A coup is taking place in the UK – a capitalist dictatorship

Today I received an email from the Government “strongly recommending” me to download the “NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 App”.

It seems they got my email from my GP. (Local doctor).

That would all be fine – an app that is something to do with the NHS (National Health Service) that will help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Who wouldn’t take part?

Except, the app is precisely not the “NHS” app.  The app when first launched did not accept tests produced by the NHS. [1] It only worked with tests produced by a network of mostly private laboratories. [2] It is as if the producers of this thing simply didn’t consider the NHS. The ‘oversight’ has now been ‘fixed’ – though the fix is a manual one; there is no sign that anyone at any point considered integrating the app’s software with the NHS.

Anyone looking at the UK’s handling of Coronavirus can notice that there has been one consistent thread. Through all the disasters, needless deaths, u-turns on policy, procurement failures, false starts with herd immunity and so on the one consistent theme is that a number of privately run government contractors and large businesses have received staggeringly large contracts. Under special Covid rules government has been able to place some (or all? – I am not sure) of these contracts without a formal procurement process.

It comes as no surprise then to learn that it is now not permitted for teachers in schools to use materials from organisations which criticize capitalism. [3][4]  This is the guidance issued by the Department of Education:

Schools should not under any circumstances use resources produced by organisations that take extreme political stances on matters.

Examples of extreme political stances include, but are not limited to: a publicly stated desire to abolish or overthrow democracy, capitalism, or to end free and fair elections, opposition to the right of freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of assembly or freedom of religion and conscience.

Let’s be clear; this is saying that schools cannot use materials from organisations which seek to “abolish” capitalism. The guidance doesn’t say “by violence”. This means, for example, that a school-teacher could not use any materials from this blog in a lesson. It means that if the Labour Party had not abolished Clause 4 (which sought to give the workers control of the means of production) under Tony Blair then it would be not permitted to use materials produced by the Labour party. It isn’t just about capitalism. This ‘guidance’ (which is obligatory for schools) means that organisations which promote a political system which is not our current one are barred from schools. However absolute a value so-called ‘democracy’ is it is totalitarian (and strange) to ban questioning of it.

(Meanwhile of course schools can – maybe even must – use materials produced by organisations which promote weird ideas about gender fluidity to very young children).

This is just like the Soviet Union making it illegal to criticize the party ideology. It is a defining moment and one at which we can witness the final slide into a totalitarian capitalist dictatorship.

Notes

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/26/nhs-covid-app-does-not-log-test-results-from-hospitals-or-phe-labs-in-england
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/02/uk-set-to-award-covid-19-testing-contracts-worth-5bn-to-private-bidders
  3. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/capitalism-teaching-school-racism-violence-democracy-gavin-williamson-b625480.html
  4. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/plan-your-relationships-sex-and-health-curriculum

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Unlikely tales about Novichok (2)

NovichokThe Guardian continues to promote the unlikely story that the Kremlin poisoned Navalny with Novichok. This is Shaun Walker’s latest creation.

Shaun Walker may well be a nice guy. But he is in the wrong profession. His ‘journalism’ always reads like an exercise for an MA in Creative Writing. (His recent piece on Belarus being another example).

In the present story Shaun Walker promotes once again the story being told by Navalny’s supporters and associates that Putin personally ordered Navalny to be poisoned with ‘Novichok’. Continue reading “Unlikely tales about Novichok (2)”

Propaganda Watch 200

This is part of my ongoing observations of routine propaganda about Russia in the Western media.

By propaganda I mean writing things which are either simply not true or which may be loosely connected with some truth) but is presented in such a way as to convey an impression which is itself not true. (By truth I mean saying things which correspond with how things are). In short, the Western media is telling its readers a load of fairy tales about Russia. There are several factors driving this. On factor is deliberate manipulation of  compliant journalists by MI6. (I strongly suspect that the Guardian’s Luke Harding who is clearly having some kind of problems is being manipulated by MI6).  Another I think is just lazy journalism by career journalists writing what their editors want to hear. Continue reading “Propaganda Watch 200”

Misinformation in the MSM about Stone

This is a small example but noteworthy because it is on a significant story of the day and serves to completely invert the truth.

The piece is about Roger Stone, one-time Trump adviser, who was jailed by the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. Stone was jailed for obstructing and lying to the inquiry, and getting a witness to lie for him,  (crimes which were therefore a concoction of the inquiry). [1] Continue reading “Misinformation in the MSM about Stone”