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Panama partners in crime

“We have broken no laws and cooperated with the government at all times.”   Variations of that statement seem to be the default defence of everyone from bankers to politicians when their names come up in the Panama Papers. In the UK the latest to resort to some version of it, was first Downing Street on […]

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A tiny detail from the UK election

I have largely kept my personal party politics out of this blog. But as many of you know I am running as the parliamentary candidate for the Green Party  in Scarborough and Whitby. I hope you will forgive me this one post. If people think it out of place please just say so and I […]

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Syria – Cui bono? Part 1

Once again the current rulers of the USA have decided some little dusky-brown skinned people need to be saved from some other dusky-brown skinned people. Once again they’ll be saving them by bombing. Carefully, of course, and with every effort made to kill only the bad brown ones and not the good brown ones, and […]

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NSA/GCHQ – The New Praetorians and the New Cold War

In a democracy rule is by consent. In a dictatorship it is by control. Which do we have in the West? It seems to me, it is no longer clear. We certainly still have the rituals of rule by consent. But behind the elected front men and women is a shadow state. It’s people ritually […]

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Making the Truth Illegal – revisited

“Making the Truth Illegal” is the title of the only post I have ever removed from this blog. I removed it because I was threatened with legal consequences if I did not. (Plus, I would like to add, some of the way I had written the blog post was stupid and could have hurt someone […]

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Twilight of Justice

Back in December of 2012, when it was proved in U.S. court that billions of dollars of drug money had been laundered through HSBC and yet somehow it was also found that HSBC was NOT guilty of laundering and neither was anyone in the bank, there was an outcry. In America Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, […]

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The Slippery Grip of Growth – Guest Post by Hawkeye

1) Whither Growth Never has a society spoken so much about growth, yet achieved so little. Time and time again predictions of recovery and a return to normal levels of economic growth have proven premature. The phrase “triple dip recession” has now entered the lexicon in the UK as GDP figures look like turning south […]

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Sovereignty – betrayals and lies.

Today the art of politics is to take public concern,  anger or bigotry and create a channel for it so that like flood water you can destroy one place or group while protecting another. Mr Cameron and his flag waving concern to restore Britain’s lost sovereignty is a case in point. The Conservative party has, […]

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Secret State

Work takes me away for a few days and then on the weekend I shall be talking at the TUC summer School in Bradford. Maybe see some of you there. In the meantime some thoughts for you to consider. We are all now sadly familiar with the role of Off-shore tax havens. They allow companies […]

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Debts and tax – a small point

In the last two posts I have argued that debt has surpassed the importance of wages in increasing the flow of money and of driving first inflation and then, in the bust, deflation in those things traded and held in debt – such as property. In this post I just want to make a fairly […]

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