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Women MPs should ‘toughen up’.

Women MPs should ‘toughen up’..


As I tentatively tiptoe into politics, I recognise that it is as shark infested as many male dominated working environments.

Where women are expected to become ‘like the men’ rather than the men to ever challenge their behaviour and change the damn context to a professional meritocracy without cabals, undercurrents of covert – and blatant – power or the ancient and modern factions which determine to preserve the status quo for the minority and privileged.

Perhaps I have experienced enough male bullying to not be phased? Well yes I have as it goes, but regardless, it terrifies me that I may be given both the opportunity and the challenge to negotiate my way through the rows of teeth and blood stained froth.

The alternative is to back down and do nothing – and that is never going to happen.

The problem isn’t that some women find it too brutal to survive, the problem  is that this arcane behaviour  still exists in the 21C and is allowed to continue poisoning democracy for everyone.

The only way to change it is to get the hell in there and go shark fishing.

Anyone seen my harpoon?


Hunger striker protesting against UK government’s treatment of disabled censored by Facebook


To keep this moving through the ether – to all six of you.

This is as important as all the other protests around the globe which facebook cheerfully profits from.

Censorship is never going to work-the genie is out of the thought box.

Please read and press/share/tweet.

All of our voices are valid.


Hunger striker protesting against UK government’s treatment of disabled censored by Facebook.

Political Barbed Wire

Political Barbed Wire.

Isn’t it interesting how much we don’t know in this ‘information age’?

This ownership of great tracts of land – and housing – by a minority which under current governmental manipulations, sets the agenda for lawbreaking, disingenuous misinformation or outright erasure of reality.

Of course it would be crass to remind ourselves that the same minority who now govern access to property, capital and thus power, also limit our access to employment, define our salary levels and manipulate the information systems which set the level and content of popular discourse.

Where do they find the time.

This is 21st C Enclosure; the removal of communal access to land and community power, the removal of the right to secure housing and the opportunity to provide for oneself and ones community. Removing our ability to support ourselves independently funnels our expenditure back to the very minority who profit from our dependence.

This pattern of social control ought to be  familiar, where the majority are controlled by a minority and taught to keep themselves in a position of powerless low income amid arguable ignorance of the reality of  their own status.

We exist within a new Feudal System, but we are blinded to it by the shine on our TV screens and laptops.

The  swaggering arrogance of ministers appointed to protect their own interests, suggests that this will not change anytime soon.

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