Posts Tagged ‘Michael Winterbottom’

Daily Mail Sneers at Brand and Miliband – Bit of Fear over Paying Tax, Perhaps?

May 6, 2015

Last week, Russell Brand, the former anarchist firebrand, met Ed Miliband. For Miliband at least, the meeting was successful, in that Brand has abandoned his stance of urging people not to vote, to urging them to vote Labour instead. It’s left some on the radical Left feeling betrayed, as Brand has compromised his ideological purity by supporting a party, which they see as still retaining the New Labour contempt for those on welfare and which still intends to implement something like a workfare scheme. See, for example, Johnny Void’s recent post.

If it’s upset some on the Left, it also seems to have rattled the Right. Whatever you make of Brand as a comedian, and millionaire actor coming from an affluent middle class background, Brand is articulate and can make some very cogent, sharp points about the state of British and international politics. I’ve reblogged some of his posts from The Trews, his video series on Youtube where he analyses and deconstructs the news and the serious and not-so-serious issues of the day. He has made some very good criticisms of the corrupt state of British politics, the failure of current capitalism to provide most of the people of this country with the state support and welfare benefits they need, the increasingly harsh inequalities thrown up by the class system, and racism and the vilification and marginalisation of ethnic minorities, including Muslims.

And some of this seems to have struck home. On the cover of the Daily Mail one day last week was a picture of Brand with Miliband. Underneath was the headline ‘Would you trust this clown to run the country (and we don’t mean the one of the Left’.

Miliband sent a shiver of horror down the collective spines of Britain’s super-rich last week when he announced that he was going to end the non-dom tax bracket, which allows some of the extremely rich resident in Britain to avoid paying tax as they are technically resident in another country.

Many of those not paying British tax are fleet street editors and proprietors.
Like one Viscount Rothermere, the owner of the Daily Mail.
Rothermere junior inherited his non-dom status from his father, who spent most of his life in Paris. Harmsworth fils, however, seems pretty well resident in this country, especially as he’s building a multi-million pound stately home for himself in the country estate he purchased. He funded this through a complex series of loans, rather than pay for it himself directly, as this allows him to use his non-dom status to avoid paying tax on it.

And Brand has tried to tackle him on his refusal to pay tax. In one of the sequences in Michael Winterbottom’s documentary exposing the corrupt politics of modern corporate Britain, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Brand is shown turning up outside Rothermere’s stately home, and pressing the button with the communicator to get to talk to Rothermere about his non-dom tax status. Not surprising, they don’t let him in, and Brand stays shut out.

Obviously, Rothermere’s very worried about the possible ending of this tax dodge, and the personal attention he received from the abortive visit by Brand. Hence the personal abuse and vilification.

Rothermere and his editor have no right telling anyone how to vote in this country. They don’t pay British tax, and have absolute contempt for those, who depend on welfare benefits provided by the state – the unemployed, working poor, the sick, the disabled. Their attempts to rubbish Brand, Miliband and the rest of the left is merely self-serving propaganda, and should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

And absolutely no-one should take seriously their demands to vote Tory. Rothermere and his fellows welcome their programme of tax cuts, because it will leave them richer, and the rest of us poorer.

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Cassetteboy’s ‘Emperor’s New Clothes Rap’ against Tories, Bankers and Kippers

March 28, 2015

This is another video from Youtube, which I found on the SlatUKIP page. It’s the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes Rap’ from Cassetteboy. Cassetteboy, as I’m sure many of you know, is a prankster, who specialises in editing footage of politicians, celebs and criminals like David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Sir Alan Sugar and Jeremys Kyle and Clarkson, to make them look ridiculous and stupid.

In this video, he edits footage to show the Cameron and Osborne rapping about how they don’t care about the poor or the state of the health service, only about taking money from the masses to give to the rich. He then goes on to give Farage the same treatment, who is shown presenting immigration as the cause of every one of Britain’s problems. The Purple Duce then, in a moment of edited clarity, declares that their party is partly based on xenophobia.

The video is a publicity trailer for a documentary film with Russell Brand by the British director, Michael Winterbottom, in which the Goth anarchist ideologue goes after the bankers, who’ve wrecked Britain. The film’s due to open on the 21st April, according to the video.

The film seems to be following in the footsteps of the Capped Crusader, Michael Moore, and Morgan Spurlock, in combining film with social activism by hunting down and exposing the lies, venality and exploitative cruelty of the rich and powerful. And that’s no bad thing either. We don’t have such blatantly biased television in this country as there is in America, thanks to broadcasting regulations insisting on impartiality. Nevertheless, there is a bias there. We have some of the most of the most talented actors, directors and producers in the world. It’s about time somebody over here put on Michael Moore’s sneakers to give British corporate greed a hard time.