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June 28, 2016


Hilary Richards



The austerians, relying on their "hard working" and "fairness to the taxpayer" rhetoric fed the monster that finally consumed them.

Justice. But at a very high cost

Roy Lonergan

The scarier thing about Osborne on Today was when he said that a coming recession would lead to tax rises or spending cuts. Perhaps he really believes it? I think that the logic was still because Greece.

TickyW - I disagree. How will Boris, or Gove, or Hunt, be any different? They are fundamentally interchangeable. I hope May gets it. She won't be any better but levels up the balance of the sexes a little.

Isn't John Major's stock rising in retrospect!


Aren't you all so clever in your ivoery tower. Deary me, I normally respect the content of this blog loads but this post is really woeful.

It basically poor little no nothing sheeeple being led along by nasty right-wingers.

What is your next post going to be? How Corbyn is the right choice for everything?


The racist blow up of the UK was inevitable as soon as we hit financial difficulties, given the high levels of immigration, and gloating of the privileged classes.

Peter K

From Eschaton:


TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

What Blairites Were Busy Doing Instead of Campaigning for Remain

Remember this is what they're using to justify trying to oust Corbyn, that he didn't try hard enough to prevent Cameron from fucking up the country. The reality is, they saw an opportunity long before the vote was taken. The "reasons" were inserted after.

"Labour rebels believe they can topple Jeremy Corbyn after the EU referendum in a 24-hour blitz by jumping on a media storm of his own making.

Moderate MPs who believe Mr Corbyn can never win back power think his failure to close down public rows which flare up and dominate the news channels leaves him vulnerable.

By fanning the flames with front bench resignations and public criticism they think the signatures needed to trigger a leadership race can be gathered within a day."

That was two weeks before the referendum. I wonder how those media storms just happen? Of course the press is really playing along with the "IT'S ALL CORBYN'S FAULT" narrative. New Labour is in their blood. 20 years from now Labour still won't have won an election and it will be Corbyn's fault.

"Launching a coup in the Labour Party at this moment has diverted attention away from those responsible for this national crisis — not least by staggering resignations to ensure Labour’s woes dominate the news cycle for as long as possible."

That was the plan!
by Atrios at 12:00

Dave Timoney

Xenophobia and racism have taken a turn for the worse since 2010, but let's not forget the spadework that was put in from the mid-90s to prepare the ground for this. The rapid rise in public concern over immigration (as measured by Ipsos-Mori) starts in 1999, not with EU enlargement in 2004, and actually fell after 2008, as the economy became more salient, before rapidly rising again over the last 3 years.

Prudence was the mother of austerity, just as "rights and responsibilities" birthed "strivers and skivers". Neoliberalism provided a vocabulary by which racism could be recuperated as a contest over resources: "I'm not a racist but ... they get council houses, they get more benefits, they clutter up the GP surgery" etc. In other words, the legitimisation of bigotry actually starts during the "good years".

The roots of this lie in the Tories attempt to arrest their post-1992 decline in popularity with a turn from economic to cultural issues (the "nasty party" years), notably with the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act, which was followed by the first Blair government's 1999 Act that simply rearranged the same words and thus delivered a similar message.


The blairites may have been educated by how T Blair has been made an example of what happens to people like him: the large revenues he is collecting from his grateful sponsors in his post-politics "entrepreneur" phase.

They don't realize that it is a winner-take-all logic, and nearly all of them won't be given the same treatment.


0. I am getting serious buyers remorse from voting remain! The wailing and nashing of teeth of condescending establishment lame-brains in protest at the messy and glorious workings of democracy is almost worth the 350 million a week that the working class never really gave a toss about anyway!

1. There has been no austerity. We have an enormous current account deficit of 7% of GDP, bigger than any other major country.

2. Of course economic stagnation breeds antipathy to group outsiders. This makes a change from your constant misguided attribution of social attitude shifts to short term political leaders. We had a referendum because there was grassroots political pressure for one.

3. You apparently have no idea why we are in economic stagnation. Unless I missed that post.

4. That Aditya Chakrabortty article is appallingly bad. Racism is still not "OK" in this country. This country remains remarkably tolerant by European and world standards, not withstanding a temporary uptick from recently emboldened idiots. The huge increase in hate crimes he notes is from a very small number to a slightly less small number and the rest is his inexcusable conflation of dislike of large uncontrolled immigration flows with racism, and his utter contempt for half the country.

5. Of course we have had far worse governments. Are you so consumed in your self-regarding elitist bubble that you are entirely ignorant of history?

6. This hasn't wrecked Britain's reputation in the world beyond certain vested interests in the very short term. Even the more thoughtful EU voices are recognizing the vote as a wake up call. Such hyperbole.

7. It is Eurozone austerity that is by your lights wrecking entire generations of southern Europe and France - yet you hardly ever seem to bang on about that - and the presumed racism it engenders - compared with your beloved Osbourne and his record current account deficit "austerity". What is that doing to those countries "reputations".

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