An update to an earlier post from March 2019 to reflect changes since then. This is a work in progress and needs to be finished.
Since then Boris Johnson was apponted leader of the Conservative party in July 2019 and we’ve had the general election of December 2019. To my surprise the UK Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn fared poorly in the general election and Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won comfortably. Jeremy Corbyn was replaced by Keir Starmer as leader of the Labour Party and the UK has experienced the Coronavirus pandemic during 2020 with a lockdown starting in late March.
Boris Johnson & Co are rabid Eurosceptics and succeeded at the general election using the simplistic mantra “Get Brexit Done”. Johnson & Co are indicating that they are intending to pursue a no-deal Brexit whereby UK will leave the EU in a chaotic manner. Their strategy appears to be to align closely with US instead of EU so that another simplistic mantra for the simple “we want our country back” is exposed as bolox.
I wrote in my previous post that “Socialists are a diverse bunch often fighting injustice e.g. anti-racism, and campaign for human rights, universal healthcare, democracy, equality, workers’ rights, etc. There are more radical Socialists outside of parliamentary politics fragmented according to adherence to the different historical origins and aspects of Socialist Ideology. The Labour party catchphrase “For the many, not the few” catches the Socialist ethos perfectly.”
Current UK Labour party leader Keir Starmer does not meet this definition and we have instead returned to the normal situation whereby UK voters are denied the opportunity to vote for a Socialist party.
During Keir Starmer’s previous role as UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions, he … < to be continued >
The climate crisis receives very little attention from UK politicians and we currently have allegations of Russian hacking which appear to be a moral panic totally without substance.
ed: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are great, aren’t they?
|Changing the subject, some of you will have had to endure with such crappy machines that you came to understand them like a second skin. I’ve got a laptop like that – it’s good and just so happens that the fan squeals when I’ve just steeped over that line of – it’s great, happening now, real-time feedback as I type – that line of excessive attention to my typing …. that line of typing on my blog actually. Love you all …
The fan squeals at different temperature / how hard the processor is working. Glad I’ve got an alarming laptop Hehe
Anyway, any suggestions for a more ed: fekk you, you’re history song?
later: It really does appear like AI (automated ignorance) … that certain actions … ignite the ignorance
We have been told repeatedly that the UK was unprepared for this pandemic. This is untrue. The UK was prepared, but then it de-prepared. Last year, the Global Health Security Index ranked this nation second in the world for pandemic readiness, while the US was first. Broadly speaking, in both nations the necessary systems were in place. Our governments chose not to use them.
Had the government acted in February, we can hazard a guess about what the result would have been, as the world has conducted a clear controlled experiment: weighing South Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand against the UK, the US and Brazil. South Korea did everything the UK government could have done, but refused to implement. Its death toll so far: 263. It still has an occasional cluster of infection, which it promptly contains. By contrast, the entire UK is now a cluster of infection.
These are not my words but the former President Obama’s words [I think that it is US convention to refer to former US Presidents as President. I am not following that convention and hope that President Obama will let it pass).
The comments are a rare rebuke of a sitting president from one of his predecessors, and come in the midst of a pandemic that has had devastating and disproportionate effects on communities of color in the United States.
“Let’s be honest, a disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country,” said Obama, during an online commencement address to graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “We see it in the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on our communities.”
Like President Obama, I avoid criticising foreign leaders from respect for the democratic process. It’s difficult to find the words for the absolute idiocy of the IOTUS. I think that the muse will find me.
It’s very difficult to disagree that IOTUS Trump’s Coronavirus response has been and continues to be an absolute chaotic disaster. Is he competent to do anything?
Make drawings using wax crayons?
I wouldn’t trust him to be a phone sanatizer (cleaner IOTUS).
( Middle East Monitor ) – UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk’s criticism of the forthcoming US-Israeli annexation of more Palestinian land offers a good start to collective political action against Israel, if only the international community would show that it is willing. “The plan would crystallise a 21st century apartheid, leaving in its wake the demise of the Palestinian’s right to self-determination. Legally, morally, politically, this is entirely unacceptable,” declared Lynk.
The UN official described the repercussions of annexation as creating “a cascade of bad human rights consequences” and insisted that the international community can no longer play its acquiescent role to Israeli violations. “The looming annexation is a political litmus test for the international community. This annexation will not be reversed through rebukes, nor will the 53-year-old occupation die of old age,” he warned.
This is not the first time that Lynk has offered a harsher criticism of Israel than the appeasing commentary which is typical of UN officials and institutions. In the past, he recommended international sanctions against Israel and supported the International Criminal Court (ICC) in its investigation of Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people.
Lynk’s words draw attention to the UN’s political flaws and the endorsement of human rights violations committed by its member states. As Israel moves towards annexation, the international community is unlikely to assess its own complicity. The US-Israeli annexation plans are built upon decades of international endorsement of Zionist colonisation. To oppose annexation – one of the last steps that Israel is embarking upon to complete its colonial project – is not enough. Diluting settler-colonisation to “53 years of occupation” is also inconsistent and a misrepresentation of the causes of Palestinian displacement.
The US may currently be playing a more prominent role, but the international community has magnified the US-Israeli relationship to deflect attention from the historical process leading to the current dynamic. The international community’s endorsement of the Israeli colonisation project is a major violation that remains overlooked. What the US and Israel have achieved under the Trump administration is a reflection of an ongoing cycle of intentional political oblivion at a global level.
Having shone the spotlight on the US-Israeli collusion, the international community has availed itself of a temporary lull in scrutiny of its action, particularly its inaction when it comes to the Palestinian people’s political rights. In truth, the international community’s action can be summed up in the 1947 Partition Plan, after which reliance on statements and condemnations became the diplomatically-accepted means of purportedly championing Palestinian rights. Lynk’s statements, albeit devoid of direct references to Israeli colonisation, point towards international culpability.
In recent years, the two-state compromise remains the most blatant evidence of international culpability in preventing Palestinian reclamation of their land and rights. Just as annexation has been declared in violation of international law, the two-state diplomacy must also be held accountable for paving the way to annexation. This necessitates a complete reversal of the politics that have sustained the UN so far. There cannot be a unified political front against Israel if two-state politics is not abandoned. Stopping annexation requires a reversal of Israeli colonisation; anything less is an affirmation of treason against the Palestinian people.
The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.
The human cost of the climate crisis will hit harder, wider and sooner than previously believed, according to a study that shows a billion people will either be displaced or forced to endure insufferable heat for every additional 1C rise in the global temperature.
In a worst-case scenario of accelerating emissions, areas currently home to a third of the world’s population will be as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, the paper warns. Even in the most optimistic outlook, 1.2 billion people will fall outside the comfortable “climate niche” in which humans have thrived for at least 6,000 years.
The authors of the study said they were “floored” and “blown away” by the findings because they had not expected our species to be so vulnerable.
“The numbers are flabbergasting. I literally did a double take when I first saw them, ” Tim Lenton, of Exeter University, said. “I’ve previously studied climate tipping points, which are usually considered apocalyptic. But this hit home harder. This puts the threat in very human terms.”
Well FO. He’s trying to say that he’s behaving impartially, following impartial advice beyond question [ed: reproach). Well feck you, scientists are not impartial. The Zombie has recruited the scientists that will support his ideological position.
Herd immunity never had any widespread scientific support. The Zombie has recruited political scientists of his same persuasion to support his and his insane advisor’s prejudices. They decided to go for herd immunity and found scientists to support that position. Herd immunity assumes that there is an antibody response which protects against further infections. That is a ridiculous unproved assumption. Zombie Boris cannot claim that it [is] a response guided by scientific knowledge.
Hopefully coming soon, an article about UK facing many crises. While Coronavirus is the immediate crisis, the bigger crisis is Climate Change. While UK faces these two crises, UK government is intent on a no-deal Brexit from Europe.
Climate change should be addressed as part of the response to the current Coronavirus crisis. We should not return to business as usual …
I’m hoping to send a message to someone very special. It would be great if she could reply but it’s likely that she may have to reply through a different medium and I’ll get the the jist of it anyway.
It’s strange – of course – because you’ll all see what I have to say.
It will be along the lines of I am awfully pleased that she is able to have break since I was very concerned that she was under so much pressure being so young, but she has anyway proved herself to be a tough little one. I ‘m also intending to say that I expect huge progress be accomplished through and despite this adversity
23/4/20 I realise that it’s not about any individual and notice that Greta Thunberg makes efforts to be inclusive in this way. I’m thinking that it will instead be some comments on the many crises that we face, some campaigning suggestions & also trying to understand the opposition which I find very difficult to understand tbh. I don’t think that there are many of them but some are obviously ignorant and stupid, arrogant and pig-headed who have an urge to destroy themselves. later: (Trump supporters) later again: Actually, some Trump supporters.
The UK government has claimed that it was not pursuing a strategy of herd immunity but it was. The government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has told Sky News that about 60% of people will need to become infected with coronavirus in order for the UK to enjoy “herd immunity”. See particularly from 4.30 minutes.
It was great that the Labour Party that we have just lost was a proper Socialist party willing to fight
It would be great – of course – for people to take their place. I’m not sure that we have time for party politics tbh
5.45pm New leader of UK Labour Party is recognised as being far closer to UK ‘establishment’ e.g. by being a privy council member, a Q.C. and previous head of Crown Prosecution Service. His team looks allright, we’ll have to see.
10/4/20 I am regarding the current Labour Party as irrelevant or as the opposition. While I agree with one or two appointments, the message of the appointment of the woofing mad one is received loud and clear.