After the death of Jo Cox – This exposes the extremist underbelly of the UK

www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/nov/26/jo-coxs-was-followed-by-50000-tweets-celebrating-her-death

The Guardian newspaper has the story on its web site – see link above

‘More than 50,000 abusive and offensive tweets were sent celebrating Labour MP Jo Cox’s murder and lauding her killer, Thomas Mair, as a “hero” or “patriot” in the month following her death, prompting calls for the government to do more to tackle hate speech online.

According to researchers on the social media site, the tweets were sent from at least 25,000 individuals and have been interpreted by hate crime campaigners as a sign of an emboldened extreme right wing support base.’

One thing that social media has done is give voice to those extremists in society who would probably be loners otherwise. As a free society, even one like ours which seems daily to be lurching towards narrow nationalism and possibly worse, this should be an issue we are all concerned about.

Jo Cox stood against such extremists and her murder has left a terrible stain on our fractured society.

My thanks to Roy Connell for spotting this story.

Trump, racism, misogyny and bullying

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/misogyny-us-election-voters?CMP=fb_us

The Guardian has this opinion piece on its web site – see link above.

Jen Robertson picked up on this illuminating article which really does go to the heart of what is going on in the USA and probably here as well.

‘Post-truth’ a polite way of defining telling lies

www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/15/post-truth-named-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-dictionaries

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

A rather sad reflection on our times me thinks when ‘objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’ or you could say beggar the real facts these are ‘my’ facts.

With thanks to Keith Page for spotting the Guardian article.

Brexit – No matter how you voted you surely want those you elected to have a say in what the alternative is, don’t you?

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/10/the-guardian-view-on-brexit-negotiations-mps-matter

Yes I have had many a rant about the madness of leaving the EU and the profound negative social, economic and employment effects it will have but this posting is not another one.

Have a look at the Guardian article via the link above. Is it in any way unreasonable for Parliament to be involved in deciding what the alternative to Brexit actually is? After all the only direction the electorate has given is that they want to leave. There’s was no instruction about what alternative they wanted, indeed the Brexit Leaders never offered a clear alternative.

So I want MP’s to have a say in what is negotiated at the very least. What’s wrong with that?

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Brexit – How Much! (said with a Yorkshire accent of course)

www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/29/brexit-negotiations-could-cost-tens-of-millions-of-pounds-says-report

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

This really does make you wonder whether the UK has taken leave of its senses with our ‘stop the World we want to get off’ attitude.

So we can hire 500 extra civil servants but we can’t fund our NHS? Sounds to me like our priorities are at best very confused!

We all (including companies) need to pay our taxes or public services will suffer.

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/30/apple-tax-avoidance-vindication-protest-ttip

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above.

Those who do not pay their fair share of taxes, be they companies or individuals, are, by their actions in my view, putting public services at risk. They are also by default expecting others to fund those services whilst they take a taxation holiday.

The fact that both the Irish Government and Apple have been pulled up by the EU for participating in what the EU is calling an illegal agreement on taxation is a good thing and shows how effective the EU can be at times in ensuring the right thing is done.

Do I take it that Brexiters will want to ignore this EU intervention?

Thanks to Roy Connell for spotting this story.