We were told markets were the solution to our problems. This was clearly a false promise.

Don't be put off by the use of the word 'woke': please listen to @ProfCarlRhodes discuss his book 'Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy'.

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Markets have NOT solved the problems of eg inequality, populism, transparency, racism or climate change: we urgently need a new form of leadership - one that galvanises people around a renewed democratic vision, where self-interest & profit are no longer the primary objectives.
Sympathetic book review of 'Woke Capitalism' - from the Financial Times!

"It is time to be aware of its [woke capitalism's] characteristics & political effects. It is also time to intervene to put the world on a path towards equality & justice for all." Image
"From climate crisis to anti-racism, corporations are taking a stand. But if it’s only done because it’s good for business, the fires will keep on burning."

#Podcast: 'Why progressive gestures from big business aren’t just useless, they’re dangerous'.


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2 Dec
Live facial recognition systems have been deployed across England & Wales by the police, supported by the Govt.

Combined with draconian anti-protest legislation & other antidemocratic measures, the UK increasingly resembles an authoritarian regime.

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#THREAD on #ToryLies.

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Defining what it means to lie & how bad it is, can be challenging: it involves questions of intent & expectation.

Clearly, when someone deliberately gives a false or misleading statement or answer to a question, this is lying, & it's a big problem - *especially* in politics. Image
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1 Dec
Interactive @YouGov tracker, asking "what are the most important issues facing the country at this time?"

Includes options such as health, immigration, crime, the economy, environment etc, with a breakdown by age, gender, politics, region & social grade.

The issues deemed most important overall (latest poll 29th November):

Health: 51%
The economy: 41%
The environment: 39%
Britain leaving the EU: 26%
Immigration & asylum: 26%
Crime: 17%
Housing: 16%
Education: 11%
Welfare benefits: 10%
Defence/security: 8%
Tax: 7%
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Overall, 26% think 'immigration & asylum' is the most important issue: among 8 - 24 yr olds it's just 12%, but ask the over 65s & it's 48%.

Whereas for 'the environment', it's the most important issue for 39% overall, 46% among 18-24 yr olds, & just 29% for the over 65s. Image
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1 Dec
"In 1945, Britain was the leader, not only in democratic & constitutional matters, but in building the welfare state. It was a new Jerusalem, the model for all social democracies elsewhere." - Professor Vernon Bogdanor, 2012.

"Every country would follow the National Health Service, every country would follow British methods of securing full employment, running the economy and so on, and there were predictions in the early 1950s of a new Elizabethan age. Britain was to be an example to the world."
"That was certainly the feeling of the Attlee Govt & the Churchill Govt which succeeded it. People do not feel that anymore. People are much richer than they were, of course, & they have a much wider choice. (But) is it a better world than the one we hoped for in the 1950s?"
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'Hostility to the imagined threats of trade union power is widespread, but if you look beyond the version told by union-bashing journalists, Conservative politicians & popular historians, it is striking how limited that power actually was & is.'

Robert Taylor, the leading historian of modern trade unions who sadly died in September 2020, concluded the unions’ hold over the British workplace from the 1940s to the 1970s was “always more illusory and less substantial than their many enemies liked to suggest”.
Sections of the UK media are complicit in creating this caricature of overweening trade union power.

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"We are on a renewed mission to defeat #socialism.”
(Theresa May).

“I am going to fight #capitalism even if it kills me. It is wrong that people like you should be comfortable & well fed while all around you people are starving.”
(Sylvia Pankhurst).

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Blair would have hated her.
Sylvia's organisation attempted to defend the interests of women in the poorer parts of London. It set up "cost-price" restaurants to feed the hungry without the taint of charity. It also established a toy factory to give work to women who were unemployed due to the war.
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