George Monbiot: To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century

Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, in effect stolen from poorer countries, and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the lord mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in government. Politically irrelevant, economically invisible, the rest of us inhabit the margins of the system. Governments ensure that we are thrown enough scraps to keep us quiet, while the ultra-rich get on with the serious business of looting the global economy and crushing attempts to hold them to account.

- from The Guardian

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Smiling pup & crackling fire…. #mountainLYF

Smiling pup & crackling fire.... #mountainLYF

It's REALLY snowing here in the Blue Mountains! With bonus Scully parental commentary. ️️️️️️️️

It's REALLY snowing here in the Blue Mountains! With bonus Scully parental commentary. ️️️️️️️️

If you need yr day brightened, go see @eddiezammit selling the #MrMen goodness at DQ today till 9pm…

If you need yr day brightened, go see @eddiezammit selling the #MrMen goodness at DQ today till 9pm...

How I feel about bloody #Brexit : earlier at the excellent #MrMen show at @darlingquarter

How I feel about bloody #Brexit : earlier at the excellent #MrMen show at @darlingquarter

Lying Women, 2016, by the remarkable & amazing Deborah Kelly. I bet you'll get that breathing clicking soundtrack stuck in your head. From her show Death of Books @unswgalleries

Lying Women, 2016, by the remarkable & amazing Deborah Kelly. I bet you'll get that breathing clicking soundtrack stuck in your head. From her show Death of Books @unswgalleries

BYE VIVID 2016!

BYE VIVID 2016!

GL slaying on the final night of #vividideas #womeninelectronicmusic #wiem2016 #smoooooooothtoons

GL slaying on the final night of #vividideas #womeninelectronicmusic #wiem2016 #smoooooooothtoons

Apparently the Alvar Aalto vase was originally called "Eskimo Women's Leather Trousers" when it was designed 80 years ago… Things I learned at the #IittalaAustralia launch

Apparently the Alvar Aalto vase was originally called "Eskimo Women's Leather Trousers" when it was designed 80 years ago... Things I learned at the #IittalaAustralia launch

Look at this rich seam of Alvar Aalto & Tapio Wirkkala goodness! Excited to be hosting the #IittalaAustralia launch tonight

Look at this rich seam of Alvar Aalto & Tapio Wirkkala goodness! Excited to be hosting the #IittalaAustralia launch tonight

Glorious visuals & excellent vibes underway at the CLIPPED Music Video festival right now: come join us! It's all going down at The Works in Glebe tonight…. #vividideas #musicvideo #animation @clippedfestival

Glorious visuals & excellent vibes underway at the CLIPPED Music Video festival right now: come join us! It's all going down at The Works in Glebe tonight.... #vividideas #musicvideo #animation @clippedfestival

Another total score from today's @mca_australia #zinefair : this newsprint marvel, A Year In A (Shit) Country Town by @arielleaxel ️️️ #vividideas

Another total score from today's @mca_australia #zinefair : this newsprint marvel, A Year In A (Shit) Country Town by @arielleaxel ️️️ #vividideas

A room full of #Lumifold lamps & makers (with my own wonky creation at front) #lumifold

A room full of #Lumifold lamps & makers (with my own wonky creation at front) #lumifold

Adorable children adorably making paper lamps, learning about geometry, having more patience than me. #vividideas

Adorable children adorably making paper lamps, learning about geometry, having more patience than me. #vividideas

It's the most wonderful time of the year: @mca_australia #ZineFair is today & tmrw! My first scores are unbelievably hilarious/too real #vividideas

It's the most wonderful time of the year: @mca_australia #ZineFair is today & tmrw! My first scores are unbelievably hilarious/too real #vividideas

How good were Jenji & Josh last night at #vividideas ? Love this "us-ie" we took with Jenji's mates

How good were Jenji & Josh last night at #vividideas ? Love this "us-ie" we took with Jenji's mates

Incredible @chunyinrainbowchan rehearsing for her secret opening at Jenji Kohan #vividideas

Incredible @chunyinrainbowchan rehearsing for her secret opening at Jenji Kohan  #vividideas

We have this year's winner of BEST SLIDE AT #VIVIDIDEAS ! Christopher Hudson, publisher at Museum of Modern Art NYC, really wishes this had won the NZ flag comp. I have to agree. #voiceoftheartist

We have this year's winner of BEST SLIDE AT #VIVIDIDEAS ! Christopher Hudson, publisher at Museum of Modern Art NYC, really wishes this had won the NZ flag comp. I have to agree. #voiceoftheartist

The #voiceoftheartist publication is gorgeous. (I may be bruising copyright by posting this on Instagram. Which is kinda the theme of this event today) The cover image is Baden Pailthorpe, F-35 (Seaquest), 2015 and the publication was created by Viscopy | Copyright Agency | Rococo Productions #attribution #creditwhereitisdue #vividideas

The #voiceoftheartist publication is gorgeous. (I may be bruising copyright by posting this on Instagram. Which is kinda the theme of this event today) The cover image is Baden Pailthorpe, F-35 (Seaquest), 2015 and the publication was created by Viscopy | Copyright Agency | Rococo Productions #attribution #creditwhereitisdue #vividideas

Curly corkscrew by @woodsbagot at USyd Business School #interiors #lookup #architecture #interiorarchitecture

Curly corkscrew by @woodsbagot at USyd Business School #interiors #lookup #architecture #interiorarchitecture

Hey team, after a brief set-back, I'm back in action round all those #vividideas events! Rocking a whole host of incredible new season @studio_elke jewels today. Aren't they just ️️️ You can find some at the @mca_australia store….

Hey team, after a brief set-back, I'm back in action round all those #vividideas events! Rocking a whole host of incredible new season @studio_elke jewels today. Aren't they just ️️️ You can find some at the @mca_australia store....

Walking thru the Botanical Gardens = best decision I made today #nofilter

Walking thru the Botanical Gardens = best decision I made today  #nofilter

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From market to market: @carriageworks Winter Foodie Market is going OFF right now! Amazing food till 10pm! #vividsydney

From market to market: @carriageworks Winter Foodie Market is going OFF right now! Amazing food till 10pm! #vividsydney

I left my wallet at Pier 2/3… Where I shopped up a storm at @etsyau Etsy Sydney Made Markets! Homewares, jewellery, art & illustration, clothes & pins, undercover and open till 9pm tonight… #vividideas #makersgonnamake

I left my wallet at Pier 2/3... Where I shopped up a storm at @etsyau Etsy Sydney Made Markets! Homewares, jewellery, art & illustration, clothes & pins, undercover and open till 9pm tonight... #vividideas #makersgonnamake

Get thee down to the @etsyau Sydney Made Market RIGHT NOW! I just scored this excellent Sister Act pin from @amyblueillustration which I was totally gonna give to my sister @crassscully BUT NOW I'M KEEPING IT! #vividideas #makersgonnamake

Get thee down to the @etsyau Sydney Made Market RIGHT NOW! I just scored this excellent Sister Act pin from @amyblueillustration which I was totally gonna give to my sister @crassscully BUT NOW I'M KEEPING IT! #vividideas #makersgonnamake