If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.Malcom x
In the under-watched and underappreciated 2007 film 30 Days of Night, a coven of vampires invade a remote Alaskan outpost during the perpetual night of the Arctic winter. They methodically and ruthlessly cut-off all communication and connection to the outside world, trapping all those that Remain.
Unlike classical vampires, this incarnation manufacture their own hostile environment, where they can prey and feed upon an insular, isolated population without outside interference. In a week where legal bodies have issued stark warning of a looming Brexit dictatorship, the parallels do not need to be laboured.Continue reading “30 Years of Night: Priti Patel and Brexit”
At Prime Minister’s Questions on the 9th September 2020 Keir Starmer grilled Boris Johnson about problems with the coronavirus testing system, which had become so dysfunctional members of the public were being offered their “nearest test” hundreds of miles away.
Johnson used the phrase “NHS Test and Trace” no less than ten times in his responses and accused Starmer of “attacks on NHS test and trace”.
The Establishment media were apparently convinced by the PM’s bombast:Read Full Article
“Can Rishi Sunak Save the Economy from Covid-19?” asked the BBC at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. The tweet and accompanying video (which featured the Chancellor “literally handing cash to a line of unemployed people”) portrayed Sunak as Superman and was swiftly withdrawn after a torrent of users accused the BBC of state propaganda.Read Full Article
Most of you will be aware of Milton’s timeless quote “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven”.
But when it comes to Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Vote Leave cabal at the centre of the current government, the full quote is instructive. Milton’s Lucifer, anti-hero of Paradise Lost, announces:
“Here we may reign secure; and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”Read Full Article
“Baseless Climate Warnings Wiped from Extinction Rebellion Film,” crowed a Times headline this week. The Times, owned by Rupert Murdoch, was one of several corporate newspapers to take apparent delight in the removal of two claims about the catastrophic effect of temperature rises from the upcoming film “Climate Crisis and Why We Should Panic.”Read Full Article
“Don’t worry about your A-levels, I don’t have any. Do what I did instead and spend £676,000 in a nationwide referendum.”
So said the Twitter account of Darren Grimes on the day the English exam results were released. The tweet alludes to his origin story: the fashion student plucked from obscurity to face charges of electoral fraud after £675,000 of Brexit campaign money avoided a funding cap by being channelled through Grimes’ BeLeave organisation.Read Full Article
Michael Gove recently gave the Ditchley Annual Lecture. He opened with a quote from the Marxist intellectual Gramsci and spoke of “The Privilege of Public Service.” Gramsci is famous for his writings on Cultural Hegemony and his belief that the establishment class uses the dominance of cultural institutions in a society to protect and perpetuate their power and control of that society.Continue reading “Michael Gove- The Privileged In Public Service”
Journalists love to talk of politicians “flip-flopping” or being “forced into a U-turn”. No politician would recover from conducting the comedy U-turn, wearing flip-flops, carried out by The Independent this month.Read Full Article
Boris Johnson loves a catchphrase – Build Build Build, Get Brexit Done, Make Britain Great Again – but his go-to phrase in coronavirus lockdown was never quite delivered with the same relish.
Does Johnson, educated at Eton and Oxford, gifted his first job in journalism at The Times, truly believe that “we’re all in this together”?Read Full Article
In this post, we thought we would cheer you up by reminding you that after pestilence there are another three horsemen of the apocalypse galloping over the horizon. Once the disaster capitalists in Westminster have finished exploiting the Coronavirus we have Brexit to look forward to. All under the watchful eye of Vote Leave’s very own Varys.Continue reading “ACE OF SPADS”