As the networks of corporate influence have incessantly increased in Scotland, the blurring and merger of commercial and political interests have followed. A network of civil servants, lobbyists, think tanks, political groups and the media are now taking the lead in setting the public agenda. In private. This article is from the new issue of Scottish Left Review which is online now.
That business leaders and right-wing economists are celebrating a minuscule shift in deeply flawed economic statistics without considering what lies beneath the statistics is just a continuation of what got us here. Meanwhile, the rest of us are supposed to celebrate getting a job as a housemaid.
The lazy analysis that has concluded the Bradford result ‘was about the immigrants’ is exactly the kind of patronising attitude that led to the result in the first place.
The obsession of ‘freedom of speech’ is in part a smokescreen to disguise our lack of ‘freedom to hear’. This crackdown on web freedom is simply another step towards a world where we can say what we want but only ever hear what we’re given.
More than £45bn of fraud was perpetrated last year, mainly by senior business managers. That we will do nothing about this is predictable; that we don’t even seem interested in talking about it is surely an accommodation too far.
The Tory fundraising scandal depresses more in the knowledge that it is systemic and endemic and will not be changed than in any sense of surprise
If the the UK media is incapable of reporting today’s news in the light of what we learned yesterday, democracy is in trouble
The gnashing of teeth over the failure of a retail-led economic recovery is the sound of the old order paralysed in a theoretical world where nothing works any more. Why is anyone still listening?
Rather than reinforcing the same-old lies from the military and the state, now would be a good time for the British media to demonstrate some of the freedom over which it has been shedding crocodile tears at the Levenson Inquiry
Three cops so full of rich man’s champagne they refused to do their job. And now they want us to praise them for their courageous choices? There is no shame left in the Met.