At the End of the Day

Evergreen certainties

Further to this morning’s Slogpost about things we can no longer rely upon, here by way of contrast is a selection from todays news of things we can always be sure about:

1. More and more power in the EU heading towards Berlin

‘…der Eurofinanzminister das Recht bekommt, einen eigenen Zuschlag auf die Steuern zu erheben..’ is a phrase being chucked about in the German media this morning, almost exactly word for word wherever it appears. It means ‘the fiskalunion boss (to be Wolfgang Schäuble, naturally) will have the right to add his own surcharge onto [member State] taxes’, suggests Die Zeit.

Germany expresses its willingness ‘to have an open discussion with its European partners on the subject’. How terribly considerate of it.

2. The US will do anything to appease a NATO State situated on its more vulnerable flanks

Turkey has started striking Islamic State militants, which helps the US-led coalition.

But it’s also attacking the Kurdish PKK movement again. So the White House says Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels. White House spokesman Alistair Baskey says the PKK should renounce terrorism and resume talks with Turkey’s government.

Which comes under the ancient heading of, “Yes well, he would say that”.

3. Ennobled overseer of standards in public life shown to have hypocritical private life

Baron John Sewel, 69, will step down from his roles as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees at the House of Lords following the Sun on Sunday’s publication of a 45-minute video that showed how the Peer ‘stripped naked for a drug-fuelled sex romp at his London flat’. In the company of two prostitutes, he was also recorded snorting cocaine and referring to Asian women as “whores”.

Last week, Sewel unveiled new powers to expel peers for bad behaviour, saying: “The actions of a few damage our reputation.” Perhaps he was just doing research to be absolutely certain of his facts.

What is it with British peers and their seemingly infinite capacity for laughable sexual fantasies? Many years ago I was informed by one senior journalist at a ‘serious’ paper that he knew of a Law Lord who hired girls dressed in Lyons Corner House waitress outfits to pelt him with prunes in his bath. Imagine the fees a Jungian shrink could rack up explaining that one.

4. Yanis Varoufakis grants an interview

I totted up last Friday that Varoufartacus has given 17 media interviews in the 20 days since his resignation as Greek finance minister. He’s also admitted to 6 separate leaks, and has his fingerprints all over at least four others.

The main reason Yanis giving interviews and disseminating evidence has become so much a part of our lives is very simple: he is battling against an avalanche of dissembling, untruths and dirty tricks from Troika2; and at the same time trying to put the Tsipras capitulation into some kind of context wherein Greeks can understand what he did.

Given that his current shtick – Schäuble doesn’t really GAF about Greece, and his main goal is the application of FiskalUnion to France – matches my information entirely, this cheers me up. But also, I cannot entirely free myself from a conviction I’ve had all along about Mr Varoufakis…that he’s a bit of a matinée idol manqué, and really does like the limelight.

So you see, some things are still in the business as usual spectrum….even if that means SNAFU. Schäuble and Draghi aren’t getting on, Osborne fired his main regulator (I mean, the boundah was catching people for God’s sake), Manchester United are having a successful pre-season programme prior to complete loss of form once there are points at stake, The Tory press insists that Jeremy Corbyn is a spawn of the Devil, beautiful women are still marrrying small, bald-headed blokes worth £400m, the police are appealing for help on Twitter, the Greek stock market is closed, and African heads of State are opening Swiss bank accounts.

I leave you with this other ever-present tonight:

FDR

10 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Well of course Varoufakis enjoys the limelight. What’s not to like, especially now that he’s not on the hot seat? And being the matinee idol has the added enormous advantage that his message gets out, makes it into print, etc. Otherwise it would go as universally unreported as all of the statements I’m sure all the other Syriza MP’s are making to whomever they can get to listen.

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  2. JW
    re point 1) what leads you to assume that Finanzminster das Recht is by definition Schauble ? The Eu Fiscal Union ” Finance Minister of the Right” could just as easily be Draghi i e ex Goldman Sachs and ” eurozone finance minister” …

    re point 3) I am sure many of us know of Law Lords/High Court Judges etc who are ( in) famous for handing down verdicts totally disconnected to the real world to appease the do gooders ( mainly The Howard League for Penal Reform recently joined by the social media whingers) in cases of rape,, GBH, robbery , murder etc. Surely less damaging to let them occupy themselves with toms after a certain age to discoursge them from doing real damage. Just sayin’

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  3. I know you like Corbyn but what do you make of the logos behind the press conf for the Fabian Society?

    This is apparently a text on the Fabians:

    https://mises.org/library/fabian-freeway-high-road-socialism-usa
    and the original:

    https://mises.org/sites/default/files/Fabian%20Freeway%20High%20Road%20to%20Socialism%20in%20the%20USA%20-Digital%20Book_3.pdf

    “Less than 150 years, later, however, the Fabian strategy has been enormously successful. Both Britain and the United States are heavily regulated and heavily taxed societies with highly socialized economies where government agents exercise vast control over the movement of capital and currency through an enormous bureaucratic apparatus.”

    Their logo if you check out Vigilant Citizen website, is a wolf in sheeps clothing!

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  4. Janusz,You end tonight’s “End of the Day” with a WONDERFUL quote.Though brought up in the Depression Left’s love of all things FDR,I’d certainly no idea that St. Frankie said something so abolutely truthful about odious Big Money’s classic modus operendi.Yes, Wall St. is another version of The Mob. Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:32:06 +0000 To: travelingmichel@hotmail.co m

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  5. In some ways, the good Baron’s alleged behaviour may be a step above that of others – his activities were apparently with consenting adults and were adding to the GDP.

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  6. Apologies if a little off-topic but in answer to a question on a previous topic.. Who are the REAL POWER behind Govt.?

    The question is often asked, ’who are the Real Powers’ that wield the power behind the facade of our pretend democracy.?
    It is not difficult to deduce, and the answers are staring us in the face and hidden in the wide open.
    Politicians are elected in an open election in Britain. Free and fair is open to question , as the media are controlled by Corporations who have agendas to secure, and can sway the uninformed electorate by marketing /propaganda, fear ,uncertainty & doubt. (FUD)
    Postal voting is a weak link in this election process, as it can be very simply corrupted by interception of applications by individuals or security services. Then forged and used in marginals where a handful of votes can make all the difference.

    Non – participation by a disillusioned, large, crucial, section of the electorate is another corruption of the election process.
    Once elected by a majority of voters, but not necessary by a majority of eligible voters( the non-participants). A Govt has the ability to pass Laws, Regulations and enforce policies that may not be in the interests of the population, but of Corporations. ( Privatizations, regulations, policies, decisions for war, see Iraq, Afghanistan,Libya,Syria).
    They also control our Security Forces, Military and Police.
    These Laws ,policies and regulations are where the interests of the Corporations, even Foreign Govts are affected.
    The REAL Powers are not any single entity, even if at times their interests coincide.
    The Corporations utilise a variety of methods, fair and foul to progress their interests. They have paid professional lobbyists to induce and promote their cause.
    The Lobbyists methods are myriad, use of bought media journalists to ‘spin’ their story. Personal contacts from the ‘old boys club brigade’ to call in a favour. Promises of later sinecures/directorships . (revolving doors), advancement of family and friends in employment. Etc.
    These aforementioned are nothing but blatant bribes, but obviously no documentation or money changes hands . So difficult to prove in a Law Court.
    Notable examples are Tony Blairs $2m/year from JP Morgan for favours rendered. Ex-Tory Chancellors ,James Prior, Dominic Lawson, John Majors Directorships of City Banks. Mandelsohns sinecure at Lazards Bank etc. Plus various civil servants and Tax inspectors use of the ‘revolving door’ into sinecures in the CITY.
    Our present Chancellor George Osborne has been no different, and has greased his way onto the gravy train, post Govt. He recently advised the Regulator of the FCA, Martin Wheatley,that his contract would be terminated in Mar 2016, Mr Wheatley subsequently resigned. Obviously Mr. Wheatley was naive and did not play the ‘game’ and pursued the corrupt City banks a tad too vigorously. Gideons gilded and padded chair awaits, having rendered service ‘ to those who must be obeyed’.
    The interests of Foreign Govts, such as promotion of the derisory ‘special relationship’ with the USA is another example.
    It is common knowledge that the influence of the Zionist lobby has undue influence on American Foreign policy. This is also reflected in UK and followed slavishly.
    The methods of enforcement in this area can be more sinister and enforced by the security services. They include blackmail, bribery, character assassination, entrapment, etc.
    Entrapment and character assassination are used as a last resort ,where a politician has not ‘followed the script’ and is a cursory lesson to those who may be rebellious.
    We can see all of these maneouvers in play daily in our newspapers and tv news. The veil is transparent ,it just needs a questioning and aware citizenry to wake up and smell the stench of corruption in our body politic.

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  7. @Salford Lad
    You ticked all the boxes for me.
    Are you a clone of JW?
    They will have made a note of your comments and have registered you as a NVT … you will be fitted up incredibly quickly! … If you have much time left!!!

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  8. Salford Lad, I always enjoy reading your posts, this one should be posted far and wide, thank you! Goes without saying that I always enjoy JW’s.

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