Do the #USA🇺🇸 & #UK🇬🇧 have a disproportionately large proportion of idiots?

Or do they have Governments & news media influenced by rich free-market fundamentalists who want to deregulate everything, make people live & work in unsafe environments, & who value profit over lives?
Hungary, Brazil, the USA & UK are among the top 25 worst-performing countries on earth for COVID deaths/million of population.

Of these countries, the UK & USA have *BY FAR* the highest number of cases over the last 7 days - more than twice as many as the next highest, Brazil.
And just to be clear:

Brazil 🇧🇷 (population 211 million) - 99,846 cases last 7 days.

UK 🇬🇧 (population 68 million) - 206,462 cases last 7 days.

USA 🇺🇸 (population 333 million) - 932,988 cases last 7 days.

Out of these countries, the UK is the worst performing.
UK hospital numbers for #COVID19 are quite high (6,000+ compared to less than 1,000 in May/June) but mass vaccination means previous rates are unlikely.

Some return of restrictions in the winter is possible, but a full national lockdown remains unlikely.…

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14 Sep
John Malone, Chair of Liberty Global & the largest private landowner in the USA is setting up a formidable media company.

The $43 billion deal brings together AT&T’s Warner Bros, HBO, CNN, & Discovery’s array of cable channels - including GB "News"! 🤔…
Libertarian John Malone is on the board of directors for the grotesquely libertarian free-market Cato Institute, founded by the Koch Foundation in 1974.

And Malone donated US$250,000 to Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017. He's generous like that. 🧐…
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14 Sep
The barbaric Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill has passed its final reading & is awaiting consideration by the House of Lords.

It contains new limits on the right to protest, sweeping new police powers, the criminalisation of Travellers & increased stop & search powers.
Damage to memorials, such as the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, could mean 10 years in prison - longer than many rape sentences.

The Bill is an unacceptable extension of police & state powers, & attacks the fundamental freedoms of speech, assembly & the right to protest.
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Or you simply just don't care.


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13 Sep
I see we've reached the 'racism is justified against black people & travellers because laws' stage of the Tory regime.

Reminds me of something we did in History at school - can't quite put my finger on it... 🙋‍♂️
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Since 9/11, the number of UK/US newspaper articles about terrorism increased exponentially - despite attacks in Europe & North America being much more common during the 1970/80s & typically carried out by left/right-wing nationalists.…
Sheffield University's @JaredAhmad1 makes a powerful & persuasive argument:

'Aside from the drama and newsworthiness of the 9/11 attacks, a major reason why terrorism dominated headlines was because politicians and other “elite” figures began talking about terrorism. A lot.'
'Studies reveal how, in the days, weeks and months after 9/11, politicians and security sources (often anonymous and unnamed) dominated the news of the terror threat during this period and helped encourage an atmosphere of patriotic fervour.'…
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12 Sep
In 2013, at the annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture, Boris Johnson said inequality is essential to fostering "the spirit of envy" & hailed greed as a "valuable spur to economic activity".

The damaged, lying, opportunistic hypocrite also demonised Romanians.…
Johnson warned that the accession of Romania to the EU meant that London could do nothing to stop the "entire population of Transylvania" from "pitching their tents in Marble Arch".

Romania's foreign minister expressed his outrage at "xenophobic, populist" politicians in the UK.
The deregulatory free-market ideology that he & his catastrophic & cruel Government subscribe to seem to relish deepening inequality, & in his speech he warned that the growing competition Britain faced in a globalised economy meant that inequality would deepen.
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Divisive liar & Tory MP PHILIP DAVIES has wrongly claimed that asylum seekers crossing the channel by boat "are illegal immigrants, not asylum seekers".

Why are politicians allowed to lie to voters?

And why are certain newspapers allowed to amplify their blatant lies?
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