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Rob Killick

It looks like we have another rising star to keep an eye on in the RCP/LM firmament. Step forward Rob Killick, CEO of cScape (note the uber-cool camelCase), slogan: “A passion for online excellence” (?!? – translation welcomed from fluent speakers of SuitSpeak). cScape is the major partner in the Institute of Ideas’ forthcoming biggie Battle For Ideas conference “The Battle for the Economy“. The usual suspects, including the Dear Leader himself, Uncle Frank Furedi, and Clare “Her Master’s Voice” Fox, will be there, along with up-and-comers like Suzy Dean. It’s not hard to figure what the major lines of the ‘conference’ will be – untramelled economic growth, unrestricted capitalism, and the Culture of Fear [TM]. In the words of Rob Killick:

The UK has become a risk averse and politically stagnant country where the state is intervening constantly at every level. Is it possible for genuine innovation and change to thrive inside a society which is wedded to risk aversion,state intervention and welfarism?.

To which the RCP answer is, obviously, no, otherwise they wouldn’t ask the question. Killick writes a busy blog called UK After the Recession, which touches on a number of RCP/LM lines, in particular anti-environmentalism, with entry titles such “What’s wrong with a Green New Deal” (parts 1 and 2), and “Say no to the politics of austerity”, plus big and frequent plugs for the Battle for the Economy conference. Flavours of his thinking:

Those of us who believe that economic growth is the basis for human freedom will have a tough task arguing against the new advocates of austerity (After the G20 – what next?)

But Marx never rejected the economic growth that capitalism can bring. He understood that freedom from want was the basis of civilisation and that remains true today. (Capitalism, anti-capitalism and the G20) (a nice interpretation of Marx to chime with Uncle Frank’s, erm, idiosyncratic and certainly revisionist Marxism).

Since the collapse of the left in the 80s the sphere of ideological disputation in political life has diminished consistently. (Politicians pay the price for the recession) (also fitting in nicely with Uncle Frank’s view that the Left is dead, so the only hope left for human progress is unrestrained capitalism)

According to the reliable Sourcewatch site:

Rob Killick, also known as Rob Knight, is a partisan of the libertarian LM network. He is CEO of cScape, an internet company he co-founded with RCP activist Keith Teare [1] and has spoken at events organised by Spiked Online [2].

A search for “killick” on Spiked Online brings up a good few articles he’s written for them. A name to keep an eye on, as the sect will likely wheel him out for public appearances on radio and TV related to the economy to counter recessionary doom and gloom, and especially any calls for slower/no growth and restrictions on business. We’ll be hearing his name increasingly frequently in the future, one suspects. Perhaps the RCP/LM will try to present him as a Robert Peston alternative?

This wouldn’t be the first time that the organisation has formed and used Internet companies. In the LM days, Easynet was known as the RCP’s ISP, and according to SpinProfiles’ page on Keith Teare:

In the mid-90s, with the RCP heading more and more in its new pro-technology, pro-enterprise direction, Teare helped set up a series of internet business ventures, including Cyberia, Easynet, and Cscape. These were mostly headed by and employed other RCP-ers.

See also Sourcewatch on Keith Teare.

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May 12, 2009 - Posted by | RCP/LM, RCP/LM fronts | , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Is that the best you can do? Real investigative reporting would involve getting off the computer and going along to this conference. This is from the same couple of sites you always use.
    >”This wouldn’t be the first time that the organisation has formed and used Internet companies.”
    Shock horror. It’s a terrible thing when people actually work instead of living off parents/the social…

    Comment by Gravel | May 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Is that the best you can do? Real investigative reporting would involve getting off the computer and going along to this conference. This is from the same couple of sites you always use.

      What, Spiked Online and the Institute of Ideas? Pretty reliable sources for sect members, we’d have thought. Or indeed Killick’s own blog, from which all the quotes are taken.

      As for going to the conference, that’s an idea, perhaps with a digicam to photograph not just the presenters but the sharp-suited RCP/LM minders who are, reportedly, regularly in attendance at sect events. One wonders how long a persistent snapper would be allowed to remain inside the venue…

      Not that the Battle for the Economy will be a conference, as that word necessarily implies conferring and debate. There’s no room for either when it comes to RCP/LM policy, other than within the sect’s inner circle.

      Comment by rcpwatch | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. >What, Spiked Online and the Institute of Ideas? Pretty reliable sources for sect members, we’d have thought. Or indeed Killick’s own blog, from which all the quotes are taken.<

    I was thinking more about your constant use of Sourcewatch, SpinProfiles etc., which themselves are driven by Google searches to “connect the dots” to form their blacklist. Next you speculate about what might happen if you turned up at the conference, TWO DAYS after it has taken place. Truly, this site is the home of pathetic investigative journalism.

    And I’m still not quite clear why having a job or a suit is grounds for criticism – perhaps the authors of this site need to get out and interact with other people more often.

    Comment by gravel | May 19, 2009 | Reply

    • “Truly, this site is the home of pathetic investigative journalism.”

      Yet, pathetic as it is, RCP/LM supporters come back time and again to read it and dish out abuse. We must be doing something right…

      Investigative journalism we leave to investigative journalists. This blog does what it says on the tin.

      Comment by rcpwatch | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. “Investigative journalism we leave to investigative journalists. This blog does what it says on the tin.”

    You’re not kidding! You missed your calling. You’d’ve done a grand job for Ceauşescu et al.
    ____________________________________________________________

    “But Marx never rejected the economic growth that capitalism can bring. He understood that freedom from want was the basis of civilisation and that remains true today.” (Capitalism, anti-capitalism and the G20) (a nice interpretation of Marx to chime with Uncle Frank’s, erm, idiosyncratic and certainly revisionist Marxism).

    My advice, ‘RCP/LM Watch’, is read Marx. Or, if you’re short on time (what with all this ‘watching’), you could do worse than read James Heartfield’s essay, ‘Capitalism and Anti-Capitalism’:

    http://www.heartfield.org/interventions.pdf

    Comment by Pod | May 28, 2009 | Reply


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