Unless the Scottish government can pull independence out of the bag before the end of the Brexit negotiations, given the present crippling dysfunction of the parliamentary Labour Party at Westminster, we had best buckle in for at least a generation of Conservative rule.
Is there anything we can do about this? Not really. In Scotland we can opt to remain in the EU by gaining independence, but short of this we are very much tied to the economic realities of the UK.
Most places had those dank-looking frustum shaped things and I don’t want anything like that. I’m looking for a globular, light coloured shade that will fill my life with light and joy. Simple.
Life has never been so good for those with wealth and power in London. By operating an economic and social system that has successfully created a cash conveyor belt to their own bank accounts (often offshore ‘for tax purposes’), the British élite thrives on a diet of champagne while ordinary working people go without the basics to feed their children.
There can be no doubt that TTIP, like the NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements, embodies the free trade principles of the international neoliberal project; eliminating barriers to trade and profit, reducing state regulations to the same, slashing corporate tax, and enforcing labour market flexibility.
Conventional wisdom has somehow imparted upon us the belief that Europe is different, economically speaking, to the United States. The prevailing opinion is that on this side of the Atlantic we are more socially democratic and less cut-throat in our use of Capitalism.
While she oversaw the brutalising treatment of Ireland by her government, the total destruction of industry and organised labour in the north of England, Scotland, and Wales, and the rape and pillage of Iraq and Afghanistan by her armed forces, she didn’t – as her grandfather and father did – perpetrate genocide and mass murder on a global scale.
In a world such as ours, completely dominated and directed by the free market and the whims of its hidden élite architects, we eventually come to the realisation that within globalisation we are trapped in a single party state.