Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Bankers, bosses, selfish politicians; all are masters of misdirection. It allows them to escape blame-free

Source: Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Last week I posted an article on a Green MP’s opinion, and the acceptance of political narrative. Today’s article makes an excellent point.

You may remember at the beginning of last year, when the news (in the UK) was full of coverage of the floods in the South West – and the government passed the Gagging Law? Or, now the news is full of coverage of the impending threat from ISIS (or immigrants, for that matter), how we’ve all completely missed the ongoing discussions about TTIP?

I may make the point poorly – but the point still remains. READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

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Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments

Source: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

I don’t really know what to say about this – but I can’t say I’m surprised.

It might pose the question – why are certain factions are so hard on denying climate change, despite evidence to the contrary? You might extend this idea to other points, but not in this post. 😀

To hit the point closer to home, isn’t this is all money that we could feasibly use to fund the NHS? Education?  And to what end is all this money being subsidised?

As I’m sure I mentioned in a previous post (not to point the finger directly, but to make a general point), there’s a reason the party is called ‘Conservative’ – why would you want to change a system that keeps you rich and in charge?

The UK is the most unequal country in the EU | i100 (The Independent)

The Tory government has only just assumed power, and already Britain is the most unequal country in the EU.

Source: The UK is the most unequal country in the EU

Yes, a very short article – but a very direct point to make.

I will say – perhaps in a stunning act of hypocrisy – that I’ve always felt that the Middle Class are the most problematic portion of society when it comes to actualising change, as they aspire to be Upper Class whilst unaware that they are just as exploited as the Working Class are.

Despite this, I find it startling how apathetic most people seem to be towards this widening inequality, and what ramifications it has on society as a whole. The rich aren’t suffering austerity.

Here’s a little infographic on why austerity doesn’t work.

Here’s a Guardian article on why trickle-down economics doesn’t work.

Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

Researchers will bring the vaccine stateside and track it for the FDA so it can be manufactured and sold in the US.

Source: Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

This article should be called “Cubans develop vaccine for lung cancer” and should have been published 4 years ago.

It makes me angry that we’re only hearing about this now because suddenly The West wants a piece of it! Makes you wonder what else goes on in Cuba that we don’t know about.

Forget what you have been told about Cuba and the failure of Socialism – one of the world’s best healthcare systems, free arts and zero illiteracy? Poverty is relative to needs and wants, but of course I have no idea what really goes on in Cuba.

Greens blame Tory majority on Labour’s willingness to “accept the narrative of its opponents” | New Statesman

I wonder how many of us who are actively engaged in politics are kicking ourselves that we simply did not understand how he was controlling the campaign.

Source: Greens blame Tory majority on Labour’s willingness to “accept the narrative of its opponents”

A follow-up on yesterday’s post, again from the New Statesman, from a Green MP.

I think he makes an excellent point – I have heard people who voted Tory since question their choice, and I suppose a lot of that is to do with how the leaders handled their media presence.

Too often, I fear that most people take things on their face value, and don’t read between the lines.

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Don’t give in: an angry population is hard to govern; a depressed population is easy

Hours after the Conservatives were re-elected, the government looked at cutting access to work schemes for the disabled. You’d think they’d at least have the decency to bring some flowers before shafting the vulnerable, but no.

Source: Don’t give in: an angry population is hard to govern; a depressed population is easy

If anyone’s still reeling from the result of yesterday’s election, here’s an interesting thinkpiece from the New Statesman.

To quote Teddy Roosevelt:

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

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