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This morning on Macrobusiness there was a call for the state governments across Australia to work together to support a Bank Levy that is distributed to the states and not Canberra.
“..The states should get band together urgently and apply a pro-rata levy right across the nation…”
This is the key.
This is really an issue of state self determination and fiscal independence.
We have a federal system of government and the constitution provides an important role for state governments and clear powers in relation to banking. Why shouldn’t the proceeds of a Bank Levy on the top 5 private banks be distributed between the states?
A Bank Levy on the big banks is good
Everyone (except the banks) agrees that a Bank Levy is appropriate so that the 5 large private banks are not getting the support of the full faith and credit of the Australian public for free…
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The SKWAWKBOX had a long and traumatic conversation this evening with a businesswoman based near Grenfell Tower who has friends and employees affected by the terrible fire and has been working to provide support and shelter to them and others.
The woman, who wanted her information to be told but asked not to be identified, told this blog about families who survived and those that didn’t, about the contribution of police and council staff or the lack of it – and about fears that the real death toll could be even higher than the 150-200 that music stars Lily Allen and Saskilla told reporters about.
Her own words, unadorned apart from the removal of names and floor numbers, follow:
There are two children that we know really well who were in the block. One family got out, the father was able to shield their little girl and thank God…
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by Joe Giambrone
“Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.”
-Seymour Hersh, The Redirection, 2007
We live in an invisible empire, and so the mechanics of the empire are never openly discussed with the rabble. Americans don’t comprehend how power actually works across the planet that their country seeks to control. They live from momentary headline to headline without any honest, in-depth analysis of why events like the Manchester bombing occur and keep occurring.
When it comes to terrorism it is dire, urgent, and desperate that the public understand, if anything is to change. But it certainly appears that Americans never will. Perhaps Britons may, and then lead the…
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Peaceful human rights defenders and activists are at the the forefront of the ongoing struggle for social justice, often placing themselves at extreme risk in the process as they become targets by state authorities or non-state actors. The struggle of human rights at grassroot level often requires rapid responses to ensure that activists are protected.
However, based on personal experience at the UN Human Rights Council, the process of human rights advocacy with states is painstakingly slow, with many suggesting long term courses of action (such as raising violations during the offending states next UPR cycle, which happens every 4 years), and for them, human rights is a discourse, something that is more talked about, than is action based. On other occasions, political and commercial alliabces will also intefere with a states willingness and ability to raise certain human rights issues with other states.
Thus, the field of human rights…
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Gavin Barwell’s book ‘How To Win a Marginal Seat‘ was heavily praised by top Tories as a textbook on effective campaigning:
Boris Johnson wrote highly of the book:
Unfortunately for poor Gavin such hubris didn’t help him on Thursday – he lost his marginal Croydon seat to Labour’s Sarah Jones.
And even more hilariously – Gavin has just been put in charge of Theresa May’s campaigning.
Although I’m not sure May needs advice from anyone on how to f*ck up election campaigns …