LORD PING AND MIKE GRAHAM: GAMBLING WITH OUR FUTURE?

A gambling website has had over £800 worth of advertising removed by Facebook after violating rules regarding ads with political or social issue content. 

Lord Ping posted 4 ads featuring gadfly journalist Mike Graham in which he lectured viewers on a variety of political and social issues in video blogs titled “Lord Ping’s Opinions”. These ads failed to run with a disclaimer identifying any individuals responsible for the ads, a direct violation of FB policy. The Lord Ping site has since removed two further ads (after we flagged them to FB) which promoted articles from their “Opinions” blog. These were not listed as containing social issue content, and again failed to run with a disclaimer. 

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Conservative Voice Ltd: Inside An Agenda-Setting Machine

Following Boris Johnson’s resignation as leader of the Conservative Party, a prominent campaign group that claims to be “a place for the grassroots to make themselves heard” has begun polling its members about who should replace him. Conservative Voice, like many other Tory organisations, are now scrambling to influence the direction of the party. The group itself has registered funding from only one wealthy Conservative donor, and is run by Thatcherite party activists and pro-Brexit, think-tank alumni.

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The Maleficent Seven: Who Will Labour Aristocracy Choose To Replace Starmer?

No left candidates for future Labour leader: Mission accomplished for Keir Starmer and his patrons?

Despite Partygate. Despite the Covid contracts. Despite Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol. Despite a spiralling cost of living crisis and a vote of no confidence from within his own party, a recent Observer poll found that UK voters still think Boris Johnson is a better Prime Minister than Keir Starmer would be.

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Labour Renaissance – The Magnate Tendency

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On the 20th July 2021, the Labour Party National Executive Committee passed a resolution to proscribe four Socialist organisations: Socialist Appeal, Labour In Exile Network, Resist and Labour Against The Witch-Hunt. Anti-Corbyn activists, such as the Jewish Labour Movement, claimed that “membership of these [Socialist] groups is incompatible with Labour’s values”.

In August, the Party went a step further and began expelling those who did not support the purge, including renowned Socialist filmmaker Ken Loach, who stated on Twitter that ‘Labour HQ finally decided I’m not fit to be a member of their party, as I will not disown those already expelled.”

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Invisible Hands: The Dark Money Unionists Targeting Scottish Independence

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In the 18th Century, the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and “father of economics” Adam Smith first described the “invisible hand” of the free market. Smith believed this was a benevolent force, a natural corrective in the capitalist system that meant those who had accumulated wealth would be (subconsciously) compelled to redistribute some of that wealth to those who had not.

During the campaigns for the 2021 Scottish parliamentary elections, the presence of another invisible hand could be felt. The opaque activities of several Free Market acolytes, many of whom also actively crusaded against Jeremy Corbyn in 2019, betrayed a less benevolent agenda in their attempts to influence voters and neutralise the SNP and independence movement.

In Scotland in 2021, the invisible hand was wielded as a fist.

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Rachel Reeves: Shadows over the Shadow Chancellor?

Sir Keir Starmer reacted to Labour’s disastrous result in the Hartlepool by-election by demoting Angela Rayner and promoting Rachel Reeves. The move, according to the FT, was “designed to get the Labour party back on the front foot after disappointing local election results and a weekend of bitter infighting”.

Like many of Starmer’s “forward” moves, this appears like a backwards step.

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Douglas Ross: Britannia’s Snake-Oil Salesman


This article isn’t just for those interested in Scottish independence. To quote Alasdair Gray, this article is “For All Independent Minds”. This is for all those that not only wish to understand, but also to mobilise against, the leviathan Conservative Party financial apparatus and the corrosive influence it has on our politics, and our futures. As Ryan & Geoghegan state:

Democracy depends on transparency. Unless voters know who is funding their politicians, how can they assess whether they are bending to the interests of those who are bankrolling them? Unless we have a clear idea of who funds the leaflets coming through our letterboxes and the Facebook adverts telling us who to vote for, why should we read them?

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