For any readers who have questioned WHY we keep covering the Greek news – Paul Craig Roberts summarises the importance to all our lives
What we are witnessing today, is that after 2,500 years in the Western World only the current Greek government is interested in democracy. The Greek government, to the surprise and consternation of every other European government, has called a referendum for the Greek people to decide the fate of Greece. For resorting to democracy, the Greek government has been universally denounced in the Western World.
So much for Western democracy.
If the Greeks vote for their oppressors and against their own government, democracy in the EU will cease to exist.
2,500 years ago Greeks saved their independence from the Persian Empire. Sunday’s vote will tell us whether Greeks have again served liberty or whether they have succumbed to Washington’s Empire.
The fate of all Europeans and of Americans themselves will be settled on Sunday.
“We can make British poverty history, and we will make British poverty history,” said David Cameron back in 2007 – and he’s done it, just like that. Wave a magic wand, he and Iain Duncan Smith are abolishing child poverty as we know it. As an issue, poverty is to vanish, no longer a target or a word in the Conservative lexicon.
Other things will be targeted instead – worklessness, family breakdown, addictions, debt and educational success. In doublespeak, the very meaning of the word poverty disappears when to be poor no longer means to lack money. To be poor will from now on mean to fail, to be poor apologies for human beings, people in error, in need of correction not cash. That means 64% of children formerly known as poor will now vanish from the government’s reckoning because their families are not failing, but “hardworking” – just earning too little to keep afloat. Morally they are just fine, so they are no longer poor even if they queue at food banks at the end of the week.
No surprise at Duncan Smith deploying Jesuitical corkscrew arguments to duck the international measure of poverty. He and Cameron have spent the week softening up opinion for huge benefit cuts in next week’s budget, due to focus on tax credits, largely paid to in-work, ”hardworking” families, victims of Britain’s swelling ranks of the under-paid.
Jeremy Hunt will today suggest the tragic toll of paupers’ funerals is down to ‘busy’ and ‘distant’ families – even though some are prompted by abject poverty.
The Health Secretary will highlight the eight people each day who die with no one to pay for their burial, claiming ‘lonely funerals’ are a sad result of the modern world.
However, the ceremonies, known traditionally as paupers’ or welfare funerals, aren’t just for people whose relatives are dead or unwilling to pay up.
With the average burial costing more than £3,000, the system is also for people with no savings whose relatives are too poor to pay a penny.
The Tory minister will say: “Are we really saying these people had no living relatives or friends?
Read more http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jeremy-hunt-suggests-paupers-funerals-5977708
A speech by Queen Elizabeth II warning against “division” in Europe as Prime Minister David Cameron plans a referendum on Britain’s EU membership was interpreted by British media on Thursday as a political statement.
British newspapers were quick to express their surprise on Thursday, the same day that Cameron is due to address European Union leaders in Brussels on Britain’s desire for a looser association with the EU bloc.
The Daily Telegraph said “the Queen’s comments may be interpreted by some as the sovereign expressing a view on the EU debate”.
A headline in The Independent read: “Queen issues unexpected warning as EU leaders meet in Brussels for key summit”.
But a Buckingham Palace aide quoted by the BBC rejected the interpretation of the queen’s words.
“This is not about the EU. The queen is apolitical.
That’s the EU official version *cough*
The European Commission has sent a strong political signal to London by appointing a special team to take charge of relations with the UK in the run-up to its referendum on EU membership.
Jonathan Faull, a lawyer and one of Britain’s top civil servants in the commission, will head up the new unit, which officially starts its work on 1 September.
Hard on the heels of
The DWP won’t tell anyone how many people have died after having their benefits sanctioned – as of June 19th
The Government is preparing to release figures on how many people have died after being judged fit to work, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
A petition calling for the statistics to be made public had accrued over 220,000 signatures before the Prime Minister’s comments today.
Mr Duncan Smith came under fire over the matter at DWP questions on Monday, when Labour MPs Marie Rimmer and Debbie Abrahams both asked why the Government was “refusing” to publish the figures.
Mr Dumkopf Smut argued:
The petition was “attempting to block” the publication of the statistics ………….and
it was “disgraceful” members should try to suggest a link between benefits ending and subsequent deaths.
Data released in 2010 showed 10,600 people died between January and November 2011 within six weeks of their Employment Support Allowance claim ending.
During a time of austerity and massive cuts to public services, particularly welfare, the British public are being asked to help with the multi million pound bill. This comes against the backdroup of the increasing annual expenditure from Buckingham Palace which has risen 11% in five years.
A Buckingham Palace source said that the building might have to be vacated for maintenance work.
“One option is for the palace to be vacated. The initial estimate for the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace looks like £150m…that depends on how you go about refurbishment, whether you do it in parts or the whole thing at once,” British media reported the unnamed source as saying.
Read more http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/06/24/417356/QUEEN-PALACE-COSTS-AUSTERITY-
Labour councillor Bernadette Fisher has landed herself in hot water for retweeting this
Comparing Government policy to the Holocaust is apparently not politically correct
In the early-to-mid 20th century, contemporary uses of the phrase “Politically Correct” were associated with the dogmatic application of Stalinist doctrine, debated between formal Communists (members of the Communist Party) and Socialists. The phrase was a colloquialism referring to the Communist party line, which provided for “correct” positions on many matters of politics.