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Sep 18 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Liz Truss's government is clearly trying to destroy the (already degraded) social contract that underwrote the NHS and the post-war welfare state.
It's doing this on the basis of an extreme version of Hayek's "free-market" ideology, the moving spirit of Britannia Unchained. 2/ Crises present good opportunities for ideologically motivated extremists to push through policies that might have seemed unthinkable before, as Naomi Klein described in The Shock Doctrine.
Pinochet imposed precisely the same sort of ideology on Chile after seizing power.
Jun 19 • 12 tweets • 7 min read
Look, Carrie Johnson was eminently suited to a £100k FO job. Here she is in 2012 with the Russian Ambassador at the launch of Conservative Friends of Russia, set up by the later CEO of Vote Leave with the help of Russian agent Sergey Nalobin. #Carriegate westcountryvoices.co.uk/tough-times-fo…
...at least, I'm pretty sure this is Carrie Johnson (then Symonds). Also pictured here is John Whittingdale MP, a founder member of Conservative Friends of Russia, whom she accompanied to this delightful event, where raffle prizes included a biography of Putin. #Carriegate
Jun 14 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Both Hitler & Mussolini hated lawyers and often abused them. They saw the rule of law as a barrier to their exercise of absolute power, in the name of "the will of the people". #ToryFascists
... e.g. Hitler: : "I shall not rest until every German sees that it is a shameful thing to be a lawyer." #ToryFascists
May 26 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Key point that's being missed about Rishi Sunak's Energy Profits Levy (#WindfallTax) on oil & gas profits: companies will be able offset investment in new fossil fuel extraction against their taxable profit. That's exactly what they'll do.
This tax is highly damaging to climate.
That's why Rishi Sunak didn't simply raise the existing Supplementary Charge on N. Sea oil & gas. That also allows investment offsets but not as big & only after profits from investment are booked.
The fossil fuel interests that fund the Tory Party will be delighted.
Mar 1 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
If you were thinking of a stay at the Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, you may like to know that its proprietor, John Mappin, is a big fan of Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
There are other reasons you might want to give it a miss, as I described here: westcountryvoices.co.uk/qanon-in-cornw…
John Mappin may seem like a deranged fantasist, but he has some interesting connections.
"Opłaty za szkołę są bardzo drogie. Zrobię wszystko dla pieniędzy."
(School fees are very expensive. I will do anything for money.)
Aug 9, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
It's going to be PM Rishi Sunak, isn't it? Looks like probably sooner rather than later.
Sunak is smart & personable, but his "free-market", "fiscally conservative" ideology is absolutely lethal - & especially disastrous in the context of Covid & the #ClimateEmergency.
I suspect Boris Johnson does not actually want to remain PM for much longer. He's essentially lazy & would rather be raking in easy money from speeches & articles. A determined push from Sunak & his backers would probably oust him quite easily.
Sunak has a lean & hungry look.
Aug 3, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Boris Johnson met with Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya today.
Johnson & the corrupt dictator Lukashenko have some common traits.
They took the same nonachalant approach to visiting Covid wards.
Johnson's party has taken funds from sources close to Putin...
... Johnson's government is planning to restrict people's right to peaceful protest. And the UK & Belarus are the only two countries in Europe that still have a first-past-the-post electoral system.
Jul 26, 2021 • 11 tweets • 5 min read
1/ One of the biggest anti-vax, anti-lockdown accounts on Twitter is the so called Anti Lockdown Alliance (GLOBAL). It tweets in several languages but mostly English - all the usual bullsh*t conspiracy theories, about the "Great Reset", Bill Gates, etc...
2/ Here it is sharing a Sputnik article in Portuguese suggesting the virus was created by Bill Gates and George Soros. The Anti Lockdown Alliance often tweets stuff from Russian propaganda media controlled by Putin's mafia state...
Jul 24, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Nor surprised to see a 'Trump 2024' flag at the so-called #freedomrally in London.
These crowds always include a large far-right element, as well as deluded #COVIDIOTS who have watched too many dodgy Youtube videos.
Fascists have always seized on & weaponised any means of stoking paranoia & resentment. The influenza epidemic at the end of WW1 helped create conditions for the rise of fascism, and this pandemic may well be doing the same. mg.co.za/opinion/2021-0…
Jun 14, 2021 • 16 tweets • 3 min read
ThREAD: To understand where Boris Johnson's culture war is heading, the case of Spiked is instructive - and not just because his senior adviser Munira Mirza is a veteran of the former far-left & now far-right cult. 1/2/ Spiked grew out of a Marxist sect that called itself the Revolutionary Communist Party. It prided itself on being truer to the methods of Lenin & Trotsky than its far-left competitors. Members saw themselves a vanguard elite that would kick the working class into revolution…
Feb 14, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Steve Baker's CRG (Covid Recovery Group) is basically the ERG (European Research Group, aka hard-Brexit nutters) under a new name.
One suspects the CRG understands about as much about epidemiology as the ERG understood about trade with Europe.
The European Research Group (ERG) never managed to work out what the EU is & why it matters, despite its supposed "research".
The Covid Recovery Group (CRG) seems to have little idea how Covid works & what it will take to recover from it.
Both basically disinformation outfits.
Sep 24, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
The govt has announced in a press release that Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix has been disqualified as company director for 7 yrs for offering "unethical" political services.
Boris Johnson says he "can't remember" why he met with Nix when he was Foreign Secretary in 2016.
Tactfully, the govt press release doesn't mention Cambridge Analytica's role in #Brexit, or that a sister company of CA was paid by Dominic Cummings & Vote Leave to place 1.5 billion highly dishonest ads on UK voters' Facebook pages in the days leading up to the 2016 referendum.
Aug 21, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The yacht belongs to Roman Abramovich's business partner Eugene Shvidler. He also owns a $37 million home in Belgravia and has close business connections to Sir Michael Peat, former treasurer to the Queen & financial adviser to the Prince of Wales. A big player in Londongrad.
Oil billionaire Eugene Shvidler is also the benefactor of the Beit Shvidler Primary School in Edgeware, praised by Boris Johnson for "improving education in the capital" & as a beacon of "ethical capitalism". thejc.com/community/comm…
Aug 20, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
So Steve Bannon has been arrested and charged with running a fraudulent "We Build the Wall" fundraising scheme.
Nigel Farage credited Bannon with Leave's win in 2016. Farage's fundraising schemes are also extremely "interesting".
Farage's former PA "Posh George" Cottrell served time for a fraud that involved offering to launder drug money on the dark web. Head of referendum fundraising for UKIP, he's also linked to Arron Banks & to Russian entities involved in money-laundering. badboysofbrexit.com/2018/01/02/geo…
Aug 10, 2020 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
At least one person has been killed in #Belarus after Lukashenko's forces violently attacked large crowds protesting the shamelessly rigged election. Incredible bravery & determination on the part of protesters. Pictures from Reuters.
Fun fact about Alexander Lukashenko, the fraudulent dictator attempting to hold onto power in #Belarus: he is an admirer of Adolf Hitler's methods of imposing "order" on Germany.
Aug 9, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
In 1938 Home Secretary Samuel Hoare said the UK "shall put no obstacle in the way of children coming here" & would be "in the forefront among the nations of the world in giving relief to these suffering people."
He did not appoint a "Kindertransport Clandestine Threat Commander".
Who better to be in charge of a review into the impacts of racism than Munira Mirza - a right-wing ideologue who believes that institutional racism is "a myth", as she asserted in Spiked in 2017?
This is an insult to #BlackLivesMatter & everything it stands for.
To understand the role played by Munira Mirza & the way the far-left cult she belonged to morphed into a far-right network pushing the most extreme version of "free market" capitalism, read this by @bellacaledonia.