchasing U.S. missile defence systems and supposedly cutting-edge radar technology. If the Yemeni rebels can fly drones into Saudi territory and knock out oil production sites, then that would be a huge embarrassment for the U.S. 
The U.S. needed to scapegoat Iran for the military attack on Saudi Arabia oil fields because to acknowledge that the Houthi rebels in Yemen mounted such an audacious assault would be an admission of the inadequate air defence systems sold to Saudi Arabia.

Abolishing private schools isn’t an education policy by itself. But watch how quickly funding gets allocated and standards improve across the board when the wealthy have to send their kids to be educated alongside ours.
( Ash Sarkar, 23.09.2019 )

Dominic Mckenzie Cummings, special advisor to Michael Gove when he was Education Secretary (that worked out well, Gove was sacked), and now top advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Many believe that Cummings’ long-term strategy is for long-term associate Michael Gove to be PM.

Money does corrupt, but only corrupts those with low morals and of low character.
( Len Firswood )

Finland .. One education system, no private schools (even the small amount of independent schools are publicly funded) and the best literacy rates in the world.
A level playing field insures everyone gets a first class education and the kids thrive in the freedom and flexibility.
( Tiersa Swankie, 23.09.2019 )

Possibly The Largest Dealer Of Death In The World ..
Apparently each time an Old Etonian becomes the Prime Minister of Britain every boy at the school gets a day off, as does every coke dealer in Central London. Honestly, given the number of psychopaths they turn out, the place should be placed in special measures. Old Etonian Boris Johnson’s government is moving rapidly ahead with all kinds of evil plans. Now one of the many amazing things about Jeremy Corbyn when he comes to power is that he will be the first leader of a major industrial nation in modern history who is personally anti-war and who is not in the pocket of the massively powerful arms industry. To my mind this is one of the major reasons for the ferocious negative response to the prospect of a Socialist Labour Government, all the lies, misinformation and false accusations. But think what that could mean for our nation? At the moment, thanks to BAE Systems and its subcontractors, Britain is possibly the largest dealer of death in the entire world. But under Jeremy Corbyn, we could make all manner of beautiful things that aid humanity rather than killing it, and how much better we could feel about our nation because of that? I am so passionate about this prospect that if you don’t like the idea I’ll fight you.
( Alexei Sayle, 20.09.2019 )

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposed tax cuts would cost the government up to £20 billion and mostly benefit the richest households in Britain, according to new independent research. But Johnson knows this will attract the wealthy donors for his General Election campaign.

Those we send to war may suffer or die, but those who do the sending, and often profit from the conflict, sit comfortably and safely at home.
( Rose Winfold )

We now live in a time when our best defence is to be suspicious. Look closely at who profits from the actions, the policies and the agendas of those with power. Unfortunately, there are many who believe all they read, hear and see.

If you want to be lied to, all you have to do is believe everything that Boris Johnson tells you.
( Len Firswood )

An ally of the UK and the U.S., Saudi Arabia have executed 136 people so far this year (2019), including six children. Executions include crucifixion and beheading, and claims are made that many are tortured into making confessions. Crimes include demonstrating, sorcery and homosexuality.

Modern conflicts and wars are started by the greedy elite to gain more power and to make themselves even more money.
( Rose Winfold )

We Must Follow The Truth

Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this ‘something’ cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It’s what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours. Memory. The census doesn’t count it. Nothing counts without it.
( Robert Fulghum )

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.
( Robin Williams )

It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars. 
( Noam Chomsky )

The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.
( Mark Haskell Smith )

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.
( Nelson Mandela )

Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like. 
( Noam Chomsky )

If you do not want to be lied to, then you need to stop following politics. 
( Steven Magee )

The Explosion Of The Prison Population In The USA ..
Most people imagine that the explosion in the U.S. prison population during the past 25 years reflects changes in crime rates. Few would guess that our prison population leaped from approximately 350,000 to 2.3million in such a short period of time due to changes in laws and policies, not changes in crime rates. Yet it has been changes in our laws, particularly the dramatic increases in the length of our prison sentences, that have been responsible for the growth of our prison system, not increases in crime. One study suggests that the entire increase in the prison population from 1980 to 2001 can be explained by sentencing policy changes.

( Michelle Alexander )

Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.
( Aristotle )

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies. 
( Noam Chomsky )

If you surround yourself with the good and righteous, they can only raise you up.
If you surround yourself with the others, they will drag you down into the doldrums of mediocrity, and they will keep you there, but only as long as you permit it. 

( Mark Glamack )

This Government is responsible for deaths, it’s responsible for starvation, it’s responsible for untold suffering and despair on a scale we have not seen since the Victorian era.
( Peter Stefanovic, 15.06.2019 )

Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong. 
( Dwight D. Eisenhower )

You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. You know, eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.
( Hillary Rodham Clinton )

He is shallow, friendless, disloyal, deceitful, a womanising, mad-haired, narcissitic, liar.
( Brian Reade on Boris Johnson )

The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them. 
( Christopher Hitchens )

Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds. 
( Henry Adams )

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. 
( Noam Chomsky )

The Relentless Smear Campaign Against Jeremy Corbyn ..
The Conservative Party, the Tory-supporting media, and Jewish activist groups, who some claim many have infiltrated the Labour Party by becoming members, seem to devote much of their time and energy attempting  to discredit and blacken the reputation of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The relentless rhetoric, unfounded allegations, propaganda and fear-mongering have persuaded many, both neutrals and Labour supporters, and some who should know better, to join the attack on Mr Corbyn. The reasons for the prolonged smear-campaign, which started almost the moment Mr Corbyn was elected as Labour Party leader, are fairly obvious to smart and intelligent people. The initial, ridiculous unfounded attacks were for being a threat to national security and befriending just about every terrorist organisation. When this didn’t work, the meaning of anti-semitism was changed overnight. Because Mr Corbyn is sympathetic to Palestine and criticises Israel, this has been the relentless rhetoric ever since. The reasons, of course, is that the elite and the wealthy are worried (shit-scared, in fact) that if Mr Corbyn did take office as Prime Minister he would, without doubt, look closely at tax-havens, offshore bank accounts, tax-evasion, money-laundering, corruption, and the dodgy goings-on in the banking and financial sectors.
They simply want to stop Mr Corbyn becoming the UK Prime Minister, no matter what they have to do or say, or how dirty or low down in the gutter they have to go.
( Len Firswood )

Propaganda campaigns in general have been closely attuned to elite interests.
( Noam Chomsky )

A person with true power doesn’t need to attack. A person without power attacks constantly. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Bullies are all the same. They are thin-skinned and cannot accept criticism, but find nothing wrong with name-calling, insulting, undermining and humiliating the characters of good, honest people.
( Rose Winfold )

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them. Unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. 
( Noam Chomsky )

Being poor is not simply a matter of lacking opportunities to convert one’s labour into a wage, or a living wage, for that matter, but rather of becoming indebted and, through the commodification of these debts, paying an ever-higher price for being poor. 
( Noelle Stout )

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. 
( Aristotle )

Try to look at causes and solve problems. Do not concentrate on military solutions. Do not seek military solutions. Terrorism is a political problem. Seek political solutions. Diplomacy works. 
( Eqbal Ahmed )

I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.
( Robin Williams )

Rewarding jaundiced Boris Johnson for self-serving Brexit fibs largely responsible for the current chaos would be like signing a weekly direct debit for the burglar who just ransacked your home and stole the family silver.
( Kevin Maguire, 28.04.2019 )

America cannot survive a regime as an international tyrant. Only through cooperation of nations will the citizens of the world thrive.
( Kilroy J. Oldster )

The many are more incorruptible than the few. They are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little.
( Aristotle )

The Violated Treaties ..
Some years back Richard Nixon warned the American people that Russia was bad because she had not kept any treaty or agreement signed with her. You can trust the Communists, the saying went, to be Communists. Indian people laugh themselves sick when they hear these statements. America has yet to keep one Indian treaty or agreement despite the fact that the United States government signed over four hundred such treaties and agreements with Indian tribes. It would take Russia another century to make and break as many treaties as the United States has already violated.

( Vine Deloria Jr. )

When you hear and read prominent people and politicians continually criticising and attempting to blacken an opponent’s name or reputation, you can be sure it’s either jealousy, or more likely, fearful of that opponent.
( Dion Felsrow )

So casual is Boris Johnson’s acquaintance with the truth, assuming immediately that he’s lying saves time.
( Kevin Maguire, 16.06.2019 )

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.
( Robin Williams )

Both are strangers to the truth, guilty of odious racism and are Me-Me-Me egomaniacs elevating themselves first, second and third.
( Kevin Maguire on Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, 28.04.2019 )

Blind party loyalty will be our downfall. We must follow the truth wherever it leads. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily. 
( Aristotle )

Illegal immigrants have always been a problem in the USA.
Ask any indigenous American Indian.

( Rose Winfold )

I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them.
( Thomas Jefferson )

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. 
( Franklin D. Roosevelt )

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.
( Kurt Vonnegut )

When you’re dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don’t say than what they do. 
( DaShanne Stokes )

Boris Bikes Or Ken’s Cycles ? ..
He was a terrible Foreign Secretary in a rehearsal for No 10, laughing about dead bodies in Libya and cack-handedly extending a British-Iranian mother’s jail sentence in Iran. Equally his eight-year reign at London Mayor was a complete failure compared with Labour predecessor Ken Livingstone’s innovative terms, the Tory scamster squandering £40m on vanity buses and a £43m luvvie unbuilt garden bridge. Boris Airport was a pricey fiction and even the “Boris Bikes” network was inherited from Livingstone, “Ken’s Cycles” a more accurate eponymous tribute.
( Kevin Maguire on Boris Johnson, 16.06.2019 )

A stupid leader or politician is a dangerous enemy.
There is no defence against stupidity.
Facts, protests, reasons, even the truth, fall on deaf ears.
When presented with irrefutable evidence the stupid person will become irritable, critical and offensive, and just push the truth aside as inconsequential or incidental.
Great caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person, they are dangerous.
( Flori Swedon )

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. 
( Noam Chomsky )

A politician is a hog grateful to whoever is rattling the stick inside the swill bucket. It is time to take the swill bucket away. 
( Mike Lofgren )

Most politicians are corrupt as they do not represent the masses that voted for them, but rather they choose to return numerous favours to the corporations that funded their election campaigns. 
( Steven Magee )

I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.
( Bill Maher )

Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way:
Stop participating in it.

( Noam Chomsky )

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
No one in this world, so far as I know, and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me, has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
( H.L. Mencken )

Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms. But those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of free men.
( Aristotle )

They declare that it is unpatriotic and disruptive to question the workings of authority, but patriotic to institute harsh and regressive policies that benefit the wealthy, undermine social programs that serve the needs of the great majority, and subordinate a frightened population to increased state control. 
( Noam Chomsky )

Certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow us to take offense. However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. Indeed, believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make. It is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else.
( David A. Bednar )

May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership. Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.
( Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. )

We owe our loyalty to each other and to our children’s children, not to party politics.
( DaShanne Stokes )