Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy

Mark Zuckerberg: what a c***!

Apple and the Craftsmen

On 25 March, Apple invited celebrities and members of the tech and entertainment press to the Steve Jobs Theater for a range of special announcements. What made this event a little odd, however, was that it was entirely focused on services.

In a global tech market and culture that is often about racing to the bottom or chasing market share, at this event, Apple showed us that it continues to be a global tech culture unto itself. It plays by its own rules.

Source: Apple and the Craftsmen

Interesting piece.

Revealed: Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of ‘dark money’ into Europe, boosting the far right

MEPs call for action as openDemocracy analysis reveals ‘shocking’ flows of cash crossing the Atlantic to push ultra-conservative agendas.

US Christian right ‘fundamentalists’ linked to the Trump administration and Steve Bannon are among a dozen American groups that have poured at least $50 million of ‘dark money’ into Europe over the last decade, openDemocracy can reveal today.

Between them, these groups have backed ‘armies’ of ultra-conservative lawyers and political activists, as well as ‘family values’ campaigns against LGBT rights, sex education and abortion – and a number appear to have increasing links with Europe’s far right.

Source: Revealed: Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of ‘dark money’ into Europe, boosting the far right

To quote Stephen Fry, “Religion: shit it”.


The humbling of Britain

The “enemies of the people” are not those opposing Brexit, but the reckless politicians who have brought us to this act of self-harm.

Last but not least, a sizeable number of MPs should be included in this hall of shame. At least two-thirds voted Remain in 2016. Most privately consider Brexit an act of folly. Some have since shown great courage in fighting for their convictions, but too many have chosen to take the path of least resistance, to put their careers and party before the interests of the country, to follow and not to lead.

Source: The humbling of Britain

Brexit: Donald Tusk says EU must not ‘betray’ Remain voters

He (Guy Verhofstadt) compared Mr Farage to Earl Haig, the First World War British Expeditionary Force commander who was lampooned in the comedy Blackadder Goes Forth as having a callous disregard for the men he sent into battle.

“I thought he was marching somewhere in Britain,” Mr Verhofstadt said to laughter. “You remind me more and more of Field Marshal Haig in Blackadder. He was sitting in the First World War in London, while you are sitting in Strasbourg, when his own people are marching in the wind and cold.”

Source: Brexit: Donald Tusk says EU must not ‘betray’ Remain voters


May’s party-first policy could come back to haunt her

As trust evaporates in Whitehall, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, the former head of the Foreign Office, insists officials are not trying to undermine the government. “They do what their political masters tell them but morale is low because most people fear that what they are doing is going to be hostile to the economic wellbeing of the country. The prime minister looks as if trying to hold the party together is her primary concern.”

Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, says officials are increasingly torn. “The civil service have a loyalty to the government of the day but they are also servants of the crown and the country. Normally there isn’t a conflict because you expect the government to act on behalf of the country but in the situation we are now in, where the interests of the Conservative Party are not necessarily the same as the interests of the country and the consequences are so grave, I do feel that their responsibility to crown and country needs to play in.”

Yesterday, Sir Nicholas Soames tweeted a photograph of the Parliament Square statue of his grandfather Winston Churchill, with the words “What on earth should we do in the national interest?” It is the only question that matters but Mrs May seems more interested in the unity of the Tory Party and her own political survival than the fate of the country.

Source: May’s party-first policy could come back to haunt her

This underlines what has been pretty obvious for some time.

Scaling the Petitions service following the EU Referendum

On Friday 24 June, following the vote to leave the European Union, the Petitions service had to scale fast to accommodate unprecedented traffic levels.

Source: Scaling the Petitions service following the EU Referendum

Interesting explanation. The petition in question is approaching 5,600,000 signatures.

Shots Heard: When the antivaccine movement swarms and harasses on social media, what can we do?

Antivaxers can be a nasty bunch. I (and others) have documented this time and time and time again, whether it be their violent rhetoric, their doxing and harassment of a 14-year-old boy for the “crime” of publishing pro-vaccine videos on Facebook, their encouraging attacks on pro-vaccine journalists, or their attacks on anyone who attempts to refute their misinformation.

Source: Shots Heard: When the antivaccine movement swarms and harasses on social media, what can we do?

There are some shitheads in the world… and I don’t mean the author of this piece.

Revoke A50 Petition Live Breakdown

View the Revoke A50 Petition, broken down by constituency

Source: Revoke A50 Petition Live Breakdown

If you haven’t signed…

Petition: Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now.

Source: Petition: Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.