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Something wicked this way comes….

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”  [Aristotle]

So…here’s what we can look forward to…

“..£12bn worth of cuts to the welfare system which the Conservatives have kept, wisely, under their hats. This will hit hardest the people who can least afford it – the poor, the disabled, the disadvantaged. The death toll due to welfare cuts will continue to mount. But never mind, hey? At least unemployment will continue to fall as more poor people are forced into unfair and inadequate contracts. In turn the number of food banks will continue to rise – already up from 56 to 445 under the Tories – as they desperately try to keep up with spiralling poverty”. [Lee Williams: “The Independent”: 8 May 2015]

In the mean-time, lets push on with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated between the European Union and the USA. As officials from both sides acknowledge, the main goal of TTIP is to remove regulatory ‘barriers’ which restrict the potential profits to be made by transnational corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fact or fiction...? John Callaway 2015

Fact or fiction…? John Callaway 2015

Yet these ‘barriers’ are in reality some of our most prized social standards and environmental regulations, such as labour rights, food safety rules (including restrictions on GMOs), regulations on the use of toxic chemicals, digital privacy laws and even new banking safeguards introduced to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

Apparently we don’t want to be ruled by Brussels but we’re happy to be ruled by Exxon, News Corp and Koch Industries. Funny old world…