…as perpetual war is celebrated as ultimate deterrent to war…
The House of Cards seems about to collapse on its own falsehoods, one House in the UK, the other, the US. Whereas in the US where corporate control so far continues to ensure the periodic charades of elections with the sole viable choice being either of the two totally captured parties, things have turned rather awkward in Britain.
There, other political parties have registered their mark in elections, parties only recently such as Liberal Democrats (LibDems) and UK Independence Party (UKIP). Often such have made sufficient ‘noise’ above their actual power to attract media and voters’ attention – in stark contrast to what obtains in the US.
That awkwardness comes from within the Labour party, a party that had turned quite elite, upper class, Blairite, with occasional bland mutterings to calm the ‘working class’. Its recent electoral loss to the Conservatives, from which it had slight difference and with which it had seemingly colluded to thwart that Scottish vote, did present a golden opportunity for change. And change did come, drastic change in the person of Jeremy Corbyn. Voting in such change were totally disaffected Labour members in defiance of the blandishments of the privileged of the status quo. Read the rest of this entry »
…clearly, not making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?…
After excoriating Jeremy Corbyn and having one of his military forecast mutiny over a Corbyn electoral victory, what else can there be in the day of the life of a UK politician who seems to fail at the photo-op of eating a bacon sandwich, and another more circumspect, camera conscious eating a hotdog? Well, the past would serve up uncomfortable reminders for the UK PM.
And we refer not to this famous episode, where there was that ‘hail the conquering hero comes!’ moment – for the ecstatic corporate MSM. There would be that dissenting media voice that would continue to haunt the dreams of profits and political advantage, To the victors the problems: Cameron and Sarkozy in Libya As Simon Tisdall would remark on the two heroes walking tall in their triumph, Read the rest of this entry »
…the hypocrisy is breathtaking…
ht mc on this John Oliver. But first a digression. The British Parliament, like most parliaments, is renowned for quips and repartees in their debates, an activity alien to the rehearsed behaviour in the US. However, its PM David Cameron has performed there as the quintessential Etonian, with Scotland and the Scots on the receiving end of his barbs, even condescension. As evidenced here, a SNP member, Angus MacNeil, poses a question at question time,
…as if the idiocy, the hypocrisy could not get worse, enter David Cameron,UK Prime Minister…
Truly inconceivable. On a Sunday when folk should deserve some serenity, some leisure time to intrude more into life comes some idiot to seek to disrupt those moments. From the Daily Telegraph we learn that the ‘immediate in the US footsteps’ Cameron has appeared with that US PR expert, Amanpour, on the Andrew Marr Show. And to show it”s truly Amateur Hour, even the sign of ‘we’re with you’ solidarity thing is amateurishly handled. What to say? Read the rest of this entry »
Nothing like a good dose of austerity for the working class and other misérables. Such treats do come back and bite even the well heeled. And to remember, had it not been for some less ‘captured’ Parliamentarians the UK would have been off to war with its ally, the US, against Syria, and spending taxpayers’ pounds with the enthusiasm of a drunken sailor — and with no concern about ‘austerity’…
So there he is, the UK Prime Minister (of selfie-photo fame with the US President and Danish PM) in galoshes (‘wellies’) sloshing through flood waters doing the photo-op thing for the cameras. Thing is that gambit is not working for this non-working class lad, and Eton boy.
Simon Wren-Lewis has a go at the bumblers looking for some flood waters, of which there are many, to do the ‘I feel your pain’ photo nonsense.
Austerity and Flood Damage. ‘Nice’ photo of the damage.
Are the UK floods Cameron’s Katrina? Another ‘nice’ overhead suggests a modern version of the flood prone Bangladesh.
Even if the weather event is statistically a rare one, putting a few pennies into the kitty to deal with natural disasters as the flooding would have mitigated some of the damage. And when at least one of this upper crust team is a climate-change sceptic, we know the peasants are on their own. The irony would be that flood waters and inclement weather pay no heed to the exceptionalism of the non-peasants.
And talking about the upper crust, we have an interview of Boris Johnson, where the Mayor shows a total non-familiarity with the basics of life, the price of bread or of milk — clearly a task for those downstairs.
We should not forget that these folk were voted into office, and not by aliens.