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The Next Crisis – Part Three – The World Turned Upside Down

At this point I would like to make it clear that just because I have suggested the Global Over Class are likely to have thought ahead to what they will need to achieve before the next crisis arrives and have outlined some of what I think their Manifesto might contain, does not mean I think […]

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The Next Crisis – Part two – A manifesto for the supremacy of the 1%

The present crisis is not yet over and yet we are already overdue for the next. In Part One I suggested that not only are the 1% well aware of this but that while they have been telling us how we must ‘save’ the present system and assuring us that any radical break with the […]

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The Next Crisis – Part one

The present global financial ‘crisis’ began in 2007-8. It is not nearly over. And that simple fact is a problem. Not because of the life-choking misery it inflicts on the lives of millions who had no part in its creation, but because the chances of another crisis beginning before this one ends, is increasing. What […]

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Slaves of England

In 1854 a Mr John C. Cobden, published a book on the poverty and inequality of his time. I offer you these quotes from it with the suggestion that where he writes “aristocracy” you substitute “Bankers” or “the 1%” and where he writes “slaveholders”  you substitute “debtholders”. Where he and I have written “England” subsitute […]

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Some small thoughts before I go

We are off on our first family holiday in five years. I am more excited than the kids. We will be gone a month and during that time almost entirely off the grid. Before we go I wanted to say thank you – to all of you who come to the  blog to read and […]

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The Disloyal

There have been three important men in my life. The dreams of all of them have been betrayed. My grandfather was and in many ways still is everything I admire. He began working down the pit when he was 14 years old. He retired at 65 and a few fleeting years later was dead of […]

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Trade deals, Investment Treaties and the Death of Democracy – How companies sue whole nations and win.

This is a talk I gave dealing with Trade Deals such as the TPP and TPIP and the threat posed by them and the Investment Treaties and Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism they contain. The talk was held in Friends House in Manchester, England and was organized by the Green Party and Equality Northwest.  The […]

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British Interests in Ukraine

What are we doing in Ukraine, who is doing it, why are they doing it and for whose benefit? Simple questions but to answer them, even to begin to answer them, we have to take a step back from the official drivel of championing democracy, respecting the will of the people  and protecting the integrity […]

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Ukraine – some thoughts on who is playing for what.

A few quick thoughts to offer on who might be playing for what in Ukraine. First, most popular uprisings or protests get nowhere unless they get considerable outside help. For example Qatar supplied much of the help in the Arab Spring. In the Ukraine, it has been quite clear for a while now that the […]

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Trade deals and Investment Treaties – How companies can sue whole nations and win.

This is the title of a fringe session I will be doing at the Green Party Conference at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, at 17.00 on Sat. the 1st March. The blurb for the session reads: Inside trade deals like the TTIP between the US and  EU are Bilateral Investment Treaties. There are now over 3000 […]

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