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What you want to say – 14 August 2019 August 14, 2019

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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. tafkaGW - August 14, 2019

Signs of Hope dept: Deliveroo pulls out with no warning or compensation from Berlin. The riders are setting up their own workers cooperative.

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2. tafkaGW - August 14, 2019

Tendence Coatsey on the Red-Brown front working to push no-deal Brexit through.

Left-wingers in other countries would get the impression from the pages of the US Jacobin, and other self-identifying left publications, who cover the issue by articles from various factions who have come out of the SWP and supporters of the Red-Brown Front, the Full Brexit, that the British radical left has roughly similar politics to the Morning Star on this issue.

But the majority of the UK [on] the left is at the forefront of the right [sic – I think Tendence means fight] against a No Deal Brexit, and a large section is against Brexit tout court.

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3. tafkaGW - August 14, 2019

So the German economy looks like it’s going into recession, just and the 2-10 year US bond spread inverts (since 1945 a precursor of a global recession – for what that’s worth as a predictive measure, given the unprecedented structure of the political economy of capitalism since 2008).

There’s plenty of room for a publicly funded green stimulus to the German economy that could benefit the rest of the EU. However the current SPD German finance minister is a hard-right law-and-order public-debt-brake fetishist.

After what’s likely to be fairly disastrous Länder elections in September for the CDU and the SPd, the German coalition government may well go into crisis at the same time as Brexshit goes critical.

Fasten your seat belts.

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tafkaGW - August 14, 2019

and->as

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Dermot M O Connor - August 14, 2019

And now this:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/us-recession-yield-curve-inversion-uk-brexit-bond-market-a9057796.html

I notice gold has broken out of the doldrums it’s been in for years, floating around 1200 to 1300 for ages, but in the last couple of months has moved from 1400 to 1500. Sign of some fear sloshing around.

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4. Dermot M O Connor - August 14, 2019

The BJ bounce seems to be fading fast. Those first terrifying 3 polls giving him a 10% lead are now down to a MOE 3 or 4%.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_next_United_Kingdom_general_election#National_poll_results

COMRES (9-11 Aug)
CON 31
LAB 27
LIB 16
GRN 4
BP 16

SURV (6-11 Aug)
CON 28
LAB 24
LIB 21
GRN 3
BP 15

OPINIUM (8-9 Aug)
CON 31
LAB 28
LIB 13
GRN 5
BP 16

In more good news dept., the odious Caroline Lucas may have squashed what little is left of the green surge with her women only cabinet ‘plan’, that was equal parts sexist, racist and classist. Nailed her colors to the mast, and they weren’t Green. Brown, more like.
These polls were taken before that fiasco.

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5. Paddy Healy - August 15, 2019

Trade Wars Could Lead to World Wide Recession-Irish Examiner https://wp.me/pKzXa-ua
Global markets appear to have called time on the dangerous game of hardball US president Donald Trump is playing with China, as a plunge in shares, government bond yields, and the price of oil signalled his trade wars could lead to world recession. The selloff was sparked after growing evidence that Germany was heading into recession later this year as new figures confirmed its key manufacturing exports have slowed dramatically, and data suggested the output of Chinese factories, which make everything from iPhones to car parts for the world’s consumers, was also slowing sharply because of the trade wars.
Stockmarket benchmarks plunged. In the US, the S&P 500 fell 2.9%, with the Dow Jones and Nasdaq down 3%, the Ftse-100 in London fell 1.4%, and the Cac-40 in Paris and the Dax in Frankfurt slid 2%, while the price of Brent crude fell 4.4% to $58.62 a barrel

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tafkaGW - August 15, 2019

And US 30-year bonds are now yielding less than they have ever done. (!?)

Which means that capitalists are so pessimistic about future rates of profit over a 30 year period that they’d rather pile into long term US bonds.

Extraordinary.

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6. Michael Carley - August 16, 2019

Radio 4 today (16 August) broadcasting from Ireland on Brexit and the backstop. Better than you might fear, though maybe not as good as you might hope.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007l3h

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7. Paddy Healy - August 16, 2019

ON THE 100th Anniversary of the Solaheadbeg Ambush, Commemorate Sean Treacy this Sunday, before the all-Ireland Hurling Final in Talbot St. Dublin.
War of Independence in Tipperary and West Waterford https://wp.me/pKzXa-12n
At 12 noon next Sunday on Talbot street in Dublin, there will be a commemoration in honour of Tipperary man Sean Treacy. He was mortally wounded there by British Forces During The War of Independence. This is a great occasion and happens every time Tipperary are in the final, all are welcome, not just Tipperary folk, but all Gaels, especially our great hurling rivals from Kilkenny. It really sets the tone for the day.
Treacy was killed in October 1920, on Talbot Street in Dublin, in a shootout with British troops and spies during an aborted British Secret Service surveillance operation.
And this year is the 100th year anniversary of the historic Solaheadbeg Ambush planned by Treacy!

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8. EWI - August 17, 2019

The Orange Fascist is moving to co-opt trade unions in the US:

“Trump’s large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid”

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/08/16/Trump-speech-union-crowd-Shell-ethane-plant-natural-gas-beaver-county-pennsylvania-attendance-pay-overtime/stories/201908160113

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9. Paddy Healy - August 17, 2019

Varadkar Says He Didn’t Know that Using the Public Service Card for services other than Social Welfare and Employment issues was illegal though he has a paid ATTORNEY GENERAL who sits at Cabinet https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ey
LEGAL PRINCIPLE: Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for “ignorance of the law excuses not” and “ignorance of law excuses no one” respectively)
So Taoiseach, Chief Maker and Implementer of Laws , can be charged in Court? WRONG !!!!
Because the law mainly effects Large Corporations and Governments, it was carefully crafted to ensure that breaking this law was not a criminal offence!! The only remedy If your privacy was violated is to sue the government agency in the High Court, IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY To HIRE EXPENSIVE LAWYERS!!! Did Leo tell the Attorney General Not to Tell Him OFFiCIALLY???

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10. Paddy Healy - August 18, 2019

Brilliant Article by DIT Housing Lecturer, Lorcan Sirr Warns of Social “MADNESS” of Prioritising Vulture Funds over Home Ownership Full Article https://wp.me/pKzXa-wc
Rental Sector “Cheerleaders” are peddling a dangerous Line.
Our home ownership system is our welfare, our wealth and our safety net, and it is unwise to dismantle it without having a plan B
By Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer in Housing Studies, DIT, SB Post
Prioritising funds and their very profitable residential assets above home ownership in order to get housing supply numbers up will upend the housing-as-welfare system. With no credible alternative to ownership in place, this is madness. It is also why the ‘supply, supply, supply’ response to the housing crisis is simplistic: it has to be the right supply for the right context and the expensive rental accommodation on offer is the wrong supply for our home-owning context…..Home ownership is our welfare, our wealth and our safety net and can only work as such if there is guaranteed access from one generation to the next. Changing that will have painful consequences

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11. Alibaba - August 18, 2019

Owen Jones blamed the attack on “the rise of an emboldened far right, which is increasingly violent, and targeting minorities and people on the left … The Metropolitan police said: “[A man in his thirties] was attacked by up to four males, who also assaulted his friends when they attempted to intervene. None of those injured required hospital treatment or London ambulance service. No arrests have been made.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/17/guardian-columnist-owen-jones-attack-pub-London

Reminds me that you don’t wait till their boots are in your jaw before you attack those who try to assault you.

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12. Paddy Healy - August 19, 2019

Neo-Liberal Governance System Strikes Again!!
Limerick University Hospital Building Contract Given to Firm Which Built Faulty Schools
RTE NEWS: The hospital has confirmed that the company, which built more than 40 schools where serious structural defects have been uncovered, was awarded a contract worth €14m for the project Neo-Liberal Governance Scheme https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ey
The Minister for Health has said he has no role in the awarding of individual contracts by the HSE.
Ms Hegarty, who is Assistant Professor at UCD’s School of Architecture, has criticised the system of enforcement of building regulations here.
She said that because breaches are usually dealt with locally by negotiation there is no public record.
“When it comes to a different Government Department looking for previous issues”, she says, “maybe where there were warnings or problems on site, there isn’t a public record that can be relied on to record this”.

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