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Schools? Climate Change? Homelessness? Nah. Military? Yeah!

By Petr Knava | Social Media | November 20, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | November 20, 2020 |


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A fun bit of news dropped yesterday. Boris Johnson announced a record spending increase for the UK’s military, highlighting a financial package that is said to be worth £16.5bn in extra money over the next four years. This is fun because the very next day (that is, today) our millionaire banker Chancellor announced a ‘renewed squeeze on public sector pay’ to help with covering the costs of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s fun because this is the year that the Tories have used coronavirus as a cover for siphoning off tens of billions of pounds of public money and funnelling it to their mates and family. It’s fun because this is the same party who spent years making fun of anyone who dared suggest funding public services properly by saying that there is no ‘magic money tree’ to just conjure up funds. Apparently, there is. I mean, it’s war. There’s always money for war. It’s fun because the country has also recently been treated to the sight of MPs bending over backwards to justify why the government cannot afford a few million quid to fund a free school meals programme, which pushed a star footballer to intensify his incredible campaign in favour of the meals scheme—which in itself led to PR-focused corporations like McDonald’s—fu**ing McDonald’s for god’s sake—announcing that they would be handing out some free food to those in need. A few quid to stop children starving? Nah. Billions for bombs? Of course! Remember that report I wrote about a while back? The one that basically outlined how the UK’s Ministry of Defence was planning for the worst possible outcomes of climate change. How they’re forecasting that no climate targets will be met, and so they’re preparing for the worst—not in a ‘Oh, we should plan for this as a contingency’, but a ‘This is the way it’s gonna be, let’s act accordingly’ kind of way. Seems relevant today again. The empire never went away. Anywho, here’s Twitter reacting to Johnson’s missile-shagging rhetoric:




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