Nick Cohen carefully arranges his toys by the pram and pretends he threw them there

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The oft-repeated whinings of the dying centre of British politics directed at Jeremy Corbyn, his like-minded colleagues and their supporters, have decayed into a murmur in the background.  The manufactured smear campaigns have been debunked, the challengers in elections – Owen Smith and Gerard Coyne – have dissipated in their respective vacuums and the invented political analyses have been dealt with studiously.

Corbyn’s opponents at the centre of British politics – Progress MPs and liberal journalists – have no strategy other than continuing to repeat what they first uttered clumsily when it became clear that he would win the leadership election in 2015.  (I mentioned this in 2015 in Election Despair and Labour’s Death in the section ‘The horror of popular support.’)  They have to keep going because the main political objective they share is to try to ensure that socialism does not become popular.

Today, the self-appointed critic-general of left-wing politics, Nick Cohen, preached his hollow polemic yet again.  In Cohen arranges his toys in The Observer, Cohen pretends to state that he is speaking directly to Corbyn supporters.  He isn’t and nor does he expect the readers to believe that claim; it is just a pointer to indicate a possible semi-comical essence to his article so Cohen can, if necessary, respond to inspection by post-presenting his comments as humourous.  The insurance policy of a nod to humour continues throughout the article.  

The style Cohen has chosen is to mimic a stereotypical excited blogger who thinks he has many worthless cod-peremptory “points” to make, none of which have been researched, fact-checked or logic-checked, but who possesses no skills that could coalesce these random thoughts into a coherent structured didactic narrative.  Cohen is a better writer but he has chosen to write like that for this article; that is, he pretends that he is so “exasperated” that he is metaphorically throwing his toys out of the pram when he is actually arranging them carefully around the room to give the impression of a toddler tantrum.

There is only one “point” that Cohen makes which is that centrists were right to say that a left-leaning leader of the Labour party would reduce the party’s appeal electorally.  He doesn’t seek to prove this.  Of course, it cannot necessarily be proven nor rebutted with confidence.  However, the accompanying analysis from Cohen, that he, presumably, thinks will solidify his point, is just more of the absurd commentary and downright lies that characterise the centrists’ anti-Corbyn polemic.  

“Corbyn’s victory has allowed the right to run riot” proclaims Nick Cohen.  But, the Tories acquired a majority at the 2015 general election because Ed Miliband’s (not-left) Labour had nothing to offer.  Prior to Corbyn’s election as leader, Labour abstained on some far-right Tory bills in parliament.

“Corbyn is so unpopular even Scottish Tories can walk all over him” is Cohen’s analysis of Labour in Scotland.  But, Labour’s rapid decline in Scotland occurred as a direct result of the Tony Blair’s disciple Jim Murphy’s incompetence and arrogance.

“In an election, they – [the Tories] – will expose the far left’s record of excusing the imperialism of Vladimir Putin’s gangster state , the oppressors of women and murderers of gays in Iran, the IRA, and every variety of inquisitorial and homicidal Islamist movement” is Cohen’s prediction for Tory strategy if and when a general election is called.  So many cuddly toys and rattles were put down on the rug while he wrote that garbled sentence.  Cohen’s “proof” of the Putin claim is the employment of Seamus Milne, his “proof” of the Iran claim is that Corbyn was interviewed by Press TV and Cohen fails to acknowledge that the sight of Tebbit being stretchered out of the Grand Hotel after the Brighton Bomb was met with many cheers.  During an election campaign Labour could highlight, for example, Theresa May’s obsequious meeting with Trump, her endorsement of Erdogan’s attacks on freedom and the Tory government’s military support for Saudi Arabia’s carpet-bombing of Yemen but Nick Cohen can see only in one direction.

“It ought to shame you – [Corbyn supporters] – to learn that, ever since Corbyn promised to take the fight to the Tories, he and his hopeless frontbench have not forced one Tory minister to resign or even endure a sleepless night” is a hopeless piece of trolling that would embarrass even Sean Spicer.  The current mob of Tory ministers is the most corrupt and the stupidest ever seen in parliament and, thus, to expect any of them to resign for professional reasons is laughable.  Cohen also chooses to ignore the continuous intelligent criticism of said ministers by Labour’s front bench.

“Labour politicians who want to fight rather than pose say they can see the right mobilising to demand the worst possible Brexit” is a concoction of nonsense.  Labour MPs can oppose the terms of Brexit in parliament if they wish, but Tories have a majority.  Cohen’s sentence here is particularly dumb and infused with hackneyed vocabulary.

“I accept that among you there are true far leftists who won’t care. You want, and may get, a ‘radical’ Labour party that will spend decades in opposition waiting for the glorious day when voters realise their mistake.  I don’t think your imaginary victory is worth waiting for. You don’t have a radical programme that a 20th-century Marxist or any other serious thinker would recognise. All that’s left of the far left is a babble of sneers and slogans.”  The purpose of this interlude by Cohen is to try to persuade left-of-centre Labour supporters to distance themselves from further left socialists.  Cohen simultaneously mocks the far-left while stating that Marxists are not impressed at all by Corbyn’s politics.  The latter point is true but, as Cohen knows, those of us with more left-wing aims than Corbyn can view him and his colleagues as promoting some socialist politics rather than being the complete answer for the future of British politics.  Even a sniff of socialist politics is what the likes of Cohen wish to crush.

Nick Cohen has seen the collaboration of Nick Clegg, he has seen the uselessness of Ed Miliband, he can see the careerist apathy of Sadiq Khan and he knows that the Progress MPs who infest the parliamentary Labour party fear Corbyn’s politics much more than they oppose Theresa May.  Cohen knows that the Tory cabinet is a diseased mob of criminality and stupidity.  Equally, he knows that the constant harping from him and the other centrist liars that Corbyn, McDonnell, etc. are not opposing the Tories is a blatant lie, the opposite of the truth.

Cohen might disapprove of some Tory policies but he fears socialist tendencies much more.  This article is not, as he would like it to be viewed, an emotional plea for reason; instead, it is an act, a pretence of exasperation.  Cohen climbed out of his pram, picked his rattles, teddy bears and squeaky toys up and placed them down around the pram.  “Look how worked up I am!”  

He has regurgitated the same knowingly dishonest tripe but with a false excited tone.  Indeed, that is the norm for the professional troll.  Repeat the lies and misdirection over and over with added invented emotional fervour.

 

Nick Cohen carefully arranges his toys by the pram and pretends he threw them there

George Osborne: A Typical Financial Gangsters’ Mascot

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Today, right-wing London newspaper The Evening Standard appointed current MP and former chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne as its new editor.  Many newspapers employ one-off joke editors as marketing ploys including politicians, entertainers and even sports people, but Osborne’s appointment is permanent, not a joke.

Without doubt, Osborne is utterly unqualified to be an editor of a newspaper and possesses neither the intelligence nor the common sense to be able to learn the skills required.  The owner of The Evening Standard could not claim there exists a shortage of candidates for the role; at that newspaper, at others under the same ownership and throughout the journalist professional there are many strong candidates for the job.  Osborne’s unsuitability for the job of editor of a newspaper is surpassed in ineptitude only by his abject unsuitability to be chancellor of the exchequer.

Osborne acquired the role as a consequence of his stature in the group masturbation obligations within the financial gangster community and their gimps.  Like many in that cesspool, Osborne is simultaneously a manipulator and a gimp.  The job – or, more pertinently, its salary – may have been offered to him as a nice little thank you for all his help to the financial elite when chancellor, or he may be thanking Lebedev, (the owner of The Evening Standard), for its support for the Tories, or Osborne’s key employer BlackRock Investment Institute may want Osborne to advance its venal and disreputable interests in the newspaper.  Any or all of the above and other factors may have contributed to Osborne adding to his visibility and his unearned income.  What are definitely not factors are ability, suitability or competence.

The rampant multi-million pound tax-dodging shenanigans of Osborne’s parents created sufficient wealth for them to send their dopey son to one of the financial gangster finishing schools, St. Paul’s.  His career since has followed various puss-filled paths of the elite’s manipulator/gimp duonism.  For the British public his tenure as chancellor was catastrophic but, for the financial elite, he did his job.  Editor of a right-wing newspaper, spokesperson for an “global fund manager” and Tory MP are merely faces on the same polyhedron of fecal matter.

Osborne is currently a favoured mascot of the most destructive components of international capitalism.  His contempt for parliament and for democracy is matched by his contempt for journalism.  He is precisely what the Tory party stands for.

George Osborne: A Typical Financial Gangsters’ Mascot

Top Trumps: Handy guide to the Trump swamp

US president Donald Trump is assembling his cabinet members, administrators, advisers and spokespersons.  

Below is a summary of their respective objectives, skills and history.

(Information will be updated when new positions are confirmed)

Trump

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Donald Trump

Name:
Donald Trump

Job title:
President

Remit:
Enrich himself, his family and his financial gangster friends at US tax-payers’ expense.

Special skills:
Incoherent oratory as distraction technique.
Confidence trickster.
Bereft of obstructive self-awareness and of time-consuming humanity.

Key points from CV:
Nurtured by racists.
Tax-dodger.
Bill avoider.
Multi-million dollar international debts.
Fake university.
Supporter of sexual assaults against women.
Vulgar pseudo-opulence.

Bannon

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Steve Bannon

Name:
Steve Bannon

Job title:
Special adviser to the president

Remit:
Guide the president toward enacting laws that promote and enable far-right prejudices infused with extreme antiquated Christian fundamentalism and a focus on targeting Islam.

Special skills:
Absence of reason ensures that didacticism never interrupts his thought-processes.
Not distracted by “checks and balances” in government, or the law.

Key points from CV:
Co-founder of far-right racist news website Breitbart.
Former vice-president of international financial gangsters Goldman Sachs.
Financial backer, producer (and occasionally “director”) of absurd pretend documentary films about conservative politicians.

Pence

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Mike Pence

Name:
Mike Pence

Job title:
Vice President

Remit:
Stage 1 (As vice-president)
Absolve the corporate world of blame for climate change.
Encourage the removal of workers’ rights.
Promote anti-Islam ideology.
Wait for Donald Trump to trip up and then assume the presidency and impose a Christian supremacist government assisted by his friend Erik Prince.

Stage 2 (As president)
Removal of Roe vs. Wade from US constitution, funerals for foetuses and criminalisation of abortion.
Gay conversion therapy.

Special skills:
Waiting.

Key points from CV:
Close relationship (as a fully paid gimp) with extreme Christian supremacist Eric Prince who owns the private mercenary death squad militia Blackwater.
(Click on Pence career for a balanced preçis of Pence’s career)
(Click on Pence manifesto for Pence’s manifesto when standing for Congress)

Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson (left) and associate

Name:
Rex Tillerson

Job title:
Secretary of State

Remit:
Protect and expand the profits of international oil companies at the expense of US tax-payers and of the environment; he is particularly interested in his almost 250 million dollars of stock in Exxon.

Special skills:
Professional relationships with fellow exploitative oil companies and their associated financial gangsters in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Russia.
Experience of side-stepping US and international laws that protect the environment, water supplies and indigenous lands.

Key points from CV:
Received Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin.

Sessions

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Jeff Sessions

Name:
Jeff Sessions

Job title:
Attorney General

Remit:
Destroy freedoms with respect to protests and demonstrations.
Encourage and enable police forces and border force to operate racist policies.
Remove legal access to challenge state violence, corruption and theft.
Voter suppression guided by racism.

Special skills:
Racism.

Key points from CV:
(Click on Sessions Career for an exhaustive list of his achievements)
Denied a federal judgeship in the Southern District of Alabama in 1985 after having been nominated by then president Reagan; Sessions was declared to be too racist for the role.

Kelly

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John Kelly

Name:
John Kelly

Job title:
Secretary of Homeland Security

Remit:
Rabble-rousing rhetoric bereft of factual assessment including the promotion of a (false) argument for military invasion of other countries to stop immigration.

Special skills:
The only national border he recognises is the US border.
The only laws he recognises are US laws, and only in the US.
International law, including the Geneva Convention, are anathema to Kelly.

Key points from CV:
Former head of US Southern Command which includes the control of the illegal Guantanamo Bay detention of prisoners; he fully supports the illegal detention and the absence of human rights.

Gorka

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Sebastian Gorka

Name:
Sebastian Gorka

Job title:
Adviser to the president

Remit:
Promote an unrestricted assault on Islam both ideologically and militarily.
Constant attacks on the mainstream media by relentlessly questioning validity of investigative reporting while simultaneously brazenly repeating blatant lies from Trump and senior government members.

Special skills:
Self-ingrained deductive (il)logic that is impervious to reasoned argument.

Key points from CV:
(Click on Gorka summary for an account of his career)
Wore a medal at Trump’s inauguration (photo above) that had been awarded to Gorka’s father – a spy for a foreign government – by anti-Semite Nazi collaborators Vitezi Rend.

Davos

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Betsy Davos

Name:
Betsy Davos

Job title:
Secretary of Education

Remit:
Destroy public education and replace it with profiteering (and wholly inadequate) ‘charter schools’ and with extreme Christian schools that have an anti-gay philosophy.

Special skills:
Endless supply of cash to enable her to continue to buy influence, senior administrative posts and power.
Full ignorance of the extent of her ignorance about education.

Key points from CV:
Long standing vice president of her family’s Prince Foundation Trust which has funded ‘gay cure therapy’ via the far-right Focus On The Family organisation.
Recipient of inherited billions that she has used to buy power and influence.
Brother of Eric Prince who owns private mercenary death squad militia Blackwater.

Mnuchin

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Steve Mnuchin

Name:
Steve Mnuchin

Job title:
Secretary to the Treasury

Remit:
Enable financial gangsters to operate more recklessly and viciously without fear of regulation.

Special skills:
Experience of dodging regulations that exist to dampen financial terrorism.

Key points from CV:
Made huge profits out of “buying” debt-ridden banks.
Registered various hedge funds in tax havens.
Stole property and made people homeless via aggressive foreclosures.
Executive producer of some awful films.

Ross

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Wilbur Ross

Name:
Wilbur Ross

Job title:
Secretary of Commerce

Remit:
Advise and assist vulture capitalists to fleece the public and to avoid sanction from regulatory bodies including the courts.

Special skills:
Experience of extreme vulture capitalism and of manipulation of regulations and commerce law.

Key points from CV:
As a bankruptcy protection adviser, Ross concocted a dodgy deal to protect Donald Trump’s ownership of some casinos following one of Trump’s bankruptcies.
Made hundreds of millions out of vulture investments during the international market crash at the beginniing of the twenty-first century.
Fined over eighty million dollars in 2014 for breaching regulations when two companies he owned merged.
Twelve miners died in an explosion in a mine owned by Ross in 2006; in the year prior to the explosion the same mine had received over two hundred regulatory citations, including twenty-one for build-up of toxic gases, and there had been twelve roof collapses.

Price

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Tom Price

Name:
Tom Price

Job title:
Health Secretary

Remit:
Destroy affordable healthcare.

Special skills:
Recognising good investments in private healthcare companies via his knowledge of government use of such companies.

Key points from CV:
Owns $300,000 of stocks in private healthcare companies.

Pruitt

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Scott Pruitt

Name:
Scott Pruitt

Job title:
Environmental Protection Agency administrator

Remit:
Ensure that environmental protection never interferes with the profits of polluting companies.

Special skills:
Recognising the clear sequence of expected events from receiving a large cash donation to making a decision when in a position of power.

Key points from CV:
Former leader of Republican Attorneys General Association which has received over $4,000,000 from fossil-fuel companies since 2013.
When he was Oklahoma’s attorney general he attempted to sue the Environmental Protection Agency on fourteen separate occasions, acting on behalf of various polluters.
He applied his signature (as attorney general) to documents that were written by polluters in dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency to create the fraudulent impression that said documents were composed by the attorney general.
(Click on Pruitt emails for full details of Pruitt’s correspondence with polluters that exposes his corruption)
(Click on Chicken pollution for an account of the chicken waste polluters debacle)

Zinke

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Name:
Ryan Zinke

Job title:
Secretary of the Interior

Remit:
Ensure that the profits of fossil fuel companies and large-scale polluters are always prioritised over any interest in protecting the environmental, clean water supplies and American’s beautiful national parks.

Special skills:
Acting out scenes from ‘City Slickers.’

Key points from CV:
Supported termination of employment for workers whose contraception choices elicited disapproval from their respective employers.
Made false claim that fetuses feel pain.
Made false claim that volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than man-made emissions.

Miller

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Stephen Miller

Name:
Stephen Miller

Job title:
Senior policy adviser to the president

Remit:
Keep anti-foreigner and racist intent as a key factor in the government’s policies.

Special skills:
Unwavering, dead-eyed focus that eschews humanity, reason, intellect, self-inspection and shame.

Key points from CV:
Worked for Jeff Sessions when the latter was an Alabama senator.
(Click on Miller’s schooldays for an account of Miller’s early years as an extremist and provocateur)

Spicer

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Sean Spicer

Name:
Sean Spicer

Job title:
White House Press Secretary

Remit:
Deflect all criticism of the president without using coherent arguments.
Perform random pantomime outbursts against the media to distract the public from valid criticism of the president.

Special skills:
Quantum communication: He uses words and he uses sentences, but never simultaneously.

Key points from CV:
He co-founded a PR firm, Endeavor Global Strategies, that represented the government of Colombia in trade deal negotiations with the USA.

Top Trumps: Handy guide to the Trump swamp

Theresa May is a keen collaborator, not an appeaser

A giddy prime minister visited both USA and Turkey last week on a mini tour of despots.

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The Turkey visit was strictly business.  A deal was agreed that British military aircraft would be sold to the Turkish government.  A financial cost to both British and Turkish tax-payers, and a greater cost to Syrian and Kurdish people.  The beneficiaries, of course, are the recipients of the welfare system for the arms industry.  Theresa May had no qualms about being the vendor of military hardware to a government that has crushed free press and free speech, arrested thousands of teachers and other public sector workers and has detained opposition political leaders and activists.  She does not see such behaviour as problematic at all.

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The earlier visit to the USA was not about any particular business deals.  The British government, casting itself adrift senselessly from its biggest trade partner – the EU, is not in an equal negotiating position with the USA.  Indeed, at the meeting, Trump and May’s respective assurances to each other would have been almost entirely in one direction: Trump and May assurances.  

The meeting with Trump was intended as a strong unequivocal gesture of support by the Tory government.  May wanted to assure the president that the party she leads is wholly in favour of his political stance and of his actions.  Last year’s Tory party conference was a succession of xenophobic speeches of senior ministers, including May, each attempting to whip up anti-foreigner anger and fear.  The only difference between those and a Trump speech is his lack of eloquence.  

Below are examples of recent actions by the Tory government of which far-right extremist Steve Bannon would be very proud

  • An attempt to force business to create registers of their foreign workers
  • Harassment of foreign workers at their workplaces by Border Agency
  • Harassment based on racial and faith profiling and misrepresentation of the law by Border Agency in public places
  • Illegal use of Schedule 7 of Terrorism Act at airports to harass activists, particularly those who have visited Palestine
  • Proscription of pro-Kurdish political groups, including jailing of their members
  • Financial contribution to walls alongside a road in France near to Channel Tunnel access to prevent refugees from travelling to Britain
  • Forcing a national newspaper, (Guardian), to destroy computers on which data revealing illegal government activity was stored
  • Instructing health workers to pass on patients’ details to non-health government agencies, including Border Agency and DWP
  • Instructing schools to collect data on the ethnicity and national backgrounds of pupils and their parents without informing the parents that providing such data is optional
  • Plentiful use of the Prevent system to harass young Muslims

Theresa May is not appeasing, she is agreeing

As a response to her visit to the USA, and following the executive order that Trump issued soon after to ban Muslims from entering the country, the prime minister has received a lot of deserved criticism.  However, it is interesting to note that most of the criticism from politicians and from the media has made a point of depicting May as someone who has “abandoned principles” or “appeased” Trump.  Said politicians and media hacks affected an air of disappointment with her as if they expected her to be opposed to the general thrust of Trump’s ideology.  Some chose to call her “complacent” or “pragmatic”, even “naive.”  Such descriptions, whether they are issued dishonestly or else in vain hope, allow May to be distanced slightly from Trump’s extremism; that is, they help her to pretend she isn’t as bad as he is.

It is true that May would have abandoned any humane principles to acquire a vague promise of a trade deal if she had any such principles, but there were none to abandon.  Her political vision is similar to Trump’s transposed to a different country with a different political system and different political opposition.  

It is not appeasement.  Theresa May and her party agree with Trump.  

May’s partnership with Trump is collaboration.

 

 

 

Theresa May is a keen collaborator, not an appeaser

Trump and May: Summit January 2017

This week, UK prime minister Theresa May is visiting Donald Trump.  Prior to meeting both participants spouted the old garbage about the ‘special relationship.’  This relationship has always focussed on arms deals and enabling financial gangsters to dodge tax and, of course, the USA have always been in the stronger position in negotiations.  

At their meetings both leaders will get assurances as part of the ‘special relationship.’

Trump will get the following assurances from May

  • Continued flow of British tax-payers’ money to support the US arms industry
  • Unlimited flushing of British tax payers’ money down the toilet to pay for the useless Trident missile system
  • Unrestricted avoidance of tax in UK for the US financial industry
  • Removal of any obstacles for US media to acquire British media 
  • Full support for US businesses to take control of British public services in health, education, security and transport, including assistance with tax avoidance
  • Unequivocal UK support at UN and at NATO for all aggressive US military acts
  • Full support for US government use of torture
  • Full support for US government use of sanctions against other countries
  • Full support for anti-Islam denial of visas to refugees
  • No criticism of racist voter suppression in USA
  • No criticism of restrictions on domestic and foreign media when operating in USA
  • No criticism of the destruction of national parks and wildernesses in the USA
  • No criticism of US government denial of the existence of man-made climate change
  • No criticism of unconstitutional restriction and denial of access to abortion in USA
  • Assistance with unconstitutional restriction and denial of access to abortion in other countries via the ‘global gag.’
  • Assistance for all Trump’s ‘businesses’ in the UK including help with planning permission, tax avoidance, land acquisition, etc. 

In return May will receive the following assurances from Trump

  • Trump will make some vague unreliable comments about future ‘trade deals’

Theresa May will then return to the UK with a false triumphant air and declare that Brexit will be great because there will be lots of deals with the USA.  The media will blame Jeremy Corbyn.

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Trump and May: Summit January 2017

Trump: Summary

Donald Trump became the president of the U.S.A. today.

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When a young man, Trump was given a million dollars, (a lot of money back then), by his father, a notorious racist slum landlord.  Trump wasn’t given any grounding in morality or ethical behaviour.  

Throughout his “business” life, Trump has accrued wealth via dodgy deals, refusal to pay bills, dodging billions of federal taxes and blatant fraud, the last most notably with the fake Trump “university.”  

International capitalist is intrinsically dishonest and it is also designed to be exhaustively exploitative.  Thus, Trump’s ingrained dishonesty and his abject lack of morals, ethics and self-analysis have meant he has been able to operate without restraint; the mechanics of the international capitalist system allowed him to operate as he has.  

Of course, financially, Trump has not been a success.  His business career is littered with bankruptcies, that he used as a tactic to dodge tax, and he has amassed billions of dollars of debt around the world.  His net worth is less than zero.  But that doesn’t matter to exploitative capitalists: Their debt is someone else’s problem.  

Trump is the personification of financial gangster capitalist exploitation: A stupid, selfish, unethical, immoral gangster.

Trump’s government

The single objective of Trump as president is to enhance the capabilities of financial gangsters to exploit the majority of the population.  He has appointed to senior government positions a mob of like-minded charlatans who have similar attitudes to honesty, fraud and exploitation as Trump.  He knows that none of his appointees will ever worry that their decisions are harmful, unconstitutional or fraudulent.   

As he and his gang destroy society and divert public money into the hands of crooks, Trump is aware enough to know he will need to both distract and appease his support base with extreme bigotry.  Anti-abortion, racist, anti-Islam, anti-Mexican and anti gay rhetoric and accompanying policy decisions will be used and will be very harmful.  Some of his appointees will revel in these enactments of bigotry and prejudice.

Trump is the embodiment of a system that is opposed to humanity and to progress.  Fellow exploiters, in USA and elsewhere, whatever they make think of Trump personally, have been falling over themselves to get to kiss his backside.  Let them expose themselves.  Let them show how rancid the system they support is.

 

Trump: Summary

EU departure: Tories are deluded and couldn’t care less

Yesterday Theresa May declared the Tories’ strategy for the process of leaving the EU.  The outline of this strategy, Plan for Britain, includes twelve ‘objectives’ listed below, followed by brief analysis of each.

1. Certainty: whenever we can, we will provide it. And we can confirm today that the Government will put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament.

The first sentence means the government has neither the knowledge nor the inclination to provide any certainty whatsoever.  Only the ‘final deal’ will be subject to a parliamentary vote.  Thus, however gormless that deal may be, MPs will be given only a binary choice on it.  Of course, there may never be a ‘final deal.’

2. Control of our own laws: we will bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain. Because we will not have truly left the European Union if we are not in control of our own laws.

In the first sentence, “we” refers to the government.  In the second, does “we” refer to the government or to all British people?  Clearly, complete control of British law in the hands of the Tories is extremely worrying for justice and fairness.

3. Strengthen the Union: we must strengthen the precious Union between the four nations of the United Kingdom. We will work very carefully to ensure that – as powers are repatriated back to Britain – the right powers are returned to Westminster and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations. We will make sure that no new barriers to living and doing business within our Union are created.

Leaving the EU and the future of the UK are two separate issues, but the Tories have chosen to conflate them.  This third objective is nothing to do with the EU, it is a pathetic attempt to pick a fight with the SNP. 

4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland: we will work to deliver a practical solution that allows the maintenance of the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland, while protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom’s immigration system.

Does this mean border controls in Ireland or not?  Does the Tory plan for leaving the EU conflict with the Good Friday Agreement?  Will people from the Republic of Ireland be able to travel to Northern Ireland but not be able to work, live or attend school there?  “We will work to deliver” is a long-winded way of saying “we just haven’t got a clue what to do.”

5. Control of immigration: the message from the public before and during the referendum campaign was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe. We will continue to attract the brightest and the best to work or study in Britain but there must be control. 

No, that was not the clear message from the public.  That was the clear message of the government and its lackeys who wanted to shift blame from the consequences of government policy onto an arbitrary other – immigrants.  

6. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU: we want to guarantee these rights as early as we can. We have told other EU leaders that we can offer EU nationals here this certainty, as long as this is reciprocated for British citizens in EU countries.

No-one is stopping the Tories from “guaranteeing these rights.”  

7. Protect workers’ rights: as we translate the body of European law into our domestic regulations, we will ensure that workers’ rights are fully protected and maintained.

LIARS!  The financial gangsters, for whom the Tories work, are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of basic workers’ rights being removed following departure from the EU.

8. Free trade with European markets: as a priority we will pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and EU member states. It cannot though mean membership of the EU’s Single Market. That would mean complying with European Court of Justice rulings, free movement and other EU rules and regulations without having a vote on what those rules and regulations are. And because we will no longer be members of the Single Market, we will not be required to contribute huge sums to the EU budget. If we contribute to some specific EU programmes that we wish to participate in, it will be for us to decide. 

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.  The Mandarins at the EU and throughout European governments will be laughing their heads off at this garbled nonsense.  The Tories want their cake and want to eat it, and have someone else’s cake, and eat that too, and not pay for any of the cakes, or abide by health and safety regulations regarding the cakes’ preparation and storage.

9. New trade agreements with other countries: it is time for Britain to become a global trading nation, striking trade agreements around the world. Through the Common Commercial Policy and the Common External Tariff, full Customs Union membership prevents us from doing this – but we do want to have a customs agreement with the EU and have an open mind on how we achieve this end. 

The Tories are being economical with the truth when they claim EU regulations prevent global trade for the UK.  “We have an open mind on how we achieve this end” is another intervention from the ghost of Brian Connolly.  For the Tories, “global trading nation” translates as a tax-haven without workers’ rights, designed for the benefit of an elite gang of exploitative financial gangsters.

10. The best place for science and innovation: we will continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research and technology initiatives.

Will the “European partners” want to continue to do so?

11. Co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism: we want our future relationship with the EU to include practical arrangements on matters of law enforcement and intelligence. 

Surely, any government would want such an arrangement with any other government?

12. A smooth, orderly Brexit: we want to have reached an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two year Article 50 process has concluded. From that point onwards, we expect a phased process of implementation. We will work to avoid a disruptive cliff-edge.

“We want to have reached,” “we expect” and “we will work to avoid” typify the Tories’ hand.  They have nothing.  While the others at the table have potential flushes, straights and fours of a kind, the Tories have an expired library card and Mr. Bun The Baker.

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The twelve objectives listed above are a mixture of lies, vacuous Unwinesque nonsense and deliberate petulant provocation.  There is no plan for departure from the EU.  The Tories do not know how negotiations with the EU will proceed and they have no inkling whatsoever of the consequences.  

All the Tories do know is that, when Britain has left the EU, the gangrenous exploitative financial gangster scum are expecting a mighty windfall courtesy of Tories’ aggressive assault on workers’ rights, the denial of access to justice and a plethora of friendly tax-loopholes.  The Tories see Britain as a feeding ground for the gluttonous filth for whom the Tory party has always been the gimp.

EU departure: Tories are deluded and couldn’t care less