Owen Jones says Prepare for the Fury of the Staus Quo | Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership | Owen Jones talks…


So at this point, after the vote closed at midday today, it’s pretty much a given that Corbyn’s got it. Which is great! In my opinion it’s about time we had a straight-talking community-minded progressive in the house, with people-power, too.

But champion of the left-wing youth Owen Jones knows that this is only the beginning, and is here to give the faithful a heads-up for the impending shit-storm that’s brewing amongst the rank that lives inside the box. So pay attention and brace yourself – it’s surely gonna get worse before it gets better.

On a related note – can someone please explain to me why the main argument the centre-right has against Corbyn is that he’s unelectable? The man’s on track to win the leadership race due to a massive surge in support, with many people who were formerly jaded becoming inspired by his attitude and engaged in politics. They’ve all voted for him. How does this argument make sense?

Here’s a Grauniad article about 9 supposedly ‘left-wing’ policies that most people actually agree with.

 

Jeremy Corbyn: Socialism DOES Work | Oxford Union


Now I will start this post by stating that I’m not a Labour man – they’ve gone too far-Right in a shallow attempt to woo the electorate in recent years to have my vote (why have a party in power without a mandate for change?). But if Corbyn gets it, I might consider it!

Here in an impassioned debate at the Oxford Union in 2013, Corbyn seems to represent the actual core values of the Left – progress, tolerance, equality… y’know, all that good stuff. Makes me excited that these ideals are gaining more traction in the mainstream, and that this might mean something positive in the future!

He’s definitely my pick for the leadership. If you’re in the UK and unionised (I’m looking at you, MU Members!), make sure you head over here to register as a supporter and give yourself a chance to vote!

Mhairi Black SNP Maiden Speech in the Commons | Channel 4

UPDATE: Underneath the speech video is a link to the BBC Scotland news report, or rather the lack or reporting on the content of the speech. Impartial when they want to be, eh?

Just in case you’re interested. I’ve been a bit slim on the political front since the election – not because I’ve lost interest, but maybe on some level because I lost faith briefly. This kind of speech puts the faith back in me! And only 20 years old. Gives me hope for the next generation!

I will add that I’m sick of seeing the Commons empty when shit like this is going down! Always a case of preaching to the converted – it seems the people who need change the most are often the most reluctant to change. Here’s  on the phenomenon detailing why some unskilled people perceive themselves to be more talented than they actually are.

BBC SCOTLAND NEWS SPEECH REPORTING


On a related tip, here’s an interview with Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, that Corbyn accused of stooping to sensationalist tabloid tactics. He’s the man my money’s on, in the spirit of progress – though most New Labour reformists will brand him as too old-skool Trotskyist, others have accused him of being a Liberal question-dodger. I think he’s a Socialist.

https://youtu.be/QZAn7ZEvwek

The Money Song – Stand Up & Be Recognised! (Pt. 2) – Out NOW! – FREE DOWNLOAD!

Today is apparently the last day that music in the UK will be released on a Monday. Additionally, the people of Greece voted yesterday against further IMF imposed austerity by a margin of 61% against.

To mark both these occasions – though obviously Greece is a much more pertinent event – I’m announcing the release of a fresh jam – part 2 of the Stand Up & Be Recognised! EP, here’s “The Money Song”!


 

Written after the banks broke in 2008, it’s an issue I feel strongly about and an attitude that angers me even more in today’s political climate.

You can grab a FREE COPY from Bandcamp – either as Pt. 2 on its own, or as a bonus track if you buy Pts. 1 & 2.

Share if you dig it! It’s a #SocialistParty, y’all!

Greens blame Tory majority on Labour’s willingness to “accept the narrative of its opponents” | New Statesman

I wonder how many of us who are actively engaged in politics are kicking ourselves that we simply did not understand how he was controlling the campaign.

Source: Greens blame Tory majority on Labour’s willingness to “accept the narrative of its opponents”

A follow-up on yesterday’s post, again from the New Statesman, from a Green MP.

I think he makes an excellent point – I have heard people who voted Tory since question their choice, and I suppose a lot of that is to do with how the leaders handled their media presence.

Too often, I fear that most people take things on their face value, and don’t read between the lines.

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Don’t give in: an angry population is hard to govern; a depressed population is easy

Hours after the Conservatives were re-elected, the government looked at cutting access to work schemes for the disabled. You’d think they’d at least have the decency to bring some flowers before shafting the vulnerable, but no.

Source: Don’t give in: an angry population is hard to govern; a depressed population is easy

If anyone’s still reeling from the result of yesterday’s election, here’s an interesting thinkpiece from the New Statesman.

To quote Teddy Roosevelt:

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

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Who the F*!k voted for the Tories?!

I’m genuinely gutted. That exit poll shocked me – what happened to the hope? What happened to the desire for change?

People bottled it at the last-minute. Same as last time. I thought we were past that “fear is more powerful than hope” after the Scottish Referendum, but apparently not.

My take – ignorance is the problem; people are too apathetic to realise what’s going on (of course, it’s in the establishment’s interest to have apathetic people – no one to notice what the government’s getting away with), people only have a superficial understanding of what’s going on (compounded by media bias and politburo PR) and therefore don’t consider issues fully, or people have been conditioned by pre-existing ideology that inequality and privilege is part of the natural order (awfully convenient if you’re already privileged and powerful).

Despite enabling a Tory “majority” (36% of the vote a majority makes not) the one take-away I’m happy with is Scotland – they actively want change and hopefully they’ll now get it. Localised devolution makes much more sense – I just despair for the Left-Wing contingent down here subject to the supposed will of the people under Cameron’s English National Party.

Just to be clear – THIS is what we’re getting under a Tory government. Why people voted for that is beyond me. Here’s what NHS workers had to say about it this morning.

If you clicked that link about the election results, you’ll notice that 33.9% of the eligible voters didn’t turn out. I wonder how many of those people would have voted against the Tories? Whether the system works directly or not – until we have a self-reliant form of organisation we have to rely on the State to a certain degree, and by not voting we’re only letting the Fascists win: if you don’t say anything then your voice can’t be heard!

We definitely need a more proportionately representative system of government in this country, in the interest of accurately reflecting the public sentiment, rather than a sweeping generalisation. However, if that were the case then UKIP would have 83 seats in parliament, which is a terrifying prospect. So perhaps representation is only half the problem.

As a final thought, the Greens got 1,157,613 votes – 296,823 less than the SNP who got 56 seats – and only won 1 seat. There is an appetite for progress somewhere, but until we change the voting system we’ll be going round in circles. We can worry about stamping out ignorance later.

Greens never finished 2nd in GE result before, says leader“If we had a fair proportional system, we’d have 25 seats” Natalie Bennett tells Andrew Neil about Green Party election results.

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I get the feeling that my song will continue being relevant for the next 5 years…

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