Monday, December 16, 2019

Spitting Image - Stupid Voters

Greg Palast says the British voted for Brexit because they hated globalisation and couldn't stomach anymore of it. Boris Johnson managed to present himself as the anti-establishment candidate who was against Europe. Now we have five more years of a party which has brought neoliberalism to the UK for the past 40 years.

I live in a Conservative area and I tried to think why so many of my neighbours have always voted Tory. They are not deep into politics, but I think a lot of them think the posh people should be in charge. The gentry, they believe, run all the companies, the banks, the military, the law, the institutions, and so they think they should run the country.

They see the gentry as having high status - the Toffs, Lords and Barons. They think these people will look after them, when they only look after themselves and have caused havoc to the lives of most British people. None of my neighbours are well off, they work long hours for low pay with not many perks or holidays. They are exploited.

The younger British voters, though, couldn't care less for the Tories. Red means left in the UK.

The Labour politician, Emily Thornberry, recently did an interview where she said that on the doorstep people didn't think Jeremy Corbyn was a leader who could run the country. She said that many families she spoke to had family members in the army and they were scared for their safety. This was despite the fact that Labour pledged to spend more on the military and reverse Tory cutbacks.

The Tories send the British soldiers to fight in uneccessary wars, often illegal, and Jeremy would have brought the boys home. But the Tories will send them off to die in wars for British and American imperialism. Propaganda is Institutionalised.


U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it, an exclusive Post investigation found.

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

The Washington Post



Peter Pan said...

Voters gave Boris the mandate to carry out Brexit, sooner rather than later. I don't think that was stupid. The other reasoning presented make UK voters look like peasants. There's a distinction between mentality and mental deficiency.

Kaivey said...

Brexit wasn't worth 5 more years of Tory rule.

Peter Pan said...

Sorry, no refunds.

Peter Pan said...

Who's to say a Labour government wouldn't turn out to be another SYRIZA?

AXEC / E.K-H said...

MMT: Corbynism is dead, British Labour is next

Comment on Bill Mitchell on ‘An evolving 6-point plan for British Labour’*

MMT policy boils down to deficit-spending/money-creation. According to the macroeconomic Profit-Law, it holds Public Deficit = Private Profit.#1 MMT policy is for the benefit of the Oligarchy. The natural enemy of the Oligarchy is WeThePeople and all institutions that promote their interests. The logical thing to do for MMTers is to weaken or destroy these institutions. In the case of British Labour this means to drive a wedge between members/voters and the party’s leadership. This is what Bill Mitchell as academic loudspeaker of MMT has done with considerable intensity for a long time.#2, #3

Bill Mitchell’s method has not been very subtle but consisted in the main of presenting himself as true Progressive and smearing the Labour leadership as closet neoliberals who torture the working class with Austerity. #4, #5

Whether Bill Mitchell’s interference in UK affairs made any effect in the anti-Corbyn coup is open to anybody’s guess, what is remarkable is that the agent of the Oligarchy is not yet finished with undermining British Labour.

The Corbynism corpse not yet being cold, Bill Mitchell comes forward with the 6-point plan for a Labour Party that suits the Oligarchy:

“3. Sack/ignore all the advisors who advocated neoliberal fiscal rules as being clever. They were stupid and unworkable and the fact that the Labour Party changed the Rule in the weeks before the election when the IFS pointed out that they were incompatible with the Manifesto, a view I had presented when the Rule first came out, is testament to that.

4. Maintain the progressive Manifesto without the neoliberal frames and structures.#6

5. Begin this 5-year period of isolation by mounting a massive education campaign to allow British voters to truly understand the capacities of the currency-issuing government which will make it much easier to disabuse arguments that start with ‘How will we pay for it?’. In that sense, I advise the British Labour Party to commission a series of workshops on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), starting February when I will next be in the UK.”

Note that MMT is (i) refuted on all counts, (ii) scientifically worthless, (iii) against the interest of WeThePeople, (iv) for the benefit of the Oligarchy, and (v), that Bill Mitchell as an Australian academic has neither any scientific nor political legitimacy to interfere with what is exclusively the business of the Legitimate Sovereign of the UK.#7

Note further that economics is NOT a science and economists are NOT scientists but for 200+ years now the useful idiots of the Oligarchy.

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

* Billy Blog

#1 Q=Yd+(I−S)+(G−T)+(X−M) ⇒ Q=G−T Legend: Q overall monetary profit, G−T>0 public deficit.

#2 Mission accomplished: Economists as useful idiots of the Oligarchy

#3 How Bill Mitchell stalks Jeremy Corbyn

#4 MMT Progressives: The knife in the back of WeThePeople

#5 MMTers are false Progressives and false Friends-of-the-People

#6 MMT: The communicative war on budget-balancers

#7 MMTers are false Progressives and false Friends-of-the-People