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BBC News – Ministers urge giving to charity at the cash machine

People could give to charity every time they use bank cards in shops or at cash machines, the government has said.

Words fail me. I was literally going to go off the deep end with this one, but I’ve reined in my expletive-laden response.

I’m all for charity. I give when I can afford to. Mr Maude, however, expects me to give every time I buy something? How about his government tries to get huge corporations to give something first, like the tax they’ve avoided paying?

Out with the old politics | Laurie Penny | Comment is free | The Guardian

What we are seeing here is no less than a fundamental reimagining of the British left: an organic reworking which rejects the old deferential structures of union-led action and interminable infighting among indistinguishable splinter parties for something far more inclusive and fast-moving. These new groups are principled and theoretically well-versed, but have no truck with the narcissism of small differences that used to corrupt even the most well-meaning of leftwing movements.

You know what? I think she’s correct. There is hope. Perhaps we can defeat the establishment and save what’s left of this country.

This glorious winter weather | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian

The world is mad. Most Britons have, like me, just enjoyed the most glorious weather of the year. The western shores of the British Isles have seen a week of almost continuous sun, open horizons and star-filled nights. Freezing air has kept the early snow from melting. With brief exceptions, main roads have been open and supplies plentiful. An exquisite Christmas beckons, with snowy slopes and blues skies, a photographic negative from the usual greens and greys.

I’m glad someone’s in a good mood.

Your right to protest is under threat – Johann Hari, Commentators – The Independent

Here’s one example of the intimidation of peaceful protest by the young that
is happening all over Britain. Nicky Wishart is a 12-year-old self-described
“maths geek” who lives in the heart of David Cameron’s constituency. He was
gutted when he found out his youth club was being shut down as part of the
cuts: there’s nowhere else to hang out in his village. He was particularly
outraged when he discovered online that Cameron had said, before the
election, that he was “committed” to keeping youth clubs open. So he did the
right thing. He organized a totally peaceful protest on Facebook outside
Cameron’s constituency surgery. A few days later, the police arrived at his
school. They hauled him out of his lessons, told him the anti-terrorism
squad was monitoring him and threatened him with arrest.

Please, read this article. And then have a good hard think about this poor benighted country we’ve allowed the rich to erect for us.

When do we take our country back? Is it too late to take it back? Only we can decide.

‘We the people’ deserve something better than a high-class villain’s charter | Anthony Barnett | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The cabinet secretary, Gus O’Donnell, has just issued a 150-page draft cabinet manual that sets out how we are governed, and is being widely hailed as the foundation for a codified constitution. Although an unelected mandarin, he took it upon himself to give an interview in advance to the Telegraph and told them: “I think those who are in favour of a written constitution will start with it … It has never existed before; we’ve been waiting decades and decades for this.”

Really? Let’s put that little “we” on hold for a moment.

The document is not in any way a draft of a democratic constitution. It is a manual for British dictatorship. It is quite open about this. It states: “It is written from the perspective of the executive branch of government”. It adds: “It is not intended to have any legal effect or set issues in stone. It is intended to guide, not to direct.” In plain language, we can change it whenever we think it is best and it sets out how the executive can get away with whatever it can get away with.

When the Tories were campaigning for the 2010 general election, they went on and on about something they called “Broken Britain”. They made out the meaning was schools and hospitals were broken, families were broken, society was broken.

What “we, the people” didn’t spot is that what is really broken is government. The “system” is broken, not the country. Nothing changed with this coalition, despite the published agreement between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, despite the mutual love-in the garden of Number 10. Yes, Britain is broken, but it wasn’t the people that broke it. And we’re getting to a point where we will be unable to fix it because the elitists who are running it keep moving the goalposts so we can’t. The elitists don’t want we lower orders to have any control over how we are governed.

Britain has been broken for more than four decades, but we’re just too lazy to get of our fat arses, turn off the celebrity non-entity television and sort our country out.

Well, that set me up for a good mood, didn’t it!