"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Sunday 27 October 2019
Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about
monarchy, the church, and the beauties of the old Englsh
constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession
that they are enthusiastic only about ground rent.”Karl
Brexit ‘debate’ is supposedly about the UK taking back control of
its ‘destiny’ from the European Union. Brexit bores its way on
while its advocates get on with the business of making as much money
as they can without having to take notice of nation-state or borders. And Brexit itself can be a cash-cow.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has claimed that “Johnson is backed by
speculators who have bet billions on a hard Brexit – and there is
only one option that works for them: a crash-out no-deal that sends
the currency tumbling and inflation soaring,”
Of course the EU can still have its uses.
Johnson’s Brexit “Enforcer”, Dominic Cummings, talks about
getting rid of ‘absurd subsidies’ paid out by the EU. He
is co-owner of a farm which has received £235,000 in EU farming
Richard Drax, descendant of a 19th century slave-owner owns a farm
that has received an EU grant of £411,000.
Gardiner of Kimble, in charge of steering Brexit legislation through
the House of Lords is a partner in a family farm, which in 2017
received £49,000 in EU agricultural subsidies.
Taylor of Holbeach, Tory Chief Whip in the House of Lords has a
shareholding in a farm which received an EU subsidy of £159,000 in
Spencer, Conservative MP and government Whip is a partner in a
Nottinghamshire farm which received an EU subsidy of £14,000 in
what about the loyalties of leading Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who
famously said that “We are removing an imperial yoke”. He is
co-founder of Somerset Capital, a £6.5 billion company based in
London and Singapore. He stepped-down from the company on his
appointment as Leader of the House of Commons, but he was then
compensated with £1million from the company’s 2018 profits. If you
search the company’s
will be no wiser as to how they bring in the moola. Their mission
satement has the clarity of mud, “Assessing
governance risk and interacting with management teams to protect the
value of our investment has been a cornerstone of our investment
process since the firm was founded.” Let
us take a guess that little of that £6.5 billion came from
investments or activities within the United Kingdom.
others? Lord George Magan is a former Conservative party chairman who
has donated around £1.5m to the Tories. He is connected to the
offshore law firm, Appleby.
May, husband of former PM Theresa May, is a banker and pension fund
expert. He is a senior executive at Capital Group, a US investment
company that controls $1.4 trillion in assets. Linked to the Paradise
Papers scandal Private Eye claimed the company use Appleby, to
arrange investments in tax havens.
would seem that loyalty to country does not weigh heavily on the
am not concerned about the ‘nationality’ of the capitalists who
control our economy. Indeed capital has one progressive virtue. It is
internationalist, but since our politicians claim they are putting
Britain first, let us take a closer look at how they do that.
our energy companies EDF, a subsidiary of the French Government-owned
energy company Électricité de France owns what were once London
Electricity, SWEB, Seeboard and British Energy. E.ON is a
German-owned group which bought UK energy company Powergen. NPOWER is
a subsidiary of German energy company RWE Group which took over
National Power, Calortex, Independent Energy and Midlands. SCOTTISH
POWER is a subsidiary of Spanish company Iberdrola, formerly the
South of Scotland Electricity Board. It later bought Manweb, the
energy company supplying Merseyside and North Wales.
transport, of twenty eight private rail and bus companies, 70% of them, are now
partially or wholly owned by foreign states or their railways. German
state railways, Deutsche Bahn, own Chiltern, Cross Country, London
Overground, Tyne & Wear Metro, Borders and Northern. Dutch
state railway Abello own Greater Anglia and French state railways own
Keolis, running Transport for Wales and South Eastern. With
the escalating privatisationof
NHS services, the Deparment of Health and Social Care awarded
contracts worth £9.2bn last year to private providers, many of them
non-UK based. NHS digital GP service providers Livi, is
Swedish-owned. HCA International, running six UK hospitals and bone
and cancer treatment centres, is a US company. Babylon Health, set up
by ex-Goldmann Sachs banker Ali Parsa and providing digital diagnosis
and GP services, is registered in Jersey and since they pay no UK tax
cannot be considered a UK-based company. AB
Kinnervik is a Swedish/Egyptian
company. Virgin Care, registered in the British Virgin Isles, is in
the same categoty as Babylon Health.
solution? Certainly not Brexit, but neither would be a return to the
consensus politics that have brought us to this situation. We have
had years of austerity overseen by these ‘turn the telly off’
politicians. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that over 14
million people are living in households with an income below the
poverty line, with those numbers increasing daily. The number of
people using food banks since 2010 has gone from the tens of
thousands to the millions. The Office for National Statistics show
that people born in the most deprived areas of England can expect to
have over 18 fewer years of life than those born in the least
don’t despair. As of July 2019, the Labour Party had nearly half a
million members, making it the largest membership party in Europe.
Today their policies include a four-day week, (with no loss of pay),
£10 an hour minimum wage, reversal of anti-union legislation,
reversal of NHS privatisation, the renationalisation of transport and
energy companies, the scrapping of tuition fees, worker ownership
funds, the abolition of in-work poverty, a National Care Service, a
Green New Deal (with a 2030 net-zero carbon target), the protection
of free movement, the closure of all immigration detention centres
and a Brexit referendum which will not disrespect how people vote or
voted in the past.
any of you think of a reason not to vote for Jeremy Corbyn?