Archive for October, 2015

Times and Telegraph smear Yanis Varoufakis

October 28, 2015
Yanis Varoufakis in conversation with Paul Mason at Central Hall Westminster

Yanis Varoufakis in conversation with Paul Mason at Central Hall Westminster

It should come as no surprise, that The Times and Telegraph have mounted an unpleasant smear campaign against former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, accusing him of profiteering from the Greek economic crisis.

No one  did more to fight for Greece than Yanis Varoufakis, unfortunately he was betrayed by his own party Syriza, who surrendered to the European Union, betraying in the process their fellow Greek citizens.

When Charlotte Church and Russell Brand joined anti-austerity protests, they were smeared by The Sun and Daily Mail. Charlotte Church has had the gutter hacks who work for the Daily Mail sniffing around her neighbours, trying to dig up dirt on her and her children. Russell Brand hit back, exposed the tax dodging activities of Murdoch (owner of The Sun and The Times) and of Lord Rothermere (owner of the Daily Mail).

Peter Oborne was chief political commentator of The Telegraph. He resigned in disgust at the lies and half truths peddled by The Telegraph (owned by the tax-dodging Barclay Brothers).

As soon as Jeremy Corbyn put his name in the hat for Labour Party Leader, the smear campaign began, and has hotted up since becoming party leader. We have seen writer of pretentious crap Martin Amis writing Jeremy Corbyn lacks the intellectual ability to be party leader. Garbage in The Telegraph that every ill under the sun can be put at the door of Jeremy Corbyn (which has spectacularly backfired on The Telegraph).

Yanis Varoufakis is not unused to such abuse and smears, he had six months of it in Greece whilst finance minister.

Yanis Varoufakis has responded to the smear in The Times and Telegraph by accounting for his expenses. Will we see the Barclay Brothers, Lord Rothermere, Rupert Murdoch publish details of their tax-dodging activities? Will we see war criminal Tony Blair account for his profiteering from the Iraq war?

It would seem in order for Yanis Varoufakis to file a formal complaint to the press regulator.

We have a cosy media-political establishment.

When people like the Barclay Brothers, Murdoch and Lord Rothermere own and control the media, not only do we no longer have a a free press, we lack a functioning democracy.

Stoa of Attalos

October 28, 2015
Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos

Located in the Ancient Agora of Athens, Stoa of Attalos was restored 1953-1956, and is now a museum housing antiquities, statues, ceramics and busts.

Church of the Holy Apostles

October 27, 2015
Church of the Holy Apostles

Church of the Holy Apostles

Church of the Holy Apostles, Agii Apostoli, dating from c 10th century AD, Middle Byzantine, is located in the Ancient Agora of Athens.

Agii Apostoli is the only structure in the Agora, other than the Temple of Hephaestus, to survive intact since its foundation.

Within the church are 17C wall paintings.

The Panathenaic Way

October 27, 2015
The Panathenaic Way

The Panathenaic Way

The Panathenaic Way, an ancient route through Athens, runs through the Ancient Agora of Athens and upwards to The Acropolis.

The width of the road varied from 10-12 m to as wide as 20 m. In use from 6th cent to first centuries AD. It was paved sometime in the first and second century AD.

It was an important route for civic and commercial needs, with important religious sites bordering it. It was used for an annual summer festival, Panathenaic Festival in honour of Athena.

The Panathenaic Way

The Panathenaic Way

Ancient Agora of Athens

October 27, 2015

Ancient Agora of Athens, a large site to the north of The Acropolis, was an important meeting place.

The Panathenaic Way, an ancient route through Athens, runs through the site.

The width of the road varied from 10-12 m to as wide as 20 m. In use from 6th cent to first centuries AD. It was paved sometime in the first and second century AD.

The Acropolis Museum

October 27, 2015
The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum

The Caryatids

The Caryatids

The Acropolis Museum is an absolute must visit.

Several levels, walk in on a glass ramp and can see the excavations beneath.

In the foyer, before have to pay to gain entry, several scale models showing how The Acropolis developed over time. Also a short film, well worth watching.

The top floor, is a 1:1 model of The Parthenon.

Nearest Metro station Akropoli.

Flash mob disrupts TTIP presentation

October 26, 2015

Well done all those who disrupted a presentation on TTIP  by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

TTIP is being negotiated by the EU in secret. It will negotiate away our democratic rights and turn Europe into a slave colony for large corporations.

Yanis Varoufakis in conversation with Aaron Bastani

October 26, 2015

Professor of Economics and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in conversation with co-founder Novar Media  Aaron Bastani.

Greece dared to challenge the European Union aka the Fourth Reich, and for that reason, Greece had to be crushed.

A warning to other countries, challenge the EU, and you to will be crushed.

Sunday in Brighton

October 26, 2015
Brighton Station

Brighton Station

lunch at Iydea

lunch at Iydea

North Laine

North Laine

seafront

seafront

Nightmare train journey down to Brighton, thanks to dreaded rail works.

Popped in Grocer and Grain. As usual impressive.

North Laine.

I was going to eat at Iydea, but did not like what was on offer.

Tried Infinity Kitchen. Even less appealing.

I tried the soup.

Back to Iydea.

Quiche with roast potatoes, peas and a couple of toppings. Sounds a bizarre choice, but it works.

Excellent quiche, as was the peas and roast potatoes

I thought maybe a cookie and cappuccino at Taylor St Baristas, but never made it.

Down to the sea front.

A pity not earlier, as probably would have been warm and sunny.

Crab sandwich from …

Cockle man said it had been very busy from the moment he opened at ten o’clock.

Fantastic sunset. Then after the sun set, I have never seen such a large area of the sky lit up.

A walk along the pier then time to set off for the station.

Tax credits a bad policy

October 25, 2015

Tax credits do not subsidise workers they subsidise bad employers. If their business model relies on paying poverty wages then they should be driven out of business.

We eliminate tax credits, by paying higher wages, by creating high paid, skilled jobs.

We eliminate tax credits by, as outlined by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, using a People’s Quantitative Easing to create the cool breeze of green technology, by financing apps that create a sharing, collaborative economy, not the failed Quantitative Easing of the Tories, a mechanism to transfer more wealth to the rich, and in doing so, create piles of dead money.

The policy of the corrupt elite is to drive down wages to that of China and India.

The Tories want to cut tax credits by £4.2 billion. That is £4.2 billion taken out of the pockets of the working poor.

It was not the poor who caused the financial crash of 2008, it was the greedy bankers, greedy bankers who finance the Tory Party, but it is the poor, who can least afford it, who are being forced to pay the price.

Liar David Cameron said before the last election, they would not cut tax credits.

Bully-boy David Cameron is intimidating the House of Lords not to vote against tax credits. Even threatening to swamp the Lords with yet more of his cronies.

Apart from waging Class Warfare, why are the Tories so eager to cut tax credits? Simple, more money available, £4.2 billion, to cut taxes for the rich and corporation tax.

It is nonsense to suggest a constitutional crisis is pending, for the simple reason we lack a constitution.

Equally to claim support of the House of Commons. It is not support when you have to force MPs to vote with you. Neither can it be claimed support in the country. Tories had minority electoral support, and with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Opposition Leader, what little support there is is draining away by the day.

If the only role of the Lords is to rubber-stamp what is sent from the Commons, then what role the Lords? This would be yet further grounds for abolition.

The House of Lords must listen to what the people are saying, look at the impact on the lives of the poorest, not jump to diktat from the Tory government.

When those demands land on the doorstep, remember who cut your tax credits.

Please sign the petition calling upon the House of Lords to veto cuts to tax credits.


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