Still not prepared to join the Little Englanders

Well no readers of this blog site will be surprised at that heading of course.

I’ve pretty much always looked upon myself as being a European and am not for changing that view. I’m probably a tad more EUish than Jim Hancock but his latest blog posting on the matter is pretty much blob on for me. Go on have a read of it via the link below:-

jimhancock.co.uk/hancocks-half-page/

One thing that has long concerned me is the links between Trumpism and Brexit and how the major payers in both have openly interacted in their joint promotion of their own forms of anarchy. Johnson was putting Trump up for a Nobel Peace Prize not long ago, Farage saw himself as Trump’s ally and of course Trump was a big Brexit backer. But behind these bizarre leading characters there were others who worked for or advised both campaigns.

Brexiteers and Trumpians are cut from the same cloth

Both Trumpism and Brexit have been very successful attempts to tap into the anger of those who feel that US and UK societies have left them behind. At the same time these political campaigns have exploited the very same people in a process which certainly in Brexit terms has always been aimed at making the rich richer and poor poorer. That you can manipulate voters to become enthusiastic backers of a process from which they can only be the losers is remarkable but it has simply been built upon what the right wing press have been peddling for many years. Setting the EU up to be blamed for all the UK’s ills enabled the establishment, the wealthy and those in power to always have a believable scape goat which many voters were willing to accept as being ‘their’ problem.

But hey I lost I must ‘suck it up’ so Brexiteers tell me as they celebrate all their winnings. Except that, of course, there are no winnings as there was never going to be!

But more than anything what Brexit has shown in spades is that our political system is very much not fit for purpose. A Tory Party taken over by UKIP, a Labour Party riven with splits and unable/unwilling to act as an Official Opposition, a Lib Dem Party which failed to get its message across, an electoral system which virtually always delivers governments (and Conservative ones at that) with less than 50% elector backing.

We are still in the mire, despite leaving the EU, as our political system will always prioritise those on middle incomes and the wealthy at the expense of the poor. The poor/poorly educated will continue to be exploited and be left behind despite ‘levelling up’ rhetoric and our right wing press will continue to feed them fake stories about who to blame. Leaving the EU has lanced no boil at all, it has just confirmed that fake news is a very powerful tool in the hands of unscrupulous politicians.

Brexit – Jim Hancock’s view is worth sharing

jimhancock.co.uk/no-coins-or-bongs-for-me/

I’ve long had a soft spot for Jim Hancock’s well thought out views on many subjects. Above you will find a link to his blog posting about our troubled relationship with Europe as we walk away from it for the foreseeable future.

Yes I’m angry at the utter stupidity of what we have done to ourselves and future generations but I lost, Little England won. I’ll leave it there with no further comment……

OXFAM – An opportunity the right can’t resist

That Oxfam staff have been involved in activities they should not have been seems to be a given but let’s not be taken in by the right wing propagandists who have latched onto these misdemeanors to attack a charity and indeed a charitable sector that often says and does things the right and the rich and powerful do not like.

There are politicians in UKIP, the Tories and indeed even in the Labour Party who want to reduce or even stop the UK’s foreign aid provision – they will undoubtedly also be Brexiters in the main who can’t see beyond their isolationist boundaries.

The Government should be supporting Oxfam to get its house back in order, instead it has let loose the hard Brexiters as attack dogs bolstered by more than a little savaging from the press.

As I have said time and time again, we live in very dangerous times where the official opposition is on the same page as our Bluekip/DUP Government over Brexit. This means that all kinds of hard won rights and government policies we should be proud of, such as helping countries that are in desperate need of help, are at huge risk as our very way of life is being unpicked before our eyes.

Yes some foreign aid is not well spent and yes some of it is siphoned off by despots but that’s not a reason to pull up the draw bridge and man the barricades of the White Cliff’s of Dover! It’s a reason to redouble our efforts to target foreign aid better. Anyone who supports reducing or stopping out foreign aid is simply asking for more refugee problems, more global conflict and more starvation pictures on our TV screens.

So when you hear politicians attack Oxfam just think for a moment why they are doing it because it is likely to be right wing populism, with sprinkling of Little Englander and a possibly a dose of fascism too.