The Fake Anti-Corporatism of Fuehrer Farage

How do we get this message across to potential working class UKIP voters? (Given that the BBC and the media are relentlessly marketing the UKIP rhetoric!) Someone please put on the megaphone and make as much noise as I do in my little town!

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There are several pieces of interest in this fortnight’s edition of Private Eye. One of these, on page 5, is the item Landing on Mayfair, which demolishes the claim by UKIP’s generalissimo earlier this month (November 2014) that he and his party stand for ‘radical change’ from ‘corporatist politics’. The Eye states that it must therefore have been a totally different Nigel Farage, who in May last year – 2013 – went to an exclusive party in Mayfair at the offices of the hedge fund Odey Asset Management, hosted by Crispin Odey and attended by a number of City financiers.

The article then gives the details of the amount of sums big business, and particularly the financial sector, has given to UKIP. Harwood Capital Management’s boss Christopher Mills donated £50,000. Odey gave £22,000, and Arron Banks, the insurance tycoon, has promised a cool £1 million. Furthermore, UKIP’s treasurer…

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Cameron’s pre-election contract: a catalogue of lies

Not really much more to say on this. …. Despite the efforts of the Tory PR machine to spirit these things away, read on……..

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I felt that this post was very worth preserving from Conservativehome, since it is a signed contract between the Conservatives and UK citizens, the insincerity of which is very evident four years on from when it was written. I took the liberty of converting the PDF into JPEG digital images, to preserve an exact copy of the contract, just in case the Tories decide to delete the original – well they do have form, after all. (See: Some of the promises the Tories are trying to delete from the internet  and  Lynton Crosby’s staff deleted valid criticism from Wikipedia, for example.)                              

“So this is our contract with you. I want you to read it and – if we win the election – use it to hold us to account. If we don’t deliver our…

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A reminder of the established standards and ethics of Public Office, as the UK Coalition have exempted themselves

Owen Jones being echoed here. Grab a copy of ‘The Establishment’ for even more scary stuff like this!

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How policies are justified is increasingly being detached from the aims and consequences of them, partly because democratic processes and basic human rights are being disassembled or side-stepped, and partly because the current government employs the widespread use of a “malevolent benevolence”type of propaganda to intentionally divert us from the aims and the consequences of their ideologically (rather than rationally) driven policies.

An example of such propaganda is the common use of words such as “support”, “incentives”, “responsibility” and “fairness” to legitimise welfare cuts during a recession and the punitive benefit sanctions regime introduced by the Coalition. (I’ve written at length about this elsewhere on this site).

Furthermore, policies have become increasingly detached from public interests and needs.

Transparency International are a politically non-partisan, independent organisation whose mission is to prevent corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society, particularly in governments…

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