Fuck Tha Poor

Mother-hating-psycho John Hutton defends the Labour government as it increases tax on the poorest. Now far be it from me to say mother-hating-psycho John Hutton is happy with this because of his hatred of his working class mother and his working class upbringing… But it’s worth considering. Oh yes thanks Labour government, really exemplifying your roots here-

Business Secretary John Hutton has ruled out a rethink on the decision to scrap the lowest tax band, amid claims Labour has abandoned low-paid workers. He said he did not think it possible to go back on a decision to scrap the 10p rate, despite Labour MPs’ unhappiness.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg told the BBC it was a “cheap political stunt” to allow a 2p cut in the basic tax rate at the expense of the poorest people. Mr Hutton said the move had to be seen as part of a wider package of tax cuts. From Sunday standard income tax is being cut by 2% to 20% but the lowest 10p band is being scrapped entirely.

Mr Clegg told the BBC earlier : “Over five million of the poorest people, it’s estimated with incomes between £5,000 and £18,000, are suddenly finding their starting rate of tax is doubling, why? So Gordon Brown could offer a 2p cut in the rate from 22p to 20p for the following day’s headlines. I think that is an outrageous political stunt at the cost of the poorest in British society.”

(ps. check the picture on that BBC story, c’mon he is a psycho & the beeb agrees!) God forbid they tax the rich who under their stewardship have grown richer at a higher rate than anyone while the poor got poorer and social mobility (although that there is a need for that demonstrates gross inequity & class stratification anyway) has declined…Under a Labour government. All neatly done over the weekend when the people worst affected get away from their wage slavery and escape & relax so they will know the least about it, nice.

Oh Limp Picks

The Olympics is about money and influence and national kudos, the sporting activities are a vehicle for that. So it’s rather odd the debate should be framed as- should politics and sport mix- as the IOC is incredibly political. Even the position of not talking about politics is political, it favours the powerful and the status quo, it is ineffably a conservative position. So the real dynamic is- should conservative establishment friendly politics be challenged- the only answer to that (unless you are an imbecile) is YES! It’s bad for the sports people as sometimes their whole lives culminate in one Olympics, but they are being used, their passion and dedication. The games should be a free speech zone if they were to embody the idealism they claim, but as history shows they are not and do defer to the global conservative establishment. When competitors make political statements they have found their careers ruined and are roundly condemned. It’s a bit like the decorum of a dinner party, don’t discuss religion or politics and the powers that be rest easy with those polite conventions. So while a boycott is unrealistic we should be sure to support any brave competitor who speaks truth to power.

The images of police arresting protesters over the traditional flame running PR campaign for the event does indicate the games remain a spectacle controlled by elites and the gap between people and their rights and the ruling classes is growing. As they say those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable. More and more we see governments pursuing objectives which suit none but a powerful elite minority with the increasingly paramilitary police quelling protest & dissent.

For this particular issue of Tibet it must be said the protesters should be specific that they want a democratic Tibet not a return to the feudal style nation that existed before the Chinese came. And that current unrest is linked to the authoritarian capitalism of China supported by most of the supposed ‘free’ world. On feudal Tibet. A response. And the effect of the capitalist changes that have caused huge ethnic & demographic upheaval. In the case of Burma (which seems forgotten in the furore over Tibet) there was a democratically elected party set to take power that the military junta smashed and imprisoned. Also the main western players especially the American empire are happy for China to take the heat of public disapproval as it gives them some leverage as they deal with this huge emerging superpower which owns billions in US debt.

For my money the IOC is the biggest, best gig for a gravy train of bribes on the planet, they need to be reformed, they are corrupt as fuck. The idea of the Olympics and global sport while not massively interesting to me personally (although I’ll be watching if Sara Khoshjamal is in any bouts with war pimping countries, go SK!) is nevertheless a good idea and should continue but with the free speech element at the forefront and protesters for democratic reform should be listened to, at the same time cynical co-option by these movements by other powers needs to be resisted. As with Burma, China would not have this influence or power if it weren’t for the rest of the world happily enabling it to be the workshop of the world. China is a symptom of the real problem not the sole cause. Unrestrained globalised corporate capitalism cares nothing of human rights, every person who supports it and espouses it helps oppress the Tibetan people and the Burmese. Trade without real and enforced conditions on rights is an economy of misery.

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Correa Calls Out CIA Infiltration

(Reuters) – Ecuador’s president accused the CIA on Saturday of controlling many of his country’s spy agencies, in comments that could fray ties with Washington and drag it into Ecuador’s feud with neighboring Colombia.

President Rafael Correa has fired a top intelligence officer and plans to overhaul spy agencies for belatedly informing him about links between Colombian rebels and an Ecuadorean who died in Colombia’s raid inside Ecuador last month that sparked a regional crisis. “Many of our intelligence agencies have been taken over by the CIA,” the leftist leader said during his weekly radio show. “Through the CIA, information found here was passed to Colombia to improve their position” in the dispute.

Correa also charged the United States with financing some officers in the Ecuadorean spy agencies

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Corporate Manslaughter Law a ‘damp squib’

Under the new legislation companies may face higher fines of up to 10% of turnover, or more in the most serious cases. And for the first time the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act will make government bodies liable for prosecution by lifting their Crown immunity.

Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of trade union Unite, said: “Individual directors or senior managers will still not be held responsible for health and safety failures that result in the death of either their employees or members of the public.” Construction industry union Ucatt was even more damning, describing the law as “the dampest of damp squibs”.

Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie said: “Only by creating the possibility that directors will go to jail will there be a change of culture in the construction industry. “The new Act will not save the life of a single construction worker,” he said, adding that in 2007, 77 construction workers were killed at work.

Another Khaki Brick In The Wall

Controversial plans for pupils in comprehensive schools to sign up for military drills and weapons training are being backed by Gordon Brown in an attempt to improve the relationship between the public and the armed forces. A major review of the military’s role in British society says that encouraging more state secondary school pupils to join the cadet corps would improve discipline among teenagers while helping to improve the public perception of the army, navy and air force.The government-commissioned review of civil and military relations, led by Quentin Davies…Davies, who was a Tory MP before defecting to Labour last year, said his controversial proposals to expand the cadet structure throughout the comprehensive system were firmly backed by the Prime Minister, the Children’s Secretary Ed Balls and defence ministers.

Elsewhere in his review, Davies also recommends that the British military’s portrayal in the school curriculum should be re-examined, although he accepts that the government cannot become involved in such decisions and that teachers by law are required to treat political issues in a balanced way and to avoid partisan views. Other ways to improve relations between youngsters and the armed forces include more school visits from serving soldiers.

The report also unequivocally recommends that soldiers should be encouraged to wear their uniform off-duty

This is raw militarism, martial fetishism, regressive authoritarianism digging up the imperial war focussed Britain of the past. It’s also a sign of growing fascistic cultural tendencies. Still putting guns into schools could work out in an interesting way…if

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