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"Both parties are promising to protect the NHS from privatization, but only one party is actually selling NHS data to private companies like Amazon. That should matter a lot more than whether or not the British public would like to go on holiday with Jeremy Corbyn."   Share:  
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The muckraking includes calling Corbyn an anti-semite, but it doesn't stop there. (Somehow the fact that Boris Johnson has a habit of making racist comments is irrelevant; Labour is an anti-racist party and therefore must be held to a higher standard.) A new book by Tom Bower paints a portrait of a power hungry anti-semite who regularly hangs out with Muslim extremists. Anyone with an ounce of sense will struggle to find the Labour leader in this description; for his part Bower had the sense not to source his allegations so there's no way to check up on which of these might be true and which are blatant fabrications. For anyone interested, Peter Osborn has a thorough debunking.

The advantage of mudslinging is that it sometimes sticks. Many British voters can't say exactly why they don't like Corbyn, but they know that they don't like him. Even if these allegations were defendable, Corbyn's Labour party has effectively won the debate on austerity. Both parties are promising to protect the NHS from privatization, but only one party is actually selling NHS data to private companies like Amazon. That should matter a lot more than whether or not the British public would like to go on holiday with Jeremy Corbyn.

Whatever the outcome, this is one of the most fascinating elections on record. Arguments for the status quo - that the rich should see the biggest gains when capitalism works and the poor should pay when it doesn't - aren't working. Demonization of one's opponents has always been a part of electoral politics, but in this election that's pretty much the only tactic in play, at least for the Tories. Their victory would be a huge triumph of the British propaganda system. It would also be a huge failure for democracy.

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Direction of resistance / implied resistance: What the USA and the world are all looking forward to finding out is this: are British people, on the whole, amazingly stupid? Are they easily led, easily lied to, easily used and walked all over?

 

 

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Removal of resistance: We British rebels, meanwhile, know that the answer to that is obvious. Unification: What is really very interesting is the answer to this question: has Corbyn and Co outsmarted the mafioso villain fuckheaded genocidal baby-eating enemy or not? The fact is that defeating a bunch of idiots doesn't need to be carried out by THAT many intelligent people, and Corbyn's enemies are, without a shadow of a doubt, as Stephen Hawking himself clearly demonstrated (DO look up the nasty things the Israeli state said to Stephen Hawking as a result of his joining one or other of the boycotts of Israel), idiots of the highest order. Their idiocy is a whole order apart from the idiocy of even the worst idiots of days gone by, like Hitler or Stalin or some lunatic like that. Genghis Khan. That sort of chap. These guys, these 'enemies of Corbyn' (self-defined) are an order of idiocy far far above those past idiots. So they're no match for people like Hawking and Corbyn. Hawking, whatever word games you may try to play, voted for Corbyn's Labour, and advocated saving the NHS by voting Labour. There's no question that British intelligence and innovation may easily win the day. I will be far less surprised than the rest of the planet if it does and far less amazed at how stupid British people really are, on the whole, if it doesn't (this time). My experience in forex and stock markets makes me absolutely sure of one thing - I have no idea who is going to win, and neither do you!
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"Both parties are promising to protect the NHS from privatization, but only one party is actually selling NHS data to private companies like Amazon. That should matter a lot more than whether or not the British public would like to go on holiday with Jeremy Corbyn."

Sameer Dossani writes: <<

The muckraking includes calling Corbyn an anti-semite, but it doesn't stop there. (Somehow the fact that Boris Johnson has a habit of making racist comments is irrelevant; Labour is an anti-racist party and therefore must be held to a higher standard.) A new book by Tom Bower paints a portrait of a power hungry anti-semite who regularly hangs out with Muslim extremists. Anyone with an ounce of sense will struggle to find the Labour leader in this description; for his part Bower had the sense not to source his allegations so there's no way to check up on which of these might be true and which are blatant fabrications. For anyone interested, Peter Osborn has a thorough debunking.

The advantage of mudslinging is that it sometimes sticks. Many British voters can't say exactly why they don't like Corbyn, but they know that they don't like him. Even if these allegations were defendable, Corbyn's Labour party has effectively won the debate on austerity. Both parties are promising to protect the NHS from privatization, but only one party is actually selling NHS data to private companies like Amazon. That should matter a lot more than whether or not the British public would like to go on holiday with Jeremy Corbyn.

Whatever the outcome, this is one of the most fascinating elections on record. Arguments for the status quo - that the rich should see the biggest gains when capitalism works and the poor should pay when it doesn't - aren't working. Demonization of one's opponents has always been a part of electoral politics, but in this election that's pretty much the only tactic in play, at least for the Tories. Their victory would be a huge triumph of the British propaganda system. It would also be a huge failure for democracy.

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What the USA and the world are all looking forward to finding out is this: are British people, on the whole, amazingly stupid? Are they easily led, easily lied to, easily used and walked all over?

We British rebels, meanwhile, know that the answer to that is obvious.

What is really very interesting is the answer to this question: has Corbyn and Co outsmarted the mafioso villain fuckheaded genocidal baby-eating enemy or not? The fact is that defeating a bunch of idiots doesn't need to be carried out by THAT many intelligent people, and Corbyn's enemies are, without a shadow of a doubt, as Stephen Hawking himself clearly demonstrated (DO look up the nasty things the Israeli state said to Stephen Hawking as a result of his joining one or other of the boycotts of Israel), idiots of the highest order. Their idiocy is a whole order apart from the idiocy of even the worst idiots of days gone by, like Hitler or Stalin or some lunatic like that. Genghis Khan. That sort of chap. These guys, these 'enemies of Corbyn' (self-defined) are an order of idiocy far far above those past idiots. So they're no match for people like Hawking and Corbyn. Hawking, whatever word games you may try to play, voted for Corbyn's Labour, and advocated saving the NHS by voting Labour. There's no question that British intelligence and innovation may easily win the day. I will be far less surprised than the rest of the planet if it does and far less amazed at how stupid British people really are, on the whole, if it doesn't (this time). My experience in forex and stock markets makes me absolutely sure of one thing - I have no idea who is going to win, and neither do you!



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