“Rigged: Understanding ‘the economy’ in Brexit Britain” by Dr Anna Killick (UCL) Important new book to be published by MUP on Monday

PL: V important book.  Declaration:  by my partner Anna KillickRigged
In Brexit Britain, talk of ‘the economy’ dominates; however, we know surprisingly little about how people understand this term. In the aftermath of the 2008 crash and decades of neoliberalism, how are understandings of ‘the economy’ changing, and is it the case that Remain supporters care more about ‘the economy’ than Leave supporters? This timely and insightful book argues that people with similar experiences of the economy share an understanding of the term, regardless of whether they supported Leave or Remain. Through extensive ethnographic research in a city on the South coast of England, Anna Killick explores what people from a range of backgrounds understand about key aspects of ‘the economy’, including employment, austerity, trade and the economic effects of migration.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526145161
Number of pages: 168
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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‘A stunning achievement and a very, very important book. Killick produces a series of invaluable insights into two of the most under-asked questions in contemporary British politics: what do people mean when they talk about “the economy” and do they think they get their fair share from it? The answers reveal much about the divisions of post-Brexit Britain.’ Matthew Watson, Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick ‘Essential reading for anyone interested in how economics is perceived, and more specifically in why half the country voted for Brexit. Easy to read and free from jargon, this study lets its subjects do the talking.’ Simon Wren-Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford ‘Rich and packed with detail, Rigged provides a fascinating insight into the nation’s relationship with its economy. Killick shows us that listening to people talk about “the economy”, whatever they understand it to mean, is vitally important to understanding the world today.’ Joe Earle is co-author of The Econocracy and Chief Executive of Economy (ecnmy.org) — .

 

Lots of interest in RAF fighter pilots on VE Day anniversary

Here’s some information.

The Independent (London)September 16, 2000, Saturday
‘THE FEW’ WHO SAVED BRITAIN WERE EVEN FEWER IN NUMBER THAN ANYONE IMAGINED

BYLINE: Paul Lashmar

“THE FEW” who knocked the Luftwaffe out of Britain’s skies in 1940 were even fewer than anyone previously realised. Six out of 10 RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain never shot down an enemy aircraft, new research suggests.

Christopher Shores, the author of Aces High, says a relatively small number of pilots was responsible for most of the German aircraft shot down during Britain’s “finest hour” and that the top 17 RAF “aces” – less then 1 per cent of “the Few” – shot down 10 per cent of all enemy aircraft.

The RAF pilots, whose victory forced Hitler to abandon his invasion plans, became known as “the Few” after Churchill’s speech in which he said: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

The Battle of Britain was fought between 10 July and 31 October 1940. RAF pilots claimed to have shot down about 2,600 German aircraft, but figures compiled later suggest that Luftwaffe losses were more likely nearer 1,700.

Of the 2,332 Allied pilots who flew fighters in the battle, 38.85 per cent could claim some success in terms of enemy aircraft shot down, but the number claiming more than one victim amounted to no more than 15 per cent of the total.

To qualify for the description of “ace”, a fighter pilot has to shoot down or be involved with others in shooting down at least five hostile aircraft. During the Battle of Britain just 188 pilots achieved that performance – 8 per cent of the total involved. A further 233 of those claiming successes during the battle became “aces” later in the war.

Mr Shores says: “It is particularly illuminating that the 17 most successful pilots (0.7 per cent of those involved) claimed 220 victories between them (8 -9 per cent of the total claimed), a quite disproportionately high level of achievement.”

The 188 “ace” pilots claimed approximately half of all the victories. The most successful were Sgt Josef Frantisek (from Czechoslovakia) 17; Pilot Officer Eric Lock (England) 16; Flying Officer Brian Carbury (New Zealand) and Sgt James ‘Ginger’ Lacey (England) 15 and 1 shared each; Pilot Officer Bob Doe (England) 15; Flt Lt Pat Hughes (Australia) 14 and 3 shared; Pilot Officer Colin Gray (New Zealand) 14 and 2 shared; Flt Lt Archie McKellar(Scotland) 14 and 1 shared; Flying Officer Witold Urbanowicz (Poland) 14. Eight others claimed 10 or 11 individual victories, with varying numbers of shares.

These included the well-known Flt Lt Bob Stanford-Tuck and Flt Sgt George “Grumpy” Unwin (both of whom were English).

The findings complement research published in Aeroplane magazine that examined which were the most effective RAF squadrons during the Battle of Britain. The most prolific were: 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron – a Spitfire squadron based at Hornchurch, Essex – which shot down 57.5 enemy aircraft; 609 Squadron, another Spitfire squadron, based at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, with 51.5 kills; and the Polish -manned 303 Squadron and 41 Squadron, which were close to being equal with 45 and 44.75 credits. Douglas Bader’s 242 Hurricane Squadron achieved 22 kills.

A recent television programme debunked the widely held belief that nearly all the fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain were ex-public schoolboys from an upper-class background. Of the 3,080 airmen awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp, only 141 (6 per cent) were educated at the top 13 public schools, the largest contingent having attended Eton: 22 pilots (0.9 per cent).

Aces High, Christopher Shores’ account of the battle is published by Grub Street.

Nice reference to ‘Britain’s Secret Propaganda War’ book.

There is a nice reference by Robin Ramsay to our book in the latest edition of the online parapolitical magazine  Lobster. He as discussing the BBC website story ”revealing’ that the Treasury  had subsidised a British covert propaganda news agency in the middle east in the 1960s.

“Regional News Service (Middle East) rang a very faint bell, so I went back to
Paul Lashmar and James Oliver’s 1998 book about IRD, Britain’s Secret
Propaganda War 1948-77, and there it was. In so doing, I was reminded
what a wonderful book that is – and still available from Amazon and
abebooks.co.uk.”

To read Ramsay’s full item Lobster April 2020

New revelations on Britain’s secret cold war propaganda – this time manipulating religion messages.

Excellent article from the intrepid Ian Cobain at MEE.

Religious operations’: How British propagandists used Islam to wage cultural Cold War

 

https://www.middleeasteye.net/big-story/religious-operations-how-british-propagandists-used-islam-wage-cultural-cold-war

 

Ian has been digging into the tranche of documents from the Foreign Office’s Information Research Department released into the National Archives.

 

Jeanne Burns: The great jazz singer that few know of…….. Part two

Jeanne Burns made very few recordings though she was also a composer and wrote for Billie Holiday. One of them is “I got a Need for You” which she recorded with Adrian Rollini and his Tap Room Boys in 1935, a song which I have posted about before. I just love her voice. Another is the excellent Jazz-O-Jazz. To hear the track click here. Here’s a piece about the National Sound Archive where I did some research on Jeanne Burns career.

From The Observer 3 April 1988National Sound Archive 4

On the death of the Sultan of Oman, a timely reminder of Mark Thatcher’s coat-tails visit there.

 

MT in Oman (2)

David Leigh and I broke this story in 1982 about the Prime Minister’s son acting as a middle man in Oman.  This story is so interesting that the official UK public records have been withheld until 2053.

The backstory of how the Sultan overthrew his father in 1979 is an interesting one. He was helped by Sandhurst chum Brigadier Timothy Landon who was the connection with the Foreign Office. Landon went on to be the Sultan’s fixer and when he died a few years back had a huge home counties estate and left £200m. Not bad for a Brigadier.