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KickbackStarter - OpenTech 2013

KickbackStarter - OpenTech 2013



Wouldn't it be nice if you could club together with your mates, raise a bit of cash, and then donate it to your MP to encourage her to vote the right way? ...

Wouldn't it be nice if you could club together with your mates, raise a bit of cash, and then donate it to your MP to encourage her to vote the right way?
Perhaps your MP has done something you really like - why not join up with other like minded individuals and get them a lovely gift basket?

Introducing KickbackStarter - the entirely fictitious crowd sourcing website which puts your in touch with your MP's wallet.

This satirical presentation was given at OpenTech 2013.



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    • Legal Disclaimer● By attending this talk you agree to indemnifythe speaker against any and all legal torts and● “Class is fundamentally unattainable,” says Sontag; however, according to von Junz[1] , it is not so much class that isfundamentally unattainable, but rather the meaninglessness, and subsequent rubicon, of class. In a sense, the characteristictheme of Long’s[2] model of neotextual desublimation is a dialectic totality.● Lacan uses the term ‘subcapitalist materialism’ to denote the role of the observer as artist. Therefore, in Mallrats, Smith reiteratesSartreist existentialism; in Chasing Amy he examines Baudrillardist simulation.● If dialectic nationalism holds, we have to choose between precultural feminism and Derridaist reading. Thus, the absurdity ofneomodernist socialism depicted in Smith’s Clerks is also evident in Mallrats.● 2. Smith and subcapitalist materialism●The main theme of the works of Smith is the futility, and hence the genre, of textual society. The primary theme ofHamburger’s[3] analysis of subcapitalist discourse is the role of the writer as reader. It could be said that in Clerks, Smith affirmssubcapitalist materialism; in Chasing Amy, although, he denies precultural feminism.●“Class is meaningless,” says Sartre. Foucault uses the term ‘Baudrillardist simulation’ to denote not theory, as the structuralparadigm of discourse suggests, but posttheory. In a sense, Sartre suggests the use of subcapitalist materialism to analyse art.● Debord uses the term ‘neotextual dialectic theory’ to denote the failure, and some would say the collapse, of prematerial sexualidentity. It could be said that the premise of precultural feminism states that language is capable of significance.● The subject is contextualised into a Baudrillardist simulation that includes art as a whole. However, Marx uses the term‘precultural feminism’ to denote the common ground between class and sexual identity.● Any number of narratives concerning not, in fact, theory, but neotheory exist. It could be said that the feminine/masculinedistinction which is a central theme of Smith’s Mallrats emerges again in Chasing Amy, although in a more self-justifying sense.
    • First – A Quiz!
    • Cash For QuestionsTVs Neil Hamilton&Mohammed “Al” Fayed● Paid £2000 per question.● A six-day stay at the Ritz hotel in Paris for Mr and MrsHamilton, which included £2,120 extras● Four Harrods gift vouchers● A stay in a Scottish castle● A weekend in a Paris apartment● http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/525981.stm
    • Bernie EcclestoneDonation of £1 million to Labour inJanuary 1997.After election in May 1997, Labourban all sports sponsorship bytobacco companies.In November 1997 proposed thatFormula One be exempted.Tony Blairs“a pretty straight sort of guy.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/3562753/Bernie-Ecclestone-and-Tony-Blair-a-truth-revealed-10-years-too-late.html
    • Bahrain Gift Baskets● £200 - £500 gift basketsfrom Fortnum & Mason● Ann Clwyd MP returned hers.● Conor Burns MP given£3,279 trip.● Prime Minister givenjewellery.● Bahrains King Hamad Al-Khalifa Invited to dine withthe Queen. Approved byForeign Secretary
    • “Sponsor” Staff● Philippa Stroud● The work andpensions secretaryIain Duncan Smithslongest-servingadviser.● Paid a salary by the“Think Tank” Centrefor Social Justice.http://guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/05/iain-duncan-smith-adviser-lobbying
    • John Nash● John Nash, the chairman ofCare UK, gave £21,000 tofund Andrew Lansley’spersonal office.● Mr Nash, a private equitytycoon, also managesseveral other businessesproviding services to theNHS and stands to be oneof the biggest beneficiariesof Conservative policies toincrease the use of privatehealth providers.● Raised to the peerage asBaron Nash, in 2013http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/6989408/Andrew-Lansley-bankrolled-by-private-healthcare-provider.html
    • What A Tangled Web We Weave
    • Petitions Dont Work● £90,000 raised by38degrees to runopinion poll & placeadverts in thenational press.http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/05/25/nhs-ads-lansley-has-his-fingers-in-his-ears/
    • Its Time To Take Matters Into OurOwn HandsKickbackStarterwill “encourage” MPsto behave the waywe want them to.
    • Club together for a nice gift?If your MP votes the “right” way – let them know andbuy them a Harrods Luxury Hamper.Perhaps tell them your intentions in advance?
    • Is This Legal?● http://www.justice.gov.uk/legislation/bribery● http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery_Act_2010
    • Will Anyone Care?
    • To Recap● Sponsoring an MPs office – legal.● Paying for staffing costs – legal.● Sending gift baskets – legal.● Donating large sums to a party – legal.● Paying for peerages – no prosecutions.● So why not crowd source contributions toour MPs?
    • Thank YouWith thanks to Alex Blandford for the name, andthe attendees of #OpenTech 2013 for laughing.