Best quotes of the week
Richard Wolff, professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts said in an interview regarding Britain’s role in regime change in Venezuela and the Bank of England decision to withhold Venezuela’sla’s gold bullion.
“They are no longer playing the game they have played for the last 200 years – they can no longer claim to be the neutral place where you can safely place your money. Britain has shown it is now under the thumb of the US who is telling them what to do in Venezuela and is a demonstration to other countries that are having or may have problems with the US to get their money out – as London is no longer the safe place it once was.”
Simon Wren-Lewis, ex-government economics advisor and Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford said about the debate over a People’s Vote regarding Brexit:
“But by far the worst excuse not to hold a People’s Vote is that a second referendum would be undemocratic. Orwell must be turning in his grave when he hears politicians say in all seriousness that a second referendum would undermine faith in democracy. This is the language of dictators and fascists, but few seem to mind.”
Craig Murray, the British ex-ambassador, now historian and human rights activist comments on the global corporate and country leaders recent meeting in Davos:
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“Davos serves as nothing but an annual reminder of how very poorly God aims avalanches.”
Likewise – Elmira Bayrasli, author and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted makes the point that –
“Davos is a family reunion for the people who broke the modern world.”
Bethany Shiner- Electoral Reform Society on big tech-co’s disregard for democracy
“Although technology giants have vowed to self-regulate by taking steps towards greater transparency and better monitoring of electoral interference, it has been repeatedly shown that they are irresponsible and have no more regard for the democratic process than their fluctuating stock market value dictates they should.”
Shadow Treasury Minister Anneliese Dodds on Theresa May’s government passing swathes of legislation through before Brexit day:
“The Conservatives expect us to pass legislation without information that they have themselves deemed necessary to produce. Trust in Government is contingent on transparency which this Government is failing to provide.”
The US Embassy in of all places, Cairo tweets … without even a hint of irony or shame!
Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship is destroying Venezuela. For too long, the people of Venezuela have suffered under the heavy hand of oppression. But now, there is hope. We are with the people of Venezuela, we stand with them, and we will stay with them until democracy is restored. twitter.com/VP/status/1091…
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council after his ‘special place in hell’ comments about Brexiteer politicians also said:
‘Today, there is no political force and no effective leadership for Remain. I say this without satisfaction, but you can’t argue with the facts’.