Oil, corruption and public money.

Nothing at all to do with dogs, or with integrity if it comes to that!

Regular followers of this place know that I am a tremendous fan of George Monbiot, the Englishman who so regularly exposes stuff that needs to be aired and discussed. As his About page explains:

Here are some of the things I love: my family and friends, salt marshes, arguments, chalk streams, Russian literature, kayaking among dolphins, diversity of all kinds, rockpools, heritage apples, woods, fishing, swimming in the sea, gazpacho, ponds and ditches, growing vegetables, insects, pruning, forgotten corners, fossils, goldfinches, etymology, Bill Hicks, ruins, Shakespeare, landscape history, palaeoecology, Gavin and Stacey and Father Ted.

Here are some of the things I try to fight: undemocratic power, corruption, deception of the public, environmental destruction, injustice, inequality and the misallocation of resources, waste, denial, the libertarianism which grants freedom to the powerful at the expense of the powerless, undisclosed interests, complacency.

Here is what I fear: other people’s cowardice.

I still see my life as a slightly unhinged adventure whose perpetuation is something of a mystery. I have no idea where it will take me, and no ambitions other than to keep doing what I do. So far it’s been gripping.

Way back in the early days of Learning from Dogs, the blog that is, not the book, George was very gracious in giving me blanket permission to republish his posts, and many of them have appeared in this place.

So now read George Monbiot’s latest Rigging the Market. It is yet another example of what is going wrong in these times.

ooOOoo

Rigging the Market

7 thoughts on “Oil, corruption and public money.

  1. Petrobras is a public company, and the current scandal here has revealed (so far, mind you) $50 billion stolen by politicians. And yet through all this crud, there isn’t a single voice calling for the company to be sold off into private hands. There really is no helping some people (or countries), is there?

    1. I’m saddened to hear about Petrobras, but not really surprised! Mind you, years ago the great privatisation journey in the UK by Margaret Thatcher’s government turned out to be very unequal, and that’s putting it mildly!

  2. George Monbiot is a brilliant journalist.
    What’s happening in the UK is also happening here in Australia. Our conservative Federal Government, which came in to power two years ago, is firmly allied to the fossil fuel industry and severe cuts have been made to renewable energy research and rebates. It’s very clear that our Government does not believe in climate change. Funding for scientific research in this area has also suffered drastic cuts, with many Government scientists losing their jobs. The first thing they did on assuming power was to abolish the Carbon Tax which had been introduced by the previous Labor Government.
    The current Australian Government also wants to privatise more Government bodies, such as Australia Post, just as the Tories did with the Royal Mail.
    I believe that the UK Government under Cameron is exceeding Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation record. Did you know that they actually intend to privatise the Land Registry, which monitors and records transactions on all land titles and is basically the guarantor of land ownership? If that’s not handing everything over to the corporates, what is? Will the Electoral Office and election process be next?!

    1. Marg, I hadn’t heard that about the UK Land Registry. Sometimes I just run out of ways of expressing my feelings about these present times. And it’s not all doom and gloom by a long chalk. But there seems to be a huge and growing divide between those that are doing their best to run decent lives and those that purport to look after the interests of that first group.

      I was born six months to the day before World War II ended. My great fear is that I will die six months after the start of World War III. Because something has to give, and has to give pretty soon. What on earth can I say to my five-year-old grandson about the world we are offering him!

      Marg, love having your replies – thank you so much.

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