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World's apart - Oksana Boyko interviews Greg Barns, Assange's Australian Lawyer

On Contact - Chris Hedges interviews Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture, concerning the treatment of Juian Assange
The US and UK governments have worked together to ensure a conviction. Assange has faced systematic due process violations, judicial bias, collusion and manipulated evidence.

He has been the victim of constant surveillance, defamation and threats. Consolidated medical evidence proves that Assange has suffered prolonged psychological torture.
Justice, in the Julian Assange case, see purposely time-wasting prolongations of the imposition of stress-based torture. He should not be in prison. The drawn out consideration of the potential treatment of Assange in US prisons is an example. Justice should check the veracity of the US case against Assange, where the central assertions have lost all credibility. While imposing stress torture on Assange in London the judges accepted assurances that his treatment ina US prison would not result in a suicide risk; but the stress, as in London, could kill him at any moment. Judges are content that he be extradited and placed into the hands of the assassins who were exposed in their acts by Wikileaks with undeniable evidence produced by the assassins themselves, and who have repeatedly declared that Assange should be killed. It is alleged they considered carrying out such an act in London; a valid question is, "Was the Conservative government aware or party to this?" The CIA and US Military Industrial complex wish to make an example to Julian to intimidate and discourage those who wish to hold governments to account. There is always the convenient option of Julian being found lifeless as a result of an "unexplained" suicide, or more conveniently, having suffered from a stroke or fatal heart attack in a US prison. British Justice remains unconcerned with the murderous track record of those seeking his extradition. Since the actions exposing the USA have been extra-juidicial, the ploy of placing British Justice in the middle of a political case has only exposed the devious nature of our government. This requires a political decision, the responsibilty for which this Conservative government wishes to frame in a judicial decision context. As a political decision the Conservatives know that the all apparent truths surrounding this case are known to the electorate. The credibility of this government is plummeting and if Julian Assange is extradited, this government is unlikely to have a future as far as the constituency of the UK is concerned. But who in this government has the necessary commitment to the truth and courage to take the right decision?

Most British mainstream corporate media ignore the Assange case in an affront to Britain's once proud tradition of establishing the facts so that truth can remain the foundation of justice in this country.

This level of media cowardice in losing the ability to speak to power is testament to the failure of a so-called independent and free press. Our media is patently not independent or free but revels in self-censorship for fear of becoming conspicuous for rebelling against an obvious injustice. The media wish to remain silent while the government administer torture and the selective arbitrary exclusion from the universal protection of habeas corpus for Julian Assange whose only "error" was to report faithfully the truth.

Where do the people stand on this abusive treatment of an innocent person in our capital city?

Where is the proud tradition of the role of the community conscience in deciding someone's guilt or innocence? Julian Assange is innocent and should be freed forthwith.

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The abusive delays and slovenly treatment of Juian Assange is destroying the image of British justice in its palsied efforts to shore up his continued imprisonment following the open and shameful rendition of Assange from Ecuadorian territory to please the US administration, whose case has evidently fallen apart. In spite of the fact that they are being spied upon by paranoid government agencies, several investigative journalists are working on the already known facts behind the central witness' admission that his testimony against Julian Assange was false. A justice system with no independent agency or urgency to actively follow this up reflects very badly on "British Justice" which in reality, under this government, is becoming increasingly inept and a diminishing force in our constitution. Its past image of fairness, on the international stage, was dispelled long ago by the bungling, scripted behaviour of the management of proceedings. Such injustice is of no concern to an obsequious government too eager to serve the demands of an alien state.

The play of a judge confirming Julian Assange's guilt under American law while refusing extradition on the grounds of a likelihood of Assange committing suicide was, it seems, a device to encourage and give time to the USA side's legal team to appeal against non-extradition so as to enable them to scrape up more arguments to justify extradition so as to make the decision easier for British justice, so-called. Since Assange has not committed any crime under UK law he should not be in a prison. This uncouth and visceral imposition of extreme unwarranted treatment seems to be designed to harm Assange as a shameful and grotesque demonstration to the Americans that even in the UK we can emulate the USA by punishing people, extra-constitutionally. This pleases the American team who wish to defend those who have carried out war crimes. After all the whole world has seen the evidence of their actions. Encouraging and feeding those bent on revenge against an individual who exposed their war crimes is not the role of any system which can claim to have any semblance of justice. Creating a device, whereby judges become focused on irrelevancies, attempts to turn this grizzly case into a pristine concern with simple legalities. This device will result in appeals and further suffering on the part of an innocent man. This country, our history informs us, got rid of cruel and unusual punishments, but the Star Chamber has returned. We have yet to witness the bringing to light of the elephants in this swamp in the form of the intervening destruction of the key evidence produced by the FBI as well as the revelations of alleged CIA intention to assassinate Assange in London. Under the denied conditions of Habeas Corpus it is more than evident that our government and justice and acting beyond their authority because Assange has not broken any law in this country and he should be released.

The Icelandic journalist Bjartmar Alexandersson provides more details on the misrepresentations in the US "case" against Julian Assange. He does this in an interview with George Galloway on Sputnik.

Click on the image of Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson ("Siggi"), on the left, to listen to the recording of his statement that the "key FBI evidence" provided in the court by the FBI, in the case against the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, that Assange asked him to hack FBI computers, is in fact false. He also admits that he is "... not allowed" to state why the FBI evidence presented in court is different from what he has stated!! The recording is in the Icelandic language but an English text translation is provided.

The judge in the Assange court case is alleged to be married to a person associated with the British "intelligence" community. If this is the situation, then this represents a very clear conflict of interest and she should have recused herself from ever overseeing this case. The fact that this did not happed is sufficient to indicate the tilting of the balance towards the interests of the Intel community in the USA. A British judge should not act in this way but should take care to ensure there is no conflict of interests so as toremain impartial. Where such rational decisions are not taken this inflicts a considerable amount of damage to the eroding image of "British justice".

It is therefore apparent that the way in which the Julian Assange case in London has been "managed" represents a state of affairs where the British government is carrying out a significant disservice to the people of the United States. They are aiding and abetting the destruction of the constitutional rights of Americans. It is more than apparent that in the future, this will be remembered and acted upon by the people of America as a justification for eroding the already very tenuous "Special relationship".

A powerful message that emanated from the impressive Belmarsh Tribunal (see link above) was that seeking the truth can, in the eyes of UK authorities, be branded as a criminal activity subject to harsh punishment. The issue here is that governments classify truths as categories of information and data on a spectrum of sensitivity from innocuous to that revealing illegal activities perpetrated by governments and hidden from the constituents who elected them. Use is made of strategic intelligence and security classifications to cocoon such truths of wholesale murder and fraud. But on the side of the general understanding of the population, all are equal before the law. The well-established role of the community conscience would decide against those who act in transgression of existing laws with intent and in a way that does not correspond to normal expectations of actions in given circumstances. Truth cannot be conveniently classified in this way to the convenience of governments as a means of avoiding exposure of their illegal behaviour.

In a SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab workshop on COP 26 a summary declaration reads,

"Climate change and rises in temperatures have a far more insidious impact than those discussed at COP 26. The most serious issue is that the human population is growing while the falling accessibility to water in the soil, due to temperature raising evaporation rates, means food crop yields, in most production zones, will fall and there will be more frequent intense droughts, food deficits and deaths from starvation."

"Already the "Green Revolution's" miracle rice (IR8) has faced a 15% drop in yield. Some crops cannot be produced in their current locations because there is no longer viable production. It is regrettable that COP 26 has dwelt too much on "technologies", "climate science", "finance" and "carbon trading" at the expense of the vital topic of food production practice.

Nevit Turk, the Senior Economics Correspondent for Agence Presses Europeéenne has written an overview of the British Strategic Review, based on an advance copy. The BSR is in final conversion stages into various formats ready for sale.

Based on this piece it is apparent that the Review contains a lot more than might have been expected from the normal run of "strategic reports" produced by the think tank bubble. It would appear to be timely in that it points out the ongoing errors in the current macroeconomic paradigm theories and practice based on the evidence and it proposes better ways forward. There is a surprising amount of hitherto undisclosed information concerning events in the past which created a fixation on financialization which impaired real growth in Britain so that for 50 years we have never realized our full growth potential. The overview provides some hope that the Review provides some orientation which could contribute to a practical means on initiating the long awaited actions of integrating the Northern "rust" zones through real growth to reduce the currently unacceptable levels of income disparity. Apparently not showing any particular partisan bias, this Review criticises both Labour and Conservative governments for not being particularly good with the economy.

Click here to access the BSR overview here

In a frantic effort to fill the media with topics that smother the stories appearing on booze ups and naughty cheese and wine parties, the government, in its panic at the spectacle of losing their bouncy cheer leader to a men in grey suits replacement, has resorted to issuing a cascade of displacement activities in an effort to show what a serious government this really is. From one hapless MP announcing a change in BBC funding to another hapless Health Secretary throwing away our last protection against a new surge in Covid, and a Defence Secretary announcing the delivery of anti-tank devices to the Ukraine, wasting tax payers' money. In a further indication of extreme incompetence following court opinion that many Covid deals were illegal and the Treasury has revealed that it expects its anti-fraud taskforce to write off £4.3bn in Covid payments lost to fraud during the pandemic.

All of these displacement activities were made to appeal to the Conservative party's BREXIT fanatics who also seem to be the same group pressuring the Prime Minister on these issues, some of whom oversaw the dodgy deals referred to. However, none of these issues aligns with the wishes of the majority of voters in this country. So the country is going to pay a high price to please a loopy Conservative faction in terms of poor media coverage, more unecessary deaths from Covid and an expensive waste of tax payers' money to contribute to the destabilization of European security.
Done for: to be about to die or suffer very much because of a serious difficulty or danger:

In the meantime, Boris Johnson, in his best Churchillian act, advised Russia, who have no intension of invading the Ukraine, that they would pay dearly if they invaded, it would be, he gravely intoned, another Chechnya. It was this same individual who, as Foreign Secretary, funded the bogus White Helmets to work up false flag incidents in Syria to facilitate unjustified attacks on Syria. No one believes anything this man says anymore. As a result his command and his stage has shrunk to Lilliputian proportions. In fact it gets worse, he is advising Russia not to do something they have no intention of doing!... so this statement is no more than a man from a country greatly diminished by BREXIT, attempting to assure the USA that he is on the right side. Oh, but don't forget, we sent an aircraft carrier loaded with airplanes purchased at a extortionate prices from the USA - another waste of tax payers' money - off into the South China Sea on the look out for Junks or was it to reintroduce the Opium Trade to China as part of an innovative trade deal? The performance of these carriers planes is a disaster, we understand that they have a very poor manoeuvrability - they are far too heavy, placing our pilots at risk in an operational situation. Just the other day one plopped into the ocean for no known reason, obviously something didn't work. Hardly a convincing show of force.

China and Russia in the meantime, go from strength to strength. In this context, the UK constituents continue to suffer, waiting in vain for the UK government to come up with a convincing "levelling up" strategy to deliver on the apparently already "delivered" BREXIT deal which is, however, still under negotiation with the EU. Yes, Boris got it "done" which isn't really true, is it? Nothing has happened since with most things fraying at the edges. Maybe replacement is less costly than displacements.

Theatrics: behaviour that is intended to get attention

In a vain attempt to convince the public opinion that the State Department and British government actually believe their own propaganda, we now have the theatrical announcements that diplomatic personnel are being advised to leave Ukraine. This ongoing coordinated theatrics is so amateur that only those with the vacuous intellectual abilities of UK corporate media editors dutifully allows this nonsense to be put into print or broadcast and disseminated to the UK population without any objective analysis.

The main reason for this crescendo in idiocy is the fact that Blinken, who dwells in the Washington Beltway swamp, has only just realized that European nations are getting fed up with American directives concerning their "security" and aggressive attitude towards Russia, an important trading partner for strategic resources such as energy and an outstanding investment option for European companies. On a cultural level people actually find Russians to be an attractive people with an amazing cultural heritage and shared experience in the last war. Increasingly people question why is the USA seeking to entrap these wonderful people, who have the same aspirations as all other Europeans, in the middle of all of this aggressive nonsense. The question is why does the USA wish to threaten the people of Russia? Or are they contemplating a humanitarian intervention, such as in Iraq, which resulted in the murder of between 500,000 and 1,000,000 innocent men women and children. But European nations who are having second thoughts at just how "helpful" the USA is, we refer to voters in Germany and France, the two leading countries in the EU. We should add that increasing numbers of UK constituents are beginning to see through these sham announcements. The arms sales generated by NATO for US and UK arms manufacturers far exceed the so called 2% of defence spending targets to support NATO. This is why Trump backed off from his, "you need to pay us for your protection ..." like a Mafia boss trying to justify a protection racket. Increasing numbers of voters realize that no American president is going to press the button to save any country in Europe if it needed to. They might send some drones only to kill the wrong people. The USA is so accustomed to increasingly breaking international treaties, starting with Nixon's escaping the US obligation to exchange excess dollars for gold in 1971 by simply abandoning the system, and the enormous mistrust generated by Trump's walking away from several vital international agreements. This is why so very few have faith in anything Blinken says. He continues in his silly out of date cold war rhetoric of the 1960s. Someone needs to inform him that the Russian Federation is not the Soviet Union and the European voters are far better informed. Most do not believe that Russia poses a threat to European security. NATO needs to begin negotiations to include Russia so as to establish a true security alliance as was proposed by the Russians when the Soviet Union collapsed. But such strategic thinking is quite beyond the intellectual capabilities of US "strategists" who are bent on bullying and aggression.

In the meantime NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, like a broken record, keeps repeating that it is a "defensive alliance". He overlooks the fact that Henry Kissinger observed that the NATO attacks on Serbia and Libya creating death and mayhem resulted in the biggest migration from North Africa to Europe in history and which continues and these NATO actions helped launch the entry of Al Quaeda and ISIS into Africa. NATO is not a defensive alliance and under USA tutelage and cash diplomacy has become increasingly a tactic to weaken European security because of its geographic advance that threatens the people of Russia. Why do we in the UK and Europeans tolerate this insane behaviour sanctioned by our leaders, so-called?

In two recent UK intelligence releases as sorts of carbon copies of US intelligence briefing statements linked to unattributed sources stated that the danger of Chinese international development projects was that countries become entrapped in debt and dependency on China.

Hello everyone, Ana Bolic here. This is my very first contribution to this medium. Am delighted to be doing such an interesting assignment keeping people informed about really important happenings .... well no time to lose, let's get on with it!

A very febrile Question Time in the old House today. Good old Borry had to respond to a question from one of those, well, you know, awful Labour people, about anti-islamic tendencies in the Conservative party. Borry looked her in the eye and said there was no such thing and there is no discrimination. Between you and me, I had always thought the over 500,000 Iraqis who disappeared during our alliance's humanitarian interventions were mainly of the Islamic faith. But then, I stand corrected, we did nothing to stop Christians and others, such as the Azeris, from being killed by ISIS. So, I'm with Borry, we don't disciminate.

On the non-discriminatory front, the other part of the evidence is that Borry, Oh, he is just so clever, when he was in that Foreign thing position in the Tereza gov, he helped to fund that wonderful theatre group who called themselves the White Helmets. I mean, what super name. These Thespians ran around in Syria putting up with those dreadfully hot spotlights to produce scenes emulating chemical attacks in their production series ...Oh dear, I have forgotten the name... Oh yes, .. I think someone told me it was, False Flags. Quite catchy really but I dont real know what that has to do with chemicals. But anyway these creative souls worked on behalf of ISIS and Al Quaeda spending our hard earned tax payers' money in exchange of their sending their superb video productions to YouTube and other outlets. So there you are, we helped all sides, hardly discriminatory. Borry really is a star.

Must rush, I am going to have a tete a tete with a colleague who sent me some photos of some cheese and wine parties and assorted get-togethers, a dreadful business. These people have such a gauch taste combing M&S wines with Lidl nibbles, really!

This has been such fun!

Ana xx
The second, and latest one, is that Russia is preparing to place a puppet regime in Ukraine that favours Russia. The Chinese debt claim is simply accusing China of the same behaviour witnessed concerning the behaviour of the IMF, the World Bank and large private banks and hedge funds in their dealings with developing countries and, of course the sequestration of Greek assets. Concerning the Russian claim, this simply describes the behaviour of the US State Department, under Barack Obama and Vice president Biden, which promoted a bloody coup of a democratically elected government, with paid violent goon squads in the Ukraine in 2014 to install a puppet regime that favours the USA.

The first victims of the Nazi holocaust were the Roma (Gypsies) followed by the Jewish population. This was part of a specific strategy to create a "Jew Free" (Judenfrei) Europe. But in the wider scheme of things, Hitler's rabid racism was also directed at the Slavs, or Russians, which he considered to be another inferior race. Hitler found support in elements of the populations in many countries and in particular the Baltic states and Western Ukraine where Nazi collaborators shot, gassed Roma and Jews in specially-designed vehicles using the exhaust fumes to gas people locked in the back. The extent of the genocidal intent against Slavs could
Russians within population
be witnessed in the completely unnecessary extent of the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Russia accomplished by burning whole communities alive in wooden churches or community halls, and shooting or bludgeoning to death anyone attempting to escape, were common sights in the Nazi "military campaign". As a result the death tolls worked out at something like over 1 million Roma, 6 million Jews and around 25 million "Slav" or Russians sacrificed to the genocidal campaign of a maniac. Even after the war Russians were badly treated in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In the strategy of divide and rule, the most effective means has been to make use of the guilt of the Nazi collaboration and to invert that guilt into a nationalism focussed on attacking the current Russian-speaking segments of these populations. This has been the CIA and State Department strategy in destabilizing Europe. The other half of this story is to turn today's Russia into a demon that threatens the survival of these countries so as to feed upon the paranoia of the political class who have embarked on the nationalist crusade. They fear some sort of retribution from Russia, not because Russia has this intention, but rather because of the complexities of paranoia - you cannot trust anyone. This scenario is the one built up by the USA through NATO and corporate media. The Ukrainian Maidan was a coup engineered by the USA making use of the same "Slav free" paradigm from the Nazi era and the Russiagate bogey man. This is why the subsequent Ukrainian governments have been so extreme. Following Maidan the Ukrainian government embarked on a genocide campaign against Russian-speakers but Russia, with a duty of care for Russian-speaking Ukrainians, many of whom hold dual nationality and passports (Ukrainian-Russian), stopped this in its tracks by annexing Crimea and assisting those in the Donbas East where most Russian-speakers live. Although Russia's action constituted a significant and courageous humanitarian act, saving a potential of around 5 million lives and raising the death total of Russians killed at the hands of Nazis from 25 million to 30 million. One has to ask, was Russia really expected to do nothing while the slaughter took place? The State Department insist in calling this act an "invasion" in order to hide its own violent intent of supporting a campaign for a Slav free Europe (Slavfrei) and total incompetence as well as to maintain the nationalist support of paranoid Neo-Nazis in the arc of countries surrounding the Eastern edges of Russia.

In a case of overt-interference in German military affairs by the USA, Vice-Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach, head of the German navy resigned after explaining to a workshop that Crimea "... will never come back", that Russia has no interest in a narrow strip of land (Donbas) and he also stated that Putin and Russians probably deserve some respect.

Schoenbach was responsible for Strategy and Operations at the German MoD and with some 38 years professional experience. This event is a major loss to the German naval establishment. He has an in-depth understanding of what amongst seasoned military strategists consider to be the true state of understanding of reality. With close to 98% of Crimeans being Russian-speakers and who requested the protection of the Russian government because of a genocide campaign against this population, supported by the US-installed government, the loss of Crimea was an obvious conclusion to a badly managed US violent coup of a democratically elected Ukrainian government. This cohesion and support of Russians of the people of Crimea did indeed earn Putin an enormous amount of respect because this action saves thousands of lives.

Rear Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach became Chief of the German Navy at the end of March 2021 upon the retirement of Vice Admiral Andreas Krause.

It is notable that once in the hands of politicians and corporate media, the facts become distorted and the ramping up of unnecessary tensions are used to justify arms sales and to sustain the salaries of NATO staff. At the same time, this diminishes the democratic sovereignty of European countries reducing them to vassals of a failing regime, the USA, bent on domination. In the end, although the narrative is that of NATO is a defensive alliance for European security in reality what we observe is an offensive alliance designed to manage affairs, against the interests of individual European nations, according to the whims of the US State Department and DOD. Germany, as a leading European country, should have resisted this interference and kept Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach in place.

Footnote: To obtain a better picture of the background to this story, CybaCity.com asked the APEurope Correpondents' Pool to provide some feedback. It would seem that Vice Admiral Schoenbach's statements accord with the understanding of a sizeable proportion of Germans. There is a significant difference in opinion amongst constituents concerning relations with Russia. The majority are in favour of better relations and wish to resist being forced into unjustified compromising positions as a result of "international economic pressure and security concerns" with respect to Russia because these are considered to be exagerated. Most German's do not want to impose sanctions on Russia because these have too large a negative impact on the German economy.

Max Keiser interviews Jimmy Song a Bitcoin programmer and author of several books on the subject, concerning the impact of Bitcoin on the people of El Salvador.

The most significant effect seems to be a rise in focus of people and a return to a sitation where people are making things again as opposed to the fiat monetary chaos where everything is imported. Song makes a moral case for Bitcoin. Jimmy Song is interviewed in the second part of this show starting at time slot: 12:30. The first half includes the normal coverage where Stacy Herbert covers some of the latest news on inflation.

The 22nd January edition of Going Underground, sees Afshin Rattansi interviewing the legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. Pilger makes many of the observations this medium has made with respect to the "Ukrainian crisis", in the previous articles on this page, but he covers a wider range of additional issues. One issue of significance, echoed by Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of the Welsh government is that Boris Johnson's intended liberation of restrictions with respect to Covid precautions is an attempt of a desperate man to satisfy some of the extreme elements in the conservative party as a desperate bid to save his skin. The point is that this act of selfishness will result in addition deaths of British constituents. As Pilger reflects, Johnson's behaviour is akin to the offhand behaviour and puerile humour in an Eton College common room.

What is very clear is that the so-called "mainstream media" hide too many facts from the people of the United Kingdom.

"The surge of power"
Marc Quin"

Unlike the decisions imposed by government and in the Julian Assange "trial" where there is no place for the community conscience to guide processes of decisions on what is reasonable and what is not, the court cases concerning the pulling down of a statue in Bristol of a tyrant who became wealthy on the proceeds of the slave trade, the four accused depended upon the decision of a jury to decide is they were guilty of "criminal damage". The jury decided the four accused were not guilty to the protestations of the government.

Although no decision appears to have been made with respect to a replacement statue we feel that the black resin statue of Jen Reid, called "A Surge of Power" - see right - created by the artist Marc Quinn, and designed to be a temporary installation to continue the conversation about racism, should be used. He said he was inspired to create it after seeing an image of Jen Reid standing on the plinth with her fist raised during the Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June, 2020.

People who are inspired by the simple actions of others can do amazing things but inspiration needs to be guided to what is feasible and good. Unfortunately the antics of our political class imprisoned within their party machines and fed by lobbies and having to deal with whip enforcers, are not inspiring for there is no leadership or vision. This seems to be a reflection of deprived childhoods, an empty upbringing and dry education moulding individuals that lack empathy and serve their own interests. There is a definite lack of a practical bent or vision of their obligation to the electorate. As a result, the Westminster gaggle does not touch people's imagination and never inspires. Juries, that simple collection of citizens, have been the source of inspiring changes to the law in most important fields such as human rights, freedom of speech and religion, simply be declaring "not guilty" in the face of government oppositions. Such changes were never inspired or brought about by party politicians.

While most of our national corporate media just trot out what Anthony Blinken the US Secretary of State stated after his meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, we beg to qualify what he stated. Blinken more or less stated that the US and their "allies" would react if Russia interfered in Ukrainian political affairs. Blinken appears to have forgotten that under the presidency of Barack Obama, holder of the Nobel "Peace Prize", and with Jo Biden holding the Ukrainain brief, his current Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, was directly involved in the financing and coordination of a violent coup against the previous Ukrainian government that had been elected as a result of a normal democratic election. She hand-picked the new leader at the time and is notorious for her mobile conversation where she was discussing the "new government" with the US ambassador to Ukraine where she stated her feelings for the relevance of the EU in her phase, "Fuck the EU". Later, avoiding the use of expletives, she gave evidence to US respresentives spelling out the fact that this bloody campaign only cost US$6 billion.

Blinken completely skirted around the fact that the CIA good squads, supporting all of this chaos, and private US military contractors appeared to have been involved in coordinating the shooting of both police and protesters to create confusion and intensify feelings against the government. The direct support of Neo-Nazi, rabidly anti Russian militia, supported by private security personnel set about carrying out the initiation of a genocide campaign against Russian-speaking Ukrainians. It should be registered that a large proportion of the Ukrainian population, in the East, speak Russian and have dual Ukrainian-Russian citizenship with many holding Russian passports.

The aggressive stance of the US State Department towards Russia needs to stop and there should be more consideration of the Russian side to this argument. The USA has invaded more countries since the end of the Second World War, than Russia, and has caused around 20 million deaths of largely civilian populations. To prevent ISIS completely taking over Syria with the help of the USA and UK, Russia prevented this by destroying the ISIS illegal oil trade through Turkey and driving most of ISIS out of Syria. If they had not done this the migrant crisis to Europe would have been worse. However, as is always forgotten, Russia saved many lives in Syria, including those of Christian and other sects which the UK and the USA had abandoned to their fate at the hands of ISIS. Russia's initial response in the Ukraine also saved many lives but as always Russia is accused of being the aggressor.

The constant demonization of Putin reflects a complete ignorance of the hopes and interests of the people of Russia, which, in general, is to live in peace. In a recent BBC programme, Global Questions held in Kiev the "experts" largely repeated the State Department agenda and narrative stating no one knows what is in Putin's mind and stating that he is a 19th century leader and somewhat passé. There is a criticism of Putin's constant referral to history without any sensitivity to the fact that Europe is freer today as a result of Russia's sacrifice of around 25 million people in helping win the war over Nazi aggression. Russians do not forget and they remain more aware of the impact of war on families. It is their constant reference to this intimate experience that creates a nation that seeks peace. This ignorant dismissal of Russian sentiments is dangerous because it encourages people to discount the Russian nation. This allows the State Department to ignore the carefully prepared documents sent by Russia to NATO and the USA on Russian concerns (see below). People should read them and reflect. Most corporate media in the UK and certainly in the USA are essentially stenographers who simply put out State Department narratives with almost no analysis.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: 17 December 2021 13:36

Press release on Russian draft documents on legal security guarantees from the United States and NATO

Ref: 2621-17-12-2021

During the December 15, 2021 meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US party received a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

The US party was given detailed explanations regarding the logic of the Russian approach, as well as the relevant arguments. We hope that, the United States will enter into serious talks with Russia in the near future regarding this matter, which has critical importance for maintaining peace and stability, using the Russian draft treaty and agreement as a starting point.
Accordingly, Russia has a duty of care towards these citizens. The scale of the genocide began to grow with the clubbing to death of Russian speakers who had attempted to escape from an administrative building set alight by those targeting Russio-speakes in Odessa in May 2014. These were the same tactics used by the German solidiers in Russian villages during the second world war - placing families in wooden churches and burning them down with the added detail of bludgeoning to death, or shooting, those who attempted to escape. Russians have maintained their memories of the horrors of war to this day. This is why the Odessa events caused panic amongst the Russian-speaking population and the Russian government, and this concern was intensified following reports that the Neo-Nazi militia were heading East towards Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the corner of southeastern Ukraine known as the Donbas, and Crimea, where the highest population of Russian speakers live. This developed rapidly and Russia had to make rapid decisions to protect these people. Since they already had personnel in Sebastapol, where the main Russian Naval base was located, they were in any case in a strong position to protect people there. However, the rapid loss of any trust in the new Ukrainian government which was actively pursuing a policy of not protecting the Russian-speaking population, Russia responded to requests from Crimeans for Russia to annex Crimea. Russia only did this after a snap election to check on the degree to which the population desired this switch. Given the circumstances it is very clear that Russia's action saved many thousands of lives but such a sequence of events took the US by surprise. This exposed, on the world stage, the completely bungled and violent incompetence of the State Department's involvement in this overt interference in the politics in the form of an illegal regime change in the Ukraine. This is why, ever since, Russia has been in the sites of all Secretaries of State. Blinken, with a straight face referred to this episode as an aggressive Russian invasion and the Western press simply repeat this. In terms of the Donbas there were certainly volunteers from Russia assisting their relatives and as far as we know military supplies from Russia. These were able to stop the incursions from the West and this was facilitated by a large proportion of the Ukrainian military refusing to serve to fight their fellow Russian-speaking country folk. In spite of all the talk about Russian aggression, the majority of deaths in these conflicts have been on the Russian-speaking side but the total deaths now probably exceed 15,000 and round 45,000 people injured. Russia's main concern, it seems to our correspondents's pool, is to be ready to respond to any extension of attempts to increase the genocide on the part of the Ukrainian government and proxies that include US-trained militia. Talk of false flag events being used to draw Russia in relate to threats to the Russian-speakers who are not protected and are at risk under the current Ukrainian regime. Russia has no intention of invading the Ukraine as Sergei Lavrov has stated. The irresponsible handling of the Ukrainian situation by the State Department and misrepresentation of the developments there since 2014 has encouraged the current Ukrainian government to cry wolf and exaggerate the "danger of a Russian invasion" and concerning Russia's intentions as an attempt to have the country become a member of NATO. Since there is a territorial conflict that is maintain by this government and Neo-Nazi nationalists it cannot become a member of NATO. The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, who took up his position in October 2014, carbon copies Blinken's statements attempting to find roles for this defunct organization beyond being an arms bazaar for US military equipment sold at extortionate prices. A lot of the current build up of tension is a mirage created by the States and NATO to sell more arms to European countries and create a fuss. Then within a few weeks all business having been done they will back down and state that this "resolute" action by NATO caused Russia not to proceed with its intended invasion. All a marketing ploy to raise the profile of NATO to justify its existence and very high paid salaries. However this theatre has the purpose of justifying arms sales to those countries who treat Russian-speaking citizens badly such as the small Baltic states, all of which have, like the Ukraine, a very dubious history. In most of them, national militias who helped Nazi Germany in their death camps and open murder of Jews in the Second World War proudly declared their countries had become "Jew Free". Today, many of the leaders of these atrocities are being held up as national heroes in the rise of nationalism, actively encouraged by the State Department who attempt to assert that their interest is to uphold Ukrainian democracy.

In 1960, Walt Rostow published his book, "The Stages of Economic Development" which used the case study of the development of the United Kingdom to illustrate his stages of economic development. This book completes the stages with a peak referred to as ,"high mass consumption" and this implies a final stable state of existence. However, the latest edition of the British Strategic Review points out that in 1960 the UK was transitioning towards its final hegemonic phase. In world systems and hegemonic cycle theory, based on several previous historic cycles, this final phase is marked by financial speculation, characterized by excessive issuance of money, rising insecurity and the decline in the national economy in relation to global competition. World systems is a multidsiciplnary approach to economic development and is seldom included as part of most university economics courses. Therefore, the oversight by Rostow is understandable. The main association with the national decline is a tendency towards aggression towards other countries who are in the ascendance both culturally and economically.

In the case of Britain, the phase of monetary speculation started when Denis Healey abandoned Keynesianism and an incomes policy in 1975 and embraced the fledgling ill-thought out monetarism and whose impacts were intensified by the conditions imposed by an IMF loan Britain received in 1977. Since then monetarism has become an increasingly dominant in UK macroeconomic policy. The Bretton Woods agreement of 1944 set out a strategy to bring the benefits of the British Imperial Preference model that had benefited the UK to a US imperial preference model favouring the USA. The IMF, World Bank and GATT became the enforcers and those not accepting their conditions became isolated as a problem and subsequently subjected to election interference, regime change, sanctions and warfare. Since 1945, the numbers of deaths resulting from American instigated conflicts totals more than 20 million people. During this period the British governments have haplessly appeased the USA by siding with and participating in an alliance to support warfare. More recently the active participation of the UK military in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, not only gave rise to ISIS but also created the most serious asylum and economic migrant crisis into Europe and the UK. The absurd recent suggestion that the Royal Navy should be pushing migrant craft back to Europe when our air force and army helped generate the flow in the first place.

Whereas the Rostow model sees UK as "the" example of development and Obama, of course, referred to American exceptionalism, hegemonics, the repetitive historic reality, see the USA and the UK as failing states. Past hegemonic cycles ended in countries that did not have universal suffrage. But in spite of the USA and UK having gained universal suffrage, politicians are not responding to constituent needs. In failing economic circumstance the "financial sector", as in the past, fund the political factions, the media and political decision makers. As a result of so many scarce resources feeding into military equipment and financial speculation driven by monetarism, today we find the USA and the UK taking up first and second world rankings respectively as the countries with the largest negative balances of payment.

Many of those who voted in the Conservative government in "Red Wall" constituencies are beginning to acknowledge that the Johnson and Conservative party hype misled them into the false belief that things would change. They have not. Things are worse and so far people are waiting to a coherent and credible "levelling up" policy. Monetarists have no expereince in levelling up, given that 50 years of monetarism has increased income disparity and depressed the real incomes of wage-earners and hollowed out the industrial and manufaturing activities in the "Red Wall" areas. This is why the government cannot work out a coherent practical levelling up agenda because so-called aggregate demand macroeconomics is so destructive to the real economy. Policy makers only look at monetary injections and asset values as their measure of success and "economic prosperity". But these criteria, assets, are the very things people in "Red Wall" don't possess and are unlikely to ever possess under the Conservative government. So we are left with a blank policy agenda for the "Red Wall". This is why the government's "Levelling Up" plans have not yet appeared because none of the economist advisers, Cabinet or anyone in the Conservative party know how to design such a policy.

50 years of hype and assertions such as .."we are good with the economy" has produced a series of depressed Eastern Germanies dotted around the North and North East. But Germany, having lost the war, has today the highest positive national balance of payments in the world, larger than China's, in spite of having unified with East Germany at a very high cost. In the meantime Britain has the honour of having the world's second largest negative balance of payments. The USA that has also followed monetarist fanatacism, has the world's largest negative balance of payments. Britain needs to reunify and integrate the Red Walls zones with the rest of the country. But do people really believe this government knows how to achieve this? Unfortunately the track records of the Conservatives suggests not. Unfortunately, the Labour party, having abandoned John McDonnell's investment in new economy developments advanced under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, is just as lost.

In spite of the rhetoric, Russia has always observed long term gas contract conditions with Europe, delivering on time and to specification and volumes. This was also true in Soviet times. The current "energy price crisis" is caused by the decision by politicians to purchase gas in the free market where prices are 3 times higher than Russian long term contract prices. This of course makes a lot of money for traders who happen to povide financial support for political parties, but this excerbates the cost of living crisis for wage-earners throughout Europe and the UK. Since 1973 the "West" has been unable to manage energy prices, ever since Johans Witteveen, the Managing Director of the IMF, supported OPEC blackmail in rising petrolrum prices seven-fold within a decade by recirculating petrodollars into the free market economies and political party coffers. A recent report explains that this bizarre behaviour by the IMF was the result of the fact that Witteven was a Moselm. Since this recylcling has expanded, politicians have become reluctant to take actions to lower enery prices. The US and EU pressure not to authorise the delivery of gas via the Russia-Germany North Stream 2 pipeline is all part of the same corruption. Polticians in most countries have well-above average earnings and a series of perks. Energy prices are of no concern to them.

Recent statements by government point to a desire to distance the conduct of government from judicial oversight and judgement. In a recent BBC Hard Talk interview with Stephen Sackur, Baroness Helena Kennedy maintained her ability, as always, to deliver a clear exposition on vital topics. She stated that, "It's only in authoritarian states and totalitarian states that they try to punish our thoughts.” But she qualified this in the context of misogyny, by stating (paraphrasing), "Thoughts become a legal issue when actions, resulting from a particular mindset, prejudices others - in his case women.”

This has a far broader significance. An advance notice on the report, "British Strategic Review”, to be released this month, states that an important part of this Review dismantles monetary theory to expose it as being flawed. Monetarism is shown to be demonstrably biased towards asset holders and traders making up less than 2% of the constituency and acts against the interests of wage-earners who hold 98% of the votes. If, as Helena Kennedy inferred, “Thoughts become a legal issue when actions, resulting from a particular mindset, prejudices others”, then this is the case where there is undeniable evidence of prejudice affecting increasing numbers of wage-earners. Clearly insufficient due diligence was brought to bear in assessing the likely impact and yet only benefits are declared to justify this policy. If it can be established that the mindset that applies a flawed policy logic, albeit a political ideology, creating an imposed prejudice in the form of clear evidence, surely such decisions on policy, based on this mindset, should be subjected to legal oversight for approval? A central tenet of constitutional economics is public choice. This depends on the full facts relating to any intended legislation being available to the voters as part of due diligence procedures that need to meet minimum standards. As in the case in law as minimum standards of evidence, it is necessary to have contributions of a legal character covering these aspects. In this way, placing all such evidence before the constituents as part of a process of participatory policy development, which would be subsequently voted upon, would help improve transparency and would prevent governments from distancing their conduct from judicial and public oversight and judgement.

Most corporate media wait agog for the release of a report concerning parties and booze ups to post their earth-shattering headlines, they ignore the fact that the economy and wellbeing of the people of this country continues to decline. The issue, in reality, is that it is of no significance whether the Prime Minister remains or is replaced by a coffee machine, the same inept economic policies, hatched some 50 years ago, and maintained by both political parties will continue to devastate the British economy and our prospects for recovery.

A major strategic report will soon be released which explains the damage imposed by the government's cancellation of the 5G Huawei contracts under pressure from Mike Pompeio on the completely spurious grounds that their kit represented a security threat. Huawei was to introduce a range of very advanced socially important artificial intelligence applications through this network and all of this has been lost to British development engineers putting the UK even further behind in the technological applications innovation race. The negative economic implications are significant. Meanwhile the rest of the world is moving ahead. While the UK has wallowed in an environment witnessing the hollowing out of our industrial and manufacturing base, over the last 45 years, we witnessed innovations such as iMac, Power Mac G4 Cube, iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook were nearly all designed by the British IT engineer Jonathan Paul Ives. Currently, the Central American Republic of El Salvador, with a populatiomn of nearly 7 million, has recently made BitCoin legal tender and they are launching a US$ 1 billion "Volcano Bond", 50% of which will be used to purchase BitCoin and the rest will go into infrastructural projects such as a tax free Bitcoin City. Experts expect it to yield a far higher return than any other national bond issue. The name Volcano arises from the fact that El Salvador aims to use thermal energy from their volcanic structures to generate energy to mine BitCoin. In terms of operational infrastructure for the people of El Salvador to use BitCoin, which is too complicated for many potential users, a proposal by Blockstream, a Canadian Bitcoin Technology company founded by the British IT designer, Adam Back will be adopted by the El Salvador government. The El Salvador network is using Blockstream's Lightning Network, largely developed by Christian Decker, which helps avoid the Bitcoin Scaling issues concerning the number of transactions and latency (delays) in confirmation, as well as greatly facilitating the use of the system by non-techies using a mobile phone. So market traders and housewives can use the system for small daily transactions. This is accelerating the return of BitCoin to its original objective of being a medium of exchange rather than a store of value. The rise in value of Bitcoin ensures that cash holding do not lose value under the inflationary impacts of central banks monetary policies.

The other evolving frontier developed by the British systems engineering economist Hector McNeill, is the Real Incomes Approach to economics. This has the same aim as BitCoin but can operate with or without BitCoin. This makes use of Locational-State Theory (LST) and Accumulogs, both identified and developed by McNeill in 1986. Accumulogs are similar to blockchain which appeared a decade later. LST is designed to preserve the quality of information for purposes of constituent decision analysis in the political sphere as well as improving the quality of business decision making. The Real Incomes Approach development work started in 1975 to respond to the slumpflation crisis caused by rising petroleum prices, an issue which conventional policies were never able to solve, as today's energy crisis confirms. By combining these advances into an operational infrastructure it will be possible to monitor and manage a new approach to macroeconomic policy which provides a direct incentive to innovation to reduce costs and inflation while slowing down monetary injections by the Bank of England. This is, according to some economists, the only way to escape the current predicament created by the Bank of England's quantitative easing where interest rate increases will crash the massive private debt overhang facing the economy and impact asset values. These problems are the result to close-to-zero interest rates under quantitative easing. It is evident that QE was a mistake.

By remaining ignorant of the advancing state-of-the-art in technologies and economic theory, Britain remains with no economic strategy, with "levelling up" and "building back better" passing for not more than catch phrases.

It is notable that the Conservative government has not followed the basic principles of project and policy design which are there to ensure efficiency, policy traction and delivery effectiveness and, of course, lowering of costs to the state and to the constituency of the country. Politicians seem to have a tendency to confuse this process with one of working out how their benefactors can get their hands into the till. However, basic principle number one is to involve the principal stakeholders, those who deliver and receive services, to guide the design of policies from the standpoint of guaranteeing rising standards of practice and outcomes. Such stakeholder have accumulated valuable experience and capabilities and they know how and what can disrupt services. However, by regarding the stakeholders as the "enemy within", the top down nature and the imposition of health service, police and social service "reforms", over the last 50 years, have only exacerbated the ability of these services to operate effectively. This has cost country dearly in terms of diminished security, wellbeing and avoidable deaths.

The enemy within, it would seem, has been the string of incompetent governments knocked up by our arbitrary first-past-the-post electoral system where the tiny factional Conservative and Labour parties, whose total membership does not surpass 1% of the total number of voters they "serve", have run the economy and essential services in a way that has not served constituent interests. Having run down services and staffing numbers in police, the health service and social services intentionally, as a result of an economic policy emanating from an ideological fixation, we are all now witnessing the results.

The facts stare us all in the face. But for a government, in an unreal state of denial, it cannot recognize the truth. As William Janes observed, "The truth is what happens" and we have all seen and feel what has happened. It is undeniable. The results are so bad that even this aloof government senses something is wrong, not as a result of empathy and sensitivity to constituent concerns, but rather they have been advised that their poll ratings are plummeting. So, they have focused on becoming concerned with the agitation, they have in fact caused, in the form of protestors and other scruffs who are telling them what is wrong. Besides their complaint about people pulling down and rolling away a statue of a grotesque individual who profited from the suffering and death of countless slaves, calling it "criminal damage", they do not ask themselves, in that particular context, "Damage to whom or to what?" Whether is criminal or not is, under English law, a matter for a jury of constituents to decide and not the government. And yet they continue, as is their habit, not to engage with people's concerns or with protesters to seek genuine lasting working solutions. No, they know best. Their current legislative drive is to brand protesters as the enemy within by starting with introducing harsh convictions and sanctions and the denial of the basic democratic imperative of encouraging freedom of expression and peaceful protests. The government fears that protests can lead to wider campaigns that amass rising constituency support against the government which is, after all, the way democracies work. Surely, those who are acting against democratic expression of the people become, in their blind arrogance, the enemies within.

The forthcoming British Strategic Report (BSR) contains a section that addresses ways to increase productivity within public services including care services and the National Health Service. An engineered decadence and falling capabilities of the NHS, assisted by a Bank of England's quantitative easing has supported the government's 13 years of an ideologically driven austerity. The fixation with monetarism and "market mechanisms" is a tactic designed to frustrate the public into demanding change. The change governments expect to introduce, as an "oven ready" solution, is a US-style medical insurance system. Based on the track record of this system, average and lower income wage-earners will pay high fees and yet suffer from being denied the full complement of necessary treatments. The government has no concern about the deaths caused by their crippling of the NHS and over-worked staff, as has happened under Covid, they see this as the price to pay to in the preparatory "stages" to introduce their preferred solution. (see previous piece below)

The BSR is able to explain why monetarism is a policy without a theory. It is largely ideological and it is biased towards the wellbeing of wealthy asset holders. In the section covering care services a macroeconomic policy is proposed which is generally applied across all sectors but also within the care sector. It provides incentives to medical staff from nurses to consultants that help improve predictability and the quality of health care on a professional and expanding basis. At the same time it avoids the type of manic "management performance indicators" introduced by the Blair government. This solution creates an operation that remains as a pubic service but delivers results more effectively and efficiently than is possible within the private sector or under any private insurance scheme. The BSR will be available as from mid-January, 2022. We will provide links to the online access point when we receive the details.

The British National Health Service is the nation’s proudest achievements, lifting burden from the sick, copied across the world. But it has been under sustained attack over decades by successive governments. This attack is based on a proposal by Oliver Letwin and John Redwood published by the Centre for Policy Studies in 1988 with the title of, "Britain’s Biggest Enterprise: ideas for radical reform of the NHS." This document is a top down analysis of what the authors imagine to be the problem with the NHS. There are not even any back-of-envelope calculations concerning any of the justifications for their proposed ways in improving the service, in terms of likely costs, savings and benefits. Indeed their initial reference model is what people, going to a holiday camp, would expect to have available as paying consumers. This ridiculous reference model forms the basis justifying out-sourcing to the private sector and for writing this whole document. They refer to a system free at the point of delivery as being "puritanical"; most would acknowledge that this is as it should be in the name of economy. It is very evident that they did not consult medical practitioners in preparing this light weight paper. The main thrust is allowing the private sector to get part of the action. It really is no more than some ideas. The authors set out a somewhat threadbare blueprint on how to privatize the NHS based on a series of "stages".

Increasing number of voters have become concerned with the extent of lying which is attributed to Boris Johnson but in comparison with the prolonged and insistent lying and obfuscation of all goverments over an extended period concening their plans for the Health service, Johnson's sins end up in comparison as porkies. Peter Oborne, has set out the issue succinctly in his books,

"Truth has been captured by the government and turned into a political weapon. For centuries we have had an area of public discourse which belonged to everybody, a common ground where rival parties could exist."

"Its extinction (truth) is a disaster. Political lying is a form of theft. Voters cannot make fair judgements on the basis of falsehoods. Johnson's culture of deceit is stealing our democratic rights."

What is very of concern is that consecutive governments has followed the stages set out in this flimsy document. There has been very little effort put into producing fully costed Decision Analysis Briefs. However, realizing the explosive nature of the privatisation objective and knowing it would be rejected by the constituents of this country, the Thatcher Government started a hidden and dishonest strategic program initiating the process following the "stages" proposed by Letwin and Redwood, by starting with out-sourcing some NHS services to private operators. The basic blueprint was continued and expanded enthusiastically under the Blair "New Labour" government which subjected the NHS to cripling financial conditions imposed by private operators on excessivly long contracts. What is notable in this whole saga has been the marginalization of medical practitioners, nursing and care practioners from the policy decisions. Like the original document the whole process has been top down. It has continued ever since to the present day under a cloud of misrepresentations and repetitive statements that there was no intention to privatise the NHS. But the truth, which is exposing the dishonesty of Conservative and Labour parties alike, is that this strategy has advanced with each government. As William James observed, "The truth is what happens." This intentional undermining of the NHS has required very careful planning and a series of legal and covert structural changes spanning over thirty years to prepare for the NHS to be passed over to largely American corporate insurance companies and banks. The NHS will end up as a corporate funding stream and a pretty logo. An incredibly docile and complicit UK media have failed to explain this horrendous corruption or hold the Conservative and Labour governments and their factional parties to account. They have failed to inform the public about what is really happening to the NHS. Over 13 years of quantitative easing has supported austerity and chaos over Brexit and lowered the hampered the ability of the NHS to handle Covid leading to a poor service all round in a covert engineered failure of services. The objective is to manipulate events to as to make the public to become frustrated with the NHS and demand the changes that the government will bring about with a very expensive US-style system.

The last 50 years has seen monetarism undermine the economy (see previous article below) declining real wages and create a cost of living crisis affecting most wage-earners. Most will be unable to afford the expensive US-style private insurance system and this will result in death rates rising as a direct result of denial of medical treatment in the UK. The NHS was never created to deny health care to anyone. It is notable that the US Healthcare lobby in the UK has been effective and it is notable that none of our political parties or mainstream media call attention to this scandal or are prepared to stop this monstrous attack on the people of this country.

The most apparent current impact will be on the voters in the so-called "Red Wall" constituencies who put their faith in the government to improve their situation. However, it is exactly these constituents who have been hoodwinked and who will suffer most if the government's pet US-style health service is introduced. It is already more than apparent the government has no levelling up plans that are workable. The political class consisting of an ideologically-driven clique and there being no opposition combine to project a reality of a lack of concern with the wellbeing of the population but only in maintaining asset values for themselves as individuals and their benefactors.

It is worth seeing the video on this topic by Bob Gill a GP campaigning to put a stop to this madness, this can be accessed here: The NHS Heist

In the final BSR Brief on 8th January, 2022, for the APEurope Correspondents' Pool the Decision Analysis Group at SEEL presented some findings that will appear in the British Strategic Review (BSR) expected to be released next week. At the time of the cancellation of the Gold Standard in 1971, the UK and the USA had healthy balances of payments. In the intervening years under the weight of monetarism, financialization and finally quantitative easing, the USA and the UK have both ended up at the bottom of the world's balance of payments league table with the world's largest negative balances of payments of -$US 480 billion and -$US 122 billion respectively. This was just before the Covid pandemic started.

On the other hand, the worlds highest positive balances of payment included Germany ($US 280 billion), Japan ($US 186 billion) and China ($US 171 billion) followed by all the EuroZone countries. The Eurozone alone has the world's highest balance of payments ($US 387 billion), more than twice that of China. All of the world's low income countries, economies in transition and all other developed nations have balances of payments exceeding those of the UK.

The BSR explores the specific causes of 50 years of decline of Britain's industry and manufacturing base. The specific reason for Germany's extraordinary success is explained as are the mechanics of how monetarism undermined UK industry and manufacturing and the economy. Most strategic reports point out problems but are usually light on specific solutions. The BSR raises questions of hitherto unexposed structural issues in the British economy that have remain unaddressed by both main political parties (Conservative and Labour) over the last 70 years. The BSR is unusual in including a tightly argued case for an alternative approach to macroeconomics, containing as yet unpublished details of altenative theories and policy options, to help Britain's recovery.

Correspondents' questions raising the topic of BREXIT received some interesting replies although BREXIT hardly features in the current Review which is largely concerned with the impact of monetarism on the real economy. One issue is that in the past too many trade arrangements are between countries with little to exchange. Because of this emphasis is placed by negotiators on identifying "products with export potential" rather than identifying imported products where there is significant national potential for import substitution. As a result, quite often the outcome is a decline in the balance of payments associated with rises in unemployment. BREXIT will feature in the next edition of the BSR concerned with detailed descriptions of specific policy options for all sectors for national economic recovery.

The current "protests" in Kazakhstan are far too similar in staged and organized events by well-armed and organized elements to represent a "popular" protest. What appears to have happened is a carbon copy of the CIA/State Department-inspired coup in the Ukraine centred on the Maidan in 2014. At that time the same tactics were applied by murdering both police and peaceful protesters in an attempt to intensify the public opinion against the government. This time Russia has reacted quickly but is being criticized, naturally, by the State Department expressing its concern with Kazakhstan democracy. Russia's reaction is related to its obligation under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which is a defense alliance for six former republics of the USSR, including Kazakhstan. The Russian peacekeeping force was sent to help maintain order as unrest spread across the vast Central Asian nation. Strategists suggest the raising of tensions by NATO and the State Department is linked to the strategy of maintaining an image of Russia and an aggressor with intent to invade the Ukraine. The only reason this would happen would be if the Ukraine government proceeds with its plans to carry out genocide for the Russian-speaking population in the East. This genocide had began towards the end of the Maidan chaos, with the USA assisting mercenaries who advanced East had already initiated murder campaigns directed against Russian-speaking civilians by clubbing them to death or burning them alive in administrative buildings. However, Russia reacted quickly in Crimea where it already had troops linked to the major Russian Naval base in Sebastapol and where 98% of the population are Russian speakers. Since the Ukraine government was not going to protect them, Crimeans requested Russian protection by becoming part of Russia. This decisive action was a direct Russian response and unexpected and was a direct result of a major strategic blunder by the USA. However, this action saved thousands of lives of thankful citizens. It is felt that this "Russian Southern Flank"" operation in Kazakhstan is to undermine Russia in the forthcoming USA/Russian meeting next week or an attempt to justify canceling these meetings.

Following the appalling behaviour of the UK media in amplifying disinformation about Jeremy Corbyn it is to be expected that he would have a thing or two to say about the UK media. He gave an interesting speech at the Media Democracy Fetival last year which can be accessed here: Media Democracy Festival

Supportive data (pdf) to his speech can be can be found in the document "Who owns the UK Media?" on the right.

As we have repeated many times, the capture of Keir Starmer by a wizen Neo-Blairite (Neob) clique has killed any chances of the Labour party going anywhere. The recent YouGov poll and petition against Blair receiving a knighthood is evidence of how much this person is considered to be a national embarrassment. But Starmer and his advisers have been attempting to convince themselves that the "Blair way" is the future of Labour. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Since Starmer took over, the Labour party has sank to a low level doing nothing to discipline fanatical members who accused Jewish members of being "Kapos", the ultimate insult since Kapos were the Jewish people who aided th Nazis in death camps through brutal means being themselves at risk of death if they did not do this. Jews whose families perished in the Holocaust, when they have raised any concern about Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Labour organized meetings have been shouted down with screams and heckling so as to intimidate them and prevent others from hearing what they had to say. Other Jews have been threatened with such asides as "we know where you live" or "you will end up in a wheelchair". However, this blatant antisemitism is not uttered by the anonymous weirdos or trolls on Twitter or other anti-social media such as Fakebook but rather quite openly by Labour's preferred, paid up members, who are in fact Jews who set about manipulating events to expel the "wrong type of Jews" from the party. They have already ruined the image of the Party by constructing a false image that the party was antisemitic. This started as a tactic to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn in support of Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign against Corbyn. These fanatics now rule the Labour party's Jewish representation roost. There has been lately, a theatrical and coordinated attempt to draw a line under this corruption by claiming that with the departure of Jeremy Corbyn, antiseminist in the Labour party has been brought under control. But this type of intimidation of the "wrong types of Jews" continues. This is tolerated under Starmer's leadership while a "zero tolerance policy on antisemitism" is "in operation".

The so-called, free UK corporate press fearful of reprisals, has shamefully abandoned their role to keep the voters in this country fully informed about such facts. On the other hand alternative media have provided coverage. In our own case, rather than write more, we recommend that our readers listen to a coherent Jewish survivor of Labour's House of Horrors by clicking on this videolink: :"Meet, 'The Wrong Type of Jew' the Media doesn't want you to know exists"

The petition opposing Tony Blair's knighthood has surpassed 1 million signatures and a recent YouGov poll indicates around 20 million opposed this also (41% of the electorate). For details click on this link: "Recognition should relate to accomplishments".

Keir Starmer's strategy of attempting to reconstruct the image of Blairism from the bleak reality of over a million murders of innocent men women and children is a suicide mission. His defence of Tony Blair receiving a knighthood is just as ridiculous as has been the orchestrated programming by BBC concerning the series on the Blair "revolution". The cynical appointment of Blair as the Middle East envoy following such atrocities was an affront to all in the Middle East. By defending Israel's continued violent repression of Palestinians, including widespread extra-judicial murders, is not criticised by the Labour party for fear of being branded by the Israeli government as being antisemitic.

A blood-stained Starmer wishes to take advantage of Labour's lead which is the result of the incompetence of the current government as opposed to anything Labour has to offer. Labour had a more courageous leader who steadfastly stood against the killings cited but a particularly visceral and dirty Israeli government campaign was permitted to interfere in UK politics. This was aided by remaining Blairites within the Labour party and the widespread dissemination of misrepresentations by our pliant corporate media, to brand Corbyn as an antisemite. Most of the country knows that this accusation is completely ridiculous. Israel knew no one would defend Corbyn for fear of being "cancelled" by being branded as an antisemite. Labour needs to learn how to stand up for humanity by denouncing extra-judicial murders, including those continually metred out by Israel. The Labour party has tolerated the expulsion of Jews who by their nature have a natural tendency to support the oppressed and the plight of the Palestinians. They have been expelled because they are the "wrong type of Jew". But Labour supports atrocities in the name of their version of Judaism. Labour is contributing to a strategy of forcing the large number of older Jews, who oppose Israel's tactics, to defend the indefensible or being treated in a shabby manner in an attempt to shame and reject them. Labour is supposed to be a British political organization. It is not a Jewish organization and has no right to interfere in Jewish affairs. However its antics have contributed to an unwelcomed intensification of a split in the Jewish community in Britain between those more aware of the damage Israel does and whose conscience causes them to voice concern, and those who simply do not care and participate in a tragic denigration of members if their own "community" and support the unacceptable violence perpetrated against Palestinians. This sets an atrocious example. Labour's involvement in such matters does no good with its "leadership" turning a blind eye to this overt discrimination against part of the Jewish community and to the rising tide of antisemitism in this country. Most non-Jewish constituents in this country have no problem with the "type of Jew" being rejected by the Labour party but many are increasingly concerned with those who behave abominably in the harsh and unacceptable treatment of their fellow Jews; and yet they have no shame. This decadence is a very serious question offending the principles of religious unity and our secular constitution. This promotion of a divide and rule action of discriminating against sections of the Jewish community, by a Bitish political party, is worse than antisemitic. Naturally, our cowardly corporate free press have not called attention to this savagery considering it to be acceptable. The reality is that Jeremy Corbyn never participated in the cancel-culture that has since enveloped the Labour party. No one doibts that he would have taken a principled stand against such discrimination. But ethics is an alien concept for the fanatics who manipulated events to remove him with the help of the media. This intolerable behaviour needs to be rejected by the constituents of this country.

This week's Renegade Inc throws a lot more light on the Gig economy, both in terms of its scale and its negative impacts on those employed in this labyrinth of large, so-called, "platform-economy" companies. Ross Ashcrof interviews Shannon Walsh to discuss her new film, "The Gig Is Up".

Ashcroft quotes the Federal reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's remarks concerning the optimum conditions for workers as being a "healthy economy" owing its success to growing worker insecurity. The implication being that if workers are in a precarious economic situation they are not going to make demands which might compromise their situation, even when facing falling wages. This unfortunately, Shannon Walsh makes clear, is the operational model of the expanding Gig economy.

To access this excellent show, click on the image on the left. For a short trailer of Shannon Walsh's film click on the image on the right.

Scratch ratio: A scratch ratio is the percentage of a group with a specific opinion on a topic who sign petitions. It is calculated by comparing the number of signatures in the petition to the number of that opinion gathered from survey and polling data in the general population.

Analysis so far: This is already a very significant result for this petition because the conservative estimated size of the constituency represented by the number of signatures already exceeds the sum total of all of the majorities won by ALL parties in the last General Election.

Confirmation: Separate polls suggest that around 20 million constituents are strongly against Blair obtaining a knighthood.

The Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has called for all former prime ministers to be knighted with the highest possible ranking, just as Tony Blair was in the New Year’s Honours. His absurd Liliputian logic is that being a PM is "one of the toughest jobs in the world". This is a ridiculous position given that after 20 elections over the last 50 years the Conservatives and Labour governments have jointly undermined the British economy by maintaining monetarism ever since Denis Healey abandoned Keynesianism in 1975. These governments and their assorted Prime Ministers have not served the country well. Besides Blair leading us into a campaign in Iraq on false pretences resulting in the murder of around 1 million people, Cameron, also on false pretences, led us into the Libyan fiasco which turned the richest country in Africa into a failed state and the introduction of slave markets. This initiated the economic migrant, asylum seeker crisis combined with migrants from the Middle East following our support of the Syrian invasion. In all cases our governments contributed to the spread of terrorism across the Middle East and Africa and across into Europe and the UK. Many servicemen lost their lives on the basis of dishonest and poorly informed leaders supporting an "alliance" that sees warfare and murder, such as that in Afghanistan and Yemen, as being good for business and party coffers. No "leadership" should be honoured without recognizable accomplishments that have benefited the wellbeing of the constituents of this country. "Defending our liberty" at the cost of a million deaths of innocent foreigners can only be ranked as an accomplishment by psychopaths.

A petition was initiated on the Gov Petitions web page to request the removal of this award from Tony Blair. However, by the time 10,000 signatures had been registered it was prematurely rejected by the government reflecting a complete lack of interest in the free expression of preferences by the constituents of the United Kingdom by stating petitions cannot be run on this type of honour or appointments since these are decided by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat in the Cabinet Office and this advice passed on to the Queen. This is simply stating that the voters should not be allowed to pass an opinion on what they consider to be inappropriate decisions by the Cabinet Office. This step would appear to have been to avoid embarrassment of those in the Secretariat concerned. The arrogance of this cancellation is somewhat typical of this government and reminiscent of decisions taken by the Soviet Politburo to terminate anything that might disseminate the free expression of the people of this country.

Another petition was started on the Change.org site. Within day three of its launch this new petition had already gathered over 500,000 signatures, approaching the highest respose to a petition on the site. On Friday, 7th January, just a weeks since its launch, the number of signatures surpassed 1 million. Based on an average petition scratch ratio in a campaignless petition of 7%, the 1 million signatures would represent the opinion of at least 14 million constituents. A YouGov poll arrived at a quicker result and estimated that around 20 million people strongly dispprove of Blair receiving a knighthood (see the box on the left). Given that the total electoral turn out in the last general election was 33 million this is an astounding result. If more signatures are added to the petition it is likely to result in a similar estimate. Clearly the very bad advice of the Honours and Appointments Secretariat in the Cabinet Office has dragged the image of the Queen, on this particular topic, into a highly compromised situation.

Anyone interested in adding their signature to this petition can do so by clicking on the change.org button on the right. For clarity, APEurope Group and CybaCity.com have no association with Change.org and this link is provided as a public service in support what we consider to be a valid expression of preference by the constituents of this country. Whereas the government is not concerned with voter's opinions, we take them seriously.

This week headlines have proclaimed, "David Lammy apologises for nominating Jeremy Corbyn to be Labour leader" and the like. This declaration was made to a Jewish gathering as a step towards drawing a line under Labour's "success" in vanquishing "antisemitism". This theatre comes after a vicious coordinated completely undemocratic attack on Corbyn promoted by the government of Israel and supported by fanatics in the Labour party bent of resuscitating Blairism. Labour under Blair supported a campaign leading to the deaths of close to a million people in Iraq alone. The rump of this disgraced government, the Neobs (Neo-Blairites) manipulated so-called antisemitic complaints by stonewalling and doing nothing to respond to the few that appeared so as to create an image of the Labour party not taking antisemitism seriously. Their manipulations were designed to make Corbyn appear to be supporting this corruption. Corbyn has a management style of delegating in good faith but the people concerned were not to be trusted. This does not reflect badly on Corbyn, it reflects badly on the dishonesty of those involved and who have the arrogance to aspire to high office in this country. The theatre of some leading Jews being welcomed back into the Labour party by Starmer, is all part of this act. Labour has always had a lower antisemitism streak than the UK population as a whole. However, it would seem antisemitism is rising amongst the population as a result of the extremes the Israeli government is going to in continuing its, now over 70 years of, dispossession of the people of Palestine in their own land. But Labour under Starmer whole-heatedly considers criticism of Israel's violent occupation as antisemitism. The hypocrisy is astounding. David Lamy once appeared to be a substantial representative of a minority of citizens in this country but his shabby rejection of Corbyn is a disgrace. It simply confirms that he and the Neob faction were eventually willing to undermine the results of an open and fair election. For many, Lamy's obsequious groveling before a Jewish gathering insults the constituents of this country and, indeed, Judaism, by sullying the image of this community by associating it with Labour party corruption and the support of a brazen interference by an alien state in British politics in an open and well-publicized fashion. This undermines Starmer's claims to be patriotic; to whom? Antisemitism has been moulded into a weapon by Israel as the leading exponent of cancel culture. But Lamy did not need this. He just canceled himself with this bizarre act of a self-inflicted political hari kiri, he has imploded and disappeared.

In the meantime the non-mainstream press and media have witnessed a wave of support for Jeremy Corbyn in response to Lamy's absurd antics and statements. Corbyn still has the support of millions of UK constituents, in fact his support appears to be growing, while Labour stumbles sideways under an increasing control of a tiny souless clique who should never be allowed to gain power; they cannot be trusted and they are disloyal.

The British Strategic Review (BSR) contents list has recently been updated as a result of a reconfiguration of Section 8. The Review analyses the impact of monetarism on the British economy, identifies the gaps in monetarism's theories and proposes solutions to regain sustainable economic growth. Now very near completion we expect it to be released within the next couple of weeks (mid-January, 2022).

In a morning mid-week seminar for the APE Correspondents' Pool, Hector McNeill, the coordinator of SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab and heading the editorial committee of the British Strategic Review (BSR), stated that, "UK policy-makers need to become more concerned with the mechanics of how companies, like Lidl, can lower or maintain their unit prices for consumers while succeeding in paying their work force higher wages than the competition". He emphasized the word "mechanics" as the critical factor. Higher wages translate into higher potential consumption or demand. The mechanics element is advances in human capabilities through learning and raised productivity through the rational selection of technologies and refinement in their use through adjustments in the techniques applied. Monetarism's failure to provide incentives to encourage this transition has resulted in a 50 year decline. Policy continues to attempt to raise potential consumption or demand by injecting more money into the economy based on debt. This never created real economic growth. The policy-induced destruction of UK industry and manufacturing has resulted a UK trade balance of -$12 billion, while Germany enjoys a trade balance of +$87 billion (OECD-Q2 2021). Germany's average per capita income is higher $52,000 against UK’s $42,000; they pay higher wages, and have a positive balance of payments and remain in the EU. The USA apply the same monetarist paradign as the UK has a trade balance of -$190 billion while China has a trade balance of +$55 billion. The BSR, out around the end of this month, explains how this happened and how to resolve this issue.

The current European and UK energy price crisis is a direct result of our craven and obsequious obeying of dictates from the USA. We have paid a heavy price for supporting US sanctions against Russia leading to an undermining of real incomes of wage-earners and breaking of COP26 pledges. The current gas crisis is blamed on Russia but the opening up of the North Stream 2 pipeline has been delayed now by various sanctions imposed by the US and supported by our government attempting as a result of cash-diplomacy from the US to slow down Germany receiving this gas. Commercial energy brokerage agents are having a field day gaining massive commissions. Already, because of gas price increases, the UK "fuel allowance", paid to older people, has already been spent before winter; many could perish as a result of inability to pay energy bills. This incompetence has resulted in coal being opened up across the world to compensate for the high gas prices imposed on our constituents by political irresponsibility in supporting a so-called "alliance" which is causing a widespread undermining of COP26 objectives. In the meantime, this US strategy has succeeded in forcing UK/European gas prices above the already expensive US Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from the US and elsewhere as a strategy to impose this product on Britain. Does this government really have any concerns at all about British consumers? In the meantime the USA and our own government are "warning" Russia not to use gas as a political weapon, which Russia, including in former Soviet times, never did. However the US market manipulations, with the support of the UK government, are using gas as a political weapon which is harming the constituency and economy of the UK.

A simple fact that is often obscured in the left-right arguments concerning economic policy is that if all constituents had enough income there would be less of a need for many of the social provisions of government. By avoiding economic policies that increase differences in income levels, it is possible to lay a foundation to achieve this more ideal state. Often the left-right argument boils down to the left wishing to assist those with the most current dire social needs while the right emphasize growth and prosperity to promote a rise in the general level of incomes. It is as if the two sides consider their positions to exclude those of the opposition. The British Strategic Review (BSR), to be released end of this month, covers the key policy developments since 1929. Following a remarkable period of recovery both in the UK and the USA between 1945 to 1965 things took an unfortunate turn with the blackmail of OPEC Arab nations in raising the price of oil something like seven-fold within a decade starting in 1973. Paradoxically those seeking a military solution were dissuaded through, largely Saudi Arabian cash-diplomacy, initially proposed and fine-tuned by IMF and then taken up by private sector interests to benefit political leaders, their parties and governments in the West as well as the financial and military-industrial complex based on recycled petrodollars. Those involved became less concerned with rising petroleum prices. A wealthy business-political faction who benefited from this behaviour grew in wealth and power while the majority of wage-earners, worldwide, initiated a long term decline in relative incomes. Largely arising from an IMF initiative to provide petrodollar finance for low income countries to purchase every-more expensive petroleum, the evil of slumpflation continued well into the 1990s and the regimes of Reagan, Thatcher and Clinton leading to further deregulation of the financial sector, acceleration of financialization and increasing rate of increase in income disparity worldwide.

Denis Healey, supported by the IMF initiated the UK's embarkation into monetarism. Gordon Brown made the Bank of England independent and he later embarked on quantitative easing as a "solution" to financial sector excesses. The combination of an irresponsible decision by Labor in 1976 to take up monetarism and the extension of that policy and intensification of financialization by the Conservatives was followed by an irresponsible decision by Labour in 2008 to embark on a temporary quantitative easing and extended by 12 years by the Conservatives to intensify austerity and the running down public services. These disastrous Labour-Conservative combos have exacerbated income disparity and investment in the real economy. Bank of England "independence" has been used by the Conservatives to distance any effective Parliamentary oversight of monetary policy, including quantitative easing.

At an APE Corrrespondents' Pool briefing on the recent Monetary Policy Committee decision to raise interest rates to 0.25% was reviewed. While holding off on implementating this decision to observe the likely impacts of Omnicron, it is worth pointing out that the rising inflation is a direct result of the Bank of England's prolonged imposition (12 years) of quantitative easing (QE). In particular the flow of QE funds into land, real estate and commodity futures driving up prices by between 20%-40% and which are now leaking into supply side costs in the form of prices and rents of houses, offices, commercial premises, industrial and warehouse units and other logistics infrastructures creating a structural cost-push inflation. This same process is contributing to the commodity and energy price crisis. One of the recent providers of evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee, referred to quantiative easing as a policy without a theory. This is correct. The drain of resources, lack of investment and fall in real wages is because the theoretical model used by monetarists to predict inflation under QE does not contain the long list of variables that represent the many different classes of assets that have undergone rapid inflation as a direct result of QE and drained funds from the supply side investment. As stated, "quantiative easing is a policy without a theory". A O.25% interest rate would have no impact on this cost-push inflation but could unravel (crash) some private debt situations.

The latest episode of Going Underground, speaks to the former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters. He discusses attempts to prosecute Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz for war crimes against Palestinians, his classification of Israel as a "terrorist, apartheid, racist, colonialist regime," the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the persecution of Jeremy Corbyn by Israel and Keir Starmer's destruction of the Labour party, Julian Assange being subjected to a travesty of justice, and Steven Donziger, and much more...

The persecution of Christians in Israeli Jerusalem has risen to intolerable levels resulting the joint Christian churches complaining openly about this menace. The Palestinians have suffered this type of treatment for over 73 years and now the attention of the same groups, bent on the dispossession of people adhering to different religions by intimidation is in train. Many of the Palestininan Christians are descended from families who inhabited the Holy Land at the time of Jesus.

We have the honourable duty of calling attention to such unethical and brutal behaviour to call attention to the mistreatment of people who practice other religions, including the Christian community, in Israel.

We have posted the complaint and appeal made by the Patriachs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem on the left.

The outcome of the North Shropshire by-election was predictable for the Conservatives but it also demonstrated that Labour was given scant attention by the voters in its emerging Neob Conservative Light reformulation under Keir Starmer. It is normal for the Liberal Democrats (LDs), or the Greens, to pick up protest votes but a more strategic approach pursued by the Liberal Democrats could help them hang on to those votes and in fact increase them nationally by the time of the next General Election. There are something like 160 Conservative and Labour MPs whose "majorities" are so thin they could easily lose their seats by just a quarter of the swing the SD's achieved yesterday.

Labour's Neob transformation towards the same conventional macroeconomic theory and derived policies applied by the Conservatives only reduces any fundamental difference between the two parties;the electorate will end up with no clear options. However, it is this off-hand macroeconomic paradigm and confused Bank of England decisions that are continuing to be the source of most economic and social woes in our country. Neither of these parties has presented convincing "ways out" of our current crisis.

A member of APEurope Correspondents' Pool who has attended most British Strategic Review analysis sessions, has informed us that the current scenario was foreseen. The Liberal Democrats have an excellent local constituency operation and have an acceptable ethical image relatively free from the levels of dishonesty submerging the Conservatives or the enduring and acrid stench emanating from the purposeful fabrication of the extent of antisemitism in the Labour party by Neobs, aimed solely at framing Jeremy Corbyn to the satisfaction of Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign against Jeremy Corbyn for his lifelong support of the Palestinian cause. However, the LD's main current weakness is the lack a clearly alternative macroeconomic policy framework offering a practical solution to the current economic woes. The LD's prospects could be greatly enhances by coming up with better macroeconomic solutions to the lack of solutions that characterize Conservatives and Labour parties.

The Q4 edition, of the British Strategic Review, entitled, "Monetarism & the Real Ecomnomy" sets out the evidence and logic of why conventional policies are no longer effective and it also provides both theoretical and policy propositions for an alternative solution. This might provide Ed Davey, the leader of the Social Democrats and who has degrees in economics, with an "oven-ready" and important optional policy framework ready for the next General Election in May 2024.

This week's Alex Salmond show reviews the declining prospects of the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party. Alex Salmond interviews Peter Oborne and Baroness Claire Fox concerning Boris Johnson and the Conservative party. Their prognoses are quite bleak for both. To access this video show, click on the image on the right. It seems that, if the Conservative party considers itself to have a future, Boris Johnson needs to go, preferably sooner than later. The problem is who can lead the party. Much quoted Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are mentioned but they are both complete light weights. Peter Oborne pointed to Jeremy Hunt and David Davis as possible contenders.

From the constitutional standpoint, the APE Correspondents' Pool find that Davis' understanding and past stance on a range of negative impacts of many constitutional provisions makes him by far the best qualified. Emerging from these exchanges, the Labour party does not come off well which under Keir Starmer has faded into the background from which Jeremy Corbyn had extracted it only to be unjustifiably attacked with untrue accusations by Pro-Israeli government fanatics and co-ordinated with its own Neob (Neo-Blairite) membership to destroy the future of Corbyn and the party as this Neob minority has reasserted their influence over Starmer. Claire Fox does express the hope that new more representative parties will emerge from this current morass.

The constant ramping up of tensions in Europe is a characteristic of a worn out strategy to justify NATO and enable the USA military hardware manufacturers to sustain their turnover. The current tension being built up in the media and in US and UK government declarations and dire warnings need to be viewed from this standpoint. The Ukrainian crisis is a domestic civil war arising from a CIA-provoked coup in the Ukraine in 2014. This included the Maidan massacre in Kiev where protesters and police during were both shot on February 20, 2014 by agents designed to create a series of controlled events the main one to overthrow of the Ukrainian government and start a civil war in Dombas. The war started because of the excesses of Neo-Nazi militia from the West of Ukraine murdering Russian-speaking civilians. Most Russian-speaking Ukrainians have dual citizenship and have relatives in Russia. As a result the mainly Russian-speaking Dombas began to organize to protect its Russian-speaking population. Regular Ukrainian troops refused to attack Russian-speaking Ukrainians but the US military and CIA began to consolidate the Neo-Nazi militia through the provision of training and arms. Since the extreme elements in the new government clearly aimed at genocide of Russian speakers many volunteers came from Russia to help the Dombas. The highest concentrations of Russian-speakers in the Ukraine are in the Dombas Southern Eastern region, on the Russian border, and the Crimea where the Russian fleet has a major naval centre in Sevastopol. The build up of largely covert military support by the USA presented two major challenges for Russia. One was the question protecting Russian-speakers many of whom had joint Ukrainian-Russian citizenship and secondly to protect Russian naval assets in Crimea. The somewhat disorganized Ukrainian forces were attempting to reach Crimea and since this was a US-inspired unconstitutional coup followed by an attempt at State Department-inspired proxy military action including targeted genocide, it is self-evident that Russia needed to take defensive action. The main step taken was to annex Crimea following a referendum of the Crimean population. This permitted Russia to protect both their naval assets and the people of Crimea from genocide. This short leader has not been issued to side with Russia but rather to clarify how the Ukrainian "crisis" came about. This ongoing civil war has entered its seventh year, with no end in sight. By mid-February 2020, the death toll had climbed to almost 14,000, with more than 30,000 people injured. Ukraine is now home to almost 1.5 million registered internally displaced persons (IDPs), the ninth-largest number in the world. The economic impact, measured in lost output and trade, and destroyed or damaged assets, almost certainly runs into tens of billions of dollars.

The West's cynical talk of "freedom" of the people of Ukraine and the threat of a "Russian invasion" need to be placed into the context of the violent invasion-by-proxy by the USA coordinated to the US State Department which gave rise to this unstable situation and virtually destroyed the Ukrainian economy.

Also the threats to further sanction the NorthStream2 gas pipeline, like the prejudice imposed on Europe through agreeing to US sanctions against Russia following the Crimean annexation, only prejudice the European economy. But in all of these strategies the USA does not show any practical interest at all in the plight of European wage-earners but maintains tensions in order to benefit America. This highly insecure "security strategy" is supported proactively by the British government as recently expressed by the Foreign Secretary; all of this is misguided. It is not in our national interest to support the sorts of underhand assassinations and murderous acts carried out in Ukraine while much of the population remain in danger of genocide at the hands of a government supported by the West and to idly talk about reacting to Russian "invasions" while ignoring the fact there is an unacceptable state of affairs maintained in tension by the West. Russia has supported the Minsk Agreements along with France, Germany and after 7 years the Ukrainian government still refuses to provide autonomy for the affected regions agreed to under the Agreement.

At a short SEEL presentation to the APE Correspondents' Pool the role of the IMF in initiating the ramping up the financialization of the world economy in a crucial period between 1973 and 1977 was reviewed. Following the 1971 decision by Nixon to abandon the Gold Standard, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lost its role. Many assumed it would be closed down. However, its prospects changed with a reshaping of the international finance paradigm centred on decisions taken by Murshid Karimbakhsh a member of the Sufi Islamic sect who happened to be the Managing Director of the IMF. Murshid is better known to economists as Hendrikus Johannes "Johan" Witteveen (1921-2019) a Dutch economist. As IMF Managing Director, Witteveen had the habit of handling negotiations personally; decisions taken rested with him. With the 1973 international petroleum price crisis Nixon and Ford wanted the IMF to criticize the largely Islamic OPEC members for applying blackmail against countries who supported Israel in the ongoing warfare. Witteveen agreed with the petroleum exporters, whose income had increased enormously, for them to lend IMF funds so as to permit the IMF to lend on to lower income countries to support the purchase of petroleum in a regime of constantly rising prices. IMF interests aside, Witteveen's strategy resulted in the largely Islamic petroleum exporters being able to continue to raise prices and prejudice world economies while seducing the "West" by recycling the excess dollars through institutions close to, or supporting leading politicians and parties, so as to avoid the likelihood of military interventions in the petroleum exporting countries. This "recycling" took off within the private banking system following the IMF example. Western politicians and corporate media publicised Witteveen's decisions in terms of him being the "saviour of world trade" to providing vital "survival assistance" to lower income countries. The reality was, however, that such decisions resulted in the USA and UK with substantial financial service sectors becoming rapidly aligned with the managers of expanding and increasingly respectble Middle Eastern "Sovereign Wealth Funds" and a perilous growth in political party funding to gain influence of national policies. The additional reality was that this removed much of the pressure on exporters to lower prices. As a result the slumpflation crisis, which appeared in 1973, continued to prejudice wage-earners well into the early 1990s. The outcome was increasing debt for low income countries through the IMF, the World Bank and private bank operations all closely linked to the recycling of petroleum dollars. As a result, the development of essential petroleum-substitution technologies was pushed into the background in place of "financial performance" for some 50 years. This created a new role for central banks the world over creating a new constituency in control of national macroeconomic policies and in support of the IMF.

In 1976, the Labour government, through a misguided Chancellor Denis Healey, applied for an IMF loan because of the plummeting balance of payments crisis. Healey had already abandoned wage and productivity agreements and Keynesianism. However, Witteveen insisted on conditions imposing yet more severe austerity. This initiated the UKs long drift into increasing financialization of the economy, declining supply side investment, falling productivity and real wages. Because this loan structure had been accepted by Britain this gave Witteveen and the IMF the misguided confidence to repeat this model repetitively on a world wide basis.

This new paradigm of seeing the balance of payments as a purely monetary phenomenon as opposed to one linked to selective supply side investment and productivity led to the publication of the book, "The Monetary Approach to the Balance of Payments" by the IMF in 1977, with a Forward by Witteveen. This excruciatingly theoretical work, with little relation to the real economy, attempted to add an academic gloss to what started out as an overtly political decision favouring the interests of petroleum exporters to the detriment of the wage-earning constituents in importing countries. However, in terms of economic policy the book is stark evidence of the shallowness of the decision making processes that continue to shape decisions in international finance raising the levels of debt in a world which has remained with an unresolved energy crisis for over 45 years.

The amateurish, parochial, unworldly nature of those in command of governance and policy decisions has seriously eroded the stature and image of Britain as a serious independent country. The tragic outcome of people whose upbringing causes them to consider politics to be about leadership as opposed to public service has resulted in a worrying rise and projection of individuals with doubtful competence. Such people confuse leadership with status and the power of patronage of servile party clerics branded as Secretaries of State or Minsters, all of whom show an embarrassing delight at receiving, what they consider to be status and salary breaks as opposed to reflecting on the onerous nature of the job serving the national population. In this unseemly arrangement, leadership fails to reflect the enormity of the challenges facing our country and the global population. Party politics trumps all. It even trumps national governance. As a result we have no responsive national leadership.

Concerning the so-called "levelling up" we are still waiting, some 5 years following the BREXIT referendum in 2016, to obtain sight of any serious decision analysis on options, plans and policy options for levelling-up. In the meantime quantitative easing has eroded public services, supply side productive investment, it has stalled productivity and depressed real incomes and exacerbated the housing crisis. Such a macroeconomic policy is no foundation to levelling up. The government needs to identify a sound alternative. It is doubtful that the individual charged with "levelling-up" and "housing" will come up with anything to meet this challenge because he would have to challenge the Bank of England's policy, the financial sector and the interests of the main party benefactors.

The chaotic incompetence of the Afghani exit was caused by concern over the unexpected rapid "take over" of the country by the Taliban, when "alliance" troops withdrew from the country. In any normal strategic analysis of outcome options, what occurred would have been set as the expected scenario in order to ensure a timely comprehensive response. But no, the alarming open admission by intelligence officials was that "no one expected" the Taliban to advance so quickly. This is completely ridiculous. This only confirmed the parochial incompetence of our "intelligence" services where the public image of the all-think-alike-and-state-alike Five-Eyes system has been severely dented. The knock on effect of this disaster showed up in the degree to which ministers and civil servants relied on invalid intelligence resulting in a failure to prepare for this event. As the allied departure drew nigh, at a date known the months before, no one should have been on "holiday". Chaos and avoidable deaths occurred as a result. The trail of deaths of our military personnel on unnecessary wars remains a topic requiring an investigation and criminal prosecutions of people with the affront to generate dodgy "intelligence" dossiers to commit our military to pointless interventions on the basis of the equivalent to "false flag" misrepresentations. Pointless, because none of them has improved our state of security. The prize of our military alliance's interventions has been millions of dead civilians in the countries invaded. But such potentially embarrassing detail remains out of sight and therefore, out of mind, with the dutiful assistance of our corporate media. But no, the image of the party and power is all that such tragic figures see. This searing incompetence and fixation on personal status and party power is so extreme that the vital issues affecting the majority of the constituents in this country, let alone those in countries we have invaded, remain out of mind. This country faces a crisis of government competence.

The majority of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are part of the collateral damage created by our country's military escapades that have devastated many countries in the Middle East. Many of those who remained, over a million people, are corpses. They remained uncounted by our military whose alliance contributed to their death. The government, in wishing to turn fleeing families back, has created a market for people smugglers whom they now blame for the transport of far fewer people than are ending up in other European countries. The reality is that the government does not wish to adhere to International Law; their creation of difficulties for such people smacks of a visceral racism. Priti Patel has expressed concern for the safety of migrant families largely because they are alive, we can, to some degree, see them on the media. It is notable that she and the government have expressed no regrets for previous our actions that led directly loss of life and devastation creating forced migration. She has been a strong supporter of Israel's continued deepening violent occupation of Palestine which has remained the key historic cause of the Middle Eastern turmoil. She is actively assisting Israel's intent to prevent exposure of its violence by proscribing the main political party in Gaza and making no comment on Israel's recent classification of leading well-known quality NGOs as terrorist organizations. Israel's objective is to minimize the size community recording and reporting in their atrocities. The troublesome aspect is the degree to which both the Conservatives and Labour helped create this shameful legacy but avoid actions and words that might call attention to the wanton destruction and deaths metered out to over a million individual members of Middle Eastern families. Their principal grubby and amoral interest is to "protect the image" of their tiny private parties. This dreadful legacy imposed on the people of th Middle East has a serious collateral damage for the constituents of this country. This is the decline in the moral standing of our governments and their contribution to widspread deaths and in their ongoing asphyxiation of truth, peace and justice.

As usual, Afshin Rattansi's latest edition of Going Underground does a better job than mainstream media, so-called, by interviewing leading Special Rapporteurs on migrants and Israel's occupation of Palestine. To access the programme click on the image on the right.

The poor transparency of the recent Bank of England's evidence, concerning quantitative easing, given at the Lords Economic Affairs Committee contributed to the Committee naming of their report, "Quantitative easing: a dangerous addiction?".

This, together with the forthcoming BSR report, seriously questions the value of the Bank's independent status.

This weekend (27/28 November, 2021) the Agence Presse Européenne Correspondents' Pool was addressed by the editorial of the British Strategic Review (BSR). The next edition is entitled "Monetarism and the Real Economy". Although not revealing too much, what was revealed is somewhat earth-shattering. A major confusion exists in the discussion surrounding inflation. Inflation in assets favours those who deal in and receive their incomes from the proceeds of asset transactions or indeed in the form of financial assets such as share options. Inflation in the prices of goods and services is bad for wage-earners, most of whom do not receive any of the proceeds from asset transactions. This results in those dealing in assets to have diametrically opposed interests to wage-earners, the majority of the constituency of the United Kingdom.

The worrisome part is the role of the Bank of England (BoE) in supporting a prolonged period of quantitative easing (QE) in the knowledge that this was augmenting inflation in asset markets and befitting a minority of constituents. At the same time this diverted needed funds away from productive investment. The aggregate demand model, the darling of Keynesians and monetarists, has become inoperable. This is because monetary decisions are justified and "fine tuned" applying the Quantity Theory of Money (QTM). However, QE has rendered the QTM inoperable because QE brought variables that do not exist in the QTM, into dominance in determining the outcomes of QE. The BoE has yet to catch up on this simple fact. The QTM only refers to the prices of goods and services but does not include the asset prices for land, real estate including housing, offices, retail and industrial units and other infrastructure, precious metals, commodities used as asset positions, financial assets including shares and rare art objects, nor does it include outflows of funds to offshore assets and investment. In other words all of the areas that have absorbed the majority of QE funds did not feature in monetary policy planning. This massive flow of QE funds into assets has diverted funds from essential supply side investment necessary for higher productivity production and facilitaing the payment of higher wages. As a result the BoE policies atomized the real growth of our economy supporting the government's ideological drive for austerity and directly prejudicing wage-earners. The constant asset price rises have impacted supply side input costs through rises in the prices and rentals of premises. QE has created a cost-push inflationary pressure, a cost of living and a widening housing crisis.

This was the last BSR update before publication at the end of December 2021. The BSR editorial confirmed that the report will present the evidence supporting these statements.

In the latest edition of Going Underground Afshin Rattansi interviews Alfred de Zayas covering the scopes of his book, "Building a Just World Order". Based on first hand experience in this field de Zayas is able to summarize in less than half an hour a range of leading problems facing the global constituency. He makes the fundamental requirement for constituents as being the full truth. Our corporate media use selective omissions of facts to misrepresent and rob constituents of essential information. An important term of interest to British constituents under the current regime is "Lawfare" the corrupt use of ad hoc law manipulation to corrupt a range of constitutional provisions to achieve ideological and often violent objectives. The "Right to Protect" clauses are used to exercise regime change and destruction of countries under the guise of "humanitarian intervention". He points out how misrepresentation in the media and wrong priorities destroy the concept of "..trade being human rights in practice" and the extent by which many years of sanctions by the USA and collaborators [such as UK governments] have ruined and continue to prejudice the livelihoods of millions of innocents.

Both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer addressed a CBI meeting this week. In the first the attendees learned something about Peppa Pig and in the second that Labour wishes to support business. The problem is that the Conservatives have no policy for levelling-up and Labour is aspiring to emulate the Conservatives by singing from the same economic theory song book. Neither, in reality, presents a transparent alternative pathway towards sustainable growth. Labour tried this tactic before. The conversion of Blair and Brown to the same economic theories as the Conservatives, only intensified financialization undermining NHS viability. Gordon Brown's introduction of quantitative easing, which the recent BBC documentary series considered to be a "revolution", only intensified the hollowing out of industry and falling real wages.

At a dinner in Hampshire in late 2002 Margaret Thatcher was asked by a guest what her greatest achievement was. She replied, "Tony Blair and New Labour. We forced our opponents to change their minds."

Clearly Starmer's tutelage by remaining Neobs (Neo-Blairites) encouraging him to tread the same path as Blair and Brown will only repeat their disaster by providing the electorate with no relevant alternatives. As leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn provided John McDonnell with a free reign to explore alternative economic policies in costed form over the period 2015-2020. This was a transparent open process involving a wide range of leading international policy and economics experts; for many this was an inspiring effort. Unfortunately the Neobs were the instigators of the go slow in anti-semitic case resolutions and feeding the media to create a fabricated crisis. This dishonest manipulation of public opinion undermined Corbyn. However, given the state of the economy and policy-making on the hoof, it is becoming a matter of extreme concern that this sort of initiative is clearly lacking in the current Conservative and Labour camps.

In the BBC Question Time on Thursday, 25th November, one question referred to the people drowning in the Channel. The fundamental cause of the plight of these people having to flee from their countries as a result of the death and destruction wrought in several Middle Eastern countries by a military alliance of which the UK is a leading member, was not mentioned by anyone on the panel. A single member of the audience raised this question but there was no panel response.

In his evidence to Parliamentary Committees, Dominic Cummings pointed out the levels of incompetence surrounding decision making in the government. Since they got rid of him, it is notable that the number of more visible cock ups has increased with several U-turns with this latest care vote being the next likely contender. The fact that many Conservative MPs voted for this Bill without having had the opportunity to review a preparatory analysis of options and associated impacts, is a disgrace and a reflection of the slapdash amateurish approach this government has on issues which are highly sensitive to the majority of the constituents of this country. This is yet another example of the ingrained preference of the government and Conservative party MPs to ignore basic standards in public life. The weakest link, contrary to the evolving consensus and discussions, is the deficient economic analysis served up by the static zero-sum national accounts approach by the Chancellor and those in the Treasury and Bank of England bubble. This TINA joy ride is ruining the prospects of this country because policy propositions are so inept.

The only thing the current government appears to "understand" is assets. The latest, poorly-explained cap on care costs linked to a means test including the value of a family's house is a typical example. Those in the so-called Red-wall regions and those who have just been informed that HS2 will not serve them are damned to have their accumulated assets being stripped away while those in the rest of Britain suffer less. This is hardly a levelling up agenda. This government needs to apply far more imagination and serious analysis to identify alternatives that are fairer. This approach of cannibalizing assets is no different from asset stripping to avoid having to introduce more permanently-based social care system that is economically viable. This appears to be a challenge beyond the intellectual capacity and understanding of economics of this government. QE resulted in close-to-zero interest rates, robbing wage-earners of the ability to save for their futures. As usual, the policy bias continues to be a shabby and prejudicial treatment of the interests of the majority of the wage-earning constituency of this country.

The countries where "our alliance" has inflicted economic harm and death include Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran and we continue to arm Saudi Arabia carrying out it's bloody campaign in Yemen and Israel carrying out a similar campaign in Gaza. These irresponsible acts have increased the global expansion of Al Quaeda and ISIL. The direct inevitable outcome has been millions of refugees, economic migrants and asylum seekers escaping the terrible conditions we and our "allies" have created.

The rank hypocrisy of the Conservative and Labour Parties on the question of refugees, economic migrants and asylum seekers is their ability to avoid dwelling on the responsibility of their respective governments that willingly collaborated in aggressive economic and murderous campaigns rampaging through countries in the Middle East. Along with our "allies" sanctions, military action and drone strikes killed more than a million innocent men, women and children, completely ruined economic infrastructures and the productive capacities eliminating the economic prospects of millions of remaining and fleeing families. The fundamental lack of concern for humanity on our part in being unable to encourage so-called "allies" to terminate permanent war is lamentable as is the continued export of armaments to delinquent states such as Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The Prime Minister stated that he was "appalled" at migrants drowning in the  Channel for such events are an embarrassment, but no such concern has been expressed concerning the millions of men women and children blow to bits by drone strikes or allied actions causing the people who drowned in the Channel to flee their countries devastated and turned economically unviable by "allied" brutality. There is a need for the people to question the NATO and UK's destruction of the economic prospects of countries in the Middle East, all of which are countries that are "coincidentally" not to the liking of Israel. The strength of the Israeli lobby running roughshod over British democratic procedures can be seen in the recent initiative of the Home Secretary on a foreign policy question of Hamas. Israeli Intel has a good grasp of the profiles of convenient idiots, such as individuals with intense personal ambition. Candidates include those with ethnic or religious minority status in a country where there is an adequate level of prejudice. The resulting mindset in the political domain tends to be individuals with personal points of view that sometimes are exposed in the form of little concern for the less fortunate, prone to domineering and forceful disrespectful relationships with subordinates and favouring extreme forms of punishment. Things almost went wrong when Patel, when serving as Secretary of State for International Development was found to have not followed standards in public life by attempting to hide her repeated secret meetings with leading Israeli politicians and business leaders by classifying this Israel-based activity as a ""family holiday". Because of the possible Intel exposure she was hurriedly removed from this post to allow things to "blow over" but she has maintained the support of the PM. Many consider her to be out of her depth but she clearly serves a purpose as far as the PM is concerned being part of his extreme right guard.

Poland demonstrated its ability to beating down and attack people in the Middle East but that also, when people fled from this brutality, the Polish sense of humanity was revealed in their sending riot squads and military contingents to beat those escaping from this aggression in an unashamed fashion and in the full sight of the world. A glorious example of the humanity of Europeans. Our defective foreign and military policy, which seems to be run from the Home Office, has been marred, not only by the fact we have willingly sent troops to support this Middle-Eastern mayhem but we have also sent British military to assist the Poles in "their border crisis". This crisis is exacerbated by our government's repeatedly irresponsible and inhumane decisions to go to war which have resulted in millions of deaths of innocent men, women and children. Our continued support reflects a serious lack of constructive leadership within the Conservative and Labour parties and the decay in the image of this country on the international stage.

In the beginning...

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In contrast to our political scene dominated by sleaze allegations, corruption and permanent aggression, Jeremy Corbyn had spent time on the world stage addressing the World Peace Conference in Barcelona. In an outstanding speech he called attention to the 70 million refugees who are unable to return to their homes as a result of warfare.

As the nation duly observed the remembrance of the those who perished in wars past, the result of the wars in which we participated since 1945 can be witnessed lapping at our shore in the form of economic migrants and asylum seekers. These people are the price imposed by irresponsible political decisions and failed military and Intel strategies. The tendency to see the resolution of problems through warfare not only results in the needless death of our military personnel but also in the murder of millions of innocent men, women and children, largely in the Middle East. This has, in no way increased our security, it has made things far worse and our continued involvement increases the risks. Tactics deployed have included the deployment of terrorists to help change regimes but this tactic has backfired with terrorist attacks in the UK and France carried out by such Intel "assets". President Obama increased drone attacks which, backed by imperfect intelligence, murdered increasing numbers of innocent families. The military leader who was most effective in getting rid of ISIL was the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani who was assassinated by the US based on Israeli intelligence. Russia also effectively prevented their spread in Syria, thwarting the West's regime change objectives. Since this intervention, Russia has become the object of blame for everything from Trump's election, cyber attacks, invasion of Ukraine, energy prices, and now, the migrant crisis. Rather than spend time insisting on demonizing leaders of other countries, our own politicians need demonstrate some leadership by demonstrating a practical concern with the sanctity, value and rhythm of life of the people in this country and, by extension, people in all other countries. Until they do this our general state of security will continue to decline.

The UK's tendency to follow the USA's aggressive foreign and Intel strategic policies and tactics resulted in millions of refugees tracking their way to our shores. Much of the Middle Eastern "policy" has led to the destruction of countries on a list drawn up by Benjamin Netanyahu when he was based in the US. The aggression inflicted by the State of Israel on Palestinians since 1948 and its continued occupation of Palestine and construction of illegal settlements and refusal to allow Palestinians driven out by Israel to return to their homes, is not held to account. Today, any reference to this excessive aggression is immediately dubbed "antisemitic".

Today, 19/11/2021 in Washington, Priti Patel will state the UK government's intention to proscribe the Palestinian political party Hammas, who hold the majority in the government of Gaza, as a terrorist organization. This will bring satisfaction to the US and only encourage those facing anti-Islamic aggression to intensify their fight. This is because this only provides Israel even more "justification" for its particularly violent military attacks on the people of Gaza. The United Kingdom requires a more independent and productive strategy, under a more mature leadership, to liaise with Hammas on social and economic development issues to agree on projects to help their people and, at the same time, try to encourage Israel to stop destroying development projects through missile attacks. Jewishness, antisemitism has nothing to do with this discussion. The issue is a growing aggressive anti-Islamic apartheid state of Israel which, by extension, is aligning other governments into policies affecting Moslems and a rising aggressive form of anti-Islamism which is a root cause of increasing terrorist attacks including those in the UK. The intent of Israel by imposing this compliance on the UK government is to eliminate public discussion on the resolution of the injustices imposed on Palestinians continued dispossession (the act stealing of property, buildings, land and resources) of the Palestinina people by making it a criminal offense to "appear" to support Hamas. But discussion on this issue, of which Hamas is an unavoidable element, is not geared more towards "support" for Hamas but is rather an identification of what Hamas might do, with Israel's help, to improve the state of affairs of the people of Gaza so as to promote peace and justice through the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes. The goverment's intent, to be expressed by the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, will please the US State Department and the Israeli leadership whose track records indicate no practical interest in assisting the Palestinians. However, from the standpoint of the Palestinians and the security of people in Britain, it reflects an extreme incompetence and irresponsibility.

In order to lobby on behalf of a company does not require an MP to be employed by the beneficiary company. They can benefit from money in cash or in kind, such as a luxurious vacation, to the same effect. An innocent investment by an MP can mysteriously pay back high return. The purchase of shares, at a time indicated can also pay back high dividends, especially in the current quantitative easing environment. The purchase of a house at a low "plan price" using a normal mortgage can reap advantages when "someone" comes along and purchases the house for an elevated price. Companies in specific sectors can organize meetings and get togethers where executives can decide who will win a "competitive tender" and who will get the subcontracts. The politicians overseeing the process, of course, can be "unaware" of such proceedings, will receive their benefits once the tender has been won by the "right" company, in cash or kind. School and college fees are another payment in kind in support of MPs' children or grandchildren. The mechanisms for corruption are many. The best way to tone down this practice is to only permit MPs to serve in a single parliament and then to only return two elections later. During the parliamentary service they should not be permitted to be involved in second employments or tasks. This was one of the devices early written constitutions included to prevent the formation of political parties and the corruption associated with such power centres. Following this procedure would permit them to maintain their professional involvements and standards while not being tempted to sully them while acting as an MP.

At a side event at the SEEL Strategic Report session last week it became clear that the likely strategy of the main petroleum producers and exporters exercise a mild blackmail by raising petroleum prices so as to slow down the immediate economic growth in the countries attempting to introduce the green agenda. This would buy time for petroleum producers to transition. However, such a self-defeating policy will slow down the transition and "agreed timeframes" will never be completed. This is likely to create a suicidal embrace leading to a failure to reduce temperature rises at the required rate.

The government's penchant for scoring repetitive own-goals will come to a climax with the announcement of the cut backs on HS2 as the cherry on the cake made up of a heap of embarrassments. This circus is an affront to the electorate.

Although we can justifiably point to very bad party organization under a leadership that regards all of this as a personal power game, under current circumstances of Covid and climate change this is playing with survival and human lives. In our power-by-proxy political system, a wealthy elite, including financial services, hydrocarbon producers and asset holders, use their financial support of political parties to manipulate policies in their favour. It is this compromised position of the Conservatives which is exposed each time we witness these events that demean the whole notion of "representation". The political party system does not provide an effective basis for serious representation of the majority. This is why the opposition paradoxically support legislations which favours their own prospects when they have to deal with the same benefactors in government. As long as the electorate tolerate this political party system and do not organize to bring about change, the more likely it is that our children and grandchildren will suffer as a direct result of our inaction.

Although working as President of COP 26, on a permanent basis, for less than a year, Alok Sharma was able to coordinate a relatively trouble-free COP 26. This was quite a feat considering the number of nations involved and the need to arrive at a consensus. Certainly Sharma now has a definite presence on the world stage. Domestically his image as a serious, diplomatic and effective politician has been greatly enhanced.

There are still "details" to be worked out concerning delivery and the questions of finance in general, finance for adaptation and the management of the loss and damage issues which are likely to become significant in the next decade and beyond.

The APE Correspondents' Pool will be holding workshops on these topics with the intent of providing propositions on these topics. The justification for this is that the financial services sector and including the international development agencies such as the World Bank, to date, do not have a good project performance record. There is an unacceptable level of project failure linked to poor design, inadequate oversight and weak performance evaluation execution.

The notion that $100 billion/annum is sufficient to support projects to address climate change when all projects need to be sustainable is somewhat odd given that this is less than the current international transfers. Early next year the world population will be 8 billion so $100 billion is equivalent to about $1/person/per month. The existence of $100 trillion is also an odd figure given that it was cited at the Davos meeting as the investment requirement for standard growth with no reference to climate change. It is linked to a 30 year transition period this is around $9/person/month. What has happened is that COP26 was an opportunity to use this as a green wash statement. Oversight and due diligence of investments by the financial services sector is so poor that the project failure rate is around 35% (45% for agriculture) so in real terms these figures drop to $0.65/person/month and $5/person/month. If we then take into account inflation approaching 5% then the $100 billion will be worth $20 billion in 30 years time.

SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab has stated that 60% of the weight of biomass dry matter in forests comes from water molecule atoms reconfigured into a new solid molecular structure. Following deforestation (such as Amazon) the water balance declines and as a result the areas that need to be reforested exceed the areas deforested because of the lower availability of water. A 40% decline in water accessibility resulting from deforestation requires a reforestation of an area at least 160% larger to gain the same level of carbon capture at a far slower rate of growth as the water cycle in re-established. However, it is very unlikely to reach the equilibrium flow that existed within the virgin forest removed. Clearly this has not been thought through.

The blasé attitude towards the high rate of avoidable Covid deaths in the UK continues as a direct result the lackadaisical and irresponsible decision making of this government. Throughout this pandemic amongst the most informative sources of information has been the Alex Salmond Show. The latest Show (11/11/2021) provides a good summary of the state of play on treatments as well the reasons for the continued high death rates. In this Show he interviews Professor Hugh Montgomery of University College London who outlines the new treatments spreading fresh hope in intensive care wards, while Dr. Bharat Pankhania of Exeter University warns about the dangers of relying on vaccination programmes alone and neglecting basic infection-prevention measures. Most of Pankhania's predictions in the past have been correct.

On 8th November, all of the MPs debating last week's disaster concerning the government's bungled attempt to attack parliamentary standards, were very careful not to address the main problem. This is because the prospects of each one, especially Labour and Conservative MPs, depends upon the degree to which they follow the party line in voting. There are those who can claim not to follow the party line while not wishing to admit that parties fund their campaigns to get elected.

The "Standards Debate" was the subject of a recent PWP (Politics without Parties) workshop (morning of 10/11/2021) where is was noted that several MPs during this debate, had somewhat indignantly, claimed that their allegiance was to their constituents, distancing themselves from the unseemly symptoms of their own party machines in action.

However, the workshop participants agreed that the reason MPs have their role of "looking after constituents" is the result of a failure of our system to have devolved many of these functions to local independent agents. This country is considered to have a very poor record of provisions of duty of care for constituents as a result of a lack of:

Local ombud functions: "a designated neutral individual who is appointed or employed by an organization to facilitate the informal resolution of concerns of constituents"

Constituent defender: " a designated lawyer, with no party affiliation, who defends the interests of constituents wishing to appeal against governmental, legal and statutory decisions that have gone against their interests".

It was suggested that these should be established with their numbers depending upon the size of communities (villages, towns and cities) and these should not constitute low fee "aid" but rather the individuals concerned would have the normal salary so as to attract outstanding individuals able to provide a far more expert, efficient and timely service than MPs. MPs, because of overloaded "case files" are extremely inefficient in this function both in terms of the speed of resolution and often their lack of expertise in the specific case subjects.

These proposed services should not incur any payment on the part of constituents but could be paid for out of a neutral community fund, set up for this purpose, and over which local government political party representatives have no influence. In their usual bent, political parties would be likely to oppose such a proposition.

It was further suggested that MPs should concern themselves with improving the relevance of national legislation, albeit coloured by the knowledge of their constituency gaps and needs.

The fact that MPs have problems with their volumes of emails is largely a result of this poor provision of adequate devolved services for constituents.
They cannot separate their current status as MPs from this basic fact. That some Conservative MPs declared they were not under any pressure to vote in any particular way, others, off the record, admitted that they had been. In general, there is no need for pressure simply a realization on the part of an MP that their prospects for survival, especially those in marginal seats, depends upon party machine supporting their election campaigns or deselecting them.

This debate should have been about the corrupt political party machines. The whip system is used to ensure MPs don't vote in ways that undermine the ability of the "senior" ministers to ensure votes go the way party financiers want. Indeed this whole debate, in reality, was about the degree to which the desire of benefactors impact government behaviour. At least some MPs did refer to the contracts-for-chums and the cash-for-peerages scandals which in fact link directly to the mindset of the particular MP around which this scandal circulated. The issue being MPs lobbying for companies who pay them. This issue is fundamentally linked to operation of the political party machines in seeking money and this has nothing to do with MPs who imagine they are elected to represent and serve their constituencies. The party machine does not see it this way. MP numbers are there to gain power for the party and to support the government so the elections serve to legitimize the party in government and which will deliver the electorate to agendas and policies shaped by party benefactors. MPs are, indeed, caught in the middle. However, no matter what wonderful speeches MPs make with all apparent sincerity, they are all sullied by their intimate connextion and dependency on their party machine.

All have witnessed how the main parties are quite ruthless as a result of decisions taken by Johnson and Starmer. They are fixated with party power.

The issue of considerable amounts of money being received by the Conservative party from Russian oligarchs, some of whom gained the money from the corrupt privatization schemes that swept Russia and Eastern Europe after 1989, did not appear to temper the statements of the Conservatives MPs in this debate and whose election campaigns, they should be reminded, were paid for by party money. When the oligarch no longer has a company to contract but is just sitting on a load of cash, then a peerage is a way to provide such people with an undeserved status to participate in legislation of this country. MPs want to claim their only interest is serving their constituents but do not want to admit they are part of a fundamentally corrupt system run by political party interests. There were some impressive speeches and, indeed, there are many MPs who do not need a party machine behind them to get elected. However, few have the courage to try independence.

The Speaker expressed his desire that this debate should be, "...parliament at its best.", but this will always be a vain hope when the speeches and MPs fail to address the elephant in the room, the modes of money seeking by political parties and modes of influence through political parties by factional benefactors. It is these machnes that support all MPs while at the same time serving first and foremost their financial benefactors.

Donations to political parties should be limited to individual donations and capped. If this was the requirement the political parties might attempt to build up their numbers over and above the current pathetic numbers (in total less that 1.2% of the electorate). Similarly MPs should not be allowed to have separate paid employment. £80,000+ is plenty enough and in some cases too much. Additional employment has the problem of possible compromises and temptations this can create. MPs need to be independent of other sources of income and free from pressure of political parties bent on serving their financial benefactors; "politics without parties" would be an excellent solution.

Trying to fix standards of behaviour in a flawed system of representation based on the party system is a waste of time when the Nolan principles already exist but are clearly not applied. This is not something that should be left to MP Committees but rather by a jury made up of constituents who are fed up with the self-obsession of MPs with their own public image.

Our whole electoral system is deeply flawed. This was pointed out by the Power Commission in 2006. This Commission, ably Chaired by Helena Kennedy, completed a detailed analysis of the main shortcomings in our system and made sound proposals for reform. However, the mistake made was to expect the leading political parties to act on what were clearly reasonable proposals in the interests of the electorate. However, political parties have many advantages under the current system under the power-by-proxy structure that favours powerful factions who are party benefactors. So they will not support meaningful change. They probably did not like the Report subheading, "Power to the People". Both the Conservative party and the then Labour government essentially ignored the Power Commission Report. This report is quite long but worth reading. A convenient PWP executive and recommendations summary can be accessed here

Until the political parties become concerned with representing their constituents as opposed to the party line which follows the interests of party financial benefactors we will continue to endure sham sincerity, and show time parliaments and whips who keep it that way.

There is an assumption, promoted by political parties, that they are the solution when it is abundantly clear that they are the problem. As Greta Thunberg observed in relation to the politicians' latest fest, COP26, democracy is something that comes from the people here and now. This is what protests are about. As long as we hand over our future to political parties and their carbon dioxide generating and financial benefactors, there can be no worthy future. This is why serious consideration needs to be given to England's original constitutional proposals which consisted of politics without parties. All should contribute to the shaping of a peaceful transition to that state. This would at least get us to the state of the Power Report's subheading of "Power to the People".

It is more than evident that the politician's habit of making promises to be delivered at a date beyond the duration of their own mandate is, as they say, kicking the can down the road. All political party systems are guilty of this because most are captured by the very corporations who not only fund the political parties but are also the main causes of greenhouse gas emissions. It is very notable that there do not appear to be any plans for immediate tangible action which constituents can actually see. Mostly it is all talk. For example in the UK we keep hearing about a green revolution, levelling up and bulding back better but absolutely no concrete transparent plans. Knowing that things will get difficult and not acting to manage our affairs is highly irresponsible. Coming up with credible solutions appears to be beyond the capacity of this government. Since we are clearly beyond the tipping point such decisions over which political parties have no genuine management control, given the stark predictions, is already bordering on a crimnal act. Already people are dying as a result of flash floods and starvation caused by drought. This behaviour resulting in such political indecision or putting solutions off is to condem more people to death; clearly a criminal act. There is a need for immediate actions to stem this evolution.

The haughty attitude of the clique around Boris Johnson combined with their evident lack of concern for the pubic and international reputation of the country was exposed by the attempt to change politicians' behavioural standards last week. Surprised by the negative public reaction the government reversed its decision. However, this was too late. This move by government only exposed the mindset of these people who only focus on the interests of a prime minister who is their patron and who is intent on seeking revenge against a Standards Committee decision concerning a colleague. This also exposed the unacceptable nature of the party whip system that robs politicians of both their independence and freedom to act in the interests of their constituents rather than a mendacious prime minister. Their groveling and twisted statements to parliament justifying this attempt to change oversight conditions will live with each one. Each now carries an indelible brand of a weakling who is fearful of their patron, an undeserving prime minister. Their main intent was to maintain their income, status and prospects by slavishly supporting the part line. They used parliament to act out a disgraceful parody of the mindset of those who serve at the behest of a tin pot dictator.

It would seem that this government, as a whole, is concerned about the public securing more information as a result of investigations into a range of possible corrupt activities related to jobs-for-the-chums involving £ multi-billion contracts under the shadow of Covid-19. No doubt such companies have made contributions to the Conservative party. The prime minister, it is alleged, wants to get rid of the head of Standards, a person with an outstanding reputation, because there is likely to be an investigation into where he obtained funds for his apartment refurbishment and a lavish holiday. It seems Johnson wishes to live a lavish lifestyle that is not questioned, while he presides over an economy marked by rising income disparity and poverty. After all, Johnson is on the record in declaring that the economic success depends on personal greed. A fitting comparison seems to be with Nero who is said to have "Fiddled while Rome burned". This expression has two meanings: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis. Like the oft repeated scene in Rome, compromised senators tended to get rid of leaders who had cause them discomfort. Therefore, like Rome, many Conservative MPs will be mulling over the value of a rear guard action to salvage their reputations and political future by seeking to get rid of Johnson as the prime minister. Increasing numbers are likely to be realizing that by applying a more ancient Greek solution could bring a breath of fresh air to parliament by cleaning out the overflowing dung washing around this Augean Stable. These politicians are so engrossed in their self-adulation and action they cannot sense the reek or unseemly nature of their behaviour.

One is drawn to the question of the family values, upbringing and education of such individuals; there appears to be a individual status complex that tends to be associated with self-obsession. This can arise from an inferiority complex, very much part of the British "class system", or as part of a more "privileged" upbringing which often includes a distance from family during formative years. This signifies, in some cases, a lack of a practical experience in the benefits of interaction with wider society and, at the extreme, being so egocentric, leading to the irrational belief, in the context of politics, that there is no such thing as society.

In terms of the evolution of such a damaging set of circumstances, it was the Conservative party elected Johnson to be their leader. Their main expressed logic was that "he is an election winner!". However the Conservative party membership only constitute less than 0.25% (one quarter of one percent) of the electorate. This really is tin pot. Their choice reflected a lack of an adequate intellectual critical mass and reflected an intense parochialism. Their self-seeking "vote", oblivious of the likely practical implications for the country, resulted in a government leadership which has overseen a rapid decline in public support and the international reputation of British "political party system" and our "parliamentary democracy". The rest of the electorate i.e. 99.75% is likely to consider it to be an imperative to spare us of this continual embarrassment and remove this government at the next election.

The climate crisis is so serious that irresponsible actions that exacerbate the risk to human lives will end up in the territory of crimes against humanity as an automatic class impact consideration. This, to have effect, will need to have significant sanctions. Amongst the first steps in this transformation, the financial institutions standing ready with "£ trillions" need to be subjected to a stricter financial regulation framework which prevents executives shielding behind corporate veils. Just as in the case of Libor manipulation and fraudulent derivative ratings where there should have been prison sentences for the £ billions stolen. In the case of green financial services prison sentences and the closing down of bad actors is an essential if we are to get anywhere.

On the part of those taking the actions on the basis of their own funds or receiving loans and investment from private or international development organizations, need to apply a strict due diligence procedure and evidence-based design, procurement, operations and post-funding sustainability. This is a difficult area, especially in widely distributed production units such as the case of agriculture. Project cycle management procedures have hardly changed since the 1960s. However, now, climate change is impacting crop yields negatively, they decline each year in many countries of the world requiring a revamp of design methods. Much work has been carried out in this area but it has not surfaced notably during COP26.

Large organizations, such as the World Bank should not be allowed to run their own administrative procedures in the case of whistle blowers exposing illegal actions, corruption or failure to follow internal regulations. The tactics applied by such organizations include an immediate exposure of the whistle blower to a poor performance review to undermine their credibility. This is followed by a biased review process, the termination of the individual's contract and where the whistle blower's accusations are correct, to provide a very low compensation, if any at all. Invariably press releases criticise the person while seldom admitting any responsibility for wrong behaviour on the organization's part. The objective, all through this process is to defend the "image" of the institution. Whistle blowers should have recourse to protection and be compensated rapidly for damage inflicted upon them and their families by such organizations. Most staff are in the hapless situation of not getting involved for fear of losing their high paid employment.

Environmental and indigenous advocates need to be protected from the continuing violence and murder inflicted upon them largely by deforestation and carbon industrial cartels who also happen to be major financial supporters of political parties.

Those wishing to finance the "green revolution" think that carbon trading will enable CO2 release in one part of the globe can be offset by carbon capture in some other location. So far this has failed to stop the net increase in emissions; it has not worked. Carbon Trading started in 1997 when some 180 countries signed the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol called for countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions between 2008–2012 to 5% below 1990 levels, a target that was never met. The USA pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol in 2001 and other countries also followed later. In spite of carbon trading having been a failure, except for the commission agents selling the credits, the renewed emphasis on this scheme overlooks significant practicalities.

Arthur Cecil Pigou
Carbon trading is a modern version of a tax proposed by Pigou in 1920 in his, "The Economics of Welfare". Pigou developed the concept of "externalities", proposed by Marshall. These are the costs imposed or benefits conferred on others that are not accounted for by the person whose activities create these costs or benefits. Pigou proposed that negative externalities, such as pollution, could be discouraged by a tax, and positive externalities could be encouraged by subsidy. Carbon trading is based on this model.

Ludwig von Mises
unrelated to Pigou's book (as far as we can discern), Ludwig von Mises analyzed how pricing systems should work in practice. Mises reasoned in his essay, "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth" that the socialist system was unlikely to operate effectively because it could not distinguish more or less valuable uses of social resources, and predicted the system would end in chaos. Translating that into current times he questioned how some central system of market control or coordination could set prices efficiently. Von Mises summarized this question as the challenge created by a "calculation and knowledge problem". His argument has held up over time. However, although fundamentally Von Mises was attempting to explain why "socialism" could not work, today, the very same question can be leveled at monetarism and central banks across the world and the way the financial system operates. Here we are faced with exactly the same calculation and knowledge problem. It was this particular issue that led to the central bank-driven monetarism delivering the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, the quantitative easing (QE) "solution" has led to an exacerbation of the state of affairs by increasing climate change and leading to increasing income disparity, rising poverty and debt levels exceeding those in 2008.

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On the 2nd November there was a "Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use" which promises to work collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. Most of the signatories already have regulations banning deforestation. However, while the corporate media say this is a success and an important box ticked. Unfortunately that is all that it is, a tick in a box with no hope of delivery. For example, Brazil which has had strict legislation against deforestation since the 1990s, many regulatory agency enforcement personnel have been murdered. In the Amazon state of Pará alone, there have been well over 250 unsolved murders involving Amazon environmental and indigenous activists and in the last 30 years there have been well over 1,750 reported murders of environmental and indigenous activists in Brazil. These resulted in about 100 trials (5.7% of cases) and around 25 convictions (1.5% of cases). The failure of effective government action to prevent this scale of bloodshed has served to intimidate those who would support the termination of deforestation. To summarize, in Brazil, Indonesia and the Congo, the main Rain Forest areas, there is no way governments can oversee and deliver this promise. Certainly those who have deforested land will harm those advocating reforestation. The issue is a land-grab mafia gaining possession of land assets often illegally and through intimidation and murder and who in many cases are linked to key politicians who prevent effective oversight and control in exchange for cash or their contributions to political party coffers to fund the next election to keep these types of people in power.

A recent forum contribution on the "politics without parties" website observes that in a period when the behaviour of government points to a lack of political party integrity linked to the corruption of providing funds and contracts to party supporters it is notable that...

"...on 3rd November the Conservative government, has voted to suspend the suspension of a party politician Owen Paterson who had faced a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons because the Standards Committee had found him to be in an "egregious" breach of lobbying rules. He was found to have breached paid advocacy rules, two years after it had been revealed how he had helped lobby for two firms he was paid to advise. The government applied a 3 line whip. The government will set up another Standards Committee to review the "process". This illustrates: 1. The compromise of party politicians continues as a result of their promoting the interests of benefactors in exchange for cash, and 2. This is a good illustration of a government, with an overall majority, thumbing its nose at the UK constituency which expects some basic levels of integrity."

With the hydrocarbon and financial lobbies in over-drive this does not hold out much hope for the delivery of COP26 "undertakings" and "promises" by a government that tolerates this form of alleged behaviour. Political parties are key components in the power-by-proxy system where power is, in reality, wielded by the wealthy factional political party benefactors, to be in any position to take rational decisions to the benefit of the majority.

Rishi Sunak, our inexperienced Chancellor, has made a series of shining promises about the availability of finance for climate action. These are incredible leaps of faith. The very people "undertaking" to fund "net-zero" projects are those whose project performance has been quite dismal. For example, the current rate of project failures in the World Bank portfolio is 35% on average and approaching 45% for projects in the vitally important agricultural sector facing declining yields. These yield declines, affecting most of the developing world, are a direct result of temperature rises resulting in lower water availability and therefore lower biomass yields. This also means a reduced capacity for carbon absorption.

For example, the World Bank fails to follow its own due diligence regulations. From Bank reports, only around 20% of its projects being submitted to detailed financial appraisals before funding. The Bank's Board has developed an atrocious habit of waving projects through for funding before serious financial appraisals have been applied. Much of the "negotiation" is with party politicians. Rishi Sunak has optimistically declared there will be a new framework and investment regime where companies will be required to submit decarbonization plans; basically "projects". He might be sincere in this intent but his lack of direct experience in development economics shows up in his lack of understanding of the global scale of this challenge means there is a lack of qualified personnel to manage it. The efficacy of Sunak's "undertakings" are extremely shaky. The trillions of pounds "available" do not match the likelihood of transfers being used effectively or efficiently.

In the case of developing countries, the case study of the World Bank's bloated loans shows there is an absorption capacity problem in low income countries which leads to the siphoning off of funds into political party coffers and the inevitable high rates of project failure.

In the recently released book, "Subtle Tools", by Karen J. Greenberg, she describes the process of limitation of basic freedoms in the USA following the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in New York. These limitations were the result of specific acts but more ominously and difficult to grasp were the development of visceral tactics to obscure what the government was doing. In the domain of political rivalry in the party system, the tactics of dishonesty, secrecy and purposely using confusing or displacement arguments to redirect attention away from actions and facts are widely deployed on the election circuit. However, Karen Greenberg describes how these tactics became an operational basis for government decisions.

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An interesting emerging basis for strategic analysis is the tracing the negative impacts resulting from the cause and effect relationships which are caused by political parties acting as pawns in a power-by-proxy system. Wealthy factions have captured political party agendas, through the provision of party funding, to favour their own interests. Their fellow travelers in the media keep parties in line under the threat of poor media coverage. Some 50 years after the Club of Rome's "Limits of Growth" was published, we have yet to see the necessary action to avoid a human tragedy resulting from the rising human population and declining planetary carrying capacity.

No matter what one analyses, the fact that political parties are so compromised as to have been blind as well as incapable of addressing the vital needs of their constituents and the planet. The evidence is abundant such as in the unacceptable levels of income disparity, ecological destruction, accelerating climate change, willingness to participate in murderous military campaigns and the failure to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in an effective fashion. All should therefore remain alert to the forthcoming compromises to be made by political parties at the forthcoming COP26.

There are two major oversights that are very apparent from the government's pre-COP26 statements. There is no reference to the need for family planning worldwide to stem the rise in the human population overburdening the planet's carrying capacity. There has also been a failure to calculate the degree to which CO2 emissions need to fall to reverse temperature rises because 1.5o will cause catastrophic damage, especially to food production. This requires calculations based on net-negative and not net-zero Net negative relates to a major investment in carbon capture such as tree planting and slowing the rate of population growth, since the rate of absorption is slow, actions here need to start now. Arriving at net-zero will not stop temperatures rising because of the accumulated CO2 in the atmosphere and a net-negative period, beyond net-zero, is required to get there and this will take years. Why have these facts not been included in the COP26 preparations? All the talk is about is net-zero. See the article and comments sections of: Declining carrying capacity brings population growth back into focus

The Politics without Parties (PWP) site has an interesting content in the "Controls" section relating to the attempt of government to impose acceptance of lies on the population,

"This marginalizing of a large part of the constituency creates a state of increasing limitations of freedom of action and expression, damping down prospects related to the limitation of resources available to most. This situation leads to a form of intimidation and cultivation of submissive behaviour considered by increasing numbers to be the only means whereby they can avoid damaging their individual prospects. This has the objective of creating a state of affairs where people fear of calling attention to outrages for fear of becoming conspicuous by rebelling against them. We face a situation where, "... the only thing enabling the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing because of intimidation" which is a variant on a phrase attributed to Edward Burke (1729–1797). In a satirical work by Samuel Butler (1612-1680), "Huldibras" there is a part with the following lines,

"He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still, which he may adhere to and yet disown for reasons to himself best known."

These messages although written 270 and 370 years ago, unfortunately reflect the default status and state of an increasing numbers of our constituents and this is raising questions as to the efficacy of our so-called democracy.

It is regrettable that the government in a land where enlightened individuals, in the early 17th century, drafted constitutional proposals designed to avoid the horrors experienced in a Civil war in the future included the words that we should "be free and happy" and which inspired the world as well as the US founding fathers 140 years later.

In seeking to punish Julian Assange, the governments of the USA and UK collude to destroy important constitutional principles essential to the freedom of the populations of these countries.

The most lucid written constitutional proposals for England were drafted in the 17th Century. Many sought to avoid the formation of political parties to prevent rich factions serving their own ends by capturing political parties through funding, at the expense of the majority. This is what we have now. Today the benefactors have members who own so-called corporate media able to reduce electoral prospects of parties that step out of line. Given the more than 45 years of rising income disparity, ecological destruction and damaging climate change and the Covid-19 saga, it is worth revisiting these proposals which were designed to support a Commonwealth with a shared prosperity in a healthier environment of politics without parties.

In spite of this evident factional control that excludes the interests of the majority, political parties have been able to promote the notion that they are essential components of "democracy". However, in these documents it is evident that political parties are irrelevant as long as policy formulation is participatory and subject to public choice. The new website Political without Parties is gathering a considerable amount of evidence on this topic and is worth a visit.

One of the pathways holding out a promise for an escape from the current dark age of rising income disparity, climate change and rising tensions it to question and seek to replace the current Neo-Liberal agenda of forever financialization and quantitative easing that mainly benefits political party benefactors. There is a rising and coordinated fund of ideas, proposals and advancing thought being given to this apparent impasse. Amongst the institutions which contains some interesting review of problems and solutions is the Von Mises Institute in the USA. To pick up some of the thoughts and logic disseminated by this Foundation it is worth listening to Jeff Deist, President of the Institute.

Although he does not refer to the elephant in the room, political parties, he presents an American-centric exposition making many valid points across the range of issues that are reducing the effectiveness of democracy. Many of these observations apply to the United Kingdom.

The inability of the government to introduce rational policies is linked to the fact that their political party is compromised by financial benefactors who oppose anything that will impact asset values, be these land, real estate of financial assets. The needs of the poor and wage-earning groups who see their real incomes declining cannot be helped by thoroughly compromised political parties who lie in fear of a hostile media owned or funded by the same benefactors.

This reality sees the evolution of an increasing paranoia within the political class of the likelihood of popular agitation by constituents who are fed up with declining wellbeing and the inability of governance to set out clear plans for action. Rather than address the causal factors, such as inappropriate economic policies which have discouraged investment, the main political parties are advocating increasingly extreme propositions and legislation to address imagined threats to democracy and the status quo by "extremists". There is, however, a widespread and rapidly growing grass roots movement that is not extreme but which seeks peaceful and rational solutions to the lengthening list of conditions created by a long run of inept governance. The common denominator linking all of the social and economic ills is the inability of the main political parties to respond to majority needs as a result of their compromised position. This has led to the self-evident conclusion that political parties are not the solution, they are the problem. This had led to increasing interest in "politics without parties".

With less than 0.2% of the electorate as members, it is amazing that the Conservative party, as a tiny political faction, can waste time in repeatedly taking leaps of faith which serve to mislead the electorate and which go nowhere. All at the behest of Boris Johnson. Having managed to win the BREXIT referendum in 2016 we find ourselves, five years later, still awaiting an explanation of what it is in terms of the economic performance of this country. Boris Johnson's speech at the Conservative Party's Conference was an embarrassing appeal to a giggling bunch of the faithful all of whom appear to be oblivious of the realities facing the majority of the constituents of this country. Few voters would agree that rabble rousing and fanciful concepts are what is required at the moment. There is a need for sober coherent plans delivered in terms that all can understand. It would appear the Conservatives are not prepared. Rishi Sunak talks about "fiscal responsibility" and hints of tax rises and Boris Johnson appeals to a promise of "things to come". It is these "things to come" for which there are no transparent plans. There is a consensus amongst economists, of various stripes, that after a decade of ineffective governance the state of affairs has deteoriated rapidly; the situation is now dire. Therefore, as the country sinks into an increasingly desperate state of affairs, we cannot afford such an open demonstration of extreme denial since this will ferment the possibility of extreme reactions. And yet, Johnson insists on the delivery of hot air, clearly prepared with no thought other than to rehash his image as a visionary to the adulation of a thankfully diminishing number of adherents. Johnson is their "election winner". It is time for them to grow up and become more concerned with the delivery of practical and tangible benefits rather than chasing mirages.

A process to resuscitate the image of the brand "New Labour" has been initiated by Keir Starmer's attempts to "clean up the image" of Labour by unceremoniously throwing out life-long members from the party to the applause of those who fabricated the downfall of Jeremy Corbyn in an even more disgraceful and dishonest fashion. The previous slogan of, "For the many not the few", had gained enormous traction because of the impact of Gordon Brown's quantitative easing (QE) exacerbated the plight of the many. It is notable that the Conservatives, rather than winding down this economically and socially destructive QE as Labour's "temporary solution", instead, supercharged it because they realized that it benefited their benefactors more than the majority of wage-earners. This ran down NHS, care, police and fire service staffing exacerbating the Covid-19 crisis.

As if in co-ordination with the objectives of the usual suspects who are manipulating Keir Starmer's proxy efforts, the BBC is launching a new series: "Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution". Given the actual events at the time, the title alone is, in itself, a completely misleading propaganda. New Labour had accepted the orientation of the very same monetarist policies as the Conservatives. This is why Thatcher embraced Blair as her success; there never was a "New Labour Revolution". The Thatcher regime had inherited the "new monetarism" from the decision by Denis Healey in 1975 to follow that route. Thatcher is often blamed for this approach but in reality it was launched under Labour.

Conclusion: no amount of replaying the past hopes and aspirations of "New Labour" can airbrush out the fact that by sustaining monetarism as their central macroeconomic policy, Labour contributed, along with the collaboration of the Conservatives, to the hollowing out our economy and to deliver the disparities and difficulties we now face. It would seem Keir Starmer, and the people advising or instructing him, are attempting to dupe the UK electorate yet again.

Keir Starmer's essay is a surprisingly easy read for such a long document. It's overall vision is essentially identical to the 1997 promises that brought in the Blair government. Today, the economic circumstances are substantially worse. In spite of expressed concern for the NHS, the Blair government's financing decisions caused many NHS units to come close to bankruptcy and some failed. The reason was that government's acceptance of the financialization ideology. To be more convincing, "The Road Ahead" should contain a more honest statement of why the working class in Britain is in such a state. This is a result of the Bank of England's (BoE) disastrous policy of quantitative easing (QE) launched by Gordon Brown as a temporary measure and which became the permanent foundation of the Conservative's austerity drive. Labour doesn't dare remind us that it was Brown who made the BoE independent, beyond public control and oversight. Starmer tip toes around this gigantic elephant but includes a token gesture of a quote from Mark Carney, the ex-BoE governor, to appease the Carbon trading contingent in the City.

John McDonnell, under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, had the sense investigate why economic policies were so damaging by coordinating an in-depth evaluation to define better economic policies. Starmer ignored them. With no rational options for the majority of wage-earners, interest is growing in a wider participation in policy proposals and decisions via the promise of "politics without parties".

John Pilger is interviewed by Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground exposing some of the awful truths about the Afghani affair.

Pilger describes the real motivation behind the invasion and the role of this campaign in intentionally circulating bloated military budgets, through acts of wanton killing, back to the US military industrial complex and politicians.

The USA acted specifically to get rid of a government which was making practical progress in championing equality for women and literacy campaigns while at the same time funding the Taliban. The degree of disinformation circulated to the public is astounding. There is much more. Programmes like Going Underground expose the degree to which UK corporate media avoid telling the truth to the people of this country.

APEurope provides web services for nine independent media covering a wide political spectrum, innovation, constitution and economics and an atypical newcomer, Corbynista. Corbynista was inspired by the Peace & Justice Project (PPJ) launched by Jeremy Corbyn but has no connection to Corbyn. As a grass roots organization, typical of Corbyn's style, the PPJ is just getting on with it with few news releases while achieving a significant expansion throughout the country. As a result the Corbynista editorial changed tack to cover Jeremy Corbyn's record and objectives. Corbyn has a life long track record of dedication to human rights and multiple representations against racism and antisemitism. The UK media has ignored the fact that the Israeli government launched a worldwide disinformation campaign against Corbyn because of his life long support of the Palestinians. This was coordinated with corporate media campaigns to interfere in British democratic and electoral processes to "get" Corbyn. Within Labour, what Corbynista refers to as " Neobs" (neo-Blairites), sought to spoil the antisemitism complaints effectiveness to build up problems for Corbyn. In a much vaunted EHRC report no reference is made to the Israeli interference in British politics or Corbyn's own human rights, in the light of the Israeli government's onslaught of non-stop personal attacks on Corbyn. The more than obvious serious political aspect of these events and the fact that Labour, under Corbyn, had a far lower incidence of antisemitism than the UK population as a whole, were dutifully ignored by the EHRC report.

Corbynista is being redirected to "setting the record straight" and to call attention to what the country lost as a result of alien country's electoral interference and the UK corporate media bias and censorship. The country paid a high price by being denied rational alternative economic policies, a reorientation of the country away from asylum-seeker generating murderous military campaigns and towards peaceful co-existence and a focus on the majority and not the few. With no reflection on the PPJ, Corbynista has become an interesting read and is increasing its readership.

Following the BREXIT rhetoric people are curious to know where the benefits are. Shortages of labour in many areas formerly occupied by EU workers are resulting in rising rates of pay for some as well as a strengthening of the position of unions. The UK's balance of payments deficit increases, a result of a stretch of industrial destruction initiated by the Thatcher government, on the altar of financialization. The country is small making catch up difficult. Chinese competition gains ground reaping the rewards of returns to scale. Quantitative easing killed off productive investment and accelerated the decline in real wages.

The government is seeking revenue to fund social care. The options of higher NI or increased taxation reflecting a government confused by the reality of our state of affairs. Confused because much current lack of revenue has been policy-induced. The ideology of zero-sum leads to a hapless notion that to fund something everyone, including those without means, needs to pitch in. This blinkered national budgetary balance approach has lost track of the notion of real growth. This lapse arises from an ideological fixation that started with Thatcher's 1981 Budget and then ran through the governments of Blair, Brown, the coalition and more recent Conservative governments. None has been good with the economy. Real growth has been made difficult as a result of the killing off of productive investment and hollowing out of our manufacturing and industrial sectors. To afford such things as increased social care costs, there is a need for policies that increase real growth through increased productivity. Just a 1.0% real growth can result in an accumulated impact of growth in real income of over 5% in just 5 years. That is equivalent to around £100 billion of the current £2 trillion GNP. This government lacks initiative and can only think in terms of robbing Peter to pay Paul in a crass zero-sum game. By providing the necessary incentives it is possible to gain immediate rises in productivity and real income. Not by headline-grabbing super-deductions as vote-seeking give-aways but by adopting policies based on a rational real incomes approach to economics.

Recently a Labour faction called "Labour in Communications" has released a report entitled, "Fit for the future". This is a very similar "identity political agenda communication" without coherent substance as was elaborated by Neil Kinnock and the New Marxists back in the 1980s. This dog whistle agenda was one Kinnock was unable to deliver because he was unelectable. Blair rebranded this as "Blairism". Blairism's failures, ignoring, for the moment, lying and incompetence in misleading the whole country into the Iraqi and Afghani murderous fiascoes, was its lack of alternative economic approaches to wholesale financialization. As all know, this sunk public services into massive debt exacerbating Thatcher's onslaught. John McDonnell under Corbyn's leadership, made work on better economic policies a priority with credible results. But "Fit for the future" as a retread of this failed identity approach, light on detail on what policy areas are of particular significance in the period 2021-2023 and beyond. For image-building simple messages and a pledge card like the 1997 5-points are proposed. A political advisory cabinet containing such people as Mark Drakeford, Andy Burnham, Sadiq Khan and others to influence the party’s national strategy and decision-making. These people already have full time jobs. This would cast Starmer into an even bigger shadow ready for the eventual neo-Blairite takeover, with a leader who has "charisma" and who is a good liar and able to brush aside criticism for not delivering on promises.

The high tech world has never been known for its stability. In the UK something like 60% of high tech companies do not survive more than 5 years. This becomes an important factor in undermining the sustained productivity of customers as a result of loss of "after sales" support. Somewhat less apparent is that many attempts at "change" involving technology go wrong. Careful design procedures on how to incorporate changes in operations are essential.

The Analytical Tools Development Centre (ATDC) of SEEL, a division of the George Boole Foundation, is preparing a new family of simulation tools for companies to conduct performance and economic assessments of proposals before any commitment of funds. These tools will be cloud-based and accessed with a browser. Potential customers are SMEs in production activties from agriculture to manufacturing, systems development engineers, consultancies, automation companies, investors and banks.

At a APEuropean Correspondent's Pool workshop today (21/08/2021) the current apparent aims of central banks were reviewed. The developments that have taken place in parallel to the announcement of "a New Bretton Woods" and the concept of a CBDC (central bank digital currency) reflect a desire of central banks to control consumption. Our summaries on the content are accessible below:

Part 1 - morning session          Part 2 - afternoon session

In today's Renegade Inc. programme, the host, Ross Ashcroft, interviewed the economist Professor Richard Werner. The Agence Presse Européene Correspondent's Pool economists consider it to have been one of the most clear accounts of why the current version of monetarism is prejudicing the economy. A spokesperson stated, "In terms of banking, Werner provides a very simple solution based on the German model of non profit small local banks serving SMEs. This is a foundation of a competitive export economy based specialised companies founded on advancing technological innovation. Two weeks ago the editorial of the British Strategic Review had asked us to review Richard Werner's work because of very obvious gaps in the evidence contained in the recent Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on QE. Dr. Werner did not feature in the Report witness list.

We consider Dr. Werner's work to be the most balanced, however, there are specific issues which need to be addressed in the United Kingdom to take advantage of his solution. Britain's overly academic bias in secondary and higher education is a significant impediment. Germany has benefited from one of the world's best technical education and vocational training systems covering secondary and higher education supported by industry. Britain has a long way to go on this front. This topic is covered in the soon-to-be-published British Strategic Review."

The soon-to-be released Q3 edition of the British Strategic Review provides a plain English decription of how monetarism and Keynesianism impact the wellbeing of the British constituents. Most of the evidence and analysis is based on mathematical logic and sector analyses and confirms that QE is a policy with no theory. Sharing the same flaws with QE, monetarism and Keynesianism are, by default, demonstrably ineffective ways to manage the economy.

Click here to view the current BSR Q3 List of Contents which may be subject to minor changes before publication.

In the 60 years since Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring", another warning appears in Dave Goulson's "Silent Earth", released today 5th August, 2021. (we will post a review of "Silent Earth" soon). Carson pointed out that our state-of-the-art technologies & techniques were causing the extinction of other species and Goulson repeats the message but points to how this trend, having now created serious climate change, is likely to cause a drop in our ability to produce food. While many see economic growth as being a necessity to feed the growing population,

Today, 9th August 2021, the IPCC released their latest report. They need to communicate better. We need clear blueprints for action priorities. Simply informing people things are getting worse in a difficult to read report of almost 900 pages, is, at this stage, not helpful.

With increasing forest fires hundreds of years-worth of accumulated C storage is increasingly being released back into the atmosphere exacerbating atmospheric CO2 concentrations. This is likely to take us beyond the critical tipping point, if this has not yet occurred. Net-zero means nothing since we need to know the required rate of CO2 reduction to get to CO2 concentrations to reverse temperature rises, if this is at all possible. Net-zero is simply an arbirary point in this long journey.

To act, political parties need to emancipate themselves from their capture by corporations and financial institutions whose manipulative prevarication threatens humanity
the underlying message is stark. With current practice we are already overpopulated and there is a need for more effective population control, drastic changes in consumption patterns and a different "economics".

Indeed, the UN 2019 Sustainable Development Report highlighted the gaps associated with "economic growth" such as increasing income disparity, falling sustainability and failure to reduce temperature rises.

This was discussed in detail in the late 1960s calling attention to the world's population issue and the threat to the world's natural resources carrying capacity.Politicians have talked, and that is about all. The 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development defined the rights of the people to be involved in the development of their economies, and the responsibilities of human beings to safeguard the common environment. The declaration built upon the basic ideas concerning the attitudes of individuals and nations towards the environment and development, first identified at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (1972). But none of this was put into action. In 1994 climate action intent was followed by 25 "Conferences of the Parties" (COPs) all followed by no effective action on the ground. The UK government wants commitments to Net-Zero which is not much more than a buzzword because this is a point in time after which temperatures will continue to rise for a period that no one has yet defined. No one seems to be getting the message because works such as Silent Spring and Silent Earth are not taken seriously by the political parties and their financial benefactors.

APEurope Correspondent's Pool held an ad hoc workshop to detect any critical lessons appearing in the accumulating comments section of the article, "Declining carrying capacity brings population growth back into focus". The current conclusion of enormous concern is that net-zero only achieves a stabilization of CO2 and other greehouse gasses in the atmosphere which are causing a continuing rise in temperatures. Therefore net-zero does not represent a strategic point at which temperatures will stabilize at + 1.5oC; temperatures will continue to rise. "Net-zero" appears to be a buzz word that will not solve the problem. We have received confirmation from a leading contributor to the climate change analyses and reports that the "Net-negative" target is more appropriate. So why is COP26 all about Net-Zero?

Over 50 years ago seminars on "Population & food supplies" at Cambridge and Stanford Universities in 1967 and 1968 drew attention to the question of whether the carrying capacity of natural systems was able to support the increasing human population and the state-of-the-art of human activties. In 1972, an MIT report entitled, "The Limits of Growth" was launched by the Club of Rome gaining more publicity. A phase of increasing crop yields and genetic innovation with increased areas of cultivation and modern inputs meant the carrying capacity was able to rise from 3.5 billion people to 7.0 billion in 50 years. However, a misreading of agroecological studies on the impact of rising temperature has caused an over-optimistic view of the impacts. In reality, climate change is causing crop yields to fall due to excessive seasonal temperatures and loss of water. We face a future in which the balance between the consumption needs of a rising world population and a falling carrying capacity for production. This brings human population policies centre stage.

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At the beginning of May, based on projections made by SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab, CybaCity stated that deaths from Covid-19 in India "... could exceed 3 million people." The Washington-based Center for Global Development has estimated excess deaths in India to be in the range 2.4 to 4.7 million.

Constituents cannot contribute to public choice on monetary policy but are expected to endure its destruction of wellbeing ....

Quantitative easing (QE) was introduced as a temporary solution to hollowed out bank balance sheets. As time has progressed it has become increasingly difficult to abandon QE since the financial intermediation community have become addicted to the advantages of close to zero interest rates. This has led to excessive across-the-board leverage signifying that raising interest rates will collapse this pack of cards. Misguided Keynesians have seen QE as a practical demonstration of the feasibility of MMT (Modern Monetary Theory).
Tax buffs are delighted in the prospects of safeguarding government "revenue" by government/central banks issuing funds for what is needed and then taxing companies and individuals to recover some of the funds released. The problem with this "model" is that public works and expenditure usually have a very low financial return to the productive economy in the short to medium term and companies will not gain substantial increments in productivity. As a result the tax burden could in fact get worse, turning MMT into a Magic Money Tree.

The Lords Economic Affairs Committee have asked the BoE to explain its degree of independence from government policy objectives in their recent operations, and to explain how to taper QE. There is a risk that the BoE will take refuge in the mumbo jumbo associated with MMT; not a good idea. The government needs to explain their understanding of the role of the Bank. Post-Covid, the result will be more "austerity". Monetarism as a basis for macroeconomic and financial management is ineffective in resolving the needs of the constituency and the real economy.

Since 1945, monetary policy has resulted in asset prices rising and the pound losing 98% of its purchasing power....

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report entitled,"Quantitative easing: a dangerous addiction?" is late and disappointing. It does raise questions constantly ignored by government. In 2013, Mervyn King commented that QE "seemed" to be favouring the wealthy. Income and wealth disparity appear en passant. QE to support government policy has been self-evident. The Committee frets over the image and the functioning of the Bank of England as an independent institution. Independence has been a convenient screen to justify the exercise of macroeconomic management free from the scrutiny of the public or Parliament. Bank of England independence is an important buttress to the interests of asset holders, the wealthy, financial institutions and many on the Committee. Monetarists do not know how to "taper" QE. Raising interest rates would crash asset and derivative markets. The Banks's "escape route" explanation is likely to be that they are "transitioning" towards Modern Monetary Theory.

Monetarism, now using QE, has dominated macroeconomic management since the early 1980s but basic macroeconomic policy objectives were ignored. The report focuses on Bank issuance of money, setting of interest rates and bond transactions. The report skirts round income disparity, declining real growth, industry and industrial investment, rising balance of payment deficit and poverty, the inability to raise real wages and the hollowing out of public services. Clearly, the Committee and those offering "evidence" are unaware or unconcerned about the connections to monetary policy. The report and the emphasis on Bank of England independence reflect the significant constitutional crisis and an ability of government committees to ignore the issues of most concern the majority.

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report entitled, "Quantitative easing: a dangerous addiction?", has called the Bank of England's bluff suggesting the BoE should explain how it expects to reduce any inflation from the current state operating under a bloated policy of quantitative easing (QE). The Bank will not be able to do so because the central theory of monetarism is based on assertion. QE has provided all of the necessary evidence to establish that the monetarist's go-to policy justification logic, the Quantity Theory of Money (QTM), is irrational. The QTM formula fails to include such basics as savings, assets and offshore investment which leaks funds and raises onshore (UK) unemployment. Monetarism lacks a transparent linkage to investment for productivity and growth. QE funds have flowed into speculative high inflation asset markets and away from needed productive investment (see Why Monetarism does not work).

QE has exacerbated the state of affairs helping "justify" the ill-advised policy of austerity over 13 years designed to impose the government's ideological agenda of running down public services such as the NHS, police and care services. The "independent" Bank of England, under Mark Carney, was hardly independent of Treasury/Chancellor's political objectives; the Bank supported government policy directly. The Lords Committee report, which appears to be lost in flawed monetary theory, only ventures to query if the Bank was acting independently; of course it was not. Policy decisions rested in the hands of decision makers beyond Parliamentary and, even more distant from, constituent oversight.

Political parties and the current government, in particular, were taken aback by the mass support for Jeremy Corbyn and his success in rallying popular support through protests and old fashioned campaigning. Other popular movements such as "Black Lives Matter" exposed an unwillingness of political parties to embrace and support issues of general comncern. As a result the government is attempting to curtail these types of democratic freedoms through stealth legislation.

Naomi Smith, the CEO of Best for Britain has recently posted an article in the Independent which reveals the manipulation of legislators in attempting to exercise more constraints over protests and popular movements and to move all decision making and control of elections more firmly into the hands of political parties in the Westminster bubble. With the persmission of Best for Britain we have pleasure in posting Naomi's article on our site.

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Responding to the news that the number of global deaths from COVID-19 has now passed 4 million, Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s health Policy Manager and spokesperson for the People’s Vaccine Alliance, said:

"This is a horrific milestone and each one of these lives lost is a tragedy. Many of these deaths could have been prevented had the successful vaccine science been shared and production of doses ramped up by more manufacturers across the world. People are dying in large numbers in countries without enough health workers or ventilators to save them and vaccine stocks have run dry. We will see many more needless deaths, especially in developing countries which are being hit by a third wave of the deadly disease, unless vaccines are produced on a much bigger scale, more quickly and at much lower prices."

"“Pharmaceutical corporations are making eye watering profits but are refusing to share the vaccine science and know-how. We urge the leaders of countries like the UK and Germany to support the waiver of trade rules that would allow developing countries to make their own vaccines, so that everyone, no matter where they live, can share the hope of a future free from COVID."

An opportunity cost is the potential benefit lost when taking a specific decision over an alternative. The Covid-19 pandemic has been peppered with unfortunate opportunity costs measured in additional deaths and the build up of Long Covid in unprotected children. Taking the right decisions too late are wrong decisions. The bottom line measure of opportunity costs has become the number of avoidable deaths and 12-16 year-olds debilitated by Long Covid.

The current movement in the ratios of today's infected population, growth rate, daily deaths and hospital admissions hold and the number of 12-16s with Long Covid are changing rapidly is relation to infection levels as to make projections unreliable. However, the government's "plans" and failure to vaccinate younger people is likely to result in accelerating entries to hospitals and rising numbers of young and others being affected by debilitating Long Covid. The national statistics generally published do not indicate how many who die have been vaccinated so the actual benefit is unknown. However with the relaxation of precautions the infection rate and deaths are likely to rise.

The likelihood of removing Covid-19 restrictions on July 19 is very likely to be the wrong decision. It is neither "following the science" nor "common sense".

At the moment with the rate of infections doubling every 9 days. At this rate, by the end of August the daily infection rate is likely to rise from 27,000 each day (now) to around 148,000 or a weekly total of 1 million. This significant rise in inoculum in people will significantly raise the likelihood of the formation of mutations.

The evolutionary explanation of fungal, insect or virus resistance to counter measures is not that resistance is developed by exposure to counter measures, it is that specific genotypes or mutants are better adapted to what is a hostile environment for the other genotypes. In the case of Covid, this means a mutant could occur which can avoid the prophylactic protection provided by the current strain of the vaccination and initiate a new cycle of rising suffering and deaths. And of course, an overloaded NHS.

To simply advise people to exercise their "judgement" is an abandonment of responsibility where at least masks should remain as should social distancing in order to attempt to reduce the infection rate. Removing all restrictions should only occur when infection rates are brought down. Relying on a high level of vaccination as a "herd immunity" justification and making reduced pressure on the NHS the sole consideration is a naive binary decision under circumstances that present us with a far from binary set of possible occurrences and outcomes. The strategy should be to reduce the infection rate to reduce hospital admissions and the likelihood of mutants upsetting this delicate state of affairs.


Key "evidence" in the case against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is based on testimony from a convicted fraudster who has now admitted his testimony to have been fabricated. Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, a former WikiLeaks volunteer became an FBI informant for $5,000 and has admitted that he fabricated important parts of the accusations in the indictment used to portray Assange as a criminal rather than a journalist. A crucial detail is that Assange never instructed him to carry out any hacking. The UK court had accepted this false testimony. In 2012, WikiLeaks filed criminal charges against Thordarson over embezzlement and financial fraud. He was later sentenced for both in Iceland.

These revelations have appeared in the Icelandic medium Stundin which cites Ogmundur Jonasson, the then Icelandic interior minister stating that US authorities were going out of their way to get Assange by trying to use events in Iceland and people to spin a cobweb to catch Julian Assange. At the time Jonasson had kicked the FBI team out of Iceland. These revelations have completely undermined the US case against Assange who should be released from prison.

An alienated youth is tempted into County Lines and knife crime for lack of perceived alternatives in a decaying economy where generations of working people have become increasingly marginalized by offshore investment draining economic growth and employment opportunities. Macroeconomic policies have moulded the conditions of what became known as the Red Wall. A tiny clique duped the nation into thinking this decay was caused by the EU.

In the name of "freedom and democracy" our governments have invaded Iraq, Libya and Syria causing chaos, murdering millions of innocent people and creating a serious migration crisis from North Africa and the Middle East towards Europe. The result has been xenophobic reactions and the advent of extremist points of view and politics. This has mingled with monetarist policies causing and failing to resolve the UK's growth and real incomes in employment crisis. Pauperism has increased dramatically. A largely useless academic educational system, which has no obvious connection to practical realities of how global or local problems might be resolved only serves to further alienate youth. They lose any notions of community involvement, or attachment by witnessing the diminution of their own role models, their parents, in a "democracy" in name only.

We not only have a significant leadership problem but also a constitutional crisis where leaderships have alienated most constituents by not involving them in decisions. A largely useless clique of political parties, with less than 1.25% of the voting population as members, serve the interests of an influential 1% who fund the parties. When our leaders, so-called, resolve international affairs through sanctions and murder, rather than the more difficult route of logic and diplomacy, there can be no justice and therefore there can be no peace. This has resulted in misery and suffering both abroad and at home. Beveridge once noted that, "misery generates hate". With such "leadership", what can we expect of our youth?

Michael Saylor, the CEO of MicroStrategies, a major investment fund, recently invested millions of dollars in Bitcoin. In a recent on-stage interview at the Bitcoin 2021 gathering in Miami, Max Keiser asked a series of questions. Saylor's replies were revealing touching on alternative investments in a world of falling purchasing power of fiat currencies, the green agenda and the promise of providing people with property rights worldwide without interfering CEOs shaving off funds for themselves or monetary policies undermining purchasing power.

Saylor's statements are of importance. So far monetarists, central banks and politicians have been unable to find arguments that counter this consolidating logic. This part of the interview comes in the second part of the current Keiser Shown on RT. To view click on the image on the right. This section starts at the time position 13.50. As typical at such events there is a bit of audience hooplah, but wait for them to sit down and talk.

We have added the second article in this three part series.

Read part 1           Read part 2

The Parliamentary Education Committee has released a report stating that the system is inequitable. Even if it were equitable, it is pretty useless for a country that needs to fill in major gaps in human resource capabilities in skilled manufacturing and industrial processes. These gaps have been created by inappropriate macroeconomic policies since the 1970s. These policy impacts have destroyed a culture necessary for educational development.

A period of applied development economics, through consensus planning, helped the UK recover from the war (1945-1965). By the 1970s Anthony Crosland (1918-1977) had concluded that "capitalism" could provide adequate incomes for labour but Denis Healey (1917-2015) failed to support incomes and growth policies based on exports; he introduced a monetarist approach. This was intensified by the Thatcher government. The resulting disaster is described in Jon Cruddas' book, "The Dignity of Labour". Two generations of what were a skilled working class has been demoralized and put out of work. A "no hope" environment has evolved for many children born between 1970 and 2020. Family cultures have been blighted by many on extremely low pay or becoming paupers. Society offers few opportunities for such children with no role models, a void of confidence and an exposure to a wholly academic school curriculum. The result is the societal alienation of a large number of children.

Anthony Crosland introduced comprehensive education and got rid of the 11+ to stimulate social mobility but he could not have foreseen the failure of the string of UK governments, since 1979, to maintain worker incomes and employment. The cultural impact of onshore unemployment on two generations of workers and their children were not anticipated. The policy-induced distortions have created social instability and a fall in confidence in the relevance of democratic institutions, including parliamentary governance. During the pre-comprehensive education period, by far the best schools for developing an involved student body gaining an education that provided a broad appreciation of how the economy worked, and therefore, did not generate alienation, were some of the technical schools that benefited from having enlightened headmasters. These viewed technical education as a general and necessary experience rather than limiting their focus on vocational training. Grammar, Public schools, Academies and some universities, including economics courses are too academic to provide much in preparing people for fulfilling lives and careers in a socially and economically sustainable society.

In a debate organized by Policy Exchange on the launch of Jon Cruddas' book "The Dignity of Labour, the most revealing contributions came from Lisa Nandy the Shadow Foreign Secretary. Her contributions were well thought out, marked by a very logical feet-on-the-ground rationality that was appealing. Her views echoed some of the best values associated with a Labour party that appears to no longer exist. Watch this space.

The debate was chaired by Stephen Bush, the political editor of the New Statesman and others in the debate included Jesse Norman a Conservative MP, Lisa Nandy and Jon Cruddas. A particularly interesting dimension to this debate was the degree to which Jesse Norman agreed with Lisa Nandy and Jon Cruddas; quite a change from the normal cheap confrontational point scoring so common nowadays.

Cruddas and Nandy referred to the legacy of Thatcher as being a shadow hanging over the Conservatives weakening their credibility to address the labour problem. Norman, as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, made an attempt to refer to evidence of change. However, government still pursues monetarism.

The Dasgupta Review has been hailed as a milesone of economic thinking. Unfortunately this report has paid insufficient attention to the policy-induced acceleration in the consumption of renewable and fixed resources resulting from macroeconomic policies.

The 2019 United Nations Sustainable Development Report identified a negative corrreletaion between the type of economic growth attained with the achievement of raising equality, and in particular reducing disparity in incomes, the achievement of increased sustainability and arresting climate change. This was emphasized by Dr. Jean-Paul Moatti, the director-general of the French National Research Institute for Development (IRD) ahead of the Report's publication. Dr. Moatti was a member of the expert group charged by the UN with evaluating progress of Agenda 2030 and SDGs so far. His blunt statement was that most SDGs were "going into reverse"; an alarm bell that climate change goals were not being met. They are still not being met. This is caused by a stubborn insistence in governments and central banks by continuing an intense process of financialization.

Profesor Partha Dasgupta, of Cambridge University, and author of the report, makes no reference to the findings of the 2019 UN Sustainable Development Report and has not referred to this specific macroeconomic policy problem. There is a need to address the current macroeconomic policies that incentivize perverse behaviour by individuals and companies. An out-of-control financialization of economies has seen excessive flows of available funds into assets as opposed to the production of the sustainable production of food, fibre, feedstocks, goods and services at accessible prices while preserving the natural environment. The issue is to identify how to initiate a process of declining per capita consumption of goods and services that are irrelevant to survival. The forthcoming British Strategic Review covers this issue.

Nicholas Kaldor
The giggling politicians who enjoyed Theresa May's parliamentary barb that Labour thought there was a "Magic Money Tree" subsequently used the acronym MMT as a standard retort to trivialize any economic proposal made by Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Twelve years of QE has sunk the economy and Red Wall constituencies into a deep hole, the government fears its image as being "Good with the economy" is shot. They have now been forced to apply MMT. However MMT now stands for "Modern Monetary Theory". This decadence started when the rational arguments of the economist Nicholas Kaldor were rejected and the Thatcher government was seduced by Milton Friedman and Hayek's monetarist assertions. Kaldor's explanations of why there was no connection between money volumes and inflation were simple and water tight. They have since been validated by SEEL. The outcome of QE has also reaffirmed the Real Income Approach 1976 proposals for inflation to be controlled through technological innovation; Kaldor had modeled the role of technology in the late 1950s. What continues to escape the Chancellor and the government is that their embrace of MMT disproves the Quantity Theory of Money (QTM). The QTM is the standard "reference" made in central bank speak justifying monetary decisions to "control inflation".

There is an unacknowledged but standing strategy of government to avoid monetary policy becoming an issue subject to constituency review and influence. In the absense of credible government proposals, Agence Presse Européenne Correspondent's Pool has requested that SEEL prepare an edition of their forthcoming British Strategic Review to explain the Real Money Theory model, which they developed to substitute the QTM in 2020. The objective is to estabish a transparent and open access reference for constituent groups and journalists to foster understanding, encourage dialogue and build consensus on what is happening and to identify what is needed in terms of policy for this country. HPC have confirmed this will be the Q3 2021 edition entitled, "Monetarism & the real economy", we will distribute this free of charge.

Building back better is a hope expressed by many in the political bubble. A mix of booklets and books serve to illustrate why the UK has difficulties not only in perceiving what is needed but also lacking the popular agency to bring about necessary change.

The booklet "Britannia Unchained - Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity" (2012) of uncertain authorship carries the names of Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss all of the Conservative party. "The Dignity of Labour" (2021) is by Jon Cruddas a Labour MP and "Greater - Britain after the Storm" (2021) is jointly authored by Penny Mordaunt of the Conservative party and Chris Lewis about whom we have found little information.

None of these documents pays attention to the power and scale of historic global events causing our plight and are therefore alarmingly parochial as three disjointed models oblivious of the main driving forces creating Britain's decline.

There being no adequate macroeconomic theory, Cruddas has the sense not to propose any policies, but he points out a crucial issue, the loss of vocation within the "working class" in the sense of professional competence, enthusiasm and pride in occupation.

"Britannia Unchained" is more policy "ideas", in a disjointed sense, based on peering over the fence to see what other countries are doing and exclaiming, "We can do that!". "Greater" has a bit of that too, it tries to justify confidence in the future by placing faith in the mix of traits and values of the population. "Greater" also points out some of the drawbacks associated with British Governance in the hope political parties might respond; they wont.

Please find below the link to Part 1 of a 3 part coverage. Part 1 explains some of the reasons politicians and their advisors are unable to propose practical solutions.

Part 1 of the series "Disjointed"

The never-ending tragedy. A Palestinian mother searches through the rubble of her home destroyed by Israel. With Covid-19, Israel changed tactics, by destroying homes en masse by destroying tower blocks more families will be crowded into facilities raising the likelihood of Covid-19 infection and death.
One of the claims made by Israeli spokes people following the recent Gaza conflict was that, "No other army would advise residents to leave buildings before destroying them; for this reason the Israeli Defence Force is the most moral army in the world".

The evidence shows such people do not understand the meaning of morality. The switch to high rise destruction occurred with Covid-19. This was to ensure that more families would be forced into crowded facilities such as schools. The number exceeded 150,000 people. They will suffer from Covid-19 infections and deaths because of the over-crowding. Israel did not vaccinate the Palestinian population in line with their desire to eliminate Palestinians. They tactically destroyed high rises to ensure that between 1,000 to 2,000 additional deaths will be added to the recent Palestinian death toll of over 257 and over 8,538 people injured.

Such tactics have no morality but constitute a cynical group manipulating declarations through a very crude applied psychology of an enthusiastic misrepresentation of the facts and their intent. They continue to treat the world as idiots and openly rejoice in their power to continue the 73 years of dispossession and selective murder of the people of Palestine. Israel has no "right to defend itself" by murdering the innocent. Such actions undermine the right of this Israel to exist. Israel occupies the territory of the people of Palestine and should be grateful for what it has. But it continues to steal land and displace Palestinian families through settler schemes. In line with the actions of their immoral IDF they have the crass affront to refer to this overt territorial robbery and people displacement, imposing suffering on the Palestinians as "God's work". Can such a people have any claims to morality?

Following Dominic Cummings' statement that there had been no provisions to protect people living in care homes from Covid-19 infection, nothing stated by anyone in government have disproven Cummings point. With or without vaccinations there are still ways to shield people basically using isolation. So 14 days in a motel/hotel would have done the trick in transferring patients from hospitals with or without tests back to Care homes. This was not done. The cost appears to have been something like 45,000 avoidable deaths.

Whether or not "herd immunity" was or was not "official policy" there are enough papers and recorded public statements to confirm that the government introduced significant delays in decision making, in spite of considerable amounts of data from other countries showing high death rates, coasting on the notion that "herd immunity" might work, when it was patently obvious it would not. As a result, as Cummings noted, thousand of people died unnecessarily. Just these two points alone probably account for about 50% of the deaths so far and PM waffle and Secretary of State for Health side-stepping cannot hide these facts.

There needs to be a demand that an investigation into the management of Covid-19 should start immediately rather that give it the long grass treatment intended by an incompetent government, to put all of this off until next year. Too many constituents have lost family members to be treated in such as offhand manner.

Last March when Dominic Cummings gave evidence on ARIA to the S&TC, we mentioned the findings of that other son of Barnard Castle, John Northcote Parkinson (1909–1993) the originator of Parkinson's Law, whose Laws enable an understanding of what Cummings described with respect to decision-making in the civil service. This time, because the discussion homed in on ministers, secretaries of state and the Prime Minister the focus would seem to switch to the Peter Principle, that in organizations people rise to their level of incompetence. If the subject matter, Covid-19, was not so serious, these sessions would have been quite amusing. For example, at one point Cummings pointed out that there was something wrong with a democratic system that gave someone like him so much power and the alternatives for national leadership in the election as Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. Cummings pointed out some key issues that plague British governance such as the secrecy and failure to publish positions and plans, a closed HR system within the civil service and perverse incentives.

Fact checkers have been busy. The BBC seemed to misunderstsnd Cummings' statements referring to the perceptions of decision-makers in the bubble doubting the willingness of the British public to tolerate Asian Covid-19 control methods. Citing polls of pubic opinion indicating willingness of folk, who exist outside the bubble, to endure such restrictions doesn't fact check what he was saying but rather confirms his point.

The degree of media bias can be observed by entering the words, "Jeremy Corbyn, News" in a search engine and what comes up is biased takes on snippets of news that cast Jeremy Corbyn in a negative light. For example, observe on the left a display provided by today's online Sky News of its "Jeremy Corbyn" section. This biased display is what is meant by lack of impartiality and over which the regulator, so-called, Ofcom, does little to correct.

On the other hand, Jeremy Corbyn has delivered a balanced speech entitled A Free Media for a Free Society. He, after all, has a personal experience of the unscrupulous capacity for UK media to exaggerate fictitious negative characteristics of individuals for ideological and partisan reasons and largely based on a fabrication of events and misrepresentation of the facts.

Corbyn has been and remains steadfast in maintaining his consistent track record of pursuing, by peaceful means, and without insulting anyone, a quest for truth and justice for the people of this country, including the establishment of a genuinely free press. In the meantime the media snear and continue to insult the public through their insistence on distortion of the facts. This overt scurrilous irresponsibility is an affront to the people of this country and it damages our democracy.

The shaping of the public perception through dishonest reporting is what gave impetus to the absurd manipulation by some within the Labour party not to act on complaints so as to permit the relatively small number of antisemitic complaints within the Labour party to fester and generate an image of delays to be blamed on Jeremy Corbyn. As soon as Corbyn had become aware of this state of affairs he replaced key people and things speeded up. However, one of the lesser acknowledged reasons for
What our "free press"
never told us....

targeting Corbyn was the fact that he had promised that in government Labour would recognize the State of Palestine. The other issue was that under Corbyn, Labour had questioned the very elaborate definition of antisemitism with respect to the growing tendency for anyone criticising the Apartheid Israeli regime being accused of being antisemitic. This fact was stifling open and honest discussion on the continuing occupation and dispossession of the people of Palestine by the Israeli regime. This and his lifelong consistent position of seeking justice for the people of Palestine were not in the interests of government of Israel whose government and diplomatic staff contributed to targeting him in an international campaign of "Get Corbyn" and a blatant interference in British politics by an alien state. This was ably supported by our "free press" and a minority of fanatics in the Labour party.

While almost everyone, in the increasingly woke environment, cow towed to the defective report issued by the EHRC, Jeremy Corbyn's reaction was completely rational in pointing out that the extent of antisemitism in the Labour party has been exaggerated for political reasons. Jeremy Corbyn stated no more than the facts but, of course, the media hid and continues to hide the facts. Keir Starmer, fearful of political assassination at the hands of the same fanatics, removed the whip from Corbyn demanding an apology from Corbyn for highlighting the facts; a quite perverse and cowardly decision.

The media, following the corrupt hacking scandal, wished to stop any police-media corruption investigation on issues exposed by the Levinson Enquiry. They pressured Mike Hancock into canceling the investigation, which he did; contrary to the interests of the public. The media has continued to resist any revival of this necessary investigation. The government has refused to proceeded with Levinson II.
What the Levinson Enquiry exposed...
It requires further investigation
to establish the role of the "free press"....

So the UK media, police and government were not too keen on the public finding out any more details on the type of corrupt practice of our "Free Press" such as those which surfaced during the Levinson Enquiry and illustrated on the right.

Far from the image the media promote for themselves, most are not acting as a 4th Estate to report the truth and to maintain vigilance over the acts of government in domestic and foreign affairs. As a result our media bias, public awareness and therefore public choice is impaired and political parties remain in fear of bad publicity. This is because they accept that the media does not offer a balanced review of facts but rather they follow the ideological fixations of their owners. The government remains under the influence of such media moguls.

This unfortunate level of bias corrupts the information the constituents of this country need to make informed and unbiased decisions; it corrodes UK democracy. One of the few politicians organizing to change this state of affairs is Jeremy Corbyn.

No wonder he continues to have such a bad press.

This week's Renegade Inc., Ross Ashcroft's informative programme on current issues, anaysed from often original perspectives, featured an interview with Darren McGarvey which achieved a stark and transparent breakdown of Britain’s social divide.

In his forthcoming book, "The Social Distance Between Us", Darren will take his argument further based on the pandemic's exposure of class inequality. However, he also points out that if the will is there, political and economic mechanisms do exist to solve poverty and inequality.

Recent concerns over Bitcoin’s (BTC) "excessive" non-green energy consumption are misdirected. Conventional banking consumes more than twice Bitcoin's level. Galaxy Digital estimates Bitcoin consumption at 114 TWh and just the first US 100 banks at over 260 TWh each year. There are thousands of banks in the US and worldwide so the real situation places banks in a very bad light.

The report just released, "On Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption: A Quantitative Approach to a Subjective Question," provides open-source access to its methodology and calculations. Bitcoin's consumption is also at least half that of the gold industry. Bitcoin’s energy consumption can be tracked in real time through the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index. Galaxy Digital Mining say that estimating energy usage in the gold industry and traditional financial system is not straightforward.

People might have noticed the growing emphasis in relation to COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference that there is increasing talk about the role of finance in achieving the Green New Deal, Building Back Better and Zero Emissions by some never-never date. It would seem to be in order for the banking system to get its operations into line with our current existential crisis. At the moment US financial lobbies are trying to get rid of Bitcoin. This is a confusing picture over which governments seem to have no rational position.

Double Down News held a programme on Nakba day which has been marred by the ongoing violence. The anchor was Liam Young and the discussion was between Mustafa Barghouti, Linda Sarsour, Jeremy Corbyn and Andrew Feinstein. This programme provides much information that mainstream media avoids and for this reason it is well worth watching. Here is an opportunity to listen to Jeremy Corbyn and the other contributors without interruption or the censorship so widespread in the mainstream media in the United Kingdom. Jeremy Corbyn, for example, simply cannot be considered to be anti-semitic, but rather, a rational peacemaker with the courage to consistently stand on the side of justice and truth. To access this programme, click on the image on the right.

Nakba Day is observed on 15 May every year and commemorates the initiation of the dispossession of Palestinians and ethic cleansing of the land they inhabted when the Israeli state was founded in 1948. "Nakba" is the Arabic word for "catastrophe" or “disaster” and this occasion remembers the 700,000-900,000 Palestinians forced to flee as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and seek refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, often without any citizenship being granted.

This process has continued for 73 years as illegal settlements displacing Palestinians and destroying farmland, have increasingly occupied Palestinian territory as this Apartheid state cosolidates its power on the basis of a continued dispossession of the Palestinian people.

On Saturday 15th May, there are protests across the UK on Nakba Day, to commemorate the initiation of this horror. Those wishing to attend their local protest in a Covid-secure way, there is a list here. Those who are unable to come out, you can join the Palestine Solidarity Campaign or support organisations like Medical Aid for Palestinians. And make sure you’re signed up to our international justice mailing list for any further updates on Palestine. On Saturday, 15th at 8pm, Jeremy Corbyn will be talking about the situation live on Double Down News' YouTube channel.

This week's Alex Salmond Show is well worth watching because it contains some insightful observations by Peter Oborne concerning the state of British politics and in particular the strange abberation in the form of the support for the Prime Minister as a person who has very serious issues with his close to pathological inability to stop lying. Oborne's convincing explanation for the loss of the Red Wall points to Tony Blair's cynical politics as initiating the rot. Oborne identifies a logical fault line in the Conservative party which is likely to cause it to fail. This will see a tipping point when those from the Red Wall realise that Boris Johnson is incapable of delivering on the promises he has made to these people. This point of view is considered to be correct by the economists in the APEurope correspondents Pool. To watch this interesting interview, click on the image on the left.

We own it, the campaign group against privatization of the National Health Service, is running a petition calling attention to the government's intent to continue to privatize the NHS.

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Faced with a choice between largely false promises, on the one hand, and no promises, on the other, the latest election reflected a failure of the two main political parties, whose membership makes up less than 1% of the electorate, to reflect the needs of the Briish constituency.

Where individuals were better known and had specific objectives people had confidence to support the politicians concerned with more conviction. Mayors, Wales and Scotland all signal the demise of relevance of the Westminster bubble to the countries of the United Kingdom. This has left England and Northern Ireland with the usual choice between false promises and no promises at all; a propositional desert.

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Following the collapse of the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1971 the United Kingdom has experienced accelerating social and economic deprivation under 50 Years of economic policy experimentation, the loss of funds and jobs to offshore investment and production and a complete loss of control of the balance of payments. This was followed by 13 years of quantiative easing that only accelerated the transfer of cash flow from the majority of wage earners to a minority of asset holders and hollowed out pubic services and the NHS. Today 40% of th UK population earn less than the average per capita income of Croatia.

A recent article in Labour Heartlands raises the important question for the Red Wall constituents as "Before you vote this week ask your candidate the hard questions, like why is your region one of the poorest in Northern Europe."

Indian Covid-19 death statistics are under-estimates with only confirmed hospital deaths recorded. The rising and already excessive deaths recorded via sometimes makeshift crematoriums is estimated to be about five times hospital deaths. Based on the current rate of increase in infections and deaths where the population has had far less protection than, for example, the UK, deaths in India could exceed 3 million people.

In 2012 a short booklet was published entitled, "Britannia Unchained" under the names of Kwasi Kwateng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, all Conservative MPs. It was referred to in Jon Cruddas' recent book "The Dignity of Labour". As part of reference due diligence APEurope Pool cross-checked Cruddas' comments with the content of that document.

The authorship of the document is not clear, nor is it evident to what extent it represents Conservative party of current government policy or intent. However, it contains interpretations of how some countries have managed their economic affairs in comparison with Britain. This a valid exercise in the identification of lessons learned for the United Kingdom in "how to do it". There are many valid policy objectives declared with some confidence and certitude. Unfortunately some economic and sector policy suggestions have significant shortcomings. Since publication, the intervening period has seen economic theory and policy propositions advance to provide better alternatives not yet reflected in government policy propositions.
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A weekend Agence Presse Européenne correspondent's Pool workshop on "Essentials" reviewed why hegemonic cycles roll the way they do, ending up in speculative finance; our current state of affairs. An analysis was presented that explored the question, "Is it possible to maintain the equilibrium between onshore employment, production and wage levels throughout a cycle?" This has always proven to be impossible and the outcome has significant implications for any post-Covid-19 economic policies. Investing in "infrastructure" and "building back better" seem to be empty rhetoric because conventional economic theory contains nothing to support this as a viable proposition. We now have added the 3rd part of this article series. It covers a part of the afternoon workshop session presentations (10th April, 2021) which were subject to a reassessment in a subsequent mid-week workshop for economists. This was because the final parts were counter-intuitive for many economists who were unaware of the RIO-Real Incomes Objective approach. However, the final form presented here was acknowledged to contain the elements of a policy to move beyond the current economic and social impasse in the policy sphere in achieving a credible future sustainable economy for the United Kingdom.

Since the mainstream media have the same benefactors as the political parties it is not surprising that rather than inform the public of important facts, many mainstream media hide them by ignoring them. It therefore makes a change that a journalist, such as George Monbiot, has been able to post an article on this subject in the Guardian. It is worth reading: "The media are allowing this government’s cronyism and dishonesty to flourish"

Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has written a timely book entitled, "The Dignity of Labour"." This is an analysis of how the central role of a calling, or sense of vocation, for the work of increasing numbers of working people has been undermined by both Labour and Conservative governments through a repetitive process of undelivered promises concerning the management of the national labour affairs; now for over 55 years.

A prepared article on the book is being updated to take into account the dynamic macro context within which Cruddas explores the lamentable history of labour relations in the UK. This was missing from the book but it adds emphasis of the significance of what Cruddas is saying. There is an urgent need for a new policy approach for Britain; CybaCity considers this to be a priority quest. Cruddas states that his book does not concern policy but he has made valid observations that contribute to a possible shaping of policy details. The book is an essential resource which will become evident in our re-issued article oriented towards policy propositions.

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"Be realistic! Why else would I become an MP?"
Boris Johnson has openly promoted greed in politics and helping give direction to the economy. This shallow mind has led this government to apply this corrupt phisosophy to the detriment of the majority of the national constituency. A Transparency International report points to this government's cavalier handing of large contracts to friends with no previous experience in the production or supply of the contracted items or services ignoring procurement procedure oversight. That we are in "unprecedented times" is no justification because the government's ignoring of strategic assessments to prepare for epidemics and its intentional depletion of human resources and bed capacity of the National Health Service over the last 12 years, under a disastrous Bank of England quantiative easing, exacerbated the state of affairs. Sunak thanked NHS efforts by maintaining nurses' real wage depletion.

A pathological culture drives State Department aggression, the Neo-con mentality and a cancel culture, witnessed in the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn. This paranoid condition was imposed by the Holocaust, strongly imprinting this experience on families and descendents. Realizing that no one will help to save you for fear for their own lives instills a socially pathological condition of reacting to anything imagined to be against one's interests with extreme aggression, often preciptating anticipatory violence against those who mean no harm. To terminate the destructive impacts on societal trust, confidence and stability, this condition needs to be acknowledged.

With the current orchestrated build up of criticism and demonization of Russian intentions with respect to the Ukraine, it is refreshing to hear some straight talk between a Russian Journalist and a well-informed Russian strategist. Oksana Boyko, the RT Show "Worlds Apart" anchor, interviews Evgeny Buzhinsky, Chairman of the PIR Center concerning current events. PIR Center was founded in 1994, as a non-governmental organization specializing in global security issues, international information security, and global Internet governance. PIR Center has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The main program is Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia, the developments concerning Iran's nuclear program and the role of Russia within the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty. Recent work includes new technologies, global Internet governance and the prospects of BRICS. To watch the latest edition click on the image above-left.

Mark Carney, in his last Reith Lecture, made assertions concerning the role of "investment" in a Green New Deal to tackle climate change in a post-tipping point period as the ice caps melt. Unfortunately the track record of monetary policy and central bank behaviour over the last 30 years, or more specifically, last 12 years, provides no confidence that this is the case. This weekend, 17th-18th April, 2021, APEurope Correspondents' Pool workshop will cover both sides of the question, "Can monetarism make a Green New Deal effective?" We will report on the outcome.

The Chancellor has no decision options other than those imposed by the Treasury and the Bank of England

As Rishi Sunak gains more public exposure it would seem to be more than apparent that he is heavily chaperoned by the Treasury and by Bank of England (BoE) oversight. He has difficulty in rationalising the more detailed aspects of bean counting that are the stuff of the Treasury. He avoids, like the plague, any comments on the self-evident disastrous outcomes of the BoE's quantitative easing. It is of course convenient to justify avoidance of mention of this immense elephant in the room on the futile basis that this immensely destructive monster is "independent"; Sunak doesn't even venture that far, he just ignores the destruction.

But as has been pointed out in the article series "Putting the demos back into democracy", the interests of a political party whose membership amounts to less than 0.35% of the UK electorate has resulted in Sunak paying more attention to the Treasury and BoE to gain a favourable coverage from the UK's biased mainstream media, than to the actual substantive needs of the people of this country. If these were of concern to him, he would have been questioning BoE and Treasury independence from the financial service industry and overhauling monetary theory and policies.

The UK has an international leadership in genome sequencing for the important global issue of coronavirus strains. Another important international innovation to support food security under climate change is being pioneered by a UK organization. A recent article in Agricultural Innovation describes the results of applied research by the George Boole Foundation, a British non profit that develops agricultural decision analysis tools (ATs).

The Foundation's cloud-based SDGTookit, to be launched next month, supports the needs of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The system has over 60 ATs essential for project design. An aditional 100 ATs are in development. Empirical data has established that short term variations in seasonal temperatures and water deficits do more economic damage than the slow, longer term changes in climatic averages. Locational-state genotypic sequencing (LSGS) reduces these impacts by aligning crop genotype sensitivities to likely short term temperature excesses and water deficits. This stabilizes average yields over the medium to long term under rising average temperatures and CO2 concentrations.

Global benefits include the increased £ trillions in cash flows from more stable food, fibre and feedstock production. The George Boole Foundation is the international leader in locational-state theory (LST) applications based on associate's 35 years of research and applied development experience in all aspects of economic development project cycles.

Jeremy Corbyn delivered a rousing speech to thousands of people gathered in Parliament Square, brought together in the protest "Kill the Bill" against the Police, Courts, Crime and Sentencing Bill.

He defended the history of protest movements in this country as an essential mechanism for bringing about essential changes that have benefited all of us. In constitutional terms Corbyn is right. Most human rights legislation and improvments in work conditions, working hours, general education and many others came from people protesting conditions through demonstrations. Almost no beneficial changes were initiated by "leadership", so-called.

Stella Moris revealed on social media that a personal message from Pope Francis was delivered to Julian Assange's cell door by the prison priest on Palm Sunday. She expressed a gratitude to the many Catholics and other Christians campaigning for his freedom.

Part of the APEurope Pool seminar two weeks ago reviewed the state of representation of the people of Britain, the electorate, in the system of governance. What is very apparent is how neither political parties nor the system provides any means for the national constituency, the people, the "demos" to have any substantive say in the decisions of most importance to their wellbeing. In particular macroeconomic policy, foreign affairs where the people of Britain are represented abroad and shaping welfare provisions to the evolving needs of the population. We have added the last part of this series.

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In the context of "politics without parties", Jememy Corbyn's influence grows. Increasing numbers want a more open and representative democracy. Adherents are positive about Corbyn but not about the Labour party. He gave well received and memorable speeches at the Stop the War Conference and Media Democracy Festival, this spring.

Concerning the state of the media, Corbyn made four essential points in defence of free and independent media. 1. In the UK, media ownership is in the hands of few very rich individuals. Just three companies control almost 90% of national newspaper circulation. 2. Boris Johnson has appointed a party donor, a banker and former manager of Sunak to be the chair of the BBC. 3. Boris Johnson wants to make Paul Dacre, editor of the pro-Conservative Daily Mail, head of OFCOM, and 4. Two new TV stations will shift UK coverage to the right one owned by Murdoch and the other to be chaired by Andrew Neil. It is worth reading Corbyn's speech on this topic delivered to the Media Democracy Festival organized by the well-respected Media Reform Coalition chaired by Professor Natalie Fenton. It is notable that while Corbyn is engaged in issues of importance to our democracy it is difficult to trace anything of note having been stated by the Labour leader or others in that spent force. Unlike, the Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party, emboiled in cronyism, Jeremy Corbyn is not known to lie. But to check other facts, readers can click on the image on the right to access the report "Who owns British media?" 2021, produced by the

The British Strategic Review team are tracing the sources of an aggressive paranoia, a highly destructive social condition that is increasingly evident in current US foreign policy and domestic dialogues, social media content and, in the UK, the observed behaviour of politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties as well as academia.

This will be uncomfortable reading for the self-righteous who believe that their behaviour is morally superior to others, but the logic is robust and evidence-based. We will report on this soon.

CrossTalk is a regular discussion programme involving three or four experts in different, usually, political fields. It is hosted by Peter Lavelle, an American historian. He was born in Beverly Hills, California and is now based in Moscow. Lavelle graduated in International Economic Relations, has an M.A. in European history, and completed his Ph.D. in European Economic History from the University of California, Davis. He was also a Fulbright Research Fellow.
In the latest edition his guests discuss the expansion of NATO and enormous military budgets in the USA. There is a logic, based on the statistics presented, that this military expenditure is justified on the basis of illusionary enemies and to expand the membership of NATO worldwide so as to substitute the UN and replace the Security Council while creating a lucrative market for US military gear on the basis of propaganda and "cash diplomacy".

Wang Yi

M. Javad Zarif

Ali Larijani

The USA's aggressive sanctions policies which have resulted in millions of deaths worldwide, in the name of "humanitarian action", are facing a reality check. A week ago Antony Blinken thought it apposite to insult China and in previous weeks Jo Biden has sought to insult the Russian head of state.

This weekend, Iran and China, favourite whipping boys of the USA and both under US sanctions, have signed a 25-year cooperation accord in Tehran on Saturday, by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The representative of the Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei and point person on this 25-year accord will be Ali Larijani. This agreement will increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600bn in the next decade. Yet-to-be-published details are expected to include significant Chinese investments in Iran’s key sectors such as energy and infrastructure, in addition to military cooperation. There are major future agreements in the works between Russia and China also.

Abandoning Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers including the USA, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, the USA exposed significant flaws in the USA's constitution, in the inability to prevent presidents from not honouring international agreements, on a whim. This affront to the agreement signatories, all of whom continued to honour the agreement, was associated with the USA imposing harsh sanctions on Iran, largely under Israeli goading, to undermine its entire financial system. There is a palpable sense on the part of increasing numbers of countries that, although, "America is back", its constitutional structure causes it to be a country that cannot be trusted to uphold agreements; even with "allies".

It seems that Keir Starmer intends to shuffle his cabinet in an attempt to improve the poor standing of Labour in the ratings. However, there are fundamental reasons why this is likely to make things worse.
John McDonnell at the LSE
in better times...

Things in the Labour party are now in marked contrast to the Corbyn leadership which encouraged wider participation in policy development and became the largest Socialist party in Europe. Under John McDonnell, a series of very constructive economics seminars helped identify and analyze significant issues and to advance useful ideas. This helped Labour gain international recognition as an outward looking party of significance.

In contrast Starmer appears to be pursuing a cynical parochial objective to become part of a two party system duo, like the Republicans and Democrats in the USA, providing the constituents with no effective choice except dog whistle woke identity politics favoured by those who do not want popular participation in policy decision-making i.e. corporations and media. So, like Blair, the overall drift is to turn Labour in to the equivalent to a Conservativelight. The drive in this direction fueled by a violent internal cancel culture, starting with the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn and then others, engineered by militant fanatics who openly favour an aggressive alien Apartheid regime. These people remain in the party. This reality has permanently damaged the image of the Labour party. Labour's prospects are bound to continue to decline if the manipulators of these atrocities remain in command.

Increasing numbers are asking, "Where is Jeremy Corbyn?" and wondering if a genuine alternative socialist party should be formed founded on many of the propositions that emerged from McDonnell's workshops as a genuine alternative to the Conservatives and Labour, with its increasingly tainted, depressing, crumbling and soulless image.

Alex Salmond has launched a new politial party in Scotland, the Alba party. His novel concept is to make use of the proportional representation system at Holyrood which sees MSPs elected from constituencies, with additional members elected from eight regional lists in a bid to ensure each party’s total number of MSPs is in proportion to the percentage of votes it receives.

The SNP has been successful in winning constituency seats and less so with the regional list section of the ballot. The latest opinion polls suggest the SNP on the lists would win no seats whatsoever, despite having the best part of a million votes. This Salmond feels is a complete waste of votes. Mr Salmond stated that, "The Alba Party is a list party, we are standing only on the list, we’re not challenging the SNP in the constituency." This concept of a list-only party is an interesting development. Mr.Salmond however, is not wildly gung ho about this. While he will stand in the North East regional list section in May’s Scottish Parliament election he otherwise has simply stated that, "In the next few weeks we will see how many will rally to our standard."

US crude and petroleum derivative imports 2010-2020
Millions of barrels

During the period in which Donald Trump was trying to shut down North Stream 2 to carry Russian gas to Germany the USA has been increasing its imports of Russian crude.

This was caused, paradoxically, by the USA's "strategy" of increasing fracked oil and gas production to become "self sufficient". In spite of the monetarist model of money injections and low interest rates the fracking investments have not had any financial return because of the very short operational production cycles. The costs involved mean US fracked product prices are well about international prices. As a result the US, as usual, has resorted to trying to manipulate the market through discouraging purchase of cheaper products from such countries as Russia. This was the main motivation for closing down North Stream 2 and this remains the main motivation. The aimless sanctions and attempts at regime change in Venezuela have reduced imports from Venezuela resulting in the need to increase imports from Russia.

This week, Antony Blinken, the Secretary of what appears to be a Department in a bit of a State, has reiterated the typical ideologically possessed nonsense of Germany's support of North Stream 2 is not in the interests of Europe or the Ukraine. He insinuated that Russia is an unreliable supplier. The track record shows that Russia has been the most reliable international supplier of gas and petroleum. On the other hand, the Ukraine has been an untrustworthy partner, having been caught stealing Russian gas in transit through that country. The USA, is an immature democracy with a flawed Constitution that permits international agreements to be cast aside on the whim of a President. This reality has undermined international confidence in the USA to be a reliable partner and especially concerning issues of strategic importance. On the other hand, Russia maintains a mature and stable commitment to all international agreements entered into.

A set of excellent presentations by a panel of supporters for freeing Julian Assange were recorded on YouTube on 23rd March, 2021. This video can accessed by clicking on the image on the left.

As more inspiring speakers contribute information of the truly positive impact of Julian Assange, his vital and dramatic contribution to the upholding of truth becomes increasingly apparent. An increasing number of British and foreign constituents, who value human rights and oppose endless wars, are gaining a deeper understanding of the malign behaviour of the British government in the face of this reality.

The continued completely unjustified punishment administered to Julian Assange only increases the squalid notoriety of the United Kingdom holding the world's most famous political prisoner in its capital city. This government has no moral basis for claiming to be a defender of human rights or to raise human rights issues as a complaint about other countries while it continues to behave in this abhorrent manner.

One of the unfortunate transitions that has occurred since the foundation of the Labour party has been a hostile media influenced by foreign states and domestic political propaganda that equates British socialism with undemocractic forms of social and economic organization. The facts are otherwise. The post-war Labour administration demonstrated, against the odds, that socialism could deliver a more equitable and yet more economically successful country.

This article has been updated with very recent published papers providing supportive logic to the narrative of this article.


The Bill for ARIA was introduced to parliament. It is very sparse with most reading like a memorandum of association. After a long gestation, for such an important initiative and the senior adviser's evidence, there is no DAB (Decision Analysis Brief) so, in reality, no justification has been established. As a result, the House "debate" has been aimless, heavy on praise for UK research and researchers and extolling the virtues of the Agency that has no clear specification of its functional objectives. A troublesome dated pork barrel issue arose repeatedly concerning the Agency location; it should not need one with modern communications technologies.

We have requested an APEurope Pool comment on what they think is missing.

Hector McNeill, the constitutional economist commented that, in doing the rounds of political parties in the early 1980s on a policy to promote a macroeconomic policy to achieve rising productivity, politicians reacted positively to specific aspects of the policy. However, some explained that the aspect in question was appealing and would gain voter support; however, there was no intent to implement any aspect of the policy.

The promotion of policies and democracy as a series of inspiring values to be pursued while not providing the people with the means to achieve them, makes democracy a sort of religion. Karl Marx referred to religion as, "the soul of soulless conditions" or the "opium of the people". Thorstein Veblen saw the church, for example, as a supersalesman and the propaganda of faith as the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed , and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity being similar to the sale of soap powders, lipsticks and restoratives for lost manhood, All relying on unreasoning fear, aspiration and credulity. However the church never actually delivers the goods of life everlasting. Today policy propositions are somewhat like advertising hoardings.

The Science & Technology Committee evidence transcript for the Dominic Cumming's session was posted on the government website. APEurope Pool has now reviewed this and we provide the Pool feedback.

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Much of the discussion surrounding the problems facing British democracy and economic performance, from the standpoint of the people of this country is similar to the reply to someone asking directions which is,

"If you want to get there you should not start here!"

The problem with starting here is that those involved in decision analysis are bedeviled by the fact that most of us have been subjected to a close to useless education. A very academic emersion "about things" as opposed to learning "how to do things". This has created a national endemic malady of practical incompetence. Life-saving strategies should minimize "dependencies" by ensuing all components of the vaccination development and delivery process remain "in house". However, in the name of financial "efficiency" we have ended up with a completely financial and socially irresponsible system of relying on global supply chains. Private companies do not wish to take on the burden of integrating the "low profit" components into their systems so we have been exposed to national and international political manipulation. Because we will face similar or worse epidemics in the future, there should be a national virology centre with production capabilities and with all supplies produced in the UK, including glass vials and labels! Nationalized? Yes, nationalized.

Dominic Cummings gave evidence in front of the Science and Technology Committee chaired by Greg Clark, the other day. This concerned, mainly, ARIA (Advanced Research & Invention Agency). APEurope Pool specialists are awaiting the written records for this particular exchange. However, our contacts with the Pool led to some interesting observations surrounding this topic and concerning the sort of uphill struggle reported by Cummings in trying to get anything done. Therefore while we wait for the written evidence we record some of the obsevations made.


This month's release of the, "Global Britain in a Competitive Age - The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy", is a national embarrassment. It is overloaded with hyperbolic content that obscures any useful content; it is difficult to read. It would seem that this habit of exaggerating objectives to be accomplished with obviously inadequate means has become the hallmark of a government led by a person recently described by the journalist Peter Jenkins as, "Blair with adjectives". A failure to observe basic Decision Analysis Brief (DAB) requirements is more than evident.

APEurope Pool has amongst its associates leading practitioners with more than 40 years direct involvement in national and international applied research and development. They were recently asked to review the evidence provided by Dominic Cummings before the Science and Technlogy Committee of the UK Parliament, chaired by Greg Clark.

Contrary to the bizarre media coverage of Dominic Cummings' points of of view, the first impressions of what he had to say were all positive. Given where Dominic Cummings worked, there are some obvious reasons why good ideas are not transferred into benefits for society. These, of course were not touched on. Judging from the proceedings, Dominic Cummings is probably aware of them but these would not be voiced in a public committee. As new members of the Pool we have requested a short critical report as a basis for an article which will be posted on this site.

A question the British electorate is increasingly posing is,

"How much further do we need to pull this hulk?"

Where the hulk is the ineptitude of British political parties carrying an excess baggage of wrong political economic theories and leading, more recently, to a bizarre case study in twelve years of policy incompetence.

Excessive amounts of policy-injected money, at close-to-zero interest rates, have been directed into asset speculation benefiting very few. For the majority, the demos, the associated policy-induced disincentive to productive investment and productivity on the supply side has resulted in declining real wages, increased income disparity and pauperism.

The social media cesspit
Recent revelations show, as expected, that social media content and trolling and opinion shaping has become an industry managed by political parties and intelligence-related agencies managing, in some cases, thousands of "flies" or fake accounts, of Israel and Saudi Arabia supported by hacking software sold to political parties and governments by Israeli companies to hack into mobiles and spy on target individuals.

This morning's session of the APEurope Pool seminar, "A United Kingdom? - Do political parties have a future?" by SEEL, provided a sweep of coverage and a tantalizing initial peek at some conclusions. It is encouraging to come across such clarity of communication and explanations of some complex strategic issues which appear to be beyond the intellectual capacity of the government and opposition. Many themes seem to point to potentially positive outcomes emerging from the current crises including Covid-19, the economy, climate change, AI, blockchain and 6G; a dark age created, to a significant extent, by political party political parochialism and bungling. As members of the Pool, we can use seminar information for articles; preferable to just generating headlines. As leading edge developers SEEL has imposed restrictions on use of more detailed technical solutions while the economic analysis of the gaps and solution impacts are not embargoed. We will do our best.

Keir Starmer is picking up Boris' bad habits. Against the EHRC advice he appears to be the person who stripped Jeremy Corbyn of the whip whilst having denied that he had done so. Keir Starmer stated at the time that Jeremy Corbyn was suspended by the General Secretary, David Evans, since the EHRC had counseled that the leader, Keir Starmer, should not be involved in such decisions. On BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on Tuesday morning (9th March), Starmer contradicted his public statements by stating, "... and it was Jeremy’s response to a report that we had into the Labour Party on anti-Semitism that caused me to take that action."...!!'

Composite: from scene in the film Brazil, 1985, Director: Terry Gilliam

An intriguing set of topics are on the agenda for the next APEurope Pool seminar this weekend. It will cover some of the content of the latest British Strategic Review. Issues covered include the inability of the British electorate to have any say over monetary policy which had devastated the economy and people's lives before Covid-19 turned up or to get the Government to release the world's most famous political prisoner. The inability of "political parties" to do what the majority desire, pivots on their fear of foreign state and media reprisals. Parties with parliamentary majorities frequently introduce and pass legislation never put to the people in an election but favoured by tiny controlling factions. There is now an unacceptable misrepresentation of facts by the leaderships of the two main political parties. The extreme intolerance and censorship of dissent and expulsions by the main political parties is also unacceptable. It would seem that, for many, "the party is over" and that it is time to organize a new constitutional settlement where people will have more of a say. We will report back on the seminar.

Bank of England QE rose from £200 billion in November 2009 to £1.2 trillion in March 2009

The government has been presiding over the Bank of England's quantitative easing which has increased the amount of money flooding into the economy by over 600% since 2009 in exchange for most funds flowing into asset price speculation and away from supply side investment and productivity resulting in a fall in real wages.

The National Health Service productivity against resource inputs increased by amazing amounts during the Covid-19 crisis reaching rises in throughput of up to 200% and achieving increasing levels of recovery. The reward offered by government is a 1% pay rise for nurses.

SERCO after a lamentable period of no dividend payments was able to provide shareholders with dividends following an influx of £350 million for Track and Trace from the government. The marginal gains in productivity of Track an Trace came from the integration of the service with local authority health providers and services raising performance from the mid-50% to over 90%. Yet those making the difference and those in the NHS are not provided with any reward.

The government continues to follow a strategy of imposed disincentives on NHS staff to destroy the service in preparation for their fixation to deliver NHS privatization by attrition.

A British Palestinian member of the Labour Party has called upon the Party to provide further details about its recruitment of former officer of the Israeli Defence Force, Assaf Kaplan, to manage the Party’s digital campaigning. Bindmans LLP has written to the Party on behalf of Adnan Hmidan a member, regarding its recruitment of Mr Kaplan to the position of Social Listening and Organising Manager in January 2021. Mr Kaplan has admitted online to previously working for Unit 8200, the controversial cyberwarfare branch of the IDF, which was allegedly involved in unlawful surveillance operations against Palestinians, including using coercive spying tactics on innocent Palestinian civilians, to obtain information for the purposes of extortion and blackmail.

Oksana Boyko, the Russian Journalist, manages her own programme, Worlds Apart" on RT. She is a good engaging interviewer and always does her homework on the topics to be discussed.

In her latest show, working from home, Oksana interviewed Georgi Derluguian, professor of social research and public policy at New York University, Abu Dhabi and a co-author of "Does Capitalism Have a Future?" This programme is well worth watching, it is just 30 minutes long, but Derluguian explores some very interesting perspectives on historic and contemporary facts that raise important questions on the current state of our economic system.

To view this edition click on the image on the right.

Andrew Doyle has written a beautifully written tract in his, "Free Speech - and why it matters."; we consider this book to be essential reading in the light of the transformation of wokeness into a broad identity social and political mess, now with cancel culture and the williness to impose widespread censorship.

It is well worth reading.

On the dust cover it is stated,

"Free speech is the marrow of democracy. Without it, no other liberties exist. It is detested by tyrants because it empowers their captive subjects. It is mistrusted by puritans because it is the wellsprong of subversion. Unless we are able to speak our minds we cannot innovate, or even begin to make sense of the world"

What Doyle identifies is an evolution of control by people and governments who consider themselves to be defenders of the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law and yet their actions represent the onset of a decadence imposing constraints on free expression, undermining democratic discourse that will turn laws into chains.

One reason for freezing wages of the public sector workers and only providing 1% for medical staff is to provide more opportunity for the private sector to afford to pay staff of any competing service so as to raise the feasibility of privatizing public services and the National Health Service in particular. Therefore this is a sweetener for any companies who might be provided with over-sized contracts by the current government to carry out some specific service. Already large US-based insurance groups are buying up GP practices, so keeping nurse wages low can help them compete for nurses in a market depleted intentionally, over the last 12 years, by this same government that has the intent of privatizing the government component.

This attrition is likely to transition into a privatization of national insurance by government and this revenue becoming the basis of a tender for private insurance companies to "administer" these funds "on behalf" of the NHS. This, it would seem, is an underlying strategy of the large US insurance companies and some in the current government. Once this happens the excesses will rise as will charges for pharmaceuticals, so medical practitioners working in US insurance-company-owned GP practices will prescribe the "correct" medicines. The basic philosophy is that levelling up signifies more opportunities for profit by the private sector. However, the US model shows how this operation results in far higher costs. The last 12 years under quantitative easing, enthusiastically maintained by the current government, has seen a significant decline in real wages and rise in the number of paupers in the population. Therefore this prospective NHS model will create a large segment of the population who can no longer afford medical service cover; just like the USA.

The Ordinance of Labourers was one of the first "Poor laws" issued by Edward III in 1349, and revised in 1350. This was in response to the 1348–1350 Black Death epidemic in England eliminating 30–40% of the population. The labour shortage in the agricultural economy meant landowners had to raise wages or were not able to produce. Wages rose as did prices. In an attempt to rein in prices, the Ordinance was introduced requiring that everyone who was able, would be required to offer their labour at pre-plague wage rates. People tried to leave such work, but Edward III passed additional laws to punish such individuals and the Statute of Cambridge (1388), restricted the movement of labourers as well as beggars. The glorious result was that power, the land owners and royalty colluded to to create the social class of paupers.

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) sided with the "deserving poor", those who were in work but so badly paid they became paupers surviving on the basis of state support. The "undeserving poor", another category under the 1834 Poor Law, included vagrants and unmarried mothers.

Today, 670 years after the Ordinance, macroeconomic policies in the United Kingdom have not removed the pauperism from our society. Policies, deemed adequate by our politicians have, in fact, greatly increased the population of working paupers.

As a parliamentary reporter, Charles Dickens gained insight to form his own opinions on politicians. He found them to be pompous and to make promises which they did not keep. He considered Parliament to be a sort of circus or bear garden. Not much has changed. In his novel "David Copperfield" he made David a parliamentary reporter who stated, "Night after night, I record predictions that never come to pass, professions that are never fulfilled, explanations that are only meant to mystify. I am sufficiently behind the scenes to know the worth of political life. I am quite an Infidel about it - and shall never be converted."

In 2007-2008 the collapse of the economy as a result of financialization and fraudulent dealing in the financial services sector saw the economy in a state of reduced investment, real wages and low productivity. The threats from the banking sector led governments to introduce quantitative easing (QE) which has exacerbated the state of affairs. This bail out was never referred to as being generous but rather as way to save the economy. Investment, productivity and real wages have fallen. The proportion of paupers in the United Kingdom has increased dramatically; many in work relying on food banks.
For 12 years, policy did nothing to address falling real wages, public services were stripped back as a result of less public funds. The government rejected the option of a people's QE.

With Covid-19 the imaginary threat from bankers has been replaced by a real threat. Government has been forced to act, not out of their magnanimous tendencies but to avoid civil unrest as a result of unemployment and getting the blame. Current actions are a frantic move to save the economic survival through furlough and marginal rises in the payments to paupers. But Rishi Sunak had the gall to refer to this people's QE as "generous" in his budget speech. Covid-19 has served the purpose of demonstrating, in stark terms, that the imaginary threat posed by bankers created a policy that enriched bankers, left most of the population without any savings and increased the number of paupers.

Human rights and environmental organizations have sent an open letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (17th February, 2021), asking it to launch a review of the retaliatory "SLAPP" lawsuits Chevron brought against Steven Donziger, the lawyer who helped 30,000 Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Ecuador win a landmark $9.5 billion judgment against the company for massive oil pollution and Amazon environmental destruction. The extraordinarily disturbing attacks that Chevron Corporation orchestrated against Donziger by abusing the the federal court system, ended up with Danziger now being held under house arrest. The letter was signed by Amnesty International, Global Witness, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, Civil Liberties Defense Center, Climate Defense Project, Global Witness, Mosquito Fleet, National Lawyers Guild, Pachamama Alliance, Palestine Legal, Protect the Protest, Publish What You Pay-US, Rainforest Action Network, and the Union of Concerned Scientists as well as 55 Nobel Laureates and hundreds of international lawyers.

For a clear exposition of this horrific case click on the Renegade Inc button to the right.

Macroeconomics suffers from an affliction. This is the development of a lofty supersilious mentality of condescending explanations for the general public as to the subtle differences in the application of money under the gold standard and the current fiat system. Most are tired of hearing about the changed concept to circulation of funds between countries with trade deficits and those with surplusses. Groans greet the many propositions of money supply including modern monetary theory and now the excited anticipation and scurries of discussions around a "Bretton Woods Moment".

The confident advocates who expound Keynesianism or monetarism theory do so, not as theory or interesting concepts, but rather as instructions on managing the economy. However, the man in the street, those common fellows, are patient, they have been waiting for over 50 years for these prima donnas to explain why injecting money into the economy has never been accompanied by money flowing to where there is an effective growth in real incomes and fall in income disparity to bring the economy into a equilibrium where there are no more working paupers and busy food banks alongside speculative asset bubbles.

Nita Carritte (1877-1929) a genuine prima donna of the London-based Carl Rosa Opera Company, in 1895, would no doubt have disapproved of economists acting like prima donnas.

Those who complain about monetary policy do so by discussing monetarism as unalterable laws etched on hallowed tablets of monetary orthodoxy. Interpretation remains the preserve of the clerics of Keynesianism and monetarism. The dictats of the Bank of England, the High Temple, are what will be. The result has been that a tiny higher income faction has benefited and have considerable influence over government. A situation where government by a small group of people who have unlimited power over the people in their country and use it unfairly is the definition of tyranny in the Cambridge Dictionary. Our first-past-the-post electoral system delivers this likelihood with governments with a small percentage of the vote gaining absolute majorities in parliament meaning a tiny cabinet of less than 20 people can take decisions and more or less do what they want. MPs with an eye to their income status and personal prospects follow the whip's "advice" and constituency views, even if they knew what these were, largely ignored. As witnessed this includes an ability to take legislative decisions on matters that never featured in election manifestos.

Rather than tackle bogus economic theory and practice, Keir Starmer is strenuously attempting to turn Labour into ConservativeLight by attempting to emulate their stated values. Blair did the same thing with disastrous results for the country. In the meantime the Greens and the Social Democrats are a disappointment because they also are not realizing that the econonomic theories and practice are defunct. However, recent policy papers produced by APEurope Pool Economists have explained why monetarism does not work, Keynesianism and monetarism cannot support innovation and productivity growth and what really causes inflation. The papers, so far, are credible and have the objective of establishing alternative policies that can bring direct improvements in the wellbeing of the majority of constituents. This series can be accessed here: "Economics Briefs", on the Corbynista.org website, they are very revealing, free and worth reading.

The Bank of England's chief economist, thinks an inflationary tiger is in the offing. What else could have been expected? Instability is the the result of quantitative easing (QE) pouring excessive amounts of money into the economy prior to Covid-19 causing inflationary bubbles in asset markets benefiting few. In the case of land and real estate, prices are leaking through into the prices and rents of land, housing, office space, retail units, industrial units, warehousing, port facilities, building plots. This is making housing beyond the reach of many and imposing rises in costs in the supply side production. This cost push inflation is associated with the other policy outcome of exacerbated purchasing power of wages. This is policy-induced inflation.

The problem is that macroeconomics policies are dominated by monetary policy. QE is a supreme example of how policy has diverted money away from supply side investment, productivuty and real wages and into inflationary asset markets, destroying supply side demand equilibrium and growth. If any inflationary tigers arise, it is a direct result of government having put all of its eggs in a simplistic monetary basket with prejudicial outcomes for the majority.

Anthony Albanese the Australian opposition Labour leader, has thrown his support behind releasing Julian Assange after 10 years without freedom. Asked at a caucus meeting in Canberra on Tuesday for his view on the ongoing detention of now the world's most famous political prisoner, remaining under enforced imprisonment by the hapless and weak British government.

His response was "Enough is enough,"

and that ".... I can't see what is served by keeping him incarcerated."

The Supreme Court has ruled that Shamima Begum cannot return to the UK to fight her citizenship case on the grounds of the, as yet unproven, assertion that she represents a significant national security risk. Lord Reed stated that the Court of Appeal had mistakenly believed that, when an individual's right to have a fair hearing, came into conflict with the requirements of national security, her right to a fair hearing must prevail. However, the Court of Appeal's' position would have led to a fair hearing providing Ms. Begum with the opportunity to argue against any evidence as to why she is a threat to national security. Simply taking the assertions of a Home Secretary is abusive; he is not above the law. No one has explained why she is a threat to national security; in fact there is no credible reason.

Our understanding is that UK security services knew she was being groomed by ISIS but did nothing; not even informing her parents. Intel assets, including ISIS members, linked to Manchester are in the UK and remain today a threat to national security. The Manchester bombing is alleged to have been by one of these Manchester-based individuals. This cruel and abusive treatment of a British Citizen is to avoid potentially embarrassing revelations for the government and intel. Britain's notorious refusal to take back UK citizens, like Shamima, following the Syria conflict, contrasts with most countries having done so. This includes some who the UK government accuses of having defective human rights records. This cavalier behaviour of our justice system to not require a governmental duty of care for our citizens by providing, at least, a fair hearing, smacks of tyranny; it is a serious constitutional issue.

In a recent article on the Real Incomes site entitled, "Why 3oC is far too much for some", shows that scientific and economic projections on "climate" change under-estimate the likely impacts. There is a confusion by a lack of discrimination between climate and meteorological conditions. Climatic projections are based on slow moving averages of temperature or rainfall while what impacts agriculure and food production in any particular year is the rapidly changing maximum or minimum temperatures or meteorological conditions. These have cycles of about 4-5 years. It is explained that coffee flowers are damaged if the temperature rises above 33oC in the flowering period. This results in no berry formation and no production.

Coffee production areas in the Southern State of Paraná were impacted by frost in cooler instances in meteorological cycles causing falls in production. Production was therefore moved to Sao Pãulo State further north and nearer the Equator. Here production failures were associated with flower mortality due to seasonal high temperatures. So coffee production was moved again but to cooler, higher altitude areas in the State of Minas Gerais. All of this took place between 1975 and 2010. Now with planetary warming the frosts in Paraná no longer appear so coffee is returning there. Coffee, a perennial and therefore "permanent" crop, has become one subject to "shifting cultivation".

Politicians, across the board, as a result of not knowing what to do, are making assertions that we are going to build back better and witness a revolution in an employment-generating Green New Deal. Part of this tactic is to blame Covid-19 to obscure fundamental problems with past economic policies which rendered the country unprepared for the pandemic. We confronted Covid-19 at the end of 12 years during which the National Health Service, Police and Fire services were ravaged. The majority of the population had inadequate savings and falling real incomes. The government asserted this was to pay down debt. During the same period the "independent" Bank of England administered a policy of quantitative easing so as to increase the debt, depress demand and generate beneficial asset market bubbles for a small minority. It is notable that no political party is addressing such flawed economic theories and practice. A destructive monetary policy remains off limits for discussion. The state of denial is bound to turn the expectations of recovery ending in a forlorn tragedy of yet more disappointment.

"Public works, often have shaky cost-benefit justifications...."

Keynes famous book of 1936, "The General Theory of Money, Interest and Employment" was not that revolutionary. It essentially set out what President Roosevelt had delivered in the two New Deals of 1933-34 and 1934-1935 and many of the concepts developed by William Beveridge since the 1920s.

Fortunately, the Atlee Labour Government of 1945 did not apply Keynesian policies and, from then onwards, through to 1965, a 20 year stretch, Britain experienced unprecedented growth, rising real incomes and falling unemployment. Robin Matthews, Professor of Economics at Cambridge University, published a paper in the Economic Journal in 1968 explaining that during this period no Keynesian policies were applied. It is true that Keynes saw public works as a solution to unemployment. Although greatly revered as an economist with a whole school of economics to his name, he did not have much of a grasp of technology, techniques and productivity; not his fault, most such empirical work on this began to surface from 1936 onwards and Keynes died 10 years later.

The legacy of Keynesianism can be detected in the notions of "infrastructural projects" to get people back to work i.e. to generate employment. But what people become engaged in needs to have a future in providing sustainable employment founded on the feasibility of future innovation. Basing hope and expectations on white elephants and pyramid building is not a good idea.

Associated with the Covid-19 crisis there has been a shortage of compact integrated logic circuits (chips) as components for many industrial products, leading to the inability of manufacturers, such as car producers, to maintain production levels. This has led to people losing work.

The recent spate of sanctions against China, linked to such high technology companies as Huawei, has seriously backfired to show up the lack of intelligence of those promoting this sort of Luddite policy. In any case, China was developing high tech far faster that most other countries but sanctions have only provided an added incentive for Chinese engineers to accelerate this process.

Production volumes have a direct impact on unit costs. At a SEEL seminar this weekend, sponsored by APEurope Pool for correspondents, it was pointed out that population numbers have become a determining factor in driving down unit costs as hand-held devices multiply, helping perfect manufacturing techniques across the chip production sector. So this benefits applications specific chips for any particular application, including motor vehicles. The Chinese domestic population is more than twice that of the USA and Europe combined, providing an absolute advantage for China. This is why Huwawei is so competitive. No amount of posturing and shouting that China is Communist and major "adversary" can change the outcomes of the learning curve and engineering competence. The reality seems to be that by allowing pride, prejudice, and a mounting paranoia to orientate US State Department policies with respect to China, clearly, has no future.

On sanctions applied for intellectual property theft? China files more patents than the next 20 countries combined, including the USA with Huawei remaining the world's leader. Hardly intellectual property theft.

According to GrayZone: Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to “weaken Russia,” by cultivating willing journalists. The details have been obtained from leaked documents.

These revelations come at a time when some of the more independent Russia liberals are beginning to criticize "Western freedom and democracy" as a sham and largely an image built on Western propaganda. The erosion of truth in public discourse is evidenced by the actions of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which has also funded the Syrian propaganda outfit, "The White Helmets", who have mounted false flag events to create narratives and accusations directed at the Syrian Government or Russia.

No good can come from lying and misinformation funded by a country purporting to be promoters of freedom, democracy and the rule of law and whose Prime Minister flouts the law, has serious issues with the truth and whose dungeons notoriously house, today, one of the world's most famous political prisoners. The current support of Navalny the Russian protestor shows a shallow concern for the truth or values since his rhetoric has been laden with racist and extreme views concerning ethic minorities and religions. But he happens to be located in Russia and is Russian, so he is a useful trouble-maker rebranded by the West as a someone who fights for freedom! What sort of freedom?

Peter Oborne's book, "The Assault on Truth", is excellent.

It is very well written and, besides pointing out why Boris Johnson is a habitual liar and has brought about a decadence in standards in governance, to the detriment of democratic procedures in Britain, Oborne points out what should be. Most UK media avoid criticizing Johnson for dishonesty because of a cosy mutual interest with the government.

Beyond what Oborne describes, however, recent revelations related to some fundamental truths within the domain of economics have uncovered and even more monstrous lie. But no one wants to go near it. But the Johnson's style of governance and self-serving media is just what is needed to hide a dreadful persistent misrepresentation that has maintained a particularly destructive hold over the people of this country, to the detriment of most.
Cambridge Dictionary:

SCOUNDREL: A person, esp. an elected official, who treats others badly and cannot be trusted.

Clare Daly, the Irish MEP, gave a short speech concerning the fuss raised by some MEPs concerning the visit of Josep Borrell the EU Foreign Policy Commissioner to Russia. Clare Daly's speech was short but said more in 90 seconds than most of the deplorable attacks on Borrell. These attacks were typical of those promoted by the US and NATO campaigns to stoke up a paranoid fear of Russia.


Keir Starmer is attempting to bring about a Blairite retread by saying he is pro-business. Anneliese Dodds the Labour economic spokeswoman says she is pro-independence of the Bank of England. But recent evidence and analysis has concluded that it is the Bank of England's independent policies, in the form of quantiative easing, that have sunk British business, and especially SMEs, over the last 12 years. Real wages for the majority also fell. As this realization disseminates, voters will want to see distinctly different policies.

The supreme court will announce next week whether Shamima Begum, who left London as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in 2015, should be allowed back into the UK to challenge the removal of her British citizenship.

Many Members of the European Parliament have found something to create some headlines in the mainstream media. It is to attack Russia for imprisoning someone who has broken Russian Law. Just like the US Democrats hysterical and finally paranoid blaming of Russia for their loss of the 2016 presidential election with ""RussiaGate", but never coming up with any evidence other than whatever they accused Russia of was "highly likely", these sad MEPs have invented "NavalnyGate". The Navalny has a complex history of creating scandals and profiting from them in the corporate sector, it is alleged that he embezzled funds from his NGO and many feel the so-called poisoning saga was a put up job since Germany never supplied Russian investigators with any evidence. It seems there is evidence against Navalny so paying more attention to this would show a minimum level of responsibility on the part of the MEPs concerned.

These MEPs conveniently ignore the rendition, imprisonment and torture of Julian Assange in London and the violent actions by Spanish authorities against peaceful Catalans and the political imprisonment of their leaders. Some MEPs are an embarassment and really need to evaluate their own democractic values.

Keir Starmer gave a televised presentation of his current objectives as leader of the Labour party, ahead of the Budget speech by the Chancellor. It might have made more sense to wait to see what Sunak comes up with. Providing more details on what appear to be reasonable ideas, risks the Conservatives stealing the more appealing ones for their own benefit, as they have done so often. For this reason it could be said that this was an ill-timed event.

Criticism, assertions and visions serve little purpose when everyone is focussed on Covid-19. In order to raise credibility amongst voters, it is better to explain why Conservative policies have not worked and how they have created inequality, in simple clinical detail. This way voters can understand better the real situation. This can knock the ball into the Conservative's side of the court, forcing them to justify past and current policies.

But all is not lost. We have requested that the new propositions forum at Corbynista.org look, at least, at the economic suggestions in Starmer's speech; they have agreed to do so.

The action-orientated Corbynista.org has begun developing California-style propositions based on the an expanding resources base. The area of economics has advanced quickly and an open participatory forum on economics policy propositions is underway.

Viewing their Economics Brief series, the proposals are likely point to solid evidence of the failed macroecomomic policies that propositions aim to replace. Corbynista.org aims to raise the level of discourse and depth of pubic understanding of flawed economic theories and explain the mechanisms whereby pursued policies have been so prejudicial.

Void of bluster and assertion, propositions, which follow strict DAB guidelines, will shine a particularly intense spotlight on the past and present competence of the goverment and quality of policy decision making, as well as bring into focus the unaccountable behaviour of the Bank of England. Voters, based on the evidence and nature of propositions, can decide which ones could benefit them and their families.

Parliamentary majority? Fixed term parliaments? These will not protect a government whose policies can be show to have been, and remain, so destructive to the wellbeing of the people of this country.

In spite of UK media's potrayal of Jeremy Corbyn as a revolutionary leader of the looney left and as a monster who cultivated antisemitism in the Labour party, this has simply accelerated a Corbynista revolution. However, its form and objectives are nothing like what most imagine. It is something that can bring benefits to all..

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The Corbynista web site has launched a series of briefs and podcasts covering key topics to support groups seeking better alternatives to current policies.

The first four documents to be launched are from an "Economic Briefs" series entitled:

"Why monetarism does not work"

"Why the purchasing power of wages fall"

"Technology, technique and real incomes".

"Series: Notes in support of the Economics Briefs series Number:001 The logic of inflation"

These are very revealing and represent an effort to provide constituents with the necessary transparency of analysis as to why conventional economic policies are so prejudicial to their wellbeing. The notable issue is that evidence points to policies being damaging because the underlying theory, produced by so countless Nobel Lauriates, is flawed or just plainly illogical.

In an "Explorations in Strategies" workshop session this week, previously unrevealed details of the US strategic interests covering Bretton Woods were discussed. Failure was baked into the system from the start caused by an over-eager desire for world domination by elements of the then US administration. An over-emphasis on finance ignored critical requirements for long term stability.

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Covid-19 has been a bonanza for Conservative party supporting companies receiving large contracts to provide NHS services. This has been so successful as a guarantee for future contributions to the party, that the government has now become more ambitious.

Matt Hancock's announcement of changes in the running of the NHS is a further step in consolidation of party finances in the name of "efficiency". He proposes to achieve this by getting rid of competitive tenders and associated the due diligence, vital to ensure vaue for money for public funds, so as to accelerate the take over of a range of services by private suppliers.

We-own-it, the campaign against privatization of the NHS, have launched a petition against Hancock's moves. To sign the petition anyone interested can do so by clicking on the We-own-it logo on the left.

At last, an admired UK MP addresses the plight of Julian Assange. On 2nd February, 2021, Caroline Lucas wrote to the Home Secretary asking for the release of Julian Assange because of the political motivation behind his continued and unwarranted imprisonment.

See Caroline Lucas' letter here.

Mairead Maguire, the Northern Irish peace activist and Nobel Laureate, has writtten to President Biden and asked for the release Julian Assange as well as the termination of the war in Yemen.

Real her letter here.

Britain’s shameful resuscitation of the Star Chamber in defiance of the Bill of Rights which banned cruel and unusual punishments, Belmarsh Prison still houses Julian Assange. Assange was openly renditioned from the Ecuadorian territory to a London prison and treated appallingly. This act was in favour of the wishes of those who "perfected" illegal and criminal extraordinary renditions and Black Site torture centres elsewhere. Julian Assange remains innocent of any charge. Any responsible leader of a country that considers itself to be an "example" of democracy and "fair" treatment would have had the good sense to show even reasonable levels of humanity to move Julian Assange to a safer and more comfortable location where he would have access to his family.

This failure of leadership on the Conservative side is mirrored on the Labour side which informs all it is "Under New Leadership". The UK prosecution agency, while Keir Starmer was public prosecutor, encouraged Swedish authorities to persist in their extradition requests for Julian Assange based on a bogus case. Swedish authorities would have extradited Assange to the USA. The lack of transparency concerning Starmer's role has caused disquiet for many.

The most disgraceful spectacle is the take-over of Labour by a minority of ruthless activists who intentionally undermined the party from within, through intimidation, to oust the previous leader. This was in the interests of a foreign Apartheid state that occupies Palestine and has worked to dispossess Palestinians on the basis of force for over 70 years. Today, key members of the Labour party now openly proclaim their outright support for this violent alien state.

With such weak and decadent leadership, on both sides of parliament, the British electorate needs to demand a consitution under which political leaders who attempt to serve foreign powers in contradiction to the wishes of the majority, be barred from office. In a promotional video for the Labour leadership, Starmer declared, "I’ve spent my life fighting for justice, standing up for the powerless and against the powerful." So why is Labour being taken over by an increasingly powerful elite bent of rendering the majority powerless?

Events during the last 25 years have seen a transformation in media from paper to online operations. The shocking revelations of the hacking scandals associated with traditional media involved intrusions into the private lives of citizens by "hacking" into mobile phones and other devices. Following the revealing Leveson enquiry report, the media industry has resisted adequate regulations. While asserting the importance of a "free press" the actual agenda is to maintain a freedom to manipulate information in line with the interests of media ownership who are also benefactors of selected political parties. This gains illicit influence over policy. The situation has worsened with mass intrusions and oversight of citizens by so-called Big Tech including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube and many other online services.

Not only do these companies make use of user profiles, including likes and dislikes, the use of this data is distorting the balance of information that individuals can access, even in biased search engine "results" by listing in the first few pages those who have paid to gain advantage over, sometimes, more relevant links.

With most social media communications, in spite of claims of "encryption", the state intelligence organizations have "back doors" into all communications data to spy on citizens. We gravitate towards a form of an electronic state/corporate-sponsored Stasi system of illicit snooping. The underlying mistrust created causes participants in social media to become increasingly confrontational using personal attacks on individuals holding points of view that differ from those more vocal factions or of political party and corporate interests. We now have rising levels of assertion and propaganda on social media where the function of censoring specific individuals and "de-platforming" them has become norm. The Big Tech companies themselves have become involved in deciding what is and is not the truth.

The "freedom of the press" has become a freedom to abuse and participate in a macabre murky underworld of mind control, including interfering in the transparent flow of information to citizens during elections; the media participate in the willing distortion of facts.

But truth based on undistorted facts, is the foundation for just settlements and peaceful co-existence and this can only be protected through the exercise of a responsible freedom.

At CybaCity we have drawn up standards for our published content in our undertaking to exercise a responsible press freedom in the absence of "regulations". We aim to reveal facts to elucidate and foster the advance of well-informed opinion and public choice rather than support mind control agendas.

In conclusion, to uphold this objective we cannot accept the position of any political party at face value but seek to analyse to identify and explain the implications of their propositions on the wellbeing of the people of this country.

Labour Heartlands, has a video covering part of Jimmy Reid's "alienation speech", made on his election as Rector of Glasgow University in 1972. It causes reflection on how 50 years later we find that increasing numbers still feel that they are victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. To access the video click on the Labour Heartlands crest.

The APE Group of alternative media have launched a new online medium "Corbynista.org" to report on and analyse the progress of the Project for Peace & Justice. The name, apparently, is a tongue-in-cheek move to promote the image of revolutionary movement, bent on peaceful means and advocacy. APE are lining up a team of economic and constitutional advisers to oversee editorial and posted content.

All APE media are independent of political parties and corporate influence and the Corbynista has no connection to the PPJ, but will be a platform for independent analysis. APE media all maintain a "right to reply" and return content that is abusive or libellous to those who send it in. All communications with these media is via email.

This week's Alex Salmond show provides a review of the state of play of Conservative and Labour. Both parties leave much to be desired and their future courses appear to be heading for choppy waters and unexpected squalls forcing them to change tack. The cast, in order of appearance: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Alex Salmond, Peter Oborne and Richard Murphy. Click image on the right to view.

Jeremy Corbyn's Project for Peace and Justice (PPJ) was launched today, 17th January, 2021, via a video conference also shown on YouTube.

An impressive list of speakers (principal ones in images) provided an insight to the range of people supporting this project with widespread international importance and scope.

Jeremy Corbyn's introductory address can be accessed here.

It has the potential of helping place the United Kingdom at the centre of a much needed European and international movement to countering the forces that deliver wars and aggression by raising the profile of justice and fair treatment for all.

A dominant context will be the unresolved climate and environmental crisis which can, of course, be considered to be the leading threat to global social and economic justice as a fundamental basis for collaboration and establishing peace between nations.

During the launch, Jeremy Corbyn referred to the COP26 to take place in Glasgow in November this year and the intention of PPJ to review this important topic and contribute proposals. There is large green contingent within the groups supporting PPJ as well as renowned environmental economists.

Typical of the Corbyn management style of a collaborative, participatory effort and a fundamental trust in people to get on with their jobs, the productivity of the PPJ is likely to be high for absense of dirigiste mentality.

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, the largest affiliate and a major donor to the Labour Party, called attention to a fundamental strength PPJ will enjoy arising from foundations based on feasible alternative economic policies. These were developed with the collaboration of leading international economists under the coordination of John McDonnell, the Labour party shadow Chancellor, between 2015 and 2020. There have been additions to this fund of policy option knowledge since, with more experienced economists joining this movement.

Naturally, we can expect the UK and then USA corporate media to either ignore this important event or initiate campaigns to diminish the significance of this movement. They could even revert to their past ridiculous personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn based on misrepresentation and libellous statements. However, they already seem to be on the losing side. One early and exciting result which has come to our attention is that one media group, not CybaCity, has the intention of providing space to cover PPJ news and activities in an unbiased fashion. The objective is to provide a platform to review PPJ proposals and to provide detailed analyses.

The PPJ promises to be an inspiring development helping fill a gap in the British political agenda. There is no doubt that the PPJ is an attractive platform for other political parties in the United Kingdom.

According to a British Strategic Review presentation on 9th January, 2021, and based on real product, China surpassed the USA in 2014 as the most productive in the world. This transition was reduced in time by QE, by a factor of around 12 years. The estimation of size of economies based on rapidly devaluing dollars, accelerated by QE, is misleading.

Anneliese Dodds delivered the Mais Lecture.

She pointed out the issues facing the country but believes the current state of macroeconomic theory and monetarism, fashioned centuries ago will come up with solutions. The tool box of policy instruments has too few options to tackle the issues she raises.


Charles Ponzi
The QE wizard

The mumblings emanating from the Bank of England and ECB concerning the risks of investing in BitCoin are an attempt to divert attention from the rapid central bank policy-induced devaluation of fiat currencies. The low absorptive capacity of the supply size productive sector (real economy) of such an excessive flow of money confirms the central bank's interest in allowing the excess to flow elsewhere in a sanctioned Ponzi scheme.

This devaluation has accelerated under a QE tsunami lasting 12 years leading to asset market inflation while undermining supply side needs and reducing real wages and promoting poverty. At the same time central banks do nothing about the manipulation of the gold market to keep prices low. It is not possible to manipulate the BitCoin price in this way. Therefore, BitCoin has become the main indicator of this central bank policy failure. Bitcoin price rises in proportion to QE tranches.

Gold has been manipulated since 1974, as explained in a London Gold Pool communication to the US Federal Reserve as to how futures contracts could be used to control the gold price through manipulative paper trades. If the central banks are worried about BitCoin maybe they should allow the gold price to reflect the real market conditions to provide an alternative investment for money which is rapidly losing its value.

Our correpondents will be attending the APE International Workshop on Policy Risks this weekend and we will report back. In the meantime, Alasdair Macleod's article "Hyperinflation is here" and his various updates at Gold Money provide stacks of first rate analysis and evidence to support the general gist of this leader.

Jeremy Corbyn is now responding to the hostile media and a political party scene racked with fifth columnists for other people's agendas.

His new Project for Peace & Justice is likely to undermine the "New Leadership" of Labour which most see as being thoroughly compromised by specific interest groups and with no platform other than scoring points over Covid.

Bringing peace and justice into the mainstream of British and global politics is well overdue. On this front, Corbyn has a long and consistent track record and is completely credible. Therefore he is likely to be more successful in achieving advances in this domain than many others.


There is much talk of a required "re-set" to arrive at a ""new normal". To have any success, the constituents of this country need to move to change several aspects of our constitutional set up...

This New year's Special is in preparation ...please be patient ;-)

Mark Carney, the ex-governor of the Bank of England delivered this year's BBC Reith Lectures. He attempted to grapple with difficult issues and addressed the main themes facing us today.

But, these lectures were troubling because of the number of important issues, directly related to the continuing negative impacts of monetary policy, which were not addressed.


REX-Real Exchange
Agence Presse Européenne (APE) is running a workshop this weekend (5th-6th December, 2020) featuring two reports by SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab.

One report is the use of an electronically tagged currency to bring about a direct economic recovery where the real production and services sectors can expand under a specific regime of increasing productivity. SEEL is the leading international centre for the development of RIO-Real Incomes Objective economic theory and policy design.

Summary of morning session...

Summary of afternoon session...

SEEL are also the developers of SDGToolkit, a cloud-based Software as a Service system that provides remote technical support for low income country project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It is designed to radically reduce technical support costs and increase the sophistication of practical design techniques for Agenda 2030 projects addressing Sustainable Development Goals.

The flyers we have received make reference to REX Real Exchange currency as an eletronically tagged currency which prevents banks leaking money into transactions involving assets since this would incur penalities. The objective is to ensure funds flow into the real economy into investment for productivity and wage increments. Depending upon the price fixing by companies applying such funds policy instruments will provide significant reductions in a price performance levy for those who reduce unit prices. Simulations can demonstrate that companies within this system can become far more competitive that those operating under the central bank quantative easing system which devalues the currency and has created massive inflation in asset markets. The other presentation workshop will cover issues of climate change (see article below).

We will be reporting on the workshop content.

The United Nations 2019 Sustainable Development Report pointed to the fact that economic growth is correlated with rising income disparity, declining production and consumption system sustainability and deteoriating climatic issues and rising temperatures. The Agenda 2030 project portfolio is not performing.

In a flyer describing a forthcoming presentation workshop, APE states that SEEL will present conclusive evidence of temperature rises as well as explain why the process is accelerating and not just following a linear path. The extent of damage to ecosystems and agriculture will be worse that is currently predicted. For example, Brazil, a major agricultural producer, is likely to lose 11 million hectares of agricultural land by 2030. 2030, it would seem, is too late to resolve many issues linked to "climate change".

Summary of day session...

It is often stated by politicians that freedom, democracy and the rule of law are the cornerstones of our society and culture. However, the facts point to the gradual attrition of the constitution by political parties so that laws are becoming cornerstones for the support of groups of constituents and, in particular, political parties in power and their benefactors. As a result, we have witnessed in our lifetime the Conservative party an erstwhile "one nation" party exercising moderate policies becoming a source of innovation which is destructive to any notions of a unified nation.


Evidence that the likelihood of massive fraud in the 2020 election continues to accumulate. It is paradoxical that the Trump team of attorneys chasing up vote count frauds have only just realized that it is not only postal votes that are an issue but the automatic voting machines in over 30 states linked to the Dominion system aleged to have been involved in switching and cancelling votes. The voting machine issue has been known for years but the main political association is that between Dominion and the Democrats. It is alleged by others that the CIA Hammer system designed spy on citizens involved in elections in foreign countries was re-established in Washington DC to initiate vote interference in the USA including, it is alleged, vote switching in the 2020 election. This was just prior to Obama's second election. A whistle-blower case exposed all of this but in the end this was, as usual, "hushed up".

Cybacity.com was initially set up to initiate a polling and then online voting service in 2002 but on reviewing the commercial risk this plan was completely abandoned because of the virtual impossibility of avoiding hacking and external manipulation of online systems. Using standalone IT-based systems is just as unreliable and the only way to reduce fraud is to use paper-based systems.

The Dominion software has the ability to be setup to switch votes from one party to another by simple switching or simply losing votes. Selected published figures on the 2020 election from Dominian data have been published on the web and seem to show a bias towards manipulation of counts in favour of the Democrats (see table below)
New Jersey

The fact that former versions of the Dominion software were used by Chavez in Venezuela and then exported worldwide, it is alleged, as a money spinner paid for by politicians wishing to secure guaranteed election success, naturally the system has penetrated the US electoral system. One of the main lobbyists for Dominion is alleged to be a former senior staff member of Nancy Pelosi's staff and Dominion employees were contributors to the Clinton Foundation. The plot thickens.

In the meantime, so-called mainstream media spend more time rubbishing anything to do with election fraud and therefore do not serve the public interest. Recent coverage ignored the serious statements issued by the Trump team to fill pages and columns with ridiculous comments concerning the fact that the lead attorney's hair dye was running down the side of his face. The antisocial so-called "social media" also censor any comments casting doubt on the election results. We do not know the actual facts but with biased mainstream and social media we will have to wait to see if some of these pending court cases end up in the Supreme Court. Here some aspects of the truth might be revealed.

There seems to be a spate of academics writing articles delighting in the fact that some advisors have quit government. The underlying theme is that amateurs should not be advising government on such matters as the formation of an Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) for the UK. But at least the former US version is a case study worth analyzing. There is a rising mood of cynicism concerning the UK's ability to become "world leaders" in anything and any optimism only appears to appear in proposals prepared by academics seeking funding from government. Recent proposals seem to assume that raising R&D expenditure to 2.4% of GNP might achieve something. But these people cannot have it both ways. Any individual can compare the practical results that have emanated from research by UK academia with those of other countries and they will draw a conclusion that there is something seriously wrong with our modes of carrying out both the prioritization and the methods of our research. We will post an article on this shortly.

Unfortunately the fanatical shareholder value optic of business under 50 years of increasing financialization has adulterated the information concerning Covid-19 vaccines. The media and some companies have made this a horse race to become the company with the highest vaccine-related share price. Current news on "success rates" comes from unverified internal corporate data. Although share prices for Moderna and Pfizer jumped they have since declined in the growing awareness of the play-the-market dimension and because the Pfizer product is going to be hard to distribute because of very stringent cold chain requirements. Phase 3 trials need to be completed, validated and published. It would also be more satisfying if the mainstream media, so-called, also reported in the many other promising vaccine developments taking place elsewhere in the world.

As China is already developing and evaluating advanced 6G applications making use of its recently launched 6G satellite, we squabble over half-baked solutions to 5G. 6G is around 100 times faster than 5G.

The very positive results from Russia's Sputnik Covid-19 vaccination appear to be the same as Pfizer's much publicised preliminary results. Hungary is considering the licensed manufacture of Covid-19 vaccinations by their world class pharmaceutical operations.

No one wants to spoil the fun and partying because the winners see the results to be vindication of the USA's free and fair election system. Others have expressed doubts stating that there is evidence of fraud. On balance, the likelihood of the election not in fact having been fair is quite high, not because of the current election but because of the existing evidence of concerning fraud in most USA elections.

This is why in September 2020 Democrat Tulsi Gabbard and Republican Rodney Davis introduced a bill, "The Election Fraud Prevention Act" in September, 2020, to withhold federal funds from states that allow a third party to collect ballots from voters. This is to prevent ballot or vote harvesting that is wide open to fraudulent tampering of votes and permitted in many states.

Gabbard has stated that this is not a partisan issue with abuse recorded affecting candidates of both sides in, for example, North Carolina & California. Donald Trump's warnings concerning postal votes were based on known facts but the way this system works makes it pretty immune to normal legal procedures.

The old royalist-biased first-past-the-post Electoral College presidential election system, together with the tolerance of widespread gerrymandering, the USA definitely have a serious problem of electoral fraud which needs to be resolved.

The impending collapse of the US dollar and a range of specific actions being taken by different countries to reduce their dependence on this currency either as a means of exchange or currency holdings has forced the State Department to take action. Both allies and assumed enemies of the USA have become tired of the State Department's cavalier behaviour with respect to the use of sanctions and the almost overt corrupt cash diplomacy used to incite regime changes combined with violence has back fired.

The State Department's response has been to call on their favourite proxies, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to initiate the soft sell to initiate the process of an attempt to reinforce the USA's control over international monetary policy under the guise of a new Bretton Woods agreement, of course underwritten by such considerations as human welfare and climate change.

In the name of efficiency and global coordination the IMF has already started the "discussion", calling this a Bretton Woods moment, using the Covid-19 crisis as an equivalence to the post-World War situation. The current behind closed door discussions is how to prevent digital exchange currencies and BitCoin from substituting for private banks and central banks. Central banks and private banks face the issue of resolving how controls under a new International Digital Monetary Fund will work since there is a risk that either central banks or private banks end up being abandoned in the name of USA financial hegemony.

If there is to be a genuine Bretton Woods moment the rest of the world needs to prevent what happened in the original Bretton Woods agreement which was a refusal to accept Keynes and Schumcher's BANCOR proposal as a result of US manipulation to make the US dollar the international currency overseen by the IMF and World Bank. In any discussions the representatives of governments in any convened international forums need to keep in mind that the positions of the IMF and World Bank will have been drafted somewhere within the State Department.

SEEL held a closed briefing for journalists on the weekend 10-11 October on economic solutions to the current economic crisis. It is obvious that Rishi Sunak does not really know what to do largely because his whole experience is within the banking and monetarist bubble. However, there are some simple solutions. One is digital exchange currency (DxC) or community exchange currencies (CxC). These are essentially tokens what can be used to pay for any service and they are issued directly by government, by-passing banks. This is because banks have, and will continue to, fail in lending at reasonable rates where needed, because of perceived risks, and in any case more debt is not what is needed at the moment.

Most exchange currencies are digital so dissemination can be instantaneous and linking to a block chain permits a check on the amount each individual has left to spend until the next recharge. The main advantage is that XCs are not associated with debt so the main function of government is to keep the lid on the amount issued, mainly to lower income segments and the unemployed. Rather than be run through bank-issued credit and debit cards XCs can run on the basis of typical tokens such as those used by some chain stores and super markets.

It is interesting that China is well ahead of the world in this type of advanced thinking having recently issued DxCs to the value of 10 million Yuan (about £1.2 million) to 50,000 consumers, as an experiment. The objective is to descend a learning curve on how this sort of initiative can be managed.

It is notable just how behind we are in the UK in coming up with potentially significant solutions. The "banking & montetarist" mould is completely out of date having been "perfected" centuries ago; but now completely inappropriate for today's needs. The UK government's fixation with Apps on expensive and not very "smart" mobiles, as the solution to everything needs to be replaced with a more realistic and practical approach. For example, to manage DxCs all that is needed is an electronic card for each recipient of DxCs, costing a few pennies.

Other sessions covered crypto currencies, not the same thing as DxCs, and what is known as policies that support RIO (real incomes objective) which no current macroeconomic policy addresses.

Donald Trump just repeated a stunt that Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, pulled a few weeks ago. Like Trump he has played down the danger of Covid-19 and to prove his point he was reported to have been infected only to miraculously recover in a very short period of time claiming just how macho and healthy he is. His objective was to "prove" his previous statements of Covid-19 being a "fluzihno" i.e. little flue. Trump has repeated this stunt in a record time between his contracting the virus and emerging totally "fit" within less than a week.

All known evidence accumulated so far on this virus points to these events as having a high probability of being fraudulent stunts. We will see later if the drugs, claimed to have made this possible, turn out in practice to have these properties when they are tested in phase 4 trials.

The evidence so far points to an attempt to mislead voters who in the USA will soon participate in an election this November. As always the US media have played into Trump's hands.

Bosonaro and Trump seem to insist on attempting to fool all of the people all of the time. But the proof is in the core evidence that these two individuals are unique in both presiding over countries that have the highest score for Covid-19 deaths (220,000 for USA and 150,00 in Brazil). Along with India, Brazil and the USA have the highest levels of inflection. Data and graph from Covid-19 Stats Org.

Post-Covid-19 recovery depends in good part in introducing a transition to investments that gain high returns in the short to medium term. The most rapid returns can usually be secured at a lower cost by making use of shop floor innovation and applied research where the operational states of innovations will be secured within 12 months or less. On the other hand, any state-of-the-art technologies that are successful need to be deployed more widely.

A recent parliamentary committee report has insinuated that the 5G technological components provided by Huawei constitute a threat to security but for which no evidence has been provided. High tech firms worldwide usually benefit from the support of their governments. Huawei is no different. In technology, competitive pricing does not always come from subsidy but from a firm having descended a learning curve during which they have perfected both design and manufacturing techniques so as to have an operational costs structure lower than competing companies. Huawei is a mutual. Mutuals, or worker-owned companies start off with a costs benefit of between 11%-15% less that external share holding plcs. This combination of 30 years learning curve, combined with its mutual operational status, should give Huawei at least a 30% cost advantage and their marketing strategy of market penetration would logically place their price-setting at a low level to take advantage of the high price elasticity of consumption for their products.

The parliamentary misinterpretation of low prices being the result of subsidy is misplaced. As a result this parliamentary interference in this sphere only risks augmenting Britain's technological deficit by slowing down advances in future 5G applications development placing the country into a permanent state of "catch up" and a severe disadvantage because other countries are expanding their Huawei-based networks and advancing applications into which AI is embedded at an ever-decreasing cost.

The trajectory imposed on the prospects of the British economy by a paranoid US State Department's baseless attack on Huawei and an interfering busy-body committee only augments this country's inability to defend its interests. The use of cash diplomacy by the US government via national political parties invariably results in changes being sought on the basis of assertion and inuendo, rather than serious evidence-based decisions analysis. Thus the parliamentary committee concerned should be required to publish the evidence upon which they base their conclusions of the likelihood of security risks associated with the use of Huwawei components. They will not be able to do so. Their conclusions and proposals to accelerate the rate of removal of Huwawei components are damaging both in terms of national independence and the need to recover from the Covid-19 economic impact.

Hambrook Publishing Company will publish the British Strategic Review (BSR) in Q4.

The BSR is a forensic analysis of the evolution of the constitution and economic affairs of the United Kingdom over the last century with particular emphasis on the more recent technical and economic reasons for the failures in economic policies in helping sustain the wellbeing of the majority of constituents.

This Review moves from a description of power base structures such as those set out in Anthony Sampson's excellent book, "The Anatomy of Britain"" to a more detailed functional analysis or physiology of Britain.


It is a basic constitutional logic that accusations against a party that lead to some form of sanction or punishment be based on evidence of the case. In order for the accused to defend themselves against accusations they are provided with the evidence so that if they are not culpable they have on hand the details of the "case" upon which to base their defence. The other constitutional principle is that no matter what the accusation, at law, the accused cannot be declared guilty, no matter what "circumstantial evidence" might suggest, the accused party remains innocent and can only be found guilty based on their response to the original evidence.

It is notable that in the "case" of the so-called poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury and now the so-called poisoning of Alexei Navalny are both cases where those accusing "Russia" of a crime have not presented their evidence to the Russian authorities but have demanded an "explanation". In both cases there is no case to answer because the UK government and the German government have not provided any evidence as "discovery" information essential for the development of defence or an "explanation".

The German government have passed on the "evidence" to the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) whose track record for corrupted analytical work and reporting within the administration, is now almost legendary. Leading chemical weapon experts who worked as field investigators on behalf of the OPCW into the so-called "chemical weapon attacks" in Syria led to the OPCW administration coming out with a report accusing the Syrian government of carrying out an attack.

"No idea really, we were told to look serious be conspicuous and to wonder around picking up stuff...

Oh!.. and not to talk to the media, so bugger off!"
However, the investigators concerned had provided ample evidence that there had been no such an attack. The reported "deaths" turned out to be fictitious. Much "evidence" in these cases came from the UK Foreign Office funded "White Helmets", a propaganda outfit acting in the interests of the UK and USA. Of course with the UK corporate media in tow most of this counter reality was not reported.

In all such cases, accusations have passed for no more than assertions. Theresa May's government did much to create for the public the image of a serious effort at collecting evidence through several theatrical montages of individuals wondering around in hazmat suits in Salisbury. As usual, this was provided with ample coverage in the UK corporate media inserting their own fanciful interpretations of what was going on.

However, the expulsion of Russian diplomats from countries that are hapless satellites of the NATO hub, were a knee-jerk highly publicized actions solely for public consumption to show "how seriously" these governments take the absence of evidence as to wrongdoing. Of course the corporate media assured the public that all of this exaggerated response was a demonstration of just how seriously our governments take the fairly tales they have themselves authored. None of these theatrics deflects attention of those rational citizens both here and in Russia, who value freedom, from the stark reality that the UK government, along with others, are willing to openly destroy constitutional principles by removing the logic of argument built upon transparent evidence.

This malign behaviour continues apace with any excuse to slap sanctions on others without any consideration of engaging in fair transparent practice. None of this is an example of good constitutional principles and practice; it is shameful.

The Alex Salmond Show on RT has recently produced two very informative programmes that are well worth watching. Alex Salmond ably assisted by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, has produced several programmes that are more informative that many mainstream programmes.

The first show we feel is worth watching is last week's show concerning "Covid resurgence" provides first hand information on the resurgence of Covid-19 internationally (even in countries initially successful in containing it) with two world-ranked experts, Cambridge virologist Dr Chris Smith and UCL Intensive Care Chair, Professor Hugh Montgomery. These specialists sound the gravest warnings about the virulence of the virus and its debilitating impact on patients but are hopeful about the medium-term prospects for a successful vaccine.

To access this, click on the image on the right.

Click to access Wade Davis' article
This week's show is interesting in it calls attention to an article, "The Unraveling of America" by Wade Davis the Canadian anthropologist in Rolling Stone in which he has suggested that the Trump administration’s failure to handle Covid-19 signals the end of the American Era. Can the world’s greatest superpower recover to re-establish the Reagan vision of the "shining city upon a hill?" As Democrats and Republicans set out their convention stalls for a political shoot out in November, Alex questions Professor Wade Davis on his dramatic arguments, as well as on his latest book about Colombia, "Magdalena".

To access this show click on image on left.

Without Covid-19, dreadful as it is, we probably would not have been as aware of the precarious nature of the economy and the lack of economic security of the majority of the people in this country. We were already in danger, after a decade of quantitative easing prejudice, to continue the mad stock market boom. Share prices were rising not because of market prospects and competitive advances in our companies but solely as a result of th Bank of England pumping money into banks and corporations only for these funds to flow into assets and not into productive investment and rises in real wages. This same damaging process has drawn money away from public services and the National Health Service.

While the majority of constituents were expected to look on wondering where their savings has gone, as a result of quantitative easing's close to zero interest rates, politicians would still be informing us just how fantastic the economy is in spreading prosperity; after all, they say without a successful economy, how are you going to pay for the NHS? We were heading for another "Roaring 20s" that led to the 1929 New York Stock Exchange Crash - the result of too much money being pumped into assets i.e. shares. This, as we all know, led to the Great Depression and mass unemployment.

Covid-19 has brought into focus the fraudulent nature of this propaganda given that a tiny faction of constituents benefit directly from government policy. The Conservatives and Labour in opposition have both failed to admit the failure of quantitative easing and to terminate this destructive policy.

This does not detract from the need for helping those without work as a result of Covid-19 which, today, in a sleight of hand and mouth, is being dishonestly linked by politicians to be a benefit of quantitative easing; but this is not the same thing.

Covid-19 has delivered the Depression. The task now is to focus our minds to build a credible opposition to the clowning Conservative-Labour double act, for the majority to reject current macroeconomic policies in favour of policies that benefit the majority, and not a tiny clique of party benefactors.

The failure of banks to pass on money, as desired by government and the Bank of England, is creating a serious backlash. This is not because the banks are without commercial logic but that the whole monetary system is prejudicing the majority of citizens. Hardly the hallmark of a well thought out macroeconomic policy in a democracy, so-called.

A solution for the Bank of England (BoE) is to by-pass the banks, who have had quite enough welfare payments from the BoE, while welfare to citizens has been cut back as a direct result of the same quantitative easing policy. To be clear, the BoE needs to distribute money directly to citizens. This was proposed in the past but the banking lobby curtailed any such plans. The likelihood of something of this sort happening rises each day as an increasing proportion of the electorate realizes that they have no say over monetary policy and monetary policy is failing them. However, under quantitative easing banks diverted money into assets and away from needed investment in production and higher productivity to as to facilitate rises in real wages. This has led to a decade of lost opportunities are a result of bank shareholder greed and lack of social responsibility.

Propositions are being drawn up by members of the public, in such forums as Policy Forum, are calling for a constitutional settlement to get rid of the structures that prevent voters from having any say over monetary policy. Propositions in preparation even call for the termination of the BoE and a return to sound money. In the end this will become a government decision and, from our associates in the know, the government doesn't know what to do because this will impact the main benefactors of the Conservative party. The logical and rational decision would therefore mean the demise of the Conservative party which, after all, is only a tiny political faction with around 150,000 members.

The new Policy Forum on UK policies has only been in operation since 15th August. It was set up (see article below) to develop propositions on a participatory basis. However, the latest news Bulletin of 19th August, prepared by the Secretariat, has concluded that the common factor behind most concerns, expressed so far, record prejudice affecting the majority of the constituency (wage earners) and all emanate from monetary policy. So a new proposition topic has been "opened" on the site to develop alternatives, entitled Macroeconomic Policy.

Maybe abandoning monetarism is the salvation. After all, quantitative easing has been ruinous and continues to be so. The TINA brigade are still with us singing to the refrain, "the independence of the Bank of England is essential" in spite of continuing damage.

Don't misunderstand us, Rishi Sunak is only doing what he knows how to do as a result of his formal training at Oxford and Stanford and as a Goldman Sachs analyst. This sounds great but it has boxed in his imagination to a repetition of the same monetary formulae that no longer work. We are not saying that under the current dreadful circumstances hand outs are not absolutely essential but, it seems, based on some Policy Forum contributions which include quite serious content accumulated in the resources section, the government, in reality, does not know how to get banks to lend money on reasonable terms because many are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and nationalization. All the result of the same government policy laxity that gave rise to the 2008 crisis and Bank of England's ridiculous quantitative easing experiment that has devastated the economy over the last decade.

It isn't yet clear what Policy Forum will come up with but lets hope it is something that works.

Agence Presse Européenne (APE) has launched Policy Forum, a portal for an independent participatory forum for the development of propositions to shape future policies in line with the preferences of the majority. It is designed to advance the interests of the United Kingdom constituency. Governments have resisted this type of initiative, including citizen's juries, which operate outside the control of political parties. However, the main political parties have failed to come up with effective policies for a range of important issues while the status of the majority has declined with falling real wages and rising debt. Poverty is on the increase. On the business side, investment has declined with productivity as a direct result of a decade of quantitative easing and low interest rates have destroyed household savings. Therefore the ability to pay higher real wages is shot. However, the massive inflation in asset markets is leaking through into the cost of living through the sharp rises in the prices and rentals of land, farmland, real estate, housing, retail and office space and industrial sites.

This initiative has been launched to help define practical solutions to pressing problems and to avoid the unproductive academic chatter and discussions involving well-known economists and gurus, politicians and consultants whose analyses do not appear to be able to come up with useful, palpable, and effective solutions. So far, nine areas where propositions are being developed have appeared on the site including: constitution, economics, education, income disparity, finance, health, industry and services, interest rates and money supply.

The BBC has circulated their request for senior citizens to pay up for what was a free permission to view BBC programmes. However, as a state broadcaster, carrying quite often biased content, serving, in many cases as a propaganda machine of the government, it is imposing a charge of £157.50 for a one-off annual payment or £210.00 total, if payment is made in monthly installments. This is a price hike and interest charge of 33%. This is a disgrace.

Why does the government accept a decree that forces the British public have to pay such a high fee when many people hardly watch BBC programmes? It would be fairer if the BBC charged on the basis of a low fee pay to view. This way they would be able to see how many of their programmes are not really watched.

This state imposed system is completely unfair where people watching perhaps one news bulletin a day are charged the same as those who wander around and watch the poor choices available.

The more grotesque aspect of this state imposition is that this sequestered money is used to pay, some of those who work at the BBC, literally hundreds of times more than those being asked to pay for the TV license. It really is time people in Britain demand a free press and the freedom to select those programmes they wish from any source and not have the fact that they possess a media device be the justification for the imposition of what constitutes a levy or tax with all of these funds going exclusively to the BBC. Somewhat like Soviet Russia and other totalitarian regimes it is perplexing that a people who consider themselves to value freedom fail to appreciate that most good alternative media do not charge. However, in this country, to receive what is often more objective information from such independent sources it is necessary to subsidize a national propaganda outfit.

The so-called Russia Report is an amateur effort and waste of paper given that no evidence is provided for any of the insinuations contained therein. But as normal, this sort of thing will serve, it would seem, to justify more Intel resources and effort for tracking Russia's "malign influence". It contains nothing that warrants any comment. Needless to say our "mainstream media" have gone to town on this one, filling the airways with amplifications of nothing in particular; wasting people's time.

The USA has placed almost 8,000 (eight thousand) sanctions on countries, companies and individuals worldwide affecting around 25% of the world's population or almost 2 billion people. Many of these people suffered from drastic falls in their income, dying of starvation, preventable diseases and lack of medicines as a direct result of these actions. The UK government's all-too-ready ability to cow tow to Washington and ally itself with this mayhem, that today affects the interests of several European allies makes a mockery of any notions of an independent UK "diplomacy" and "foreign policy". The UK's groveling subservience only encourages this uncouth and irresponsible behaviour by this sanctions-crazy country.

The State Department has taken on the modus operandi of the Mob with no empathy or concern for the majority of people affected and who have nothing to do with the reasons for imposing sanctions. Mike Pompeo swaggers, or rather waddles, around thanking countries like the UK for supporting his malign destabilizing behaviour. This is feeding the demonstrable pathological lack of empathy of Trump, Pompeo and Johnson. This is out of control and is dangerous.

The mystery of the Democratic party accusations that "the Russians" interfered in the 2016 election continues to generate bad feeling. However, what happened is quite simple because we now have a re-run. But as in 2016, the 2020 election is being buttoned up by Trump, in spite of Joe Biden "leading" in the polls, just as Hillary Clinton did in 2016. The probability of a Trump win is high. The strange things about this is that the Democratic party knows how this is being done and nothing is being said about it. They know this has nothing to do with Russia but just want to keep the spotlight of Russia.


The government is beginning to adopt the ludicrous displacement and redirection tactics deployed by the US administration. This is used to distract attention from the general malaise that is rising around this government, largely related to cumulative evidence of incompetence, stretching back some time now. The problem is, people are not fooled any longer. The government "corners itself" repetitively in increasingly compromised positions.


In 2015, Shamima Begum was 15 and attending school in London. She became exposed to online grooming and was induced through by ISIS propaganda to become interested in joining ISIS. However, it has since transpired that the intelligence authorities in the UK knew that this was happening.


The climb down by the British government on the matter of Huawei has exposed to the world the mutual destructive decadence of policies in the USA and the UK. However, the process surrounding this decision has highlighted the particularly incompetent and irresponsible nature of the US foreign policy.


Media reports and MPs have made a series of comments concerning Huawei inferring that it is an opaque organization under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. Since neither the UK media and many MPs are highly unreliable sources of factual information, we decided to check out for ourselves "what" Huawei is.


Sycophantic: (of a person, political party, government or of behaviour) praising people in a position of power in a way that is not sincere, usually in order to get some advantage from them.

The very unfortunate consequences of Britain's sycophantic foreign policy in regard to following directives from the USA, especially when the economy is in trouble, is beginning to risk significant aspects of future economic growth in the United Kingdom.


It is a long story, but it is very simple. The Labour party under Keir Starmer is already moving rapidly to identity politics again, à la Blair. The technique is to inform each marginally critical group you are going to do what they want, as the tactic to get elected; delivery will be another thing, of course. This is exactly what happened when Kinnock lost the 1992 election. The Labour party dropped Clause IV following steamy meetings with the unions where the repeated question used as a lever against Clause IV, was, "Do you want another decade of Conservative rule?"


Keir Starmer's knee-jerk reaction to the repost of an article reflects the degree to which a co-ordinated system of intimidation has taken hold of the agenda. We all witnessed this in operation in the campaign against Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer is clearly afraid of facing the same fate of political assassination.

This state of affairs has seriously eliminated the open transparent assessment and rational deliberation of vital importance to decisions taken in our democracy. Starmer, a person with a good understanding of legal procedures, paradoxically, by-passed this minimum level of due diligence and, in panic, acted as judge, jury and executioner.


Worldwide, central banks, and including the Bank of England, are busy promoting their roles in "saving governments and economies" in their response to Covid-19, they are using these sessions to defend their "independence" and why more quantitative easing is needed.

A Sky Pod Cast on the Bank of England position consists of an interview of Andrew Bailey, the BoE Governor with Ed Conway, Sky's Economics editor, and Sajid Javid, the Chancellor welost to the pugnacious and irrational logic emanating from Number 10. In this Pod Cast (access by clicking on image on left) Andrew Bailey provides a reflective explanation of events. He skillfully skirts round the disastrous outcome of a decade of QE on income inequality up until the dawn of Covid. He then justified, like all other central bank leaders, how yet more QE will save the day through the Covid cycle. In contrast Jerome Powell, the Fed Chairman in the USA, recently declared that income disparity has no connection to monetary policy.

Unusually for corporate media, this Pod Cast gave Bailey the opportunity to advance his thinking and for people to get to know him. Javid also came out extremely well since he was in his chosen domain where he performs well. Ed Conway, as usual, performed well.

When people ardently hold values and wish to bring about movements for change for the general good, there is an imperative, they need to understand what can destroy this movement in the interests of opposing factions.

Governments don't like generalized disquiet which leads to popular movements against the status quo. In the article IQ nonsense 9 the Charter economic model is described where the use of force is used to sustain that model. Over time the ultimate enforcers have been the military and Intel who today hover in the background waiting to take action where the Charter economic model is likely to be undermined. Now is such a time.

The growing numbers and range of constituents in the support for "change" has become very large. It is beyond the capability of Intel to catch up and identify the critical foci that drive this popular movement. In such circumstances, the normal military tactic, applied widely in Northern and borderland Ireland in the 1970s, is known as "poisoning the water". Here an atrocity is carried out against completely innocent people in a false flag incident that ends up identifying a culprit. The objective is to use this event to shift the focus of the population from their a wide range of legitimate grievances with governance and the economy to direct their energy and hatred towards a single enemy selected by Intel and the military. This could be a terrorist group or even a central peaceful group within the current turmoil. In this way the government can sweep aside the long list of legitimate complaints by "tackling" this new fabricated state of affairs as a "national security issue" under the slogan of actions, "in the interests of the nation", and, of course, "keeping us safe".

In the USA several attempts were made to associate Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and Black Lives Matter (BLM) with terrorism, but the George Floyd incident undermined this false image to resuscitate BLM as a rational and peaceful movement for good and Covid-19 has brought home to many that OWS as being something with merit because it draws attention to the nature and mass subjugation associated with the Charter economic model.

One mark of defective intelligence is the lack of motivation to enquire as to the facts concerning an event when other people point to the event having been an outrage or atrocity. This leads to unrealistic perspectives and an inability to take rational decisions concerning, for example economic policies or foreign affairs. The recent move to amalgamate foreign affairs and overseas development and the closer proximation of number 10 and number 11 under Boris Johnson are a matter for extreme concern for the constituents of this country. This is covered in the 9th article in the IQ nonsense series.

People might have noticed that super markets are applying rip-off prices to coffee during lockdown.

Lidl isn't doing this.

Their 200 gm, Bellarom "Rich Roast" costs £1.39 and their 500 gm. Bellerom "Gold-100% Arabica Coffee Grounds" (Strength=6) costs £2.39.

Our coffee experts consider the Gold 100% Arabica blend to have body and taste very close to Costa coffee and to be a little less acidic than Lavassa.

So the collection of the three items in the image above cost just £5.17. This is the price some stores are charging for a single 150 gm. jar of instant cofffee.

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The lack of intellectual critical mass within the UK's miniscule political parties combines incompetence with dishonesty as a toxic mix which has permitted the Bank of England's independence wreak havoc with the prospects of this nation. This is explained in part 8 of the IQ nonsense series.

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Boris Johnson's appeal to greed as a motivator for people rising to the top includes, no doubt, the visionaries who developed monetarism which continues, in the form of quantitative easing, to marginalize the majority of the constituents in this country. It is to be expected that those who demonstrate a particular interest in financial manipulation are the very same people who lack the adaptive intelligence to understand the importance of tacit knowledge in helping balance the economy to secure real economic growth. Besides the serious constitutional implications and the tolerance the government maintains of what are large scale white collar criminal activities, this only adds to their sinking profile under the weight of this country's emerging image of political incompetence in relation to Covid-19. The seventh article in the IQ nonsense series has been added and it covers some aspects of why monetarism is so prejudicial.

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Two excellent shows in Ross Ashcroft's Renegade Inc are well worth watching. One recaps on the impacts of financialization "Four Horsemen: Chickens home to roost" and the second, "Blueprint or scramble?", covers options for recovery with Lawrence Wilkerson.

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It is would seem that The Chancellor Rishi Sunak means well by encouraging banks and mortgage companies to provide mortgage holidays for now up to 6 months. However, the banks and building societies are not prepared to put their hands in their pockets to help out. They are insisting on a more rapid rate of monthly repayment following these holidays meaning that the monthly payments following any such holidays rise substantially in a time of uncertainty for increasing numbers leading to the likelihood of many being unable to maintain payments.

The building societies and banks insist that they are complying with the mortgage terms and internal regulations.

Therefore, it would be far more effective if banks and building societies altered their contracts across the board and reduce the mortgage interest rate being charged by 1% or 1.5%. This would make a substantive difference by helping raise disposable incomes and therefore consumption of goods and services in difficult times for local businesses, assisting recovery.

Neither customers, building societies or banks will have included any allowances for an epidemic on the scale of Covid-19 within their due diligence procedures to ensure the mortgages could be paid back at agreed rates at the time of signing agreements. Accordingly, the mortgage contracts across the country do not reflect the current reality. Just as mortgage monthly payments vary with interest rates so, under current circumstances, the interest rates charged need to be lowered to reflect a widespread fall in household purchasing power.

Academic: Relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking, not with practical skills
As was evident from the make-up of the government cabinet created by Boris Johnson to "Get BREXIT done!", it was going to be difficult for these people to be able to apply rational decision analysis and to come up with practical solutions to our Covid-19 crisis in a timely manner. As was predictable the course has been one of shambolic actions followed by muddled, often defensive, statements. The main reason is that most of the cabinet and, indeed, most of the UK parliament, is made up of people who, in general, have no practical experience or educational backgrounds to support them in this situation. Since the introduction of comprehensives, secondary education has become increasingly academic and non-applied. The general secondary educational emphasis gravitated towards an emulation of the highly academic theoretical of grammar and public school curricula; the "academies", so-called, follow the same trend. The technical schools established as a result of the Butler Act have been phased out. This decline in secondary technical schools has meant that those with practical understanding and experience in what it takes to organise production activities have become a rarity.

Over the same period the macroeconomic policies introduced by the Thatcher and Blair governments accelerated the flow of funds to offshore investments in the Far East at the expense of employment opportunities of people with an applied bent in production, industry and manufacturing. The last financial crisis of 2008 was an inevitable result of such "light touch" policies. The next major decision was to introduce quantitative easing (QE), as a "solution" but which has also turned into a practical fiasco. Rather than resolve the issue, QE has only intensified the fall in investment, decline in productivity and real incomes of increasing numbers of the people in this country.

As so we turn to the advent of Covid-19 only to find the government considers itself to be "doing the right thing" by following "the science" delivered by people who have a similar educational background.

To handle the real issues facing Britain we need decision-makers who have sufficient adaptive intelligence to allow practitioners, those with a bent moulded by practical experience, rather than those with an academic bent, to guide decisions to sort the mess out.

A fifth article in the IQ nonsense series has been added.

Applying human rationality to deduction is simple as a theoretical construct. However policies affect us all and yet we are denied participation in the decisions taken "on our behalf". What is needed to take good decisions cannot be determined by an IQ test but rather by a vast array of different types of capabilities. This is because a decision is an irrevocable allocation of resources to a specified course of action.

A decision is only as good and a reflection of some measure of intelligence to the degree that the specifications of the courses of action are feasible and these are successfully implemented.

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During the steady growth in the United Kingdom between 1945 and 1965, people on average incomes could save money and afford to purchase houses through mutual building society mortgages. However, as from the mid 1970s things began to go wrong as financial regulation, that supported these practices, were broken down under pressure from financial intermediaries and banks. The direct result of inappropriate macroeconomic policies is that real incomes of the lowest 50th percentile fell and with the introduction of quantitative easing (QE) to bail out the banks who created the financial crisis in 2007-2008, personal savings and pension funds based on savings were destroyed.

As a result, many of the older generation have houses while most young people are unable to purchase them. Quantitative easing encouraged banks to use the cheap money to buy assets such as land and real estate and to fund share buy backs. Construction companies banked land and concentrated on higher end, higher prices construction to sell as assets. As a result the prices of shares, land and houses have been increasing beyond the ability of the general public to buy them. These have become the possessions of a small faction who have benefited directly from such absurd macroeconomic policies. Although it is more than apparent that QE was benefiting the banks and those close to the banks at the expense of the general public, the Coalition government (Conservative/Lib Dem) and all subsequent Conservative governments have continued to impose this regime, weakening the economy.

The older generation who appear to be better off than the younger generation are sometimes accused having ended up this way as a result of selfishness. This is not the case, if governments had not destroyed the former strict financial regulations and permitted the banks to gain too much influence over policy, most in this country would have higher real incomes and more would own their own homes; there would have been less contentious divisions. The motivations and social conscience of those who have promoted such destructive policies need to be examined in order for the people of this country to be provided with the choice as to whether this social and economic destruction should continue.

No one is blaming the current government for the current mess in managing the Covid-19 epidemic. However three political parties, their apparatchiks and poor governance can be blamed. The Conservative party, largely under Margaret Thatcher initiated a series of changes, especially in the field of financialization that started the rot. The Blairite New Labour intensified the damage through ruinous PPP (off account) contracts and high interest loans. The Bank of England introduced quantitative easing in 2009, destroying savings and prejudicing pension funds and older segment of the constituency. The Conservative party and Liberal Democrat coalition 2010-2015 exacerbated the state of affairs by intensifying "austerity" and tolerating the continuation of quantitative easing that was beginning to see massive transfers of money into assets, land, real estate and share buy backs as investment and productivity fell as did the real incomes lower paid workers. This was followed by the 2015 Conservative government leading to the European Referendum, Cameron's resignation, the disastrous May administration ending up with the Johnson government. Between 2015 through to 2020 the Conservative government continued with "austerity" and quantitative easing hollowing out the real economy and public services, the police, fire services, social services, local authorities, nurse training and the National Health Service. In contrast to the 1970s when people on modest incomes could actually save money, most today, have no savings.

The leaders and MPs have changed but the manic rant that "there is no alternative" to austerity and quantitative easing continues to be pushed by the party machine oiled by the same lobbies and corporations who favour privatization of the National Health Service. The defunding scheme was supposed to be subtle stealth operation whereby the inevitable failures in service quality would gently frustrate the public until they began to demand, "of their own volition", a better system at which time privatization was to be the "logical" solution. This manipulation is what has brought the NHS brought to it's knees with medical staff now dying from Covid-19 for lack adequate testing and protective clothing and equipment. The current calamity is the consequence of irresponsible invisible party decision makers and advisers.

There have been several propositions to get rid of political parties. Indeed the very first written English constitutions proposed that MPs and civil servants should not act in consecutive governments so as to prevent the formation of power factions, or parties, and professional politicians in the pockets of corporations who, as a result, would ignore the needs of the people and serve their own interests. These early reformers were wise.

It is time for the party to be over.

The prohibition against, "cruel and unusual punishments" was to stop extra-constitutional tribunals or discretionary acts of judges in imposing illegal and cruel punishments that are unknown to established law as practiced under the infamous court of Star Chamber. And yet this realm continues in Britain as witnessed by the continued torture of Julian Assange who languishes in an English Jail while being guilty of no crime. So far the US "evidence" presented in court is not even legal argument, this suggests they expect the heavily scripted judge to rule in their favour. This behaviour on the part of the "legal authorities", so-called, is shameful and cruel. It is also an affront to the people of this country who value the freedoms that enabled Assange to publish the information sent to him and that exposed the criminal actions of the very country who wants Assange extradited. Their sole desire is to be provided with the opportunity to make a macabre international spectacle of their own fanaticism and desire to demonstrate their ability to inflict even more extreme cruel and unusual punishments on someone who, as a journalist, had, "...a liberty both in exposing and opposing tyrannical power by speaking and writing the truth." We have to ask, how can the British legal system continue to even consider such a scandalous intent to be a matter for serious consideration by any court in this country?

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John Pilger, the renowned journalist, has been interviewed by Afshin Rattansi of Going Underground. He raises many points that mainstream corporate media in this country studiously avoid. He states that when the NHS was established in 1948 by the Labour government, Aneurin Bevan the health minister notably declared, that this service would give the people of Britain, "Freedom from fear". Pilger refers to a simulation exercise carried out by the government in 2016 to assess the ability of the NHS to handle a virus-like epidemic. This showed the NHS could not cope in its then current state. This established the urgent need for strategic quantified requirements in terms of beds and equipment to be prepared to manage such a crisis. However, the government ignored these facts and continued to deplete the capabilities of the NHS through continued stealth privatization of the Service. Many are now in fear and many medical staff have perished as a direct result of inadequate protective clothing available. Pilger spells out several additional details. He has recently produced an excellent film on the purposeful undermining of the NHS by Conservative and New Labour governments in advancing privatization and destructive private financing deals under PPP schemes.

Going Underground is one of the few TV programmes with an investigative edge, raising important issues quite often ignored by other media on current affairs. This programme is one of the CybaCity.com choices for the forthcoming Alternative Media page.

We appreciate that the Covid-19 epidemic is a tragic disaster and there is no attempt here to criticise the specific actions by this government in attempting to manage this disastrous affair. But what follows is an analysis of facts which do not bode well for the continuation of this government over its full term, following this crisis.

It will be recalled that following the last major war, the heroic leader, Winston Churchill, was deposed in the first general election (1945) following the war, by a Labour victory. He was judged to be a good leader in hard times but the electorate decided the country needed cool heads for reconstruction and a group considered to have the domestic agenda more geared towards the interests of the people. This was the election in which Labour promised to establish the National Health Service (NHS) and the Conservatives campaigned against this. Labour established the NHS in 1948.

The current crisis see the country has come to rely on the NHS in spite of it having been depleted to a precarious state of affairs for many years by Conservative governments and by Blair's New Labour introducing flawed financing schemes under PPP contracts. In spite of the government having carried out strategic studies on requirements under the conditions of a virus epidemic the identified strategic reserve stocks of essential resources were not set aside. The current undignified and worrying scramble is the result.

The continuation of quantitative easing, has destroyed savings and sustained the treadmill of declining real incomes, investment and productivity. This has been caused by the banks using their cheap funding to benefit their own executives and shareholders. A significant proportion of "monetary expansion" has been directed into land, expensive real estate and organized share buy backs to pump up the stock market. This has been used to gain extortionate bonuses for executives. In the meantime construction companies have banked land and have not constructed houses at accessible prices for the population. Increasing numbers have no savings since close to zero interest rates have destroyed them making debt the only source of growth funds. In any case with real wages declining increasing number are unable to save. These factors have combined to make the purchase of a house impossible for an increasing proportion of those who would like to own their own properties. The answer to the question posed in the Conservative poster on the right is, "No she will not!" because the policies of the last decade have stifled opportunity.

When this crisis is over and, as a result of the lock down, the majority of the population will have had the opportunity to realize and reflect upon the state of the economy and the increasingly precarious economic position that much of the population has been reduced to. Few will be able to consider this to be an acceptable state of affairs for country, the government keeps informing us, that is the 5th or 6th "richest" in the world. The government has droned on about the importance of prosperity and a sound economy to fund public services while simultaneously and proactively draining public services and local authorities of resources reducing social and service infrasructures to almost inoperable states. This experience has served to expose the unacceptable nature of the levels of disparity in wealth and incomes in this country. The agitation to "Get BREXIT done!" has led nowhere in the perception of the electorate and now the focus has been forced onto dometic issues. There will be, therefore, some impatience and agitation for either a radical change in policies, away from those minority factional views that wield influence within the Conservative party or, a major push for no-confidence moves; in short, a move to replace this government and its destructive policies. Labour doesn't have to do much on this score since most parties and a majority of constituents are likely to support such a move.

There is, therefore, a need to define two exit strategies, one from the epidemic and the other, from the current ongoing disaster, otherwise known as quantitative easing, and to specify a credible alternative. This will become the next thing that "Has to be done!"

The circumstances of this nation's emotive experience of the exposure of the shameful state of affairs of the NHS but also the valiant efforts of cleaners, nurses and doctors to compensate, during this Covid-19 crisis, has put paid to any future stealth privatization of the NHS. Under payment of nurses and cleaners is likely to be corrected. Politicians are realizing that NHS privatization has become a taboo.

In the meantime, the US administration has realized that the nature of the US privatized system's opportunism, plunder and racketeering is going to land the population with bills that most will be unable to pay, even under normal circumstances. The US administration has just introduced a regulation that everyone will be covered, including the millions whose incomes levels result in their not being able to afford medical insurance cover. Hospitals will be compensated at Medicare rates only with no additional billing allowed. After this crisis is over, it will be difficult for the USA to re-constitute the previous "market-based" system. This should force the Congress and Senate members who benefit from Pharma and insurance company contributions, to have to super fine tune any utterances on this move.

Damage limitation is designed to stem a cascade of events that are getting out of control. The Secretary of Health and Social Care has returned from isolation to promise something that risks a continuation of damage. To state that testing will be increased to 100,000 per day with no certainty of which type of test is unfortunate and it would have been better to state that the growth in completed and reliable tests will be reported on, let us say, every 3 days, together, with information on locations in order for NHS and Social Service practitioners to coordinate their ability to be tested.

In this way the state of affairs will "speak for itself" without any necessary embellishments or promises, that are difficult to deliver, coming from government ministers and spokes people.

At the core, much structural damage cannot be undone since a decade of government cut backs and the continuation of quantitative easing has left all local governments and public services in a weak position. The lower income 50th percentile of the population has no savings either because of the policy of close to zero interest rates for a decade or because of very low real incomes and rising private debt.

The predicament of the government, whose decisions have destroyed savings and turned over funding of growth to private banks, in the form of debt, is that this is a consequence of their hapless mantra that "There is no alternative!" So the inevitable lack of any strategic thinking has been to hand over the solution of the current cessation in economic activities to the banks, yet again. This reflects a poor appreciation of how economies work since recovery will be a prolonged affair, far in excess of the short sharp decline witnessed.

Already, in the USA, there have been examples of banks receiving government support, using the money to buy back shares and bank executives pocketing the proceeds from selectively timed sales. One would imagine from image building narratives circulated by the departments of social responsibility that our banks could never contemplate any such behaviour that is so destructive to the fabric of society. Lamentably, this is exactly what has become an institutionalized practice over the last decade in the UK as a direct result of the government's continued support of quantitative easing. This is how a large scale diversion of funds into private pockets has starved the real UK economy funds of investment.

The government needs to seek genuinely strategic alternatives and apply tactics to link these to the rational management of the very slow and painful recovery ahead.

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Dan Gretton, a guest on Ross Ashcroft's Renegade Inc show, has provided an excellent exposure of the way in which compartmentalization, the bureaucratic and administrative separation of work groups from any contact from those affected by their decisions, kills off human conscience and responsibility. He uses the term "desk killers" as an exact description of people taking and administering decisions through written and spoken messages and instructions whose content never refers to the targets, usually people, of the decisions.

This not only was an obvious modus operandi under the Nazi regime with respect to the "Final solution" but it runs through large corporations not wishing to admit to atrocities such as pollution and deaths resulting from their lack of human responsibility. The effect of this imposed psychological social isolation encouraging people to only concentrate on their job at hand, pervades working environments of today where vitally important decisions are taken by invisible and unaccountable individuals "within the system" but affecting everything from economic policies, the health system, the conduct of foreign policy and alliances. Even today these alliances are responsible for the ongoing injuries and deaths of many men women and children all conveniently classified as "collateral damage", the result of the silent decisions and actions of the desk killers.
The DIO will release its first review at the end of June 2020.

During a virtual update for journalists that took place this weekend (27 and 28 March, 2020) sponsored by the DIO (Development Intelligence Organization), decision analysts from SEEL provided a review of an interesting development directed at contributing to the identification of options for the United Kingdom, post-Covid-19. The array of topics covered communications technologies, micro and macroeconomics and procedures for the identification of gaps, yet to appear in national provisions.

The most fascinating part was a section subject to journalistic embargo until June 2020. This was extracts from a report on an in depth analysis of the causes of the last four financial crises. Here what appeared to be genuine alternatives with respect to policy objectives and instruments were used to explain significant flaws in conventional economic theory largely of the type where the opposite occurs in practice from the predictions of the theory. It does not take much of an intellectual effort to identify these. However, solutions proposed were startlingly simple leaving the strong impression that too much policy making has been a vast political economic experiment with the UK constituency as guinea pigs.

The pointers towards solutions were convincing. However, with Covid-19, any future micro and macroeconomic policies will need to follow a strategy very different from the normal conventional muddling through.

SEEL ran the Tempo project in the early 1980s that projected accurate scenarios on the development of global network developments foreseeing most of what we see today as Apps, search apps and mobiles. The very precisely identified China as the world's dominant mobile IT player by 2012 which turned out to be correct not only in terms of timing but also in terms of usage. Since 1985 following the purchase of the published resources of the Stanford Research Institute's Decision Analysis Group, as a core reference source, SEEL has not only contributed to advances in decision analysis theory but is a leading centre for the strategic application of decision analysis.

A recent article posted on the Real Incomes Organization website reports that in analyses of the main four economic crises since 1929 it becomes startlingly evident that the causal factors in the run up to each crisis and the final tipping point was the behaviour of the financial intermediation sector including banks and central banks. It states that this system has become predatory with society and the economy the prey. It adds that the solution to each crisis, including Covid-19 crisis, has been for governments to give more business to this system. The article proposes that this destructive system needs to be tamed and preferably got rid of.


The Bank of England never-ending generosity in helping the consumer to pay their mortgages during the Covid-19 crisis seems to be a bit of a macabre joke. On reviewing recent adjustments made by banks on mortgages payments of £500/month we have found that the reduction in each case and involving two diferent banks was £1.30 or a generous reduction of 0.26%. This is hardly providing any assistance to so many people facing such difficulties. The banks need to act in a less predatory fashion by being required to reduce their imposed margin of around 6%. So the reduction of the base rate had no significant impact. Most banks have sent advice on the new levels of payment accompanied by statements that the adjustments made are in accord to the conditions of the mortgage contracts concerned.

Covid-19 is exposing the unacceptable state of progress in economic development in the United Kingdom. The reliance on "efficient" globalization, just-in-time manufacturing and a gig economy has resulted in there their being no strategic reserves of just about anything. The former appreciation of many who came through the last war of the importance of maintaining strategic production of food, key manufacturing sectors and maintaining a strategic investment in priority applied research has been replaced by an absurd faith in the "free market".

Any mention of the value of a more balanced mixed economy, is put down by the government as being "socialist" by those who have actively promoted and delivered in government this legacy of a state of unreadiness.

The economic fiasco unleashed by Covid-19 is exposing the lack of value of current macroeconomic practice leading to an irresponsible failure to maintain strategic resilience. There are no strategic cash reserves within families to tide themselves over missing work, many have no rights to paid sick leave and apparently the NHS does not have enough respirators. This is a case study of the inevitable result of a lamentable absense of wise governance and the legacy of a government whose party leaders have claimed there is no such thing as society and that the economy operates best motivated by greed.

In Part 1 of this series we explored some basic issues surrounding the significance of IQ tests. An example was given of American work that estabished that IQ tests are, in essence, culture pattern tests. We referred to the fact that because individual development, especially in children is evolving, it is not possible to assign an absolute measure of intelligence on grounds of logic or in statistical terms. There is, however, a considerable "investment" in the IQ myth on the part of those who happen to secure reasonable scores and those who set the tests and a large community of "professionals" and academics who make their living based on this system. There is even an association for people with "high" IQs. As a result what is being reviewed in this series is not as well known as perhaps it should be because of the intertia of interested parties or those with influence who do not fully understand the issue because there has been a failure to question or doubt its value.

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Rory Stewart

The government has not shared with the public any information on the epidemiological models being used to interpret the "evidence" and justify their applying "the science" to the UK Covid-19 outbreak. We therefore have to assume they are applying standard epidemiological models. These are normally somewhat simplistic. They generate projections of likely levels of infection based on an infection rate and size of the population. This provides an estimate of the inoculum potential or likely levels of cross infection or trasmission. Fine. But such models provide little guidance on how to manage the epidemic in the interests of the population.

Rory Stewart has highlighted this by pointing out government inaction on some important needs.

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It is always convenient as a politician to explain circumstances in terms of pre-destiny, natural evolution over which we can do little, as a species, to change. However, it is important to be careful to seek out good evidence for any such views because they can be used falsely to explain and justify economic policies. In the UK economic policies usually fail because such explanations are groundless and therefore result in socially destructive outcomes. A point in question is the range of views on the connection between genetics, ethnicity and intelligence. Before getting to the evaluation of this particular point it is necessary to review a somewhat boring, but revealing, set of events.

A government special adviser is on the record as possessing ill-explained beliefs supporting this sort of drift and recently one of his team resigned over the fuss caused by revelations that he appears to have held similar views. Although much huffing and puffing led to some in government to insinuate such views were unacceptable, it is revealing that the person to spell this out more clearly in policy terms which have specific social implications arising from these errant views, is Boris Johnson.

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Renegade Inc have released today an excellent coverage of the likely economic impacts of Covid-19. Ross Ashcroft reviews the state of affairs with Alan Day and Mitch Feierstein.

Emphasis is on the short to medium term impacts on supply chains tipping over into failures of large corporations who have significant levels of debt and particularly exposed to disruption in their supply chains caused by Covid-19; it is worth listening to the finer points raised. Potentially, this can lead to a bigger economic and financial disaster than 2008 and, in reality, has been exacerbated by the inappropriate stop gap solution to the 2008 financial crisis in the form of quantitative easing. Politicians and central bankers, and even some economists, are likely to blame Covid-19 rather than their inappropriate economic and monetary policies for this likely disaster. CybaCity has already explained the weakness of the Aggregate Demand Model and financialization favoured by most economists and central banks and the over-reliance on this model being very much at the root of this whole fiasco.

The medium to longer term impacts that will intensify the state of affairs will be the loss of employment resulting from corporate failures, creating a knock-on effect on overall demand. This model lacks resilience and sustainability as the rising disparity in incomes and impact of Covid-19 are demonstrating.

The government intones its strategy as taking medical advice and basing decisions on evidence with respect to how to handle Covid-19. This is palming off responsibility for any future catastrophe on those giving such advice. However, political leadership can be demonstrated by not treating deaths as an inevitable collateral damage in a somewhat matter-of-fact fatalistic fashion by just following evidence but rather by taking the initiative to take anticipatory actions to impose greater control to reduce this damage. Thus the decision not to ban large sporting events and other events involving thousands of people is bordering on the irresponsible.

Italy with the most drastic Covid-19 conditions appears to have had this laissez faire attitude to the very recent Venice Carnival which went ahead, in spite of awareness of the growing danger of such event to the spread of Covid-19. No one has made any official connection between this and the Northern Italian disaster possibly because of "political and commercial interests" of places that organize mass events.

Things don't happen until they do and if we know large assemblies spread viruses, the government should not play Russian roulette with the population by erring on the side of the interests of those who organize large events. This is a necessary precaution.

John Maynard Keynes in explaining his theory contained in his book "The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money" sought to justify public works paid for by governments as a means of creating employment and increasing the circulation of money and therefore "demand". At the end of Chapter 10, entitled "The marginal Propensity to Consume and the Multiplier" he refers to the benefits of pyramid building in Egypt and under the prevailing condition suggests two pyramids were better than one. On the other hand he suggests this would not be the case if two railways were built between London and York.

Today we have other notions of mobility

In recent exchanges between economists the "benefits" of HS2 seem to be employment creation. However, we live in a different age from the heyday of the Stockton Darlington railway and Stephenson's Rocket, all acclaimed as marvels at the time. Today people do not have to travel at a high cost and high speed to achieve essentials.

In 1985, strategic studies at the ITTTF in Brussels, projected the impact of global networks on traditional infrastructures. Two things were particularly notable. One was that e-commuting would expand leading to a contraction in demand for a considerable amount of transport infrastructures and commercial real estate. On the other hand there would be an rise in demand for lower cost housing that contained design changes to accommodate the reality of many people working from their homes. The essential service infrastructure to enhance overall wellbeing was good local public transport to provide short distance urban and rural connectivity. The most flexible means of achieving this is bus services.

It is notable that in spite of these technological trends and expected impacts, now recognized as W3 (world wide web), we have witnessed the construction of a considerable amount of commercial real estate and high cost domestic premises, the majority of which stand empty. Their contribution to the economy is marginal because they are held as assets. It is also notable that the government, very much under pressure from interest groups have decided to go ahead with HS2 as the demand for personal travel is being replaced by e-commuting and e-shopping. The problem with all of this is that a considerable amount of effort is generating employment to produce things that will add very little to the productivity of the economy. So when the associated employment is run down we will have seen a considerable amount of financial resources invested in infrastructures that will have added little to our basic levels of productivity.

In order to create benefits to productivity and future employment it would be more rational to revolutionize the UK information communications infrastructure by doubling the investment in advanced systems, including 5G, and including applications development; there it would be possible to witness productivity growth occurring on a year on year basis across all economic sectors and contributing to future growth in employment. With HS2 heading for an over-run in excess of £50 billion, this "investment" and it's absurd time horizon makes it the equivalent to a pyramidic project that is in reality building the equivalent of two railways between London and York in the sense it is trying to compete with the substitution of rail transport effect of advanced communications. The new system also, in the current context, reduces exposure to possibl fatal viruses, trains don't. Similarly, it is time that the government brought in some form of oversight and direction in the promotion of investment in houses with accessible prices; at the moment the so-called lower-priced housing is beyond the means of most potential buyers. Construction company land banking is, like the high priced investment properties and plush commercial sites simply additions to the asset holdings of a very small number of constituents. These trends have been intensified by the inappropriate goverment policy of cumulative subsidy to financiers and asset holders, disguised as a remedy to the 2008 crisis, in the form of very low interest rates under quantiative easing. In the meantime, investment in productivity enhancing projects has declined and increasing numbers see their real incomes declining.

In attempting to help focus on the problems facing this country, and as events seem to roll beyond control, it is important to question the notion that what is required is a strong and decisive government. However, when fundamentally, people do not sense any connection between governance and community, after all for many in government, "Society does not exist!" there is a need to explore where the solutions lie to the general benefit of those who still think they live in a society. This places constitution, in general a boring but important topic, into the realm of the exciting options holding out genuine promise.

In order to provide a foundation to this topic we reproduce two articles from Real News Online. These concern the fundamental and largely forgotten role of people in forging the foundations of a free society through protections provided by jury decisions based on the shared commonalities expressed in the form of the social conscience. The few freedoms that exist and have become internationally recognized attributes of human expression through consideration of one for the other, have come mainly from this bottom-up process. That, "Society does exist!" is evident in this track record; a wonderful social legacy.

The increasing erosions and current suppressions of the freedoms that undermine society come from tyrannical constraints imposed through odd ball and social misfit notions of factions within political parties and that are translated into government "decisions" on policies and legal frameworks.

Read more: A jury trial - 1670

Concerning the importance of the media reporting facts and holding government to account we present the case that established the prominence of the press in the US Constitution but which today is being abused by "strong government" and a not-so-free corporate press who hide facts through selective omissions.

Real more: Another trial by jury 1734.

The measurement of human capabilities is a highly complex and interesting topic and IQ tests convey little concerning individual competence in a normal social environment. Expressions concerning this topic related to policy and opportunities by some associated with government and Boris Johnson himself use statistics on IQ that are both misleading and ill-informed. It possibly reflects a troubling view of his assessment of the constituency of this country. Having researched this topic we find that the analysis in the media has been lamentable because it relates more to identity politics as opposed to analyzing in more dept the realities surrounding human "intelligence". To attempt to reduce the size of this gap in popular knowledge, we will soon post a series on this topic. Our aim is to explore the main issues of importance on this topic which are relevant to governance, economic policies and human wellbeing.

Social misfit: An individual who does not fit in or value social norms or share in the common values expressed as a social conscience.
There is a considerable amount of evidence that the fundamental roots of macroeconomic policy logic follow the rablings of individuals who were not of general society but rather social misfits who rejected society to the degree of expounding policies devoid of any participatory public choice mechanisms that, in theory at least, are the mainstay and foundation of a democratic society. Thus, over the last 80 years we have seen the development of macreconomic policies that have direct benefits not to society in general, but rather a group of misfits who in turn control the policy agenda through political parties. The typical profile of these misfits is that of individuals who only think of their own interests and who have perculiar elitist notions that relate to society and of their own unique worth and status. For example, the robust position of Margaret Thatcher, that, "..there is no such thing as society!" reflects an upbringing emotionally deprived of any understanding of social norms. Many in society very much understand what society is. Indeed, our common law system is founded on the value of the social conscience related to our common views of expectations of acceptable behaviour in given circustances. The jury system has had this function and has been successful, based solely on common views of what exists within the social conscience. The most significant breakthoughs in extending rational consideration of the appropriate treatment of individuals have come from juries nullifying the law and declaring individuals "not guilty". These so-called human rights emanated from such jury decisions as rational positions of society on how people should be treated. It is notable that these same values are abused by the policies and decision-making of the social misfit class.


In a closed workshop for journalists held this weekend (29th February, 2020) organized by the DIO (Development Intelligence Organization) included a review of economic schools and current challenges. An intriguing fact appears to be the case that all of the apparently "competing schools of thought", all rely on a single basic model of how the economy operates. This is the Aggregate Demand Model. Only two schools do not base their operational premises on this model. These are Constitutional Economics which remains open to rational models based on evidence-based decision analysis to explore alternative options as a basis of public choice. The other is the Real Incomes Approach which applies a different model known as the Production, Accessibility and Consumption model.


Marionette: a small-scale usually wooden figure (as of a person) with jointed limbs whose head and limbs are manipulated from above by attached strings

Judges are expected to have command over the proceedings over which they preside. But the two judges who have been involved with the Julian Assange case have clearly not exercised any logical control. Hoping that by keeping Assange in prison the Swedish government would in the end request his extradition led to Assange enduring a 50 week prison sentence under unacceptable conditions. In the end the Swedish government followed due diligence procedures and closed the case and invalidated the European Arrest Warrant. They admitted that there was no evidence to support the Arrest Warrant (see article below).

However, the British authorities wish to maintain the images of Assange as being a criminal. The second judge therefore has had to preside over proceedings in which those present can observe the absurdity of Assange being unable to sit with his lawyers. He is locked in a glass cage. Rather than acknowledge the theatrical drama of this state of affairs when Assange complained, the judge suggested Assange should use notes to communicate with his team. The constant effort of the authorities, so-called, to sustain an image of Assange as a criminal, before any guilt has been proven, is unacceptable. As is the bully tactics of subjecting him to repetitive strip searching and hand cuffing. Both cases reflect a lack of independence of the judges concerned and this calls into question their competence to act as judges in such an important case. Their conduct and decisions and the underlying strategy appear to be solely for American intel and State Department satisfaction that the Brits are treating him the right way.

This servile, snivelling obsequiousness of the British state exposes a weak, tragic moral cowardice in the face of the overbearing tyranny of US pressure who so far have failed to present any convincing arguments. Increasing numbers of the population behold the developments of this shallow show trial with increasing dispair, shame and disgust.

The disgraceful conditions that Julian Assange has had to endure waiting for the British legal systems to assess whether or not he should be extradited to face a show trial in Virginia in a kangaroo military court are an affront to all who value the truth.

Andrew Hamilton (1676-1741) the Philadelphia-based lawyer who was born in Scotland declared that the media or press had,

"...a liberty both in exposing and opposing tyrannical power by speaking and writing the truth."

This is all Julian Assange has done. He is not a whistle blower but has simply posted content sent to him by others, after checking the veracity of the documents or files received. It could be that the government and our legal system no longer value the role of a free press even although the British corporate media were prepared to use Wikileaks documentation to earn their living while denying Assange support in this current period. Most media has therefore simply acted in the same way as Assange, but Assange is in a British prison and they are not, simply because the USA military and intelligence agencies are embarrassed at the revelations, to the world, of their illegal and tyrannical behaviour. As Hamilton declared the publicizing of this behaviour followed a well-established principle of such freedom being used to speak and write the truth. The reason for speaking and writing such truths if for the public to know what their governments do in their name.


Given that Julian Assange is not a whistle blower and was not engaged in the process of removing the documents from their archives and databases there is no case against him.

The Swedish "case" against Assange in reality concerned a local request by two women to police for Assange to be made to have an HIV test. The scurrilous accusations of rape were introduced to attempt to strengthen the case under a European Arrest Warrant to get him extradited to Sweden. According to Global Research, it might not be coincidental that at the time this case switched from being an issue over a blood test to one alleging rape, a certain Thomas Bodström was justice minister in Sweden. Bodstrom already had a track record of doing what the CIA demanded. It is alleged that he had supervised the seizure of two men, who the U.S. found suspicious, in the middle of Stockholm. The men were seized without any kind of legal proceedings and handed over to the CIA, who extradited them to Egypt where they were tortured. This established Bodstrom's trans-Atlantic track record and point to a high likelihood that Assange would have been extradited to the USA without due process. When the allegation was switched to rape the prosecuting lawyer "acting on behalf of the two women" was a partner in Bodstrom's former legal practice.

This particular affair became evident when the tortured individuals sued the Swedish government, won their case and were compensated.

A shameful part of this saga was that the British government tried to encourage the Swedish government to keep the European Arrest Warrant "alive" while Keir Starmer was director of prosecutions (2008-2013). This seems to be to have the world blame Sweden for extraditing Assange to the USA and for the UK to shrug its shoulders. However, since that bad faith attempt has failed, because Bodstrom left his post and there is no evidence of any specific crime. The Swedish government thankfully has followed due process and closed the case. The fact that they have admitted that there is no evidence of a crime also invalidated the original European Arrest Warrant, raised on the basis of untrue allegations.

So we are left with British justice contemplating how far they wish to push this case into a lurid show trial to satisfy the political interests of those in the USA who were responsible for the tyrannical and violent acts exposed by the truth posted on Wikileaks.

We will wait to see how robust and independent British justice is. Will it be on the side of the truth that there is no case to be answered, that freedom of the press should be safeguarded at least in the United Kingdom and that Julian Assange should be freed, or will we witness cowardice and injustice siding with tyranny.

Although analysis of the automatic release from prison of people associated with terrorism and the influence of prison on those with terrorist inclinations, might be considered to be important factors, this discussion represents an intellectual side show that is so parochial as to be extremely offensive. It ignores the fundamental reasons as to why the "terrorists" come into being on these shores.

Tony Blair manipulated the truth to encourage UK parliament to authorize the invasion of Iraq in support of the American response to 9/11. However, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, this was largely linked to Saudi Arabian proxies and funding. The so-called weapons of mass destruction, so prominent in Blair's dodgy dossier, had already being discounted by the UN inspection teams however, Blair used misrepresentation to bounce the UK parliament into supporting the invasion. This resulted in the murder of an estimated one million men, women and children, the majority of whom were followers of Islam. The US and UK worked with extremist proxies by training them and funding their transport to Syria as a force to topple the Assad regime. Although Assad identified these armed proxies, closely associated with the terrorist groups Al Quaeda and ISIL, the propaganda emanating from the USA and UK sought to accuse the Assad "regime" of atrocities while diverting attention from US and UK support of murderous terrorists, largely linked to the Sunni faction and who had set about eliminating Shia Moslems, Christians and other sects and selling their women into sex slavery. This dreadful reality represents part of a cumulative legacy of violence leveled on people of the Islamic faith and other sects; the majority of victims have been Moslems.

Before these ventures the people of Iraq and Syria bore no ill feeling towards the people of the United Kingdom. One has to ask if a foreign alliance invaded England and slaughtered over a million innocent people, how would the English feel about this? The loss of family members, wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and grandparents would be bound to result in a strong emotional reaction. Registering the fact that this assault in the Middle East has continued unabated for over a two decades, almost a generation, building a legacy of violence and becoming a growing source of motivation for groups or individuals to seek revenge. The lack of any moderation in the assaults in Iraq and Syria led to the destruction, not only of people, but also the operational infrastructures of roads, bridges and essential water and energy supplies, hospitals and other services supporting those civilizations. As a result, those who have survived live with the horrific memories of what befell their now dead or injured relatives and confront a difficult and wretched existence as a direct result of actions by the USA and UK. Thus one has to ask, as UK citizens, facing a similar onslaught what many people's response would be? Would it be to forgive such imposed mass terror which has reduced populations to mass humiliation or would people come to realize that perhaps they will have to act somehow to stop such lunacy by seeking revenge.

Naturally, having the resources of their country destroyed, or sequestered, and facing social turmoil, such revenge would be unlikely to rely on sophisticated and expensive weaponry and alliances but will take up a form of actions by small groups or even individuals; the so-called asymmetric response.

The problem with the media analysis of "home grown radicalized individuals" in the UK is that of a short sighted parochial perspective that ignores the ever-present knowledge of the evolving legacy of violence but considers the home grown terrorist to be related to the failure of legislation to contain appropriate sentencing arrangements and the prison system failing to discourage individuals from pursuing "terrorist acts". No amount of counseling and psychological analysis can rid our environment of the knowledge of the ongoing murderous campaigns supported by the USA and UK that continue to kill Moslems.

The objective of this short article is not to provide "excuses" for terrorism but rather to point out that terrorist acts in the United Kingdom are a direct result of the government's foreign policies and military interventions that have harmed millions of people of the Islamic faith in Iraq, Syria, Libya and the Yemen. This barbarous slaughter in the past, and its continuation now, is a profound and continuing affront of callous indifference and cruelty parallel to Israel's sustained policy of dispossession of the people of Palestine, who are also of the Islamic faith.

If we consider our government to be founded on the principles of a "parliamentary democracy" representing the will of the people we should not fall into the trap of considering terrorists to be people who wish to destroy that freedom. For those not knowing any better, it is our freedom of choice to elect governments who sustain such foreign and military policies that causes the targets of terrorist to be members of the public in the UK. This is because we are considered to share the blame individually for having elected such governments. So the logic is that by killing people in the UK is not only an act of vengeance but it is also designed to attempt to discourage people's support for military adventurism that is prejudicing Islamic populations and civilizations. It is therefore evident that, until such a time that our so-called democracy can bring decisions on warfare under the control of the electorate and for our parochial MPs to become more responsible by becoming responsive to the concerns of their constituents, the curse of "terrorism" is likely to continue because, in reality, it is becoming increasingly difficult, under such a foreign policy envelope, to "keep people safe".

It is almost always disappointing to listen to MPs discussing issues related to high technology, a subject which they appear to know little. When discussing IT kit the discussion should be about its relative efficiency, effectiveness, costs and reliability and an understanding of the changes in management of data communications that provide benefits or prejudice to the country and the benefits to UK 5G applications developers who can export the applications they develop. Although the USA has muddied the waters by asserting that Huawei 5G technology is a risk to security they have not produced any evidence to support their anti-competitive position.

The USA position is more geared to attempting to stymie an area of development where Huawei lead the world in order to reduce the return to China of their massive rise in global patent applications which surpassed those of the USA almost a decade ago. There are many ways to screen hardware systems to prevent illegitimate access to private and data of strategic importance. Following kit bench tests running data traces within buses and radio frequencies directly off the components to be used in the UK it is possible to detect gaps in security.

The only other way for data to be leaked is from third party software and malaware of the sort used by the USA National Security Agency (NSA), UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Israeli government. Whereas such agencies deny "spying" on their own citizens the convenient data exchange arrangements between them simply mean such malign activities are subcontracted to the other agencies with the occasional nod and wink exchanges for special jobs or additional detail on specific leads.

There is a good deal of suspicion on the part of European intelligence agencies that much of the NSA surveillance is in fact related to industrial and commercial espionage covering technology and technique and economic policy as well as commercial contracts and communications related to "trade deals" with other countries in Europe, especially in Germany, and of course, the UK will be subjected to the same treatment. This suspicion arose as a result of the former confidential "negotiations" during the Transatlantic trade deal. German intelligence, particularly well informed, appear to lead the pack in suspecting the USA's malign intellectual property espionage. However, the real strategic issue and driving force of this malign activity on the part of the USA, is the loss of technological status of the USA leading to this unfortunate activity which falls outside the accepted norms of strategic and military intelligence collection.

A very common tactic adopted by intelligence agencies, and transmitted through government and corporate media, is to accuse presumed enemies to be doing exactly what the intelligence agencies concerned are already doing. Indeed, it is these types of activity that the USA and indeed many misguided MPs are accusing Huawei as representing a risk. The fact that the USA government and many MPs are suggesting that the Chinese government is involved in such espionage, that they call attention to a human rights record and of state of the ethnic Uighurs and also to the fact that the government is formed by a Communist party has absolutely no bearing on the quality and utility of Huawei components, 5G kit and networks. This sort of absurdity and baseless propaganda fueling the parliamentary exchanges could be eliminated and elevated to a more rational level if only the MPs could demonstrated a better understanding of the reality of what is at stake. It would be more appropriate for MPs in a British House of Parliament to be spending more time and effort in analysing and scrutinising what is in the interests of this country. They could easily demonstrate such a concern by demanding that the USA provide irrefutable evidence of the defects they have asserted exist and to be associated with Huawei 5G technology and the Chinese government.

All general networks contain "defects" which normally relate to the way a design has been configured as opposed to defects in hardware components. However, most systems can be made secure once the performance parameters of hardware components are understood; this appears to be the situation with Huawei components and, therefore, the government should make its efforts on this front apparent to MPs as yet a further step in demonstrating its interest in supporting the national interest.

Agence Presses Européenne has launched a new version of Emancipation dedicated to UK constitutional and socio-economic affairs. It is a good read. Click here to access.

By floating the notion that National Health Service A&E wait time targets should be done away with, the government was probing to see if there would be a public reaction. If this was enacted it would be an effective way to obscure the link between A&E delays and the cause of unacceptable death rates. A report by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine indicates that in the last three years, around 5,500 deaths have occurred as a result of extended waits of sick patients in A&E departments of the NHS. This is the result of a combination of inappropriate economic policies that have combined quantitative easing and de-funding of public services.

Although this information was made available during the last 2 weeks of the election the UK corporate media gave little coverage. Besides The Guardian this was only covered by Health Business and Metro.

The notion that the government might consider doing away with the wait times reflects a capacity to contemplate criminal neglect as a tactic for avoiding embarrassment. It would appear that such face-saving would appear to be of more concern than the likelihood that this would precipitate even more deaths. This reflects a wholly insincere, cynical and callous attitude towards the population.

The constant retort of more-than-ever funding will be made to the NHS does not compensate for the fact that in real terms, more funding is needed if our population growth and age structure is taken into account. The Conservatives, over the last decade have proven themselves to be unreliable when it comes to the economy. Most bold funding promises are to public services where the government's own policies have stripped resources as part of their tactic of de-funding to generate public frustration with services so as to justify privatization on the basis of "efficiency" but the track record indicates this only results in rises in prices and a decline in value for money.

The President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), Dr Katherine Henderson commented on The Guardian article saying,

“The reported findings are alarming but echo what the College has warned for some time: Emergency Department (ED) crowding kills. These findings would be in line with the overwhelming body of evidence that demonstrates that overcrowding in EDs is directly associated with harm for both patients and staff. It has been clear for a long time that this results in higher rates of death in patients who are admitted from overcrowded departments."

She went on to say waiting times are an additional factor in a long chains of deficient provisions caused by lack of resources. She stressed that before more detailed comments can be made it is necessary to see the final, reviewed version of the report.

The Huawei saga

The leadership of Huawei in mobile and 5G technology is a direct result of this company descending a technological learning curve. The best location for achieving this type of experience is China, simply because of the size of the domestic market, which including the Indian neighbourhood market totals around some 2.5 billion mobile users. In contrast the USA is just 15% of this market with 375 million mobile users. It is obvious that the US approach to standards, which has deployed the "de facto" approach where some company becomes dominant as a result of "market forces" is an altogether naive approach. It is this approach which has resulted in the USA falling behind Europe, and now, with 5G technologies, China. ITTTF strategic reports, produced in 1985 in Brussels, showed that China and India would be the dominant markets by 2005. These analyses turned out to be extremely accurate. The European Commission pioneered standardised telecom standards for mobiles in the 1980s/1990s leading to the early domination of European operators and, in particular, Racal, later changing its name to Vodafone, took full advantage of the European standards to gain worldwide domination for some time.

Although purporting to believe in "competition", the United States, unfortunately, when losing its technological status, such as the case of 5G technology, where Chinas has by far the best products and experience, tends to resort to unfair practice disguised as logic in support of security and intelligence. In the case of the Chinese company Huawei, the world leader in 5G technology, the USA has opted for scare mongering by stating that Huawei is likely to introduce back door access to Chinese intelligence agencies in their 5G technology. Multiple internal reviews by technical experts have shown that this is not the case.
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There is absolutely no evidence for this but there is evidence to show that US technology corporations, social media and search technology companies have done, and continue to do, just that for US intelligence agencies and the NSA by spying on US citizens and others worldwide. Huawei are climbing the global market to position 1 in mobiles and it is estimated that very soon Samsunng (Korea) and Huawei (China) will dominate this expanding global market. The combination of know how on 5G and the production of world beating mobiles, places Huwawei in a strong position to support countries and private users or service providers wishing to compete in this exciting and expanding global market.

Following President Trump's sanctions against Huwawei, the company has managed to substitute all chips made in the USA and is currently working with around 150 Indian app developers and Russian operating system developers to substitute Google apps and their Android operating system. Trump's policy has backfired to prejudice US chip makers and online operators. The sanctions imposed on Russia has resulted in prejudice to the EU and a major expansion in Russian agriculture leading to Russia dominating world wheat exports. Trump's interference in the North Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany from Russia is another absurd policy given that Russia since the Soviet Cold War period has honoured its agreements and is recognised as the world's most reliable gas supplier. Under trump the USA has broken many critical international agreements within a couple of years using his favourite "diplomatic tool" of cripling sanctions. The USA's objective is not energy security for Europe but rather it is attempting to foist American Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) on Europe costing 30% more than the Russian equivalent.

In a recent interview Boris Johnson was correct in not agreeing with Trump on the use of 5G technology in the UK but on the issue of the Iran Nuclear agreement he is completely wrong to voice his support for a Trump deal on this issue with Iran. In Boris's mind this might be what he considered to be a subtle trade-off that provides support for President Trump.

Anyone with any sense will stick to Huawei products because they are world leaders and this will help the applications developers who use such systems to advance their own applications systems while minimising their costs and customer prices. Not to take advantage of Huawei's technology amounts to irresponsibility and an unwillingness to pass on to users the many operational benefits. In the case of the United Kingdom contemplating leaving the EU, making use of Huawei technology is almost an imperative to be able to maintain telecommunications service standards. The next step the US might take will be its tested and failed approach of imposing sanctions on countries or companies who collaborate with Huawei. They have done this with service companies supporting North Stream 2. Russia will complete the final leg with its own pipe laying ships and they will descend the learning curve yet further to their advantage. This ridiculous and uncouth luddite approach to "international competition" and "free markets" exposes a good deal of hypocrisy and ignorance on the part of US government technology strategists who are aware that China has long since overtaken the US in the annual registration of high technology patents.

For Boris Johnson to align his approach to anything President Trump is doing on the international front will end in tears. Trump's approach combines an erratic aggression with excessive ignorance of the cultures, and an abject lack of any concern for the wellbeing, of people in other countries. Although Boris Johnson's managers have moulded his image as enthusiastic positive man of action his support of Trump only shreds that facade and exposes the ensuing danger of a further decline in the international standing of the United Kingdom. Johnson is no good at interviews and continues to bluster and muddle through, with a child-like naive gusto. But each time he only brings further into focus an irresponsible dilettante who in reality is not in command of his brief. It is to be wondered why, on this topic, Johnson is, like Trump, acting as a spoiler by trampling erratically and dangerously over the briefs of his own ministers, in this case that of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who, so far, has not made any statement on these topics.

The Star Chamber was an English court which sat at the Palace of Westminster in London. Originally established in late 15th century to ensure the just treatment of socially and politically prominent people who ordinary courts might hesitate to convict for their crimes.

It was abolished in 1641 because it became synonymous with social and political oppression through the arbitrary and excessive abuse of its power. Today "star chamber" refers to legal or administrative bodies with strict and arbitrary rulings, with no “due process” rights to those accused, involving secretive proceedings and hiding of evidence nature of the accusations.

Slowly, the comportment of our legal system appears to be drifting towards bias and an ability to punish people before they have been proven guilty of a punishable offense. The Star Chamber as an arbitrary dispenser of unusual and cruel punishments has come back into existence, not as a physical structure, but as a mode of behaviour of the justice system, not hidden, but taking place in a way for all to behold, to the shame of the citizens of this country.

The current government administration and legal system sets an atrocious example in conducting themselves in an abusive manner following the Star Chamber's abandonment of basic principles of conduct necessary in the treatment of the innocent.

Julian Assange, who has served an arbitrarily long sentence related to bail, and which included solitary confinement, should have been released from prison, having completed this excessive period in a high security prison. However, he remains in the same high security prison in continued isolation and judging from observations of those who have been able to meet or communicate with him, it is assumed that he is drugged and in a chemical straight jacket. A UN investigator on torture and a group of medical practitioners have commented that his condition constitutes torture and his health is deteriorating and his life is in danger. Under such conditions he could die in prison as a direct reult of the harsh treatment being metered out to him by British justice while he has yet to be convicted of any crime; he is innocent.

He has, as far as we are aware, been refused sight of the charges against him pending a court appearance in February 2020 reviewing a request for extradition to the USA. The US administration has acted in line with a arbitrary Star Chamber principle of secret accusations and the United Kingdom government and legal proceedings handling this case have upheld this abusive conduct of maintaining this secrecy when no charges have been made apparent or available. Even Julian Assange's lawyers have not been given sight of the detailed accusations so the normal process of "discovery" has been arbitrarily ignored by the British authorities concerned with this case. Julian Assange's condition of health and the alleged drug intoxication make it difficult for him to communicate in a coherent fashion with his lawyers even if he gained access, as is his right, to the accusations made against him.

This continuation of a cruel and unusual punishment to an innocent person is unacceptable due to the suffering, pain, or humiliation it inflicts on Assange subjected to this sanction and this arbitrary treatment. This is unacceptable to the majority of the people of this country. The severity of his treatment does not fit any crime because no crime has been committed and the treatment of Assange constitutes a cruel and arbitrary punishment.

Some consider this behaviour of the authorities is designed to intimidate other journalists who are committed to publishing the truth.
The Star Chamber was formally abolished in 1641 in the so-called Long Parliament in an act initiated by John Pym who had become extremely upset at the severe treatment of John Lilburne, as well as that of other religious dissenters such as William Prynne, Alexander Leighton, John Bastwick and Henry Burton, abolished the Star Chamber with an Act of Parliament, the Habeas Corpus Act 1640.

John Lilburne and others drafted one of the first written English Constitutions whilst under arbitrary imprisonment in the Tower of London. These far sighted individuals included juries as a right and sought to prevent arbitrary powers arising as a result of the creating of "professional politicians" and what ended up as political parties and entrenched civil servants who have gained much power and much of this arbitrary; at that time they possessed more faith in judges.
This is a unacceptable reflection of possible intent and hardly an endorsement of our legal system.

Concerning the issue of journalists being expected to publish the truth, a notable example was the case of the arbitrary treatment of John Peter Zenger (1697-1746) who was the publisher of a newspaper in New York, the New York Weekly Journal. Editions of the newspaper contained criticisms of Sir William Cosby (1690–1736) who was serving as the British royal governor of New York. Zenger was accused of seditious libel and put in jail in 1734. In order to ensure prejudice against him without his having been tried, his bail was set far too high for his friends to be able to afford to release him. This punishment continued 9 months to 1735 when the trial started. Zenger was defended by Andrew Hamilton (1676-1741) a Philadelphia-based lawyer. Hamilton undertook this work on an entirely voluntary basis. He did not address his defence to the hand picked judges but rather to the jury. It was clear that the law had been broken but Hamilton argued that the law itself was a reflection of the corruption of the government and he summed up stating that the press has,

"...a liberty both in exposing and opposing tyrannical power by speaking and writing the truth."

Zenger on his part simply told the truth, admitting he knew that the articles carried in his newspaper were critical and broke the law. The judge instructed the jury to pass a verdict of guilty. The jury ignored the judge's instruction because what was stated in the articles was considered to be factual and therefore not libelous. They also considered the sedition law to restrict free speech and therefore was a threat to all freedoms. As a result, John Peter Zenger was released from detention as a free man to continue what he had been doing before; seeking to publish the truth.

In the case of Julian Assange no law has been broken in his publishing of the truth. The Zinger case established the precedent of the fundamental unimpeded right of people to publish the truth as opposed to misrepresentations of the facts. It therefore established a more precise legal definition of libel, thus libel only exists when falsehoods are perpetrated whereas the truth can never be libelous. However, Assange remains in prison under harsh conditions.

When the English Bill of Rights was added to the American Constitution, the first Amendment was augmented to include the government's duty to defend the freedom of the press.

The Star Chamber was abolished by the Habeus Corpos Act which gave all held in arbitrary detention to have the right to be brought before a different judge to examine the reasons for imprisonment and arbitrary or cruel treatment. It would seem that for arbitrary reasons Habeus Corpos does not apply in the case of Julian Assange and this is a shameful reflection on this country's claim as one supporting fair play, justice and the freedom of the individual.

This country and its people have an interest in not allowing the misdeeds of the United States in its execution of war and the desire of that country to hide true facts of its cruel behaviour and unacceptable violent acts that constitute war crimes. The USA will not collaborate with any international forums that determine the extent of war crimes committed by agents and personnel in US military or proxies. There is therefore a brazen resistance to any form of respect for facts and the truth being presented by journalists, in contravention of the American Constitution. The situation has defaulted to a state where even journalists in "mainstream" media are afraid to defend the right of journalists, such as Assange, to publish the truth for fear of reprisals and loss of employment. Our legal system should not support those who are prepared to apply arbitrary cruelty on the innocent and to collaborate with an alien power in conducting this procedure based on hidden texts and secret proceedings and, in Star Chamber fashion, hiding accusations from the "accused" while imposing extra-judicial punishment through cruel treatment. This shabby behaviour only equates this legal process and the decision-makers concerned as willing collaborators with those who in this case should be accused of pursuing a foreign policy and arbitrary foreign military ventures and hiding the facts on their cruel and criminal deeds from the public. This behaviour is contrary to the public interest. It proceeds at the expense of the people of this country by limiting their access to the truth and thereby constraining our freedoms and right to know the truth. It is a cruel, pernicious and poorly managed attempt to prevent the population from gaining access to the truth as a result of the work of journalists such as Julian Assange.

There is a major difference between Julian Assange's journalism and that of many "mainstream media". Assange's output is unbiased and undoctored but consists of the copies of original documents, audio or videos produced by those who are breaking the law; it is they who should be under investigation and/or charged since the self-incriminating evidence is there for all to behold. These same people have trumped up a charge and a potential "punishment" of well over 100 years attempting to provide the public with a measure of seriousness of the "crime" and to discourage other journalists. Considering the number of innocents murdered by those pursuing Assange it is regrettable that the uncouth behaviour of our system of justice in the United Kingdom has not released Assange on the basis that there is no case to be answered.

Assange has honoured Hamilton's explanation of the role of journalists:

"...a liberty both in exposing and opposing tyrannical power by speaking and writing the truth."

It is to be hoped that the continued harsh arbitrary treatment, this uncouth treatment of Assange, does not end up with his dying in prison for publishing the truth thereby carrying out the desires of those tyrannical forces who have been exposed by the truth. This would be a disaster for the meaning of the world "justice" in the United Kingdom and call into question the presumed independence of our judiciary which the people of this country consider to be a foundation of our form of democracy.

He should be moved from the dangerous environment he is in to more civilised surroundings, be attended by a doctor chosen by his team of attorneys and given sight of the accusations before him. He should also be given time to recover from his abusive treatment and to prepare his response with his legal team before being required to respond to any questions.

This week's Renegade Inc programme covers some of the critical defects in our democracy, so-called.

This programme is well worth watching.

Ross Ashcroft reviews several aspects of this emerging crisis with the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Dr Gail Bradbrook, and author and campaigner Peter MacFadyen to discuss how democracy is failing the planet and the people.

To access this video click on the Renegade Inc image.

A stark reality, exposed by the last general election, has been the content of the UK corporate media which has consistently edged towards propaganda and in many cases misrepresentation of the facts. Many of the inferred intents and motivations assigned to Jeremy Corbyn were libelous. The personalised smears against a leader of a UK political party by various 5th column elements in support of the Israeli government's campaign to demonise Corbyn has been covered up by the media. They have widely publicised and headlined the "local" instances and accusations promoting actively the false narrative that the Labour party is antisemitic as opposed to explaining the source of motivation of this campaign coordinated by a ministry in a foreign country. The interpretation of almost any justified criticism of Israel's wholesale abuse of law as being antisemitic has become intolerable and an insult to the intelligence of the people of Britain.

The UK media have largely lost their mantle as an example of a "free press" by refusing to expose this overt interference in British politics by an alien state. A free press only exists where this freedom is not abused by the filling of headlines and columns with propaganda exercised on the basis of false statements, the elimination of pertinent facts, failure to support impartiality and by maintaining a depressingly narrow focus on topics requiring a more comprehensive analysis and coverage.

We have no political party affiliations and have no particular motivation to support Jeremy Corbyn other than to call attention to a disgraceful and dangerous conduct of many UK media.

Another depressing event was the range of biased "fact checking" which appeared to be fact checking but which in reality was "check lite" on topics requiring more detailed analysis. So here again, an extension of the propaganda slant was embodied in an attempt to demonstrate objectivity.

Lastly, the blatant misrepresentations of Boris Johnson were simply not handled the way they should have been. Rather than providing more and more publicity to his statements and thereby disseminating misrepresentations, there should have been a more robust commentary warning the public that what he was saying was not factual. Our so-called free press does not demonstrate any responsibility or freedom to speak truth to power or to the people. Propaganda has destroyed a free press.

The result of the UK General Election was almost inevitable because of a significant failure in the identification of the causes of the gaps, needs and constraints facing the constituencies in the United Kingdom and therefore an election involving the confrontation of positions, few of which will resolve issues in a satisfactory manner. The problem is that the Conservative "solution" is the position that "won" the election but which presents the worst set of outcome scenarios. This is not a partisan position.

The Conservative party has gained some 56% of the 650 seats in parliament as a result of the UK first-past-the-post election system. This means the ability of parliament to influence the design of policies, legislation and regulations is severely limited in a period when rational and balanced analysis and decisions will be required. This means that policies pursued by the Conservative government over the last nine years are likely to continue with largely negative consequences.

The first element of factual analysis justifying this statement, and as we are a non-political party associated medium, is that the most significant single failure has been the obscuring of the fact that our economic circumstances are the result of the combination of quantitative easing supported by the Bank of England (bailing out the banks) and austerity imposed by the Liberal-Conservative coalition and continued by the Conservative government (cutting back on public services, including the NH'S). Boris Johnson was one who directly or indirectly sought to blame our economic circumstances on the fact that we were members of the EU. There is virtually no connection between EU membership and this dire social and economic situation. The appalling conditions created by the Conservative government's policies over the last 9 years have resulted in vast amount of money being channeled to banks which have purchased assets, including land and real estate and thereby:
  • starving the real economy of investment suppressing productivity growth
  • forcing up house prices and rents to levels out of the reach of younger individuals
  • expanding employment largely in exceptionally low paid occupations

Similarly, the lack of public service provisions under austerity caused significant problems in relation to the accommodation of the needs of EU nationals who came to work in the UK. This created resentment and social turmoil in several areas giving rise to the growing support of parties such as UKIP and the Brexit party.

The combination of quantitative easing and austerity has greatly increased the disparity in real income levels and led to people resorting credit card debt to sustain their "standard of living" or having to resort to the use of food banks, even while in work, because of very low wages.

Other actions, in relation to asylum seekers and economic migrants from the Middle East arose as a direct result on vicious and totally irresponsible UK foreign policy decisions and actions in the Middle East initiated and pursued by Tony Blair based on misreprsentations and maintained under the Conservative governments on the basis of yet further misrepresentations. This has been responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent civilians. The most disastrous intervention, following Iraq, was the NATO-backed invasion of Libya, creating an additional failed state leading to flows of economic migrants and asylum seekers entering the EU and UK from North Africa.

On the domestic policy and foreign policy fronts, the people of the United Kingdom have had to endure significant prejudice, all a direct result of the Conservative party policies.

During the election campaign the main corporate media in the UK have been highly selective in their presentations and, on balance, have favoured the Conservative party.

All politicians and party leaders opposed to the Labour party basically fell in behind the Israeli government's baseless campaign to smear Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite. They have also supported Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign against Corbyn linking him, again without justification, to Hezbollah. They have also repeated the false narrative that Corbyn supported the IRA and the break up of the Union. This slander was repeated openly by Boris Johnson in his debate with Jeremy Corbyn. However, in both cases the reason for Corbyn's meetings with these groups was to identify ways and means to stop the killing and to save lives, including those of UK military personnel. Unfortunately the antisemitic smear campaign which started by the Israeli government as soon as Corbyn became the Labour party leader has been tactically enhanced by a constant drone of accusations including interventions from the Chief Rabbi adding to the dishonest diatribe. It is difficult to separate these incidents from the Israeli government smear campaign which most UK media prefer to ignored giving it virtually no coverage. However, there has built up a justification for an investigation into the degree to which this has been a home-grown initiative or to what degree it has been a drive by agents acting as 5th columnists in favour of an alien Apartheid state, Israel.

There is also the question of the fact that it was Benjamin Netanyahu who drew up the regime change hit list when he was a consultant in the US with Boston Consulting working with Washington-based neo-cons and zionists and one or two elements from Mossad. This list, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Somalia and the Sudan, became the blueprint of US, NATO and UK interventions and the general generation of death and destruction in the Middle East. And yet, there is a tendency for anyone who calls attention to these facts being labeled as antisemites. This term, it would seem, no longer is related to discriminatory behavior but it used against those who seek peace or speak out against the foreign policy of the UK Conservative government. The depth of real influence of Israel in US and UK foreign policy can be seen to have transitioned into a proactive campaign interfering in the democratic process of this UK General Election. Since this has favoured the interests of the Conservative party, it is self-evident that such an shocking reality is unlikely to be investigated.

Following the Conservative government's tendency towards a psychophantic ingratiation to US foreign policy objectives the government is providing targeting assistance to the Saudi Arabian military onslaughts on the civilian population of the Yemen bringing about death, injury, disease and starvation, has had the gaul to paper over these war crimes by organising Department for International Development humanitarian aid assignments to provide a theatrical show of solving problems the government has helped create.

The Government promised to act on climate change, cut animal cruelty and clean up our air. The bad news is that outside the EU, environmental regulation could be cut, or powers to enforce it reduced. The detail of a new environment Bill will be crucial. There could be a law on air quality, too. Will our next environment minister back bold manifesto promises to make our country greener and back new national parks? All this will take money and there have been no promises about that.

HMS Enterprise H88
Free ferry service for terrorists
The follow-ups to terror attacks involving "home grown terrorists" have always sought to squash any possible linkage to the activities of the UK intelligence agencies. These agencies support hundreds of Al Quaeda and Daesh fighters as "assets" in and around London and other UK cities to be used strategically in the next regime change assignment in the next country on the blueprint developed by Netanyahu. As they are here they mingle with the local population and pass on their extreme ideology to the point that either one of them or a new recruit carries out an attack killing and injuring UK citizens. In a recent well-researched publication by a reputable journalist1 there is the following passage:

"In July 2018, a review of the Manchester bombing found that the British national security apparatus had been more intimately involved in the activities of the Abedis than previously believed. Four years earlier, during the height of the Libyan civil war, in which Ramadan and Salman Abedi acted as foreign fighters (linked to UK intelligence), the Royal Navy's HMS Enterprise docked in Tripoli and welcomed both men aboard along with some 100 others. They were escorted to Malta and then flow back to the UK. A month before he was ferried home to the UK, Salman Abedi (the Manchester bomber) had been removed from a security services watch list."

"What were the two men doing in Libya at the time, and why were they sent home without a second thought? These questions were scarcely engaged by the British press, which reporting the Royal Navy's suspect sea lift in passing and with little to no follow-up, branding it as a "rescue" operation."

"Soon after the Manchester attack carried out by Salman Abedi, the Conservative government, under Theresa May, set about burying the facts that threatened to expose the devil's game it had played for so many decades in the Middles East. Reverting to warmed-over Islamaphobia, May obscured the political context behind the attack by connecting it to another terror attack three months earlier on London's Westminster Bridge, claiming the two were "bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamic extremists."

1 The Management of Savagery, Max Blumenthal, Verso, London, 2019, 392pp. ISBN: 987-1-788733-229-1

In spite of around 5,500 deaths in the last 3 years, caused by Conservative NHS de-funding (see below). The data comes from a Royal College of Emergency Medicine study. This information has been available since 9th December but the BBC, Sky and other corporate media are not providing any coverage or releasing these facts which have a direct bearing on the election. This indicates a lack of impartiality and bias in not making this important information available the public during the election campaign. We note that besides The Guardian this is covered by Health Business and Metro.

The Guardian newspaper reports that 5,449 deaths since 2016 followed delayed admission to A&E services.

The evidence quantifies the terrible consequences of the Conservative NHS de-funding strategy over the last 9 years, covered by our medium, in terms of lives of UK citizens. Almost 5,500 patients have died over the past three years because they have spent so long on a trolley in an A&E unit waiting for a bed in overcrowded hospitals, a study by leading NHS doctors has found (to access article click on Guardian image). Their conclusion that long delays finding spare beds is costing patients’ lives has emerged as Boris Johnson comes under mounting pressure over the fragile state of the NHS. CC.com conclude that this has been exacerbated by a cynical de-funding strategy designed to justify privatization.

The President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), Dr Katherine Henderson commented on The Guardian article saying, “The reported findings are alarming but echo what the College has warned for some time: Emergency Department (ED) crowding kills.""These findings would be in line with the overwhelming body of evidence that demonstrates that overcrowding in EDs is directly associated with harm for both patients and staff. It has been clear for a long time that this results in higher rates of death in patients who are admitted from overcrowded departments."

She went on to say waiting times are an additional factor in a long chains of deficient provisions caused by lack of resources. She stressed that before more detailed comments can be made it is necessary to see the final, reviewed version of the report.

In spite of Conservative protests, many successful countries have public ownership as an essential part of their economies. We Own It, an interest group in public ownership, have posted a blog on this issue listing the top 10 countries with integrated public services. Click on the image to access.

The private sector in healthcare has been a horror story in the US, so why do successive British governments think it will work in the UK? The NHS, is now over 70 years old, has been de-funded leading to demoralisation of staff and "justifying" private provisions. Over the last four years around two-thirds of NHS contracts, by value, have gone to the private sector. During those four years their total yearly value has almost doubled, so is it any wonder the profiteers are moving in? The NHS has been dubbed “the pinnacle of human achievement,” so how wary should people be about moving towards a private US system?

See (click on image - right) the latest Renegade Inc show in which Ross Ashcroft talks to the founder of We Own It, Cat Hobbs, and author Dr Tim Coles to discuss why we live on an increasingly privatised planet.

We have received an overview of the latest Q1,2020 edition of the British Strategic Review. This provides an explanation as to why the Conservative notion that investment in public services and public ownership of utilities and basic infrastructures will take us back to the 1970s is without foundation.

Between 1945 and the 1970s, public services had few procedures that related public service performance to executive and employee pay. This is no longer the case. One of the important advances in economic theory and practice is the Real Incomes Approach that relates worker and management pay to productivity linked to the differentials between variations in input costs and unit output prices. The policy provides incentive for operations to minimise overall charge outs to the state by linking pay levels to this performance. In other words the performance incentives are the same as private companies. The difference, however, is that by substituting the "shareholder value" target by a moderated charge out target, operational costs can end up being 15%-18% lower than private operations that are weighed down by the need to meet "shareholder value" targets.

The growing demands for social and medical care related to changing age structure inevitably result in a logical tendency for "caring" services" to move out of the private sector because of the tension between quality of service and shareholder value targets. In the case of utilities, such a energy, water and communications infrastructure including public transport, rail and the digital communications, lowering the costs of provision and development provides a more competitive foundation for private companies to operate by sharing lower input costs with consumers.

Currently, many utilities are carried out by "private companies" that are in fact EU and other public state-owned utilities. In these cases the shareholder value and profits, which are substantial, go to foreign state coffers and not to the UK government. The guaranteed market clauses and lack of productivity provisions mean the consumer is paying at least 15% more than would be the case under publicly-owned provisions operationg under Real Income policies. The current state of affairs is not an economically justifiable basis for maximising user benefits of such operations in the UK economy.

Sting...an ostensibly misleading and dishonest operation, used by unscrupulous agents to gain support for actions that will benefit the agents while prejudicing those duped into supporting the action.

The Conservative party campaign increasingly takes on the shape of a sting operation designed to fool people.

The first line of evidence pointing to this conclusion is the rampant self-evident brazen lying by Boris Johnson; now in over-drive.

He has succeeded in blaming the chronic economic circumstances faced by most people in the UK, on the EU, when these have been caused by the Conservative party policies of quantitative easing combined with austerity;

Leaving the EU will have a significant negative impact on employment and economic growth;

The Conservatives say they will spend money but have no plans to terminate their disastrous quantitative easing policy;

Based on all economic analyses and projections, the constituents who were misled into thinking the economic circumstances will be solved by leaving the EU are wrong. Lower income constituents are going to be seriously disappointed;

With quantitative easing continuing the misallocation of funds through banks into assets to support their "shareholder value" will continue to reduce investment and productivity growth in the real economy, exacerbating the disparity in the levels and distribution of real incomes;

The Conservative long term strategy of de-funding public services to cause their collapse is designed to gain public support for privatization. This is likely to continue;

That the NHS will never be sold and it will remain free at the point of delivery, is true. This way the government and tax payers will remain on the hook to pay the increasing costs of privately-supplied pharmaceuticals and services to the NHS. This basis of operation is around 15%-18% higher cost, to cover "shareholder value", in comparison with in-house provisions as proposed by Labour.

Andrew Neil
kept waiting...

This sleight of hand allows the Conservative party to say, with their hand on their heart, that the NHS is not for sale. However, increased privatization will reduce the organization to a shell to create the "health market" desired by US negotiators. The manipulation is designed to ensure the government and tax payers will continue to provide the funds feeding what will become a corporate cash cow;

The repetition of the mantra "Let's get BREXIT done!" is Johnson's main technique of avoiding answering these important questions but this bluster continues in a ridiculous and irresponsible manner;

The journalist who is most likely to put Johnson on the spot with respect to many of the issues raised in this brief is, of course, Andrew Neil, whose invitations to an interview are disregarded. Johnson's inability to face such questions point securely to a sting operation trying to fool all of the people all of the time by, crucially, avoiding the truth which would expose his real intent.

It remains for voters, of course, to make up their own minds whether this is the sort of divisive "leader" the UK deserves or if the Conservative's continuation of their destructive economic policies should be permitted to further weaken the real economy while continuing to bolster the financial sector.

the BBC and Sky TV have shown an appalling disregard for reporting standards by giving widespread exposure to an obvious hoax based on innuendo. This is that the 451 pages of unredacted documents presented by Jeremy Corbyn which report on the exchanges between UK and US trade representatives concerning the NHS were posted on Reddit by Russian agents.

The important point is that these documents are entire and integral and correspond to the "original documents".

The "independent expert", so-called, who has appeared on TV to make these statements of a "possible" linkage to Russia is none other than Ben Nimmo. He is reported to have been a spokesperson for NATO and to have been linked to the Foreign Office-funded "Integrity Initiative" that was found to be disseminating misleading material to demonise Jeremy Corbyn and to link him, unsuccessfully to Moscow. There are also signs of linkage to The US Atlantic Council, well-known for putting out panoid statements linking Russia to just about anything. If these associations are true Nimo would be considered to not be independent and to in fact have a definite agenda, possibly as a proxy for US or NATO interference in our election.

As a result of intent, or ineffective investigation, the BBC and Sky continue to give air time to this ridiculous narrative of the Russian link in the middle of an election; this demonstrates extreme bias.

It is surmised that, one reason the UK government has not circulated a report on an investigation into possible Russian interference in the UK referendum and elections is that no evidence has been found. However, it is useful to attempt to mislead by keeping this paranoid Russian hoax alive and to attempt to use it against the Labour party.

By giving uncritical exposure to such unworthy "news" the BBC and Sky deny the public of the full facts. This irresponsibility only encourages the Conservative party to become more involved in dirty tricks and smear campaigns aiming to demonise Jeremy Corbyn. This of course allies them with the Israeli government campaign to demonise Jeremy Corbyn, coordinated by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSAPD) who have invested in a major effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's status within Labour and UK politics by concentrating on anti-Semitic smears against Jeremy Corbyn in particular. In this way our media are becoming unwittingly, or intentionally, proxies for a 5th columnist action acting in the interests of the foreign policy of an alien apartheid state by assisting interference in the UK election. Maybe this is their intent.

One has to ask why 2% of GDP is a magical number for required expenditure on military assets, including personnel (defence). The arms industry is notorious for systems development budget overshoots and sky high prices. Project evaluation analysts have suggested that with improved design and project management, the hardware component costs could be halved. This could reduce waste by around £5-7 billion each year. This could reduce the 2% to around 1.7%. However, the UK faces radically different strategic challenges, as do most NATO members. These challenges including radicalised Islamic sects as a growing risk for NATO members, Russia and China. Because of this the NATO analyses listing Russia and China as growing threats undermines our ability to tackle the problem of terrorism. President Macron, Yellow Vests aside, raised important questions, during the recent NATO meetings in London, concerning the capability of Europe in facing this threat when a NATO member, Turkey, has been supporting terrorists in Syria and is attacking a US ally, Kurish fighters, in the fight with Daesh in Syria while the US has essentially abandoned them. This reflectedd badly on NATO's values. He might have added that US and UK "strategic" support of terrorists in Iraq and Syria as "assets" for regime change is also an increasing problem. The NATO intervention in Libya was a disaster. It turned Libya into a failed state leading the massive immigration problems for Europe and Turkey. Foreign policy and military strategies require a serious rethink. The US motivation for raising European member State contributions is more related to cash for the US armaments industry than Europe paying their fair share in support of the US "defence service".

One only has to reflect on the current mindset and motivations of President Trump to realise he would never deliver on any defence of Europe with US personnel if this risked a nuclear attack on the USA. This signifies that the US "defence umbrella" in Europe is an expensive myth. The reality is that the Trident nuclear system under the emerging strategic environment has become a suicide vest. This system is without any leverage at all given that religious fundamentalist terrorists consider death to be an honourable state. Strategic reviews have shown that the US could manipulate circumstances for the UK to fire its Trident missiles, as an alliance member, and pay the price in terms of the death and destruction of the population of the UK. Trident submarines are no longer immune from attack because of the ability monitor launch land or marine coordinates and the rising sophistication of marine attack drone technologies. This almost guarantees whichever submarine fires a missile will be obliterated within 15 minutes of the launch. The jihadi notion of suicide missions is not a good recruiting call for building up UK defence personnel. The UK requires a serious rethink its strategies and this means seeking common access to intelligence concerning terrorists. This means opening up a communications channel to share information on terrorist activities with Russia and China.

The corrupt arms dealing with Saudi Arabia enthusiastically initiated by Thatcher and maintained by Blair has ended up with the USA sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia funds, worldwide, the teaching of the intolerant Wahhabi version of Islam and which is the foundation of terrorist ideologies and mind sets. Much of our ability to reduce strategic risks lie in our ability curtailing the "political" decision-making based on the value of irresponsible deals where money trumps strategic security. This government and arms industry aimless irresponsibility focusing on money has led to the creation of failed states, mass migration to Europe from the Middle East and the murder of UK citizens and people from other countries in UK cities at the hands of terrorists.

The other obnoxious hypocrisy of current UK government policies is the UK support of Saudi Arabian aggression in Yemen causing widespread murder and mayhem and a humanitarian crisis related to food shortages and disease and then having the UK Department for International Development organise relief missions for those affected. This is an morally bankrupt and a waste of public resources given that the maintence of this crisis continues with the help of UK military personnel.

Tony Blair wished to collaborate with the US invasion of Iraq folowing 9/11, in spite of the fact that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11; this was more of a Saudi Arabian affair. When he was imbarking on this illegal invasion of Iraq, he was asked by a woman, in an open TV question and answer session,

"As a Christian how can you invade a country when you know innocent people will be killed?"

his flippant reply was,
"Oh all wars have collateral damage."

Blair, it will be remembered, stopped the Serious Fraud Office from completing it's investigation into the corruption surrounding UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for fear of Saudi retaliation on the intelligence front to prevent blood on the streets of London. However, we have now had time to witness the unfolding of his "collateral damage" with over 1 million deaths of civilians in Iraq, instability in the world, Europe and the UK, in particular. Blair, being Blair, responded to the woman's question in his "deft" manner by feigning not to have understood the real significance of the question or pretended not to, but, either way, his reply and the subsequent outcomes of his decisions were those of a war criminal mascerading as a Christian and the build up of events spilling the blood in citizens in UK cities, at the hands of the terrorists, continues to climb.

The leaders' debate on the evening of 6th December, was an embarrassing demonstration of the ability of Boris Johnson to deceive and state frank untruths, as appears to be his habit. He stated that he had a deal and that Jeremy Corbyn did not. The media and Johnson have obscured the distinction between the agreement to leave and a trade deal with the EU. The Conservatives have no EU agreement on trade and their elimination of a customs union guarantees a significant negative economic impact. Labour wishes to slow down to include a customs union to minimise the negative economic impact of leaving. Give or take 6 months, the difference to the UK economy is a massive £multi billion difference in favour of the Labour position. As things stand Labour states clearly that it has yet to negotiate this improved agreement but the Conservatives are in the same position. They do not have a EU trade agreement.

The most serious misrepresentation by Johnson bordered on the slanderous by stating that Corbyn had always favoured those wishing to divide the Union implying that he supported the IRA. Corbyn never did this. His interactions were always to seek peace as a pioneering contribution to the process that ended up with the Good Friday Peace Agreement.

The slightly ridiculous repetition by Johnson, and later by Raab and others, is their declared puzzlement of Corbyn's avoidance of declaring his position on the trade agreement to be negotiated. This reflects an ignorance of the process of policy decision analysis. The identification of a good agreement is based on the criteria of minimising business impacts and elements related to worker protection and employment and based on a dispassionate decision analysis and not on politicians bargaining and arm twisting in secret. Once the solution satisfying the selection criteria has been identified it is simply classified as preferable because it meets the crieria set. Since the EU desire this type of agreement while allowing the UK to be outside the EU this is very likely to succeed since it will also minimise the impact of BREXIT on the EU corporate sector and employment, as well. There is no need for Corbyn to take up a position favouring this negotiated agreement or, indeed, remain. To avoid aggravating the divisions in the nation he needs to remain neutral to implement the outcome of the people's vote. Given that more people did not vote than voted to leave in the EU refrendum the Conservative economically ruinous leave position and the Liberal Democrat's are not attempting to heal division whereas Corbyn has the necessary qualities to understand the importance of this need. The idea of the vote is to permit the public to have a definite and improved leave and trade option which will be less economically prejudicial than the Conservative versions.

Johnson's emphasis of "Getting on with it!" is, in reality, groundless given that he has not stated what he will get on with. He floats ill-thought-through blurts about free ports and innovation and the like. This is confetti given that both the Conservatives and Labour have yet to negotiate the trade deal with the EU.

Johnson's "Super US trade deal" is another mirage given the established track record of the US administrations in running 5-7 year trade agreement negotiations taking us to at least 2026 by which time Donald Trump is unlikely to be the president. The Conservative alignment with a likely no deal exit will have an economic impact that will significantly weaken the strength of the UK negotiating position with the USA. The UK economy could require support. The USA has used their sanctioning power on IMF assignments to get what they want from the UK government in the past so the Conservatives are risking a repeat of this possibility. Our parochial politicians like to refer to the importance of the "special relationship" but this has no purchase or relevance to US trade negotiators while UK "negotiators" rely on this notion too much; this is something for public consumption only but it is not a reality.

The strategically placed antisemitism smear events designed to create a maximised negative impact are blown out of all proportion by the UK media who during the election campaign and before have given an excessive amount of air time and coverage to these "events".

The latest attempt of certain agents and proxies to disrupt the election process by publicly announcing submissions to a Human Rights Commission investigation should have been given a very low level of publicity by the media because the Commission should be allowed to take into consideration all "evidence" in the absence of such pressure. To place all of this smear campaign in an objective context it would be beneficial for the EHRC to take into account the proactive efforts of the Israeli government whose Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSAPD) who have invested in a major effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's status within Labour and UK politics by concentrating on anti-Semitic smears against Jeremy Corbyn in particular. This tactic is based on the demonisation of an individual, largely based in misrepresentations. Rather than expose the proxies coordinating this campaign within the UK, most media amplify the smears through headlines assisting this alien nation in its process of demonisation. It is notable that in spite of the antisemitism definition that anyone who criticises the sequestration of Palestinian land through the growth in illegal settlements and the extreme violence of the apartheid regime in Israel, is accused of being antisemitic. Aljazeera have produced a detailed investigation into the role of the Israeli government in the Jeremy Corbyn smear campaign. Complaints to UK government OFSTED by the accused groups worried about the Aljazeera reports were raised in an effort to ban the Aljazeera videos on this topic. This attempt failed because OFSTED considered them to fall within normal reporting norms and therefore deemed to be acceptable. For our reader's convenience we provide links to these videos here: Aljazeera reports on Israeli Government's ant-Corbyn campaign

Shami Chaktrabarti
What is notable is that the direction of "blame" for antisemitism within the Labour party is always directed at Jeremy Corbyn personally; here we see the demonisation tactic. This is completely in line with the Israeli government's purpose. However, Jeremy Corbyn is the individual who has introduced major improved procedures, where none existed before, after an early inquiry (2016) and detailed report: Report, 30th June 2016, The Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry with proposals on how to improve the handling of any ant-racist incidents, prepared by Shami Chakrabarti. This system has been improved over time in response to teething issues and lessons learned.

However, the persistence of this smear campaign which continuously emphasizes that it is all Jeremy Corbyn's fault, this is part of the demonisation campaign. However, it is Jeremy Corbyn who has done more than any other UK party leader to resolve this issue. These activities provide no evidence of endemic antisemitism in the Labour party, but rather further expose an agenda, managed by a coordinated group, who wish to support a subversive strategic policy of interference in UK politics by an alien nation.

To claim Labour is institutionally antisemitic, when the sum total of cases is less than 0.05% of the party membership, is an absurdity and complete misrepresentation of the facts. We understand that outside the realms of false statistics, the main body of those of the Jewish faith in the Labour party are content with the party and are not driven by other pressures to contribute to a pernicious atmosphere which is continuously stoked by these activists on a repetitive basis and amplified by the media. But these people ignore the consequences of their habit of pointing and accusing as opposed to engagement and resolution; engagement and resolution are not easy but it is the only way to break down racism, where it in fact exists, over time. The experience of the peoples of the Jewish faith has provided the world with a horrific example of what such aggression and demonisation of individuals can lead to by contributing to misconceptions and fomenting extremist tendencies and finally, actions. It is notable that the inner front cover of the Chakrabarti Inquiry Report contains a statement by Jo Cox who was murdered by an extremist:

"While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."

Jo Cox MP, 3 June 2015 (Maiden speech to the House of Commons)"

The alien culture of an eye-for-an-eye is not a basis for social conduct in a country where most attempt to follow their conscience which tends to encourage the values of understanding and forgiveness rather than course aggressive retribution. There is generally a willingness to work with those who do not behave as most might wish and not to demonise them. This broad cultural issue is of enormous significance in the weight of what distinguishes acceptable norms of behaviour in different countries. Unfortunately, an appreciation of such values appeared to have been sadly lost in the poor media coverage of the recent London Bridge attack which led to the deaths of two young people who seemed to adhere to this preferable approach.

The normal analysis that calculates the benefit of following some policy decision is based on a comparison of the benefits arising from the decision compared with the costs on implementing the policy. The EU referendum result was not an economic policy decision but a constitutional decision. As a result, we are left not with cost-benefit options but cost-relative prejudice options. This is because the adjustments required to arrive at new trading condition agreements are substantial after over 40 years of integration with the EU economy. The outcome will be for something like 15 years an economic cost that outweighs possible benefits. We call attention to a reports entitled "No Europe" commissioned by Commissioner Cockfield to assess the benefit if the EU to the UK in 1986. The conclusion was somewhat neutral. Benefits were found to be difficult to measure but on the other hand there was no obvious prejudice. Over the following 35 years there volume of trade with the EU increased substantially. So the main benefit lies in that fact of the significance of the EU market to the UK economy; this has now been put at risk.

The voters on 12th December therefore need to weigh up which state of relative prejudice they wish to endure. The Conservatives appear to wish to continue their policy of quantitative easing (QE) of low interest rates and increasing private debt which, combined with a real defunding of public services, will continue to favour financial institutions and their purchase of assets creating house prices to levels beyond the means of around 65% of the population and exacerbating the wealth in real income level disparities in the country. Labour have opted to provide a balanced approach to try and improve the trade agreement with the EU to minimise negative economic impacts by stabilising trading conditions and labour protection by agreeing a separate customs union. Therefore, on balance, Labour aims to improve the option on the leave side by reducing the negative impacts, whereas the Conservatives, on the basis of a leap of faith, that has no evidence base, proclaim that they economy will "grow". Based on their statements there is nothing concrete that points to how the real economy will grow under continued QE; it can't without a policy change.

Paradoxically, those who attack Labour in the Midlands and North East and who want "BREXIT done!" by supporting the Conservatives are exactly the lower income constituents who would be better off under the Labour leave option. The UK media and misleading statements by Conservatives have seriously misled a large group of people whose economic circumstances will continue to slide. By agreeing to wait a relatively short time and vote for Labour, this group would be relatively better off. We emphasise that the choice is between two levels of economic prejudice created by a constitutional decision that had no underlying economic logic.

Constitutionally, "out" or "in" is relatively easy to understand but what has been ignored in this country is "constitutional economics" which is the study of the impact of constitutional frameworks and procedures on the performance of an economy and wellbeing of the constituents. This fundamental topic was ignored at the time of the EU referendum by substituting serious discussions and analysis to guide public choice by slogans and thoroughly misleading assertions and misrepresentations daubed on the side of buses. In this process, the cause of declining economic circumstances being QE combined with austerity, was displaced by assertions that our circumstances were all the fault of the EU. This is simply not true. The frustration with the economic circumstances arose from extremely poor macroeconomic policies since the 2008 financial crash that wasted, and continues to waste, public money by bailing out the banks over the last 11 years.

The Liberal Democrats are extending the EU referendum into this election as they have the right to do. The Conservative objectives will generate a significant economic prejudice on the lowest 45% of earners whereas Labour will negotiate one that is less prejudicial and therefore preferable. Rather than present the Lib Dems nuclear option of cancelling Article 50, Labour has balanced their campaign to provide the options of a better deal or remain while the Conservative offer a worse deal and the Lib Dems offer remaining within the EU which in fact brings economic advantages in avoiding the current risk of significant prejudice associated with leaving.

The UK media have provided a public disservice by repeating the criticism of Jeremy Corbyn not aligning himself with leave or remain. This is the most objective position since at the time of the referendum there was no information on the constitutional economic consequences of either option. There is now, at least, on the leave side 2 options for the constituency to consider and there are significant differences in terms of relative prejudice.

The probability of Labour coming up with a pro-stabilisation agreement is high because of their significant political base in Europe as the largest socialist party in Europe and close association with similar parties throughout the Union. They are far better informed than the Conservatives who have only weak links with one or two EU political parties in the EU. Experts with EU Commission experience confirm that Labour is taken more seriously in Europe that the Conservatives and as a result are likely to arrive at a non-contentious agreement which Cameron, May and Johnson have all failed to achieve.

It is evident that UK government foreign policies, the intelligence and military strategies and lax legal provisions have contributed directly to the deaths of people in the United Kingdom as a result of "terrorist attacks".

The Thatcher government initiated a process of opening up the Saudi Arabian arms market and this was followed up by the Blair government's massive sales of arms and aircraft to Saudi Arabia. Investigations into corruption by the Serious Fraud Office were terminated by Tony Blair. Essentially, Saudi Arabia threatened Tony Blair with withdrawal of intelligence that would result in blood on the “streets of London”. Blair's acquiescence gave Saudi Arabia a strategic advantage over UK foreign policy, from that point on. So Blair enthusiastically supported the illegal Iraq war on the basis of the infamous dodgy dossier in spite of the fact that Saudi Arabia was implicated in the 9/11 attack which had nothing to do with Iraq. The US government under similar pressure from Saudi Arabia, has not released the full facts on the 9/11 attack and Saudi Arabia has continued it support of terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The person who carried out the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people died and 220 were injured, can be linked directly to a group of terrorist "assets" managed by UK intelligence and military. This group, in fact centred on Manchester, were active, alongside terrorists in Libya and Syria. Theresa May stated that this was an isolated one-man initiative. This is the typical displacement statement inferring "move on…there nothing to see here". UK corporate media willingly print this nonsense without investigating the fact that the truth lies elsewhere. In the case of the recent attack that took place near London Bridge on 29th November 2019 leading to the terrorist being shot, is also stated to be have been a one man initiative. The person concerned was well known to authorities and was wearing an electronic tag because he had been released from prison while having been imprisoned on grounds to planning attacks in the UK. Clearly the legal provisions and surveillance of this individual were ineffective in protecting the public. Clearly this is a direct condemnation of government policy; it is a vitally important issue.

This narrative of “one man initiatives” reflects a serious inability to understand the asymmetrical warfare waged by terrorists. These networks promote the hatred against non-Islamic cultures less now through online propaganda, but far more through personal contact and conversations. The fact that they share the stricter values of the Wahhabi sect, whose teaching is promoted and funded worldwide by Saudi Arabia, is enough to coalesce a strong group identity providing mutual support for anyone who takes action on the streets of the UK. There is a strong psychological, emotional identification with the group but the power also lies in what is internalised on an individual basis. This helps eliminate any external and observable indicators of group identity or coordination. The fact that these groups keep changing their names is a purposeful tactic that takes advantage of Western mindsets unaccustomed to such fluidity in names of groups. In spite of name changes, the people within these groups remain the same and are becoming more effective in promoting their cause. Mainstream media, intelligence agencies and so-called security experts, waste an indordinate amount of time in "getting group names right"; this is not relevant. As a result these networks have become more powerful but remain below the horizon. Exposing these groups, as is required, risks blowing a hole in the UK government agency involvement in supporting some participants as strategic “assets”. This unacceptable and dangerous situation is the result of the government’s desire to acquiesce to expressed or perceived Saudi Arabian preferences. Israel collaborated with the UK government to transfer over 200 terrorists, in the shape of White Helmets, from Syria via the Golan Heights border to the UK. The White Helmets are funded by US and UK governments to create false flag "evidence", mainly against the Syrian government; they are part of the terrorist groups. The last 2 "chemical attack" cases have not been followed up by corporate media since the so-called evidence has begun to unravel. Original field reports have been shown to have been tampered with to slant the "final reports" to support the pre-planned White Helmet narrative which has turned out to have been false. As more of these "assets" accumulate in and around London the terrorist network gains more human resources from which to identify individuals to encourage to kill people on British soil. As in the case of several CIA-inspired military coups in South America, the opposition learned never to use telephones to avoid surveillance. Today this has been translated into any electronic communications equipment; terrorists know now, not to use them. The proven and successful technique to avoid surveillance is person to person conversations. It is virtually impossible to monitor this activity that takes place over meals in individual's houses, although more often in gyms, coffee shops, pubs, social clubs, mosques, libraries and malls. Leaving such individuals free to roam, tagged or not, can be seen to result in the death of citizens as in the case of the latest incident. Although this person is stated to have “acted alone” his actions are the direct outcome of a strong identification with a “group" that promotes radicalisation and murder. Those who act alone are agents who carry out the preferences of the group, whether or not any "associations" or "connections" can be identified. The group sinks into the background as all attention focuses on the lone agent and so this tactic is likely to continue because it is proving to be so successful for the terrorists. The group is not concerned with deaths of "lone" agents since these people do this willingly to support the objectives of the group philosophy. This is not even considered to be a cost, but rather a benefit, to the group's mission.

The corruption surrounding arms sales and willingness of the government to support Saudi Arabia in its horrific genocidal war in the Yemen supports a rising notion of the current government becoming a throwback to former colonial attitudes. The lives of foreigners were of no account when any decision to be taken involved power or economic interests. The considerations of the needs of the citizenry, almost never entered the decision equation given that the modus operandi was divide and rule.

The Saudi Arabian foreign policy in the Middle East is largely based on the delivery of suitcases containing, literally, millions of dollars in cash to decision-makers and politicians in neighbouring countries. Those who do not accept such generous corruption become enemies.

UK foreign policy in relation to terrorism needs to be an election issue. Supporting such corrupt regimes in a way that trades-off the lives of UK citizens caught up in UK-based terrorist incidents as the collateral damage of pursuit of senseless foreign and trade policies has become a matter of urgency. Enoch Powell gave an infamous speech concerning "rivers of blood" arising from immigration but blood-spilling has become a reality as result of the irresponsible government-funded transfer of killers to the UK as intelligence and military "assets" over which, the track record shows, they have limited control.

The "solution", so far, is not to solve the problem but rather to put police and paramedics at risk by turning them into "rapid response units". This is not a solution. The normal verbiage of these people being admirable because they run towards danger, is valid. However, this avoids the necessary closer inspection and scrutiny of the fundamental causes of incidents and individuals involved in attacks causing the deaths of UK citizens and which continue to put the lives of members of rapid response police and paramedics units at risk. The same is true of military personnel who have been placed in harms way to support a failed Middle Eastern policies in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria. The focus of a solution needs to change to bringing about fundamental changes to government foreign and trade policies, intelligence and military tactics and legal provisions.

The politician with the longest track record and consistency in supporting non-aggression-based foreign policies and the refusal to consider the lives of others as being of no consequence, including those of the military, police and paramedics, is Jeremy Corbyn; this is something which those who wish to keep our streets safe should reflect upon.

The documents distributed by Jeremy Corbyn containing the records of positions between US and UK trade negotiators follow the same formula of a range of trade and financial agreements negotiated by the USA. These usually succeed in structuring agreements to the disadvantage of "partners" by imposing conditions that essentially reorientate the political economies of non-US partners to their disadvantage in terms of guarantees and compensation for changes in national policies that might affect corporate profits. The arbitrations are somewhat like kangaroo courts and under the deals rigidity obviates any free market by pre-establishing transactional values or profits, irrespective of consumption.

The biggest strategic risk is that as a result of the continuation of quantitative easing (the Conservatives have not stated this policy will change) the UK will continue to see disaparity in income and wealth, declining productivity and therefore suffering from a weakening bargaining power; trade-offs are bound to favour the USA.

Corporate "mainstream" media are not giving sufficient exposure to the factt hat the USA's wish not to be involved with NICE is recorded in the documents presented by Corbyn. NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. They produce evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners. They also develop quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services as well as a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across health and social care. They contribute also to assessments of health care economy. The USA's preference is to dismantle NICE or not involve it in any trade talks. This is designed to distance any expetise on the economics of pharmaceuticals from the meetings.

The Conservative party's enthusiasm for doing a trade deal with the USA is bound to result in compromises that will not favour UK firms or public services. The pay-offs that surround trade deals and the tendency towards cash diplomacy on the part of the USA, including threats of sanctions, only increases the likelihood of the political advantages to the Conservative party substituting national advantages and for parallel negotiations taking place linked to "fund raising" to swell their party bank balance or even establishing the equivalents of super-PACS disguised as think tanks or even independent NGOs, in the UK to run media campaigns in their favour and drown out the opposition.

The alarm raised by the Labour party concerning the dangers of all of this to pubic services and the NHS are unfortunately valid. It doesn't really matter what the Conservatives say, any strategist recognises that the dynamics and the poor state of the economy do not favour the UK. The likelihood of a poor economic and political deal is even a more likely outcome as a result of Johnson's dual rush to "Getting Brexit done!" and his naive enthusiasm for an early US-UK trade deal.

One often hears the expression, "the elephant in the room", which signifies an important issue that everyone avoids mentioning, let alone discussing. As this election period continues four mammoths (bigger than elephants) remain at large when they are perhaps the most important things to be discussed. We point to four mammoths at large which currently remain "out of site and mind" because corporate media do not cover them adequately, if at all:
  • Antisemitism - most corporate media in the UK do not serve the public interests because they shy away from exposing the truth concerning the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSAPD) who have invested in a major effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's status within Labour and UK politics by concentrating on anti-Semitic smears against Jeremy Corbyn in particular. Rather than expose the proxies coordinating this campaign within the UK, most media amplify the smears through headlines promoting the interests of an alien nation.

  • Selling the NHS - the NHS will remain in government hands and under the Conservatives this will remain a cash cow carrying out their intent of increasing the amount of services and land assets transferred to private service and insurance companies consuming public funds; this is the equivalent of selling the NHS while the government remains on the hook, that is, public taxation will have to rise to fund this basis for operation. The track record on private companies in public services has been poor and usually is associated with rising costs because of this perversion of "socialism for large corporations";

  • Economic recovery - the Conservative manifesto does not tackle the need to change course and terminate their failed policy of quantitative easing (QE). This has plunged the economy into rapidly rising real income level and wealth disparity during the last nine years. Mervyn King has stated that this has favoured the financial sector and the expense of the real economy.

    It has created falling investment and declining productivity. The BREXIT process will exacerbate this state of affairs while the Conservative manifesto indicates that there will be no changes in economic policy. Far from being a "prudent" economic proposal the Conservatives reflects a wish to exacerbate division based on growing levels of unacceptable income disparity. Given the known negative economic impacts of BREXIT it is more rational to, at least, negotiate an agreement that will reduce the negative impacts as proposed by Labour;

  • The vital need to defend of freedom and freedom of expression - Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, languishes under disgraceful conditions and treatment in the English jail, being treated worse than a criminal. He is isolated (solitary confinement) unable to prepare his defence and yet he remains innocent of any charges so far made against him. Many media published the documents that Wikileaks posted but there are no charges against these or their journalists. The USA's accusations accumulating over 175 years in prison is a death sentence and it is to be hoped that the British courts will see justice done by freeing him and thereby securing the future foundation and future freedom for journalists to be protected from abuse when they publish the truth. This issue should be an election issue because the Conservative government has shown a callous disregard for the rights of Julian Assange and to this date have not implemented the second phase of Leveson recommendations following the hacking scandal. According to the campaign attempting to raise support for Leveson 2. The Conservative manifesto tacitly endorses police corruption, newspaper illegality and the absence of ethical regulatory standards. Nathan Sparkes, Hacked Off Policy Manager, commenting on the Conservative manifesto said:

    “The Conservative manifesto published today, which promises to repeal part of the Leveson framework and suppress the second part of the inquiry, confirms the coverage-for-policy bargain struck between press executives and the leadership of the Tory Party.

    There is no evidential or other reasonable basis for the Tory Party’s position, which is opposed by every other major party in Parliament. It is disappointing to see today’s Tory Party, which has historically sought to uphold British sovereignty and the rule of law, become reduced to the bidding of newspaper proprietors and executives.

    Hacked Off are in touch with a number of Conservative MPs who believe in the values of free speech and accountability which the Leveson system represents, and we hope the Conservative Party Leadership will listen to them, working journalists and the victims of press abuse and reconsider their position.

    As it stands, Conservative policy tacitly endorses police corruption, newspaper illegality and the absence of ethical regulatory standards across the newspaper industry – a position few candidates for any party would wish to defend.”

A religious "leader", so-called, in the form of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, has chosen to interfere in the British election by extending the smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn. This is as misleading as it is intolerable. It is the role of religious clerics is to clarify the principles of belief to guide their members and not to grab headlines to express personal opinions that abuse this role. However, it is true that Mirvis is in a very difficult position because the Israeli government, under Benjamin Netanyahu, has been running this vicious campaign, specifically against Jeremy Corbyn. When Jeremy Corbyn was elected head of the Labour party, as a well known supporter of the Palestinian cause, the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSAPD) invested in a major effort to undermine his status within Labour and UK politics by concentrating on anti-Semitic accusations against party members and against Jeremy Corbyn in particular. The MSAPD was resurrected and reorientated to its current pernicious role by Benjamin Netanyahu in 2009. The ministry oversees foreign spy operations and in particular, illegal surveillance and subversion operations outside Israel targeting pro-Palestinian and BDS activists and others. It is headed by Likud official Gilad Erdan who is close to Netanyahu.

Our alternative media section contains detailed video-based analytical reports on the alleged Israeli government interference in UK politics. This was produced by the Aljazera Network. Ofcom was asked to investigate these reports and found them to be acceptable:

When specific "representives" of the Jewish community have been asked for evidence of antisemitism in the Labour party or on the part of Jeremy Corbyn, they repeat the tiresome, now repetitive mantras of Benjamin Netanyahu that Corbyn if "friends" with terrorist groups. Corbyn's involvement in meetings with the IRA, Hamas and Hezbollah were all motivated by his seeking peaceful ways forward in support of the 2 state solution or to try and terminate IRA aggression while the Conservative government (Willie Whitelaw) was doing the same in secret. But today the Conservatives join in the chorus. His support for an artist who created a mural that represented a domination of global financial affairs being in the hands of Jews, turns out to have been caused by Corbyn not having inspected the mural adequately enough to pick up the intended meaning. In all cases, closer analysis has demonstrated that these accusations are without foundation. It is therefore evident that the widespread publicity and UK shock and awe media headlines devoted to anti-semitism within the Labour party are all part of the same smear campaign into which Mirvis has inserted himself. The concentration on Jeremy Corbyn follows the Benjamin Netanyahu's line. The media and Mirvis' assertions of the extent of Labour antisemitism are completely out of all proportion to its significance; cases have involved less than 0.3% of the membership and proven cases constitute an even smaller proportion. Religious intolerance is a common feature of multi-religious societies and needs to be eliminated, this is a Labour position. It is also true that the incidence of antisemitism within the Labour party is a fraction of antisemitism within the general population. Labour, as a party has always been a long-standing home for Jews and people of all other religions. The degree of societal intolerance increases, however, when religious clerics, such as Mirvis, get involved in such smear campaigns. In Mirvis' case timed to co-incide with Labour's launch of their anti-discrimination proposals. This exposes a pernicious perspective but one which the public absorb and internalise and this only contributes to an undermining of the image and role of that religion in society. This offends those members of religions that promote values such as forgiveness and open exchange. The hopes of such religions are undermined by those religions that express and support revenge and attacks based on an eye for an eye philosophies, especially when these are unfounded and constitute a misrepresentation or wholly exaggerated representation of the facts. People can learn, understanding and toleration comes with selfless non-aggressive attitudes and not contentious headline grabbing headlines that mislead society and deepen divisions. The Israeli government's continued direct and covert interference in the democratic procedures of this country only undermine those who profess support for Israel on religious grounds. The emerging danger is that those who participate in this smear campaign appear to be working on behalf, or under the influence of an alien nation, Israel, to the detriment of the necessary transparency and fair play that is so important to democratic processes in the United Kingdom. Many people have expressed annoyance with this intervention and an irritation at the continuation of this repetitive dishonest campaign. The level of exaggeration takes on the form of extreme dishonesty or a dangerous level of unjustified paranoia. Its continuation is a perilous gamble. It runs the real danger of these mis-directed disinformation-based interventions constituting a destabilising affront to the interests of the rest of society who prefer to participate in a community free from such mendacious abusive dishonesty.

John Bercow was recently interviewed by Alistair Campbell of Blair government dodgy dossier fame and he asked about antisemitism in the Labour party. He made a significant comment concerning what we are classifying as an antisemitism smear that the Tory leadership and its allies have been pushing against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The significance comes from the fact that Bercow is Jewish, but also because he has known Corbyn “very well” for over two decades. His job has meant he has a hand on the pulse of all parties and Members. In his reply John Bercow first stressed that “racism is a challenge across society”. And he continued, "I myself have never experienced antisemitism from a member of the Labour Party, point one. And point two, though there is a big issue, and it has to be addressed, I do not myself believe Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic. That is my honest view." He also added that, "I’ve known him for the 22 years that I’ve been in parliament".

Jeremy Corbyn, has been a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) for many years. In early 2018 the PSC was included in Israel’s so-called BDS blacklist drawn up by MSAPD and openly announced by Netanyahu and Erdan. The PSC is amongst 20 groups whose activists have been barred from entering Israel due to their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Corbyn is a long-time supporter of the PSC consistent with his commitment to upholding human rights and international law by ending the Israel's violent occupation, ending the siege on Gaza, opposing settlements in the West Bank. However Corbyn does not support the BDS movement. He does not agree with such a comprehensive blanket boycott but supports targeted action aimed at illegal settlements and occupied territories in line with international law which Israel ignores. A Labour spokesperson has stated that, "Corbyn would be happy to buy Israeli goods himself".

Pushback is an alternative medium programme run by Aaron Maté. He is Jewish and the son of Gabor Maté born in 1944 in Budapest, Hungary.

Last week Aaron interviewed his father in a programme entitled,

"Gabor Maté on the misuse of anti-Semitism and why fewer Jews identify with Israel"

In this interview Gabor explains the extremely complex psychological issues and the Jewish identification with Israel that has given rise to the anti-semitism campaigns leveled against people who support Palestinian rights and object to Israel's ethnic cleansing.

This places a realistic and deeply troubling perspective on the real motivations of those who collaborate in the abusive campaign leveled against Jeremy Corbyn.

To view this interview click on the blue link above or image on the left.

It will come as no surprise that a recent poll indicated that economists are among the least-trusted professionals. They’ve made blundering mistakes on everything from claiming economic policy does not create financial crises to not admitting that obvious recessions are related to economic policy flaws or mal-intent. In terms of our survival these facts pale into insignificance when inept economists get involved in modeling climate science. In the case of recessions we have muddled through and "recovered" but the breakdown of our planet, we cannot.

Ross Ashcroft, who hosts "Renegade Inc" talks to economist Professor Steve Keen to understand the scale of the damage that blinkered economic ideology has done to the future of our planet.

To access this interview click on the Renegard Inc image.

The very "modest" and "prudent" manifesto of the Conservatives has not taken into account the negative BREXIT impact on economic growth but rather they will continue to apply the same economic policies, that over the last 9 years, have exacerbated real income and wealth levels disparity and declining productivity. The investment in NHS physical assets, by refurbishing some hospitals and building others, seems to be investing in those objects of value to the private sector such as land which their track record shows, will be transferred to private ownership and operations. The Conservative's long term strategic policy of de-funding public services is destined to continue in an attempt to maintain public frustration with operations and then to justify increasing privatization in the name of "efficiency and delivery". The Conservatives can cynically maintain their claim to never "sell" the NHS. This is because the objective is to keep the government and the public on the hook to pay for the £200 billion service while increasing the level of participation of private operations, including private insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations. This "socialism for corporations" has been the cause of rising costs and seldom has been associated with the increases in efficiency promised.

Claims that investments in Health are the biggest ever is not true either in terms of the payments made as a proportion of the total government budget or in absolute terms when inflation and the cost of living is taken into account. The critical indicator is real cost/capita.

The de-funding, operations, of all public services are, therefore, destined to continue. Since nothing in the manifesto admits to negative economic impacts of BREXIT transitions, which the Conservatives have previously estimated, the overall impact statements raise considerable doubts. The Conservative manifesto does not address income and wealth disparity in a practical manner. The gaps created by nine years of de-funding of public services have created a public funding crisis of the dimensions that the Labour and Liberal Democrats are promising to address. The Liberal democrats contribution to the coalition government that set out the so-called "austerity" policies and quantitative easing (QE) in train, is a negative historic mark against the Liberal Democrats.

An outstanding paradox of this election campaign has been the extraordinary failure to call attention to the impact of quantitative easing which, over 9 years, has been a major cause of the intensification of wealth and income inequality and yet this policy remains in place. This has attracted far too little critical commentary from "one nation" Conservatives or even from Labour.

The Question Time 4-leader session held 22nd November, 2019 created a certain clarity helping define positions more clearly. The two best performances were Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon for clarity of positions with Boris Johnson coming a poor third with a blustering confusing performance. The most important statement was that of Jeremy Corbyn clarifying his position on the people's vote. As we have explained several times, Jeremy Corbyn's desire not to express a position on how people should vote is a sign of leadership in not doing anything that would prevent bringing the country together. It is also a sign of leadership to advance what the people decide as his government's policy. Jeremy Corbyn did well to clarify what he called a "neutral position".

A wide range of commentators have now understood his position and most have admitted it is rational. On the other hand the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative candidates continue to bash the drum of "indecision" of "lack of conviction" or "lack of leadership" but they are now very unconvincing.

In the discussions in the 4-leader session it is becoming evident that more people are understanding that the Conservative party proposals seem to be frantic efforts to fill in holes dug by nine years of Conservative government austerity. When put on the spot concerning the Conservative government's record of not being good with the economy, Boris Johnson uses the displacement and diversionary tactics of referring to his achievements as London mayor or turns to the broken record mantra of needing to get BREXIT done! The wheels appear to be loosening around the Conservative wagon.

The late delivery of the Conservative manifesto has become a strategic error. Labour have been faster and appear to be more organised. In getting their manifesto out in good time, they have had time to assess the reactions, both positive and negative, and have time to prepare reasoned and coherent responses to be fielded over the next 3 weeks. The Conservatives, whenever they launch their manifesto, have yet to go through the same process involving initial criticisms but they are unlikely to have enough time to pull together a coherent response. The reason for this is that as voters are picking up on the fact that most spending is needed to fill in gaps created by nine years of Conservative government austerity. It is therefore possible, even now, to refer to the track record on every major public service and utility de-funded by the Conservative government. In most cases the amount of funding required to completely correct the gaps created would far exceed the Labour estimates. The Conservative manifesto is likely to be shredded by the voters because of not being able to undo the damage done.

However the absense of a manifesto has left Boris Johnson having to bluster and send out confusing messages because he has no reference points to use in his presentations made up of mantras. The Conservative strategy might be to attempt to prevent too much discussion on anything but BREXIT but increasing numbers of voters are already tired of hearing the words, "Need to get BREXI done!" In the last Question Time presentation, as Johnson approached the point where he was about to voice this mantra, he was greeted with widespread groans.

A gap in party declarations is widening in the form of failures to cover foreign relations. The concentration on the subject of trade or foreign aid, overlooks major causes of disruption and suffering resulting from Britain's participation in pointless and sometimes illegal wars, largely in the Middle East. The involvement of covert intelligence operations supporting groups linked to Al Quaeda and ISIS is a strategy for regime change. The resulting trail of destruction and murder of innocent people encouraging mass migration of people Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Palestine to Europe has created havoc in social and economic relations.

This sequence of attempts at violent regime change have followed a blueprint drawn up by Benjamin Netanyehu and others, almost to the letter. This destructive road map has been enthusiastically adopted by the US strategists as their policy for intervention and destruction. This list also includes the Sudan and Somalia all countries where Saudi Arabia seeks control. Our continued support of Saudi Arabia's murderous Yemeni war and other interventions raise serious questions about the level of concern of MPs and our political parties about global humanitarian affairs.

Finally, the Labour party has released its manifesto. It is somewhat detailed and is supported by a costings analysis. The likelihood of policies being able to satisfy needs by closing gaps in provisions will depend on internal and external constraints associated with accessibility to necessary resources of an adequate quality.

We have therefore asked the BSR (British Strategic Report) team to provide us with a economic/financial feasibility analyses. BSR have promised to issue a general analytical introduction to highlight key indicators to be used and which will apply equally to the Conservative and other manifestos. We hope to issue the first briefs from BSR by 25th November, 2019.

The dirty tricks reported to us as having been attempted and exposed have been by the Conservatives who created a misleading "independent" Fact Checker site on Twitter run by them, A fake Labour manifesto on Google and a doctored a video interview involving Kier Starmer that gave the impression he could not answer a question by freezing the frame; he in fact provided a comprehensive answer.

The Liberal Democrats have also been accused of issuing local handouts with histograms that exaggerate the actual standing of the Lib Dems to encourage people to support them.

So far we have not received any reports of dirty tricks associated with the Labour party.

We encourage readers to send in emails informing us of any known dirty tricks with evidence in the from of links.

It is somewhat difficult to understand the Conservative party's infatuation with Boris Johnson. Any qualifications as a leader of a party, let alone to be a prime minister, were sadly absent from his responses to the questions put to him in the ITV-sponsored debate on Tuesday, 19th November. Jeremy Corbyn answered all of the questions put to him while Johnson made a spectacle of not answering questions. The astounding result of the poll concerning Johnson's and Corbyn's performances was that the outcome was 50:50. The Conservatives seem to admire Johnson's ability to bluster, to over-run time limits and insult the public by simply repeating the same "answer" to each question. His behaviour reflected a open willingness to disrespect those who thought up the questions presented. In place of an anxious desire to respond to constituent concerns, Johnson's somewhat visceral, rambling displacement tactics punctuated by aside jokes, is simply not the behaviour of someone seeking to manage our affairs. It was a display of shifty and dishonest behaviour, witnessed by all who tuned in to this prime time television programme.

Having dumped most of the better known and experienced Conservative MPs who were easily recognisable as "one nation Conservatives", most of whom were people who answered questions directly, the accusation of the Conservatives being the "nasty party" is surfacing again. The Conservative party is a private organisation made up of around 150,000 members. They are no more than a tiny faction and therefore they put forward agendas more in the interests of the party as opposed to the country. It was an internal vote by this tiny unrepresentative faction that made Johnson prime minister. This faction's membership continues to glorify his unseemly behaviour rather than become ashamed at his antics.

Boris Johnson wishes to avoid any discussion of policy because it is becoming generally recognised that Conservative governments, during the last nine years, have drained funds from most of the public services which now face serious operational problems, including the police and the NHS. This has resulted in an exacerbation of income and wealth disparity and falling real incomes of over 40% of the population. The current promises by the Conservative party are to put back only some of the money they removed over the last nine years. The Conservative party position on the policy front is essentially one that is making proposals to fill in holes their own government has created, along with the social and economic deprivation, during the last nine years. He does not wish the obvious conclusion to surface in debates which is that the Conservatives have not been good with the economy. This is why all he can repeat is "Let's get BREXIT done!" as a wholly theatrical diversion of discussion from any focus on the real cause of the problems this country now faces.

Labour has fallen into the trap of using the wrong description for the Conservative's long-held position on the NHS. The Conservatives do not want to "sell" the NHS because they wish to maintain the government funding of the service. The reason for this is that as a £200 billion resource they wish to maximise the transfer of benefits to shareholders of private companies. The justification that private companies and finance will improve efficiency has little evidence to support it and much to demonstrate this is not true. As a result the Conservative plans are strongly oriented towards privatization and bolstering shareholder value in private companies by expanding their share of the NHS resources.

Another reason why the Conservatives will not sell the government administration and ownership of the NHS is to support private company compensation for any changes in policy that might alter private company "market share" in product and service sales. The US Administration add strict clauses to any trade agreements that attempt to guarantee market shares and to enable companies to sue governments whose policies might result in changes in this share. In other words, although the government still "owns" the NHS there will be under a US-UK trade agreement a form of legal undertaking that limits all future discretion on the government to alter policies even those demanded by the public through elections. This is likely to be used to weaken the price negotiating position of the NHS. The Conservatives support this position, Labour does not.

The public remain ill-informed because the issue is not about "selling the NHS" it is about the trade-off between the rising obligations of the government under an increasing level of privatization. Under the Conservatives these obligations become diverted from pubic interest towards the interests of private corporations while Labour wishes to stop and even reverse this process.

In the "debate" between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, Jeremy Corbyn showed a heavily redacted document on the secret UK and US negotiations concerning the NHS. Some of the redacted sections relate to what has been described above. It is troubling that the corporate media have not picked up on this revelation but then their advertising revenues come, in part, from medical product and service companies and banks whose political lobbying has had greater inroads in the Conservative party.

The conclusion is that the NHS will not be sold so as not to separate it from its government "ownership" and it will remain "free" at the point of delivery. However, the Conservatives plan to augment the extent of private company participation in the use of resources. This is the same as selling the NHS but the difference is that the government and the tax payers remain on the hook as the government's control become more precarious as public service aspects are de-funded in an attempt to force through a total take over of the service.

Not voting
Voting to leave
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Source: Electoral Commission
Constiuents of voting age
There has been much childish giggling and pointing in relation to Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to state his "position" on the vote between remain and a re-negotiated deal which will include a range of safeguards which the Conservative's are unlikely to include. Corbyn, being the leader of the Labour Party takes constitutional positions, that is, his position always follows those established by the decision-making groups within the party. This means it sometimes takes time for him to confirm his position as that advocating the party position.

This is not dither, it is following a constitutional principle.

This constitutional position is one which extends to how a political party or government needs to respond to results of elections or referenda.

The outcome of the EU referendum was that more people did not vote (17,804,785), this number exceeded the number who voted to leave (17,410,742) and the leave vote was marginally higher than those wishing to remain (16,141,241), that is, 1.3 million or just 2.5% of the voting age population. Therefore the constitutional position is one where politicians need to take into account all voters as opposed to opting to favour exclusively those who wished to leave.

Irrespective of what has been asserted, the remain options, at the time of the referendum, were related to existing arrangements between the EU and third countries. No deal or weak deal options were only circulating within minority factions within UKIP and Conservative parties. However, Nigel Farage and the faction within the Conservative party have used the fact that the majority voted to leave to attempt to impose the weak deal or no deal as a serious option. It is, without doubt, not what the majority of "leavers" desired simply because this was not really on offer and in any case, we now know that this will cost the economy and employment dearly. The 6% drop in GNP accumulated over a decade is equivalent to a loss of around £132 billion each year or over a £1 trillion over the period. However, these factions insist on these options. The US-based corporate lobbies favour a no deal BREXIT because this will strengthen their negotiating position when dealing with a weakened United Kingdom.

Under such circumstances a "constitutional position" is very much needed in the sense of guiding the country towards decisions that uphold the desires of the majority of constituents.
Party membership as % of total UK constituency
Lib Dems
In order to reduce the economic and employment impacts of leaving a comprehensive deal is required. Labour, as the largest socialist party in Europe has a very wide democratic association with EU Member State parties which is far more comprehensive that anything the Conservative party can dream of. Therefore the likelihood of Labour securing a better deal is just about guaranteed. The objective is then to present the constituents with a choice between remaining or accepting the Labour-negotiated deal designed to minimise negative economic and employment impacts in the transition. Under such circumstances, the constitutional position, given that the original EU referendum was marginally to leave, is to allow the constituents to decide without coercion from any party. The existing EU membership conditions and those spelt out in the new deal are all the information voters need to decide.

But the Conservative and the Brexit party (Nigel Farage) continue to try to push in one direction and the Liberal Democracts pushing in the other. This reflects a failure to take into account the sensitivities surrounding this major constitutional state of affairs. The situation remains that the constitutional position should be to allow the voters decide and to avoid any coercion by Britain's minority factional parties. The fact that Britain's political parties are unrepresentative tiny factions is sometime not appreciated. However, their membership figures confirm this fact - see table right. Any confirmatory vote should not be corrupted by appeals from the sidelines by these factions bent on power, this process should remain the constituent's decision based on the feasible options set out before them. This, of course, was not the situation in the EU referendum.

Corbyn's refusal to express a "position" reflects a maturity and better grip on the responsibility of leadership that reflects an understanding of the state of the country and aims to bring the country together. By providing a leave option that aims to reduce the high cost of leaving, makes a lot of sense because, currently, this does not appear to be under consideration by either the Conservatives, Brexit party (Nigel Farage) or the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour party announcement concerning making broadband W3 free, has caught all main political parties out. It is an excellent proposal and falls into line with the original thinking on "global networks". As far back as the 1960s when NASA demonstrated packet switching using satellites and radio, strategists realised that to maximise the social and economic benefits from an interconnected global network. For this reason this investment should be considerd to be a strategic infrastructure and therefore be classified and operate as a free utility. The reasoning is that private delivery does not serve all of the market adequately because the profit motive results in selective services being concentrated in high density, higher income population areas. Because such areas are higher income these provisions contribute to increasing differentials in incomes and economic growth. This is, in fact, what has happened after some 25 years of privately run providers. As a result, many remote areas, where high capacity W3 access can have most impact, remain poorly served. People cannot effectively e-commute and public transport infrastructures are also poor acting as a drag on local development.

John McDonnell made a preliminary announcement on this issue emphasising that a Labour policy would tackle remote regions first; this is entirely rational and can help eliminate the distortions and gaps in coverage created by the existing private systems.

The social, financial and economic justifications for this proposal far exceed what Labour has so far articulated. Remote working for areas with lower density populations can help enhance income earning capacity of highly qualified individuals and the information services can also support professional learning systems. This can help reduce the cost of advanced educational provisions providing viable options for university level studies. Mothers can work from home without having to separate from their young children, bringing added benefits including saved transport costs.

Much commentary on the economic and financial feasibility of Labour's move reflects an inability, or unwillingness of some, to measure the extraordinary benefits to be derived from a free internet or W3 provision.

Work undertaken in the 1960s at Stanford University and even the European Commission's' Information Technology and Telecommunications Task Force (ITTTF) in the 1980s commissioned significant studies and ran initiative preparation programmes on the impact of global networks on the European Economy. These involved the development of impact models related to different types of applications. Sector panels assisted the ITTTF in this work. This work accurately predicted the mobile environment and issued market projections that identified China as the most likely beneficiary of the mobile technologies.

In spite of this excellent work the posts and telecommunications companies resisted the proposals because of the use of satellite technology and radio since most wished to make use of their copper wire-based telephone infrastructure. It was the ITTTF that encouraged the telecom companies to consider mobiles more seriously leading the development of the world-leading GSM system standards. The company who worked well with the Commission initiatives was Vodafone who for a period were the world leaders in mobile services only to be overtaken by China Telecom during the last decade as predicted by ITTTF.
According to SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab, a division of the George Boole Foundation, contrary to those thinking Labour is proposing too much investment it is important to understand that W3 network investment paybacks are exceptionally high, something that private operators do not wish to publicise. In basic terms, payback on this investment will be very high within a relatively short period because of the inclusion of people and economic activities who have yet to benefit from broadband. Amongst major benefits can be included significant reductions in all types of web services resulting from the removal of the need to pay for access:
  • Expanding the market for web hosting companies
  • Expanding the market for specialised web service companies
  • Expanding the user base enabling higher income occupations and economic growth
  • Lowering the cost of access to decision support utilities helping improve production and service sectors
  • Improving logistics functions in low population density regions
  • Improving disaster prediction and post event recovery logistics e.g. flooding
  • Improving agricultural extension advice services at a very low cost
  • Improving aspects of health provisions in remote areas
  • Enabling remote communities to start their own media, action groups and mutual support initiatives
  • Enabling local communities to make more effective use of the very large amounts of environmental data available
  • Expanding the market for existing and novel niche services including for tech companies to the benefit of remote area communities
  • Bringing the worlds information resources to the doorsteps of those living in remote areas
  • Greatly facilitating and lowering the cost of higher education
  • Providing an expanded market for UK high tech developers
The additional point is that all big tech and marketing companies will benefit because this will extend the penetration of services to the whole population and help reduce mobile data channel charges and usage demand by making low cost high capacity Wi-fi more accessible. By making the access to the service free, this will in fact increase the profitability of online services of a wider range of operators including small startups.

Labour have caught all of the other political parties out with this proposal. It is perhaps the most important single proposal that has the most pervasive beneficial impact on people's lives helping spread work-based opportunities and facilitating a range of service functions including the NHS. The "free market" after 25 years has not achieved this for all. This area is one where the technology is constantly advancing in terms of energy savings, size of devices and unit prices and thee properties improve with scale of use.

McDonnell has stated that they would achieve this consolidation as a state utility by nationalising Openreach, the BT internet network. Openreach's core technology resources and assets are variously valued at around £15 billion, not including human resources provisions such as pension fund. SEEL, the high tech strategic consultants have created some order of magnitude calculations on this issue which we will post on receipt.

According to a SEEL spokesperson, another issue of importance is by bringing the "future infrastructure" into state hands can help prevent the trends observed in the USA where the internet providers have become increasingly concentrated and have come to dominate social media and advertising and marketing with a trend towards gaining control over the agenda concerning net neutrality. It is of fundamental importance that net neutrality be guaranteed in the UK since this has an important bearing on democratic processes that require uncensored and transparent exchange of factual information.

There are other major benefits related to national security.

Pushback is an alternative medium programme run by Aaron Maté. He is Jewish and the son of Gabor Maté born in 1944 in Budapest, Hungary.

Last week Aaron interviewed his father in a programme entitled,

"Gabor Maté on the misuse of anti-Semitism and why fewer Jews identify with Israel"

In this interview Gabor explains the extremely complex psychological issues and the Jewish identification with Israel that has given rise to the anti-semitism campaigns leveled against people who support Palestinian rights and object to Israel's ethnic cleansing.

This places a realistic and deeply troubling perspective on the real motivations of those who collaborate in the abusive campaign leveled against Jeremy Corbyn.

To view this interview click on the blue link above or image on the left.

The poor outcomes of the Public Private Partnerships and the associated financing initiatives covering NHS contracts ended up raising debts to private suppliers of the NHS to far higher levels that they would have been if the funding had been raised by the government. The overall approach has constituted a highly profitable defunding scheme to weaken the basis financial position of the NHS. This tactic is used to eventually justify privatisation to increase efficiency and value for money.

Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson appear to be working in a coordinated attempt to introduce a US style private insurance based scheme into the NHS which in the end will fund the take over, with help of the QE fund-stuffed banks of NHS assets, especially land, a long term objective. Naturally the annual £200 billion annual "health market" is the main prize.

However the secret strategy is to offshore profits just as PPP and the PFI schemes were designed to hide true budgetary positions by placing transactions off-balance sheet. Google, Amazon and other big tech companies have been accused of not paying their share of taxes in the UK and EU and Apple stashed $billions of capital to avoid US taxation. However, now private US health providers (insurance-based) are ramping up their preparation for a web-based uber style take over of health provisions. Several private insurance companies are already active in the UK but it is worth observing these technical developments in the USA.

It have been revealed (Reuters) that Google is running a secret ‘Project Nightingale’ that is gathering personal health data on millions of Americans. This project is with one of the country’s largest health-care systems to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents. The initiative, code-named “Project Nightingale,” appears to be the largest in a series of efforts by Silicon Valley giants to gain access to personal health data and establish a toehold in the massive health-care industry.

Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are also aggressively pushing into health care, though they haven’t yet struck deals on the scale of Google. Google began this initiative last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, the second-largest health system in the U.S.,

Google recently purchased Fitbit, acquiring users’ health histories & triggering privacy backlash. Fitbit provides a portable health indicator checking system for users based on a wrist mounted sensor system. This has unnerved users who hoped to keep their health data out of the Big Tech oversight and use. Google’s senior vice president of devices and services called the $2.1 billion purchase “an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made By Google wearable devices into the market” in a blog post.

Google attempted to defuse privacy concerns. Fitbit has access not only to customers’ fitness history, but also in many cases their health insurance information and medical history – with a reassurance that “we work hard to protect your information” and “we will never sell personal information to anyone.” While they insisted that “Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads,” they acknowledged that some users would question their sincerity, stating they would “give Fitbit users the choice to review, move, or delete their data.” A press release from Fitbit echoed those promises. However, the subsequent revelation of their secret 'Project Nightingale' throws doubt on their sincerity.

This is not the first foray into the health data market by Google – the company paid $40 million for smart watch tech from watchmaker Fossil earlier this year, and Google has had access to data from British patients on the NHS since 2016, when the company inked a deal that the UK’s data watchdog later found violated privacy regulations. That access has only expanded, with several NHS trusts moving their data to Google’s cloud. Google has also invested in US health insurance provider Oscar. If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em! Google has struggled to sell its own wearable device line Wear OS, but with some 28 million “active users,” buying Fitbit gives the tech giant a captive market – and access to those users' health data.
with the data sharing accelerating since summer, documents show. The data involved in Project Nightingale encompasses lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth. Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents. Some Ascension employees have raised questions about the way the data is being collected and shared, both from a technological and ethical perspective, according to the people familiar with the project. But privacy experts said it appeared to be permissible under federal law. That law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, generally allows hospitals to share data with business partners without telling patients, as long as the information is used “only to help the covered entity carry out its health care functions. The same sort of data sharing arrangements exist in the UK.

Google in this case is using the data, in part, to design new software, underpinned by advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, that zeroes in on individual patients to suggest changes to their care. Staffers across Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent, have access to the patient information, documents show, including some employees of Google Brain, a research science division credited with some of the company’s biggest breakthroughs. A Google spokeswoman said the project is fully compliant with federal health law and includes robust protections for patient data. An Ascension spokesman had no immediate comment. Google and nonprofit Ascension have parallel financial motives. Google has assigned dozens of engineers to Project Nightingale so far, without charging for the work, because it hopes to use the framework to sell similar products to other health systems. Its end goal is to create an omnibus search tool to aggregate disparate patient data and host it all in one place, documents show. The project is being developed under Google’s cloud division, which trails rivals like Amazon and Microsoft in market share.

The tactic on financial services legislation is likely to be strengthened so that any loss of profits arising from changes in legislation will permit providers to sue government for loss of income, in spite of the fact ongoing contracts in many utility contracts guarantee monthly sale at a disadvantage to the state.

It is very unlikely under contracts for supplies of insurance that will pull in pharmaceuticals and other supplies including from US suppliers and the web-based uberisation of transaction payments through the big tech payment systems that money will be syphoned off at every level. Indeed the NHS does not even have to be on the table in any trade negotiation because, after all, we are only talking about free trade in financial services and insurance.... aren't we? ;-)!!

The orchestrated "uni-lateral" decision by Nigel Farage to stand down Brexit candidates in this election in the seats won by Conservatives in the last election is not fooling many. Boris Johnson cannot admit to this being an agreement so as not to lose face on previous stands. Farage's position, although "tolerating" the Conservative deal is to push through a close to no deal Brexit.

This of course is exactly what Donald Trump has been advocating in relation to a trade deal. Trump is still pressuring to get rid of what he considers to be constraints that would result from a deal with the EU. This is why he has been openly stating that he has been encouraging Farage and Johnson to pool their resources.

It will be difficult to identify the specific motivations and advantages to all concerned in this triangular arrangement, especially with regard to any future "trade deal with the USA". We do know that US insurance and pharmaceutical companies wish to gain a larger share of what they refer to as, the UK's "health market" worth £200 billion annually.

We have already referred to the alleged interference of the Israeli government Lobby in UK politics by undermining the Labour party and targeting Jeremy Corbyn in a smear campaign improving the prospects of the Conservative party. The prospects of the Conservative party appear to be relying on yet an additional source of foreign meddling in this election in the form of US lobbies being supported by Trump. This form of overt foreign interference is enthusiastically supported by Farage and Johnson. Having the prospects of the Conservative party to form a government so openly dependent on foreign interference is a matter of grave concern.

This state of affairs is tarnishing the image of the Conservatives who have promoted leaving the EU and Brexit as an act to regain our national sovereignty, independence and freedom by preventing foreign interference in our internal affairs only to be losing these vital constitutional values to succumb to dominance by other alien interests.

There appears to be a degree of concern within the Conservative party campaign leading to a too eager desire to criticise Labour's economic policies too soon. Labour have yet to launch their manifesto so any analysis was premature. This mistake by the Conservative party economic spokesman, Sajid Javid, only makes nonsense of their analyses. This was also a strategic mistake since Labour now knows the "attack points" considered to be of value by the Conservatives and they can ensure these points are covered by the time their manifesto is launched.

Owen Jones has interviewed Caroline Lucas, our only Green Party MP, concerning the state of politics in the country and tactics required in voting to gain objectives. Caroline Lucas makes a very clear statement on how the Labour party, for example, should be collaborating with the Greens to keep a Conservative government out.

Lucas has a direct, refreshing, down to earth and no spin approach, a needed breath of fresh air and common sense. Clear and simple, no hidden agendas here.

This is in marked contrast to some other party campaigners who are marring the lead up to the election with spin, smear tactics, mud slinging, misrepresentation and, sometimes, aggression.

To access the interview click on the image above.

The Green party has dual leadership in the persons of Jonathan Bartley & Siân Berry.

At the

Green party Co-leaders, Siân Berry
and Jonathan Bartley
The Green party campaign launch in Bristol Siân Berry urged voters to make the upcoming vote a "climate election" rather than focusing on Brexit. She stated, "Boris Johnson wants to make this the Brexit election, a re-run of the referendum on his terms, on his dodgy turf. But this election is about so much more. Some things are even bigger than Brexit. This must be the climate election because the future won't get another chance."

Siân Berry also outlined the Green's ambitious plan to invest £100bn a year for the next decade to make the UK carbon neutral by 2030. Among the other policies included are:
  • Remaining in the EU and keeping the freedom of movement
  • Introducing a "Green new deal" to tackle climate change
  • Create "hundreds of thousands" of low-carbon jobs
  • Subsidies to help eco-system
  • Build 100,000 new energy-efficient homes every year for social renting
  • Electrifying rail and increasing investment in public transport

The Green policy website can be accessed by clicking on the green image on the left.

We are a neutral medium but the spate of dirty tricks campaigns and multiplying misrepresentation arising from political agents, largely directed against the Labour party is preventing the possibility of balanced and positive reviews of the proposals of the Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Brexit party. The longer dirty tricks campaign continuing as a constant disruptive factor is the tawdry campaign based on accusations concerning antisemitism in the Labour party and smearing Jeremy Corbyn deploying tactics totally in line with Benjamin Netanyehu's coordinated campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.

For example Ian Austin with John Woodcock as a sidekick, made a typical shameless Conservative-inspired appearance. Austin made several statements that are not true and along the lines of Benjamin Netanyehu's' statements accusing Jeremy Corbyn of being in support of terrorists. He also mumbled other incoherent things concerning security and antisemitism. Ian Austin was closely associated with Gordon Brown at the tail end of the disastrous New Labour governments of Tony Blair. He had become increasingly disgruntled because he has been unable to find his feet in the newer Labour transition which has attempted to move away from the unacceptable policies of New Labour. Austin therefore become increasingly out of place and critical, to the extent, that, even while still a member of the Labour party, he became an "envoy" for the Conservative party. John Woodcock is another disgruntled MP who as accused of sexual harassment in 2018 related to social media texts to a subordinate. Naturally, the Labour party had to investigate his case and as is normal withdrew the whip. He did not like the attention and threatened to take the Labour party to court. All the party did was follow up on the accusations, just as Labour does on the constant stream of mainly fictitious accusations of antisemitism promoted by a cabal intent of smearing the image of the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn. Most such accusations have turned out to be without foundation. In fact, in spite of the widespread publicity the number of cases constitutes less than 0.06% of the Labour party membership.

In this same week the Conservatives released a video which was designed to give the impression that Keir Starmer could not answer a question put to him by Piers Morgan. When the camera switched to record Starmer's reply the video was doctored to freeze giving the impression Starmer was at a loss for words and they superimposed the worlds "Labour has no plans for Brexit" - see right. In fact he gave a comprehensive answer which was quite convincing.

As can be appreciated there is a good deal of lying involved in the political party-based campaigns. However, the antisemitism dirty tricks campaign, while not strictly part of a political party campaign, other than Likud in Israel, it is driven by people who consider any criticism of Israel as antisemitic. Even the elaborate so-called IHRA definition allows criticism of Israel but if anyone levels what are sometimes reasonable criticisms they are in danger of being branded antisemitic. Therefore the vector that drives this is very much in line with Netanyehu's campaign against Jeremy Corbyn as opposed to one that is observing the IHRA definitions.

Ian Austin also accused Corbyn as have many corporate media, of "siding" or "supporting" terrorists. One of the groups of "terrorists" widely referred to in the UK media is the IRA. In this case Jeremy Corbyn, as a peace advocate, was meeting these people to try an identify ways and means to stop the killing. This reflects a good degree of responsibility in an effort to curtail deaths on each side including police and UK military. There is a good deal of hypocrisy on the part of the Conservatives in still referring to this false impression because while Corbyn did this openly (he would not have done this if he was supporting these people) William Whitelaw, Conservative Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, was doing the same in secret. Indeed, Corbyn pioneered these contacts which following a tortuous and difficult path ended up with the Good Friday peace agreement.

The other group referred to as "terrorists" is Hezbollah. Jeremy Corbyn met these people for the same reason to identify if there were ways to bring peace, including to Israel, in order to stop the killing. In a meeting of this sort which could be contentious, it is common practice to refer to attendeed as "collaborators" or "friends" since all concerned are seeking a way to a common goal, peace. In this meeting, Corbyn therefore referred to the assembled attendees as "friends". It is this word that is taken out of context by stating that Corbyn called Hezbollah his friends. Certainly Benjamn Netenyahu does not like Hezbollah because they were effective in defending Lebanon against Israeli aggression. Accordingly, this is another reason for Netanyehu attempting to interfere in UK politics by attacking Corbyn. The frequency of accusations against people associated with Labour activities, not all involve members, most of which turn out to be without foundation, shows that this is a dirty tricks campaign. We have provided links to a series of videos of an investigation by Aljazera into alleged interference by the Israeli government lobby in the affairs of the Labour party (see below under "Framing the opposition"). The Israeli government tried to get these videos banned and in the end OFCOM undertook an investigation only to find Aljazera had not breached any acceptable reporting standards including those of bias and impartiality. However, this dirty tricks campaign continues and in line with Netenyahu's objective targets Jeremy Corbyn. So people need to decide whether this exaggerated energy devoted to antisemitism smears is really something that is home grown or are these people acting on behalf of an alien state, Israel, and interfering directly in the political affairs of the United Kingdom.

The allegation of there being links to the Israeli embassy are based on the secret operations managed by the government of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSAPD) which now mainly target those who support Palestinians and in particular BDS through dirty tricks and media campaigns. When Jeremy Corbyn was elected head of the Labour party, as a well known supporter of the Palestinian cause, the MSAPD invested major efforts to undermine his status within Labour and UK politics by concentrating on anti-Semitic accusations. The MSAPD was created in 2006 for Avigdor Lieberman with the role of co-ordinating security, intelligence and diplomatic initiatives regarding Iran and other strategic threats, reporting to Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. The ministry was closed down three months later when Lieberman left the government. It was subsequently resurrected and reorientated to its current role by Benjamin Netanyehu in 2009. The ministry oversees foreign spy operations and in particular, illegal surveillance and subversion operations outside Israel targeting pro-Palestinian and BDS activists and others. It is currently headed by Likud official Gilad Erdan. Jeremy Corbyn, has been a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) for many years and in early 2018 the PSC was included in Israel’s so-called BDS blacklist drawn up by MSAPD and announced by Netanyehu and Erdan. The PSC is amongst 20 groups whose activists have been barred from entering Israel due to their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Corbyn is a long-time supporter of the PSC consistent with his commitment to upholding human rights and international law by ending the Israel's violent occupation, ending the siege on Gaza, opposing settlements in the West Bank. However Corbyn does not support the BDS movement. He does not agree with such a comprehensive blanket boycot but supports targeted action aimed at illegal settlements and occupied territories in line with international law which Israel ignores. A Labour spokesperson has stated that, "Corbyn would be happy to buy Israeli goods himself".

John Bercow was recently interviewed by Alistair Campbell of Blair government dodgy dossier fame and he asked about antisemitism in the Labour party. He made a significant comment concerning what we are classifying as an antisemitism smear that the Tory leadership and its allies have been pushing against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The significance comes from the fact that Bercow is Jewish, but also because he has known Corbyn “very well” for over two decades. His job has meant he has a hand on the pulse of all parties and Members. In his reply John Bercow first stressed that “racism is a challenge across society”. And he continued, "I myself have never experienced antisemitism from a member of the Labour Party, point one. And point two, though there is a big issue, and it has to be addressed, I do not myself believe Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic. That is my honest view." He also added that, "I’ve known him for the 22 years that I’ve been in parliament".

It is worth recording the fact that Noam Chomsky, academic Finkelstein, CODEPINK founder Medea Benjamin, Jewish Voice for Labour co-chair Jenny Manson, and over 100 others have signed a letter that states, "We the undersigned, all Jews, are writing in support of Chris Williamson and to register our dismay at the recent letter organised by Tom Watson, and signed by parliamentary Labour party and House of Lords members, calling for his suspension"

"Chris Williamson did not say that the party had been “too apologetic about antisemitism”, as has been widely misreported. He correctly stated that the Labour party has done more than any other party to combat the scourge of antisemitism and that, therefore, its stance should be less apologetic. Such attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters aim to undermine not only the Labour party’s leadership but also all pro-Palestinian members."

"The mass media have ignored the huge support for Chris both within and beyond the Labour party. Support that includes many Jews. The party needs people like him, with the energy and determination to fight for social justice. As anti-racist Jews, we regard Chris as our ally: he stands as we do with the oppressed rather than the oppressor. It should also be noted that he has a longer record of campaigning against racism and fascism than most of his detractors.""The Chakrabarti report recommended that the party’s disciplinary procedures respect due process, favour education over expulsion and promote a culture of free speech, yet this has been abandoned in practice. We ask the Labour party to reinstate Chris Williamson and cease persecuting such members on false allegations of antisemitism."

During one of Bill Clinton's campaigns one of his strategists, James Carville, coined the phrase “The economy, stupid”, in 1992, as one of the messages campaign workers needed to concentrate on. The other two were, predictably, “Change versus more of the same” and, of course, "Health care.” All of this was shaped to win him the election in a period of economic difficulties.

If one observes the outcomes of Conservative policies the result of quantiative easing has been a massive redirection of money into assets as opposed to the astronomical amount of funds fed into the economy ending up in production, consumer transactions or people's pockets. So those who have taken advantage of quantitative easing (QE) have not become preoccupied with productivity and higher wages but rather in asset holding. Why, because these guarantee future rentier income or gains from resale. In essence QE has been a promotion of a massive expansion in privately held assets. This Bank of England "policy" has done little to help the conditions of the working population.

This outcome comes on the end of a significant and hidden massive privatisation process. No, not clapped out rolling stock on the railways, leaky water supply services and health provision real estate. Not even Chancellor Osborne's sale of RBS shares worth £32 billion at £2 billion or even the sale of council houses worth aound £40 billion.

The British land grab

The largest and hidden privatization has been worth the tidy sum of £400 billion involving the transfer of public land holdings into the hands of a select group of private "asset holders". This was initiated following Margaret Thatcher's commitment to privatisation and continued under Conservative governments ever since. This has involved over 2 million hectares of land or 10% of the British land mass. Estimates of the private incomes derived from these transferred assets is somewhere in the region of $20 billion each year which is also inflation-proof, unlike people's wages.
"The great British enclosure" is a programme on Renegade Inc to access click on the image below.

Although people do concentrate on the economy as being important, in terms of incomes and work conditions, these facts need to direct more attention to the fundamental issue of the fact that it is, "Assets, stupid". Although income disparity has risen over the last decade, wealth disparity, related to asset holdings, has increased by far more. This really is something Labour and other opposition parties might review since this massive transfer of state assets in the form of land has taken place under the nose of parliaments who do not appear to have been sufficienctly attentive in their scrutiny of these events. Under the terms of our legislative procedures there were complaints of the EU being responsible for "stealth legislation". In reality the "stealth" part was simply the reality that our MPs let things go through on a nod. However the most significant "stealth legislation" in terms of significant economic consequences for disparity in wealth and incomes, has not been anything to do with the EU. It has been related to the details and small print of many home grown legislative acts, made at Westminster, that included components related to land.

These facts have been published in an excellent analysis by Brett Christophers, in his recently published book, "The New Enclosure" published by Verso. Brett Christophers is a political economist and economic geographer and a Professor at Uppsala Univerity.

One of the coordinated efforts in attacking the opposition has been the peculiar persistence of the charges of anti-semitism in the Labour party and the specific focusing of this attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

This has confused many because those with any knowledge of the Labour party know this is not a true reflection of the party. One of our readers has kindly drawn our attention to a series of investigative reports carried out by Aljazera that allege the involvement of the Israeli government in the affairs of those involved in promoting this campaign of anti-semitism against the Labour party. This is a four part series which is quite revealing and shocking and we provide the links below:

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit's series "The Lobby" can be viewed on Al Jazeera.

"Lobby" refers to the alleged Israeli government's lobby involvement in what appears to be a scandal and interference in the internal affairs of the UK politics and targeting the Labour party in particular.

These investigations resulted in a series of complaints by the groups and individuals involved. In the end OfCom undertook an investigation only to find Aljazera had not breached any acceptable reporting standards including those of bias and impartiality. The last link covers this aspect.

1: Young Friends of Israel
2: The Training Session
3: An Anti-Semitic Trope
4: The Takedown
Complaints and OfCom investigation

We feel the investigations speak for themselves and we find the content troubling because the results of the accusations of anti-semitism have tended to endure because much of the UK corporate media failed to analyse this topic adequately in order to provide the British public with a balance picture and to point out in more detail this underhand operation. Rather, they have participated in an enduring multi-year campaign of repetition of the now sickening and tiresome Labour anti-semitism mantra. This has given encouragement to the leaders and politicians of the other UK political parties to do the same. This lack of objectivity is a disappointing reflection on the character of the many politicians who participate in this gory affair and highlights the level of decadence of the levels of honesty and respect which parties should demand of their MPs. This distasteful show is an affront to the British electorate who have had to endure this concerted smear campaign that has attempted to mislead all of the people all of the time. This is shameful because it has resulted in leveling accusations at many innocent people, and Jeremy Corbyn in particular, in an unjustified and completely dishonest fashion.

In this period of a general election campaign we can expect those MPs who are losing the argument to jump to, "...if you don't vote for me you will end up with Jeremy Corbyn!" But the one has to wonder, with the record showing that Jeremy Corbyn has never stooped so low as those who so unjustly accuse him of things he has not done, in his treatment of others, why this does not qualify him to be the preferred choice.

Those who attempt to use misrepresentation to gain our trust surely cannot be trusted to have any say over our future and our freedom.

The danger of manipulation of voters through the large social and search tech companies is real. How this manipulation operates became apparent with the fall out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which was followed by a considerable amount of analysis of how political parties can use "advertising" to manipulate the information the electorate sees by preventing sight of certain messages and sending misleading messsages to those whose profile deems them to be susceptble to manipulation. The success of this system depends upon being able to lie and mislead by using statements that can appear them remain untraceable.

We will be keeping a tally on disinformation and misrepresenations in party election content. We invite anyone who observes any such dishonesty to email us with the details.

Those who have no scruples in using such techniques tend to be those policians who are themselves often caught outright lying, "exaggerating" and "misrepresenting" the facts in their statements and who then shrug off criticisms.
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They seldom admit to being wrong but resort to sematic twists and turns and almost never apologise for misrepresenting the facts. Donald Trump and Boris Johnson have some form with this line of behaviour and have no problms if agents put out, on their behalf, media content that is highly tendentious, biased or completely misleading.

Misrepresentation has already appeared in a Conservative-placed ad which gave the impression, through tampering with a video interview, that Keir Starmer was stumped by a question. However, the original video shows that he provided a clear detailed and quite convincing answer. Although questioned about this the Conservative party rep simply stated the "interview did take place" which avoided admitting that they has tampered with the video. We have no doubt this sort of dishonesty will prevail. In this context it is notable that the government does not want to pubish a recently completed report on interference in the EU referendum and UK elections. Tech savvy experts have suggsested that the real reason is that the government does not want to raise the profile of this topic since this could attract attention of the voters to the mechanisms just described.

Donald Trump used this approach successfully in his campaign as Obama did in the elections before. There is little doubt that the Conservative party will be using agents to manage their electoral campaign along these same lines through Facebook and Google. Unfortunately the typical British "light touch regulations" on such matters are so light touch, they do not exist. We are, therefore, all in danger. Given the behaviour of the current government there is little doubt that this form of manipulation will have been underway for some time.

To visit the publicaions section of
The Oxford Internet Institute,
University of Oxford
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The risk of interference in the UK election does not come from foreign "agents" but rather from agents acting on behalf of our own political parties.

Jon Lloyd, the Head of European Campaigns at Mozilla has appealed to attract signatures to a letter addressed to Facebook and Google to ban political advertisements during the UK elections. His appeal letter states,

"In just six weeks, the UK is heading to the polls for a snap election. It's become increasingly clear that the UK doesn't have the laws in place to properly oversee online political advertising right now, and that Google and Facebook don't have the policies in place to establish trust in the political ads you see on their platforms. Those issues will take time to resolve, and we don't have that time. So Mozilla, along with our friends at doteveryone, the University of Sheffield, the Open Data Institute, Demos, Tech Inquiry and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue are calling on Facebook and Google to issue an immediate moratorium on political and issue-based advertising in the UK. We're at a historic point in time. We don't want tech to "move fast and break things," we want tech to put a brake on what we're seeing online before more things — including our parliamentary democracy — is broken for good. The moratorium isn't about a permanent ban on political and issue-based ads; indeed, political ads are not inherently problematic. But the online advertising model, which depends on vast collection of data and opaque ad targeting systems, is not fit for purpose — and thus fundamentally undermines trust in political advertising.
This is a request to take temporary, emergency measures to ensure that your platforms are not complicit in exploiting electoral laws MPs themselves have described as "unfit for purpose." Will you add your name to the open letter calling on Facebook and Google to immediately stop political advertising before the election? Thanks for all that you do, signed Jon Lloyd, the Head of European Campaigns at Mozilla"
. The letter he refers to is here.

Warfare through sanctions is the strategy expanded under the Donald Trump presidency as a key element of foreign policy. It replaces dialogues and diplomacy by brute force and is aimed at national constituencies in order for them to become tired of increasing economic deprivation so as to demand change or the overthrow of their government.

Sanctions policies attempt to use the public as pawns in a cynical and brutal form of bullying. There are cases of US sanctions having been applied for many years creating suffering and deaths and after the effects have become extreme the US politicians point to the economic failures of sanctioned countries as "failure in the policies of those governments". No account of the direct cause being US sanctions or assignment of any responsibility for the suffering of millions to the US policy is even contemplated; this is after all, politics.

Unfortunately, during the last nine years of Conservative governance, we have witnessed similar tactics being deployed within the United Kingdom through a series of selective sanctions, or funding restrictions, on state provisions of policing, health, education, housing and social services. The excuse was always "debt reduction" although many respected analyses demonstrated this to be unnecessary. For example, at the same time tax breaks and quantitative easing has increasingly favoured the private corporate sector as the rising inequality in wealth and incomes shows.

As can be seen this policy of undermining of state provisions has been very "successful". After nine years, the levels of discontent on the part of constituents has steadily risen and people are now demanding improvements in provisions. However, rather than see a widespread demand for more privatisation of state services, which is the preferred "solution" of the government, the outcome has been quite the reverse. The behaviour of private firms under PFI in the NHS, water, energy and train sectors have become scandals exposing the attitudes of corporations to public services as being a free-for-all public subsidy and easy money for the companies providing services. The track record indicates that privatisation secures efficiency is theoretically sound but in practice the contractual arrangements are abusive and expected efficiencies are lost; in many cases private provisions are more expensive. Understandably this has contributed to the public becoming more supportive of state ownership of vital services. The intensity of the rejection of the government's "policies" have been intensified by the nine years of falling real incomes, falling investment and increasing numbers of in-work constituents having to use food banks to secure adequate nutrition; debt levels are increasing. The connection between the purchasing power of families and government policy is more easily made and as a result the response by voters has not been to demand the "overthrow" of the state system as was expected. The BREXIT chaos, and the resulting rupture of the cohesion between the nations of the United Kingdom are a direct result of mis-management of the Conservative party of its internal divisions and its fixation on power. The externalising of their internal problems while resisting a cross-party participatory approach to continue an internal factional battle while ignoring the interests of the nations of the United Kingdom created the regrettable state we now find ourselves. It has not been a demonstration of sound decisions, common sense or effective governance.

The affront of a government imposing prejudice on the people of the country in an attempt to make them pawns in a cynical social manipulation to achieve its aims, has failed. It is not an unreasonable to conclude that the Conservatives are no longer to be trusted with the economy.

In a valedictory interview with Der Spiegel, a German magazine, Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing president of the European Commission, did not mince words when asked about the EU referendum held in the United Kingdom in 2016.

He said that he considered his not having become more involved was a big mistake because, "...there needed to be a voice to counter them". The "them" he referred to were those advocating leaving the EU and concerning their campaign he stated that, "So many lies were told, including by current Prime Minister Boris Johnson..."

He also stated that he had not become involved because Cameron had advised against it and that he had informed Cameron that he would lose the referendum.

From the organization of the EU referendum to the current state of confusion over BREXIT after three years of messing around, this affair was conceptualised, launched and then crashed by the Conservative party. In essence to save the Conservative party prospects, a tiny private organization with less than 150,000 members, from internal splits, the party manipulated events to export this internal instability so as to split the country down the middle. This is a supreme example of how a tiny faction can dominate the affairs of the nation in a destructive fashion. This calls into question the efficacy of our party system and the medieval, out-dated, first-past-the-post electoral system.

It seems to be a tactic in the forthcoming election for the prime minister to keep referring to the Conservative party as the "one nation" party. But he expelled 21 of most of the "one nation" Conservative members in a overnight Soviet-style putsch. But then it was realised that this impulsive behaviour had demonstrated lack of management control and had lost the government its majority. This was a case study in incompetence and a complete absence of strategic logic. In order to attempt to re-assemble some approximation of a "one nation" party image, it was finally decided to let back in 10 of those expelled. This shuffling and somewhat shabby behaviour failed to reinstate the former chancellors Philip Hammond and Kenneth Clarke, ex-justice secretary David Gauke and second referendum campaigner Dominic Grieve. These have been forced to remain in the tattered wilderness of any remaining one nation hopes. This performance has reduced any claims to being able to don the one nation mantle to dust. It now passes for being no more than a cynical election prop to be paraded by the very party that has caused the intensification of the marked divisions in the nation. The stated positions of Northern Ireland and Scotland have been largely ignored and Wales is having to reconsider its options. The prevailing dominance of increasingly confusing policy announcements are laregly designed to act as sticking plasters to obscure the damage caused by government policies under austerity and quantitative easing.

What nation is Johnson referring to when he talks of one nation? It is becoming increasingly evident that he thinks the 150,000 members of the Conservative party somehow represent the nation. But this faction accounts for no more than 0.24% (a quarter of one percent) of the voting age population. There is something wrong with a political system that allows such a small faction to bring so much prejudice to a nation.

The origin of plans by the Conservative party to work towards a privatised National Health Service can be traced to "moderate" Conservative MPs. For example, Oliver Letwin is the author of the 1988 pamphlet "Britain's biggest enterprise: Ideas for radical reform of the NHS" which set out such a proposal. Although he has denied that this has informed Conservative policy, several parts have already been enacted. In 2004 it is reported that he stated that under a Conservative government the NHS would cease to exist within 5 years.

The PPP projects, albeit introduced by the Blair governments and sustained under the Conservatives, transformed the NHS into an 'independent trust' - which became NHS England. The increased use of private providers were central planks of the Health and Social Care Act. The assets of the NHS under these schemes have been, or are being, transferred to the private operators.

The confusion of whether or not the NHS is on the table is essentially semantics. The value of the UK health care market is well over £200 billion and the broad intent in policy documents, of those who wish to privatise the NHS, is to use private insurance companies as the vehicle. In order to prepare the "political climate" for privatization the tactic is to ensure that the NHS becomes a "problem". The tactics used to achieve this have been explained in some detail by Noam Chomsky of MIT. The tactic is to introduce a policy that combines a long period of real de-funding, or reduction in financial support, while setting up additional layers of highly paid management. In the UK policy of prolonged "austerity" has been applied and has achieved this result in the case of the NHS. It has also been applied to police reduction, state educational provisions and social services with an eye of helping prepare for private security firms and private educational establishments and to expand the provisions of private insurance into social care schemes. Therefore in the case of the NHS, "austerity" has created difficulties in operations while creating and maintaining a multilayered top-heavy management structure with very high executive salaries. The result has been increasing frustration of constituents resulting in complaints and disatisfaction with the NHS performance and other pubic services. In the case of the NHS the excuse has been to promote private company participation as a means of "eliminating the problems" created by the policy to "improve efficiency". In the last push towards privatisation, the top executives, as a constituency created by government policy, can be relied upon to support the change because of the promise of increased fortunes.

We have seen this type of tactic enacted following the financial services de-regulation under Thatcher. This led to a similar move amongst building societies where some executives decided to abandon the mutual status and become rich under the transfer to bank status.

In order to understand the more intricate details of the Blairite and Conservative strategy concerning the NHS it is worth watching the Renegade Video "The UK Private Finance Initiative" where specialists in the field explain the tactics and the resulting prejudice.

To access this video click on the Renegade image.
However, Northern Rock and others failed and some were saved by the Nationwide Building Society that has maintained its mutual status and grew in strength.

So the way to privatise the NHS is to raise costs, usually through drug procurement and, indeed private suppliers, then use this as an excuse to introduce private insurance as a "top up mechanism" to maintain a "full coverage". As a result of this strategy the UK spending on health services would be likely to rise from the current 10% of GNP to the levels approaching those in the USA which spends around 20% of its GNP on a system where a large proportion of the working population cannot afford health insurance. Indeed, manypeople who do not have insurance cover ate not attended to. Politicians can put their hands on their hearts and swear that the NHS is not on the table in trade negotiations. However, in reality is is the centre-piece worth &poiund;200 billion each year.

So the NHS doesn't have to be on any table in name since the trade arrangement simply has to take advantage of the light touch UK financial regulations to push the NHS provisions and assets into the hands of the private financial and insurance companies. Large US-based insurance companies are already providing services to senior citizen facilities and services and they are an effective lobby. Naturally legislation enacted by parliament can help this process along, sometimes unwittingly supported by the opposition.

One of the most obvious examples of this tactic can be seen in the case of the police. The government has steadily reduced their numbers "because of austerity" by in excess of 20,000 while knife crime and other problems have got out of hand. The constituents have responded as expected by demanding more police. It is suspected that the plan had been to contract private security firms to do this job but the current climate would make this move a little too obvious. Therefore the government is making proposals now to train up and contract over 20,000 police to fill the gap they themselves created with intent. The banal nature of this type of policy proposal is that the government, across the board, is making promises to spend money to sort out the very problems their policies, over the last decade, have created through tactical de-funding of education, police services, social services and, of course, the NHS.

One reason the government has veered away from a more aggressive privatisation at the present moment is that the policy of quantitative easing which has rewarded finanical services and insurance companies with cheap funds has resulted in increasing debt, falling real investment and real incomes and poverty amongst in-work constituents. Rather than creating an expanding "middle income class" the government has presided over an increasing income and wealth disparity and falling real disposable incomes. This is not fertile ground for justifying rising costs of financial services and insurance charges because the disposable income is not there. As a result, this policy failure has created a situation where any overt privatisation would radically reduce electoral prospects. However, this strategy is a long term fixation and the intent to privatise remains.

As predicted, the barrel scraping for vacuous and dishonest arguments is taking place in the initial phases of the election. Unfortunately, this was on show on the Sky network Sophy Ridge programme in an interview with Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats.

This interview did not start well because on the question of Johnson blaming parliament for preventing BREXIT happening, she seemed to forget that it was Johnson who decided to withdraw the agreement to prevent parliament scrutinising the agreement which parliament had already agreed to on the basis of a majority vote. Ken Clarke has already stated that if he had not done this the UK would have left the EU within the coming days.

But when asked why her party would not contemplate collaboration with the Labour party, Jo Swinson scaped up the unpalatable mantra of refusing to collaborate with Jeremy Corbyn because of his record not controlling anti-semitism in the Labour party. The Labour party has perhaps the lowest incidence of anti-seminist of any major political party in the UK. Most "incidents" have involved social media exchanges that have nothing to do with the party. It is also the case that or many "cases" have turned out not to involve any anti-semitism. In any case it is not advisable for a party leader to become involved in these "case" procedures. In spite of this, Corbyn remains tha target for scurrilous individuals who wish to attack him personally, a mode of behaviour which, we would like to emphasise, Jeremy Corbyn does not particpate. It is a pity other politicians have such low standards of behaviour. Politics is, of course, cut and thrust, but for politicians to repeat untrue mantras is unacceptable.

Jo Swinson then descended even further into a vacuous statement that the Labour party is proposing to negotiate a better deal but will allow the electorate to decide, without coersion, on the options, through a proposed confirmatory vote. For a person totally dedicated to stop BREXIT and, if elected, to the cancellation of Article 50, she should be content that the Labour party will not oppose the Liberal Democrats in this final decision. Unfortumately, she is so fixated on remain that she appears to have lost any recogniiton that a previous vote has shown that the balance of opinion on leaving or remaining is roughly 50:50 so the best solution on the leave side is clearly an agreement that minimises social and economic impacts. This what Labour is proposing. However, she does not appear to wish to respect this reality when the Labour party, by leaving the decision to the electorate, is demonstrating a respect for the outcome of the original EU refendum of 2016.

We have been assessing the changes that have occurred during the last year that, contrary to the general drift of opinion, point to a clear pathway for Labour to win the next election. Our analysis below comes to similar conclusions via a different route to an article appearing on Bloomberg, see box below under subheading "Bloomberg", which contains a balanced analysis. We also provide a link to a podcast from FT politics in a similar vein...

The Conservative party and the Brexit party appear to have written off any chance that the Labour party could win the coming election.

Bloomberg a US business medium has posted an article on the coming UK election. This article points out several reasons why the Conservatives will face difficulties enabling Labour to win. To read more click on the link below...

Bloomberg on UK election

On the other hand many in Labour are convinced they will win.

The state of knowledge on the part of the constituents is significantly different now that it was at the time of the EU referendum in 2016 and at the time of the 2017 election. Many constituents are beginning to find their way through the confusion created by declarations by politicians and corporate media. However, an important point is that while Jeremy Corbyn had to wait for his party conference to assess the mood of its membership, the Labour party now has a well-defined position. The Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and others have not yet understood that this makes a fundamental difference. They keep repeating that the Labour party position is confusing when it is now pretty straight forward and easy to understand.

Concerning the question of leave against remaining, the term leave is ambiguous because there are options of leaving with or without a deal. So in reality there are three options. Remaining, leaving with a deal and leaving without a deal. Given that the referendum was so close it is reasonable to suppose that politicians should try and arrive at a solution that satisfies remainers and leavers while minimising the social and economic impacts of the final state of affairs. Clearly remaining incurs no economic impact other than the continuation of contributions to the EU. On the other hand leaving without a deal will have serious economic impacts. Leaving with an agreement can claw back most if not all EU contributions while minimising the economic impact. Therefore the most obvious solution which can minimise economic impacts is to leave with a deal which should be designed to protect those aspects of life which people value at the present moment.

To this day the leave campaign has continued to peddle a misleading narrative. There is no need for this. A sound leave agreement can benefit all by minimising the negative social and economic impacts on UK and European companies, employees and consumers.
Since, at the time of the referendum and last election many options were floated it is becoming evident that most leavers presumed that the UK would establish an agreement with the EU along the lines of Norway, Canada or even park in the EFTA system and then gradually sort out the agreement (probably the best idea). Labour have stated that if they are elected they will work to arrange an agreement that ensures safeguarding a range of existing "protections" so as to minimise the economic and social impacts. Once this new arrangement has been defined then the idea is to provide the constituents with a final say through a vote on whether they wish to accept the proposed trade arrangement with the EU or remain.

Conservatives and Liberal Democrats keep trying to maintain that Labour is confused because Jeremy Corbyn has stated he will not express an opinion on whether people should support the trade agreement proposal or remain. This is entirely reasonable because the country is divided between remainers and leavers. The only policy position taken by Labour is its objective to produce a socially and economically stabilising agreement as the best leave option. Therefore to reflect a consideration for the free wishes of the electorate Labour is allowing the voters to decide with no coercion from the party on which way they should vote. This is not confusion it is an admission that the understanding of the potential dangers of leaving are now better understood and therefore the current election is taking place in a very different environment. The mistake made, on the part of the Conservatives and Brexit parties, is that the question of in whose hands the economy and social order is safe has become a high profile issue. The Brexit party has no track record while the track record of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats has not been at all inspiring. Indeed the real economy has declined significantly over the last fifteen years, public services including police and health provisions have been run down. Wealth inequality has risen sharply as a result of economic policies that have benefited the very financial sector who crashed the economy in 2008. The Conservatives and Brexit like to blame Labour for the state of the economy when in reality globalization and deregulation made significant contributions to the instability and the financial sector's deficient management tipped the economy into a crisis. This was, to a large extent, a private sector and "free market" failure which under deregulation became too experimental placing the prospects of the UK population in a precarious position.

Much of the recent expression of intent by the Conservative party is in essence attempting to gain acceptance for fixing gaps in provisions they have created as a result of their policies. So they are offering solutions to problems they have helped create.

If Labour simplify their BREXIT policy position and then spend more time on the many options to reverse the decline in the UK economy, their platform could become very attractive, especially to those voters who had switched from Labour. It is not beyond the bounds of reason to expect many leavers to realise that this is the preferable less disruptive option. As in the last election Labour produced a fully-costed manifesto. It would help them if this was extended into a short trade options analyses comparing likely economic impacts of preferable options so people can obtain a better feel for the types of "protections" they wish to preserve.

On Alan Bolton's "Politics Today" on Sky today, Ken Clarke explained quite clearly that Boris Johnson, and the apparatchiks that surround him, are the one's who have stopped "Getting Brexit done!" by preventing the normal parliamentary scrutiny of the withdrawal agreement that parliament had already accepted. It is therefore paradoxical that Boris Johnson will be proclaiming loudly that it is parliament that has delayed BREXIT. Clarke also made the point that these people want to reduce the role of parliament in British democracy. It is therefore a paradox that Johnson wished to go for an election but then many feel this is in order to augment the numbers who will become government clerics to cut down on parliamentary functions. This is more likely to happen now that the Conservative party threw out the more balanced members or one nation politicians, such as Ken Clarke, in a Soviet style putsch. One has to wonder, what type of people are being attracted to become candidates for the Conservative party. The position of Johnson appears to be the demagogic one of setting the people against parliament. History shows that people who head for this type of politics can be "successful" in rising to prominence and maintaining power through propaganda; this election needs to be monitored with care and attention.

One of the forces that has helped salvage the reputation of the House of Commons has been the actions of John Bercow. He was elected as Speaker of the House in 2009.

He has persistently promoted the rights of back benchers to be able to speak. This helped balance up the debate on the results of the EU referendum, bringing home the fact that the result was not a run away for the leavers but a closely run thing. We have reviewed elsewhere the true outcome of this referendum. There have been unfair accusations leveled against Bercow of bias. But if bias is equated with the act of ensuring a representative and participatory parliament, such criticism is without merit.

Representatives must address the complexities presented to them by opposing constituency views rather than hiding them.

Ken Clarke in his exchanges with Adam Bolton, praised Bercow's championing of back benchers. It is worth watching the session in parliament that took place on the 31st October when MPs, across the House, spent some time thanking John Bercow for his services giving details of his immense contributions to the promotion of transparency and fairness in proceedings.
With the decision of the UK to head for another general election, and with the current state of BREXIT, we will follow the campaigns but by starting with a clean slate in so that our analysis will be applied to party statements, policy proposals and their justifications rather than the constant raking over of past statements and positions. However, we need to explain why we will apply this approach.

The propaganda machine based on misinformation - fake news

We face a stark choice between a command and control approach that will reduce parliamentary democracy in the name of national freedom and sovereignty against the opposite extreme of participatory democracy within which all interests are accommodated. The Conservatives and the Brexit parties are participatory minimalists using tiny power groups and apparatchiks to support a single individual who aims to take decisions "on behalf of the nation" and, of course, always "in the nation's interest". We have seen this before under Thatcher and Blair regimes. On the other hand Labour are participatory maximisers. This is why the Conservative party has less than 140,000 members and the Labour party has close to 500,000. This is why the Conservative party is all about Boris Johnson and why the standing of Jeremy Corbyn is of less real significance within the Labour Party because most decisions are taken through a gradual, sometimes frustrating process through membership participation. Corbyn takes up party positions once they are decided as opposed to snap decisions made by apparatchiks. This slower process has been the reason the propaganda merchants accuse Corbyn of dithering when in reality what he has been doing is weighing up the balance of opinions so as to take decisions in the interests of all. There is here a definite choice for the people of Britain.

Goebbels, Adolph Hitler's propaganda apparatchik operated on the basis of giving widespread publicity to lies simply because if repeated enough times through rallys and media content, such lies end up being believed. The destructive aspect is that the public begin to repeat the lies as part of their own communications in spite of the fact they can not point to evidence to support such assertions. They are repeated by journalists, television programmes and pepper the content of social media. Unfortunately, this dangerous form of propaganda is alive and well in this country in corporate media and party declarations. Propaganda concerning the "opposition" has been pouring out of the Conservative machine for some time. However, we do not agree with the approach of some corporate media in the UK to magnify what has become a dishonest campaign founded on distortions of facts and assertions. For example many have run a persistent campaign directed against Jeremy Corbyn starting when he became leader of the Labour party. This hatchet job consists of most of their statements taking past events out of context and never admitting that, in general, Jeremy Corbyn's fundamental approach has been vindicated by events. We don't say this with any interest in supporting the Labour party but simply from the standpoint of the fair treatment the media should afford our representatives. We would add that the hysteria around anti-semitism in the Labour party has been intentionally aimed directly at Jeremy Corbyn in person by some who left the party as well as MPs from other parties in a scurrilous fashion. There is no evidence of Jeremy Corbyn having anything to do with intentional anti-semitism of any kind. It is even more disturbing that many UK media and some MPs have aligned themselves with Benjamin Netanyehu's campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, again based on false statements. Netanyehu does not like Corbyn because Corbyn has opposed Netanyehu's constant breaking of international law by presiding over an increasingly Apartheid State which has been using settlements to undermine the two state solution and increasingly marginalising the Palestinians. It is shocking that there are many MPs who consider any criticism of this terrible injustice to be equivalent to anti-semitism. This is clearly a gross distortion of any definition of anti-semitism. Fortunately there are enough people of the Jewish faith in the Labour party who know all of these slurs targeting Jeremy Corbyn are not true. No sane person is not shocked by the events of the holocaust but unfortunately, today, one of the techniques of marginalising and censoring anyone is to accuse them of anti-semitism. No matter if the accusation is true or false the slur has in the past tended to stick. But today this term has lost its significance like a devalued currency simply because of its wholesale abuse by those using it as a tool for political manipulation. This of course has always been the intent of Netanyehu.

Given the size of the Labour party the number of anti-semitism cases in terms of its incidence within the membership is insignificant; it is greatly exaggerated for political reasons. This does not detract from the fact that in some specific cases people have become upset, often involving people who are not in fact members of the Labour party; a fact associated with the high profile given to random social media content. Labour have not made enough of the fact that most accusations have been without foundation. The whole affair has been distasteful for the party and efforts have been made not to give a high profile to this affair because of a desire to protect the Jewish community. The motivation for this is that because this issue has been exaggerated to such an extent by certain interests and media that this continuing interference runs the risk of becoming characterised as a 5th column action interfering with the UK's democratic processes on behalf of a foreign state. This would be highly destructive of the Jewish community. Many people have short memories with respect to Netanyehu's position on this issue. He, in fact, has no interest in protecting the community in the United Kingdom, his approach is that if they destroy their own image and undermine their own standing in the UK they can migrate to Israel and bolster the constituency of the Likud party in Israel.

In spite of this unacceptable development we expect, unfortunately, that during this election campaign the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will punctuate their declarations with why Jeremy Corbyn should not be prime minister by, of course, referring to unjustified references to anti-semitism while the Conservatives will continue with their throw away remarks reflecting an ignorance concerning Marxism and socialism and misrepresenting past encounters with Hezbollah and the IRA which were held as part of a process that had the objective of securing peace. These distorted presentation props will, of course, be amplified by the corporate media in headlines to attempt to downgrade the image of Jeremy Corbyn.

However, it would be better if media concerned themselves with reporting the full facts around issues by attempting to err on the side of truth but rejecting such fake news. Unfortunately many corporate media and politicians appear to be hoping to gain popularity by misrepresenting others in an irresponsible fashion. This irresponsible assertive mode, often perceived to be "impressive" or "decisive", is often couched in misrepresentations, in lies, and this unfortunately is often confused with charisma. But under the contentious state of affairs, generated by shabby reporting and irresponsible politicians this country needs people who aim to offer clarity and logic of their propositions based on evidence in order to have any hope in improving the state of affairs of this country. Therefore we should make an effort to listen to what the main political parties have to offer the people of Britain as ways to end and reverse the increasing poverty, the declines in real incomes, the concentrating wealth in the hands of a few and the continued enrichment of the financial sector through quantitative easing. Of late the Conservatives have been voicing their distain for "socialism" since they equate this with give-aways to those who do not want to work. However, quantitative easing represents one of the biggest give-aways by the UK government ever to the very entities whose poor judgement, and in several cases fraudulent dealings, that caused the 2008 crash. Socialism for the rich is just fine but the result has been a failing British economy and it is in addressing this issue that should be a priority for the people of Britain. In reality getting to grips with this is more important that "getting BREXIT done!"

The economic plight of those in the north so-called "working class" that was the result of the run down of manufacturing and several industries that accelerated following the Thatcher governments and the financial crisis of 2008 can be linked to "deregulation" and "globalisation". These facts show that the plight of those who have suffered economically became a significant aspect of their motivation to leave the EU because the leave campaign sought to blame the EU for all the UK's ills. The failures in industrial and manufacturing sectors were a direct result of the inability of governments to introduce economic policies to guide the economy towards a less damaging outcome as a result of lack of planning and an over-emphasis on the "free market" and encouraging "globalisation". Much of this agenda has been driven by the financial sector and shareholder value-based decision-making. In other words our ills that have been blamed on Europe are the direct result of inappropriate policies enacted by our own governments.

To paraphrase Ken Clarke in his exchange with Adam Bolton, we have grown effectively and achieved a high standard of living as a result of being members of the world's highest value free trade organization, the EU, and now we are abandoning this benefit. As Ken Clarke pointed out, no one made the effort to argue the case for Europe and in particular the benefits of membership. We would add that given that leaving will impact the economy negatively, we need to examine what each party has to say with respect to the policy-induced yawning income and wealth disparities and those circumstances facing a large proportion of the population which have been exacerbated by globalisation and quantitative easing.

The position that reflects a lack of intellect and ignorance is that which says. ".... what is happening is inevitable, it is the impact of technology, free market opportunities, economic theory and is the result of their being no alternative!" But to what extent is there being no alternative the result of ignorance or people believing in their own propaganda that prevents them from even contemplating other options? As observed by Mashall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore in their "“The Medium is the Massage”, "… there is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.". This election should not be just about BREXIT because the result is so important to a rational future for this country and, therefore, we hope that, in some small way, we can help contribute to pointing out what is happening.

A common underlying cause of the spreading popular uprisings affecting countries throughout the world is a rise in policy-induced income disparity. This is as true in countries with high per capita GNPs as in middle and low income countries. Today, the levels of wealth and income inequality in developed nations exceeds that in lower income countries.

During the last decade those who previously were content with their income status have become increasingly concerned with the fall in purchasing power of their income which has been caused by rising prices and nominal incomes remaining stable. In some countries this has led to violence and reactions by governments to the deaths of many people.

Unfortunately, our politicians point to such statistics as low unemployment levels and growth figures expressed in nominal currency as signs of a successful economy. However, communities are well aware that the real purchasing power of those employed is declining and nominal growth is canceled out by inflation. Government statistics on inflation underestimate the true figure. The levels of debt which gave rise to the 2008 crisis have now been surpassed leading to a more precarious state of affairs.

The cause of this unacceptable situation has been the threadbare impracticality of the macroeconomic "solution" in the form of quantitative easing (QE) which has flushed extraordinary quantities of money (debt) into the economy. This was introduced to permit banks to consolidate their "balance sheets". However, the banks took direct advantage of this policy to use low interest "cheap money" to buy assets directly to benefit their own shareholders leading to a very large asset bubble. This has included real estate, commodity and precious metal market manipulation and speculation. It has also involved banks assisting corporations to buy back their shares. As a result house prices have grown beyond the means of middle and lower income families in the Unite Kingdom and the stock market is booming while productivity and real incomes have flat lined or even decreased. On the other hand higher income and executive salaries have boomed contributing, overall, to a widening concentrations of wealth and income.

It is more than evident that the people of this country need to call into question the constitutional nature of this emerging crisis because the tendentious negative movement in income distribution is policy-induced. It is part and parcel of government policy. This cannot be allowed to continue in this way just as the climate crisis and failures to address the environmental and ecosystem destruction need to be addressed. It is notable that the Report on Global Sustainable Development published in September noted that when the economy "does well" the indicators for climate stability or improvement "do badly", indeed they go into reverse. Worldwide we also now see that when politicians insist the economy is "successful" an increasing proportion of the population is "marginalised". We have now witnessed this trend in the UK during the last decade.

Our factional party-based governance is poorly equipped to guarantee a sustainable economy and environment for future generations.

The unavoidable conclusion is that macroeconomic management theory and practice is seriously flawed. The global destabilising factor is inappropriate policies. The general macroeconomic management model applied almost worldwide, largely based on increasing financialisation and debt, is failing to help countries prevent falling wealth and income disparity and rather contributes to these. There is a need for macroeconomic policies to encourage more investment in activities that can generate higher real adequate income levels and distribution on a sustained basis. The mistake made in policy-making has been that economists and politicians seldom concentrate on the question of policy traction. Any policy traction requires time to gain momentum but with election cycles involving 5 year operational windows which represent a to 2 to 3 operational years, or extremely short time horizons, then this almost guarantees a failure to secure continuity. Paradoxically the government did impose s policy continuity in the form of its austerity measures which only reduced the contribution of the public sector and salaries. In the case of something like 20,000 police being removed from the force, the government is now promising to fund recruitment to build up numbers again while we suffer under a knife crime crisis. All of this manipulation and disturbance of essential public services is linked to the so-called Aggregate Demand Model of the economy used by Keynesians, Monetarists and Supply Side economists who consider "demand" to be the governor of the economy. However, some 200 years ago, the French economist, Jean Baptiste Say, made the point that production creates its own consumption. His logic contains an essential message that unless people are employed in activities that generate sufficient real income they will lack the purchasing power to sustain what they consider to be an acceptable pattern of existence by being unable to purchase their needs. In terms of conventional macroeconomic policy his message is that without adequate incomes, demand will be depressed. It is this pincer movement created by government policy which has caused QE to fail. Cutting down on public services and stagnating public service salaries while productivity declines and increasing numbers slide into lower real income occupations has pushed the economy into a state of depression. Therefore, today in Britain, an increasing proportion of our population is not earning adequate real incomes and as a result the real economy is contracting and policies, such as they are, have no traction.

One knee-jerk reaction, used as a ruse to gather votes in an election, is to promise a rise in the minimum wages. But such a move is fundamentally flawed because there has not been sufficient investment and productivity gains to justify such rises. As a result, the "easy way out" is for businesses to adjust allocations which can include reducing hours or even laying off labour. As a result the downward drift in real incomes will simply continue.

The bizarre supply side solution is to lower marginal corporate tax rates and the tax rates for the higher paid supporting the naive notion that this will release more money for investment leading to higher productivity and an ability to pay higher wages. In practice, when attempted, this has had short lived impacts with the overall drift back towards an increasing disparity of incomes with corporate ownership benefiting and labour forces enduring a slow decline in real incomes.

The track record of our current macroeconomic policies is that the objectives and the policy instruments used, when applied across the economy result in winners, losers and those who apparently remain in a neutral policy-impact state. The problem is that the winners are a small select group who influence policy through their command over political party funding and media coverage and who continue to benefit handsomely. In the meantime, the numbers of losers is increasing with those so far unaffected, running the risk of becoming losers as their remaining means of sustaining their "standard of living" is increasing debt.

In reviewing the costs and benefits of the European Union, those with a direct experience in dealing with the results of European regulations and law do not all want to leave the EU, although some do. The range of reasons are very large and many have not even been discussed in the media or between our factional political parties. David Cameron's panic to remain in power and to defend the integrity of the Conservative party by attempting to out-Farage, Nigel Farage or UKIP, only resulted in a precipitous decision to run a referendum on the simplistic options of remaining as members or leaving the European Union. The larger questions of the balance of costs and benefits of remaining within the EU were not adequately aired because of the limited capabilities or means of communication of the British political parties, and so the discussion boiled down to sovereignty, costs of being members and immigration. The more pressing and immediate questions concerning the government's presiding over a failing real economy under quantitative easing with some 35% of the electorate facing a declining real income, with many in work resorting to food banks, went by the wayside. These imperative issues have remained largely muffled during the last 3 years while conditions have steadily worsened.

The depressing ongoing menu served up by our political parties supporting the illegal war in Iraq under Blair and the subsequent support for regime changes in Libya and Syria and, even now supporting the horrendous slaughter carried out by a so-called "ally" Saudi Arabia in the Yemen, as being the cause for a major and continuing influx of migrants into Europe, are all sidelined. The guilty parties, our factional political parties and the governments derived from them, do not want to be held accountable for the disasters the voters have reaped from their irresponsible policies. The recent track record of UK governments since Blair's New Labour through Cameron's Great Society are case studies in "stage management" of promises to be abandoned and all with disastrous outcomes; the inevitable results of decisions undertaken by vacuous mind sets.

So, on account of explaining the instability and febrile nature of dialogues at the time of the referendum all "blame" was and continues to be aimed at the EU. Yes the EU has supported the insane military ventures with NATO and he European central Bank has continued to impose quantitative easing in the Eurozone (of which we are not members) but the campaigns around the referendum were misdirected. As a result the British public remained largely ill-informed as to the real cause of the problems facing this country.

At the time of the referendum many existing trading arrangements were in the offing as good examples of workable options open to the UK. Therefore, for many who wished to leave, their understanding was that this would involve transferring to a trading arrangement similar, for example, to the Canadian or Norwegian models as final deals. On the other hand, others suggested parking the UK in EFTA and then negotiating from that position for some final deal. Either way these transitions would incur relatively minor economic impacts.

The demagogic pronouncements of government ministers and Nigel Farage, who is linked to the so-called BREXIT party, is that those looking for a deal, or those wishing to remain, are accusing the voters, who voted to leave, to have been stupid. The retort is often "Yes we did know what we voted for, it was to leave!". What is missing from this type of exchange is the obvious misdirection of who should be considered to be stupid. Stupidity lies squarely with the factional political parties for doing an effective but damaging job in not informing the electorate of all of the "leave" options and then with the government appearing to change the meaning of leaving to being that of leaving without a deal. This is claimed to be the only way "to respect the result of the referendum." However, as a result of the binary referendum questions, those pursuing such a course of action are being dishonest because they have absolutely no idea, from the referendum result, of the proportions who voted to leave with a deal and those who voted to leave without a deal.

Leaving with a deal is clearly preferable to leaving without which will have severe economic consequences. This is because, in addition to the calculated impacts, the recent embarrassing spike in government debt shows a trend that will undermine the government's spending proposals in the Queen's speech, not having a Budget now is in fact very convenient to any accusations of policy failure. The government support for quantitative easing has continued its incessant progress in increasing real income disparity in the UK and the rises and the international market instability created by the USA's current preference of war-by-sanctions will combine to worsen the UK's economic circumstances.

This strange twist in view of all, is the current battle. This is why the government, which created much of this chaos, now faces having to come to terms with the emerging reality that the electorate is beginning to understand what is going on, any apparent stupidity or ignorance is slowly being dispelled and this, in spite of the continuing mantra of the need to "Get BREXIT done!", continues to be accompanied by puerile bluster and intentional displacement activities that have typified this phase of the government's operations.

It has not escaped anyone that much of the creation of BREXIT and much of the delay in coming to a reasonable resolution is more related to internal political party issues than to the constituent priorities. Our political parties are tiny private factions. With a voting age population in the United Kingdom of 51 million our affairs are being controlled by a Conservative party with a membership of around 150,000, a Labour party with around 485,000, the SNP with a membership of around 125,000 and a Liberal Democrat party with a membership of around 115,000. The table below shows these party memberships as a percentage of the voting age population, the British constituency.
Party membership as % of total UK constituency
Lib Dems

The voting system, of course, is controlled by the interests of these tiny private factions as opposed to a system that allows freedom for individual expression of voters to be translated into a responsive representative assembly. The concept of freedom and independence of views is alien to this electoral and governance structure. To become a candidate in an election it is necessary to represent a "party". As a result factions rule. This is unacceptable.

One of the main "justifications" for political parties is that they "set agendas" but most simply filch ideas and proposals from other parties that seem to have public appeal and re-label them as their own. Being so tiny, memberships do not have the intellectual critical mass to analyse and propose solutions to needs that are workable. For example, of late many have complained that the government has not produced a costing and benefits analysis of the scenarios that are likely to exist as a result of the current BREXIT proposal. This, of course, reflects badly on the government party. However, the opposition parties have not come up with their own assessments which is also a bad reflection on the levels of joint competence sustained by this party system that represents, as stated, tiny factions. As a result the government and opposition leave the British public in an uninformed state.

In this light, the attempt by the prime minister to ram through his proposals without scrutiny is irresponsible and cynical. So what is the underlying motivation?

The membership of trades unions in the UK is some 6.3 million people or 12.35% of the voting age population of the UK. In terms of representation they far more significant than any single UK political party.

Trade union members support different political parties while the Labour party has the greatest number of trades union organisations affiliated to it.
Given that the parties themselves have limited analytical capabilities the question arises as to who is influencing political parties to generate their motivation to move in the directions they have chosen. In the case of the Labour party, which is closely affiliated with the trades unions, there is a reasonable degree of transparency because the trades unions do some of the heavy lifting with respect to economic analysis of consequences of alternative policies. Foe example, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has an active research, analysis and publications programme on policies. However, in the case of all the other parties the lobbies that have influence through their funding of party activities and support of corporate media, there is a good deal less transparency. It is therefore important to understand that a party that advocates "leaving without a deal" is proposing a course of action that is to the benefit of its financial backers. The lack of transparency on these questions is a serious drawback to the UK political system since we have tiny factional parties controlling the national agenda on behalf of other tiny factions (in terms of number of constituents) who possess sufficient economic/financial power to sway the political faction (party) to attempt to impose their preferences on the whole UK constituency. So small factions, many of which are business interests or groups funded by groups they support such as "independent" consultancies, think tanks and corporate media, which under the UK system do not have the vote, use the political parties to impose those solutions, of advantage to them, on the majority. Indeed, most constituents are unaware of these machinations.

This clearly would be completely unconstitutional in a participatory political system that upholds the imperative of full transparency. But, as we can see, in spite of High Court rulings, we rely on a system which is not transparent and therefore, from the standpoint of the people of this country, perilously unconstitutional and unrepresentative. The Catch-22 is that, within our twisted system, such matters can often be considered to be a "political matter" as opposed to "constitutional issues" subject to law. In this way no good can come from this party system since this is the way these factions can maintain their degrees of freedom to abuse their power.

In the meantime the people of this country continue to endure this outrage without the constitutional means to rebel against it.

All political parties are failing to shape social and economic policies that respond to the gaps and needs facing the British constituency. This is a peculiar state of affairs, given that most of the ills facing the people of this country are a direct result of policy-induced mistakes.

The declining performance of the economy is a reason why many people are becoming concerned with the cost of living and experiencing a level of uncertainty not seen since the days of stagflation in the 1970s and 1980s. The policy of quantitative easing (QE) introduced following the financial crisis in 2008 has proven to be a failure. This was introduced in spite of the Bank of Japan having tried this since 1999 and concluding fairly early on in its operation that was ineffective and continues to this day to be ineffective. On the other hand it was found to bolster the income and wealth of Japanese bank executives and shareholders. With this precedent established by the third largest economy in the world it is necessary to ask why was that the UK government followed the "advice" of banking lobbies and their representatives in the form of "independent" central banks (who non-the-less are run by the same lobby) to introduce QE in the United Kingdom as a "solution". Clearly it was to benefit bank shareholders. Mervyn King, while coming to the end of his term as Governor of the Bank of England, observed that QE "seemed" to be benefiting the UK banks rather than the rest of the UK economy.

This grandiose experimentation with the economic wellbeing of the people of Britain has continued for almost a decade benefiting the banks. No political party has focused attention on this enduring outrage to the level of significance it deserves to demand the needed change in economic policy. The UK governments since 2008 have never justified this careless experimentation with the lives of UK constituents. One reason is that our political parties, being such tiny private factions, completely lack the intellectual critical mass to have any likelihood of coming up with alternative economic policy options to establish more practical and beneficial policies. The over-bearing power of the banking lobby and corporate press continue to voice support for the current basis for macroeconomic management because it benefits their "bottom line" while marginalising an increasing proportion of the UK constituency.

When politicians in power maintain a state of affairs that sustains a strong bias in factor of the economic and financial interests of those who run a specific economic sector and the people employed in that sector, cannot claim to be unifying or a to be acting in "the interests of the nation." One of the key phrases deployed by apologists for this outrage is that it is important to generate "prosperity" in order to pay for public services and, of course, police and the National Health Service. The other common statement is that the exorbitantly paid executives, company owners and the financial sector needs to be handled with kid gloves because "they are the job creators" when the evidence with globalisation and modes of corporate operational strategies have resulted in a lack of investment and declining real incomes of those employed.

This type of waffle is sustained by the corporate press in what is no more than a propaganda campaign to convince the public that this stripping away of wellbeing of the constituency is in their interests because there is no alternative. As long as our political parties continue to ignore this stark reality they undermine any justification for their existence.

One of the notable statements by Jeremy Corbyn concerning the Queen's Speech was his reference to constituents who are not registered to vote and the need to allow registration without imposing conditions that would make this difficult.

The process of emancipation is the removal of constraints on people through the provision of social, economic and political participation on a basis of equality. Karl Marx referred to political emancipation the essay, "On the Jewish Question" (1884) considering this to be an equal status of individual citizens in relation to the state, equality before the law, regardless of religion, property, or other private characteristics of individual people.

The only approach to economics that involves a consideration of the democratic structures necessary for participatory forms of public choice is constitutional economics. However, James Buchanan, the pioneer of constitutional economics pointed out that those controlling the process of participatory formulations of public choice involve mainly those who work through political parties who have distinct interests. This complicates the process because political parties are tiny private organizations with memberships, each less that 1% of the voting age population. British political parties are therefore small factions. However, the first-past-the-post electoral system enables these unrepresentative segments to lever themselves into a position of gaining control of the national decision-making process and the management of the economy. Because the electoral process only allows members of "parties" to stand in elections the only options made available come from these small factions. Dog whistle politics, that is voicing support for a long list of minority group interests is the way these factions gather voter support. What is often not noticed is that, as a result, party manifestos usually contain mutually contradictory policy proposals. The outcome is that the large number of dog whistle topics results in parties exaggerating their ability to deliver on these in government. As a result increasing numbers feel that their vote does not count. The voting age population is around 51 million and something like 15-17 million people do not bother to vote. Another 2-3 million voting age constituents are not registered to vote. There are, therefore, two issues here.

From scene in "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam et al."
That of building a public choice environment where people actually want to be involved and vote, on the one hand, and facilitating and encouraging others to register to vote, on the other.

Indeed, the visceral nature of party politics is often a demonstration of an attempt to sell notions of freedom and justice while attempting to marginalise those who are unlikely to vote for them. Extreme marginalisation does not always result in a proactive attempt to achieve this result but the drift in economic policies in the United Kingdom under Quantitative Easing (QE) has seen the marginalisation of a significant proportion of the population. In essence the last decade has witnessed something like 35% of the population undergoing economic deprivation and only sustaining their "standard of living" by resorting to debt and in more extreme cases to the use of food banks. David Cameron's notions of a "Big Society" would have some merit if real incomes had risen and income equality improved. However, these warm humanitarian notions were destroyed by the reality of economic policies which have specifically favoured the finance, real estate and insurance sectors raising the profile of the so-called "1%". At the extreme we have seen international humanitarian interventions that were no more than grotesque military ventures causing widespread destruction and the deaths of innocent people. Within the paneled walls of Westminster such "collateral damage" is a natural cost of war. On the domestic and foreign affairs fronts we therefore have a widespread collateral damage which has been allowed to happen because of the ineffectiveness of our political system and the political parties who dominate it, to serve the people in a way that reflects some notions of an emancipated nation.

Frustration is the mood of the moment where most in the Westminster bubble accuse others of tying them down. But this continuing saga approximates the image of Lilliput as the opening of parliament proceeded with pomp and ceremony on behalf of a government that commands no majority. The justification for a government gaining its role as the government is based on the size of their majority in parliament. Such pomp and ceremony, for a government with no effective mandate to announce it's manifesto content is an affront to the electorate.

In democratic and logical terms this makes no sense but is justified on the basis of a general distrust of the opposition of the intent of the government to attempt a no deal exit from the EU. There have been some absurd displacement arguments that see the UK government in contention with the EU. But this contention has arisen from the government agreeing to establish the procedural arrangements of withdrawal before establishing the nature of the trading agreement. So 3 years have passed without anyone knowing where the UK is going. This is a demonstration of an extremely amateur, seat-of-pants partisan irresponsibility. The constituencies have been ignored and the government has not produced sector level decision analysis briefs on the costs and benefits including employment impacts of different trade agreements. Frankly, the same can be said of the European Commission where a lack of alternative scenarios is missing from the discussion as a result of the fixation of the European Commission with maintaining its grip on managing legislative proposals as well as maintaining the application of current rules and regulations of the EU.

It is not clear what the working relationship between the government and civil service is but it is more than apparent that there has been an ineffective use made of the considerable analytical resources available to the government to be tasked with providing the people of this country with a clear picture of trading options.
Not voting
Voting to leave
Voting to remain
Source: Electoral Commission

Finally, this wading through the Westminster swamp of indecision and confusion it the result of people misreading the EU referendum results. Over 17,800,000 people did not vote and around 17,400,,000 voted to leave, most assuming a trade deal would be made. The remaining 16.100,000 voted to remain. This is not as decisive as the contending sides claim and arising from that there has been a lack of objectivity in pursuing a more participatory approach with other parties but this was resisted by the government, most of the time. The first-past-the post election system, another Lilliputian characteristic of British politics created a May government that resorted to paying off the DUP in order to survive. Cash diplomacy is almost always destructive and seldom reflects the view of the people. The party system has done a good job in highlighting its inherent weaknesses in being able to represent the people of this country.

In conclusion, the result has been a demonstration of how the party system and first past the post end up tying the people down.

It has not escaped the electorate that all political parties have lately ramped up their policy commitments and other promises of actions to turn our future into a sort of never-before-seen paradise of endless opportunities for aspirational people. On the other hand the corporate media and some politicians assert that the "people are fed up and want BREXIT done!", so this needs to be sorted out before comparing political party agendas for our future.

But we face an absurd state of affairs where the European Commission's insistence and the May government's acceptance of agreeing the withdrawal terms before establishing the nature of the trading relationship has served to complicate just about everything. Usually, by identifying a mutually desirable trading arrangement first, it is then easier to agreed on terms of separation because each side has a clearer appreciation of the future mutual costs and benefits and cash flows.

As a result, the voting public in the UK and in the EU remain confused as this extraordinary level of administrative incompetence being paraded in front of them by the Commission and the UK government. A major mistake has been for the Council of Europe to permit the Commission to handle negotiations. This is a natural default position by EU member states since all EU legislation is initiated by the Commission. Because of this the Commission has become a command-and-control setup. However, in the case of BREXIT the interests of different member states vary considerably between those whose nationals benefit from direct employment in the UK to those whose manufacturing, agricultural and service companies in both the UK and EU member states are involved in mutually beneficial transactions. The specific quantitative economic trade-offs for the different combinations of these classes of interest in a future trading relationship signifies that they should all be involved in contributing to the information flow to guide negotiations. Unfortunately, the UK government has not shown any practical inclination towards this short of rational participatory review and the Commission has naturally resisted this so as not to diminish its status and the initiator and guardian of the implementation of EU laws and regulations, backed up by the European Court.

On balance the smaller EU member states from northern Baltic region and central and southern region support the Commission's approach because on balance they benefit economically from the EU budget. However, many other countries enjoy significant benefits from trade with the UK and therefore the final trading arrangement with the UK is of importance to them. What has been lacking in this whole process has been the early commissioning of an independent study on the trade-offs, for all concerned, associated with the several existing trade arrangement options. We have, after all, had 3 years within which such an effort could have been undertaken with ease and yet no political party or the government has attempted to undertake this essential baseline review upon which to base their decision analysis. In order to negotiate effectively such a study should not be based on British interests alone but, in the spirit of the much vaunted mutual advantaged of free trade, should have involve inputs from interested parties in Europe. This is what the European Commission has resisted in the name of "solidarity and unanimity". On the other hand, the only means of demonstrating effective leadership on this specific issue the British government and the political parties need to terminate their self-centred, introvert, slightly absurd spasms of self-congratulatory enthusiasm and amateur dramatics that maintain an image of incompetence and muddling through. If such a responsible step was taken there would be a need for an extension and a pan-European workshop to establish the foundation of a trading relationship that takes into account the interests of communities, economic sectors across the EU and UK. This could take time but it could move use away from the current levels of uncertainty that affect communities, business and investment. A more open consideration can, through the transparent exposure of options, dismiss the unknown and the slightly absurd levels of secrecy that have dogged government dealings. We are, after all, aiming for mutual benefit and this can never be identified on the basis of mutual distrust.

Having committed our country to some 45 years of integration with the EU, the Conservative government needs to slow down and re-order the sequence of analysis to first of all identify a trading strategy that is clearly one that represents the mutual interests of our main trading partners in Europe as well as those with whom we share communities, work in the UK and the EU. Once this is established, the identification of a mutually agreeable mechanism for leaving would be greatly facilitated. A logical conclusion of intelligent decision analysis should be a trading arrangement that is almost seamless in achieving an independent sovereign status for the country over political decisions and legislation. The minimisation of impacts in the transition from EU membership to independence resulting from a sound trading arrangement would go a long way towards satisfying a large proportion of remainers as well as most leavers.

The minority government of the Conservatives who constantly stress that they are a "one nation party", need to demonstrate their commitment to this principle by taking steps to unify the country. This same government and party claim to be "pro-business" but the current track record demonstrates a particular propensity for actions that could damage the real economy and boost the prospects of a range of financial intermediaries and banks who are Conservative party supporters who are in a position to "speculate" with little risk on the condition of the pound. Leaving without a deal could mean an overnight gain of £ multi-billions to this group. Quantitative easing (QE) has been feeding banks for a decade with cheap money and they have used this to channel funds into assets such as real estate and helping large corporations buy back shared to boost executive bonuses. This has contributed to an exacerbation in the disparity of incomes, the numbers unable to purchase homes and real wages in the UK. The fact that more people are employed now is a direct function of a larger population now and the state of employment for the lower 35th percentile is precarious as foodbanks grow in number to support people in work. In spite of Melvyn King, the ex-Governor of the Bank of England, stating that QE had benefited the banks disproportionately, the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition and subsequent Conservative governments have done nothing to stem this flow of funds from the real economy to the benefit of shareholders in financial, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sectors. Cut backs of public services and the erosion in worker incomes has continued as a direct result of a selective macroeconomic policy of the British government. The rabble-rousing nature of the EU referendum campaign was able to divert attention from this fact and managed to assign the blame of our self-imposed economic woes, to the European Union. This never did have any foundation. It is true that The European Central Bank has pursued an aggressive and dangerous form of QE in the Eurozone but the UK is not part of that system. The current precarious state of affairs can only benefit those who caused the 2008 financial crisis and who have been handsomely rewarded ever since. The problem with all of this is that much of the antagonism and frustration has nothing to do with the EU but at its root are the difficulties many constituents face as a result of increasingly uncertain conditions that have arisen from incompetent macroeconomic policies pursued by the governments during the last decade. It is not an exaggeration to consider UK governance during the last decade has undermined the past UK trend towards a classless society more at ease with itself and has succeeded in substituting this beneficial trend by contributing to the conditions that have imposed growing income differentials and a re-emergence of the class divisions of the past. Getting BREXIT done to clear the decks for a fantastic future, for some, on the current basis is an abandonment of the wellbeing of the UK constituency.

Footnote: According to experienced information technology practitioners the lack of action on the borderless option using advanced IT is inexplicable. Three years would have been ample time implement and test low cost prototypes to demonstrate functionality by involving producers, veterinary personnel, logistics companies, customs authorities and the public. But nothing of this sort was even attempted. This suggests a lack of serious effort to explore the most feasible options to the backstop.

The 2019 Conservative party Conference has started out in a down to business approach emphasising the importance of "getting BREXIT done!". It is early days yet.

The vote by parliament not to permit a few days recess for the conference took place in the acrimonious atmosphere when parliament resumed its session after the High Court ruling. However, this did not reflect well on the opposition. But time had been lost with the government proroguiung of parliament.

In summary the Conservative position appears to be to bum rush the UK out of the EU so as to clear the decks for the party to introduce amazing policies that paint a glorious future for the United Kingdom. As with the other parties we have seen this type of sunshine projections before on the part of all political parties but in reality delivery of promises remains a serious problem with all British political parties.

In any political party conference, sweeping statements of intent to enthuse the participants are understandable but it is the delivery details that matter to voters.

In an on-stage discussion group made up of Jake Berry (Northern Power House), Esther McVey (Housing) and Nadir Zahawi (Business, energy & industrial strategy) there was a good discussion explaining objectives, all of which made sense. One detail added by Zahawi was the case of a "local" industrial fair in China in a province with around 70 million people and in a "small town", the size of London. Apparently the City of Derby has a stand there but the scale of the potential could be sensed in that simple statement. McVey explained the use of off-site industrial production of what used to be called "pre-fabricated" housing components to lower costs and raise quality of homes. Berry provided a clear practical picture of an increased devolution based on elected mayor gaining larger budgets to support local economies.

Matt Hancock (Health) has stated future funding in the NHS will avoid the notorious higher interest funding associated with PPP and Gavin Wiliamson (Education) has promised to extend technical and vocational education. All of these objectives are sound. However, the electorate in the UK is not only becoming tired about the BREXIT exchanges they have become very cynical about the ability of British all political parties to step how from their headline statements and deliver their promises. The track record is not good.

During the last weeks we have been conducting an audit on British political party promises and their delivery in government; no party comes off well. Unfortunately the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem party conferences remind us of the stark contrast between what these organizations have promised and have delivered in practice. All political parties in Britain have a very bad track record on delivery, of what, in detail, are attractive propositions; the issue is feasibility. Although they all state they act in the national interests they seldom demonstrate any capacity to collaborate on the formulation of national policies on a collaborative basis.

The political parties, persistently criticise the other parties in a contentious and pernicious fashion forgetting that they are addressing members of their own nation in an attempt to embarrass them in front of the electorate. No matter what people claim to be the cut and thrust of politics this approach to convincing the public of their relevance and of their ability to address needs is distorted by shabby, aggressive and insulting behaviour over rational explanations of the practical solutions to needs. Very evident during this 2019 conference has been the Conservative obsession, a virtually paranoid fixation, with a single person, Jeremy Corbyn. This has lowered the tone of just about every statement made by repetitive asides consisting of a series of negative attributes assigned to Jeremy Corbyn which are obviously a complete fabrication. These range from his purported support of the IRA and other groups, to being anti-semitic. Anyone who takes the time to research Corbyn's activities and political trajectory can see that this type of rhetoric is feeding misrepresentations into the public discourse and it is completley unfair. It is also levered by the corporate media to spread such disinformation. This does not strengthen position of the Conservative party it only reflects very badly on their approach uncovering a certain lack of their own conviction in the strength of their own arguments, a form of weakness and small mindeness. This is not what one would consider to be the qualities people would equate with a desirable nature of national leadership.

Recently there has been too much overt manipulation and misrepresentation giving sight to the visceral underbelly of politics. It is not a system reflecting upon and selecting rational public choices but rather is a battle between isolated factional interests which have little relationship to any common purpose that might be considered to be in the national interest.

It needs to be remembered that political parties are tiny private organizations that have a tiny faction as members. These same organizations, though our bizarre first-past-the-post electoral system can lever themselves from a state of complete insignificance with memberships of less than 1% of the population, into a position of absolute dominance over parliamentary decision-making by securing less than 30% of the vote. As a result, the people of Britain have no representative forum upon which to base decisions that are transparently related to the national interest.

Although the Conservatives state their commitment to the National Health Service, they were, before its establishment (see Conservative poster on the right), the main opponents and ever since have been more aligned with the privatisation thrust buoyed up and promoted by the goods, services and financial service sectors. The biggest challenge remains how to fund all of the array of promises being made by the Conservatives, Labour and Lid Dems.

Conservatives and Labour put much faith in the PPP schemes that were funded by inappropriate financial agreements which have resulted in many Trusts going bust. Part of the thinking is that this was intentional so as to blame the government supported NHS for bad management and to therefore justify privatisation. Private insurance and loan-based schemes have only lead to most of those involved raising their prices such as pharmaceuticals and services, excessive management salaries and levels of management in the case of the NHS, and in education the ramping up of fees and academic salaries in the case of universities.

The Conservatives following the period of Thatcher attempted to remove red tape by switching to "light touch" regulation in the financial sector and reduced the separation of retail and investment banking which led directly to the 2008 financial crisis, largely precipitated through a considerable amount of illegal activity occurring under light touch regulations.

Considerable sections of British industry are owned by large financial conglomerates who promote the buy back of their own shares to generate income for top executives while real incomes and investment in productivity-enhancing actions have declined. The annual focus on "shareholder value" has overtaken a need for lower profit-taking and emphasising medium to long term investment for survival. On this basis the stock exchange is booming but the economy is not doing as well as stated. That more are now employed than ever before is a function of a bigger population and a significant decline in real wages.

The policy of quantitative easing has provided an incentive for banks to ignore their responsibilities is supporting the macroeconomic policy target of supporting investment in SME, industry and services by taking advantage of the cheap money to invest in assets to gain high returns for their own shareholders. Assets have included housing, commodities, precious metals and objects of art. This has exacerbated the lack of lower cost housing, a steep rise in purchase prices and a significant rise in rents. As a result most young people have no possibility of purchasing their home. So the political party promises concerning more efficient house construction and higher quality does not resolve the continuing damage caused by the continued separation of retail and investment banking that has exacerbated the housing issue.

Melvyn King, the former Governor of the Bank of England observed that quantiative easing seemed to have benefited a small group in the financial and banking sector; this is self-evident but the government has taken no steps to curb this cause of increasing income inequality in the UK.

The reality is that much of the time political parties are struggling to justify "new and exciting initiatives" which are needed to solve serious problems created by the policies introduced by the same or other parties. Many crises facing the country have been policy-induced as a result of poor planning and the tendency of political parties to experiment with new economic policies that have poor practical and beneficial traction.

The new Boris......

A vote on an issue as important as leaving the EU after over 40 years of integration of administrative systems, procedures and supply chains as well as work and family relations should clearly have required a minimum proportion of the voting age population to participate. Then the decision to determine a specific decision should have required a minimum majority. As it was just 65% of the voting age population of 51.4 million, ended up participating. The result was that just 17.4 million voted to leave the EU. As a result, the government has been attempting to have the decision of just 34% of the voting age population prevail over the remaining majority of 66% of the voting age population. Whereas this is not a majority by any means, it does mean that it has become an imperative to consider the position of the remaining 66%.

Many constituents have become disillusioned with the first-past-the-post electoral system in the UK because it devalues the individual vote to the benefit of providing the winning party with an disproportionate and therefore unrepresentative majority in parliament. These are valid reasons for not voting. A referendum is a different non-party affair but the lack of faith in the value of a vote has become pervasive. It is therefore not acceptable to simply state that those who did not vote do not count. Indeed, it is surprising that so many do in fact vote in what appears to be a eccentric parlour game with the name "general election". However, given this reality, the government, currently with no majority, and elected on the basis if first-past-the-post, needs to secure, as a minimum condition, a departure with an agreement for a trade arrangement so as to minimise negative impacts overall.

On the return of MPs to parliament the complex topic of the contextual significance and practical implications of words used in exchanges has been generally recognised to be important in preventing further social divisions. The approach adopted by the prime minister is broadly dismissive and invariably supercilious which confirms on a repetitive basis, the profile of someone who is unable to engage with others by investing in a serious consideration and reflection of statements made and questions asked of him. However, many assertions by MPs, from all factions, do not always contribute to serious discussion but are just point scoring.

Most of the UK constituency does not spend their breakfast period reading the details of exchanges in Hansard. They rely on a range of newspapers, TV or social media to obtain "news". All of these media thrive on impactful headlines. As a result, the context of what is stated in parliament is lost and given the strength of emotions in parliament they often transmit misleading and wrong, often very damaging messages to the constituents of this country. This can lead to some instances of people taking matters into their own hands to the degree of inflicting physical harm or even killing someone perceived to hold the "wrong" point of view. On balance, this was the point being made by several MPs when they raised the name of Jo Cox and her murder as an example of what can happen when MPs do not moderate their language. But in his established form, the prime minister did not pay enough attention to perceive the underlying message and therefore responded in an unsound manner. His retort of, "Humbug" was totally inappropriate and is highly regrettable. This has brought the level of exchanges in parliament down to a very low level.

Unfortunately, neither the corporate media or government behaviour reflect any "values" that would be bolstered through practical demonstrations of effort to apply a minimum level of due diligence in seeking out a balanced presentation of the facts.

Suffering from time restrictions and lack of information on "negotiations" parliament continues to be unable to exercise its function to oversee and contribute to work of government....

The last three years have provided a case study in examples of constitutional abuse by a political party. This arises from excesses in discretionary decision-making, and this, in the hands of political parties, tends to occur under any government. The main cover given to this abuse is that it is considered to be part and parcel of "politics". But this means unfair and unethical decision-making has become directly linked to political party modus operandi. Because all parties see advantage in this while in government, no serious effort is made to curtail the provisions that encourage this unfortunate behaviour.

Electoral reform involving proportional representation does not remove the absurd degree to which the constitution services political parties that are no more than small private factional organizations that, through our first-past-the-post electoral system can gain control of government. This tiny faction can from that point on marginalize the other parties, parliament and the majority of the UK constituency who end up with no effective representation.

At this time the country needs a leadership that can bring together all sides through a reflective participatory process. Ideas and proposals need to be aired and reviewed in an open fashion. The previous prime minister failed to do this and the current one is doing the same. The justification for such secrecy, repeated by several ministers, is that one cannot expose one's hand when negotiating. This might apply to poker players but not to a the future wellbeing of the constituencies in the UK and EU and the citizens of each grouping living the other's domain; constituents can guide any such processes towards mutually satisfactory and viable solutions.

In spite of the High Court ruling, this government's behaviour on this question of parliamentary oversight, has brought into focus how the current levels of secrecy have in effect continued to deny parliament access to relevant information upon which to have oversight of government actions. This is pointing to a need for the introduction of procedures to make international negotiations on topics, outside national security, more open and transparent. This could be another justification for a change in the law, even another High Court case.

It is more than apparent that the abuse of discretion exercised in the excessive prorogation is being repeated in a parallel abuse of discretion using secrecy as the tactic. The EU Commission was heavily criticised for the secrecy surrounding its former negotiations with the Trans Atlantic deal with the USA. One of the arguments for leaving the EU is to improve transparency in political decision-making. However, the very party that speaks of sovereignty and freedom continues to impose an information blackout and stonewalling tactics to deny any effective parliamentary oversight. This is so self-evident that it is notable that opposition MPs have not made more of this - see the box on the left. The government might end up with a final agreement on trade with the EU but the damage to "parliamentary democracy" and the social cost emanating from poor democratic practice, reflecting poor leadership and the increasing risk of mounting collateral damage in the form of physical abuse and even deaths of citizens, has already passed beyond acceptable limits.

Was the Prime Minister's advice to the Queen unlawful? The High Court has ruled that it was.

In the shoot out in the High Court the bullets took some time to find their marks but we consider the result to have been predictable. What was less expected was for this to be a unanimous decision of 11 judges. This result was a triumph for the rule of law, the High Court and the constitution. The government's advice that the High Court should not venture into this minefield, fell of deaf ears. The outcome has been a significant rise in the constituency's appreciation of the role and significance of the High Court.

The High Court decision on the legality of the government's decision to prorogue parliament has had a salutary effect which has ramifications for a reassessment of the role of the law in relation to the many discretionary powers that exist for organizational decision-making and which in many cases are abused. The "power" to prorogue parliament was a decision commonly considered to be taken at the discretion of the government. However an abuse of this power has been shown to be subject to the law and, indeed, effectively reversed.

This is a complex topic because few realise the degree to which discretionary powers create a disequilibrium in the effect of existing laws on decisions taken by executives in corporations and civil servants in government services and those providing services including private companies on behalf of the government. It is a waste of time solving this issue at the level of government and parliament when the result of this legislature in terms of laws and regulations are subject, in their observance, to abuses of discretion. The constant disasters affecting people's human rights arising at the Home Office can be boiled down to the lack of coherence between the law and the many different levels of discretionary decision-making involving the lower ranks in organizations. The implications represent a hornet's nest but it would seem to be well worth tackling this issue because of the widespread prejudice emanating from "discretionary powers".

The financial crisis in 2008 was the result of widespread abuse of discretionary decision-making by financial intermediaries and banks that ventured into law-breaking and unethical behaviour. It would seem that given the High Court's decision in this case could herald a more practical and transparent approach to the breaking of the law of such institutions by imposing remedies that terminate such practice as opposed to absurdly nominal fines that simple degenerate into "a normal cost of doing business". The High Court has effectively terminated the ability of governments to prejudice representation of parliament by preventing oversight of government procedures and decisions that are an unreasonable exercise of discretion. This has imposed necessary due diligence procedures on government and it is fitting that similar transparent due diligence procedures be imposed on those organizations who have dealings that affect the wellbeing of members of the UK constituency.

We will return to this topic.

Unfortunately the vote to support Jeremy Corbyn's position of whether the Labour party should campaign for leave or remain appears to have disgruntled some delegates because the vote was so close. Although we consider Jeremy Corbyn's position is the most rational it seems that many feel that this vote should have been a "card" vote where all votes would have been counted.

The vote supporting the abolition of private schools is highly contentious but the model of private schools and many "Academies" as ways to make owners rich while standards decline has jaded the opinion of many. Certainly those wishing to pay additional amounts to help their children obtain a better education is a natural human instinct but there is no reason why these schools should receive government subsidies.

The comprehensive education was expanded in 1965 to replace the 11+ system where the majority of children went on to modern schools and a lower level curriculum than grammar schools. However, at the time it was clear that not enough funding had been provided to training to attract competent people into teaching or enough to augment supply budgets. On the other hand private schools continued to receive subsidy through charitable status and other forms of grants.

John McDonnell has stated the Labour manifesto will be fully costed. An important question is whether or not the actual budgetary requirements to revolutionise the state educational system are fully understood in terms of quality teacher training and upgrading and the per pupil cash requirements to cover all that is needed to make a difference to performance. There is a need to avoid the common practice of having teachers subsidise their class needs from their salaries; an increasingly common feature and common practice in the public education sector in the USA.

The biggest danger is that the current approach adopted by Labour will make education a political football just like the NHS leading to constant rounds of instability and disruption as governments change. Any changes need to be mess-proof and this, without adequate funding, is virtually impossible. Just as people are becoming aware of the significance of climate change to children it is self-evident that changes to their education need to have good results within a reasonably short period. In a period when there is a broader acknowledgement of the responsibility of the older generation to prepare children to inherit a stable and sustainable future, this is a tall order.

Many journalists, TV and other media commentators and interviewers are having a serious problem adjusting to reality. Any sensible party wishing to support the breadth of representation needed to provide due consideration for the electorate as well as acknowledge of the result of the EU referendum had to support Jeremy Corbyn's position on BREXIT. His victory reflects well on the party. However, too many media personnel have not understood the reality and have become antagonistic and have attempted to embarrass Labour spokes people. The media pundits are demanding a single position for the Labour party as "remain" or "leave". However, as we have explained in several sections below, the balance of the referendum vote was evenly balanced between around 33% not voting (not registering an opinion), 33% voting to leave and 33% voting to remain. So this is not a binary position and there is no "fence" as an imaginary object that they accuse Corbyn of perching on.
Not voting
Voting to leave
Voting to remain
Source: Electoral Commission
It needs to be understood that more people did not vote than voted to leave. This is a reflection of:
  • The poor preparation for the referendum in terms of the explanation of the options on the leave side
  • The malaise or cynicism that considered votes to count for nothing
  • It is likely to have been the result of many did not expecting the vote to go in the direction it did
Therefore a rational party, first of all, will encourage people to register to vote as well as vote and, at the same time, work to provide the electorate with more detailed information on the real options so as to provide an evidence-based choice. Depending on the efforts put into the election, the massive number of voting age people who did not vote could easily alter the balance either way. However, the final expression of preferences would be based on a better access to information on the options. Therefore this approach reflects a far more responsible due consideration of the needs of voters to be informed and of the importance of the vote to the future of the nation.

It is true that British political parties do not have any track record of operating in such a comprehensive fashion. Confrontation and single contrasting positions have always faced the electorate with a list of often incompatible binary choices. It is encouraging to see at least one party that is attempting to break down national divisions by unifying the country by being more in tune with the many and not the few.

Our initial guestimates on a voting scenario resulting from an ambitious redistribution of 50% of the non-voters to voting status and the known original voter intentions is something like this: 15,000,000-16,000,000 supporting leaving with a trade arrangement with EU that minimises economic and social impacts, 14,000,000 remainers and 12,500,000 leaving without a deal, leaving 8,500,000 not voting. The battleground will be between good deals and remainers so the shaping of the deal to possess protections enjoyed as membership of the EU will require some effort but this is more in line with the Labour party indicative objectives which the Conservative party under Theresa May would not accept. This creates a serious potential problem for the Conservatives in coming up with a deal that matches in terms of minimised economic and social impacts. If Labour manage this carefully they could win the next election with Conservatives and Brexit party coming third and fourth behind the Liberal Democrats.

John McDonnell, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, delivered his conference speech which was interesting and in some parts rousing but it remained thin on explanations of the economic feasibility. It lasted just 30 minutes so there was not much space for detail. However, in all such cases, rather than throw up our hands in horror it is as well to remember that change comes about gradually so what he has been setting out are objectives. The issue is the time scales involved. It is only when these are established that one can assess the economic feasibility. Therefore rather than talk, as some media are doing, of fantasy projects, it is better to reflect on priorities and then scheduling.

Clearly everything he has mentioned including lowering the hours in the working week without reducing pay, eliminating in-work poverty and zero hour contracts to transform the situation from "living to work to working to live" will be costed. Labour did a better job than other parties in costing their manifesto pledges in the last election, so Labour needs to repeat this exercise in this case. A spoiler is, of course, the likely impacts of trade arrangements with Europe or remaining. But we refer to this topic in leaders below.

He referred to the role of development banks and an increased role for the Cooperative movement. The latter is something the Labour party has tended to underplay in the past. This is a paradox given that Labour has a contingent of Cooperative MPs. Mutuals and cooperatives are likely to be important corporate structures in future economies. This is because of the increasing awareness of the negative impacts of "quantitative easing" and "financialization" and emphasis on "shareholder value". The mortgage markets have demonstrated conclusively that mutual building societies are far more cost-effective than banks whose need to carry shareholders increases their costs by around 15%-20% in the delivery of services. Indeed, contrary to the untested narrative, mutuals and cooperatives provide a far greater potential for increased of productivity for the economy and a basis for providing employees with a higher share in corporate income without impacting prices and economic growth. They need help to get going and this is where the development banks could have a vital role.

Green technology productivity

McDonnell then referred to the development of technologies for a Green future as being a priority; this dovetails into investment through mutuals involving specialised trained personnel. An involvement of trades unions in the training of people could become an important foundation. One of the paradoxes which needs to be clarified is the role of trades unions in mutuals where a role is not altogether obvious, or at least, it is likely to take a different form.

The Labour party, whether intentional or as a result of slip-ups, has turned what many media predicted would be chaos into an impressive forum enabling the expression of across-the-spectrum points of view through a direct participation of attendees so as to move towards cohesion. There is therefore an absence of obvious "stage management", a characteristic of many party conferences, and this level of transparency arising from this free flow of opposing ideas is to be welcomed. This strengthens the final position, it is also a practical demonstration of participatory decision-making, albeit only involving Labour party members. The arguments in favour of Jeremy Corbyn's apparent position of not defining a binary fixed position is reflective of the majority of the voting age population given that the split between no vote, vote to remain and vote to leave was about even or 33:33:33. For those wishing to leave, the opportunity to see what the cost-benefit of a "deal" is, is a plainly a logical constitutional provision, just as the opportunity cost-benefit of remaining should also be made clear to remainers.

Corbyn's position is helping Labour become the only party attempting to balance the interests of the majority in assessing where they should stand unlike the Conservatives, Brexit party and the Liberal Democrats each of whom have taken up a binary single position which does not reflect the position of the other 66% of the voting age population. Those in the shadow cabinet who are advocating supporting remain need to balance this against the likely quality of any trade agreement. In the end it is this issue which will define the true cost of remaining and or leaving the European Union.

However, in preparation of their manifesto and costed policy presentation Labour could gain a significant advantage if they seriously dedicated a focused effort into preparing the quantitative analyses of their own trade agreement preferences and compare these with remaining in the EU. If this is based on objective analyses this would create an unparalleled information resource and platform for decision-making for the UK voters.

Our awareness of "dark posts" and selective manipulation of social media involving Facebook, Google, Twitter and the spawning numbers of "election analytica" political consultancies tells us that this is already switching into over-drive. We can also, of course, expect the UK media's continuing irrational onslaughts and abuse leveled at the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn, by the UK's corporate "free press" and including the BBC. Labour can only defeat false narratives by promoting transparency and objectivity; this is an imperative.

CybaCity.com will remain a medium that supports balanced reporting.

The UK media have followed an unfortunate example of the US media in focusing on any differences in opinions of members of political parties and blowing them out of context. Rather than make a mountain out of a molehill it is preferable, in the case of the Labour party, to wait and listen to the presentations and debates which will shape a party "position". So the false narrative of people's personal opinions being an attempt to unseat Jeremy Corbyn is somewhat ridiculous. There is a growing tendency for media to cite "unidentified sources" in an attempt to raise doubts as to Corbyn's ability to continue as leader; this sort of baseless banter illucidates nothing. The fact that someone who was an aid has resigned means nothing in itself unless the media speculates, as it will.

Once the Labour party define their policies this week, a manifesto will be issued and Corbyn, who is an effective campaigner, will, as usual, support that approach. On the question of supporting a specific leave deal or supporting remaining remains an open question. The transparent and participatory approach is to let the people decide in another vote based on the evidence of the relative benefits of what is on offer. So this is not really a political party issue but needs to be decided on the basis of individual judgement of each constituent on their assessments of the likely impacts of better understood options on their lives.

Dawn Butler MP, the Labour party's Shadow Women's and Equality Secretary kicked off the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, with an inspiring speech. Given the topic and the general unease and waining interest in politics and the general malaise sensed throughout the country, her delivery was very well executed and well received; there is, at a very early stage in proceedings a growing upbeat mood amongst the delegates.

Butler did refer to an important part of Labour's strategy in preparing for the next election. This is to get people to register to vote. Currently there are around 2,824,622 people who are not registered to vote and something like 17,804,785 who did not vote in the EU referendum. This number exceeds the so-called "majority" who voted to leave. Our own sense is that registrations will occur amongst younger people of voting age leading also to a further expansion in the membership of the party. Last time the growth in membership during the previous election reflected the success of the party in that election and this baramoter is likely to remains a good indicator.

With some positive noises coming from the European Commission as a preliminary response to the government having presented some ideas on possible agreements it appears that the government has shifted its position. The threat of a "no deal" never was a realistic bargaining chip given that the EU wants an agreement.

Even if the parliament votes in favour of anything produced, the general state of affairs is that this will not be something anyone actually voted for in the referendum. As is well known, more people of voting age did not vote (around 33%) in that referendum and a smaller number voted to leave and a slightly smaller number still, voted to remain (roughly 33%/33%/33%). The leave "majority" constituted just 2.47% of the total voting age population. It therefore makes sense for there to be a second national vote on whether or not the agreement represents what people consider to be an improvement on remaining. This is important because given the current global economic circumstances and the government's record on austerity exacerbated by quantitative easing, any deal needs to be scrutinised in relation to its potential impacts on economic performance and the current protections enjoyed by the population. The potential impacts on families need to be weighed up against the achievement of "independence" through any specific agreement.

In this context the Labour party position of favouring a new vote on the negotiated deal makes sense. The Liberal Democrats have defined their stand and, in the end, members of the Labour party will have to assess the quality of the agreement reached in relation to their conditions set out some time ago, to decide what they will support. At least, if the government does achieve an agreement then the Brexit party is likely to become the main casualty.

The prorogation case in front of the High Court has been boiled down to the High Court being asked that because this was a political decision it is a minefield so don't go there, on the one hand, and being asked, on the other hand, to acknowledge that silencing of parliament for 5 weeks, not only prevented legislation on several significant bills but this covered the normal 2-3 week party conference recess which is usually tabled and decided upon by parliament. Given the current situation is it likely that parliament would have only asked for a very short recess to cover the congresses but the executive did not provide this opportunity. Given the preparation for the Queen's speech for MPs boils down to a few hours, the case against the government seems to be well founded.

There is some commentary that the new Liberal Democrat's leader Jo Swinson is arrogant because she has stated that if the Lib Dems win an election they will revoke BREXIT. This is to be expected since they are the main remain party. It is common for governments to reverse previous decisions and in the case of the Lib Dems this is to be expected. However, if the proportion of people who did not vote in the referendum was reduced in the case of an election, there are up to 17,804,785 yet-to-be-defined-intension votes, up for grabs. Few have assessed what their opinions are. CybaCity estimate that 50% of this group would gravitate towards wishing to leave but with an agreement, 25% would wish to remain "as is" and 25% to leave without agreement. All parties need to set about encouraging people to vote as well as to register to vote. Around 5%-6% of the voting age population are not even registered to vote. This constitutes around 2,824,622 people, more than double the referendum's so-called leave majority of 1,269,501.

Jo Swinson does not appear to be arrogant but rather she is questioning, to what degree the outcome of the referendum reflects a genuine majority position. This can only be established on the basis of a vote involving the direct participation of a larger proportion of the population. However, this move could raise the likelihood of a Labour victory because of their gravitation towards a negotiated deal followed by a referendum for the people to chose between this agreement and remaining. The personal opinions voiced in the Labour party that Labour should be a remain party seems to reflect a lack of a realistic strategic vision with respect to evolving circumstances. These shifts could significantly diminish the chances of the Conservatives or the Brexit party of gaining an election victory because the consequences of no agreement are beginning to sink in to the population in general.

Many see the issue of this country's decision to leave the European Union as a question of regaining our freedom and sovereignty. But our freedom depends upon the people being able to participate in an effective and transparent way in the decisions that affect their lives. This requires an impartial media, political parties that are truly participatory and with memberships that represent most constituents, decision-making being based on facts, free from partisan bias and often baseless assertions. This can only be secured through a thorough electoral reform and a reduction in the role of small cliques and their particular power and income interests, within political parties, setting and controlling the agendas. The people must be allowed to express their opinions on the issue of importance to them but for this to secure productive decisions and outcomes they need to have access to the full facts upon which to base their decisions.

We have far to travel in this country to secure this state of affairs before sovereignly can be equated with freedom.

The court proceedings on whether or not the prime minister misled the Queen on extending the parliamentary recess (closure) is boiling down to whether this was a legitimate "political" decision or an issue of non-compliance with the law. This is a slightly absurd situation. The opposition parties therefore should, on returning to parliament, organise themselves to put through legislation that stipulates that any form of parliamentary recess be agreed and authorised on the basis of parliamentary vote. This enhances the sovereignty of the people over the government stemming any possible government imposed time-based parliamentary censorship based on closures. Period.

Unfortunately the mainstream media and many confused folk have constantly accused the Labour party of holding a confusing position on the departure of the UK from the EU. Since as explained in this site the balance between those who did not vote, voted to leave and voted to remain is roughly equal (33:33:33). There is therefore no "fence" upon which people accuse Jeremy Corbyn of perching on. Corbyn follows a slower fully participatory system for decision-making and the establishment of party policies developed by the Labour party and this is why his positions take time to form. Those who advocate one position or the other in a binary logic are all expressing personal opinions which tend to fail to acknowledge the real outcome of the referendum.

Therefore the only rational option is for a trade agreement to be agreed with the EU and then to permit the voters decide whether to leave on the basis of that agreement or to remain. That Corbyn states he will not take a position is a reflection of allowing the people of the country to decide based on the evidence put before them and that he would support any outcome. However, in contrast to the original referendum it is essential that any government adds the essential levels of transparency by providing DABs on the new agreement cost-benefits and remain is an essential requirement so far lacking from government decision-making. An electorate cannot be expected to make rational decisions based on statements daubed on campaign buses or on leaflets stuffed through letter boxes. The media also needs to clean up its act and publish in full DAB content.

Note: CybaCity has no affiliation to any UK or foreign political parties; DABs are detailed sector by sector cost-benefit analyses including household real income and employment impacts of proposed change (these are explained elsewhere on this site).

One of the topics analysed under the European Commission Information Technology and Telecommunications Task Force (ITTTF) programme preparation work for advanced IT applications during 1984 through 1987, was the concept of "borderless frontier systems", or BFS. This was to review the possibility of facilitating customs and other arrangements on border so as to reduce congestion and even remove the need for border inspections of goods in transit. In the contex of the notorious "Backstop" it would seem that such a system is what is required.


We have received some feedback indicating that there is a need to clarify a simple point related to the EU referendum result. Of the voting age population in the UK a larger contingent than either those wishing to leave or those wishing to remain within the EU, did not vote.

Thus, of the 51,356,768 constituents of voting age, some 17,804,785 did not vote. A smaller number, 17,410,742 voted to leave and 16,141,241 voted to remain. The leave "majority" of 1,269,501 is equivalent to only 2.47% of the total voting age population; this is too small a group to justify the introduction of extreme measures that will impact the remaining 66%, the vast majority of the voting age population or 33,946,026 people.

The much-referred-to "interests of the nation" can only be addressed by securing a balanced solution which, by a logical deduction, needs to include an agreed trading arrangement to avoid a serious economic and social consequences.

The general understanding, at the time of the referendum, given that there exist many types of trading arrangements between different non-European countries and the EU, was and continues to be that any rational basis for leaving would be on the basis of an agreed trading arrangement while in order to also meet the general desires of remainers, a trading arrangement would avoid altering many aspects of people's lives.

With a turnout on the basis of the voting age population being just 65% it is difficult to argue that the leave "majority", based on votes alone, is a justification for leaving without a deal. This is an irrational move given that the EU is our major trading partner. The negative short to medium term economic and social impacts on the UK constituency would be significant. With or without BREXIT, there is an urgent need to stablise the economy, sustain employment and reverse the long downward trend in real incomes, in what are becoming increasingly challenging global and EU market circumstances.

Further revelations concerning what the government has not taken into account in its planning, only adds evidence that a no deal exit from the EU is no longer an option for the UK or Europe.

First of all the real performance of the economy has been declining in real terms for over a decade driven by the policy of quantitative easing (QE) combined with the cut backs on the public sector under "austerity". This has led to a reduction in investment in the productive economy and re-routing of low interest debt into assets by the banks and large corporations including widespread buy-backs of shares, driving up the values of shares without reflecting an substantive improvements in corporate prospects and therefore misleading potential shareholders. Savers surviving off fixed returns have been liquidated and pension are on the verge of facing negative yields on fixed term investments and equity. Already in the EU pension fund managers are being asked to purchase securities with negative yields because of ECB continual extension of QE. The levels of government and private debt exceed the pre-2007 situation, lower middle income families are facing an encroaching cost of living crisis and many people in work, including public service employees are having to complement their purchases by making use of food banks. The international economic tensions promoted through the belligerent rhetoric and actions by the USA with the collusion of the UK government in imposing economic sanctions are causing misery and an unsettling confrontation between the USA and China, Iran and many other countries.

It is self-evident that this is not the time to take decisions that risk adding to the considerable existing uncertainty about the future of the ability of the British economy to support the wellbeing of the people of this country.

The Yellow Hammer report, so-called, provided a glimpse of some short term considerations of the no deal implications on the logistics of goods, food, medical supplies and services. However, there are more fundamental potential medium to long term impacts on the British economy, household purchasing power and employment levels linked to the sensitivity of the cash flow of many services to the timely operations of supply chains that cross the borders to the EU. This sensitivity could become a trigger for considerable instability over which conventional macreoconomic policy instruments would have no obvious means of controlling. risk yet further stress of the British economy.


The recent events and the last three years have been a case study of why the UK needs electoral and constitutional reform. This is for many a tedious topic but much of what we have witnessed during the last three years, has been even more tedious. The issues needing change are well-known but the party machines have resisted even giving consideration of them. We review some of the issues and will start a series in order to keep this topic alive.


From in increasingly aggressive government trying to impose a single way forward to a street revolution aiming to depose the government, no one appears to be attempting to head for the most obvious solution....


Jeremy Corbyn made the case today in Parliament why people should not vote for a no deal Brexit. This was the point being made in our observations yesterday and contained in the article below this one. By amassing the sector evidence of the drastic negative impacts on vital supplies, disruption in supply chains and impact on employment, a strong case can be made why the Conservative version of BREXIT, and definitely that of the Brexit Party, represent an abandonment of responsibility to the wellbeing of the people of this country. This could clearly be the platform upon which other parties mount their policies in manifestos in any coming election. Clearly the aping of the Brexit party by the current government is the same mistake as was made in aping UKIP.

There is no need to ape the Brexit party, Corbyn has already explained why their no deal objectives are absurd. However, by dedicating some time to repeating this impact analysis applied to our main EU trading partners, this could be used to inform the other citizens of Europe of the extent of damage to production and jobs in their countries, arising from a no deal BREXIT. Given the economic circumstances in the EU this could help encourage the European Commission and Council of Ministers to pay more attention to these issues facing their constituents and encourage them to become more accommodating in their handling of this affair.

  We continue to research this topic to prepare more content.  to be continued.....

What are
real incomes?

Conventional macroeconomic policies create winners, losers and those unaffected by policy. This generates inequality in incomes and since conventional policies are unable to control inflation, monetary values decline and with this real incomes also decline. Macroeconomic policies lack traction.


One of the major causes of the failure in macroeconomic management was the growth in the grey markets that are beyond the reach of macroeconomic policies in spite of the fact they were encouraged by policy and regulatory absurdities within conventional macroeconomic theory and practice.


Agenda 2030 promotes 17 major systainable goals for development linked to human wellbeing. It is the global programme to bring about changes in social and economic practice to combat climate change, by introducing suatainable ways of production that do not depreciate the carrying capacity of water and land-based ecosystems so as to secure a sustainable future for all.

Greta Thunberg
EU Parliament

Many "adults" and leaders have tried to lower the temperature surrounding Greta Thunberg's pronouncements concerning the environment and global warming. Some have suggested she needs to stop because she is scaring the hell out of children.

One of the biggest initiatives to tackle global warming in terms of action is Agenda 2030 which established some 17 Sustainable Development Goals subject to 230 indicators in 2015. The most recent report on progress of this intiative is not promising and there is reason why adults should be becoming so scared as hell as to demand more rapid change. As adults we see inaction of governments and societies in general, and very slow progress where efforts are made. Too much cosmetic unsubstantial support by those taking advantage of "sustainability" as a device by larger corporations to market goods and services that are not sustainable.

The upset and indignation of children is justified and adults need to reassess their need to become more directly involved in encouraging governments and companies to act more decisively and rapidly.

We have set out the 17 sustainable development goals in a separate page together with the over 230 indicators.


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Paradoxically Agenda 2030 is goal oriented while it not referring directly to the causes of the evolution in human activities towards an unsustainable state of affairs including population dynamics, income level inequity and inflation. These are the main causes for pressure on the resources which we require for future survival.


The 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report points to significant gaps in the organization of statistical sources through collection, analysis and determination of indicator status. This has resulted in a lack of accessibility to specific indicators, especially in low income countries.

It is stated that the Global Monitoring Network are working to correct this issue. However, after many decades of the collection of statistics by countries that support the United Nations statistical data reporting mechanisms, this points to a significant gap in the preparation for Agenda 2030, especially in the case of lower income countries where some of the factors of most importance to their future sustainability are inadequately monitored.

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One of the troubling aspects concerning Agenda 2030 has been, in terms of available publications and reports, what many consider to be over-optimistic assessments of the future of smallholders in many low income countries.

What is the smallholder issue?
Some 90% of the world's smallholders have 2 ha. of land and around 65% have less than 1 ha.

FAO and other agencies circulate a considerable amount of material setting out how smallholders can become sustainable. However, in the latest IWSAT 2019 (International Workshop on Analytical Tools) one of the Key emerging issues reviewed was smallholder land holdings and the intense land-grabs that tend to face smallholders as their economy of operations begin to fail with economic growth; a very common scenario that has faced smallholders worldwide. This risks increased poverty, inability to secure sufficient food and a failure to uphold equality.

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We are setting up our alternative media section.

The Middle East is an area of the world where corporate media exercise an excessive amount of discretion over what they report. There is a good deal of censorship and tendentious reporting.

One of the alternatve media that has a long track record in at least balancing up ME reporting is the Al Jazeera Network. Aljazera, signifying "the island", is a Qatari state-funded broadcaster based in Doha, Qatar. Established in 1996, it is owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network. Initially an Arabic news and current-affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has expanded globally into a network with 80 bureaus including the Internet, and specialty television channels in multiple languages. Al Jazeera Arabic channel's willingness to broadcast dissenting views, for example on call-in shows, created controversies in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia, for example, want the channel closed down. Aljazera was the only channel to cover the Afghani war with live reporting since its inception.

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit's series "The Lobby" can be viewed on Al Jazeera. "Lobby" refers to the alleged Israeli government's lobby involvement in what appears to be a scandal and interference in the internal affairs of the UK politics and targeting the Labour party in particular. These investigations resulted in a series of complaints by the groups and individuals involved. In the end OfCom undertook an investigation only to find Aljazera had not breached any acceptable reporting standards including those of bias and impartiality. The last link covers this aspect.

1: Young Friends of Israel
2: The Training Session
3: An Anti-Semitic Trope
4: The Takedown
Complaints and OfCom investigation

A highly topical programme that covers many important events and processses largely ignored by UK corporate media is Going Underground. This programme is presented by Afshin Rattansi and appears on the RT Network.

Renegade Inc is a programme hosted by Ross Ashcroft that consists of single-issue programmes covering topics of particular contemporary importance to the UK constituencies.

The Private Finance Initiative This is a topical issue concerning the tactics used by Labour under Blair and the Conservative party to privatise the NHS in the UK.

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