How United Kingdom neuters itself

Not limited to, but including, the following forthcoming possible steps:

Ban public institutions from practising ethical investment: Seems small and obscure, but it’s essentially the end of direct democracy and free choice. Let’s consider that the current government gets its way and British councils, universities and other bodies are no longer allowed to avoid investing in arms dealers, products created in illegally occupied settlements, can’t avoid unethical environmental practices, industry linked to sweat shops or other dubious practices. It goes against international law and there are a load of work-arounds that would conceivably render the law unusable. It wouldn’t stand up to EU law, but we’ll get to that. Opponents would have to prove that that organisations were purposefully enacting a boycott when they inevitably start using more covert methods. Covert behaviour can be outlawed though, if we…

Pass the Investigatory Powers Bill: Massively decrease the amount of trust that data can truly be secured in the UK. Technology giants and startups, financial services, and any company expecting reasonable standards in protecting customer data or intellectual property will start to migrate operations to other countries. This actually penalises companies as much as individuals, and the open source solutions further complicate things. Expect less investment in storing data in UK netorks, and less corporate backing for speeding up Britain’s still slogging internet speeds as a result. Britain becomes an information economy backwater. The rules also won’t stand up to EU scrutiny, but that’s okay, because we can always…

Allow the UK to remove itself from the European Union: The UK thus becomes far less significant to other countries for trade, investment or job creation. Who wants to set up shop in a country that won’t let them bring in their core staff or allow a workforce to truly represent the continent of markets just across the Narrow Sea? This isn’t pre-WWII, any more. On the one hand, it makes Old Blighty less valuable to its special friend the United States after it leaves the EU. On the other hand, UK becomes more vulnerable to the increasingly bellicose U.S. as it wouldn’t have a close ties to Europe to fall back on. Internally, the country will have more “sovereignty” to restrict travel, increase the cost of everything and lower its record for human rights, free speech, health care and education, though. Now comes the inevitable brain drain; the foreign expat community (skilled immigrants) has to leave while locally produced professionals begin to eye countries with more liberal regulations and tolerant visa requirements. Meanwhile, unemployment maintains the same pace in Britain as a great number of Brits now living in the EU have to return home and look for new jobs. We’ll have major internal troubles, but that will soon boil over when…

Scotland gets its reason to split: Both the IPBill and EU Referendum are giving the progressive bit of the UK up north a reason to have another referendum of its own which would, in all likelihood, succeed. An independent Scotland can easily stay in the EU, and its departure would revive aspirations for departure in Northern Ireland as well, which also leans toward EU membership.

If and when these things turn into reality, England and Wales will form the core of the New Little Britain. A mean, xenophobic, angry, paranoid and isolated little Britain. We’ll have to look back at the last general election and declare UKiP the defacto winner. End of rant.

The cost of a privatised Christmas

Today’s post is simply being donated to We Own It Dot Org Dot UK. Head there this New Year’s Day and sign the petition. Or try to educate me on how higher fares, dodgy service and worse staffing is good for rail commuters in the UK, since that’s what we’ve got since privatisation kicked off.

There’s apparently a protest on at Kings Cross and elsewhere over this year’s annual rail price increase, though scant news about it. Here’s what it’s about.