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Ding Dong . . .Thatcher dies but her disastrous legacy lives on.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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. . . AND THEN . . .

There are different ways of reading history , and I’d like to suggest a different one from the North Korean -type torrent of fawning and obsequiousness that we’ve had from the servile fourth estate in recent days.
After the defeat of 1945, the Tory Establishment found themselves in a country which was increasingly heading in an egalitarian direction.
The old divide was still there, but by the early 1960’s the rise of Harold Wilson and a parallel appreciation of working-class culture as the engine of change left the old aristocracy and their corporate interests floundering.
They still had the intelligence services and freemasonry, of course, and the War in Ireland kept both these venerable institutions in business.
They realised the ‘lessons’ from the first miners’ strike (during Heath’s Government) that they were close to losing control of a country which was still effectively owned by the top 10% of society, largely unchanged since 1689, if not 1067.
The indefatigable Harold Wilson ‘resigned’ after constant harassment from MI5/6, slipped away and died after a botched operation; followed by Callaghan’s Government of Social Democrats which subjected the working class to the first wave of monetarism – courtesy of the US-led IMF – which of course, led to the infamous ‘Winter of Discontent’.
The way of strife and confrontation had already been chosen by the right-wing of the Establishment, and 5/6 stepped up and did their part.
Anyone who knows their history will recognise the usual slide from active democracy to police state under Thatcher’s watch; the destruction of the miners through black propaganda (Scargill’s Libyan/ Russian Gold); the shoot-to-kill of the IRA members in Gibraltar and the ‘involvement’ of British intelligence in various assassinations in the 6 Counties; the use of police as Government forces opposing unarmed demonstrators; the collusion with the occupying forces of the USA in turning the UK into a WWIII launchpad / nuclear target . . .
The way was prepared after Callaghan’s disastrous administration for a ‘conviction politician’ of the right to assume power, with the full support of the Tory-owned press and the ‘guidance’ of her campaign manager, Airey Neave, an old hand of the British spy world since WWII.
In the 11 years of her disastrous regime, the two intelligence services went from dusty offices in Whitehall – where they had managed to operate during the whole of the Cold War – to two gigantic palaces on the Thames, and their ‘invisible’ budgets expanded in the same way.
Since then we have lived in a country where political ‘coincidence’ seems to happen almost naturally; the death of John Smith to be succeeded by the public-school lawyer Blair, who had been brought into the Labour Party to ‘rid it of Militant’ (or militants, aka party activists with any left-wing principles); the death of Robin Cook, David Kelly; the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash . . . etc. etc.
The most important fact to remember about Thatcher – when anyone mentions ‘democratic mandate’ – is that she was levered into power at exactly the moment that the immense wealth from North Sea Oil and gas came online.
What wasn’t used in the economic transformation, designed to break the back of organised labour (by replacing employment with dole and servant-jobs without a living wage), was siphoned off by the same old faces, whose children are now running both Government and the media ( the refuge for attention-seeking inheritance airheads, who these days dominate everything from pseudo-‘popular’ music to TV and the stage).
I recommend a read of an excellent article (Nobody told us we could do this (PDF) by Simon Matthews) which sets out the economic truths behind the world which Thatcher’s regime conceived; a world of the dispossessed masses and the new kleptocracy, almost the same as the old kleptocracy.

Her regime destroyed communities -both traditional, like the miners; and ‘alternative’, like the Travellers at the Battle of the Beanfield 27 long years ago. People have had to live, not just with the memories, but the suffering which resulted from her antisocial policies and the continuation of the monetarist nightmare that she heralded in ever since then; and that is why the majority of people in this country – outside of the City of London and those palaces on the Thames – are glad to see her finally slip away to the Last Judgement like everyone else – from which no amount of taxpayer-funded militarised pomp and flummery can save her wretched soul…

WELCOME TO YOUR BRAVE NEW WORLD…

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Welcome back readers!

Unnamed Chinese aircraft-carrier . . .

We have been busy formenting revolution, making music and keeping bread on the table, which is why there have been no communiqués for a while . .

However, the world has not stopped turning, and we are now standing at the threshold of the Great Resource War, which is being fought by proxy forces in Syria; an election between two State Stooges in the USA. and across Europe a wave of anger at the ongoing theft of their public estate by the same ruling class who only begrudgingly relaxed their death-cold grip after the slaughter of the First Imperial World War.

Meanwhile, in Africa and parts of Asia, the grotesque leviathan of endless consumption is being steered by the forces of Chinese economic power and US military blackmail, turning rainforests into millions of obese, waddling children and ultimately – despite the bleating denials of corporate patsies – melting the polar ice at a faster rate than at any time in recorded human history.

And most of this goes either unnoticed, or is presented in some distorted, back-to-front fashion. Black becomes white, white becomes black; freedom becomes an illusion, and power is only purchased by money. Democracy claims to protect the minorities, but is in fact the dominance of the ‘silent’ – or disempowered – majority crushing the minority into silence. The silence is used to justify whatever sociopathic behaviour the ruling class figures leads to less opposition and increased profits,

The media, which originally aimed to explain now aims to persuade; and as for the freedom of speech – the more that’s said, the less we can actually say.

After the Riots which swept through England last Summer, the Establishment decided that justice should be swift and harsh. People should be punished with the full weight of the law if they are caught threatening the sacrosanct principles of Property and Business. Teenagers were given custodial sentences of two or three years for petty theft committed in a state of spontaneous disorder.

All this was forgotten, however, in the pseudo-liberal bleatings of attention-hungry politicians and media wanabees and has beens adding to the chorus of disapproval at the ‘evil Russkies’ reverting to form and locking up the ( entertainingly saucy) women of Pussy Riot.

It’s just strange that those same voices remained silent over the imprisoning of (the Pink Floyd’s guitarist) David Gilmour’s son – who got a 2 year prison sentence for swinging from a flagpole during the student demonstrations last year.

In fact, there was implicit, if not overt, support over the last year from many of those ‘concerned voices’ for the swift retribution against the ‘rioters’ of Summer 2011; with sentences of two years for stealing a bottle of mineral water being a good example of the disproportionate treatment given to the poor compared to the rich, who have literally looted the public coffers with no penalties at all.

Men who have bankrupted their countries’ treasuries; playing poker with billions of pounds that they neither own or have earned; who have trousered millions in bonuses for making non-existent profits on rigged deals are (at worst) retiring with vast pensions or moving up the ladder to perpetrate more theft from the public purse. As they are ultimately the paymasters of our ‘representatives’ – who actually represent no-one but themselves and their corporate bagmen – they don’t need to fear the law; they pay for it to be written and enacted with the proceeds the labour of millions of underpaid workers. And as they slowly strangle the state to death, the state is dying in all its beneficient social aspects. Our taxes now just pay for the state as  a machine of control and repression, the guarantor of the slowly ossifying status quo;  all those libraries, swimming pools, town halls are being sold off to provide ‘luxury apartments’ for the narcissistic, shallow children of the upper class who are now doing ‘so well’ in the media, and all those associated and nepotistic jobs that ultimately produce nothing except debt for the masses and profit for the piggery.

To keep us all happy, we are offered a quick fix of a Royal Jubilee followed by the international corporate hijacking of human endeavour – the Olympic Games. In Britain, we all know that there’s going to be a really bad hangover – the sort where you wake up the morning after a night out in the pub and realise your last memory is standing on the bar shouting ‘Drinks on me !’ before punching your boss and dropping your mobile in a pint of beer.

After the Tory Coalition Government produced the most risible Budget in modern times, which tried to raise money on the heat of a pie, people slowly realised that everything fought for by the working people of the last century was being stolen back – not just bit-by-bit but in incomprehensible billions.

With drought searing the Mid-West of the USA, and vast amounts of subsidised corn now being turned into ethanol to keep their sacred cars on their crumbling freeways, there is a real danger that their will be massive price rises on all sorts of foodstuffs. This will no doubt lead to even more unrest across the world, often in countries that are already on the verge of collapse as coherent social systems.

Of course everyone knows that the Governments in the twentieth century resolved these problems twice in a hundred years with mass slaughter, followed by disease and famine; and since then the USA has been in an almost perpetual state of war with at least some part of the world’s population.

Once Syria has been reduced to rubble run by the sort of people who are currently destroying the ancient shrines in Mali, the USA and its friends – the autocratic fundamentalist-financing billionaires of the oil kingdoms will turn their attention to Iran. And then Russia, with the aim of exploiting the vast mineral resources lying under the melting permafrost on the Siberian tundra.

Then it’s the big one with China . . . or at least, that’s how the fantasy goes . . .

So hold tight, the ride is just about to begin . . .

 

Waiting at the gates of Rome . . .

Monday, January 16th, 2012
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By Any Means Necessary

Since our last posting during the civil unrest that rocked through the English cities in the hot months of 2011, the collapse of corporate capitalism is slowly being transformed into a ‘consensual’ police state.

The riots – as always – were used to justify a wide scale rounding -up of suspects and fellow travellers; the imposition of harsher and more punitive sentences which go unquestioned in the public domain for fear of being guilty of sympathetic thought; even greater degrees of surveillance imposed at personal and public levels [remember the Blackberry outage anyone ? – remember the servers are  in Slough, UK;

August 20, 2011 — CSO — Executives at the main social media networks and messaging outlets – Facebook, Twitter and RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) – have been called to meet Home Office ministers on Thursday to discuss their products’ usage in the UK riots].

Flat-bed lorries have been parked in shopping centres with blurred photos of ‘rioters’ blown-up to the size of posters, doors have been hammered down at six in the morning to arrest teenagers suspected of having stolen two left shoes, six month sentences handed out for looting a six-pack of mineral water and not even getting to drink it.

Meanwhile, the super yachts are built from the rare woods of ancient forests, cut down for the mining concessions that make the proud new captains so rich; the land ripped apart for the rare earths in the mobile phone that record your every movement through the alleyways and boulevards; and trace your friends and family into a spider’s web of data that traps us even as it attracts us.

The people of Greece are told that they face a generation or more of poverty , and it becomes the first urbanised country in modern times to see a flight to the countryside.

Across Europe social programmes which are funded by the taxes paid by many generations of workers are being closed down, and communally-owned buildings and land are being appropriated by the wealthy.

In Britain the Government discusses which state-owned assets might be sold-off to pay the debt. That is, of course, the debt owed to the banking class by the Government, or the governing class. It represents the money owed on all those junkets in first-class travel, meals at Claridges, armoured convoys travelling through the busy traffic with gun-toting goons guarding some hapless time-server who sits there thinking his time has really arrived; and the invisible web of control behind the facade that keeps it all ticking over.

And what they sell off will be the assets of the nation, earned by the sweat and blood of millions over centuries. And who will it be sold off to ? one might ask in some ironic way; for of course it will be to the very people  who have decided that the debt should be paid.

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Food for thought

And then the  recent revelations that there are  undercover police planted in every little group who might have the misguided belief that they are a free people with the right to express their opinions and dare to challenge the way that things are done. Cycling campaigns (Reclaim the streets] and environmental activists have been the main targets of these people who are paid to betray people that they get close to – how low can you actually go?

Not ‘terrorists’ or organised crime,  both of which – we are led to believe – have flourished in the last twenty years; which is why your local bobby now looks like robocop on a hunting trip; why railway stations and West End plazas are every so often transformed into the fantasy landscapes of kids raised on Call of Duty with grim-faced, overpaid para-police in flak jackets toting automatics like they’d spray the square if a bar fight gets out of hand, or they spot some suspicious guy in a turban.

Meanwhile, on some estate two miles away, a war pensioner gets mugged on the corner by kids whose mum can’t get it together on the subsistence benefit because she can’t steal, duck and dive; or has just some scrap of dignity left, which means she won’t turn tricks to buy them chips.

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This response to the riots was totally predictable – the British ruling class, although richer and more profligate than at any time in history, are also aware that the wolves are at the gates of Rome.

The vast and complex machinery of corruption based in the City of London, which has been robbing people of the fruits of their labour for over two hundred years is more visible, and detested than ever before. The tentacles of this octopus, which stretches from the towers of Manhattan and Canary Wharf have been flailing around looking for new sources of energy. Europe was abandoned years ago – its social welfare programmes and workers’ rights made it ‘unfriendly’ to profiteers. It has nothing to do with ‘building a business’ or enterprise, it is merely interested in exploitation; and the neediest people are the most easily exploited.

So the asset-strippers and beancounters moved in on businesses which had reached compacts with their workers; and literally moved the plant and capital  across the globe to those areas that our Empire had already reduced to poverty. There they could pay the poor to work harder for much less in conditions the European workers would consider untenable. Of course, with true imperial arrogance, these financiers never thought they would see the day that the ‘natives’ would learn all the tricks of their ‘masters’ and play them just like they were once played.

The result is that we are now seeing the octopus in its dying agony, tearing itself apart from within.

The recent ‘downgrading’ of France by Standard and Poor is part of the USA’s attempt to ‘fix the game’; S&P is no more than a deniable agency controlled by the US Treasury – its part in the 2008 Crash is in no doubt. It was giving the banks in Iceland  AAA+ status only days before they crashed in spectacular fashion; when it was revealed that their debts, running into hundreds of billions, far exceeded anything that could ever be backed up by the country itself, and its people.

But as long as the US can extend the ‘crisis in the Eurozone’, attention is deflected from the fact that the USA is well past bankrupt; its people already impoverished without even a proper healthcare or education system to help them back on their feet again.

And yet the US regime spend more than the rest of the world put together on armaments; more than half their Government spend each year on the machinery of death and destruction; that is their business now – WAR.

The only candidate in the forthcoming election who has even mentioned the distortion in the US economy, and how it is leading the country into a disaster it won’t be able to roll back on, is Ron Paul. He is virtually ignored by the media, despite his popularity; and probably knows he would never be alive long enough to start dismantling a rifle, let alone the US war machine, if he ever got near the White House.

Despite the economic [and moral] bankruptcy of the ruling classes in the UK and USA, we are yet again being led into a war. The sort of inter-communal solidarity so well exemplified in the marches against the Iraq War – which were so contemptuously ignored by the government of  Tony Blair, a man who has both committed and profited from war crimes – will probably not be seen again this time around.

No-one believes that peaceful protest in this country has ANY effect anymore, and participation in any protest in the UK has long been treated as a reason for intrusive surveillance, police violence and criminalisation of the demonstrators. Just as in the USA, all protest is depicted as either ‘misguided’ or downright subversive.

The only alternative, in the forthcoming war, will be campaigns of civil disobedience.

The security state is already racheting up the tension in preparation for the Olympic Charade; winding up the fear factor with talk of ‘Mumbai massacres’ [another false flag operation] and bio-weapons, thus excusing the theft of £2bn from the public purse for Olympic Security.

And as Chomsky pointed out so succinctly, if the Nuremberg Laws were applied to the NATO axis – which now seems to [shamefully] include both France and East European countries [who should know better] – then our leaders would be on trial for their lives; but, hey! we’re living in the candy-coloured country , a New Jerusalem, the home of freedom and democracy.

Oh,  and all that stuff about 14 million children living in poverty by 2012, just forget it . . . it’s just the hard surface behind the fuzzy screen.

You have been warned . . . !

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Gen. Wesley Clarke, NATO, 2007 reveals US strategy of destabilisation

We can’t say that we weren’t all warned – the cornered beast will take down everything else when it goes . . . .

And for a great analysis of the West’s secret war on the Syrian state, read this . . .

What we are seeing in Syria is a deliberate and calculated campaign to bring down the Assad government so as to replace it with a regime “more compatible” with US interests in the region.

The blueprint for this project is essentially a report produced by the neo-conservative Brookings Institute for regime change in Iran in 2009. The report – “Which Path to Persia?”  – continues to be the generic strategic approach for US-led regime change in the region.

A rereading of it, together with the more recent “Towards a Post-Assad Syria” (which adopts the same language and perspective, but focuses on Syria, and was recently produced by two US neo-conservative think-tanks) illustrates how developments in Syria have been shaped according to the step-by-step approach detailed in the “Paths to Persia” report with the same key objective: regime change.

The authors of these reports include, among others, John Hannah and Martin Indyk, both former senior neo-conservative officials from the George W Bush/Dick Cheney administration, and both advocates for regime change in Syria. Not for the first time are we seeing a close alliance between US/British neo-cons with Islamists (including, reports show, some with links to al-Qaeda) working together to bring about regime change in an “enemy” state.

After the trashing of Iraq and the dismemberment of Libya, we can look forward to the destruction of Syria followed by an all-out war with Iran.

One suspects that the Russians are not standing idly by – they and their vast natural resources under the melting permafrost of Siberia are what the boys at World.com [USA] have their sights trained on – and once it starts moving, just watch Taiwan, home of 90% of the worlds hard-disk manafacture.

2012, here we come . . . 

 

 

Riots Update – the truth starts to emerge . . .

Monday, December 12th, 2011

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A quick update on the Riots reviews being carried out in the media [The Guardian together with the LSE] and the state [the IPCC].

Today it had been revealed that not only was there no evidence – DNA, fingerprints or location – which linked the gun allegedly in Mark Duggan’s possession to him; but the cab in which he was traveling was moved from the crime scene by the police and only later ‘returned’ for the IPCC’s investigation.

A report in the Evening Standard [12.12.11] states;

Today Michael Mansfield QC, representing the Duggan family, told North London coroner’s court the gun was found “14 feet away behind a railing” as he accused the IPCC of issuing “misinformation” and obstructing the family’s own investigations by failing to disclose information. In a heated series of exchanges, Mr Sparrow said it had been a “mistake” to have initially suggested Mr Duggan had been killed in a “shoot-out”.

After continually refusing to answer questions that could prejudice the criminal inquiry, Mr Sparrow nodded his head as Mr Mansfield bluntly summed up: “No blood, no gun, no DNA relating to Mark Duggan?”

Mr Sparrow said claims were also being investigated that witnesses saw a police officer throwing the gun over a fence at the scene.

The court heard that the IPCC had failed to provide the family with an interim pathologist’s report on the trajectory of the bullet that killed him, and refused to let the family’s own pathologist meet the commission’s pathologists.

Mr Mansfield accused the IPCC of failing to secure the crime scene and of moving the minicab Mr Duggan was travelling in when he was shot in Ferry Lane. These claims have since been strongly denied by the IPCC.

Mr Sparrow said the investigation was not due to be completed until April next year.

Along with evidence taken across the country from participants in the riots by the Guardian and the LSE which concludes that there is a widespread disaffection with the police – particularly London’s force, the Met [Metropolitan Police] – it is clear that the riots were not a simple case of people popping out to do a bit of looting.

It is also clear that unless the police start being held to account in the UK, and governed by the rule of law – as they expect everyone else to be – the riots of 2011 will return.

And as our political class are realising, public dissatisfaction with both them and their paymasters in the City; as well as the resentment of an increasingly impoverished society supporting a tiny group of hedge-fund managers and public school careerists, is the sort of recipe that ends up with a guillotine set up in Trafalgar Square.

And between them, and the people are the ‘thin blue line’ who are even now being equipped with the sort of weaponry used against civil crowds in Afghanistan and Iraq.

From a report in The Daily Telegraph;

A shoulder-mounted laser that emits a blinding wall of light capable of repelling rioters is to be trialled by police under preparations to prevent a repeat of this summer’s looting and arson.

The technology, developed by a former Royal Marine commando, temporarily impairs the vision of anyone who looks towards the source.

It has impressed a division of the Home Office which is testing a new range of devices because of the growing number of violent situations facing the police.

The developer, British-based Photonic Security Systems, hopes to offer the device to shipping companies to deter pirates. Similar devices have been used by ISAF troops in Afghanistan to protect convoys from insurgents.

The laser, resembling a rifle and known as an SMU 100, can dazzle and incapacitate targets up to 500m away with a wall of light up to three metres squared. It costs £25,000* and has an infrared scope to spot looters in poor visibility.

The Home Office has been considering new forms of non-lethal equipment since the August riots, with the limited range of tasers and CS gas leaving a “capability gap”.

A Home Office spokesman said scientists at its Centre for Applied Science and Technology believe the use of lasers “has merit” and that it will be piloted by at least one police force. However, they will have to be satisfied the technology does not cause long-term health damage before it can be approved by the Home Secretary.

Other technology being studied includes ‘wireless electronic interceptors’ that can be fired a greater distance than Tasers, and long-range chemical irritant projectiles, the newspaper said.

The Metropolitan Police is exploring the possibility of buying three water cannons at a cost of £4m. Currently the only police force in the UK to operate water cannon is the Police Force of Northern Ireland (PSNI), which has six. Scotland Yard is also increasing the number of officers trained to fire plastic bullets, as a direct response to the riots.

[*£25,000 would be the salary of a full-time youth worker or a librarian. That’s where this Government’s priorities really lie . . .]

So that’s alright then;  the answer to a despised police force is to buy them more weaponry –  with the peoples’ dwindling taxes – to ensure that the people can’t ever get close to those who are creating the most unequal society in the Western world.

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Occupy protesters Nov 2011

State versus People

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Democracy US style

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And in Egypt they keep up the struggle

Murdoch – a toxic stream since 1919 . . .

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Heinz Fuchs, poster, Germany, 1919

An  article in Counterpunch reveals the true legacy of the Murdoch newspaper empire stretches back to those defining years just after World War One at the beginning of the last century.

During the recent hearing into the phone-hacking scandal in the British Parliament – when Rupert Murdoch received a pie in the face despite the efforts of his wife to apprehend the shaving-foam assassin –  he claimed that his father [‘a modest newspaper proprietor’] had left him one small provincial newspaper to run, which Rupert had then transformed into a media empire.
He also made claims about his father’s role in exposing the ‘scandal of Gallipoli’, which Ian Jack in The Guardian dismissed as – at the least – an exaggeration;
Sir Keith was “not rich” only by Rupert’s standards, and the disclosure of the mess at Gallipoli owed at least as much to the Daily Telegraph’s reporter, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, as to him.
The article in Counterpunch describes how ;
Rupert’s father, Sir Keith, founded the dynasty during World War I as a dirty-tricks minion for “Billy” Hughes, probably Australia’s nastiest prime minister.
It then tells how after a malicious anti-semitic campaign against the Jewish General in charge of  the Australian troops – which failed – Keith Murdoch threw the weight of his paper’s influence behind the parties at Versailles who were determined to exact the cruellest vengeance on the German population.
Already starving, and with large areas of Germans being either ethnically-cleansed or handed over to neighbouring powers, the continuing blockade as well as the financial sanctions imposed on the German economy proved a fertile ground for the early versions of the Nazi party – the Freikorps and Nationalists – to grow and prosper in the desperate climate.

At Versailles, Keith was Billy’s ever-present aide in striving to make the Peace Conference into a vicious cock-up, rich in racist and imperialist content. Curiously, the pair would have had zero leverage but for the failure of a plot of Keith’s, which sought in 1918 to remove Australia’s battlefield commander on the Western Front, John Monash, for being an unheroic Jew. (Monash wrote home that it was a bore having to fight a “pogrom” at the same time as fight Ludendorff.) The overall commander, General Douglas Haig, wouldn’t play: and Monash’s divisions led the British breakthrough at Amiens which, ruining Ludendorff, put Germany – suddenly, unexpectedly– at the Allies’ mercy. Haig and other soldiers hoped there might be space for a decent peace. But politicians of various brands thought otherwise and none outdid Keith’s boss in vengeful demagoguery,  destroying at last all the credit Monash had gained for Australia. Billy and Keith weren’t prime authors of the Versailles debacle in 1919. But none toiled harder in its cause.

Murdoch’s other smokescreen – that he is an outsider battling the Establishment; a representative of the common man is also demolished in another Counterpunch article called The Phony Populism of Rupert Murdoch ;

The ‘Dirty Digger’ himself might have lacked the right accent, but even when he was first challenging the newspaper establishment, he was scarcely proletarian. Murdoch inherited his first paper, the Adelaide News, from his father, Sir Keith; he did his schooling at Geelong Grammar, a quintessential finishing college for the rich and entitled that also educated a young Prince Charles.

The journalist David Marr tells of attending a lecture in which Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert’s son, denounced the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for drawing attention to his shenanigans in the mobile phone business: the particular program in question was, he said, a ‘disgracful and biased attack’ by ‘our media elite’. So powerful has the peculiar vocabulary of New Class anti-elitism become that a man born into the most powerful media dynasty the world has ever seen can still present himself, without any trace of irony whatsoever, as an outsider being done down by society’s rulers.

Since Murdoch’s appearance at the Parliamentary Committee, a number of other significant developments;

  • Evidence given by James Murdoch to the Committee concerning his knowledge of the endemic phone-hacking at News International has been called into question by various ex-NI executives and ex-employees.His agreement to a massive payout to keep a case out of a public court now looks like an attempt to pervert the cause of justice.
  • A laptop and phone in a bag found near Rebekah Brooks’ house has been claimed by her husband, who claims that she has nothing to do with either, and is attempting to retrieve said items from the police. This story was covered extensively for two days, and then disappeared from the media. Mr Brooks is an old Etonian racehorse owner.
Sean Hoare, the former News of the World journalist who first claimed Andy Coulson had knowledge of phone hacking.

Sean Hoare, the former NOTW journalist; the first to claim Andy Coulson knew about phone hacking.

  • Sean Hoare, a real journalist and the first real ‘whistleblower’ in this story,  a 47-year-old who was sacked by the NOTW by then-editor Andy Coulson because of drink and drugs “problems,” was found dead at his London residence by police last Monday, 18 July [from here – a site that strangely comes very near to the top of a Google search on this subject, which seems to suggest that the public is not as convinced by the ‘no suspicious circumstances’ line as the British media].As one of the comedians on the BBC ‘satire’ the Now Show put it – it’s been investigated by the police – the same police who’s top officers are currently resigning in the wake of this scandal. So that’s alright then . . . 
  • Two of the Met’s top police officers, including Sir Paul Stephenson, the Chief Commissioner,  have resigned over their links with the News International corporation. The other is John Yates, the policeman who twice resisted calls to reopen the investigation into phone hacking, and who resigned as Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police over his relationship to Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World.
  • Les Hinton, NI Chief Executive and old friend of Murdoch has also resigned from the company, pending investigations into his time at the NOTW. Ex-editor of The Sun and the NOTW Rebekah Brooks has been arrested over suspicions of involvement in phone-hacking and the corruption of police officers.

This toxic seam has only just started to reveal a corruption that has spread throughout the ruling class of Britain – it is impossible to say how much further the Establishment will let the investigations proceed.

Needless to say, there are probably more than a few people who saw the news about Sean Hoare and thought it might be better to keep their lips carefully sealed; and a few others who are checking their backs, waiting for their Brutus to bring them down; especially the ones who – as on old friend of mine from the East End commented ‘know where the bodies are buried . . . ‘

Good luck folks !

Schadenfreude – NewsCorp goodbye !

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Rebekah Brooks leaves NotW earlier - NewsCorp on the run . . .

For those of us living in South East London, the scandal which could yet do for Murdoch’s NewsCorp empire and has led to the demise of the world’s biggest-selling English language newspaper is the culmination of a long, sordid story that has been running like a sceptic sore through the whole of British society for over 30 years.

Murdoch first came to public notice in the UK as the son of a millionaire newspaper magnate who acted as the shock force for the Thatcher Government’s assault on the unions in the early 1980’s, when he moved his titles to an automated plant at what became known as Fortress Wapping.

The plant had been set up and equipped secretly; with the aim of introducing automation to the extent that most of the printers would be left without jobs.

A strike developed into nightly battles outside the plant, with vast fleets of TNT lorries being escorted past the rioting crowds by armies of police. For Thatcher the benefits were twofold.

Murdoch could break the power of the print union – one of the workforces who had managed, since the Second World War to actually take a share in the vast profits of the capitalist class. Secondly, she was able to rely on Murdoch, who laughingly called himself a ‘libertarian’ but is in fact the worst sort of old monopolist capitalist. He duly provided support for the Conservatives until the public finally revolted after 18 years, and he quickly switched allegiance to the neo-con patsy Tony Blair.

And one for the memories ! Thatcher leaves No. 10

With the ‘death of the print’ came the slow decline of many inner city East End and South East London communities;  their pubs, old jazz bands, and local Labour [not Nu Labor] parties. After the death of the docks –  when dockers were replaced by containers and some guy in a crane – the death of ‘the print’ was the final straw. It also set the model for other industry post the ‘white heat of technology’ revolution proclaimed in the Wilson era; when workers, instead of working less and being paid more, would end up working more to produce more profit for less pay, with less rights than their parents.

If you were not prepared to accept the new debt-slavery, you would join the millions of other unemployed on the scrapheap that increasingly piled up at the base of the pyramid.

And meanwhile Rupert would steer his papers to clean up through a mix of scandal, bile and witch-burning bigotry  – thus obscuring even more the real social news of the country; in which the world he and his media helped create was becoming increasingly cruel, stupeified and unequal. Like the republicans in the USA – whose cause he has unfailingly promoted – he could make the poor vote for their own oppression, with a combination of ignorance, misdirection and tawdriness, reducing life to twitching net curtains, stained sheets and a trail of blood.

And that leads to the other untold tale of how the Murdoch Empire has corrupted the body of everyday society in the UK.

Daniel Morgan - still awaiting justice after 24 years

The story concerns a private eye [PI] in South-East London beheaded in the car park of a pub called the Golden Lion in Forest Hill, South East London on Tuesday 10 March 1987.

Involved in the plot – in a away that at least five police ‘investigations’ and two court cases have not been able to fully determine – are a sordid bunch of fellow PI’s and ex-policemen, who have been convicted of other crimes including drug running and framing a woman on a cocaine charge in a divorce case.

They were working for the News of the World when it was edited by Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s Director of Communications in 10 Downing Street; digging the dirt on anyone and everyone – and that’s all we know so far.

Rebekah Brooks, now Chief Executive of News International actually had the lead Detective investigating the murder followed and bugged whilst she was editor of the News of the World. She later told police that she thought he might have been having an affair with a fellow officer [who was, in fact, was obviously his wife].

Andy Coulson’s evidence at the Tommy Sheridan ‘trial’ is now also being called into question – which could lay him open to a charge of perjury and throw more doubts on the case against the Scottish socialist leader.

The corruption which was endemic in the London police in the 1980’s, especially the drug squads – and was hinted at in various inquiries into the Stephen Lawrence murder – and its effect on the street from then until the present day was in no short measure due to the pernicious, deceptive media of Murdoch. By making his papers so viscious and tacky but profitable – where you had no professional printers to pay, and no journalists because you’d replaced them with phone hackers, gossips, snitches and smut peddlers – he was slowly dragging all the others down into the same gutter.

It will be interesting to see how the dice fall now – these people built the gallows for enough – often innocent – people. It will be interesting to see how they fancy taking the long walk themselves now, as their masters scramble to distance themselves from their once so-loyal minions . . . .

Fukushima cover-up in UK – Government conspires with nuclear industry to spin disaster

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Guardian Online - front page 30/06/11

A report in the Guardian on the 30th June 2011 has revealed what we all suspected [see previous blogs] with the release of information about the true extent of the disaster in the Japanese nuclear plants following the earthquake and tsunami.

With the hard evidence of leaked emails between Government and the nuclear industry, the Guardian article details just how far the spin has extended to an attempt to cover-up the amount of radioactive leaks and their effects on the surrounding population in Japan, as well as its spread across the globe.

Here are just some of the articles in Counterpunch in recent weeks, which reveals the amount of alarm in the scientific and medical communities not being reported in the general media.

Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?

Same Old Tricks From the Nuclear Gang ; The People Who Brought You Fukushima

Will GE Get Whacked for the Catastrophic Failure of Its Fukushima Reactors? ;The Hubris of Nuclear Engineers

~These articles are interesting as a different perspective on the problems of global warming, and attempts by the nuclear lobby to manipulate the whole debate, using it as a way of persuading desperate environmentalists [eg. George Monbiot ] that nuclear power is the only solution.

In the Midst of Fukushima: Ahoy There, Nuke-Loving Greens, Welcome to the Real World!

How Global Warming Rescued the Atomic Lobby ; The “Green” Nuclear Cabal

Bi-Partisan Atomic Flackery ; Nuclear Power Madness

And also a couple of activist sites with handy updates on the crimes and cover-ups of the nuclear industry around the world . . .

nukefree.org (USA)

Envirovideo

And now a report that a French reactor is in trouble . . .

and in the UK;

Jellyfish shut down nuclear reactors

Both units at Torness power station closed after jellyfish found in seawater filters

Greece shows the way forward . . .

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

The citizens of Greece are the first people in Europe this century to come together in solidarity and face down their own Government. They believe their political class have surrendered the rights of a democratic people to the bondholders, banks and hedge funds who are demanding the impoverishment of their nation to pay for the ever-ballooning profits of the global financial sector.

The ongoing protests can be tracked on the Greek Indymedia page and here . . .

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The Greek people show the way forward – Bankers, go to Hell!

The people of Europe are about to be hit by the second heist in two years – where their long-fought for welfare systems and egalitarian societies are reduced to feudal penury by the machinations of bankers, financial hucksters and politicians.

Not many commentators in the mass media mention that ;

”First, it takes two sides to create a bond crisis. For every reckless borrower there is a reckless lender. The Greek government might have lied about its budget deficit and been needlessly extravagant during the boom years. But nobody was forced to lend the Greek government any money. Investors should have asked themselves where the money was going, and how sustainable Greek economic growth would be. They didn’t. Instead they just saw that yields were higher than on German or French debt, and jumped onto what looked like a gravy train.”

The drama is being played out in the streets and town squares of Greece; the Parliament is virtually under siege, and the crowds who represent the whole spectrum of Greek society and political belief, are united in their ambition to depose the ruling class and disrupt the well-laid plans of the financial oligarchy to ‘privatise’ Europe.

Braving the tear gas

The protests have been met by a police force amply equipped with tear gas, batons and equipment  – and we’re sure that NATO will not allow them to run out . . .

However, inspired in part by the Egyptian and Tunisian revolts, in which massive and diverse crowds took over their own locale ; the Greeks and the Spanish are now occupying town squares and plazas across their respective  countries.

The logistics of this popular strategy can be found here on the Occupied London site.

Greek demonstrator returns his loan with interest

 It will be interesting to see how the refusal of the population to play the bankers’ game will play out across Europe. It’s rumoured that the latest wave of Greek protests started after the Spanish demonstrations in their provincial town squares against similar ‘austerity measures’  featured banners asking ‘Where are the Greeks ?’

It is becoming clear that the Greek Government – nominally a social democrat administration – which is tasked by the IMF with introducing ‘austerity measures’ to pay for the bad management and profligacy of the banks, will have to enforce them against the will of the people.

Pensions have been halved, welfare slashed and State assets are being lined up for a firesale to the financial elite that has already profitted from the impoverishment of Europe’s economy through ‘outsourcing’ and ‘globalisation.’

Now the bankers, economists and politicians have been popping up on every media outlet decrying the fact that a modern democratic people  have looked at the choices they are being offered by the ruling oligarchy and decided that they will be quite happy to see their country default on the ‘loans’  from the ‘bondholders’.

Job well done ! - Riot Dog leaves the battlefield