1/ To understand #Brexit you have to know about the Koch brothers, who are using their $90bn oil and gas & manufacturing fortune to drive US politics in the direction of ultra-free market 'libertarian' economics, & whose influence extends deep into #Brexit politics.
2/ Here is David Koch's program when he stood as a Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential candidate in 1980. Take your time to read it. It is terrifying in its extremism. For example he opposed all income tax. And remember, he and his brother are worth around $90bn.
3/ The Kochs are spending around $400m on the upcoming US elections. The network of think-tanks political organisations they fund and control is enormous. 3 names stand out with regard to #Brexit, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the Atlas (Network) Research Fdn.
4/ The Kochs are heavily involved in oil and gas so it is no surprise to see Koch Industries, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute linked to several of our own #Brexit politicians and right-wing #Brexit-pushing think-tanks (#55TuftonSt) in this chart.
5/ We've seen a quite a bit of the Tax Payers Alliance recently. Here's an article on
@MollyMEP's excellent Brexit Syndicate site thebrexitsyndicate.com/2018/07/04/tax…
Read the article and you'll see the Koch connections - see next tweet.
6/ Funding for the TPA was provided by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (to which the far-right Koch brothers are major donors), the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation (Koch-linked). Like the IEA, the TPA is a member of the Atlas Network (Koch-linked). #55TuftonSt
6/ Recently Liz Truss told the Cato Institute that “a thicket of regulation and control” is holding back business.
The Cato Institute is co-funded by Charles Koch.
7/ Remember Liam Fox's Atlantic Bridge which ended in ignominy. It had a US sister organisation set up by ALEC a hugely influential US organisation heavily funded by the Kochs and Exxon theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
8/ The recent self-styled US-UK “shadow trade talks aimed at slashing regulations involved Brexiter Daniel Hannan and his IFT think-tank and the Cato Institute, co-founded by the Koch Brothers, and the Heritage Foundation for which they have been donors. theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
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