Young Britons For Liberty?

Guy Debord's Cat

Whatever happened to the Young Britons Foundation? That’s the question I was hoping to answer when I entered the words into the search engine yesterday. By chance, I discovered a group calling itself ‘Young Britons for Liberty’, but who are now calling themselves the Young Chartists (yeah, I know). Readers will know that any group that either claims to be for ‘liberty’ or ‘freedom’ is, more often than not, a group of like-minded right-wingers, who believe they have a natural monopoly on those concepts. Libertarians, as they like to call themselves, tend to fall into two camps: the hardline free-market cultists (anything can be sold) and the libertines (anything can be fucked). Right-wing libertarians will usually fall into the former camp, while the LM Network, which pretends to be Marxist or even left-wing, occupies both.  The Young Chartists, who, while not being a successor organization to the YBF, share…

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Who is aiding and abetting and what might be done about it?

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This is a particularly excellent piece from Richard Muprhy of Tax Research UK. His suggestion of going after directors of companies who allow criminal activity to take place through deliberate negligence (e.g. a telecom company who allow someone to obtain bulk telephone numbers knowing damn well whatever they may say to the contrary that they will be used for criminal purposes) is spot on. I would take his reasoning a step further and suggest that they be treated as guilty of the crime they have facilitated – I think a single director going down for fraud in these circumstances would soon stop the facilitators.

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Where will old, homeless people see out their days? Will they die on the streets?

Andy Winter's Blog

At the very time that the number of care homes for older people is reducing, and amidst regular reports of the care sector in crisis, the Local Government Association has called for a further 400,000 places in specialist homes for older people in order to cope with the ageing population.

Of course I support this. However, there is another group of ageing people whose support needs are very rarely considered and that is the ageing homeless population, many of whom are ex-service men and women who have enduring mental health problems and addictions.

No traditional home for older people would consider such “problematic” residence notwithstanding the sacrifice they may have made for the country.

Will older homeless people see out of their remaining years in sometimes chaotic temporary accommodation or, worse still, die while living on the streets?

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Free Speech Warriors And The Free Speech Illusion

Guy Debord's Cat

I call them ‘free speech warriors’ but you may know them as the ‘alt-right’ and/or as neo-Nazis and neo-fascists. Whenever they’re challenged on their racist and sexist views, free speech warriors will complain long and hard that their right to free speech is being limited. They may even whine about ‘political correctness gone mad’. What they refuse to understand is that if they should utter ill-informed opinions or hate speech, then people have a right to challenge them. That’s not closing down free speech, that is free speech. It’s the right to reply. For the free speech warriors, freedom of speech means “I say what I like and you shut up” and if you challenge them, they may even utter the juvenile “you hate free speech”. The free speech warrior’s concept of ‘free speech’ is nothing more a form of bullying, and by being over-sensitive to criticism, they are little…

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DWP loses fight to stop claimants appealing

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from ‘Benefits and Work’

The DWP has lost its fight at the upper tribunal to prevent employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants going to appeal where the claimant is late applying for a mandatory reconsideration. The decision will also apply to all other social security benefits.

There is a one month time limit to apply for a mandatory reconsideration. The DWP can extend this time limit up to a total of 13 months where they judge that the claimant had good cause to be late.

For example, the claimant may have a mental health condition which made it difficult for them to deal with official correspondence and have been unable to get help until too late.

The DWP have been refusing to allow claimants access to the tribunal service where they are outside the one month time limit for mandatory reconsiderations. By refusing to issue a mandatory reconsideration notice the…

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The Mass Media & Trump

Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain

In 1938, in response to the alleged arrival to America of aliens from another planet, thousands of US citizens left their suburban homes in a state of panic and departed for the hills. An unsuspecting public did this because the authoritative tones of the radio announcer who imparted this ‘news’ was able to induce the requisite amount of fear in them.

It was only later that the people concerned had realized they had been duped. What was actually being broadcast was an adaptation of H G Wells’ War of the Worlds, and the announcer was the renowned actor and film director, Orson Welles. The power of radio had convinced people to behave in an irrational manner in response to this ‘fake news’.

Almost eight decades after Welles made his famous radio broadcast, the corporate media persuaded hundreds of thousands of protesters to descend on Washington DC…

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The Tax-Avoiding Brexit Scam Exposed

Veritas et Libertas

My Flight: Prologue
After having searched the best offers available, I have purchased an ITAL Airways flight to Genoa, got on it and after being airborne for half an hour, the pilot announces that his cabin crew is divided over the which airport they should land. Some of his onboard staff argue that the aeroplane should land in Turin, whereas others claim that they should land in Genoa. As the argument got fierce and out of control, to quieten down the situation, the pilot promised his staff that he would let the passengers vote and decide over which airport they should land, Genoa or Turin.

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Admittedly, before David Cameron, British voters have never been asked before to decide on a something, and then wait at least two years to find out what they have voted for.

Similiar to My Flight story, Mr Cameron decided to give the British people…

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