September 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm (Agriculture, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Brexit, British Politics, European Structural Funding, European Union, Sustainability, Uncategorized)
It is emblematic that on the day after the EU referendum, Donald Trump (perhaps the next president of the United States) was in Scotland, inaugurating his controversial new golf resort. Oblivious to the country around him which had just voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, Trump congratulated his audience on their new independence.
Yet, he was not speaking to the common people of Britain (much less to Scotland, trapped, along with Wales, in the Brexit scenario), but those in his audience, the new placeholders of aristocracy – wealthy investors, media moguls, business leaders and others set free from EU barriers to land ownership, property development, tourism and speculation.
The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been the greatest barrier to a collapse in the UK property market. The CAP is concerned with market stability, tariff-free trade in the EU and farmer livelihoods. It consists primarily in a subsidisation of farmer incomes through direct payments. It is well-known that most farmers make a loss on their operations and would not otherwise be able to continue without the subsidy. As the tendency toward losses is primarily due to the downward pressure on prices from supermarket competition and its monopoly on distribution, the farmer’s subsidy is in many ways a backdoor subsidy for the retail and food processing industries.
With the elimination of the CAP, these subsidies will disappear and it is possible that they will either not be replaced or will be phased out in the near term. The CAP has tended to maintain the status quo, not only protecting member states within the single market and in international trade deals, but also preserving the operations of loss-making farms. The IMF, which Angela Merkel brought in to manage the Eurozone, has been pushing its 188 international members to quickly reduce or eliminate farming subsidies, a policy shift at odds with the pace of EU policy. The UK could decide to weather the storm of a radical re-adjustment in the structure of land ownership, especially in agriculture where it would become a corporate affair.
To read the rest of the essay, please visit The Corporate Countryside.
September 5, 2014 at 12:05 am (Aesthetics, Cameron, Coalition Government, Creativity, Cultural Sustainability, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, Europe, European Structural Funding, European Union, Green Politics, philosophy, Poetry, Sustainability, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
Tags: Elin Jones, Greenprint for the Valleys, Greens, Jill Evans MEP, Leanne Wood, Menna Elfyn, Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru, The Green Agenda, The Green Party, The Party of Wales
Divided We Fall
Plaid Cymru and the Green Agenda
Why Greens should Vote for Plaid Cymru in the General Elections of 2015
Divided We Fall – Plaid Cymru and the Green Agenda
From ‘Agoriad’ (‘Opening’)
Mewn glesni, tesni’n lasgu,
cwmysg â’r glas sy’n llathru,
Croeso rhwng dwy ynys- hen gynghanedd
ger y moroedd garw- llaw tangnefedd.
In the blue calm, sunburst of radiance
– the green light that shines with charity
the welcome of two isles – old harmony
by the rough seas – a hand of tranquility.
There is a considerable array of serious decisions that will have to be made by the people in the upcoming UK General Elections of 2015.
By people, I mean the vast multitude of individual working citizens for whose interests and representation the Parliament in Westminster was originally established.
By decision, I do not mean some arbitrary choice, or some choosing of a product in a shop, but one that involves thought and deliberation – and only then a choice.
In the context of decision-making, it is never sufficient to simply remain within a boxed mentality or echo chamber, captivated by the habit of custom which merely accepts the status quo and its erratic, though familiar, surface narrative.
One must look beyond the surface of the headlines and investigate the root causes and truths which stand behind the powers that be. It is toward the facilitation of such an investigation that the following essay is written.
July 17, 2014 at 12:54 am (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Husserl, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Queen Elisabeth II, Racism, Sartre, Socrates, Squatting, Syria, Taoism, Thrasymachus, Time, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Wall Street, Welsh Development, Wittgenstein)
Tags: Coalition Government, Democratic Community, European Union, New Left, Philip Blonde, Red Tory
Chapter 1: The British Wasteland: The Toxic Coalition and the Vultures of the Right
Prime Minister David Cameron
On the Toxicity of the Coalition Government and the Cynicism of UKIP and the Tory Right
The British Wasteland: The Meaning of Cameron
As we can barely remember the debates between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, it appears that the odd man out has now obtained legitimacy, stature, plausibility. With our senses still awash with the anti-climactic failure of the Scots to take a bloodless independence that was so nicely gift-wrapped for them, all we can now remember is that Nick Clegg was dreadful and failed to convey the very absurdity of UKIP policy on obvious grounds. The very fact that Nick Clegg stood on the same stage as Nigel Farage was a mistake and revealed his lack of political judgment. Why were not the other two parties represented, as an all UK debate? Or, was it, perhaps, merely a job interview for the junior partner of the next Coalition?
Clegg’s follow up criticism of Farage over Ukraine was a pathetic sideshow to the illegal Western involvement in a coup d’etat, in which fascists have now formally entered into the cabinet of a soon-to-be European government for the first time since WWII. But, we all pretend that that did not happen and condemn Russia instead. Farage was ironically correct on this issue that the Coalition government has ‘blood on its hands’ over Ukraine, and UKIP has never been as strong as it is today. It is now conceivable to imagine a Coalition Government in which they would be a part, such as a Conservative-UKIP alliance.
To read the rest of the article, please visit The British Wasteland
July 7, 2014 at 11:57 pm (Aesthetics, Atheism, Banks, Bataille, Being and Time, Brixton, Cameron, Captivation, China, Chinese, Chinese New Left, Christianity, Coalition Government, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Communism, Democratic Community, Derrida, Diogenes, Dylan Thomas, Early German Romanticism, Europe, European Elections 2014, European Structural Funding, European Union, Existentialism, feminism, Finance Capitalism, Financial Crisis, Foucault, freedom, General Election 2015, German Romanticism, Greece, Greek philosophy, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Heroclitus, Husserl, Innovation, Islam, Judaism, Kant, Lacan, Marxism, negative theology, Nietzsche, Occupy Wall Street, Open Rights, philosophy, Philosophy Lectures, Poetry, Queen Elisabeth II, Racism, Sartre, Socrates, Spinoza, Squatters, Squatting, Syria, Taoism, Thrasymachus, Time, Uncategorized, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Wall Street, Welsh Development, Wittgenstein)
Tags: ancient greek philosophy, Bataille, Chinese New Left, Continental Philosophy, Deleuze, Democratic Community, Heidegger, Holderlin, Nietzsche, philosophy
February 12, 2013 at 3:38 am (Aesthetics, Bataille, Brixton, Cameron, Creativity, Death, deconstruction, Democratic Community, Dylan Thomas, European Structural Funding, freedom, General Election 2015, Innovation, philosophy, Poetry, Time, Uncategorized, Wales, Wales and the European Union, Welsh Development)
the second wave
The wave floods
The flood recedes
The tide returns
seethe in anger
the poet is silenced
they will run him from his home
they will silence his intimate words,
his earthly voice & breath
they will no longer hear
his ‘foreign’ words
the others will press to listen
To read the rest of the poem, please visit Dylan Thomas in Exile