The left and austerity *short*

The left, ie the cultures and individuals who identify themselves as such, did not fight austerity. The attachment of that culture prevented ANY challenge to austerity and the imposition of dogmatic nonsense onto an economic transformation that was nothing to do with it, prevented debate about austerity moving forward. The trade unions at the heart…

The unpleasantness of this week

One of the difficulties with managing the message politics when translated to the internet is that people answer back, the other is chronology. It get’s quite difficult for someone to declare their good intentions when they repeatedly show they are full of shit, and it’s quite difficult to steamroller and exploit people with an exploitative…

The block function

When you have blocked someone, you cannot read their tweets or see them. If you go searching for yourself on twitter and you have blocked someone and read tweets that include your id, but are clearly not intended with you as the audience, and your feelings are hurt, it’s lesson. Don’t search for yourself on…

Netroots UK: anatomy of a movement

I’ll keep this here. Being as The New Left Project have removed this smear, presumably Ellie Mae O Hagan didn’t want records of her smearing women to protect Labour’s focus on women, before her talk about ‘patriarchy’ at the Class Conference organised to begin selling Labour austerity.

Chavs: A demonisation of the working class

In 2010, as a single parent, it became apparent that austerity was going to target single parents. MY mother had been a single parent, giving birth to me in 1978 at the birth of Thatcherism and the trajectory that accelerated during austerity, was trialled throughout my childhood, as the estates I grew up on(there were…

Why we don’t cover domestic violence in MSM

Am leaving this comment here, which is an email from someone with regard to an interaction where two very valiant male journalists wanted to cover the problem of domestic violence and austerity but could not without a smoking gun and a body. Both were well intentioned, and before they both declared their good intentions I…

Is X feminist…

Feminism as a little club deciding who can join? Don’t be so stupid.

Dear Guardian,

I sent this to Becky Gardiner, who was my editor with you when I provided you with token poverty porn. ”Could you rectify your style guide and be clear that when the Guardian reports on ‘single parents’ that when they use numbers to imply there are too m any, that is an approach that comes…

British War on Women

I saw a post on Facebook, Alfie Meadows had told a protest that it was time to challenge sexist politics in terms of the ‘right to protest’, and I nearly choked. The abusive radical fringes of our misogynist political cultures have no clue that their misogny prevented women fighting the most brutal three years of…

Giles Peake ‘Demanding Money with Menaces’

Demanding Money with Menaces(Original Found Here) Posted on 02/11/2013 by Giles Peaker We all know that the bedroom tax has created huge problems for both tenants, desperately trying and often failing to find the additional 14% or 25% of rent, and for social landlords, watching arrears spiral rapidly upwards. But I don’t think there is anything that is…