The HM Treasury attempted to freeze all the assets of Icelandic Landsbanki bank in the UK. The order was approved by both Houses of Parliament on the 28th of October 2008. Landsbanki bank was placed into receivership in Iceland as the bank was one of the first of the global crisis to reach the brink of collapse. When this happened the powers that be in the UK tried to get Iceland to put the burden of debt from this bank onto the Icelandic public. The prime minister of Iceland at the time refused and Landsbanki bank was put on the same list as Al qaeda and the Taliban. Continue reading Landsbanki Freezing Order 2008
The super rich living amongst the super poor
The poverty rate in Nigeria is almost three times the size of the US’s poverty rate, but with an economy growing at more than 5% per year in Nigeria and a GDP of around $500 billion its’ difficult to comprehend how so many people can still be suffering. The first thing to keep in mind is that Nigeria has only been an independent Country since the 1960’s. The pre-colonial period was from around 1500 – 1800 and then the British owned the Country for over 150 years. Continue reading Nigerian super rich
Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British billionaire businessman who founded Celtel, a telecommunications company which had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. He sold the company for $3.4 billion and set up the Mo Ibrahim foundation to encourage better governance of Africa. What I love about the video is the confidence and surety he speaks with about current African leaders. Continue reading Mohammed Ibrahim – Black Billionaire speaks raw truth to old African leaders
He knelt during the national anthem at a football game, to draw attention to police brutality and the unfair treatment of minority people in America. This caused huge outrage throughout America with even the President having something to say on Twitter. The far right especially have been emotionally hurt by this American Footballers knee drop saying that its disrespectful to their flag. Continue reading Colin Kaepernick – The media hype train
Diving deep into the relationship between statistics and politics can be a slippery slope. In the UK, Labour have a lead across the country in terms of votes from ethnic minorities. The Conservatives however, are gaining ground, especially amongst the UK Asian population. The Conservatives are currently the favoured party for Sikh’s and Muslims. Black people make up 3-5% of the UK population so don’t really have a huge amount of influence and is probably why there isn’t much black representation in politics. The politicians do not need to pamper to the needs of black people because the black vote is not a significant demographic when it comes to politics. The demographics that count are white, old, corporate and immigrant. Continue reading Who should black people vote for?
Political funding in the UK
Political parties can receive funds through membership fees, donations and state funding. The first effort in history to try and regulate finance in politics came in 1883 when the UK passed the Corrupt and Illegal practices Act. Since then there have been various soft attempts to try and curb the amount given to political parties. Continue reading At least you don’t live in Saudi Arabia
The post-presidential race rhetoric is coming in from every Tom, twat and Harry about Donald Trump and his anti-muslim ,wall building & misogynistic sentiments. The mud slinging is in full effect and anger is at boiling point for anti-Trump supporters, understandably. He’s a reality TV star who is now in control of the most powerful Country in the world, and that in itself shows how the political system in America is severely broken.
Propaganda is so powerful these days that the media can make you believe anything. Especially in the weird and wonderful world of politics. With the up and coming US presidential election we have been given a delectable bad guy in the form of Donald Trump who is most famous for the Celebrity apprentice TV show. We have always known him to speak his mind, and in the current debates he has been given a platform to showcase his borderline bigotry and the whole world ran with it. Trump speaks as a lone wolf amongst controlled monsters who spout corporate rhetoric in the hope of receiving votes. He is different and will have a tough time if he is to win. He has however, had some progressive things to say in his speeches and debates.