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The Emperor’s New Clothes Premier

April 21, 2015

Tonight, The Emperor’s New Clothes had its  Premier at the Hackney Picture House followed by a live question and answer session with Russell Brand.

The film was shown at selected cinemas nationwide, with a satellite link for the live question and answer session.

Cineworld Aldershot was one of the cinemas nationwide. A pity they could not even be bothered to stick up a poster.

The preamble was screenshots of basic facts, then into the film.

The Emperor’s New Clothes starts with the Lord Mayor of London, and the reading of the fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, until a boy in the crowd shouts out he ain’t wearing anything.

This sums up the Lord Mayor of London. Who does he represent?

Then Grays, a very depressing town in Essex. This is not to single out Grays, it is where Russell Brand grew up. It is a metaphor for many similar run down towns, it could have been Aldershot, boarded-up shops, fast food takeaways, pound shops, gambling joints.

The bankers caused the crash. Why are none in prison? Contrast that with the London riots, fast track, prison.

Russell Brand tried to find out.

Remarkably shy lot bankers. Shifty too. They do not wish to talk.

People on benefits, low wages, struggling.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s pay such low wages, these wages have to be subsidised by the tax payer.

If we wish to cut social payments, pay higher wages.

A cleaner, up at five o’clock, travel to work, work from six in the morning until eight at night. Another cleaner, works the night shift in  bank, then an early morning shift in a pub.

Outsourced council workers given a 17.5% pay cut. Now expected to take the same pay cut again.

If we supported local businesses, the money we spend, gets recycled in our local economy. If we spend in chain stores, that money gets drained out of the local economy. If we buy from Amazon, no taxes are paid, the money we spend gets sucked out to a tax haven.

Football clubs owned by wealthy owners, operated and controlled from tax havens, the fans ripped off.

It does not have to be.

In Germany, major football clubs are owned and controlled by fans not by dodgy tax dodgers from offshore tax havens.

VAT in 1979 was 8%, now it is 20%.

We are all in it together.

Tax cuts for the rich, tax hikes for the poor.

Apple rakes in $1 billion a week. The Chinese workers who make their devices paid a pittance, fall asleep whilst working, commit suicide. Apple Inc, has to borrow money to pay its dividend, as it profits are off-shored to a tax haven.

Is it fair that some people, rich people, have a special tax status, non-domiciled, to avoid paying tax?

Is it fair that disabled people are to have their Independent Living Fund abolished, that the care support they receive is being cut?

In the 1960s, the rich were paying over 90% tax. According to Harold MacMillan, we had never had it so good.

Thatcher brought in the neo-liberal idea from the Chicago School. Not set in stone, we can change.

Austerity has not cut the deficit. But is has been used as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of publish services, cuts to welfare payments.

How about a  tax on bankers?

The ratio between what the top and bottom earn has grown. It used to be about ten times. Now it is over 300 times.

If we look at wealth, the disparity is even greater.

85 of the richest people in the world, who would fit in two buses, own as much as the poorests half of the world population. And most have not earned it.

Lord Rothermere who owns and controls the Daily Mail through off-shore tax havens, inherited his wealth.

As did the Wal-Mart family. Their workers are paid so low, they have to rely on state handouts.

What did the wife of the late Steve Jobs do to earn her wealth?

Why do we tolerate it? Why do we not act?

Much of The Emperor’s New Clothes will have been familiar to those who have read Revolution or who watch The Trews.

Note: Waterstone’s are selling Revolution at £10 (half price). Even better bargain at Amazon at £4. Buy three, avoid the postage, give extra copies away to your friends.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a very powerful and well researched documentary.

If it does not make you angry, then it should do.

If sufficient people watched, it would swing the election.

If you want a showing near you, then demand one.

In the question and answer session, Russell Brand started by praising Caroline Lucas and Tom Watson, both former Members of Parliament.

New Era Estate fought their landlords and won. Now they are helping tenants facing eviction on other estates.

There has of late, been a move to get people to vote. Even silly little surveys for people to complete to help them decide how to vote.

To what end?

Done my civic duty, then what? What happens on 8 May? We have to forget Parliament, that is old politics, we have to start acting ourselves, organising our own affairs.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is far more lucid, informative, than any of the political debates in the run up to the General Election.

Oxfam estimate that in a few year’s time, the top 1% will own more than the rest of the world.

We have to as Russell Brand said in his summing up, work together, collaborate, cooperate, share, create social enterprises, open co-ops, open commons, networks.

Russell Brand was voted by readers of Prospect as the fourth most influential thinker in the world, a poll put him second after David Cameron as the most influential political person in UK. The Emperor’s New Clothes illustrates why.

Russell Brand pays Lord Rothermere a visit

April 18, 2015
Daily Fail

Daily Fail

We have heard a lot lately of an elite group of people known as non-doms, that is not domiciled in the UK, and so avoid tax. For anyone else, to avoid tax, you would have to live outside the UK, and you are limited to the amount of time you can live in the UK, in other words, you are a tax exile.

But, this group have a status conferred by Mad King George a couple of hundred years ago.

It was introduced at the time income tax was introduced to pay for foreign wars, and you guessed it, it was introduced in order that the rich and powerful could avoid tax. In this case for wealthy landowners who owned estates in the colonies.

You can inherit the status, you may have it because yoo claim you do not live here, because you have a burial plot overseas.

It is clearly unfair that a privileged group of people should avoid tax. And that this status should be abolished.

One such person is Lord Rothermere, who inherited the status from his father, also called Lord Rothermere (the title is heredity).

Lord Rothermere just happens to be the owner of the Daily Mail. Which no doubt explains that it is a little more than a coincident the front page headlines attacking the mere hint that non-dom status be abolished and the smears on Russell Brand.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

March 29, 2015

Every crisis is an opportunity to change the system. — Russell Brand

The Emperor’s New Clothes. a film by Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom, will be screened on 21 April 2015.

Austerity is a myth, it is being used as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, to destroy the existing fabric of society, to punish the poor, to enrich the rich, to dismantle the welfare state, close public libraries.

Leaked the last few days, how the Tories intend to hit the poor even harder.

David Cameron tells us by 2020, we may get to see a consultant at weekends (don’t be ill at weekends until then). And yet he has had five years to bring this in, but oh no, was too busy selling off the NHS to Tory Party donors and tax dodgers. In the last week, £780 million of the NHS sold off. Strange how Dodgy Dave made no mention in his speech about protecting the NHS.

Crooked bankers, HSBC, money laundering for Mexican drug cartels, laundering for tax dodgers, but not a single banker in prison.

Former head of HMRC, charged with collecting tax, winded and dined by tax dodgers, let Vodafone off £7 billion tax over a sumptuous dinner, now advises HSBC on tax dodging.

Former head of HSBC, given a seat in the House of Lords by David Cameron,  made a government minster.

The financial crash, caused by greedy bankers, should have been used as an opportunity to change the system, to create a fairer system.

In Greece, they have had a revolution, it may happen in Spain too.

In UK, the choice between Tweedledee and Tweedledum, between Tories and ToryLite, is being portrayed by the media as choice. It is not choice, it is more of the same, corrupt politicians out to line their own pockets and vying for the opportunity to act for Big Business.

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