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Holy guacamole, this can't be true. Please someone tell me this isn't true.

'We've bought the wrong satellites': UK tech gamble baffles experts

#UK #politics #Brexit #GPS #Galileo #SatNav #wasteofmoney #stupidity
 
And what Starmer doesn't even mention is that a lot of people you'd never expect (like the Chaos Computer Club, all kind of privacy advocates, various IT experts, all the people who normally wouldn't touch a government app with a barge pole) are all pretty much praising the app, saying it does most things right (within the technical constraints) and recommend to download it

https://twitter.com/Independent/status/1275787007730409472

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #health #UK #Germany #IT #app #politics #BorisJohnson #KeirStarmer
 
I think this paragraph fits the UK just as well:
In this they exemplified perhaps the signature characteristic of American politicians: blame avoidance. When faced with a problem, most top politicians in both parties think first about how they can shift blame to others or appear the victim of circumstance. Halting the epidemic in its early stages would have required a lot of aggressive action before the need for it was clear — in a word, leadership. Politicians would have had to exercise power in a way that upset people, and carefully communicate why they were doing so. Instead they largely let events do their work for them — once outbreaks were underway and sports seasons were being canceled, they could impose lockdowns without risking a backlash. That cowardice killed tens of thousands of people.
Replace "American" with "British" and in particular "English" and you could publish it in a British paper/magazine.

The world is putting America in quarantine

#politics #leadership #UK #USA
 
Are these people for real? £1M to "rebrand" a plane? A plane that hardly anyone sees or cares about? While they need a footballer to convince them that supporting school meals for poor children might be the right thing to do during a pandemic where many of their parents are struggling financially?

PM's plane to be rebranded at cost of £900,000

#UK #politics #branding #wasteofmoney #redwhiteandblue #scandal #schoollunches
 
#politics

(https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/05/protests-washington-dc-federal-agents-law-enforcement-302551)
 
What are all of the relevant hashtags for the current situation? I know obviously stuff like #BLM and #Politics, but I'd like to have a semi-comprehensive list, as a reference.
 
What are all of the relevant hashtags for the current situation? I know obviously stuff like #BLM and #Politics, but I'd like to have a semi-comprehensive list, as a reference.
 
I don't know, I'm not sure it has just yet. The tabloids and the right wind press of Murdoch and Co will find ways to blame the failures on others and explain some of it away with "different circumstances" (I've already seen some excuses using population density, which they can then also nicely link to those ghastly immigrants). Then there's all the patriotic VE Day stuff coming up, where I've seen plenty support with "let's celebrate VE Day social distancing style in our front gardens" already. Unless Starmer really hits the ground running and can really do some damage to the Tories I fear there's still quite some steam left in Johnson and his crew.

The British charlatan style has been sent packing by too much reality

#Brexit #Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #BorisJohnson #populist #politics #health #Conservatives
 

A virus removes the veil of bourgeois democracy


Here you will find the English version




Anm.: Während sich hier sowohl in diesem #Forum wie auch außerhalb die #Wohlstandslinke in ihren Home-Office zurückzieht und die "#Volksgemeinschaft" beschwört in dem sie Masken näht und zu deren Tragen auffordert oder aber Sprüche ihrer Stars nachäfft, "stay home", geht der #Kampf in anderen sozialen #Klassen unvermittelt weiter.

Pandemie Kriegstagebücher – Der vorweggenommene Aufstand


Quelle: https://non.copyriot.com/pandemie-kriegstagebuecher-der-vorweggenommene-aufstand/
von Sebastian Lotzer
Seit fünf Abenden knallt es in den Vororten Frankreichs. Trotz oder gerade wegen Ausnahmezustand und Ausgangssperre. Bullen werden in Hinterhalte gelockt, Autos und Rathäuser werden in Brand gesteckt. Fünf tote Menschen seit der Ausrufung des Ausnahmezustandes im Zusammenhang mit Polizeiaktionen zur Durchsetzung der Ausgangssperre. Etliche Verletzte, viele davon schwer

Von Sibirien über den afrikanischen Kontinent bis nach Nord- und Lateinamerika brennen die Knäste. Tag für Tag. Auch hier in Europa, in Italien, Frankreich,… Nacht für Nacht. Hungerrevolten in Afrika, dem indischen Subkontinent, in Kolumbien, Argentinien, Venezuela,…

Diejenigen, die die #Transformation in einen weltweiten #Pandemie #Faschismus unmittelbar und nicht in der Abstraktion einer gelehrten Wohlstandslinken erfahren, haben den Kampf schon lange aufgenommen.

Seit Jahrzehnten sind hier Texte und Analysen über die “ #Faschisierung ” erschienen. Und nun, wo alle Theorie grau wird angesichts der realen Entwicklung, kein Wort, keine realen Widerstandshandlungen, von einigen wenigen nächtlichen Exkursionen abgesehen. Sowie hilflosen symbolischen Handlungen, die zwar moralisch aller Ehren wert seien, aber eben auch nicht mehr. Nur Unterordnung und #Angst. Nein, Angst mag hier die falsche Begrifflichkeit sein. Denn gegen Angst an und für sich ist nichts einzuwenden. Sie gehört zu uns, wie die Liebe und der Hass. Man müsste lieber von feiger #Bequemlichkeit sprechen und einer neurotisch narzisstischen Verortung in der Welt, die sich als #Altruismus tarnt.So der so. Der Bruch mit einem Großteil “der Linken” war schon lange überfällig, nach der derzeitigen Unterwerfung, die nicht von ungefähr an jene von 77 erinnert, steht sie endlich ganz oben auf der Tagesordnung Derjenigen, die noch ein ernstes Interesse an einer aufständischen Umwälzung haben. Denn auch Jene gibt es, auch wenn sie minoritär innerhalb der Mahlbewegung der diversen pseudorevolutionären Grüppchen und Klüngel sind, die nur darauf warten, ihr Tagesgeschäft wieder aufnehmen zu können, als sei nicht geschehen.

Es folgt eine Übersetzung eines Textes von Gianfranco Sanguinetti


Quell: https://non.copyriot.com/pandemie-kriegstagebuecher-der-vorweggenommene-aufstand/
Die Konversion der westlichen repräsentativen Demokratien zu einer völlig neuen Form des Despotismus hat durch den Virus die juristischen Züge der höheren Gewalt angenommen

Und so ist der neue Virus gleichzeitig der Katalysator des Ereignisses und die Ablenkung der Massen durch Angst

Später, von Giuseppe Conte bis Orban, von Johnson bis Trump (11) usw., begriffen all diese Politiker – so rüpelhaft sie auch sein mochten – schnell, dass der Virus ihnen erlaubte, mit den alten Verfassungen, Regeln und Gesetzen zu tun, was ihnen gefiel. Der Zustand der Notwendigkeit würde alle Rechtswidrigkeiten verzeihen.

Übrigens bestätigt der konterrevolutionäre Ansatz, den der fälschlicherweise als “Krieg gegen das Virus” bezeichnete Krieg sofort und überall aufgegriffen hat, die Absicht, die den “humanitären” Operationen dieses Krieges zugrunde liegt, der nicht gegen das Virus, sondern gegen alle Regeln, Rechte, Garantien, Institutionen und Menschen der alten Welt geführt wird: Ich spreche hier von der Welt und den Institutionen, die seit der Französischen Revolution bestehen und die jetzt im Laufe einiger Monate vor unseren Augen verschwinden in einer Geschwindigkeit in der einst die SU verschwand.

Die Epidemie wird enden, aber nicht die #Maßnahmen, Möglichkeiten und #Folgen, die sie ausgelöst hat und die wir jetzt erleben. Wir gebären eine neue Welt im Schmerz.

Der #Neoliberalismus hat nichts mit den Klassenkämpfen von einst zu tun; er hat nicht einmal eine Erinnerung an sie; er glaubt, sie aus dem Wörterbuch gelöscht zu haben. Er hält sich für allmächtig, was nicht heißt, dass er den #Klassenkampf nicht fürchtet, denn er weiß genau, was er dem Volk zuzufügen gedenkt

Es ist offensichtlich, dass das Volk bald #Hunger leiden wird; es ist offensichtlich, dass die #Arbeitslosen zahlreich sein werden; es ist offensichtlich, dass die Menschen, die nach Vorschrift arbeiten (vier Millionen in Italien), keine #Unterstützung haben werden. Und diejenigen, die in prekären Arbeitsverhältnissen leben und nichts zu verlieren haben, werden anfangen zu kämpfen und Sabotage zu betreiben. Das erklärt, warum die Strategie der Reaktion auf die Pandemie vor allem eine Strategie der Aufstandsbekämpfung ist. Wir werden dies in Amerika mit aller Macht sehen.

**Dank des Virus erscheint die Zerbrechlichkeit unserer Welt jetzt am helllichten Tag. Das Spiel, das derzeit gespielt wird, ist unendlich viel gefährlicher als das Virus und wird noch viel mehr Tote fordern. Und doch fürchten unsere Zeitgenossen nur das Virus. **

Wenn eine einfache #Mikrobe genügt hat, um unsere Welt in den Gehorsam gegenüber dem widerlichsten Despotismus zu stürzen, bedeutet dies, dass unsere Welt bereits so reif für den #Despotismus war, dass eine einfache Mikrobe genügen würde.
#Frankreich #Italien #Deutschland #Linke #Repression #4IR #politics #Politik #violence #covis19 #corona #capitalism
Gianfranco Sanguinetti: A virus removes the veil of bourgeois democracy

Autonomies: Gianfranco Sanguinetti: A virus removes the veil of bourgeois democracy (Julius Gavroche)

 
I thought the Times/Sunday Times was a Johnson supporting paper and would be singing his praises and how he was a leader and took one for the team?

Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster
Boris Johnson skipped five Cobra meetings on the virus, calls to order protective gear were ignored and scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears. Failings in February may have cost thousands of lives


#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #UK #pandemic #failure #politics #BorisJohnson
 
This is a fascinating, excellent and scary thread about the "how hard can it be?" (hint: bloody hard, but you either don't understand or don't want to admit that it's hard) attitude in our political leadership.This isn't only about Coronavirus, it's about everything. It's about Brexit, Climate Change, Poverty and much much more. When Michael Gove famously said "people have had enough of experts" I feel he didn't really mean people, he meant politicians. And it worries me greatly about our future.

https://twitter.com/pmdfoster/status/1251434219139665920

#UK #politics #experts #Coronavirus #Covid19 #politics #Brexit #politicians #ventilators
 
Yes, it's not only the young breaking the rules/guidance, the older generation is just as bad.

Provost urges elderly to abide by the lockdown rules

I wouldn't be surprised if some when challenged bring up some war stories/arguments ("We survived the Blitz and won't let this virus get us down") as if you can just overcome a virus with some grit and determination. Also ignoring that plenty of people didn't survive the Blitz.

Remember hearing an interview with a few pensioners just before the full lockdown was announced and not going to the pub was just a recommendation. They just said, oh no, we'll still go to the pub/cafe, can't stop us in our way of life. Freedom!

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #lockdown #UK #politics #pensioners #elderly
Provost urges elderly to abide by the lockdown rules
 
Kind of a bookmark for the next time I see some privileged middle class person from the comfort of their spacious home with a nice garden complaining about the people who dare to leave their homes to go to a park, saying, "just stay home, it's that simple".

Cramped living conditions may be accelerating UK spread of coronavirus

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #stayathome #health #UK #politics
 

U.S. airlines asking for a massive bailout spent billions on buybacks - The Washington Post


#politics #US

U.S. airlines want a $50 billion bailout. They spent $45 billion buying back their stock.

What about communism now?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/06/bailout-coronavirus-airlines/
 

U.S. airlines asking for a massive bailout spent billions on buybacks - The Washington Post


#politics #US

U.S. airlines want a $50 billion bailout. They spent $45 billion buying back their stock.

What about communism now?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/06/bailout-coronavirus-airlines/
 
A more balanced view to the "stay at home" slogan brigade virtue signaling from their comfortable middle class homes with a garden:

Coronavirus: Closing parks and open spaces in lockdown should be 'last resort'

Plenty of people live in flats, often in cramped places, without access to a garden. They need to get out for some exercise and daylight. Closing public space forces them into even narrower spaces, making distancing even more difficult, making it counterproductive.

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #lockdown #parks #closure #politics
 
Indeed. It's getting ridiculous. Also, why do we need a one size fits all approach for the whole country? Give local councils and police the responsibility for this to make local decision and enforcement. My once daily exercise is a 4.5 mile fast walk along the canal, which takes me about an hour. On average I meet about 4-6 people during that walk. Or in other words, less than 1.5 per mile. And virtually all of them are making an effort to keep as much distance as possible, if necessary stepping off the path. The odd exception gets an angry stare which usually makes them move. So why shouldn't I be allowed to do that because a handful of people in a park in London go sunbathing?

https://twitter.com/crimlawuk/status/1246741990106161157

#UK #Coronavirus #Covid19 #exercise #politics
 
Oh dear, that article didn't age well, not at all. Similar to quite a few of his Brexit articles (eg claiming that the UK wouldn't leave the single market).

Daniel Hannan: Alarmism, doom-mongering, panic – and the coronavirus. We are nowhere near a 1919-style catastrophe.

As of writing this we are at over 4,000 deaths. Considering the current growth rate of deaths I expect we're going to hit the 10,000 mark in about a week (ie around 12/Apr) and there's a good chance we're going to hit 15,000 around Easter.

And that's despite the (belated) measures the government has taken (which are still being ignored by a sizeable minority). If they hadn't taken those measures I expect the numbers would have been a multiple of the current numbers. In just a few weeks. Not the whole winter season the deniers so often like to use to compare the Coronavirus to the Flu deaths we have every winter.

PS: in one of his later articles, as you would expect, he's arguing we need to lift the restrictions by Easter.

#UK #Coronavirus #Covid19 #Corona #virus #politics #Brexit
Daniel Hannan: Alarmism, doom-mongering, panic – and the coronavirus. We are nowhere near a 1919-style catastrophe.
 
This seems to be a quite good calm and rational explanation of where we are at the moment:



#coronavirus #covid19 #health #politics #testing
 
I think this is an excellent description of the situation we're in right now (you might have to expand, click on the tweet or something to get the original and the reply):

https://twitter.com/MollyMully/status/1238270925235261442

#coronavirus #covid19 #pandemic #politics #health #reaction #overreaction
 
Well, well, seems the Brexit dividend didn't last very long (and I wonder what good old Nigel says now, as this tweet hasn't aged well)

Coronavirus: US to extend travel ban to UK and Ireland

#coronavirus #covid19 #Brexit #UK #EU #USA #politics #travelban
 
Americans generally have barbaric, eugenic attitudes towards incarceration. We want punishment, particularly the punishment of POC, the poor, and those with mental or emotional disabilities. A permanent complaint among conservative Americans is that prisoners "have it too good." Yet those who complain the most are the least likely to be incarcerated.

So what should our attitudes be based on?

Two things:

Reformation and objective threat assessment.

Some crimes are symptoms of correctable self-destructive or antisocial behavior. Punishment for its own sake does nothing but inflict pointless suffering. Reform and rehabilitation should be the goal in these situations. However, prioritizing this goal means recognizing the incarcerated as persons, as members of society worthy of our help and resources. It will also require that we recognize our contributions to the antisocial/self-destructive behavior of others.

It might also force us to recognize the biased systems of threat assessment we use every day. For example, few seriously consider legalizing the drugs popular with POC but legalizing the drugs favored by the dominant social group seems like a no-brainer to many.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/16/four-prisoners-dead-in-six-weeks-the-crisis-unfolding-in-san-diego-county-jails

#politics #prisonreform
 
It's obviously a price worth paying. And voters knew what they were voting for. Also sovereignty is more important than surviving.

Brexit could delay UK access to a coronavirus vaccine

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #health #coronavirus #covid19
 
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Head of Basij militia, often called as butcher of Tehran has died of Corona Virus


#iran #coronavirus #IranCorona #Basij #Politics #Covid19

Finally some good news from Iran, I still remember that pig from the days in the 80s.

May him rot in hell with all his bastard friends
Coronavirus has killed a high-profile leader in Iran responsible for the U.S.-designated terrorist group Basij Forces, the Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed. Mohammad Haj Abolghasem, a senior commander, was known as the ‘butcher of Tehran’ for his role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests that began in November 2019, the Iranian exile group said.
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/iran-coronavirus-kills-the-butcher-of-tehran/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
 
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Head of Basij militia, often called as butcher of Tehran has died of Corona Virus


#iran #coronavirus #IranCorona #Basij #Politics #Covid19

Finally some good news from Iran, I still remember that pig from the days in the 80s.

May him rot in hell with all his bastard friends
Coronavirus has killed a high-profile leader in Iran responsible for the U.S.-designated terrorist group Basij Forces, the Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed. Mohammad Haj Abolghasem, a senior commander, was known as the ‘butcher of Tehran’ for his role in the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests that began in November 2019, the Iranian exile group said.
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/iran-coronavirus-kills-the-butcher-of-tehran/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
 
So in a nutshell we're going to get a Brexit that brings no tangible benefit to anyone, makes everyone unhappy, yet keeps the Tories in power and able to continue to ruin the country. All because people thought they knew what they were voting for, while not actually knowing anything. And not even because of an ideology, just because of a method.

The indivisibility of the 52% as method in Brexit, even now

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #Tories #power #fascism #method #ideology
The indivisibility of the 52% as method in Brexit, even now
 
Wasn't Brexit supposed to reduce bureaucracy? This sounds more like an explosion in bureaucracy. It also only covers the state side of it, not the business side.

And wasn't Brexit supposed to save money? Well, let's say the 50,000 extra staff fully costed (ie including overhead, pension contributions, employer social security contributions etc) cost £30,000 per year. Which I think is optimistic, it's more likely to be more. Still, even at only £30k/year per head that's £1,500,000,000 per year. That's over 4 Brexit battle buses per year (Remember the £350M/week claim on the bus...). 4 buses we're not going to spend on the NHS, but on bureaucracy. Oh, and don't forget, this is only for the state side, not the costs business will have to bear. Which I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same again, or more. So that's 8 buses in additional bureaucracy costs every year. Or two months of the annual EU contributions (as overstated by the Leave campaign, as in reality after the rebate and the amounts the UK got back it was far less. Meaning it's probably more like half of the net annual EU contributions by the UK).

UK races to find extra 50,000 staff for post-Brexit paperwork

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #bureaucracy #NHS #bus #money #GBP350M
 
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Seems that this is how we do politics nowadays.

#tweets #politics #duel #humor
 
Excellent article about the core failure of our politicians:

Sometimes you need to tell voters they're wrong

#UK #politics #politicians #voters #truth
 
Only the US and the EU? Which country with a sane mind would enter a trade deal with the UK if they know there's a good chance the UK will later try to wiggle out of the deal, not fulfil its commitments or try to circumvent the agreement?

Brexit: UK reneging on Northern Ireland pledges risks trade deals with US and EU

#Brexit #UK #EU #NorthernIreland #WithdrawalAgreement #trade #politics #tradedeal #US
 
Two older articles, but still interesting today:

The blue passport is taking back control? No, it was first imposed on us from abroad - So the only thing that changes is the colour (which wasn't mandatory anyway) and most of the other measures are forced on the UK by (no surprise there) the US. Unless the Brexiteers want to give up visa free travel to the US and make travelling generally more difficult, which doesn't play nicely with "global Britain"

Now we're getting blue passports back, what else can Britain restore? - Seems there isn't exactly much. Except for pointless nonsense most of the younger generation won't understand and won't work with the proclaimed goal of "global Britain"

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #passports #bluepassports #standards #sovereignty #globalBritain
 
A painful and brutal truth. If the planned points based immigration system goes ahead the UK will sadly only find out in a decade or later, if ever, on how much talent it has missed out. And the UK's loss will be other countries gain.

The UK wants the 'best' immigrants. Why would they want the UK?
With its new points-based immigration system, Britain should realise it is not the only one able to pick and choose
.

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #immigration #pointsbasedsystem
 
What this article (like far too many articles about the impact of travelling or working abroad in Europe after Brexit) fails to mention: Almost certainly something very similar will apply for UK artists wanting to perform in the EU. They will need some kind of work visa or a work permit or something similar. They will have to complete a huge amount of paperwork for their instruments and any merchandise (t-shirts, CDs etc) they might want to take with them to sell at their concerts. As most of these artists are at the very start of their career and their tours are self organised this will make it extremely difficult for them. In effect this will mean that many young and promising artists will never get their chance. The UK music industry will be hit very hard by this, very hard.

EU touring artists will need visas to perform in the UK from 2021

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #music #musicians #artists #career #startingout
 
Good luck to UK workers wanting to work in the EU (or other non English speaking countries) if the EU (or other non English speaking countries) reciprocate and require skills in the relevant local language. I'm pretty sure a vastly higher percentage of non-British workers learn English than English workers learning any other foreign language....

UK to close door to non-English speakers and unskilled workers

PS: just to be clear, I support expectations/requirements for immigrants to integrate, incl to learn the local language. But I wouldn't necessarily make it a requirement to be allowed in in the first place (if you need it for the job and don't speak it you won't be hired anyway). But once you're there and in particular if you intend to stay it should be a requirement. But that goes both ways: Brits retiring to Spain, Portugal or France should be required to learn the respective local language, integrate and don't live in British expat ghettos with British pubs, British newspapers and more.

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #immigration #emigration #language #languageskills #foreignlanguage #integration
 
Isn't it ironic how the people who so frequently complain about "political correctness" and "not being allowed to say what you think" suddenly get upset when someone says something about them they don't like?

BBC backs Geeta Guru-Murthy over ‘very white’ crowd comment

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #racism #politicalcorrectness #BBC #free-speech
 
Unless something changes all that talk about "sovereignty" and "letting our own parliament decide our laws" was just yet another empty promise, certainly in regards to trade deals with all their legal, economical and societal consequences. It will just be another power grab by a Tory government with impacts lasting for generations, possibly forever.

Think Britain has sovereignty over trade deals? Not when MPs can’t stop them

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #tradedeals #tradedeal #sovereignty #takingbackcontrol #powergrab #Parliament #trade
 
Oh, crap, I hadn't realised David Brent is now in charge of the countries finances......
levelling up and unleashing the country’s potential.
What horrible management-gobbledygook-buzzword-nonsense is that?

https://twitter.com/RishiSunak/status/1229704973950291969

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #budget #TheOffice #gobbledygook #buzzword #nonsense #Chancellor
 
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