Only an extensive public movement of grassroots support will be able to bring about a UK foreign policy that genuinely promotes human rights
— Read on www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/will-jeremy-corbyn-be-able-transform-britains-middle-east-policies
Jon Savage raises the interesting idea that the Britpop moment was related causally to this catastrophic Brexit thing we’re needlessly going through.
It did somehow contribute to the re-continuation, re-construction of a type of English identity. The Blair worked for me up until Iraq. Then I voted Green.
Now, any form of sentimental nationalism which I may have once indulged in – like eating nostalgically from an over-rich box of Christmas chocolate liqueurs – just makes me want to VOM.
I tried listening to Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ a few months back & I just could stomach it. UKIP have ruined such previous apparently harmless rural Edwardian fantasies.
Sleaford Mods as Savage points out in his article. Just that.
Dear readers, I’m sorry about the lateness of this blog, yesterday was extremely busy and I returned home late, then had to go to parent’s evening that appeared to go on forever. Things have changed so much since my oldest children were at secondary school, it certainly felt more corporate than it used to and…
— Read on thepoorsideof.life/2018/10/12/my-son-doesnt-have-enough-money-to-survive-im-over-300-worse-off-a-month-whilst-working-and-on-universal-credit/
A disaster capitalist profits from abrupt and wide-ranging changes in a country. An example of such an abrupt change was the end of the Soviet Union. State control of public services in Russia ended when the Soviet Union ended. All the associated public infrastructure – buildings, land, vehicles and, crucially, all future income – was handed…
— Read on ducksoap.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/disaster-capitalists-and-no-deal-brexit/
Last night, in a sign JD Wetherspoons is worried about the impact workers going on strike will have on their business, they told staff they are bringing forward their annual pay rise.
— Read on fastfoodrights.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/wetherspoons-responds-to-brighton-workers-strike-ballot-by-bringing-pay-award-forward/
The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.
The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers.