Thursday, March 23, 2017

The ugly divisive fiction of the extreme-right opportunists


The terrorist who attacked Westminster has now been confirmed as British-born, yet before his origins were revealed the extreme-right were absolutely desperate to use the attack to fuel their divisive anti-immigration, and to misleadingly portray London as a weak, scared and divided city.

The UKIP and Leave.EU bankroller Arron Banks was one of the first to use the attack as an excuse to promote his fanatical and divisive anti-immigration rhetoric. Long before the (British) origins of the attacker were known, Banks started blabbering on about immigration and borders, Retweeting extreme-right comments, and slinging abuse at people who dared contradict his divisive rhetoric.

Nigel Farage was another extreme-right politician to see the carnage as a golden opportunity to spread divisive anti-immigrant nonsense. Instead of waiting for information about who the attacker was, he charged onto Fox News to opportunistically weave the Westminster attack into his personal anti-immigration narrative.

It's not just anti-immigrant sentiments that extreme-right used this attack to promote. They also wanted to instil fear. The woman who will not be named on this blog also scuttled off to Fox News to tell the Americans that in London "people are cowed, people are afraid, people are not united".

The woman who will not be named was obviously lying through her teeth because the vast majority of Londoners are not cowed into submission, they're getting on with their lives and refusing to let the terrorists win. 

London survived the Blitz; London survived loads of IRA attacks in the 70s, 80s, and 90s; London survived the appalling 7/7 bombings; and London will survive this.


The extreme-right want to portray London as a weak city that is quivering with fear because it helps to sell their fanatical  fearmongering agenda to the lucrative American audience, but the reality is totally different.

The real stories are the remarkable displays of bravery in the immediate aftermath of the attack, and the stoic solidarity of Londoners on the day after it.

The extreme-right elements who misleadingly portray London as weak, scared and divided are shameful opportunists who know that their ugly divisive fiction is more marketable to the right-wing news channels in the US than the reality; the stoicism and resilience of London.

The extreme-right don't care about waiting for the facts before they start spouting off.

The extreme-right don't care about the reality that most Londoners are determined to get on with their lives rather than wallowing in fear or self-pity.

The extreme-right are absolutely desperate to use anything they can to spread their agenda of fear and division.

The grand irony of course is that by behaving like this they're doing the work of the Islamist fanatics. The Islamist terrorists want to make us live in abject fear of their attacks. The Islamist terrorists want to create divisions and even more anti-Muslim prejudice in the West.

The extreme-right love to see themselves as defenders of our culture, but by deliberately spreading fear, hatred, and division they're actually reacting in precisely the way the Islamist fanatics want them to.

In fact the extreme-right and the Islamist fanatics both share the same vision. They both crave a violent and destructive clash of civilisations. They're the opposite sides of the same disgusting coin. The Islamist fanatic in ISIS occupied Syria who joyously celebrates the attack on London is no different to the extreme-right fanatic in Britain who is full of glee because they see the attack as another wonderful opportunity to spread their divisive and dishonest hate-fuelled rhetoric.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn just totally cornered Theresa May about Tory lies, so she attacked his family life


Remember last year when Andrea Leadsom was vying with Theresa May for the Tory party leadership and the Theresa May camp whipped up a massive storm of synthetic outrage over Leadom's comments about how being a mother made her a good candidate to be Tory leader and Prime Minister?



Remember how Theresa May supporters within the Tory party and the right-wing press interpreted Leadsom's comments as an attack on Theresa May for being childless, and then hounded Leadsom into withdrawing from the Tory leadership contest?

I'm no Leadsom sympathiser whatever, but the way she was pressured into resigning from the Tory leadership race so that Theresa May could be appointed Prime Minister without even facing a ballot of Tory party members was about as cynical a display of contempt for democracy as is possible to imagine.

Fast forward to March 2017 and the outpourings of outrage from Tory party members and the right-wing press are nowhere to be seen over Theresa May's disgusting personal attack against Jeremy Corbyn's family life.

Theresa May resorted to an outrageously misleading below-the-belt personal attack after Corbyn totally cornered her on the fact that the massive education funding cuts her government are enacting are in breech of the Tory manifesto commitment to protect school funding. 



Theresa May's evasive response to being cornered like this was to totally evade admitting that the 2015 Tory manifesto pledge was a lie by attacking Corbyn's family life.

May attacked Corbyn for the fact his son was sent to an exclusive grammar school, but this personal attack was an extraordinarily low blow given that it was Corbyn's principled insistence that his son should go to the local state school that led to the breakdown of his marriage, and that it was his ex-wife, not Corbyn, who insisted on the grammar school education for their son.

Isn't it funny how Tory MPs and the right-wing press can whip up a massive storm of synthetic outrage over Andrea Leadsom's comments that were read as an implicit criticism of Theresa May's family life ... but when Theresa May explicitly attacks Jeremy Corbyn's family life in a grotesquely misleading manner, the silence from Tory politicians and the right-wing media is absolutely deafening.

It's almost as if they're all a massive bunch of hypocrites isn't it?


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Norman Tebbit's rotten worldview


On the day that the death of Martin McGuinness was announced, the unelected Tory peer Norman Tebbit was given an awful lot of airplay and column inches to spit his bile.

Tebbit wished McGuinness an "eternity in hell", blabbered a load of conspiracy theory nonsense about how McGuinness was a "coward" because he sought peace instead of continuing the deadly civil war, and claimed that the world is "a sweeter place" for the fact that McGuinness has died of a rare genetic disease.


Of course Tebbit's comments should be seen in the context of the Brighton IRA bombing in which his wife was crippled, but they still come across as the ramblings of a bitter old man, especially when compared to the comments of Jo Berry, the daughter of the Tory MP Anthony Berry who actually died in the Brighton bombing.

She said that McGuinness' legacy was one of "reconciliation and peace-building", that he "showed us how to move forward and showed us a way where former enemies can work together for the peace of the whole ... what we have now is so much better than what I grew up in. What we have now is peace".

Another factor to consider when it comes to Tebbit's furious hate-driven bile against one of his recently deceased political adversaries is the wave of staggeringly hypocritical right-wing political correctness that washed over the UK after Margaret Thatcher died. How dare people criticise a recently deceased politician the right-wingers wailed back then, but here we have one of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet ministers spewing abuse at a recently deceased politician and right-wingers are lapping it up like manna from heaven.


Just in case you're not quite convinced that Tebbit's comments are not the distasteful ramblings of a bitter and extremely right-wing man, here's an extraordinary Norman Tebbit quote about his old friend Jimmy Savile to illustrate how much of a good judge of character he isn't:
 "I've got no doubt Jimmy Savile was a very odd fellow, and I'm pretty sure he was in breach of the law on a number of matters. But I do not know that it's possible, 40 years on, to do justice in the sense of knowing just how many of those allegations are complete and true." [source]
So in the mind of Norman Tebbit the guy who sat down with his sworn enemies to bring peace to Northern Ireland (something that seemed impossible in the 1970s and 80s) is some kind of monster who is beyond redemption, but Jimmy Savile is the kind of man you make excuses for by casting doubt on the testimony of his victims.

It's clear that Tebbit's rotten worldview is almost completely determined by his allegiance to the Tory party of the 1980s. 


It doesn't matter how disgusting the crimes that were committed, if the guy was sympathetic to the Thatcher regime Tebbit will make excuses for him, but if they were an enemy of Thatcher's, then he hates them with an furious passion, even if they renounced violence and became one of the main players in bringing the deadly civil war in Northern Ireland to an end!

What a bitter, paedophile-excusing old Tory.

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David Cameron "did a funny" so all is forgiven


David Cameron has been using his lucrative US public speaking tour to brazenly reinvent history but the mainstream media (including supposedly left-wing outlets like the Guardian) were too busy cooing over his Trump joke to bother holding him to account over his absurd revisionism.

Cameron made a lame jape about the best thing about having resigned in disgrace after losing his EU referendum gamble was that he no longer has to listen to wiretapped Donald Trump conversations and the mainstream press adored it. They lavished Cameron with praise for his wit, as if he'd thought of the joke himself rather than had it written for him by one of his script writers.

The press were so busy lauding Cameron for his edgy topical joke and helping him rehabilitate his ruined reputation that they totally failed in their duty to hold him to account over the revisionist drivel he was spouting.

Cameron claimed in his speech that the US and the UK have been "the guardians of freedom, of tolerance, of equality and, yes, of justice".

Freedom

As Prime Minister David Cameron was a big supporter of stripping law abiding citizens and civic organisations of their freedoms.

Cameron's government introduced the Gagging Law to stop charities, voluntary groups, community organisations and trade unions from criticising the Tory government.


One of the freedoms David Cameron and his savagely authoritarian Home Secretary Theresa May despised the most was the right to privacy. Cameron's government introduced Internet filters and legalised the unlawful snooping that the secret services had been doing for decades. Shortly after he quit the Internet Snoopers' Charter was passed, meaning that the concept of freedom from state snooping has been essentially abolished and the UK state gained unprecedented snooping powers that would have turned the East German Stasi green with envy.

Here's a genuine David Cameron quote to give you a clear idea of what his true feelings about freedom were.


"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone." [source]

What he was clearly expressing there was a desire to scrap the freedom of ordinary law-abiding citizens to go about their lives without being snooped on and persecuted by the state.

Tolerance

David Cameron's track record on tolerance is a mixed bag. To his credit he fought down the right-wing of his own party and collaborated with Labour, the Lib-Dems and various other opposition parties to deliver gay equality. But on the other hand Cameron and his government were never averse to using extreme divisive rhetoric in order to appeal to the extreme-right demographic. 

Take Theresa May's trolling of high migration neighbourhoods with her appalling "Go Home" vans. Take Theresa May's regular use of divisive anti-migrant rhetoric to appeal to the Ukipper demographic. Take Theresa May's spouse visa rules that openly discriminate against women, and against people who live in the less affluent regions of the UK. Take Iain Duncan Smith's sickening dehumanisation campaign against sick and disabled people. Take George Osborne's austerity agenda that loaded the burden of cuts mainly onto the shoulders of women.

Cameron always talked a good game on tolerance, but the divisive language and discriminatory practices of his government clearly proved that Cameron's Tory party had a very different agenda to the inclusive tolerant agenda Cameron so often liked to talk about.

Equality

The United Kingdom is an astoundingly unequal country. Parts of the UK are the richest places in the world, but of the 10 poorest regions in northern Europe, 9 are in the UK

David Cameron's government made this situation very much worse by handing one tax break after another to the super-rich minority, whilst loading the burden of George Osborne's ideological austerity agenda onto everyone else. The result of which is that the super-rich minority ended up literally doubling their wealth, while ordinary working people suffered the worst collapse in the value of their wages since records began.

Cameron's government were so successful in rigging the economy in favour of the super-rich minority that the UK was the only country in the developed world to see wages falling in value while the economy was actually growing

If the economy was growing, but the share of the wealth going to working people was in decline, where did all of the extra money go? To the tiny super-rich minority who bankrolled Cameron's Tory party of course.

Justice

If David Cameron's pretensions about being a champion of freedom and equality were laughable, then his claim to have been some kind of guardian of justice as Prime Minister was frankly absurd.

Who could forget that it was David Cameron's government that stripped legal aid to the bone in order to ensure that ever fewer ordinary people have access to adequate legal representation?


Who could forget that David Cameron's government was ruled to be unlawfully discriminating against people with mental health disabilities by forcing them through their discriminatory Work Capacity Assessment regime, and that Cameron's government ignored the ruling and carried on regardless?

Who could forget that David Cameron's government set about privatising vast swathes of the justice system creating loads of glaringly obvious financial conflicts of interest?

Who could forget that David Cameron's government trashed the concept of open justice by introducing Secret Courts where a person can have their fate decided in a courtroom they are not allowed to enter, under charges they are not allowed to know based on evidence they are not allowed to see?

Who could forget that when David Cameron's government were judged to have broken the law by unlawfully forcing thousands of unemployed people onto unpaid "workfare" placements, they stuck two fingers up at the justice system by rewriting the rules and retroactively applied them so that their unlawful rules would have been lawful had they been written that way at the time?

Who could forget that this retroactive rewriting of the law scam was subsequently ruled unlawful in the courts?

Conclusion

David Cameron gambled the entire future of the UK in order to gain a little bit of short-term party political advantage and he lost.

Instead of remaining in politics to try to fix the situation he himself created, he ran off at the first opportunity to embark on a lucrative public speaking tour of the United States in which he spouts absolute drivel about how he was some kind of guardian of the things his government relentlessly attacked.

Instead of holding him to account for this disgraceful behaviour the mainstream media overlook it all because he "did a funny" about Donald Trump.

The media are supposed to hold the powerful to account and expose their lies, not help them to polish up their tarnished reputations and laugh obsequiously at their jokes.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Saudi Arabia committed a grotesque war crime and Biffers are openly congratulating them for it!



On Thursday March 16th 42 refugees were massacred off the coast of Yemen as their boat was attacked by a helicopter gunship. The Saudi Arabians stand accused of committing this war crime, but as with all of their other war crimes in Yemen, they're just using the age old tactic of denying responsibility until the fuss dies down.

The local coastguard stated that all of the refugees were carrying UN refugee documentation, and described the attackers of having "no respect for humanity".


The reaction to the news that 42 refugees had been mercilessly gunned down was greeted with absolute delirium in the extreme-right Britain First hate group.

The kind of people who occupy this fanatically right-wing echo chamber are so full of hate for their fellow human beings that they gleefully celebrate the violent death of any Muslim or refugee, even if they're innocent civilians who have been killed by the military of a barbaric Islamist theocracy that has been spreading its disgusting version of extremist Salafi Islamism all over the world for decades.

Biffers clearly become so utterly delirious with joy at the thought of dead Muslims that they're incapable of even grasping the basic facts:

1. The people killed were Somalian refugees who had fled the chaos in Somalia to Yemen, but now Yemen has deteriorated under Saudi bombardment they were crossing the Red Sea again to seek refuge in Sudan.
2. The people who killed these civilians are also Muslims. Muslims committing war crimes against civilians for the military of a savage Islamist theocracy.
Here are a few of the comments posted beneath the Britain First story celebrating the attack:



Captain Phillips?

Before getting onto the mentality of the people who write such comments, it's worth noting that the Britain First fascists misleadingly used a picture of the Oscar nominated actor Barkhad Abdi portraying a Somali pirate in the film Captain Phillips, instead of a picture of a Saudi helicopter gunship, or a picture of the dead civilians.

The extreme-right mentality

It's difficult to imagine the thought processes of people who are so filled with hate for their fellow human beings that they gleefully rejoice over war crimes committed against civilian refugees, and openly congratulate the Islamist war criminals who did it. But it's important that we at least try.


People don't end up so full of hate naturally. It takes years and years of dehumanising propaganda in order to reduce people to the state of joyously celebrating war crimes committed against civilians.

Extreme-right newspapers like the Daily Mail, Express and S*n bear a lot of responsibility, as do right-wing polital parties and politicians like UKIP and Theresa May (a woman with a long track record of spewing anti-migrant rhetoric in order to appeal to the extreme-right demographic).

Another reason people end up like this is pure ignorance. Not just ignorance of the horrors suffered by refugees all over the world, but astoundingly lazy-minded ignorance of the basic facts of the case.

Several Biffers celebrated the fact that these dead civilians won't be arriving in Britain, or claiming UK benefits. This just goes to show how willing some people are to blabber out their opinions without the remotest regard for the reality they're commenting on. These refugees weren't anywhere near Britain, they were fleeing from Yemen to Sudan. It hardly takes a genius level intellect to realise that Sudan is a bloody long way from Britain, or that these people's lives must be pretty damned unbearable if they decided to cross one of the most dangerous oceans in the world in order to seek refuge in bloody Sudan!


Aside from the influence of extreme-right propaganda and the astounding levels of Biffer ignorance on display, there are other factors too. Facebook has a lot to answer for in allowing the criminal BNP splinter group Britain First to continue operating with impunity, spewing their fake news, and hosting so many hateful comments. Facebook considers the female nipple to be so obscene that they repeatedly censor it and they banned the satirical "God" page for a month, yet they do nothing to clamp down on the hatemongering scam artists at Britain First.

Another factor to consider is the failure of social liberals to stand up to right-wing extremism. Hateful dehumanising discourse often goes totally unchallenged these days. The spewing of hateful extreme-right diatribes has become so normal in fact, that people feel empowered to gleefully celebrate war crimes committed against civilian refugees using their own names and profile pictures, as if there's nothing shameful in what they're doing at all.

The reason that hate-filled individuals feel emboldened to behave in this disgusting manner is that they are rarely or never censured for it.

Someone sharing a hate-filled Britain First post so it appears on your Facebook feed is the online equivalent of someone you know taking a crap on your living room carpet. Not just your living room carpet though, the living room carpets of pretty much everyone they know.

The reason extreme-right followers feel emboldened to behave like this is that their decent friends and family members just turn a blind eye to it, rather than condemning them over their bigotry and displays of astounding ignorance. "Oh, you know Trish Wilson-Kennedy, she's just the kind of person who rubs her own excrement into people's carpets, that's just her way, it would be rude to confront her about it". That's the kind of pathetically weak and passive liberal attitude that allows such vile and ignorant hatred to flourish and grow in the UK.

Conclusion

Britain is increasingly filled with grotesquely ignorant hate-filled individuals. The type of people who are so overjoyed at the thought of dead Muslims that they abandon all of their (presumably meagre) critical thinking skills and openly congratulate the Islamist war criminals who carried out the massacre.

There's no way that things can end well if more and more people are sucked into this hatemongering extreme-right ideology, so something has to be done to fight back against it.

We obviously can't rely on the government to lead the fightback, because Theresa May clearly sees these people as an important Tory demographic to be pandered to, so the responsibility falls on the opposition parties, on civic society and on all of us as individuals.

If we don't stand up and actively confront this kind of grotesquely ignorant and dehumanising extreme-right fanaticism, then we're guilty of passively saying that it's OK and allowing it to continue to flourish and grow.


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

10 humiliating Tory cock ups from just the last week alone


1. The National Insurance U-turn

The mainstream media desperately tried to turn the absurd Tory U-turn on their proposed National Insurance hike into an attack on Jeremy Corbyn, but the truth of it is that the "Corbyn missed an open goal" narrative is a sideshow designed to deflect attention away from the abject incompetence of the Tory party leadership.

It's absolutely clear that Philip Hammond was far too busy writing jokes to put in his budget speech to bother briefing his fellow Tory MPs or the pro-Tory press that he was going to casually break the Tory manifest commitment not to raise National Insurance. The week of absolutely ridiculous Tory excuses being made against a backdrop of almost unanimous condemnation was followed by a hastily executed U-turn. It was a total shambles, and anyone guilty of trying to make the story about Jeremy Corbyn's Prime Minister's Questions performance is clearly attempting to deflect attention away from the abject incompetence of the actual government.

2. A record fine

The Tory party were handed a record £70,000 fine for their dodgy election expenses during the 2015 General Election campaign. Not only did they misdeclare over £100,000 in expenses as national rather than local expenses, they also totally failed to declare another £100,000+ at all. The £70,000 fine was less than one third of the value of the expenses they scammed, but the maximum allowable by law.

3. Criminal investigations

12 police forces have handed files to the Crown Prosecution Service over the 2015 Tory General Election fraud and Tory MPs are being interviewed under caution about their roles in the scandal. There is plenty of evidence that the Tory party broke the law by misdeclaring local campaign spending as national spending


It's becoming ever clearer that the Tories won the 2015 general Election with a coordinated breech of election spending rules designed to financially dope their way to victory in a load of marginal constituencies.  The only way the CPS can avoid accusations of a politically motivated whitewash will be to find some people to prosecute for the blatant criminality, which means they will have to decide whether to charge the MPs themselves, or their election agents. 

4. The NHS nursing crisis

Freedom of Information requests have revealed that the number of EU nurses quitting the NHS has risen to an all time high, while the number of new nurses arriving from the EU has slumped by 92%. Meanwhile there is a huge recruitment crisis going on as the number of British people applying to train as nurses has slumped by almost 10,000 as a result of Theresa May scrapping the NHS bursaries that helped trainee nurses qualify without assuming vast mountains of debt.

5. David Davis' admission

The Tory Brexit secretary David Davis made an absolutely extraordinary admission that very few people seem to have grasped the appalling significance of. As he was being grilled by the Brexit select committee Davis admitted that the Tory government have done absolutely no research into how bad a retaliatory hard Brexit would be for the UK economy and the British people. What makes this admission so extraordinary is that it shows that when Theresa May put on her tartan clown costume and made her do as we say or we'll blow up a 'hard Brexit' economic bomb threat to the EU, she hadn't even bothered to investigate how bad the economic damage will actually be if the EU call her bluff. 


6. Scotland

If there's one thing that's most likely to drive Scotland towards independence it's an English Tory Prime Minister expressing her determination to totally ignore Scottish democracy. The Scottish parliament will vote to hold an independence referendum to give the Scottish people the chance to escape the appalling consequences of a hard Tory Brexit that they voted so strongly against, and if Theresa May refuses to allow it because of her determination to drag Scotland out of the EU, and out of the Single Market against their will, she'll drive countless people into the welcoming arms of the Scottish independence campaign.

David Cameron will always be remembered as the man who gambled the entire future of the UK in return for a little bit of short-term party political gain and lost. This week it's looking more and more likely that Theresa May is going to go down in history as the woman who's bossy authoritarianism ensured the break-up of the United Kingdom.


7. Child Poverty

The government's own figures revealed that 100,000 more children are living in poverty than last year. Of the 4 million children in the UK who are growing up in poverty, two thirds come from working families. As even more ideologically driven Tory cuts to in-work benefits really begin to bite over the next three years the child poverty rate looks set to continue increasing, and the proportion of kids in poverty from working families looks set to increase too.

Only the most savagely indifferent of Tory apologists could possibly try to argue that any kids, let alone kids from working families deserve to grow up in poverty.


8. Zero Hours Contracts

Office for National Statistics figures revealed that the number of UK workers on exploitative Zero Hours Contracts rose to an all time record high of 905,000, an increase of 13%.

Last year New Zealand banned Zero Hours Contracts, but in Tory Britain ever more people are finding themselves stuck in exploitative and unstable Zero Hours jobs.

9. The Housing crisis

The Office for National Statistics have revealed that UK houses are the least affordable they have ever been. Since 1997 house prices have risen 259% while wages have risen only 68% in the same period. This means that the the average house now costs 7.6x average annual earnings as compared to 3.6x in 1997.

In the 1980s the Tories used to bang on and on about the importance of home ownership, but nowadays the percentage of people who own their own home is in freefall, house prices have become the most unaffordable they've ever been, house building remains in the worst slump since the 1920s, a massive horde of virtually unregulated buy-to-let slumlords are cashing in on the crisis by renting appalling properties at sky-high rents, and last year the Tories voted down a bill to ensure that rented houses are fit for human habitation!.


39% of Tory MPs are landlords.


10. Ireland just shamed the UK

In January 2017 Theresa May scuttled off to the United States to lick Donald Trump's boots and beg him for a hastily cobbled-together trade deal for Brexit Britain. Her "begging bowl" speech was an absolute abomination.

In March 207 the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny used his visit to America to lecture Donald Trump about the benefits of immigration as a swipe against Trump's immoral and brazenly unconstitutional anti-refugee policies.

Don't think that I like Enda Kenny's economic policies. I don't. But his backbone is admirable. Theresa May shamed Britain with her pathetic grovelling at the feet of a narcissistic bully with no respect whatever for basic human decency or the rule of law. Enda Kenny did the Irish proud by standing up for immigrants.

If the right-wing Prime Minister of our little neighbour Ireland can stand up to Trump, why on earth did Theresa May have to shame the United Kingdom by licking his boots so cravenly?


Conclusion


The Tory government is an absolute shambles. They're slow-marching us towards a catastrophic nuclear Brexit and the break-up of the United Kingdom; they just did possibly the biggest budget U-turn in living memory; they're trashing the NHS; they're overseeing huge spikes in child poverty and people in unstable work; they're under criminal investigation for cheating their way into power; they're overseeing an extraordinary house price inflation crisis; and Theresa May just got put to shame by the bloody Prime Minister of Ireland.

Of course the mainstream media will try to deflect attention elsewhere. Of course they'll attack the opposition instead of the actual party in government


"Ooh Ooh Ooh look at that squirrel"

Now forget everything you just read.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

How do right-wing Brexiters know that "no deal is better than a bad deal"?


Ever since Theresa May's woeful January 17th clown costume speech Brexiters have been gleefully repeating her soundbite that "no deal is better than a bad deal" as if her threat-based posturing is some kind of genius negotiating stance, rather than an unforgivably reckless gamble with the entire economic future of the UK.

On March 15th the Brexit minister David Davis made an incredible admission, one that very few people seem to have realised the appalling significance of. What he admitted is that despite stalling for month after tedious month while they tried to cobble together some kind of Brexit plan, the Tories carried out no impact assessment into the potential social and economic damage of walking away from the Brexit negotiations with no deal in place.

The significance of this admission of course is that Theresa May (and all of the Brexiters who have rote learned and repeated her glib platitude) has no authority whatever to claim that "no deal is better than a bad deal" because there has been no effort whatever to establish how bad a "no deal" situation would actually be for the UK.

In light of the fact that Theresa May's government made absolutely no effort to establish how much social and economic devastation they would cause by resorting to a retaliatory nuclear Brexit, it's an extraordinarily reckless gamble to make the threat of nuclear Brexit the absolute cornerstone of their so-called "negotiating strategy".

In reality it's beyond obvious that the UK is going to be offered a "bad deal". There's absolutely no way that the 27 remaining EU states would offer a better deal to the member that quit their club than the deal the departing member had before. Anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly and undeniably suffering a reality-denying refusal to accept the absolute basics of the geopolitical situation the UK is in.

The issue isn't whether the UK gets offered a "bad deal", because anything better than what the UK had before is the stuff of Brexiter fantasyland imaginings. The issue is how on earth anyone can claim that "no deal" is better than the "bad deal" that will be on offer when it's clear that the Tory government negligently refused to investigate how ruinous "no deal" would actually be before they decided to use it as a threat.


It was bad enough that after six tedious months of waiting for it, the Tory "negotiation strategy" that Theresa May announced in her clown costume speech was nothing more than "do as we say or we'll blow up an economic bomb and then you'll be sorry", but now it's absolutely clear that they didn't even bother to investigate how big the economic bomb is, nor whether the explosion would actually do more damage to the UK than to the EU!

So next time you hear some Brexiter mindlessly repeating Theresa May's "No deal is better than a bad deal" platitude, the question you need to ask them is how Theresa May actually knows that "no deal" is better when she arrogantly refused to do any research whatever into how bad the thing she's threatening would actually be for Britain.


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