Archive for "World Policy"

Living in the Valley of the Fallen

Jun 27, 2012 2 Comments

Spanish Francoists and English Tories are using economic suffering to impose a right-wing populist agenda and if it goes ahead in Britain it will transform the country into a nasty little place. What is worrying is that there is virtually no sign of any strategy that might actually save Britain from this fate.

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Reality is sooo 2009

Jun 19, 2012 Add a comment

The private sector can find no way to grow on its own and so now sees the public sector as a large asset to be stripped to keep it fat. Privatisation is the new quantitative easing and fantasy is the new reality.

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The case for a reparations movement in Europe

Jun 12, 2012 Add a comment

Now seems like a good time to point out that four years on and promises that if we leave those who caused the financial crisis to fix it unimpeded all will be well seem hollow. So if they haven’t cleaned up their mess, it is time they were properly blamed for it. We need a reparations movement for Europe.

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Selectivity? OK. Spain then.

Jun 08, 2012 Add a comment

Euro 2012 – take any identity you want (we’re told), so long as it doesn’t interfere with the British State which is currently trying to jail-break a rich white woman from a Ukrainian prison just because she’s rich. Or why I’m supporting Span…

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If there is no alternative, we will soon have to choose one nationalism or the other

Jun 06, 2012 Add a comment

In the world in 2012 only democratic nation states have the capacity to challenge global financial power. Which means that we will eventual have to choose between the two nationalisms available to us (Scottish and British) on the basis of a careful assessment on whether they are different or not.

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Creative Scotland and Moore shows how deep is the ‘IMF of the Mind’

May 28, 2012 2 Comments

Both Creative Scotland’s decision to further marketise the arts in Scotland and Michael Moore’s assumption that lack of neoliberal support for the Yes campaign is a weakness show how much the political mind remains captured. You don’t have to support the Yes campaign to take heart in an alternative voice.

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The NATO row is not a distraction

May 24, 2012 3 Comments

Some people have argued that the NATO row is obscure and pointless. But this policy will potentially define Scotland’s future and define what kind of political party the SNP is. These things matter.

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Secured, but as in ‘tied down’ and not as in ‘kept safe’

May 01, 2012 Add a comment

The Hague argument about the need to maintain British influence on international security issues doesn’t really stand up to the ‘six-year-old’ test. But then, six-year-0lds are much less gullible than us adults.

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Time to stop believing this military Smack Game

Apr 24, 2012 1 Comment

The defence and security establishment functions exactly like one of the oldest confidence tricks. But to make the game work we have to believe that Only They can save us from All Of Them out to get us. If only that submarine had crashed somewhere a bit more private.

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US justice isn’t fit for a dog. Why won’t people say it?

Apr 11, 2012 Add a comment

There is no crime which could justify the way the US goes about its system of ‘justice’. Rape, torture, slavery, executions, racial bias and rigged trials are a fundamental feature of the system. Why does Britain still go along with this horror?

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