And I hope you have all – literally – survived the Climate Chaos of last night, in which ferocious gales, with some gusts reaching up to 30mph, literally battered Britain.
And to think that there are Hard-Right Climate Deniers who claim that “this is all quite normal weather for February”, friends! Words – literally – fail me! [If only, Lefty! – J.C. Oh Jeremy! There you – literally – go again! By the way, are you looking forward to today’s by-election results, in which Labour will literally crush all the Hard-Right elements opposing it? – L. No comment! – J.C.]
Anyway, here is this week’s installment of Saveed Miliband’s comments from the Far-Right Guardian. Today’s pieces are from December 2015 and January 2016 and are, respectively, about the need for the Progressive Left to literally crush the Far-Right Red Tory Traitors (etc.); the viciously low level of Our BBC’s Licence Fee; and a carefully-argued reply to another Progressive Left poster explaining in quite some detail about how immigration cannot possibly aggravate the housing shortage.
As ever, a link to the original article and my comment, along with any replies, is provided under each piece.
Labour people are optimists, but this time I see no hope (article by Polly Toynbee, 22.12.15)
Totally predictable article by the arch neoliberal Red Tory cheerleader Toynbee.
This country is suffering under the yoke of the most extreme Right-wing Government in history, even worse, unbelievably, than the widely-hated and wildly unpopular Thatcher regime – at least Thatcher didn’t introduce the Bedroom Tax, whilst cutting the top rate of tax to 45%, enabling the 1% (who, as we all know, already paid no tax whatsoever) to pay even less.
Jeremy should ignore the splitters and the Right-wing traitors – they can just go and join the Tories! – and concentrate on building a mass democratic grassroots movement, with genuinely democratic participatory structures.
We need a Popular Alliance that campaigns against the entrenched power of the 1%, who recent figures show now own more than 100% of all the wealth, while the 99% steadily descend further in to extreme poverty and destitution.
Our policies should include: the abolition of all immigration controls, which are inherently racist and fascist; an end to all Austerity; taking all major industries in to public ownership, including transport, telecommunications, energy, pharmaceuticals and media; a minimum wage of at least £30/hour, so that working people no longer have to choose between eating and other essentials of life, e.g. Sky TV; a top rate of tax of at least 100%; the total elimination of the private rented housing market; a commitment to building a minimum of two million council houses per year; a Wealth Tax on total assets of more than £250,000; the abolition of the totally unnecessary so-called “Armed Forces”; and the full implementation of the Leveson Report so that unrepresentative Monopoly Media Moguls are no longer able to foist their unpopular and deeply unrepresentative opinions upon us.
Who can doubt the popularity of such policies, and the landslide election result that would follow from a truly Socialist platform like this? Everyone I speak to in my local Labour Party agrees with me about this; most of them are students, so can hardly be described as being out of touch with popular opinion, whatever the Right-wing media (Guardian, BBC etc.) may claim.
For those who want evidence of Jeremy’s popularity: the largely unreported result of the Oldham by-election where Labour won 62% of the vote. Yes, 62%! All Labour has to do is achieve that sort of result in at least 300 constituencies in May 2020, and victory is ours!
No wonder Red Tories like Polly Toynbee are terrified of Our Jeremy!
Former BBC chief attacks secret government licence fee deal (report, 24.12.15)
At a footling £145.50 per year, the BBC licence fee is the greatest bargain that can be found in the whole of the United Kingdom – indeed in the World.
The beauty of the licence fee is that it not merely underpins the greatest broadcaster in the world, but that it upholds the Socialist principle of equality – everyone pays an equal amount, except of course that feckless minority who choose not to pay a year’s worth upfront and consequently pay a little more for the extra administrative costs they create, which would otherwise be carried by the rest of us.
The BBC is truly one of the UK’s National Treasures which, like Our NHS, is the envy of the World, and indeed the Universe.
Only Right-wing neoliberals, trouble-makers, n’er do wells, cynics and Philistines could possibly object to the tiny sums paid in remuneration to the BBC’s hard-working executives who are being used as scapegoats by the Fascist Right and the 1%, who are desperate to blame the current crisis of neoliberal capitalism on the BBC and working people, as a way of deflecting attention from the Banksters who, along with the Tory’s [sic] are totally responsible for the Great Crash, which in any case started in America.
Any attempt to scrap the licence fee should be resisted by all working people as yet another attack on their living standards and part of the plan for permanent Austerity which this Government is determined to impose on the 99%, along with the Bedroom Tax and compulsory Food Banks, accompanied by massive tax cuts for the rich, who in any case don’t pay any tax whatsoever.
Rob the poor and give to the rich – housing policy for 2016 (article by Aditya Chakrabortty, 5.1.16)
In reply to a comment by the Progressive Left panchozecat:
Obviously immigration has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with housing.
Only extreme Right-wingers, neoliberals and racist xenophobes could possibly believe that net immigration of over 300,000 people per annum could in any way affect demand for housing.
Building two million council houses per year, funded by a Landlord Tax of 100% on all rental income, would in any case solve Britain’s housing problem.
Let us hope that, when Our Jeremy cruises to victory in 2020, he will not be deterred by the Red Tories from adopting such a bold, yet fair, policy.