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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 and satisfactions of basic needs are fundamental human right. They are also a prerequisite to participating meaningfully in society. As well, as I have mentioned, those of us who are more affluent than average owe our success in good part to luck rather than merit: where (Read more…)

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 Minister who is inflicting untold misery on the poor people of that country.And then take a look at this one.Read more »

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 most unseemly fashion.

However I must admit that this Con pig story has left me shocked and shaken, and squealing in horror myself !!!Read more »

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 minister, to power in 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. He made Boris Johnson the mayor of London in 2008 and 2012 and he swept David Cameron back into power after Cameron’s re-election campaign faltered in the spring of 2015.

And now he’s working with Stephen (Read more…)

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 the Pew Research Centre found that while the people of North America, Britain, Australia, Japan, France and Germany see Isis as the greatest threat they face, most of the countries surveyed in poorer parts of the world – Africa, Latin America and Asia – place (Read more…)

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 I feel very sorry for those who will suffer from the bestiality of the British Cons, my consolation is that Scotland is now a progressive bastion.Read more »

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 the European Union.  And the other big winner, Scotland’s SNP, will pose a constant threat of stripping the “United” from United Kingdom.

From the Washington Post:

After unexpected political charisma and cunning propelled him to another term as Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron will now (Read more…)

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 dog with a knife and fork. Silver service only for the privileged!” was typical of the comments on Twitter Tuesday, 30 days ahead of Britain’s general election.

“What kind of monster eats a hot dog with a knife and fork?” asked another.

Cameron (Read more…)

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 this extract from the January 17 edition of The Economist describes: Mr Cameron’s foot-dragging is indeed self-interested. Voters tend to favour him as prime minister over Mr Milibrand by a factor of two to one. As Philip Cowley, a political scientist at Nottingham University, has put it, (Read more…)

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 what Britain needs now is more Cameron than ever.

As I met world leaders at the G20 in Brisbane, the problems were plain to see. The eurozone is teetering on the brink of a possible third recession, with high unemployment, falling growth and the real (Read more…)

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

Anyone familiar with British politics has heard it all before..the government of Cameron, right wing nutjob with an unspeakable ‘coalition’ of Lib-Dems (sorta like our BC Socred-Libs) forced those without jobs to work for nothing in dead-end companies to get any sort of financial government help..not enough to live on or pay rent..sound familiar?

All these half- baked regressive policies are leftovers (Read more…)

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 in the Times last week that was factually incorrect, philosophically incoherent and economically bonkers, David Cameron set out the Tory credo. He was wrong on all counts. Trying to argue why every reader should vote Conservative, he instead revealed the darkness of the blind alley (Read more…)

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 its 11th-hour promises of a new deal for the Scottish people.

Already Cameron is facing a rebellion in his caucus over what are seen as giveaways to the north that will have to be paid for by the south.

“Writing in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, (Read more…)

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 »

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 battle with rebel forces.

It reads like a typical propaganda piece, laying all of the blame on Russia’s doorstep, for the horrific downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, that killed 298 innocent civilians.

Had this appeared under a different byline, it would simply reflect the views (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

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 nation.

One headline that’s popping up everywhere, contains the phrase “million jobs”.

In the last Ontario election, Conservative candidate Tim Hudak, gave the term a life of its own, when he presented his Million Jobs plan, worked out on an abacus that was missing a (Read more…)

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 the election of the European Parliament held yesterday, we saw a somewhat similar electoral cooperation pact between certain parties, resulting in what is called the selection of Spitzenkandidaten, to maximize the chances that groups of parties with similar policies will have a better chance of having (Read more…)

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:

It is absolutely evident that if it was not for the democratic revolt that has been underway in this House of Commons and outside in the wider public against this war, that the engines in Cyprus would now be revving and the cruise missiles ready to fly (Read more…)

LeDaro: Barack Obama and Martin Luther King

Was Obama a suitable person to give a speech on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech? MLK may have his own weaknesses as he was human after all, but he was not a hypocrite like Obama.

It was Martin Luther King’s efforts and Lyndon Johnson’s co-operation that brought about the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, which were signed by Lyndon Johnson. However, when it came to the Vietnam war, Martin Luther King spoke out loud and clear that it was an unjust war where innocent people were being killed and American soldiers were (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Open letter to Cameron from European editors: Miranda’s detention threat to freedom of the press

Editors of a number of northern European newspapers have written an open letter to British PM David Cameron stating their concerns arising from the detention of David Miranda – partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The writers express concern about the “harassment” of “the paper and individuals associated with it.”

Glenn Greenwald has broken a number of important stories in the Guardian based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The editors of Aftenposten (Norway), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) and Politiken (Denmark) make a number of points worth repeating:

We are surprised by the recent acts (Read more…)

Alex's Blog: Austeria

Mad scientist selling his utopian project to the master of Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

“Austeria”. An informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

Alex's Blog: Austeria

Informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

CuriosityCat: Syria: Showdown time between the West and Putin

High noon at 10 Downing Street

Politicians are becoming more graphic in their descriptions of the warring sides in the Syrian civil war, with the latest spat leading to a shortened meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK and Russia’s Putin: Talks on the crisis in Syria between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin broke up Sunday amid “very serious differences.” This week’s G8 summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, got off to the worst possible start as talks between the two leaders immediately stalled. Putin refused to stop providing arms to Bashar (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Syria: Showdown time between the West and Putin