How the Anglo-American model failed to tackle coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/10/anglo-american-coronavirus-crisis?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress
This from Rafael Behr. Rafael’s words are so precise & polished, real and unaffected. If you can’t face it all – just absorb the first few paras, you won’t be disappointed!
Boris Johnson’s bluster on Brexit is about to face reality https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/03/boris-johnson-brexit-eu-trade-talks?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress
It should have been a great decade for the European left – what happened?
A fabulous proportion of thinking people woke up this morning, or stayed-up last night, to the news we’d feared – indeed knew in our guts we would hear.
Harking back to another morning on 24th June 2016, when the same people woke up and stared incredulously at the radio – they’ve done what?
Having failed to get us then, thwarted by thinking people who had legal and political strings to pull, the 42 months in-between have been so mind-numbingly sad that so many just wanted it over. And the Conservatives knew it.
“Get Brexit Done” again and again, stated as if it was a foregone conclusion.
That Brexit was somehow an overdue chore, and not a seriously bad decision, based on media lies, white-van man type rubbish, pub talk rubbish – together with some thoroughly mistaken idea of what the UK’s place in the world ‘should’ be – or even what we’re capable of doing these days, especially on our own.
Nicola Sturgeon should really try and get Scotland away from the UK, and remain in Europe – but then, that’s been her plan all along. And good luck to them.
For us remaining, I wonder if I’ve missed some obvious point, somehow. Has no-one read anything even remotely serious in these past years? About land grabs, corporate lobbying, offshore tax havens, cheats, lies?
A lot of the Twitter stuff I’m reading today is revolving around Corbyn. Quite honestly there are two far, far bigger stories out there: one facing the other.
Either a lot of voters thought “get Brexit done” was worth ditching an excellent Labour manifesto for,
or: The country is SO FULL of mindless arseholes that actually had NO REAL CLUE what they were truly doing.
Neither is a stance I would have liked paraded across the globe on behalf of the UK. What a fucking mess.
Carrot mania: shoppers in a frenzy over Aldi’s plush toy Kevin
Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2012 There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, …
Source: The Gift of Death
York shop bans cheesy Christmas music for sake of staff
I think it was this time last year I was ranting about Slade’s Christmas hit, and how I found it terminally depressing as it paraded itself across our ears for (what? The next seven weeks?) – seems I wasn’t alone.
I never expected to go viral just for saying billionaires shouldn’t exist