Happy Friday! It’s been a week.
‘Utterly ridiculous’ is pretty strong language from British security services. Do not fuck with GCHQ. That includes you Spicer…
It’s almost like George Osborne doesn’t have a full time job representing a bunch of people in Cheshire. (For those of you that aren’t aware, that’s not a London constituency!)
The public-school larceny might make you angry; the lack of effective oversight should make you despair. Osborne’s new job must be agreed by parliament’s advisory committee on business appointments, which is meant to regulate the jobs taken up by former ministers. This is the same watchdog that allowed Gove to go back to work for Rupert Murdoch, former health secretary Lansley to take money from drugs firms and the ex-water minister, Richard Benyon, to take on £1,000 a day in the water industry. Dress it up in ceremonial robes but this is class privilege writ large and made all the more glaring by being pursued by politicians who bang on about a “fair crack” and the need for social mobility
Mark Rylance on taxes and military spending. I would opt out…
It’s right for Britain to reach out to Africa but Boris Johnson is the wrong man to send. When the lovely Ms T was born, her father came to London, I remember when I asked him what he thought of London, he said that Africans could never have built something like London. Which is probably true, but the legacy of colonialism is that we don’t know the kind of cities that Africa could have build if Europeans hadn’t arrived, stole people and resources to help build that London and superimposed our morality on that continent. Johnson wants to bask in the glory of that first bit ‘Africans couldn’t do it like us’ without recognising the second bit that we didn’t do it by ourselves, we did it with resources that weren’t ours in the first place. It’s simple and complicated and will take more that Boris blundering in. I am biased, I know one very clever British ambassador in Africa, if they are all like her (and Johnson listens to them) we could pull it off but if not…the author of this article is absolutely right.
The ACA saved our family and now we’re terrified by the GOP plan. Our government is underfunding and slowly destroying the NHS. This is why we need to fight for it.
Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins Thought He’d Fled His Past, Then He Accidentally Made a Movie About It. I saw Moonlight last week and I’m still thinking about it. It was a difficult film to watch but in the best way. Thinking about it, it reminds me of Ill Manors, the way that children sometimes have to bring themselves up. It was easier to like the characters in Ill Manors because I recognised it, Moonlight was harder because it’s a totally different culture and is quieter. If you can, go and see it.
Labour infighting. I’m irresistably reminded of the advice in the booklet for GI’s stationed in the UK during the war and would like to remind Labour MP’s of it. “They are not particularly interested in taking it any more. They are far more interested in getting together in solid friendship with us, so that we can all start dishing it out to Hitler.” Do I need to spell it out….the Tories are decimating public services in this country and giving tax breaks to the rich. I’m less interested in your disagreements with each other and more interested in what your party is doing to oppose the government.