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.

Who the F*!k voted for the Tories?!

I’m genuinely gutted. That exit poll shocked me – what happened to the hope? What happened to the desire for change?

People bottled it at the last-minute. Same as last time. I thought we were past that “fear is more powerful than hope” after the Scottish Referendum, but apparently not.

My take – ignorance is the problem; people are too apathetic to realise what’s going on (of course, it’s in the establishment’s interest to have apathetic people – no one to notice what the government’s getting away with), people only have a superficial understanding of what’s going on (compounded by media bias and politburo PR) and therefore don’t consider issues fully, or people have been conditioned by pre-existing ideology that inequality and privilege is part of the natural order (awfully convenient if you’re already privileged and powerful).

Despite enabling a Tory “majority” (36% of the vote a majority makes not) the one take-away I’m happy with is Scotland – they actively want change and hopefully they’ll now get it. Localised devolution makes much more sense – I just despair for the Left-Wing contingent down here subject to the supposed will of the people under Cameron’s English National Party.

Just to be clear – THIS is what we’re getting under a Tory government. Why people voted for that is beyond me. Here’s what NHS workers had to say about it this morning.

If you clicked that link about the election results, you’ll notice that 33.9% of the eligible voters didn’t turn out. I wonder how many of those people would have voted against the Tories? Whether the system works directly or not – until we have a self-reliant form of organisation we have to rely on the State to a certain degree, and by not voting we’re only letting the Fascists win: if you don’t say anything then your voice can’t be heard!

We definitely need a more proportionately representative system of government in this country, in the interest of accurately reflecting the public sentiment, rather than a sweeping generalisation. However, if that were the case then UKIP would have 83 seats in parliament, which is a terrifying prospect. So perhaps representation is only half the problem.

As a final thought, the Greens got 1,157,613 votes – 296,823 less than the SNP who got 56 seats – and only won 1 seat. There is an appetite for progress somewhere, but until we change the voting system we’ll be going round in circles. We can worry about stamping out ignorance later.

Greens never finished 2nd in GE result before, says leader“If we had a fair proportional system, we’d have 25 seats” Natalie Bennett tells Andrew Neil about Green Party election results.

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Russell Brand’s Media Spotlight | The Trews


The conclusion video on The Trews wraps up Election Week in a nice little bundle… WITH A SURPRISE TWIST!!!

With this in mind, take a look at this explanation of the last-minute turnaround.

I don’t support New Labour – the behaviour of Red Ed is indicative of the towing of the party line above an actual rational conversation that Labour represent (as with the other parties), just listen to the repetitive rhetoric and learned responses/actions across interviews (“Look/Let me tell you why/This is what I think”).

Russell has consistently had increasingly good and relevant points the more he’s learned over the past year – but I just feel he’s got a little over-keen and been swayed by Miliband  in politician mode, adding extra meaning to what he’s said in interview rather than reading between the lines.

The message is clear and true – “Vote Labour to get rid of the Tories”. But I wouldn’t bet on anything else without major political reform, which Labour are quite strongly against (why change a system that lets you stay in power? Have we forgotten about the Scottish Referendum?)

Here’s a link to his chat with the Greens, who he’s clearly onboard with:

Russell Brand interviews the Green Party

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UK Election: Opposition Debate (BBC)


So – who caught the BBC Opposition Leader’s Debate on Thursday? I’m always up for a bit of Tory-bashing!

David Cameron’s absence was noted and welcomed, not only was he unable to ‘defend’ the Coalition record over the last 5 years, but also gave the leaders a chance to go between each other on valid points raised with a minimum of Left-vs-Right point scoring.

I don’t know if it’s the #millifandom buzz, but even Red Ed came off as slightly more coherent and impassioned – although we still get too much “Look,/Here’s what I think/Let me tell you why” looking at the camera to make sure he addresses the ‘voting public’ (a bit rude to the audience, no?) and some party-line rhetoric that reminds me of a doting Dauphin who’s come up through rigorous training on how to present oneself ‘properly’ as a politician. The whole “Debate me (if you think you’re hard enough)” shtick was cringe – seems even spin doctors are out of touch, who thought that would make him more relate-able?

The less said about Farage, the better. The scaremongering was addressed and mocked accordingly – and who would actually press ‘the button’ and drop the bomb? The overwhelming impression left was one of Common Sense, and once again the women on the panel come off as the most genuine, impassioned and pragmatic – dealing with problems and raised questions with valid points and solutions. What’s even more encouraging is the active acknowledgement that not one party will win an overall majority, and the extent that (almost) all the parties are willing to work together on common ground.

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UK Election: Leader’s Debate (Sky News)

Did you catch it? I missed it live, but managed to catch it on YouTube.


 

After the promise of a total mess, I was a little disappointed! Same old rhetoric, planned questions, planned answers… the actual debate part was the most interesting.

So we’ve got Labour blaming the Tories (and looking into the camera to make sure it looks like Ed is talking to YOU *shudder*), the Tories blaming Labour (making sure we know that the plan is “working” – not for the average punter, mind), the Libs sitting on the fence (fancy that!), and Farage being a racist. All fairly standard.

The women seemed to come off as the most credible – and the main thing to take away from this is that Scotland will be a friend to the progressive left in England.

My heart goes out to Natalie Bennet’s sincere plea for votes. I want more passion like that in politics.

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