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May 28 9 tweets 4 min read
@carolvorders Something very suspicious here, I suspect an engineered attempt at insolvency to 'merge' this council into a CCA, transferring public wealth to private hands and start land grabbing like Teesside, this area sits on the border of Southhampton (Solent) Freeport.👇🏻 @carolvorders Well, what do you know? US ExxonMobil listed here as a tax site with Southampton Water...ExxonMobil's environmental record has faced much criticism for its stance and impact on global warming, so the usual greenwashing BS of deregulated Freeports is a go…
May 26 10 tweets 2 min read
People are confused, they don't know which parties represent their interests anymore. Predatory capitalism has aggressively accelerated the absence of a robust democratic left. A nominal centre-left has muddied the waters. A lack of managed capitalism since the 70s has led to a dire economic situation where the unravelling of the social contract has ushered in malign corporate influence over our elected politicians. Globalism destroys checks and balances on GDP so profit share outweighs wage share.
May 26 4 tweets 1 min read
No country has ever left the European Union (EU) except Britain. Anyone saying that Brexit can work has sold their souls to populism.
May 26 5 tweets 2 min read
Mohammed bin Salman, "Neom will have a lot of ports, some of which will be on Saudi territory, with others in Egypt, that will also provide benefits to the other countries of the GCC, as well as Jordan, Egypt, and lots of places in the world.” Wake up UK.
Charter cities are about exiting democracy, Brexit is far more than leaving the EU, it entails the reconfiguration of the UK by carving up entire regions into patchworks of competing sovereignties. Sunak's Freeports and SEZs will fall under corporate laws.
May 26 5 tweets 2 min read
Be aware The Daily Wire on Twitter is a ticking time bomb of unquantifiable far-right populism, the invective they are spreading is beyond dangerous and of course, is backed by Musk.
What is going on with Elon Musk and Ron DeSantis? | Robert Reich… Twitter started to become a rightwing media hotspot when Musk lifted bans on thousands of accounts that spread disinformation about the pandemic and the 2020 elections.
More recently, Tucker Carlson has said he would revive his show on Twitter after losing his Fox News slot. Image
May 25 7 tweets 2 min read
Both Tories and Labour have been extolling the virtues of 'integrated healthcare' under the auspices of creating more choice so patients can skip NHS waiting times. What do you think?
Record rise in people using private healthcare amid NHS frustration… I'm a Brit living/working in The Hague, you have to take health insurance. I pay €140 pm, but also have to pay the first €350 before insurance kicks in. The standard of healthcare is very high compared to NHS, but the Dutch are envious of free healthcare. I'd still prefer NHS.
May 23 7 tweets 2 min read
The ramifications of Brexit embody deregulation, it allows unfettered free market capitalism to wreak fiscal and societal havoc on ordinary citizens’ lives during crisis. Do you know why this is happening? There was a period in 20th-century history after WWII that rebuilt society after the ravages of war with a new social contract, this was a singularly remarkable achievement where managed capitalism saw wages rise, near full-time employment, and social benefits increase.
May 23 6 tweets 2 min read
'Over four decades, the Adam Smith Institute has proved itself a formidable advocate of economic and personal freedom, achieving real and lasting changes in public policy'. Andrew Neil, broadcaster 'A quarter century after the genocide, Rwanda is peaceful and prosperous, and an anchor of stability in Africa".
Let's dig into that claim by the libertarian Adam Smith Institute (ASI).>1…
May 23 7 tweets 2 min read
Did you know that the policy preferences of the rich are 15 times more likely to become public policy than those of non-elites?
Read 'Affluence and Influence' by Martin Gilens.
We need a new social contract that puts equality back on the table.… We need cross-class civic organizations where members span the collective demographic that makes up our society, where egalitarian economics ensure that fair distribution of GDP begins from the bottom up. Anarcho-capitalism is out of control, 2 party political system is broken.
May 22 9 tweets 2 min read
What's interesting here is that those who commit illicit and illegal behavior hotfoot it to the private sector to avoid public accountability. This is why privatisation is so wrong. Sunak's post-Brexit UK is all about corporate hegemony covering up crimes… When opposition parties align themselves with 'big money' they might appear to be competitive with the Tories but something at the heart of democracy becomes commodified, that is the tribune of ordinary people. The moral dimension to politics must not be subsumed into populism.
May 21 8 tweets 3 min read
“Our ecosystem has been completely destroyed. And nobody in power seems to care. What’s left here is a toxic wasteland. Everything is dead".… Here's what the Tories leveling-up plans will do.
May 20 28 tweets 5 min read
This🧵examines Free Market Fundamentalism with particular attention to William Rees-Mogg’s book 'The Sovereign Individual - How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State'. Please read and RT!🙏🏻
Credit to… 'Nurses skills are not so scarce, their bargaining power is lower and so they are paid less'.
Market fundamentalists argue if nurses were worth more, they would be paid more; if the CEOs’ really were worth less, they would be paid less.
May 19 9 tweets 4 min read
You won your idiotic Brexit Mogg, the fact it's unworkable is on you and the ERG.
In the meantime can this lying charlatan be arrested for admitting his party gerrymandered the local elections?
Brexit is failing and it’s Remainer’s fault – Jacob Rees-Mogg… “Parties that try and gerrymander end up finding their clever scheme comes back to bite them, as dare I say we found by insisting on voter ID for elections”, Rees Mogg said.…
May 18 15 tweets 5 min read
Tom Bell, libertarian advocate of charter cities and non-territorial governance should chill you to the bone. I believe Sunak's Freeports and investment zones will birth charter cities under corporate governance with soon-to-be ex-MPs as joint landlords.
Be aware Tom Bell's book 'Your Next Govt? From the Nation State to Stateless Nations'. SEZs will sell off sovereign territory to foreign investors under 'jurisdictional arbitrage'. A charter city can be built on vacant land or it can transform an existing one. Rule 'by' law. Image
May 17 11 tweets 3 min read
The particular brand of libertarianism the far-right are busy with in post-Brexit UK is known as anarcho-capitalism. Murray Rothbard (b.1926) a member of Mont Pelerin Society in the 50s, referred to states as 'organized banditry', despised Govt of any kind and saw tax as 'theft.' Sunak and his acolytes are demonstrably showing what kind of Brexit Britain they are molding, it is in this image of anarcho-capitalism where all public services, security, utilities, infrastructure, health care are owned by the market with no safety net for those unable to pay.
May 17 8 tweets 2 min read
Mogg's comany Somerset Capital Management was until recently heavily invested in a company closely connected to the Kremlin. He will always put personal greed before moral and ethical principles.
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Kremlin Contradictions – Byline Times… No surprise that Mogg’s calls for stronger sanctions against Russia were conspicuously absent. His investment firm at that time was heavily invested in the Russian Federation, and these investments included a stake worth some £60 million in Russia’s Sberbank. Follow the money.
May 14 4 tweets 2 min read
Legatum Institute=Disaster capitalists leeching from Brexit. Pro deregulation+privatisation of NHS
Legatum "values disruptive transitions to create unique opportunities"
Scores of firms relocating to EU, leaving many assets under-priced, see SEZs Freeports… Charity Commission records Legatum as a registered charity, it received over £4m income in 2015 up from just under £3m in 2014 and a mere £2,500 in 2013.
Do not be fooled, this is an all-out r/w economic war on the back of Brexit against the 'oppressive constraints of democracy'.
May 12 7 tweets 3 min read
Property tycoon Ivan Ko hopes to find site for a charter city named Nextpolis between Dublin and Belfast to host 50,000 fellow Hong Kongers #brexit… China’s recent imposition of national security laws in the region has prompted many Hongkongers to consider leaving. The British government has promised to provide assistance and relocation.
May 12 10 tweets 3 min read
The British colonized Hong Kong after the opium wars in the mid-1800's. Brexit has eyes on Hong Kong’s coastal experiments in capital accumulation by framing it within SEZs, demonstrating you don’t need to create new nations, you just carve up old ones.… Truss’s Investment zones have been quietly picked up by Jeremy Hunt, consider Thatcher’s previous efforts to create a Hong Kong-on-Thames in the context of post-Brexit and the Govt’s resurrection of deregulated economic enclaves via Sunak’s Freeports🧵👇🏻
May 11 7 tweets 3 min read
“A gift to rogue employers looking to exploit workers and put them through long, gruelling shifts without enough rest”
Deregulation of +800 EU laws and protections will impact food standards, the environment and workers rights. #Libertarian #Brexit… An attack on Food Safety Laws. FSA 'We are critically reliant on REUL to both set the high level principles of food safety and much of the detailed operation of the regulatory framework'…
May 10 7 tweets 2 min read
Want to know why capitalism is out of control? Why Govt consulting agencies have exponentially grown from the Thatcher years to the present day? Parasitical interests during crises are unfortunately essential components of corporate hegemony over democracy
The Govt consultancy model is highly problematic, it is feeding off a weak state when it should be strengthening the state, outsourcing to corporations with little to no expertise in climate change or PPE for example results in financial, environmental and human disaster.$$$$$$