Feel the pain

The British establishment has been spooked into revealing its true colours. Public figures behave like kids who have had their toys taken away. Petulance, histrionics and shameless blagging abound. Sites like The Canary and OffGuardian provide a splendid record of not so juvenile delinquency in the face of popular rebellion.

An intriguing feature of the political crisis is the determination of politicians to appear stupid. This should arouse suspicion. To prove she has balls of steel, shoe fetish prime minister, Theresa “Kitten-heels'” May declared she was quite prepared to launch a nuclear attack that could kill 100,000 people. Owen Smith, patsy and rising turd of the counterrevolution, claims Britain needs nuclear weapons as “a bargaining chip” to promote disarmament.

The prime minister is of course aware that any country that launches a full scale attack even if there is no retaliation assures its own destruction by triggering a nuclear winter. The US is spending a trillion dollars on boosting its nuclear capability. Mr Smith must know his position is absurd.

He’s accused “Kitten-heels” of trying to avoid a debate on Brexit and promised – if he becomes Labour Party leader – to press for a second referendum. Curiously enough neither of them mention the drama engulfing the EU as the banking system approaches collapse and the spectre of exit haunts countries like Austria, Italy and France.

Serious and natural concerns about immigration are deflected using the race card. Quite simply labour mobility in the EU is intended to ensure that workers can swirl across borders effortlessly levelling wages to hand outs. In the context of EU neo-colonialism this translates into directing Eastern Europeans – desperately scrabbling for currency – to the richer nations.

It’s easy to illustrate. In the UK mechanised car-wash technology is going to rust as Britons choose to have their cars hand-washed more cheaply. Ten years ago it cost almost £7 at the garage. Today at numerous makeshift stands in the larger cities you can have the job done by gangs of young migrants for less than £3.

Still Mr Smith believes leaving the EU is a sin as it would strip away workers rights. He cares so much he forgets to mention Greece. This is not an oversight. Some 15 to 16 000 migrants arrive in the UK every year under the Overseas Domestic Worker visa. Most are brought over to serve families from the oil-rich gulf states now resident in the capital. These servants are completely vulnerable and the visa has been linked to slavery.

There is no indication that the prime minister or Mr Smith have noticed that capitalism is imploding and that the pursuit of infinite growth can only end in grief; that we are approaching, or may have crossed, the threshold of irreparable damage to the ecosystems on which life depends. The future, they will have us believe, is a placid series of electability contests.

The official narrative of the war on terror is cast in stone. Civilians die because of the ‘clash of civilisations’. In Westminster disconcerting evidence and academic commentary of the highest order is ignored. Absurd explanations for 9/11, 7/7 and more recent false flags in France are irresponsibly regarded as unassailable. “It’s the Muslims, stupid” is enough to convince MPs that identifying radicalism in play school is the priority.

The Chilot Inquiry found Tony Blair had conned parliament into supporting a war against Iraq. His ostensible reason for bombing Serbia has now fallen apart. The ICTY has concluded, contrary to Blair’s claims, that Serbian president Slobadan Milosevic was not guilty of war crimes in Bosnia. Britain’s wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria follow a similar pattern of gratuitous aggression based on deception. Quite astonishingly the Chilot report suggests this happens because Britain does not have a foreign policy. Here’s the story.

In January 2003 Tony Blair’s government published an ‘intelligence report’ – Iraq Its Infrastructure Of Concealment, Deception And Intimidation”.  US Secretary of State Colin Powell referred to the dossier when making the case for war at the UN on 5 February. The next day Cambridge academic Glen Rangwala exposed the report as a fake. It had been cobbled from documents culled from the internet by Downing Street communications staff.

Dr Rangwala says the Chilcot Report downplays the role of individuals and institutions because there is a more basic problem.

You look through the report for what they are saying we should be doing differently in policy terms; how reporting procedures from ambassadors should change, how institutions should be redesigned differently, how military procurement should be done in particular ways and there’s almost none of that in the report…That’s what one expects from these sorts of reports and that’s the historical experience we have with reports on policy failings or policy mistakes.

The key to the enigma lies in a single sentence.

It’s the end of Volume Six, the very last sentence on the entirety of everything that happened before 2003, before the invasion. The sentence is this:  “Influence should not be set as an objective in itself. The exercise of influence is a means to an end.” That’s the last sentence of everything up to the invasion. Put quote marks around it, add the word discuss, and there you have a question for our second year undergraduates. But it is actually a very striking point. The way in which it is built up is in the discussion of the way in which the British government up to 2003 was debating not what its objective was in Iraq, what the goal was in Iraq. It was about increasing British influence on the international stage. And that is what is being criticised at the end of this discussion in the report up to 2003…the way in which Britain has over a long period of time thought about its role in the world; set itself goals that are oriented around increasing influence, increasing our say in world affairs without ever questioning seriously what the purpose of that is.

Put more directly the political class sucks up to the US for a pat on the head. MPs are not really thick, just otherwise engaged. Jeremy Corbyn poses a threat to the Deep State. The system is unforgiving and retribution is certain. Feel the pain.

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