I’m not going to go into a rant about the result of the 2015 UK general election, which in the ‘first past the post’ system gave the Conservative party a slim majority with just 37% of those who could be bothered to vote (and only 23% of those eligible to vote). This general election was the most extraordinary I’ve ever seen, not least because the Scottish National Party (SNP) won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland (previously they had just 6 seats) with just 5% of the overall UK vote, and UKIP won 13% of the vote but under the first past the post system obtained only 1 of the 650 seats at Westminster; and the Labour Party committed political suicide, by continuing to present itself as Tory-lite, and is now a spent force in terms of forming a government, gaining just 30% of the vote (most of the seats gained by the SNP in Scotland were taken from Labour).
This general election has been analysed to death, so I’ll just say that the lurch to the right among voters in England and Wales will probably result in the break up of the United Kingdom, with Scotland becoming an independent country (which might well be joined by parts of northern England), and the rump UK might leave the European Union and sail off into right wing la la land, just like America, with corporations making bucketloads of money out of a privatised health service, appalling human rights, a massive disparity between rich and poor and endless war.
The 2015 UK general election was in essence a corporate coup d’état, facilitated by an almost completely right wing mainstream media. The barrage of propaganda makes many people ‘vote against their best interests’, and this brings me onto an octogenarian nun by the name of Sister Megan Rice, who in 2013 was sentenced to three years in prison for breaking into and vandalising a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. Last week, 85-year-old Megan Rice, along with fellow activists Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, was released by a federal appeals court after serving two years of the sentence (here). The following is an interview Megan Rice gave to the Washington Post in 2013, shortly before she was sentenced…
(The complete Washington Post video can be found here)
One striking thing about the 2015 UK general election is that the issue of nuclear weapons had a rare outing in the media. This was because the Scottish National Party want to remove Trident nuclear weapons from Scotland (amongst other things the SNP also want to preserve the National Health Service and abolish the House of Lords – Ha, who’d vote for the SNP!). Of course, the greatest disaster in human history, aka Fukushima, was not mentioned at all, and hardly ever is in the media. Earlier this month, Libby HaLevy interviewed Dr Celine-Marie Pascale, Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Professor for the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC. Pascale researched the mainstream media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and came to an obvious conclusion; and of course media bias does not only extend to nuclear matters. During the UK general election the stuff the media came out with about immigration, Scotland, Europe, the financial crisis, etc, was a wonder to behold. When it comes to brainwashing, the West is little different from North Korea.
The original Nuclear Hotseat broadcast can be found here.