Even so, I’m not giving up on you…

Change the game...

I saw your post on Facebook.  The one where you were trying to get people to sign the petition  to “stop the immigration”.

Wow.  How do I respond to this?

Well, I guess I can say that I’m kind of glad it was you who sent it.   If it had been some stranger, I would have just dismissed it as the ravings of some redneck asshole.  Yup.  That’s how unkind I would have been.

Which doesn’t say good things about me.

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Refugee Crisis Factsheet (A Brief Summary of The Blog Entry)

brilliant summation

Johnny Wishbone

@DanielAdshead25

1. “We have thousands of homeless in Britain and nearly 1 million using food banks, let’s sort our own house first.”

This argument can be dismissed far better by the use of a satirical meme:

brilliant meme

But in all seriousness the domestic scene and the humanitarian crisis on the Continent are two wholly separate issues than can be tackled concurrently. “Charity begins at home” is an odious phrase that can be used in perpetuity, since the UK population is always going to express grievances with the current state of things within the country.

Helping you poor and vulnerable compatriots and assisting those overseas are not mutually exclusive.

2. “Saudi Arabia, and the other Gulf States, are all rich countries and they are doing nothing to help. Why should we?”

This objection assumes that all Syrians are Muslims and therefore Islamic countries should be the ones to offer sanctuary. However, 10% of…

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Awesome letter to David Prescott, the Labour candidate in Gainsborough

Posted with the permission of the letter’s author Keziah via David Prescott’s blog here: https://davidprescott.wordpress.com/

This morning, I received this email from a woman called Keziah which went some way to answering my question.

I print it in full here in the hope that you see what she has to say and hopefully provide an answer.

Dear David,

A month ago you stood as a candidate in my constituency of Gainsborough.

I didn’t vote for you.

Why would you be interested in this? Because I should have voted Labour. I am from a background that would traditionally vote Labour.

Working-class, left-wing, of a generation that grew up under the Tories and understood how destructive that was.

Like much of the country, I woke up on the 8th of May disbelieving, angry and scared. But I didn’t vote for my Labour candidate. Why not?

My concerns about the current government (and the previous one, in coalition with the Lib-Dems) were about their callous treatment of the ordinary people of Britain, and their blatant disregard for human life.

Coupled with this has been a rhetorical and media campaign designed to dehumanise and demonise vast swathes of society – amongst whom benefit claimants and migrants. And a bunch of lies about the economic situation.

I read the Labour party manifesto. Did it challenge the lies? The myth of the deficit and that the only way to clear it would be to make cuts – to the NHS, to the welfare state, to the ordinary services of the people of Britain? No it did not.

I see that Labour is still failing to challenge these lies, lies which are disproved repeatedly by top economists. Instead it is jumping on the Tory bandwagon and talking about benefit ‘scroungers’ and the like. Why?

I’m concerned, in the aftermath of the election, as Labour licks its wounds and candidates consider why they didn’t get votes, that you may have been listening too much to the right-wing media campaigns, the ones that say you lost because you were too left-wing. That’s not true. You lost because you were too far to the right.

With your meek and watery acceptance of Tory lies and rhetoric you lost your left-wing voters. But you didn’t gain the right-wingers, who will always prefer Tory. In one group of which I am a member, a poll showed that 96% of people thought that Labour are too right-wing.

Voters don’t trust you because you don’t challenge the Tory propaganda. Why is this? Do you think that we have spaghetti for brains and believe all that stuff? Or are you actually morally on a par with the Tories? Neither of those stances will get you votes.

I would urge you and your fellow Labour party members to take this into account, as you regroup and choose your leader.

This is what lost you votes which, when I was growing up, would have safely belonged to Labour.

You’re not an effective opposition because you’re not opposing. Please do see this email as constructive feedback – yes, there is some criticism, but only because I’m seriously concerned that the Labour party has been out of touch with the electorate.

With very best wishes,

Keziah

The power of stupid ideas: ‘three generations that have never worked’

very interesting article on the theory of generations of families who’ve “never worked”

Working-Class Perspectives

This month I ran a workshop with a group of first year undergraduate sociology students at Teesside University (in the North East of England). Our students tend to be from working-class or lower-middle class backgrounds and often the first in their families to go to university. I’d been invited to give an insight into a ‘real life’ research project, and I began by asking for responses and thoughts about some quotations:

‘Behind the statistics lie households where three generations have never had a job’ (ex-British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, 1997).

‘…on some deprived estates…often three generations of the same family have never worked’ (Iain Duncan Smith, 2009; now British government Minister for Work and Pensions).

‘To reintroduce the culture of work in households where it may have been absent for generations’ (Universal Credit, Department of Work and Pensions, 2010; this is a document that introduces a very major…

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An open letter to everyone who voted Conservative yesterday and why you should hesitate before you pat yourself on the back.

some interesting views, please take the time to read it.

Wilsher 's Blog

To everyone who voted conservative yesterday,

I hope you’re happy. Actually that’s a lie, I really don’t. But before you sit smugly down and give yourself a big pat on the back I’d like to ask you a few questions.

Do you think you haven’t benefitted from the system you are currently trying to break down? As a child, did you ever go to hospital? Have you had an education? Did you ever use a library? Have you ever been on a bus? If so, you have benefited from a system which subsidises facilities with taxes. And now you have, you are willing to take it away from everyone after you. Correct me if I’m wrong but that doesn’t seem very fair. You cannot have socialism and a support system when you need it but then be unwilling to support it for other people.

Now if you are someone who…

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Disappointed, dismayed and disgusted

The UK voting as explained Game of Thrones style

The UK voting as explained Game of Thrones style

So, people of the UK (Scotland excepted cos you returned 56 SNP MPs), this is what I think after Thursday’s General Election.

well thanks, a majority of the people of the UK, for demonstrating that you’re sadly a bunch of selfish twats mostly concerned with keeping as much money in your own pockets as you can and bugger anyone who isn’t lucky enough or healthy enough or educated enough to be in a position to do the same.

As someone whose currently registered disabled, thanks for nothing, you just made my life a whole lot harder.

Thanks for giving in to the fear mongering of the right wing dominated mainstream media and believing all the shit you were peddled on the economy and immigration.

But well done to Scotland, irrespective of the colour of the MPs you voted in, you demonstrated an impassioned and energised electorate willing to get out there and vote for something you believe in. I salute you and I’m looking at house prices up in Mallaig as we speak 😉

And PS: A real thanks this time to those on my friends list who thankfully, with only a couple of minor exceptions (mostly the Scottish contingent and a few true Blue Tories who are still decent human beings 😉 ) have had the same reaction as I have this morning: dismay, disappointment and disgust.