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Thursday, 12 November 2015 17:02

Aaaaaaaaaaaargh!

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Fat Cat Bankers shit on the country as the public carried the burden for the 2008 financial meltdown. The parasitical nature of finance capital and it's inevitable result is given short sharp treatment.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:57

Country Supper

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The News International phone hacking scandal exposed just how closely connected the politcal, media establishments are. Martin reflects on the 'close relationship' between Prime Minister David Cameron and former News of the World, then The Sun Editor Rebekah Brooks. Rupert Murdoch is still at large and the power of the right wing mass media remains unchallenged and deeply entreched within British society.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:49

Happy Christmas

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Also produced as a special Morning Star Xmas card in 2007, Martin marks Gordon Brown's first festive period as British Prime Minister after 10 years waiting in the wings. After an initially successful few months in office his poor political judgement become apparent by announcing a General election wouldn't happen until 2010 despite a substantial poll lead at the time. 

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:48

The Future!

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Capitalist politicians' ability to hold slap-up international summits to much news coverage and acclaim, but don't actually lead to any substantial action, continues today on climate change. Martin's cutting analysis of the triumph of rhetoric over substance that was 2007 United Nations Climate Change conference in Bali - the 13th since the original Copenhagen agreement. Plus ça change - as the few sincere participants at the Paris conference must've reflected.

 

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:47

Terminal...

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Brown's continual plummet in the polls leads to further jettisoning of 'old' labour principles that many on the labour movement hoped he would bring back. As the architect of New Labour's economic policies for more than a decade, particularly the scrapping of the 10% tax band for the lowest earners which he implemented as Chancellor and came into force as PM demonstrated he's willingness to kowtow to City interests with disastrous results for workers and ultimately the Labour Party.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:44

Red Lines

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Gordon Brown's insistence on pressing ahead with the adoption of the EU constitution - in spite of it's rejection by referendums in France, Denmark and Ireland - triggered the enmity of Rupert Murdoch who began to ramp up the anti-Brown rhetoric. Brown's 'Red Lines' were the test he imposed on the constitution as a measure to whether or not it imposed on Britain's "National Interest" in areas relating to "Justice, Home and Foreign affairs" whilst the Sun demanded "The EU referendum. He promised it. We want it."

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:42

The Cat that Never Shat

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Darling's propensity to shovel money at the City is given the Rowson treatment. Immaculate pin striped City bankers can't hide their eagerness to consume taxpayer funds. New Labour's naivity in expecting any sort of return for the fawning sucking up to the City is treated to a stinging critique by Martin.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:41

Capitalism - latest pictures...

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Parodying 'from the battle scene' reports and the Colossus of Rhodes, Martin demonstrates in his unique style the sheer scale of the public bailout as the financial earthquake continues to reverberate around the world. Ordinary people, crushed by its impact, are disempowered by a Government in thrall to the bankers. 

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:38

Those Politicians, Eh?

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A mordant reflection by Martin on the 2009 MPs expenses scandal. The revelations about the widespread misuse of allowances and expenses permitted to Members of Parliament, which cut across party lines and benches - generated a torrent of justifiable public anger. Tory grandees were seen claiming for moat clearing and floating duck-houses and MPs of all stripe appeared to be feathering their nests by claiming for second homes, refurbishment costs and other excessive benefits. The revelations resulted in a large number of resignations, sackings, de-selections, retirement announcements and even some criminal prosecutions. It provided a visible demonstration of the disconnection between people in Britain, who were grappling with the consequences of the financial crisis and their elected representatives.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:34

Eye for Eye

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Part of a series by Martin, this time commenting acidly on the Isreali assault on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead. Raining death on a people already facing years of oppression, violence and a humanitarian crisis, the conflict resulted in an astonishing mismatch of casualties as densely populated urban centres were targeted by a co-ordinated ground, air and sea attack. This resulted in the death of around 1,400 Palestinians (the majority civilian) and 13 Israelis (4 from friendly fire). Isreal continues to act with impunity in Palestine…

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