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Archive for the month “October, 2014”

When a man tells me how to do feminism

THIS – a thousand times, THIS.

glosswatch

Dear Antony Loewenstein

I would like to congratulate you on being brave. So, so brave for writing a piece in the Guardian on why feminists are doing it all wrong. It’s especially brave given what an awful, entitled, sexist piece it is. Still don’t worry. I doubt very much that too many rape threats, accusations of bigotry and no-platformings will be coming your way.

It’s nice that you realise “men have a stake in gender equality”:

… from promoting fair pay and no-fault divorce laws, all the way to stopping honour killings and sexual violence. We are boyfriends, husbands, fathers or friends, and yet too many of us shy away from these sensitive matters, fearing opprobrium.

Do you know what would also have been nice? Also acknowledging that men like you have a stake – a pretty enormous one – in gender inequality, from benefiting from unfair pay, all the way…

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What Labour achieved, lest we forget

Politics and Insights

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1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
2. Low mortgage rates.
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52 per hour.
4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
9. Employment is at its highest level ever.
10. 3,700 rebuilt and significantly refurbished schools; including new and improved classrooms, laboratories and kitchens. 
11. 85,000 more nurses.
12. 32,000 more doctors.
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
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Turning the world upside-down

Why inclusion and transparency and humanity will bring about the change we need. Not buying into the received wisdom of the privileged.

pawprintsofthesoul

one of those days

Earlier this week, I had a twitter conversation with an active member of the Labour Party. I like the woman, even though my cynicism around Labour is running at an all-time high. When she invited feedback, I gave her my honest opinion which, as regular readers of this blog will know, tends to be extremely upfront with both barrels. Bev is the kind of person who values this and I was invited to contribute further. It was at this point I did something that interests me, although I’m sure all traditional advice would have counseled against it. At the time of writing, she has yet to respond, so I thought I’d share my action to see what others might make of it.

In my current society, the ‘norm’ for introducing oneself to others favours the good: a CV will, for example, promote our successes whilst seeking to minimise our failures…

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Ed Miliband’s Leadership: Or, What Do YOU Really Want? by @bevclack & @MagsNews | Labour Left

http://www.labourleft.co.uk/ed-milibands-leadership-or-what-do-you-really-want-by-bevclack-magsnews/

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Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

The poor side of life

EXPOSING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.EXPOSING THE GOVERNMENTS WAR AGAINST THE POOR.FIGHTING FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. SANCTIONS KILL.

radical wind

blowing through female outerspace

glosswatch

humourless mummy, cuddly feminist

mudhook

EAT THE APPLE, LOOK THROUGH THE TELESCOPE IN CORNWALL AND ELSEWHERE

pawprintsofthesoul

Thoughts and meanderings of a Medicine Woman

Same Difference

News, Views and Information For People With Disabilities...

The IMPRESS Project

For the press - for the public

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Working hard for the people of Adel, Headingley, Otley, Weetwood, Wharfedale and Yeadon

Red Brick

The place for progressive housing policy debate.

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Watching Legal Developments That Erase Female Reality

Pride's Purge

an irreverent look at UK politics

Last Chance Saloon

Articles expressing solidarity, and encouraging resistance in these torrid times.