Thought for the day – David Davis, Brexit Secretary: ‘The bear never chases an animal it can see running away.’




By now, you will all be aware of my hoarding of secrets about Brexit’s impact on the economy, lest Brussels should know that we are weak and use it against us at the negotiating table.

Now, you may argue that this very public display of fear itself weakens our position. That Juncker will think, ‘My God. He’s so afraid of handing those reports to the Brexit select committee that he’d rather face contempt of parliament. They must say that Britain is fucked. They will do anything we want.’

But you would be wrong, and I will tell you why. Consider stumbling upon a bear in a forest. It’s hungry but may not have knowledge of humans and how easy we are to kill. So, do you stand where you are, showing it yourself, as if you have nothing to fear? Will that make the animal cautious? Will its survival instincts…

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New track ‘Sons and Daughters’ from Captain Ska


Download from Friday 15 December

Captain Ska, the band behind this summer’s viral smash hit Liar Liar GE2017, a scathing attack on Theresa May and her government released just before the General Election, have today announced they’ll be joining the race for the Christmas charts with their new track Sons and Daughters.

Band member Jake Painter said the new song reflects a “new mood of hope” following what he described as “a disastrous election for Theresa May and the Conservative Party”. Adding “It looks like it won’t be long before we see the end of this government and it couldn’t come soon enough. We hope the song can give a boost to all those who have suffered under this government and who want to see a better world.”

The new song highlights growing homelessness and inequality which has risen since the Conservative Party took power. It accuses the newspapers…

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Video: Pow! Tory MP claims we’ve never had it so good. McDonnell responds


pow.pngTory MP Rebecca Pow

Somerset Tory MP Rebecca Pow thinks we’ve never had it so good. She said so in the House of Commons this morning.

Ms Pow regaled MPs with a tale of how the grateful people of Taunton Deane tell her they’ve got more money in their pockets than ever, and how the Tories are responsible for this supposed prosperity.

Chancellor John McDonnell, gently but firmly, had to remind the out-of-touch Tory of the reality of life faced by huge numbers of people in this country – including millions of children in poverty, many of them in spite of having family members in work:

Original video by @EL4JC. Subtitled version by SKWAWKBOX

It’s not even as if Ms Pow’s own constituency contains no poverty. According to Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Health and Wellbeing strategy document:

  • 14.6% of Taunton Deane households are in fuel poverty
  • Taunton Deane has…

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Why are the big banks so keen on Single Market membership?

Excellent read✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️


Financiers are worried about their continued ability to control EU markets – they do not have ordinary people’s best interests at heart, writes John Foster

LAST week Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein tweeted that it may be necessary for Britain to hold a second referendum on the EU. Too many CEOs, he claimed, “are not happy” with the result.

What is Goldman Sachs? It is the United States’ biggest investment bank. It is also the EU’s.

Last year Goldman Sachs handled 33 per cent of all EU mergers and acquisitions. Together with JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, these three US banks handled 80 per cent of all company mergers and acquisitions in the EU. They also dominate most other financial services. They do so from London.

These banks are now worried about their continued ability to control EU markets from their still partly deregulated base in the City. They…

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Attacks on SKWAWKBOX intensifying and desperate. Wonder why..


wilde enemiesA week ago, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the Murdoch Times using a decision by IPSO (the so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation) on a complaint made about smears in the Mail and S*n to attack this blog’s credibility. IPSO is funded and run by the mainstream press to create what has been called ‘the illusion of reform’ – Mail editor Paul Dacre is its recent chair.

That attack has now been repeated and intensified across the right-wing press including, yesterday, Murdoch’s S*n.

Ironically but unsurprisingly, the attack is itself fake news – fake news that hints at a certain desperation.

The news is fake because it cherry-picks parts of the decision and fails to mention the fact of IPSO’s funding and management in order to treat the organisation – which is not Leveson-compliant – as an independent and official arbiter.

bloggs ipsoIt omits, for example, the fact that the Mail – whose…

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Money in politics: Conflicts of Interest?


This post is prompted by finally finishing ParliamentLtd, by MartinWilliams.

I didn’t anticipate being surprised or shocked. I just thought  it would provide me with excellent examples to share.  I was wrong.  I was shocked.

Nothing prepared me for  an illustrative example offered relating to a politician referred to as “Loretta“.  That is not his/her real name. Why can this not be shared? Read on.



The research for this book has clearly been laborious.  If you, like me, thought we had a transparent, & accountable’ system to register MP’s interests think again.  The delving required led the author to conclude that it is ” reallyreallyeasyforMP’s  tohidetheirinvestmentsinbigbusiness” (p17).

British companies have to send their list of shareholders to Companies House on an annual basis. It’s a public register so it should be easy…

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Welsh Labour disenfranchises members – again – via freeze date

🎶When will they ever learn🎶


wecInformed Welsh Labour members are outraged by the Welsh party machine’s continued attempts to prevent them having a proper democratic say over the candidates supposed to represent them.

The SKWAWKBOX has already highlighted Welsh Labour’s decision not to give its members the same rights recently given to members in England to control the selection of their parliamentary candidates – and to suspend even the difficult ‘trigger ballot’ process that allows Labour members a chance to remove a poor candidate.

Now, with elections to the ‘CLP section’ (constituency Labour party) of the Welsh Executive Committee (WEC) due in 2018 Welsh Labour has also announced a ‘freeze date’ that will prevent newer members from voting.

The Welsh party has sent a letter to CLP secretaries advising them of the date by which members must have joined in order to vote in the WEC CLP election:

wec 21 July 2017.

The UK-wide election of…

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