Weaponizing Human Rights

This is one of these dreamy, naive to the point of absurdity, articles we come across so often in the Western press these days. Of course, like your bank’s “errors” always seem to be in their favour so the naivety always seems to coincide with the interests of the imperialists. Still, in many cases, it probably is simply extreme naivety. These children who went to school, enjoyed their “circle time” (a programming system used in schools to infantilize and control young students by getting them to “share their feelings”), believed every last word the teachers said and then went on to “Uni” (probably on their horsey) where their parents accompanied them to the interview and their lecturers were careful to avoid “trigger words” in lectures. Maybe they go on to take a Masters in “War Studies” at King’s College, London. Then they came out and got a job as a “journalist” writing down every word that the US State Department and MI6 tells them to.

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A recipe for war

In 2014 the EU and the US supported a ‘revolution’ in Ukraine. They produced a fanciful narrative about Ukrainians yearning to join the EU. The US was a bit off-tune with the “fuck the EU” comment [1] – they wanted to fix Ukraine themselves – but everyone agreed that the violent overthrow of the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych was a blow for freedom and democracy.

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Fraud and ‘failed project’ – a key difference

The government has cheerily announced a new IT project – to put patient records online. (Only a matter of time before a massive data leak one imagines). That aside; the Minister is cheerily announcing that the new IT system which will be “the very best it can be” – and so on.

The fact that this was done just a few years ago and £11 billion (yes £11 billion) of public money was largely written off is barely getting a mention. That cash went to many people – none of whom I believe were asked to give it back. The shareholders of BT and CSC (a US consulting company) soaked up a good part of that £11 billion. The project was beset with cost overruns.

Meanwhile people are regularly jailed by the courts for benefit fraud. That is usually they claim a bit over and above what they are actually entitled to.

If you wear a suit, call yourself a consultant, and steal billions of public money all is fine. If you are working class and steal a few thousand you are looking at jail time.

 

 

Propaganda Watch update

Christmas and the propaganda never stops.

I very rarely watch the BBC news. (Only if I am staying with someone who does watch it).

Last night’s 24 hours bulletin was the usual fare of shoddy reporting and propaganda for political class [1] ideologies. As usual (at least when I watch it) the majority of the presenters are women and/or black and/or obviously gay. Last night out of several presenters/reporters only one was not a black woman. The token man was not an attractive specimen – huge and overweight with a bland sagging face. I couldn’t help wondering if he hadn’t been chosen deliberately – to mock the genre. He certainly didn’t know how to report, referring to the 20 ‘other charges’ against actor Kevin Spacey for historical sexual assault. In fact he meant allegations. There is only one charge. The media often take advantage of someone under pressure on sex abuse/assault charges and drop the normal standards by which allegations should be reported as allegations and charges as charges. (Presumably the media has a good sense of when someone is under too much pressure to be able to respond to each and every piece of false reporting). The ‘reporter’ was introduced by a third-rate presenter who in effect giggled as she read the piece – as if to say out loud “hysterically funny but he denies these charges which we all know are true”. And, of course, they are “true” – given that, these days, sexual assault verdicts are reached against (almost entirely white men) in public media trials, not by the courts and the doctrine that “allegations must be believed” means in fact that all allegations are treated as true anyway. News reporting in the Western media is no longer anything to do with facts – it is all about creating media narratives. In this case one in which white men are always the villain.

Meanwhile over in today’s Guardian there is a report on the case of the two Americans who have been arrested in China. This is widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese businesswoman in Canada following a request for extradition by the US. The US wants to try Meng Wanzhou for breaking US sanctions on companies doing business with Iran. [2] Wanzhou was snatched as she was transferring through Vancouver. The attempt to extend US law all over the world is rightly described by Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, as “revolting”. The Guardian ends its report with “She [Wanzhou] is living under electronic surveillance in a luxury home in Vancouver, welcoming visitors daily and updating her social media page. Kovrig and Spavor [the 2 US Citizens held in China] have been held under more difficult conditions and denied access to lawyers.”. This is interesting because it mixes up political and legal matters. Wanzhou has been released under a large bond and under stringent bail conditions by a court following Canadian law and a court hearing.  Kovrig and Spavor are also being treated in accordance with the law – Chinese law. [3] This comment invalidates China’s right to have a different legal system to that of the US and indeed shows a failure to even understand that there is such a thing as a legal process. This report is credited to AFP – a media organisation owned by the French state. Such blatant imperialism is precisely the mindset of the new media class in the West.

A campaign at home to undermine all the former bastions of authority – the law, white men, the family (all this presented as the height of progressive thinking) – and a crude and retrograde colonialism abroad. Such is the ideology of the new media and political classes in the West.

Notes

1. The Triumph of the Political Class. Peter Oborne. Simon & Schuster 2007

2. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2177013/huawei-executive-sabrina-meng-wanzhou-fraudulently-represented-company

3. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2179049/china-denies-detained-canadian-ex-diplomat-michael-kovrig

The fallacy of the false left’s line about “funding our NHS”

The parliamentary “left” as well as the “caring conservatives” are united in one big con about the NHS.

New Labour massively increased spending on the NHS as part of their huge increase in public spending (roughly speaking the government take of GDP went up from 38% to 48% under New Labour). When the Tories tried to roll-back on some of New Labour’s unsustainable excesses (known by the false left as “austerity”) they still protected the NHS.

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A week in a special needs primary school “requiring improvement” in London

Heaven knows what a school must be like that is ranked as “inadequate”.

Background: after a great 2 months working in a college for young adults with autism and LD, (labels/categorisations of course), the author of this site is now spending a week in a primary school for young people with autism and LD. The school is ranked as “requiring improvement” by OFSTED. But I didn’t need to read the government web page to realise that. It was obvious from the first few minutes that something was badly wrong.

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