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Susan on the Soapbox: Four Things We Learned From Brexit

What was he thinking? The UK, with or without Scotland and Northern Ireland, is leaving the EU, but first it has to slog through two harrowing years extricating itself from its most important market (44% of all of the UK’s … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Four Things We Learned From Brexit

The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

By voting for Brexit, the UK has “opted for a form of ritual suicide, but one which will destroy others in its wake, fundamentally undermining the EU, the most progressive political project in history.” The post Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Bri… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Huffington Post: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than half … . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Huffington Post: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than ha… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron

The Canadian Progressive: Tax havens have no economic justification, 300 economists tell world leaders

“There is no economic justification for allowing the continuation of tax havens,” 300 economists told world leaders ahead of the Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Thursday. The post Tax havens have no econom… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Tax havens have no economic justification, 300 economists tell world leaders

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Remembrance Day reading.

– Roderick Benns interviews Robin Boadway about the results of past basic income studies which have shown that economic security helps rather than hinders individual participation in the workforce:

Benns: What about a basic income guarantee makes it a social justice issue?

Boadway: To me, freedom from poverty . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: David Cameron, Poppygate, and the Chicken Hawk Cons

Well as I'm sure you know, they say you can't trust a Con as far as you can see, or spit. For they lie and cheat to win elections, and nothing they do is quite what it appears to be.Now take a good look at that photo of the David Cameron, the British Prime . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: David Cameron, Poppygate, and the Chicken Hawk Cons

Montreal Simon: Piggygate: The Horrible Story of Cons, Pigs, and Scandal

As you know I like to portray Stephen Harper and his Cons as pigs, with big snouts and pointy ears.

Not because I have anything against pigs, who are smart and gentle animals.

But only because like pigs, Cons like to congregate at the trough, and roll in the mud, and squeal in a . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Piggygate: The Horrible Story of Cons, Pigs, and Scandal

Susan on the Soapbox: Can Lynton Crosby Save Stephen Harper?

Big news this week for the Harper campaign watchers—uber political strategist Lynton Crosby joined the Harper campaign team. Why this is news now and not when Crosby started working with the Harper team in March is a mystery, but never mind.

Mr Crosby has a stellar record. He brought John Howard, the former Australian prime . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Can Lynton Crosby Save Stephen Harper?

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Brendan O’Neill writes that the UK Cons are following in Stephen Harper’s footsteps by pushing the concept of thought policing. And George Monbiot rightly criticizes the gross inflation of supposed terror threats and simultaneous neglect of far more serious risks: A global survey published last week by . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The New Fascist Britain, the Scottish Resistance, and the Lesson for Canada

It couldn't be a worse nightmare. David Cameron's Conservatives have a majority and are preparing to carve up what's left of Britain's welfare state.They are planning to make massive cuts to welfare payments for the poor and the disabled, continue their privatization of that country's medicare system, and scrap the human rights act.But while . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The New Fascist Britain, the Scottish Resistance, and the Lesson for Canada

Politics and its Discontents: A Sign I Would Live To See In Canada

This is how a politically disgruntled Brit is dealing with his frustration over the Tories.

Anyone in Canada up for a little creative protest? Recommend this Post

The Disaffected Lib: John Bull In a China Shop

What good is a majority if it lands you in a minefield?  Conservative prime minister David Cameron finds himself in that predicament after last week’s elections handed him a very slim majority.

He’s looking to slash about 12-billion quid from his country’s welfare budget. His “red meat” backbench are spoiling for a tussle with . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: John Bull In a China Shop

Politics and its Discontents: Must Be His Eton Background

In the lead-up the May 7 British election, Prime Minister David Cameron, I guess, thought it was time to masquerade as ‘one of the people.’ He was photographed at a barbecue eating a hot dog:

His mode of consumption elicited a flurry of responses from some Twitter wags: Hahhaa, David Cameron eating a hot . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Must Be His Eton Background

The Disaffected Lib: Well, There Goes Europe.

Making sense of Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, was never easier.  It’s all thanks to his revelation that Kim Kardashian is his 13th cousin.  Suddenly it all falls into place.

CuriosityCat: You gotta love those Brits!

The Gladiators prepare …

Prime Minister Cameron, facing requests for three televised debates before the May election, is dodging and weaving, having calculated that he has more to lose than to gain by debating three or more other opponents.

Voters tend to favour him over his main contender, who is fighting low expectations, as . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: You gotta love those Brits!

The Disaffected Lib: Will We Get It Right This Time? Do We Dare Get It Wrong?

David Cameron is adding his voice to the chorus warning that we’re nearing the brink of another global economic meltdown.  The British prime minister, whose failed austerity programmes have done so much to bring Britain low, penned a lament for The Guardian following the G20 summit.

Cameron  generously pats himself on the back and proclaims that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will We Get It Right This Time? Do We Dare Get It Wrong?

Left Over: Money for Nothin’ and Your Work for Free…

Poloz’s prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Nov. 04 2014, 12:40 PM EST

Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 04 2014, 7:03 PM EST

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/11/the-bank-of-canada-governor-and-young.html

Anyone familiar with British politics has heard it all before..the government of Cameron, right wing nutjob with . . . → Read More: Left Over: Money for Nothin’ and Your Work for Free…

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Will Hutton rightly slams David Cameron for his antisocial view of taxes and public institutions – which should of course sound all too familiar in Canada: Believe the prime minister and it is morality, rather than economics, which requires him to cut taxes. In an important article . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: The Union May Survive Intact but Cameron Is Seriously Wounded

According to The Guardian, late polls show Scotland will stay in the United Kingdom.  As Scots went to cast their ballots the No side was up six points, 53 to 47 for the Yes secessionists.

Assuming those numbers hold, the onus is going to fall very heavily on London to come through with . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Union May Survive Intact but Cameron Is Seriously Wounded

Montreal Simon: David Cameron and Scotland’s Butterfly Rebellion

Well there he was today, David Cameron, the leader of Britain's savage Con regime.The Prime Minister who has inflicted the most pain on the British people since the bestial Margaret Thatcher.Trying to bully the Scottish people into voting NO by threatening them with a "painful divorce." Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: David Cameron and Scotland’s Butterfly Rebellion

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone

A very strange Oped piece appeared in the Globe and Mail on the weekend, written by none other than Stephen Harper. It was a follow up to a government announcement that we would be giving the Ukrainian military another 220 million dollars, on top of the 300 million already provided, to assist in their . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Prime Minister Said he Created a Million Jobs … Oh! You Thought I Meant Our Prime Minister

I try to keep up with politics everywhere so follow political junkies from several different countries.

What I’ve discovered, in this mostly conservative sphere, is that the top news stories, no matter where they originate, are eerily similar. In fact, I often have to rely on the media source to assign it to a . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Prime Minister Said he Created a Million Jobs … Oh! You Thought I Meant Our Prime Minister

CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten

David Cameron and the Spitzenkandidaten

Remember The Cullen Plan for pre-election electoral cooperation between the NDP and Liberals? He advocated a deal which enabled one candidate to run against the sitting Conservative MP, rather than splitting the vote and letting the Tory win, which is the reason Harper is in power right now. In . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten

drive-by planet: Video: George Galloway’s impassioned speech opposing attack on Syria: UK parliament votes NO to military action

One of the highlights of the British parliamentary debate on Syria was the rousing speech delivered by Respect Party MP for Bradford West, George Galloway. He delivered with trademark conviction and elan, stating his opposition to any British involvement in an attack on Syria.

This is part of what Galloway had to say: . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Video: George Galloway’s impassioned speech opposing attack on Syria: UK parliament votes NO to military action