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So a drive to get more women into top jobs will be led by a man. How insulting | Sophie Walker | Opinion | The Guardian
[ tories hiring chairman of tax evaders and avoiders to lead business review! - - ] The government announced the appointment of top businessman Sir Philip Hampton on Sunday to lead a review into why we have so few top businesswomen at Britain’s biggest companies. I pointed out that a key element in this worthy project was missing. Good initiative; but a huge lost opportunity to lead by example. Someone contacted me on social media to explain that a male appointment in this case made sense because “qualifications count as well as symbols”.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A knighthood for Lynton Crosby: government under fire for political honours | UK news | The Guardian
The government has been accused of turning the honours system into an “old boy’s club” after Lynton Crosby, the political strategist who ran the Conservatives’ 2015 election campaign, was awarded a knighthood. [...] “The main thing he is known for is introducing the concept of aggressive negative campaigning, or as Boris Johnson described it: ‘the dead cat strategy’ >> !!! >> [which involves distracting the public from a politically difficult issue by creating shocking news]. << !!! << Hardly worthy of honouring in this way if at all,” said McDonnell. He said Crosby’s knighthood would make the public think the titles perpetuate “an old boy’s club”. [...] His uncompromising tactics have appalled some of his opponents, with former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable once referring to him as “an Australian rottweiler”. [...] “getting a reward for services to the Tory party rather than services to the country”. [& got] close links to the tobacco industry.
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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 - //&! 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 - //&! Tory chairmen should quit over bullying scandal - activist's father -
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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 //&! - Great British Class Calculator. Some Analysis.
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november 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
”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
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. //&!
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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 - - accepting donations from tax avoiders/evaders is best practise nowadays. //&! So Cameron was young and reckless. Lucky he wasn’t young, reckless and poor - //&! How do you deal with a story like #piggate? A spin doctor’s view - //&! Live Feed Day 2 - - "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
Met police admit mistakes in Westminster paedophile ring inquiry | Society | The Guardian
&! //&! - 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
Queen Elizabeth II: The last of Britishness? - Newsnight - YouTube
Queen Elizabeth II has now overtaken her great-great-grandmother Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in our history, with 63 years and 216 days on the throne. But to an extraordinary degree, she remains unknown.Is that the secret of her longevity? Or is it her record of dutiful service? // &! &! &!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Revealed: how coalition has helped rich by hitting poor | Politics | The Observer
"We are all in this together." [...] &!&!&! "Interview with Hilary Mantel: 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'" Hilary Mantel's historical novels are celebrated in Britain, but her critiques of the establishment are widely feared. In a SPIEGEL interview, she says her country is retreating into insularity and to attitudes prevalent in Victorian times. [...] It's a retreat into insularity, into a mood of harshness. When people feel they're being mistreated, they lash out against people who are weaker than themselves, immigrants for example. What's happening here at the moment is really ugly. The government portrays poor and unfortunate people as being morally defective. This is a return to the thinking of the Victorians. Even in the 16th century, Thomas Cromwell was trying to tell people that a thriving economy has casualties [...]
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Lord Ashdown's powerful response to Lord Carlile's attack on reform, from his former party leader | Mail Online
We think we are facing an economic crisis. But we are also facing a political one. The people have lost confidence in politicians – and with good reason.


But when it comes to holding the Executive to account, we are incapable of doing it. How can we hold the Government to account when we are the creatures of its patronage! If the Lords had been able to do this job properly, we would never have had the Poll Tax or, I fancy, the Iraq War.


... If we don’t reform, then the number of Lords could well rise from 800 to more than 1,000. All of whom can draw their untaxed
allowance of £300 a day – for life. Cost? £18.7 million and counting.

[...] we should be ashamed that a part of our Parliament remains an undemocratic leftover from a bygone age.

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july 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Why does the UK love the monarchy?
"What is it about our country that we retain such affection for a system which appears at odds with the meritocratic principles of a modern liberal democracy?"


Bagehot had identified a developing national characteristic. As colonial power and the riches of empire declined, there was an increasing desire to define greatness as something other than wealth and territory. Britain wanted to believe it was, intrinsically, special. "People yield a deference to what we may call the theatrical show of society," he wrote. "The climax of the play is the Queen."

[Everything around the Monarchy, the Queen and hereditary authority acts as IT for] national communion. [Simply British national life held high with pride.] "Uniquely ours."

The explanation, I think, is that the 1950s were also a period in which the country was anxious about how global, institutional and social change might threaten its identity.

Monarchy represented a bulwark against rapid and scary change.
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june 2012 by asterisk2a
Königliche Hochzeit - Wenn das Herz das Hirn besiegt
Nichts braucht die Welt weniger als debile Blaublüter, die das Geld der arbeitenden Massen verschwenden, die niemals erfahren haben, was materielle Not bedeutet, die sich gegenseitig höchste Orden und Auszeichnungen verleihen allein für die Tatsache, dass sie miteinander verwandt sind. Die Privilegien des Adels sind abzuschaffen, besser heute als morgen.
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april 2011 by asterisk2a
John Berlau: The Entrepreneurs' Princess -
Yet she has known many of the privileges of aristocracy, because her parents built a multimillion-dollar business that supported elite educations for her siblings and her.

Some have asked if Kate will be a "people's princess," in the mold of Prince William's late mother, Diana. But Kate and her family actually embody a noble, if relatively modern, tradition of their own, a tradition of bettering oneself and one's family while improving the lot of society at the same time.If the royal family were to utilize Kate's background to help encourage and spread this culture of entrepreneurship, the effects in Britain—and possibly much of the world—could be incredible. The people of the United Kingdom would be much richer, and not just in material terms. "Earned success gives people a sense of meaning about their lives," writes the social scientist Arthur Brooks, who is president of the American Enterprise Institute think tank.
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april 2011 by asterisk2a
Royaler Frust: Mrchenhochzeit? Alles Quatsch! - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama
Das wissen auch Millionen Briten. Der "Guardian" will die Kronenträger abschaffen, ebenso der "Economist" und der "Independent". Viele Professoren, Regisseure, Schriftsteller, Schauspieler und Politiker wünschen sich eine Republik - aber sie bleiben in Großbritannien eine Minderheit mit einem seit Jahren konstanten Anteil von etwa 18 Prozent.
Cherie Blair, die schwierige Frau des damaligen Premiers Tony, hat sich einst geweigert, im Angesicht der alten Mrs. Elizabeth Windsor den unterwürfigen Hofknicks aufzuführen, doch die große Mehrheit der Briten tut das gern, das und noch viel mehr, for Queen and Country. Die Windsors sind das teuerste Königshaus Europas, sie liegen dem Volk schwer auf der Tasche - doch das Volk zahlt, ohne zu murren, solange zumindest Elizabeth lebt.
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april 2011 by asterisk2a

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