Leaked files reveal Carillion’s payments to blacklisting agency. And far more.

Construction giant Carillion spectacularly crashed, leaving thousands of workers and hundreds of sub-contractors facing an uncertain future. But the company has also wrecked lives through blacklisting. Now leaked files, seen by The Canary, provide an insight into the extent of that blacklisting.

Though this is only the tip of the iceberg.

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Polls show Theresa May’s government is opposing the will of the people

A rigid approach, adopted by government, is usually a sign it is failing. This can be seen with Britain’s Conservative government, led by Theresa May, with regard to Brexit. In recent weeks, polls suggest the government is stuck on a trajectory that’s at odds with changing public opinion. And that arrogant inflexibility may signal her government’s death knell.

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A former hacktivist reveals the dirty tricks tools deployed by a GCHQ unit

 

A co-founder of the hacker activist group LulzSec warns how a UK Government cyber warfare unit has been actively engaged in subverting democracy and creating fake news for the last decade. Leaked documents back this up.

And these revelations highlight the hypocrisy of the statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May, reiterated by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, accusing Russia of election meddling.

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If ever there’s a symbol of reactionary, xenophobic and class-oppressed Britain, this it it

On the day Brexit beleaguered Britain gets a new passport there will be the inevitable street parties by flag-waving, jingoistic and nationalistic loons. And accompanying those sickening celebrations there is likely to be a surge in hate crimes against anyone looking ‘foreign’, including tourists.

Assuming the UK does not pull back from Brexit, a non-EU passport will be required. A mock-up of this, in what can only be described as ‘Tory Blue’, was published by the Home Office just before Christmas, when most people were half sozzled.

This was accompanied by a nauseating tweet by British prime minister Theresa May:

Meanwhile the right-wing media was predictably fawning.

Liberties curtailed

But this new UK passport will soon become a symbol of the many restrictions on our liberties that the Tories could impose upon the British population. Such as scrapping the Working Time Directive, which provides workers with rights to restricted hours of work, regular rest breaks, holiday and health and safety protection. This is on top of the zero hours contracts and low pay that is now the norm.

Not forgetting the end of our freedom to work and live in neighbouring countries:

Hints at the right-wing agenda, to accompany the new passports, are already being voiced:

But we were well warned:

The damage is already widespread

Indeed, over the last 18 months we have witnessed the damage inflicted by the Tory government on the people of Britain. It is extensive and deep. Here are just a few examples:

  • An increase in poverty levels have seen a surge in malnutrition, rickets and scurvy cases.
  • Between 1 July and 30 September 2017 for England and Wales there were 15,290 statutorily homeless households.
  • Official figures show that life expectancy is now on the decline.
  • In England alone between quarter two of 2010/11 and quarter two 2016/17, the number of overnight beds in NHS hospitals fell by 14,000. Over the same period, the number of mental health beds fell by a fifth.
  • In September 2016 the NHS published statistics on the mental health of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. Nearly half (43.2%) of claimants had attempted suicide at some point in their life.
  • Over 4 million children now live in poverty.
  • Since 2015, school budgets have lost £2.8bn. On average this means a loss of £54,000 for each primary school and £205,600 in each secondary school.
  • The number of three-day food packages sent out by the Trussell Trust, which organises food banks, rose from 40,898 to 1,182,954 by 2016-17.
  • An estimated 34,300 more people died in the winter of 2016/17 than in other months; a 39.5% increase on 2015/16 figures.

None of this happens by accident. It is class warfare, with Brexit used as an excuse to further it.

‘People power’ or the ‘mob rule’?

The phrase “the will of the people” is often quoted as the core of our democracy. But the peoples’ will is subject to manipulation by politicians and special interest groups, including big business. Which is why referendums – particularly those based on the ‘first past the post’ principle – can be so dangerous.

Now a new poll reveals that

And there are calls for a second referendum on EU membership. That could see a Brexit deal approved, or rejected, or a demand that the UK stays in the EU.

But politicians are not agile enough to keep pace with the changing moods of the populace.

In any case, politicians have their own agenda and they adopt populist rhetoric only when it suits them

Revolution

In the meantime we have to wake up to the reality that the far-right has set – and is continuing to set – the political agenda.

But condemnation is not good enough. Nor merely waiting for the next general election to come along, when much of the damage will have already been inflicted.

Instead, we need a rebel alliance, to fight back at every opportunity. In every city, town and village, throughout the land and in every industry and community.

In short, we need a revolution, to overturn these reactionary forces. And we need a form of genuine democracy that is yet to be imagined

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The Brexit power-brokers who’re laughing all the way to their offshore banks. For now.

The EU apparently wants to block access to offshore tax havens. But thanks to Brexit, the UK and its offshore territories will probably not be affected. This will benefit investors, like certain Brexit power-brokers. And it will also benefit their allies in the US, like billionaire Robert Mercer.

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Malnutrition, rickets and scurvy: this is what poverty under the Tories looks like

There is evidence that conditions associated with extreme poverty and poor nutrition, such as rickets (main image) and scurvy, are on the increase in Britain. These illnesses were commonly found in Victorian times. Now, they’re back. And they serve as a warning of the levels of poverty in the 21st century.

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High Court rules British troops are guilty of cruelty, despite alleged government ‘cover-up’

In a highly significant test case, Britain’s High Court has ruled that British armed forces were guilty of cruelty during and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It also ruled that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) breached the Geneva Convention and the 1998 Human Rights Act. But some suggest the UK government may have sought to ensure the whole truth does not come to light.

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