Why the British said no to Europe
by John Pilger : https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/deal-with-it/
”Conceived in iniquity and born in sin”. ~ Sir Josiah Stamp, a Governor of the Bank of England back in the 1920’s, used these words to describe the modern banking system, but they apply equally to the origins of the EU.
”I am against the Treaty of Rome which entrenches laissez-faire as its philosophy and chooses bureaucracy as its administrative method.” ~Tony Benn ( Encounter, January 1963).
:The European Union. the corrupt and vicious neo-liberal Austerity Weapon of the financial / political elite — has been defeated in the UK — the first step towards its inevitable dissolution.
And yet the metropolitan so-called ”left” is furious. How dare the ”have-nots” put the house prices, foreign holidays and cheap au-pairs of the ”haves” at risk ?
Overwhelmingly it was the poor and powerless who made this historic step by rebelling in the only way they saw possible – NOT voting the way their privileged masters demanded. To quote Jeremy Corbyn today : ”Millions of voters have rejected a political establishment that has left them behind. Communities that have been hardest hit by government cuts and economic failure have voted against the status quo.” .
This result represents a war cry from the masses — a plague on all elites, left or right.
Well, it’s a start…..
What is needed now is a focused escalation to make the ruling class tremble. Not to allow racists and fascists to exploit this result, but to take, and keep, the political initiative.
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”The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” ~ Ernesto ”Che” Guevara
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In any case, whatever your views on the referendum, the resignation of Posh-boy Pig-fucker is surely reason enough to celebrate !
”Sir” Bob Geldof, Knight of the British Empire, took to the Thames today, loud-hailing a pro-EU rant supposedly in support of British fishermen — almost enough in itself to persuade me to vote Leave, (if I had a vote).
Band Aid was / is a gigantic propaganda exercise and financial con designed to remunerate private financial institutions, the IMF and the World Bank. Geldof’s initiative acted as a direct reimbursement process for the creditors of the 18 poorest countries on the planet, while further binding these countries, their industries and their exports to the future predations of the World Bank and IMF.
This odious charlatan is apparently worth in the region of £125 million. Now I wonder where all that money came from ? Oh, of course, it must have been his hugely successful music career with the global sensation that was the Boomtown Rats !
A trail of death follows this man around – (Paula Yates, Michael Hutchence, Peaches Geldof ).
This also is never a good thing….
Voting Remain, as well as playing into the hands of pernicious neoliberal ideologues like Cameron, Osborne and Hunt, necessarily implies acquiescence to, and support for the undemocratic Troika who are our real rulers now — the (unelected) European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF. These undemocratic institutions are quite prepared, even eager, to punish any deviation from their Neo-Feudal Austerity agenda. ( Ask the Greeks )
Yet a vote to Leave would be seen as a victory for the reactionary right. It would send a strong signal to the growing neo-fascist movements across Europe that an inward-looking, closed-door, xenophobic ideology is a politically and economically viable option.
A vote for Britain to leave the EU would not empower any progressive alternative either; indeed in the short term it would facilitate Tory plans to scrap progressive European labour and human rights legislation. A Leave vote would be interpreted as victory for bigotry and fear.
Frankly, the EU referendum is a choice between two miserable options, – almost literally, the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Even if one is a slightly lesser evil than the other, neither offer any hope, any potential for liberation, any improvement in living conditions, any increase in wages or job stability, any reduction in rents, any progress towards more democratic control, or indeed anything that could be seen as increasing the chances of an improved, fairer society.
People need to stop trying to construct arguments that either side of this tedious ”debate” is a credible progressive option, and start focussing on building serious political movements instead.
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Incidentally, because the Isle of Man is not in the EU, I don’t have a vote in the Referendum.
But frankly, I don’t care.
The false choice of the Brexit referendum (~ article by Dr Rosln Fuller)
”That core issues are not squarely addressed unto themselves by any side in the debate is no accident. The truth is that Brexit boils down to a choice between Neoliberalism by Hook or Neoliberalism by Crook, because at bottom the British national establishment and the European Union share similar methods of operation as well as similar policies.”
Jeremy Corbyn was put in a very difficult position by the Labour Party. He is a lifelong opponent of the undemocratic EU and, in private at least, this view is unlikely to have changed. But as a result of his capitulation to the Blairites, as this ‘Canary’ editorial explains…
”Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.”
~ Lewis Carroll (‘Through the Looking Glass’)
HSBC scammed over £1billion in illegal charges to 500-600,000 British shoppers. You might think our public service broadcaster would report on this matter which is so clearly in the public interest – but no – the BBC does not report damaging HSBC stories that are not already in the public domain, and censors any stories they do report. The list of media outlets that have investigated but then dropped the case includes BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, Moneybox, and BBC Radio 5, as well as the Guardian, Telegraph, and Sunday Times. This systematic media cover-up of the outrageous HSBC fraud is yet another shocking example, if one was needed, of the successfully manufactured unaccountability, and autocratic hubris, of the ruling financial elite.
HSBC is also attempting to suppress a report into money laundering. This is no surprise since the company’s entire history, right up to the present day, is one of financing drug cartels. HSBC is not known for its transparency. Britain’s wealthiest company, with a stock market valuation of $215 billion, has enough advertising muscle in the British press to ensure that critical investigative pieces have been spiked in both the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph – in the latter case, causing that newspaper’s chief political commentator to resign in protest.
Drug smuggling is HSBC’s raison d’etre : https://www.rt.com/op-edge/330781-drug-smuggling-hsbc-crimes/
“HSBC is being sued all over the world for its crimes. It should be no surprise that the world’s most criminal bank should stay in the world’s financial crime centre, the City of London.”
Captured regulators and impunity behind HSBC’s decision to keep HQ in London’ – https://www.rt.com/uk/332791-hsbc-city-hq-remain/
The moral sink-estate that is The City of London – where dealers sell debt crack on street corners and many old ladies have their pensions stolen : https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/the-square-mile/