A super-extreme version of parasitic payday lenders offering pocket money advances to children as young as three has opened in Finsbury Park - but relax everyone, it’s just a hoax.
A fake website was even set up to maintain the ruse (Picture: Darren Cullen/Pocket Money Loans)
The loan shop, which claims to sell credit to kids in the capital who don’t want to save up for toys, ice cream or football stickers, is a bang-on piece of satire by artist Darren Cullen.
There is an amazing website to go with it, mimicking those of real companies, which even offers a free ‘Mr. Repayment’ coin toy if any youngster runs up a late-payment rollover charge of £400 or more.
You can actually go into the Pocket Money Loans shop on Stroud Green Road in north London and find Darren behind the counter this week and next, offering up credit to pre-schoolers at eye-watering rates of 5,000 per cent (though it says this is still 853 per cent cheaper than Wonga).
Britain’s leading Jewish organisation has accused Nigel Farage of putting Ukip’s credibility on the line by striking a deal with a far-right Polish party whose leader has a history of Holocaust denial, racist remarks and misogynistic comments.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews said Farage had “very serious questions to answer” after the Ukip leader confirmed that an MEP from Poland’s Congress of the New Right would be allowed to join his European grouping.
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Korwin-Mikke, whose party has two remaining MEPs and received 7.5% support in Poland during May’s European parliamentary elections, is one of the most outspoken figures within the far-right groupings of parliament.
In July, he declared in English that the minimum wage should be “destroyed” and said that “four million niggers” lost their jobs in the US as a result of the US president John F Kennedy signing a bill on the minimum wage in 1961.
He went on to claim that 20 million young Europeans were being treated as “negroes” because of the minimum wage. He refused to apologise and was fined 10 days of allowances for his comments.
Korwin-Mikke has also called for the vote to be taken away from women, has claimed that the difference between rape and consensual sex was “very subtle” and has said that Adolf Hitler was “probably not aware that Jews were being exterminated”.
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I don’t expect many Americans to be interested in this, but we should be— UKIP is like the Tea Party in the US— a xenophobic, nationalist, anti-immigration, nativist and populist party, that appeals to scared older white people. They appeal to the same sorts of people that the US Tea Party appeals to, and they present the same dangers. UKIP is gaining more ground in the UK, as Lumberhead pointed out the other day, and we should be worried about this— it’s one of the reasons Jimmah and I are for an independent Scotland.
They are bankrolled by ex-Tory multimillionaires like hedge-fund supremo Christopher Mills and insurance tycoon Arron Banks. Ukip talks of breaking the “political cartel” while peddling policies the entire political elite agree on, quibbling only on scale and detail: tax cuts for the rich, privatisation, slash-and-burn austerity, curtailing workers’ rights. They are the lone critics of immigration - leaving aside, of course, the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Times, the Tories and, oh, the Labour leadership too.
But fair play to Ukip. Britain’s political elite has fuelled more than enough disillusionment for enterprising charlatans to exploit. Yes, there are honourable exceptions, but it has been abundantly clear what the political elite has been becoming for quite some time. Technocratic, rootless, soulless; a professionalised morass of time-servers who see ministerial posts as springboards to nice little earners on corporate boards; manoeuvring constantly not on the basis of political principle but for shameless self-advancement.
It was expected to do well in two by-elections run on Thursday, but the unexpectedly wide margin of its victory with 60 per cent of the vote in the seaside town, and its strong performance in an election in northern England, has come as a surprise.
In Heywood and Middleton in northern England, a traditional stronghold for the opposition Labour party, it secured almost 39 per cent of the vote, up from less than 3 per cent in 2010.
The British National Party (BNP) announced yesterday that it expelled its former leader, Nick Griffin, who was once convicted of Holocaust denial. Griffin had been in charge of the white’s only BNP for 15 years until he was removed from his post last July.
The BNP accused Griffin, whose most recent position was honorary president, of harassing party members, attempting to destabilize the party and “causing disunity by deliberating fabricating a state of crisis.” The BNP’s conduct committee published a detailed list of complaints about Griffin’s behavior including “disobeying legitimate, constitutional instructions,” “publishing, causing to be published or being reckless as to the publication of untrue allegations against the Party,” and in one case “making physical threats” against a party member.
Griffin’s woes had been growing since he lost his seat in the European Parliament earlier this year and declared personal bankruptcy “due to a series of legal bills he ran up over several years as a result of both pursuing and defending a series of long-running cases,” according to the BNP.
Of course the anti Muslim “counter Jihad” will claim that they’re only “pretending” to be againsts violence and extremism, without any real evidence, other than the fact that they’re Muslims. Regardless this is a good thing.
A powerful campaign by British Muslims to condemn the actions of the Islamic State militant movement is gaining momentum.
“Not in my name”, led by the Active Change Foundation, is attempting to counter the presence of extremism on social media.
The campaign was praised in the recent speech by the US President to the UN General Assembly.
President Obama said the whole world, especially Muslim communities, had to expose and publicly renounce the ideologies of hatred and violence.
He added the militants cannot be allowed to continue “perverting one of the world’s great religions”.
The “Not in my name” campaign has now spread to other countries too.
I also want to thank Daniela for alerting me to this story
Unionist violence broke out in Glasgow yesterday, and very little of the Unionist violence overall has been covered by the MSM—in which I include the BBC/Guardian. I thought fellow Americans might find it helpful to see a roundup of what’s been trending on social media here. As a Yes voter here in Scotland, social media has been the way Yes voters have connected, and the way information has gotten out.
Jimmah (AyePod) warned me yesterday to take all my Yes stuff off (buttons, stickers, etc) and I really thought he was being too fearful—I’ve travelled all over the US safely with liberal buttons, long after the election (and sometimes losing!) and never felt fearful. But in Glasgow people are being stabbed in the face for wearing a Yes button, which the MSM ignores even while they rush to cover a Yes voter throwing an egg. Check out some of these videos of unionist violence from yesterday, and you’ll understand why I have, against every one of my admittedly American principles, removed my Yes campaign gear:
No Voters Surround Young Girl: (video)
Video of Unionists attacking Yes voters
Unionists giving a Nazi salute
Maresa Mcgowan @maresa_mcgowan
Check out sky news trying to pretend that it’s both sides that are fighting:
Finally, I’d like to point out that Scottish nationalism is very different from British nationalism, as we see here in a guest piece on the guardian by Billy Bragg:
In Scotland, Wales and Ireland nationalism is the name given to the campaign for self-determination. James Connolly gave his life for the nationalist cause; John MacLean, perhaps the greatest leftwinger that Scotland has produced, was in favour of independence and campaigned for a Scottish parliament.
Both recognised that the British state was highly resistant to reform, and that the interests of working people were best served by breaking with the United Kingdom.
England’s dominant role has meant that it has never felt the urge to be free of the British state. As a result, the nationalism that has emerged there has been ethnic, seeking to unite the indigenous population against the perceived threat of outsiders. And for all of us in Europe, ethnic nationalism casts a long shadow.
Hope this is informative. See also:
How the media shafted the people of Scotland
Note: Some fake images have also been circulating on twitter, so pay attention.
The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.
The question on the ballot paper is simplicity itself: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Yet it has divided Scots during months of campaigning — and in 15 hours on Thursday the future of the 307-year old union with England hangs in the balance.
More than 2,600 polling places opened Thursday at 7 a.m. (0600GMT, 2 a.m. EDT) and will close at 10 p.m. (2100GMT, 5 p.m. EDT). Turnout is expected to be high, with more than 4.2 million people registered to vote — 97 percent of those eligible.
Polls suggest the result is too close to call, with the pro-independence Yes side gaining momentum in the final weeks of the campaign.
If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they’ll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe’s postwar prosperity and security - the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.
In breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, Scotland would automatically find itself outside both the EU and NATO, and have to reapply to join both, officials from those Brussels-based organizations have stressed.
For the EU especially, Scottish re-entry could be a long and arduous process, with other countries dead set against letting the Scots retain the privileges awarded Britain: the so-called opt-outs from being required to use the euro single currency and to join the multination Schengen zone where internal border controls have been scrapped.
A surge in Scottish support for breaking away from the United Kingdom has made an independence vote in nine days too close to call, a poll showed on Tuesday, as London scrambled to shore up the 307-year union by pledging more autonomy to Scotland.
The number of people in the TNS poll saying they would vote “No” to independence fell to 39 percent from 45 percent a month ago while “Yes” support leapt to 38 percent from 32 percent.
“This poll reveals a remarkable shift in voting intentions,” said Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland.
“It is too close to call and both sides will now be energized to make the most of the last few days of the campaign and try and persuade the undecided voters of the merits of their respective campaigns.”