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British overseas territories in talks to keep tax haven secrecy | World news | The Guardian
Leaders of British overseas territories are to hold two days of showdown talks with ministers in an attempt to reverse the UK government’s decision to end secrecy for offshore tax havens.

British Virgin Islands (BVI), Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands,

An unexpected vote by MPs at the beginning of May to impose public registers of share ownership in all the BOTs has triggered angry resistance including street protests, boycotts of the Queen’s birthday celebrations, and even demands for constitutional separation.
UK  Tories  tax  evasion  Great  Britain  offshore  avoidance  taxevasion  taxavoidance  HMRC  Europe  heaven  British  Virgin  Islands  Bermuda  Cayman 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Britain’s economy is broken. We desperately need new ideas | Tom Kibasi | Opinion | The Guardian
If the country was economically bankrupt in 2010, it is intellectually bankrupt in 2017. On the eve of the general election, politicians of all parties have rarely been so devoid of progressive ideas [...] Yet in substance, May’s approach remains mere tinkering at the edges of economic policy. The Conservatives remain stubbornly allergic to – or ignorant of – Keynesian macroeconomics. [...] [and housing and real estate lending distorting the lending picture. houses are not productive! R&D, and firms are. and creating long-term jobs w real incomes to spend (not remortgaging your home bc of housing bubble]
Brexit  GE2017  London  Housing  Bubble  piggybank  Forex  British  Pound  recovery  GFC  Manufacturing  Services  Consumerism  Zombie  Austerity  underinvestment  confidence  fairy  Productivity  output  gap  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  banking  investment  distortion  lending  property  UK  Living  Standard  wage  income  growth  inflation  £ 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
​Sweet Brexit: what sugar tells us about Britain’s future outside the EU | Business | The Guardian
Not only has sugar beet been an unusually reliable source of income for 3,500 of Britain’s arable farmers, but its broad green leaves are an important rotational crop in between soil-sapping wheat. If they are forced to compete head-on with what the NFU regards as artificially subsidised cane sugar from producers places in places such as Brazil and Thailand, it fears the economics of an industry supporting 9,600 jobs will unravel. The NFU accuses many cane-producing countries of dumping exports at prices below their true cost of production because governments offer various complicated farm subsidies. But some of these claims, particularly in Brazil, are disputed.
Brexit  European  Union  Agriculture  subsidies  subsidizing  subsidising  Food–industrial  complex  £  Pound  British  Sterling  FX  Forex  foreign  exchange  Protectionism  WTO 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Wendy Houvenaghel: British Cycling had 'medal at any cost' culture - BBC Sport
British Cycling subsequently admitted it did not pay "sufficient care and attention" to the wellbeing of staff and athletes at the expense of winning medals, an approach Houvenaghel attested to in her BBC interview.
IOC  UCI  Olympics  Doping  British  Cycling  UK  well  being  mental  health  public  London  2012  Sport  business  of 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Tesco pulls Sol, Amstel and Tiger from shelves in Brexit price row | Business | The Guardian
The brewer has also faced unexpected pressure from a surprisingly stiff increase in alcohol taxes in the budget earlier this month.

Philip Hammond raised beer duty in line with the retail price index measure of inflation, but used a forecast rate of 3.9%, rather than the current RPI level of 3.2%.

The higher-than-expected duty rise, coupled with increased costs for bottles, packaging and fuel because of the pound’s slump since the EU referendum, is understood to be behind the Heineken’s decision to ask for higher prices.
Brexit  inflation  British  Pound  Sterling  £  Forex  foreign  exchange  Dollar 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May must take £115bn hint from Kraft Heinz's failed Unilever bid | Business | The Guardian
Warren Buffett and 3G were apparently surprised at hostility from Unilever’s board – but PM must use this bid as cue to form proper policy on takeovers [...] Kraft’s crew of billionaires should get out more. Did they miss the debates that have raged over rootless global companies, asset-stripping deals and the UK’s open-doors policy on takeovers? Hostility was predictable and justified.

Unilever’s board was always likely to reject the chance to be bought by a financier-led firm in search of another target for its job-cutting formula. [...] If Buffett and Jorge Paulo Lemann, 3G’s co-founder, couldn’t see outrage in the offing, they were astonishingly naive.
Brexit  British  Pound  £  devaluation  FTSE100  Warren  Buffett  WarrenBuffett  conglomerate  multinational  food–industrial  complex  debt  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  reflate  M&A  profit  maximisation  anti-trust  antitrust  taxation  tax  evasion  avoidance 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Microsoft raises prices of some PCs by up to £400 due to Brexit | Technology | The Guardian
Microsoft has increased the price of its Surface and Surface Book computers in the UK by more than 15%, or £400 for some models, due to sterling’s drop in the value post-EU referendum.

The price increase comes in the wake of similar moves by Sonos and twice by Apple, which saw the cost of computers, speakers and apps rise by as much as 25% adjusting for the falling value of sterling against the dollar, in which Microsoft and other US technology firms do their accounting.
Brexit  British  Pound  £  foreign  exchange  FX  purchasing  power 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK growth forecast upgraded amid warning over inflation | Business | The Guardian
NIESR said it remained convinced that the economy would slow this year as higher inflation reduced consumer spending power. “We expect the composition of growth to rebalance towards net trade, as the headwinds facing households from the erosion of their real incomes weigh on consumer spending while the depreciation of sterling supports net trade,” said Simon Kirby, NIESR’s head of macroeconomic forecasting. [...] The thinktank said its economic modelling showed that the benefits of the free-trade deals the government hopes to sign with the US, Canada and leading emerging economies would be dwarfed by the damage caused to exports of both goods and services to the EU.
Brexit  inflation  £  British  Pound  export  import  economic  damage  history  free  trade  deal  USA  EU  living  standard 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK inflation: now it's the pound in your pocket being devalued | Business | The Guardian
According to the National Institute for Economic & Social Research inflation is heading towards 4% as the effect of Brexit uncertainty keeps the pound low and imports expensive. [...] The government has pledged to double down on austerity from April, with cuts to tax credits and other benefits as well as the savings made over the last five years.

Such a sharp spike in prices will strain household finances, especially when wages growth is expected to remain at around 2.5%.

Bank of England policymaker Michael Saunders said last week that developments in the labour market such as zero-hour contracts and agency working meant wages were unlikely to take off any time soon. [...] [ rise in unsecured credit 2008 levels, and personal bankruptcies not easier (online) to do and 2016 personal bankruptcies were up ~16% ]
UK  Brexit  living  standard  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  wage  growth  GDP  recovery  GFC  inflation  £  British  Pound  Precariat  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  technological  unemployment  Productivity  output  gap  part-time  zero  hour  contract  Contractor  Self-Employment  gig  economy  1099  economic  history  Austerity  tax  credit  consumer  debt  household  Card  BOE  bankruptcies  bankruptcy  underinvestment 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Weetabix warns it may raise prices due to fall in pound since Brexit vote | Business | The Guardian
Although the company harvests wheat in Northamptonshire, it is sold in US dollars on global markets, meaning the cost in pounds to buy wheat in the UK has gone up. Like other packaged food makers, it has been squeezed by the plunging value of sterling since last June, which has raised the cost of imported goods or globally traded commodities priced in US dollars. On Monday, Weetabix said it was in discussions with retailers about price increases. [ interesting to acknowledge, food is now owned by multinational conglomerates and or private capital/equity ] &! BEER - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/30/brexit-weak-pound-threatens-craft-beer-revolution-say-brewers
Brexit  inflation  £  British  Pound  living  standard  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  UK  Food–industrial  complex  beer 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon causes Twitter row with latest comments (From The National)
New director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, admitted that the broadcaster could have ‘got it wrong’ during the indyref campaign
Brexit  IndyRef  IndyRef2  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Clarkson: Top Gear problems got 'bigger and bigger' BBC News - YouTube
conservative BBC // egos and personal agendas, some ppl inside bbc didnt like jeremy and top gear success of 22 seasons. >> The Grand Tour - Andy Wilman - Very Interesting Interview - https://youtu.be/JVZIx9e592k
British  Broadcasting  Company  BBC  controversy  Hollywood  PR  clickbait  linkbait  Top  Gear  Amazon  The  Grand  Tour 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Apple raises computer prices in UK - BBC News
Mr O'Brien said it was "inevitable" that more companies would increase the prices of products and services.
"Retailers are struggling with increased costs to import goods, and it's something they cannot afford to swallow themselves," he told the BBC.
"We will definitely see further price rises, so if people are in the market for big-ticket items such as laptops, it might be a wise idea to buy now rather than later."
Brexit  foreign  exchange  Forex  £  British  Pound  Sterling 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Welcome to Poundland, where life is bliss if you’re a foreign buyer | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion | The Guardian
The dramatic plunge in the value of sterling is an early indicator of the price to be paid for Brexit [...] Remainers who had warned that divorcing the EU would unleash severe economic shocks were left looking a bit foolish because those consequences did not materialise immediately. The Outers had a success during the referendum in persuading many voters to ignore the “so-called” experts on the other side and their cautions that there would be a steep bill to pay. [...] If making your currency cheaper was the route to riches, our streets ought to be encrusted with diamonds by now. [ it is in policy! ]
Sterling  British  Pound  FX  foreign  exchange  Brexit  inflation  CPI  RPI  Triple  Lock  Pension  Rail  Fares  working  poor  living  standard  wage  growth  devaluation 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Sterling: A political animal | FT Markets - YouTube
fx vigilante. bond figilante. collective market doesnt like brexit. thus sells off. NO BUYING INTEREST! now £ is a political currency!!! // fall of £ is a painful solution to possible adjustment towards healthier economy. // E/£ parity by end of next year as we get concrete about exit with negotiations. this is uk prob not eu prob, brexit.
Brexit  foreign  exchange  FX  British  Pound  Sterling  FDI  direct  investment  current  account  deficit  currency  war  devaluation  budget  BOE  Mark  Carney  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  inflation  RPI  CPI  property  bubble  fiscal  monetary  policy  austerity  GDP 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit fallout: top brands pulled from Tescos as food prices set to rise by 5 percent - YouTube
Unilever is anglo-dutch and reports in euros thus fall in £ against euro is a profit/margin squeeze bc internally at unilever they did not protect themselves in FX market w options against eventual Brexit fallout! unilevers internal analysis was apparently for no vote. // & that manufacturing and exports flourish. you have to invest in industry. industry of the future 10 years down the road. which means FDI, internal business investment (rising business confidence uk wide and world wide for international uk businesses), and gov investment w long term plan 10-20 years. for the next gen. explicitly for the next gen. quasi for the 0-40 year olds.
FDI  foreign  direct  investment  British  Pound  £  Sterling  exchange  rate  Brexit  trustagent  business  confidence  consumer  inflation  RPI  CPI 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
HMRC investigates BBC presenters over tax avoidance allegations | UK news | The Guardian
About 100 current and former BBC presenters, and stars from other broadcasters, are being investigated by HMRC over claims of tax avoidance. [...] The BBC stressed that the case would touch upon the whole broadcasting industry, saying that the practice of paying presenters through personal service companies was standard. [ BBC advised its stars. and saves NI payments thus no payment into pension pot! ]
BBC  tax  avoidance  evasion  HMRC  double  standard  British  Broadcasting  Company  ITV  skynews  Self-Employment  UK  Austerity  Channel4 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Post-Brexit sterling slump costs Easyjet £40m, says boss
costs increase by £40m [...] Carolyn McCall told the BBC the drop had made fuel - which the firm pays for in US dollars - more expensive. She added that the increased cost of travelling abroad is deterring some British holidaymakers.
Sterling has lost more than 10% of its value against the dollar since Brexit.
Ms McCall's comments came as Easyjet released its quarterly results, which warned that the company is earning less from each passenger.
Brexit  GBP  Sterling  British  Pound  Forex  inflation 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
U.K. Faces Short Recession as Brexit Hammers Spending, EY Says - Bloomberg
The U.K. will fall into a “short, shallow recession” around the turn of the year as Brexit hits house prices, jobs and spending [...] it’s slashing its 2017 growth estimate to 0.4% from 2.6% & predicting the BOE will cut interest rates to zero by the end of 2016. Tax reductions are also a possibility [...] as the government scales back austerity to aid an economy reeling from the shock vote to pull Britain out of the [EU]. “We would expect a permanent reduction in the level of U.K. output and productivity.” Business investment will drop 2% next year and the jobless rate will reach 7.1 percent by 2019
GBP  Brexit  British  Pound  recession  ZIRP  QE  austerity  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  productivity  productivity  gap  output  output  gap  GDP  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  unemployment  economic  forecast  economic  history  budget  deficit 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans
"With foreign exchange risks, even if the value of the overseas property rises, any gains will be eroded if the country's currency depreciates against the Singapore dollar," Mr Tok explained. // Chinese (and Asian) love their Betongold (most likely to be around 50% of their portfolio). Now in the hole because GBP lost 10%. But doesn't account for Yuan depreciation/devaluation.
Forex  GBP  devaluation  British  Pound  FX  Brexit  property  bubble  London  speculative  bubble  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  distortion  hunt  for  yield  Interest  Rate  Swap  Beton  Gold  Betongold 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Firms plan to quit UK as City braces for more post-Brexit losses | Business | The Guardian
The IoD said a quarter of the members polled in a survey were putting hiring plans on hold, while 5% said they were set to make workers redundant. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said the outcome of the referendum was negative for their business. One in five respondents, out of a poll of more than 1,000 business leaders, were considering moving some of their operations outside of the UK. //&! The chief executive of Deutsche Bank – which employs 11,000 in the City – has played down the long-term impact. John Cryan, who is British, told Handelsblatt: “The financial centre won’t die but it will get weaker.” - bit.ly/28WkoMZ
Brexit  recession  City  of  London  European  Union  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  GBP  current  account  deficit  budget  deficit  fiscal  deficit  austerity  monetary  policy  fiscal  policy  BOE  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  inflation  targeting  inflation  expectation  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  British  Pound  uncertainty 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
‘The City’, by Tony Norfield - Banking as seen from the belly of the beast
[ current account deficit only affordable (thus also living standards) bc of City of London ] This is a man who writes without irony about “financial parasitism”. In The City: London and the Global Power of Finance, he seeks to document just how the UK and the US extract their pound of flesh from the rest of the world by dominating the financial flows that make international trade possible.

He argues that London’s leading role in foreign exchange trading, derivatives and overseas lending is an extension of its imperialist past. Creating complex financial products and charging for them has enabled the sector to requisition for the UK and London — and, of course, bankers themselves — a disproportionate share of the benefits of global trade. [...] [ extracting value from around the world channelling it back ] &! Novara Media interview - bit.ly/297c6D3
Brexit  City  of  London  banking  business  investment  banking  current  account  deficit  GBP  derivatives  financial  product  financial  services  Global  Finance  British  Empire  Imperialism 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT ON THE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: THE MOST DAMNING STATISTIC!
If you want to understand how an economy is performing and how sustainable its economic growth then look at the current account balance. Officially it is often ignored and there are attempts to play down its significance. After all it is always only just a few years away from an election so the very short term is considered much more important than the long term strength and economic health of the economy. Dire straits is not an underestimate of the current damaged state of the UK economy and indeed many other western economies. [ affordable only bc of City of London (Banking and Co.)! - bit.ly/297c6D3 - Novara Media - The City: In Conversation with Tony Norfield ]
UK  current  account  deficit  trade  deficit  fiscal  deficit  Brexit  western  world  secular  stagnation  inflation  targeting  nominal  GDP  targeting  austerity  aggregate  demand  USA  Manufacturing  industrial  policy  energy  policy  GBP  City  of  London  book  British  Empire  unitedkingdom  standard  of  living  living  standard  economic  history 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Amazon Ups the Ante on Streaming Video, Challenging Netflix
Amazon has pulled the curtain back on its $9-a-month standalone video streaming service, which will give consumers access to content they otherwise could only get through Amazon Prime, which costs $99 a year. Amazon's new service is $1 a month cheaper than rival Netflix, // For years, the two have worked to one-up each other with exclusive content deals and original series like Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” [...] Amazon spends about $3 billion on streaming video content annually, compared with $4 billion for Netflix, not including overseas rights or DVDs, said Wedbush’s Mr. Pachter. For its part, Santa Monica, Calif.-based Hulu has become a competitive buyer of library and original programming, increasing its content outlays from $600 million in 2014 to $1.5 billion in 2015, according to estimates from Nomura Securities. [ GET IT NEVER PRODUCED (risk averse Hollywood) OR ASK THEM; Amazon, Netflix, Hulu - Co-Produce! or own it wholly. ]
Amazon  Prime  Netflix  Hulu  HBO  Television  Cable  Providers  Hollywood  iPlayer  ITV  Channel4  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  British  Broadcasting  Corporation  ZDF  ARD  arte  Entertainment  BBC3  ZDFneo  FullScreen  YouTube  YouTube  Red 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Chris Grayling dimisses concerns over economic impact of a Brexit
Yvette Cooper: Brexit won't prevent EU free movement to the UK - LIKE NORWAY CASE! - youtu.be/qa--kXGNhiE //&! IMF downgrade UK over Brexit fears - youtu.be/gfmVP3_TXNk - calling for fiscal stimulus!
Brexit  Chris  Grayling  Yvette  Cooper  liquidity  trap  secular  stagnation  fiscal  stimulus  IMF  OECD  austerity  2016  global  economy  China  credit  bubble  monetary  stimulus  aggregate  demand  aggregate  demand  short-fall  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  British  Pound  Sterling  Pact  Schuldenbremse  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  economic  history  recovery  sovereign  debt  crisis  PIGS  ChristineLagarde  George  Osborne  monetary  policy  Mark  Carney  BOE  ECB  MarioDraghi 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
John Whittingdale, the dominatrix, and the papers - BBC Newsnight
more trouble for the Tories, adding to the pile. //&! Should Culture Secretary John Whittingdale go? - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/kydcuQnPvM8 //&! Labour calls to curb John Whittingdale's powers after escort relationship - bbc.in/1Sedsy1 //&! How have we found ourselves in this strange situation where privacy campaigners who have pushed for tighter rules are up in arms because the private life of a single cabinet minister was not reported? - bbc.in/1MuqIMT //&! The press are right to tread more warily when deciding whether to publish stories about the private life of public figures - bit.ly/1qpFZnU
nasty  party  journalism  journalismus  celebrity  culture  John  Whittingdale  BBC  culture  society  phone  hacking  British  Broadcasting  Company  British  Broadcasting  Corporation  austerity  libraries  Public  Services  Social  Services  George  Osborne  TV  Licensing  Fee  Generationengerechtigkeit  babyboomers  injunction  Royal  Family  Daily  Mail  Tabloid  gossip  gossip  culture  Glossy  Magazine  Leveson  Inquiry  sex  worker  sexuality  BDSM  Newspaper  Industry  pageviews  self-regulation  Ofcom  regulation  regulators  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Conservative  Tories  Whitehall  Toff  Privileged  Establishment 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC: Bericht zum Missbrauchsskandal um Jimmy Savile vorgestellt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine frühere Richterin hat ihren Bericht zum Missbrauchsskandal um den BBC-Moderator Jimmy Savile vorgestellt. Demnach waren die Vorwürfe mehreren Mitarbeitern des Senders bekannt.
BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  Jimmy  Savile  abuse  of  power  sexual  assault  rape  sexual  violence  sexual  abuse  Westminster  Whitehall  UK  history  child  grooming  Rotherham  Exploitation  Met  Police  Career  Politicians  Establishment  Privileged  Toff 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
'Brutal' cyclist hit and run captured on video - BBC News
bbc.in/1P7r1e3 // loophole needs to be closed! - http://bbc.in/1P7r1e3 //&! Cycling deaths: Fewer than half of drivers face jail - bbc.in/1me8x15 //&! Family to continue calls for compulsory cycle helmet law - bbc.in/1QGErOA //&! Cycle death case handling 'may need to change' - bbc.in/1GCgnev - The way cycling deaths are treated by police and prosecutors may need to change, the former Director of Public Prosecutions has said. [...] Department of Transport figures show 113 cyclists were killed in the UK last year. Last year a Freedom of Information request by BBC's Newsbeat found that between 2007 and 2014 there were 276 recorded incidents where a cyclist was killed in an accident involving a motor vehicle. Of these, 148 - 54% - resulted in the driver of the vehicle being charged with an offence. Of those found guilty, fewer than half went to prison. [...] "Currently it's often on the victim to prove liability //&! bbc.in/1JYdF5d - another one goes free!
Cycling  British  Cycling  Justice  System  injustice 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Savile debacle is the clear consequence of a BBC under siege | Media | The Guardian
The political pressure on the corporation has lasted decades, creating a culture of defensiveness and loyalty that has slowly eroded the confidence to speak out
BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Former BBC chief attacks secret government licence fee deal | Media | The Guardian
[ shifting off another item on the balance sheet (welfare budget) off the balance sheet, every dirty little trick. to achieve his set out agenda. onto another one, the public's, british media landscape. less of it. ] Mark Thompson said it is wrong to force corporation to shoulder cost of ‘social transfer’ to over-75s and that charter renewal talks have been acrimonious [...] Giving his his first interview about the BBC since he left in 2012, after eight years at the helm, Thompson said the broadcaster was having to pay for government policy. “It’s welfare … It’s totally inappropriate to use BBC to support social transfer in this country.” When George Osborne tried to impose the same cost on the BBC during negotiations in 2010, Thompson started writing his resignation letter, along with several BBC Trustees. This July the current director general, Tony Hall, agreed to shoulder the burden in return for relief from other costs.
BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  George  Osborne  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  David  Cameron  News  Corp.  newscorp  News  Corporation  Rupert  Murdoch  neoliberalism  neoliberal  trickle-down  economics  austerity  Privatisation  phone  hacking  UK  corporate  state  corporate  media  Lügenpresse  propaganda  populism  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  Daily  Mail  Polarisation  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  constituency  babyboomers  general  election  2015  election  campaign  promises  Manifesto 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC to end Formula 1 television contract early - BBC News
But as part of a £150m gap in the corporation's finances from next year, BBC Sport was asked to deliver £35m of savings.
BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times - YouTube
If you care about the truth you eventually run into problems as the journalist who usually manipulates facts for a living. // neoliberalism sold to us through lies and manipulated facts. // 2/3rds of the country in poverty. // mania for hope is a political pacifier even for the liberals, keeping people hopeful - keeps people complacent. // moral imperative for civil disobedience. // but do not use the word hope! // game is fixed. // rebellion led by day class intellectuals. that band together with the underclass. // if you have whole-sale surveillance, you can't have investigative journalism // it's about ratings and money, they don't do journalism. << corporate media. // dismantling BBC by tories is a power play by tories (power elite) // &! redd.it/3x3kw7 - Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” - The internet encourages the spread of information that is emotionally resonant but factually untrue
journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  mainstream  media  Noam  Chomsky  Chris  Hedges  activists  activism  democracy  manufactured  consent  society  propaganda  newscorp  News  Corp.  News  Corporation  social  democracy  trust  trustagent  distrust  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Gini  coefficient  inequality  Super  Rich  1%  poverty  Revolution  Rebellion  Occupy  Central  occupywallstreet  crony  capitalism  corporate  state  corporate  media  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  populism  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  interest  groups  vested  interest  rat  race  status  anxiety  zombie  consumer  disenfranchise  disenfranchised  post-racial  America  economic  justice  #BlackLivesMatter  presidency  barackobama  abuse  of  power  political  theory  political  economy  CIA  NSA  FBI  surveillance  Hacktivism  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  transparency  oversight  accountability  media  conglomerate  conglomerate  business  model  pageviews  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Jon Snow: ‘I would defend the BBC to the death’ | Media | The Guardian
but that some media owners had a negative effect on the industry. “I think there has been a negative pull on the British media and I blame some of the proprietors for that. I still think the BBC is pretty good and I would defend it to the death, even though I have never worked for it.” [...] Asked about press coverage of Jeremy Corbyn, he said some of those writing about the Labour leader were “experiencing some kind of fear”, adding: “I think they may need to see a psychiatrist.” He said the biggest issues facing the UK were housing and inequality between the very rich and very poor, adding: “I don’t think there will be a revolution, but it has all the characteristics of what has led to revolution in the past.” [...] [ on Journalism / Covering human tragedy ] He said that while he tries to remain objective, “sometimes when powerful emotions are in play, this can be very, very hard”.
BBC  phone  hacking  Daily  Mail  News  Corp.  News  Corporation  newscorp  Rupert  Murdoch  Tabloid  British  Broadcasting  Company  Tories  Conservative  Party  David  Cameron  nasty  Toff  Establishment  Privileged  culture  George  Osborne  inequality  Gini  coefficient  austerity  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  pageviews  business  model  publishing  2.0 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Video "Konservative wollen BBC eindampfen" | Zapp | ARD Mediathek
Die BBC gilt als einer der Fixpunkte des Qualitätsjournalismus - allerdings nicht in den Augen der Tories. Regierungspolitiker wollen den Sender zusammenstutzen. // -- John Whittingdale --
BBC  ideology  dogma  trickle-down  economics  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  British  Broadcasting  Company  democracy  social  democracy  Rupert  Murdoch  newscorp  News  Corp.  News  Corporation  corporate  state  corporate  media  neoliberalism  neoliberal  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  iPlayer  mobile  homescreen  Netflix  Amazon  Prime 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Grant Shapps resigns over bullying scandal: 'buck stops with me' | Politics | The Guardian
Former party chairman stands down after revelations he knew about bullying allegations against aide almost a year ago [...] he fact that they hang [try to hang on for so long onto the greasy pole] on does no one any favours. It makes them look less dignified. [...] Clarke and others are alleged to have leaned on him to withdraw a complaint, and threatened to ruin his career. [...] [and] threaten him. //&! Revealed: Conservative party chiefs were warned of election aide's bullying. Guardian obtains letter written to Grant Shapps in January demanding action against Mark Clarke, contradicting claims party leaders had not been told - bit.ly/1TazygT //&! Simon Hattenstone investigates the apparent suicide of a 21-year-old activist – and uncovers a brutal world of alleged bullying and ambition, with ex-candidate Mark Clarke at its centre - bit.ly/1kX6lLO //&! Tory chairmen should quit over bullying scandal - activist's father - bit.ly/1NSXJMW
nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  general  election  2015  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  bullying  mobbing  mental  health  well  being  ladder  Oxford  1%  UK  British  Empire  Monarchy  society  No  Representation 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
John Cleese launches attack on BBC and vows never to work for it again | Media | The Guardian
Monty Python star says corporation’s commissioning editors have ‘no idea what they are doing’ and speaks out against fly-on-the-wall filming techniques
BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  The  Content  Wars  mobile  homescreen 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC World Service gets funding boost from government - BBC News
- western media vs Russia Today & Co. // 'Build global reach' Announcing the new funding in its document the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, the government said: "The BBC World Service reaches into some of the most remote places in the world, providing a link to the UK for individuals and societies who would otherwise not have this opportunity. "We will invest £85 million each year by in the BBC's digital, TV and radio services around the world to build the global reach of the World Service and increase access to news and information."
BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  War  on  Terror  Dictatorship  soft  power  manufactured  consent  corporate  media  corporate  state  propaganda  populism  Polarisation 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC independence 'eroded', says director general - BBC News
In a speech to business leaders on Monday, Tony Hall will urge changes to the way the broadcaster is regulated. He wants licence fee payers to have a greater say than politicians. Lord Hall says there has been a "major change" over the past 20 years which has made the foundations of the BBC's independence "weaker". The government has yet to comment. "When I was working in news and current affairs in the '90s, the independence of the BBC was protected by a set of quiet customs and traditions," he will say. "Back then it was Willie Whitelaw who'd provided us with the certainty of a 15-year Charter, underpinning our independence by allowing us stability through the political cycle. [...] He also suggests recent licence fee settlements have been decided behind closed doors without a "full process".
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Überwachung in Großbritannien: Neues Gesetz vorgestellt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Werbekampagne hat sich gelohnt. Am heutigen Mittwoch veröffentlichte Innenministerin Theresa May einen Gesetzentwurf (hier als PDF), der britischen Geheimdiensten noch mehr Macht verspricht. Die Spione können, sobald die sogenannte Investigatory Powers Bill vom Parlament verabschiedet wird, ganz legal das tun, was sie bislang ohne solide rechtliche Grundlage machten. Gleichzeitig sagte Innenministerin May, sie wolle die Aufsicht über die Geheimdienste stärken. [...] Theresa May betonte im Parlament, dass es nicht darum gehe, den gesamten Browserverlauf zu speichern, sondern nachvollziehen zu können, mit wem Verdächtige kommunizieren. [ jeder ist nun verdaechtig ] [ UK people seem not to care ]
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Live Webcast - Social Class in the 21st Century - YouTube
Speakers: Dr Niall Cunningham, Professor Fiona Devine, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Lisa McKenzie (author, getting by), Dr Andrew Miles, Professor Mike Savage, Dr Helene Snee, Dr Paul Wakeling // Precariat and Super Rich tend to disappear in surveys // book Inequality: What Can Be Done? - Book by Sir Anthony Barnes Atkinson // Dr Lisa McKenzie (author, getting by), "class in Britain is real, is pervasive and it hurts people." - precariat - 15% of the population. & It's the symbolic violence that hurts more. violence that keeps them out, keeps them down. looks down on them, laughs at them, ridicules them, telling them its their fault. // Meritocracy creates different class, meritocracy does not justify start existing inequality, because meritocracy does not work for everyone, not everyone can become a billionaire (Alain de Bottom) // & Thomas Picketty //&! bbc.in/1R4sNPU - Great British Class Calculator. Some Analysis.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Cycling: three-quarters of Britons support more spending on bike use | Environment | The Guardian
[ where is the bike lobby here? its a bn dollar business. ] Biggest ever survey on subject says people would like government to spend almost seven times more on bike infrastructure than it does now. [...] Currently, about 1% to 2% of all trips in the UK are made by bike, as against figures of 25% or more in some nations, such as the Netherlands. Activists argue that more bike use would greatly help combat the ongoing health crisis caused by physical inactivity, as well as reducing vehicle pollution, among other benefits. “The message from the public couldn’t be clearer: there’s a desire to cycle more, but that a lack of safe places to ride bikes is off ­putting,” said Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans. [...] “Physical inactivity, congestion and declining air quality cost our economy billions. Governments must act to secure a greater share of current transport investment for cycling and walking.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why are London cyclists so white, male and middle-class? | UK news | The Guardian
[ road safety, road cycling lessons, reform of laws putting cyclist on equal status as road user, campaign against road rage, better weather?, ] A fascinating study of why some Londoners cycle and others don’t illuminates cultural obstacles Boris Johnson’s cycling plans must overcome [...] One of its main findings concerns the congruence between being someone who cycles and an entire social identity bound up with class, ethnicity, values and aspirations. In other words, London cyclists were seen as being a certain sort of person: “Somebody who’s quite environmentally friendly, probably quite independent, maybe a bit of a leftie, vegetarian,” observed a woman called Michelle. Another participant, Julia, a cycling young professional, was very candid about these cultural associations and embraced them. “I mean, to be fair, it does make me feel smug, my friends joke that it’s very middle-class and they joke that it sort of fits with the lifestyle of gardening, listening to Radio 4, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, The VIP Paedophile Ring: What's the Truth?
wikipedia Jimmy_Savile_sexual_abuse_scandal &! wikipedia.org Elm_Guest_House_child_abuse_scandal //&! ExaroNews - bit.ly/1Lv2cnn - corruption within Police related to VIP Paedophile Ring to be investigated &! bit.ly/1VK6dzz - BBC Panorama to plan to smear and discredit survivors of child abuse and media outlets like ExaroNews &! bit.ly/1OVus9o THERE HAVE BEEN LEAKS WITHIN MET to BBC/PANORAMA to make PROGRAM!? &! ExaroNews editor-in-chief declined to be interviewed for Panorama Program, because they were out to debunk the 'VIP Paedophile Ring.' claims also two VIP cases are VIP BBC people. &! bit.ly/1LPKHPb - according to them, BBC tries to delay publication of the inquiry into its own failings of Jimmy Savile. Could be (according to sources) so damning that it undermines negotiations of BBC Charter Renewal. //&! Political Correctness of Politicians, Police, Social and Public Services let Rotherham, Rochdale, Derby (& across country) happen. bit.ly/1MiYNJf &! bit.ly/1P7h81Z
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why did the Daily Mail lose its taste for The Great British Bake Off? | Media | The Guardian
bit.ly/1VGijUW - That an Asian Muslim woman in a headscarf can win a thoroughly British competition proves that ‘Britishness’ is broader than some would like to think &! Reality telly loves a ‘journey’, and if it happens to belong to a Muslim woman with a knack for a lemon drizzle cake, then so be it - bit.ly/1LkTlJb
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
For Osborne, foreign policy is strictly business - BBC News
There are few more precarious positions than prime minister-in-waiting. // Tories don't like human rights, 1 that deal with Saudi Arabia, and 2 want to abolish eu human rights act and replace it with british bill of rights to make it legal to spy on everyone and read everyones communication. oh and then there is the Brexit catastrophe.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
[106] Europe's Refugees & American Elections w/ Chris Hedges - YouTube
climate change, war - neoliberalism (speak to the world with force), TTIP // flood Mexico w cheap corn = NAFTA // America expanding Market overseas with TPP TTIP, TISA (no physical occupation, like the British Empire was) = neoliberalism, domination of conglomerates in world trade, sucking out the oxygen of local economies below developed world level (developing and frontier market) ... BRIC are not in it for a reason! European Union already floods Africa with cheap chicken (frozen) - Ueberversorgung! through African trade deal with European Union. Destroyed local farmers, agriculture. // Who came up with TTIP, TPP, TISA??!! Who wrote first draft? // American have no taste for boots on the ground, so its Drone Warfare and secret for hire small specialised armies also gathering on the ground intelligence. // talks Trump and Sanders and Corbyn symptoms, reaction to the status quo. "The System is Gamed." DNC is controlled by the Clintons. Tories will play fear card.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cameron beware: when the super-rich are scorned, they take supersize revenge | Peter Bradshaw | Comment is free | The Guardian
But his just reward was not forthcoming, so Ashcroft set about bulldozing the prime minister’s reputation with a hysterically injured and indignant book which says far more about Ashcroft’s hatred and rage than anything else. The book which has been serialised in the Mail, whose game-plan may incidentally be to get every conceivable bit of bad publicity out of the way as early as possible in this parliament, preparing the way for a Conservative surge under a different leader in 2020.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wolf Hall director blasts culture secretary over 'ideological' BBC cuts | Media | The Guardian
Peter Kosminsky met with John Whittingdale to discuss cuts he says are rooted in Tories’ dislike of pre-election coverage
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
”Lobbyismen hotar demokratin” - EFN - Ekonomi- och FinansNyheterna
Owen Jones --- shared economic interest. politicians have to be servant to their people. seen as the greatest honor one can receive. and job. legacy. not money/riches (in future). should always aim to put yourself out of business so to speak, for means of progress and healing. // Brexit defense for London // TTIP // open and democratic = less angles for corruption and bribery
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence. Ms Sturgeon said she welcomed what her opponents had said but she found it a "curious tactic". Both Labour and the Lib Dems said the first minister should concentrate on her party's record in government. SNP leader Ms Sturgeon believes there should be a further referendum on Scottish independence if there is growing support for leaving the UK or there is a "material change" in UK politics. [...] She spoke out after Ms Dugdale said there was "no denying that 30% of Labour voters voted 'Yes' in the referendum" and that she wanted to lead a party "that is comfortable with people who voted 'Yes' and 'No' backing our values of creating a fair and more equal society for everyone".
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s the British establishment that has a problem with democracy | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian
‘Rewarding major donors with seats in parliament and jobs in government is a long-established British tradition.’ [...] But political corruption and the implacable opposition of the spooks and military to progressive change are the traditional forms of anti-democratic politics, in Britain, as elsewhere. For the past generation it has been the corporate embrace, the revolving doors, the privatised contracts, the “free trade” treaties, European Union directives, and the removal of economics from democratic control under the neoliberal rules of the game that have set the boundaries of acceptable politics. [ Jeremy Corbyn is a symptom/backlash to the status quo ] Since the 2008 crash the rejection of that broken economic model and the hollowed-out politics that reflects it has spread across the western world, now including Britain. Which helps explain why Cameron’s Conservatives have turned to the most retrograde measures to bring opposition to heel. //&! bit.ly/1FWK86Y
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon warns against plans to scrap Human Rights Act - BBC News
--- in the background of the idea or the need to scrap human rights act and replace it with a watered down British Bill of Rights ... NSA/GCHQ - surveillance and military. war on terror and drugs, extremism, cyber crime ... and dissenters. ... as usual: PR, spin doctors at work and reframing, framing, distracting away from the real issue. // // "Nobody believes that the UK government will strengthen existing human rights protections." - Nicola Sturgeon, First minister
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pigs to peerages: Lord Ashcroft’s act of revenge shows British politics at its venal worst | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
Cameron’s use of the House of Lords to reward aides, cronies and donors might leave even Tony Blair astonished. Why not just sell off titles to fund political parties? [ ie also Michelle Mone, supporter of the No Campaign, got peerage and job at DWP as start-up czar; getting unemployed people to start businesses (self-employment). ] //&! Billionaire Tory donor alleges Cameron conspired to mislead public before 2010 election over knowledge of Ashcroft’s non-dom status - bit.ly/1KrdcET - accepting donations from tax avoiders/evaders is best practise nowadays. //&! So Cameron was young and reckless. Lucky he wasn’t young, reckless and poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg //&! How do you deal with a story like #piggate? A spin doctor’s view - bit.ly/1QvIiNl //&! Live Feed Day 2 - bit.ly/1Ktcyqq - "White House [thinks] it had been “fucked over” on both Libya & Syria." Cameron not getting the votes for full military intervention. [...] Gaddafi’s weapons moved south, arming Boko Haram [in Nigeria].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England may cut rates, says chief economist - BBC News
Softening employment figures and weakening surveys on manufacturing and construction output suggested growth in the UK could slow in the second half of the year and inflation might not pick up as expected. Furthermore, problems in emerging markets could be a drag on UK growth and the headwinds from those economies were unlikely to abate any time soon, Mr Haldane added. //&! In a wide-ranging speech that called on central bankers to think more radically to fend off the next downturn – including the notion of abolishing cash – Haldane warned the UK was not ready for higher borrowing costs. He described recent events in Greece and China as "the latest leg of what might be called a three-part crisis trilogy."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Met police admit mistakes in Westminster paedophile ring inquiry | Society | The Guardian
&! bit.ly/1OLDAwm //&! bit.ly/1Pv5gnj - Westminster paedophile ring inquiry 'not a shambles', says police chief Met commissioner says criticism of Operation Midland is unfair but admits detectives have found it difficult to corroborate some allegations
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Stop meddling with BBC, European media bosses tell government | Media | The Guardian
Heads of seven Nordic public service broadcasters urge UK to protect BBC’s independence, saying diminished broadcaster reduces country’s standing
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Michael Lüders über den Krieg in Syrien - 10.09.2015 - YouTube
- Russia about to support Assad!? If Assad falls, ISIS all across Syria. West Airstrike tactic/offinsive is only for public posturing. And Saudi Arabia is supplying ISIS. And West has a foot in Iran after atom-negotiations. Israel is another political/geopolitical/religious player. And NATO gives green light to bomb PKK which fights against ISIS. ... LOL. // ISIS, Taliban, al-Qaida is made in USA. // Europe pays price for USA foreign policy! trying to export western values and democracy into Middle East. // 20 year civil war in Middle East followed by decades of USA military intervention. // USA training fighter to fight against ISIS and Assad is not working! // Diplomacy is falling short. Especially w current sactions against Russia by West because of Ukraine/Crimea Crisis. // Complexity of situation can not be solved w bombs and military invasion ... // &! youtu.be/mLm6Yn5lrX4 - Book - Middle East history.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn: Labour will campaign for UK to stay in the EU | Politics | The Guardian
McFadden stressed he did not believe Cameron was seeking to undermine those rights in his talks with his EU partners, but recognises that Corbyn is deeply concerned at what he regards is a shift from a social Europe to a free-market Europe. He said: “If the prime minister tries to water down hard won employment protections that would be wrong and foolhardy on his part and we would very strongly oppose it. But if he does try to water down these protections, the right response is not to leave the EU but to fight the 2020 election on a clear commitment to restore those employment rights – and we have to remain in the EU to do that.”
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
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