So the global banking elite parade their latest toy, the Royal Navy’s ‘newest and biggest’ ship HMS Queen Elizabeth which berthed in Portsmouth this morning.
‘Spectacular’, ‘mighty’, ‘astonishing’ – drool the lackeys in the BBC and the ”newspapers”, but this charmless heap of floating steel In no way represents the British public. The flag of piracy would be more appropriate.
Aircraft carriers are tools of offensive war and HMS Queen Elizabeth will be of no use whatsoever in dealing with the security threats that we really do face.
And at a time when public services are being decimated by cuts, one might have expected greater scrutiny over the construction of this £3 billion-pound killing machine – which is not even fit for purpose. It’s a bomb magnet, vulnerable to attack by unsophisticated missile systems available to all ”our” enemies, including Yemen. On the eve of the unveiling, an amateur drone enthusiast managed to fly a £300 drone onto the carrier’s deck. It is astonishing, laughable indeed, that such an expensive ship does not have defences against such transgressions. If it is as ‘state-of-the-art’ as we are led to believe, how could it be breached so easily by a member of the public ? It is in fact a white elephant that will be militarily redundant even before it is fully equipped (for another £3 billion, incidentally).
Admiral Sir Philip ‘Jingo’ Jones, the head of the Royal Navy, said at today’s ceremony : “In the years and decades to come, she and her sister ship will demonstrate the kind of nation we are – not a diminished nation, withdrawing from the world, but a confident, outward-looking and ambitious nation, with a Royal Navy to match.”
Legalised fraud, bail-outs, and plutocracy.
Poverty, apathy, and celebrity chefs :
FOUR HORSEMEN is an outstanding documentary film analysing our critically sick Age of Decadence.
As everybody knows – or should know – the divide between the super-rich and the rest has widened each year since the last financial crisis.
But this disconnection is about much more than just money.
The rich are in the process of purposefully detaching themselves – even fencing themselves off – from the everyday struggles facing millions of their fellow citizens. Instead of recognizing the urgency of the current situation. and possibly saving themselves by contributing to solutions that benefit society as a whole, their focus has instead shifted towards a hedonistic indulgence in the present, and the relentless expansion of their own luxury and extravagance.
This futile, hubristic, self-centered and amoral ethos has emerged with tragic regularity throughout history – and most typically, always when decadent empires begin to crumble.
As events play out over the next year or two, a ”Labour Brexit” might just provide the best possible outcome.
It’s clear to me that if Britain somehow stayed in the EU under Corbyn it would sooner or later face similar punitive measures from the ”troika‘‘ that Greece under Syriza suffered (and continues to suffer). The EU remains essentially a neo-liberal / austerity economic project, and Labour, the largest political party in Europe, must now offer an alternative, based on radical reform of the banking system – the proposed National Investment Bank is a good start – and re-structuring of debt.
Who knows, the rest of Europe might then follow Britain’s lead….
”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).
When the utterly discredited Theresa May goes, which will be sooner rather than later, the Tories would be well-advised to forget about Bumbling Boris and make current Brexit minister David Davis their new leader. In my opinion, he would give the Tories their best chance by far of defeating Corbyn’s resurgent Labour Party at the next election, which can’t be far away..
For a Tory, he’s quite a decent chap. Unusually for his Party, he has a sense of humour and also a few principles, having resigned from the Cabinet in 2008 specifically to launch a campaign designed to provoke wider public debate about the erosion of civil liberties in the UK. In January 2010 he spoke with Tony Benn at the official launch of civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch. Davis refused Cameron’s invitation to join the Coalition Cabinet after the 2010 election, disagreeing with the government’s stance on tuition fees. He’s no toff either, which also helps, having been brought up by a single mother on a council estate in Tooting.
The Tories have become very adept at shooting themselves in the foot recently, though……….(cue Boris) 😉
Senior Labour figures and MPs saying Jeremy Corbyn was a bad leader and would lead the party to election disaster.
Humble Pie, anyone ?
Manchester bomber Salman Abedi
Anti-Gaddafi Libyans living in Manchester had been trained, armed and aided by Britain to wage jihad against the Gaddafi regime.
The level of responsibility that the UK Government must thus bear for turning Manchester into a hotbed of jihadism is, in a word, monumental.
Muammar Gaddafi warned in February 2011, shortly before his country was ruthlessly destroyed and he was himself brutally murdered ~ ”The Jihadists want to control the Mediterranean, and then they will attack Europe.”
But Britain not only did not listen, it did the opposite – and in the end British troops even guided the jihadists to Gaddafi’s hiding place, where they hacked him to pieces..
How the British Deep State Turned Manchester into Al-Qaeda Town UK
Muslims in Manchester did their civic duty by repeatedly reporting Abedi to the authorities, but the authorities apparently did nothing to actually stop him.
”The Libya that once boasted the highest level of development of any African nation, where the standard of education, housing, infrastructure, and health stood as a beacon in a region that has long laboured under the depredations and ravages of free market capitalism; the Libya that helped set up the African Union and invested billions in development projects throughout the African continent, working tirelessly for African unity – this Libya has been destroyed.”