Wonder what the definition of Far Right is here

I have absolutely no doubt at all that there are Far Right peeps and groups in Poland. Our own comments section contains the odd one or two at times.

But, well, you know:

Poland’s eurosceptic leaders marked a century of national independence on Sunday as around 200,000 people marched through the capital in a parade involving far-right groups and neo-fascist activists from Italy.

The march is a focus of debate about whether the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) tacitly encourages groups with roots in the fascist and anti-Semitic movements. The party won power in 2015 and Poland has since become increasingly isolated in Europe amid accusations of a tilt towards authoritarian rule.

What’s the definition of Far Right in use here?

Since its election in 2015, the party has seen Poland increasingly isolated in Europe amid accusations of a tilt towards authoritarian rule. It promises more Catholic values and patriotism in public life and more state say in the economy.

Catholicism, euroscepticism? These are Far Right now?

State economic control, anti-semitism, these are markets of left wing parties. At least in the UK they are.

Well, yes, but

Many Brazilians are concerned that Mr Bolsonaro, an admirer of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship and a defender of its use of torture on leftist opponents, will trample on human rights, curtail civil liberties and muzzle freedom of speech.

Not enough of them though:

With 94 percent of the ballots counted, Mr Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who had 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE.

Accused of running an election campaign

Brazil’s far-Right election front-runner was accused of setting up a ‘criminal network’ with big businesses to spread fake news through Whatsapp.

Brazilian media reported that well-heeled supporters of Jair Bolsonaro paid for messaging by third-party agencies, each paying up to 12 million reais ($3.26 million) to spread tens of thousands of attack ads.

That’s the way it works these days. That funding, if proven, might well be dodgy.

Mr Haddad has complained frequently that he was the target of false social media information campaigns.

Among other things Mr Haddad, 55, has railed against “libelous” social media posts claiming he tried to have sex education “gay kits” distributed in schools when he was education minister under the now-jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Bolsonaro, 63, is an ex-paratrooper whose ultraconservative and law-and-order rhetoric has lifted him in the polls.

He has proved himself an adept user of online platforms, largely spurning traditional media outlets and debates in favor of reaching out to millions of followers on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Don’t forget, when Obama used Facebook it was a marvellous demonstration of the Brave New World. When Trump did it was right wing lies.

Owen Jones really is a one, isn’t he

We seem to have a call for national censorship here. The reason, the true one not given, being:

That Corbynite free lollipops for everyone promise is in direct competition for the support of exactly those same people that “far right” is chasing with stories of Heimat. The white British working class, exactly the group in play as an electoral base at present.

Owen Jones just wants to ban the competition. How liberal of him, eh?

Bit of a surprise

Derek Hatton, a former leading figure in Militant, was last night poised to rejoin Labour after party officials said his former affiliations would not “preclude him from being a member”.

He’s too right wing for them these days isn’t he?

It’s the subtext that’s so much fun here

‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team
Illustration: Nathalie Lees
Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Big Short, reveals how Trump’s bungled presidential transition set the template for his time in the White House

It’s the voice of the permanent ruling class, that deep state of the right people, complaining about the irruption of the rubes. The Beltway Bandits missing why these people from Flyover Country are there. Simply because large portions of the people don’t like the world the Bandits have built.

Well, there’s a start to a Labour proposal

Best to nail your colours to the mast early on:

The essential starting point for reform of corporate governance is the recognition that
large corporations are not the private property of their shareholders and should not
be controlled only by executives and directors in the sole or primary interest of

What actually is private property then?

Polly’s One-Eyed Viking

Polly Toynbee seems to have found a new gusset wetner:

He bestrides this conference like a colossus. Big Mac is the one they want to hear, from Andrew Marr to Mumsnet. Lobbyists for every cause are eager to catch his coat-tails. John McDonnell is the man who matters because what he says goes when it comes to almost everything at this Labour gathering in Liverpool. His imprimatur is stamped on every card vote and each frontbench speech; it is as disciplined as in the old New Labour pager-control days.

And it’s always some man wielding the rod of political power, isn’t it?

Add some black footy bags an it’s almost fascist in its attraction to the power of will.


So increasingly, I wonder: What is the socialism of the Amazon age? How will it be expressed? And can it be shaped into something that might credibly take power? Put another way, while proudly hanging on to immovable ideas of equality and solidarity, are Labour and the left finally ready to leave the 20th century?

I’m a socialist me. Dunno what it means nor what I’m going to do but socialism, it’s the right thing, innit?

Well, yes, but the thing is, you see…..

Senior Labour figures and the family of former party leader Michael Foot have reacted with anger over the re-emergence of the explosive claim that he was a paid Soviet informant.

Neil Kinnock, who succeeded Foot as Labour leader, said his predecessor had been a “passionate and continual critic of the Soviet Union” in response to the allegation that MI6 believed Foot had been a paid informant.

We do know that some were indeed actual Soviet agents within the Labour Party. In a manner in which we really didn’t have any of Hitler’s, nor Mussolini’s, in the Tories (Moseley was an offshoot of Labour of course). And if we widen our look to a bit more of the left the Morning Star was funded by Moscow gold or decades. And Richard Gott at The Guardian – he’s occasionally back in the fold, isn’t he?

That is, our question isn’t whether there were such paid agents and informants around. It’s only over who they were. Too many, obviously, but how many too many?

Official insistence that people are idiots

Coffee shops can be as unhealthy as fast food chains and use misleading names to make their food seem less calorific, according to the Government’s top nutritionist.

Muffins with names such as “lemon and poppy seed” mislead customers into believing they are healthy and should come with bigger calorie content signs, Dr Alison Tedstone has suggested.

She said that while consumers understand that the main products in fast food chains can be highly calorific, in coffee shops “often you’ve got no idea”.

Why actually have democracy if people are too stupid to understand that muffins might have a calorie or three hundred in them?

This is logically true too. The stupider they think we are the less reason there is for a democracy in which we get to choose who they are, no?

Isn’t this terrible?

The Guardian hyperventilates:

But the new government, which could now take weeks to form, will need either cross-bloc alliances between centre-right and centre-left parties, or an accommodation with the Sweden Democrats – long shunned by all other parties because of their extremist roots – to pass legislation, potentially giving the populists a say in policy.

With the centre-left bloc on 40.6% of the vote and the centre-right on 40.2%, analysts predict long and complicated negotiations will now be needed to build a majority, or – more likely – a minority that will not easily be sunk. This looks difficult on the left, where any coalition would need to include the ex-communist Left, effectively excluding cooperation from the centre-right.

Many observers therefore see the Moderate party leader, Ulf Kristersson – who on Sunday night called for Löfven to resign – seeking to form a minority centre-right administration, possibly in coalition with the Christian Democrats and with implicit, ad hoc parliamentary support from the Sweden Democrats.

This would give the populist party the opportunity to influence policy, particularly on immigration, in exchange for votes.

The new government might represent a significant portion of the votes cast. Horrors, eh?

Or as Brecht didn’t say, the people have spoken, the bastards.

Of course there’s no such thing as the Establishment, the Deep State

1. Many officials are working against Trump from within the administration
The anonymous author of the New York Times’s essay, titled I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump administration, says that many officials across government are working inside the administration as part of a “quiet resistance”.

The author says: “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

One example given is officials pushing on with sanctions against Russia despite the president’s opposition to them. Across the administration people are “choosing to put country first”. The author says this is not the “deep state” but the “steady state”.


Does Owen Jones have absolutely no sense of self-awareness at all?

There are several species of spider whose young hatch and gradually eat their own mother. The term for this macabre practice is matriphagy. This is now the fate of the Conservative party and its hungry Ukip offspring. Remainer Tory MPs are reporting sharp rises in applications to become members of their local associations – of up to 30% in the last three months. While dozens of Tory councillors defected to Ukip under David Cameron’s leadership, one report suggests at least 10% of Ukip councillors have gone the other way since 2015.

This is what Militant tried with the Labour Party, what Momentum has succeeded in doing.

Other than that, voters, how did you enjoy the election?

Jeremy Corbyn: a pacifist who lauds blood-soaked murderers, a believer in “dialogue” who backs believers in terror, a freedom fighter who wants to control the press, a “kinder, gentler” politician who allows antisemitism to run rife in his own party. I would call all this ironic but the Labour leader has implied that Brits of Jewish heritage such as me just don’t get it.

And they might elect him, too.

Most gallant, most gallant

Duncan Hunter, US congressman, blames wife over $250,000 campaign fraud scandal

He’s an ex-Marine and saw frontline action, so in parliamentary terms he’s the “gallant.” In the other sense, not so much:

A US congressman accused of using $250,000 in campaign donations to fund his own lavish lifestyle appeared to blame his wife for the scandal.

Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret were charged this week with fraud and illegal use of campaign funds.

They were accused of using election campaign money to take personal trips to London, Hawaii and Italy, pay children’s school fees, and for dental work and theatre tickets

The spending included $600 on an airfare for their pet rabbit, $3,300 on burgers at In-N-Out fast food restaurants, and $11,300 for items at Costco supermarket.

The campaign funds you’ve got left when you retire, yes, those can be spent that way. But still, blaming the wife for all this?

And how does anyone spend $3,300 at In and Out?

Oh Aye?

This is how it starts folks:

Licence fee-payers would then choose individuals to represent their interests on the board, providing potential candidates met certain qualifying criteria.

What criteria?

It doesn’t take long for such to include membership of the right organisations. Anyone can stand for election as long as they’re a member of the Communist Party is something that half of Europe dealt with for half a century….