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Just realised that practically no-one I know, knows about this:
Ever since I was at school the “funny bit at the end of the news” was the ecology bit – ‘ this was what the men in sandals with beards were saying now’.
That was the early 1970s and ever since then I’ve recognised that we’re going to be in trouble but no political will to do anything about it.
Politically, this would mean risk takers – up against the most powerful companies and lobby groups on the planet, it means almost certain political death, and there is no World Power, with enough clout to hammer it home, and the only world superpower we have – in denial.
I found myself almost shouting at the TV, “5 years to end plastic packaging??? how about NEXT MONTH???”. Similar outbursts about Diesel cars, Coal fired power stations, Fishing trawlers with 2mile long nets . . . . . It’s a massive list of real “hates” of mine. Thought I’d type some it out to bore you guys with!
Summing-up at the end, Boris asserted his view for the UK, post Covid19:
“More resilient, more innovative, more economically dynamic, but also more generous and more sharing.”
He missed one word. “Environment”
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