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.

 

The end of capitalism has begun | The Guardian

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian

Source: The end of capitalism has begun

A long read, but definitely insightful. Gotta check out The Fragment in the Machine!

I’m sure the timing of this article is jumping the gun a little… but here’s hoping that in 20 years time, students will be looking back at this article and analysing is as a prescient foreshadowing of the New Age.

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments

Source: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

I don’t really know what to say about this – but I can’t say I’m surprised.

It might pose the question – why are certain factions are so hard on denying climate change, despite evidence to the contrary? You might extend this idea to other points, but not in this post. 😀

To hit the point closer to home, isn’t this is all money that we could feasibly use to fund the NHS? Education?  And to what end is all this money being subsidised?

As I’m sure I mentioned in a previous post (not to point the finger directly, but to make a general point), there’s a reason the party is called ‘Conservative’ – why would you want to change a system that keeps you rich and in charge?

Gilles Peterson’s guide to record buying, bullies and beating the competition | Music | The Guardian

Ahead of this year’s Record Store Day, the broadcaster and vinyl obsessive on how to be crafty when crate digging – and what to do when you’re new to the game

Source: Gilles Peterson’s guide to record buying, bullies and beating the competition | Music | The Guardian

Great article from The Guardian with Gilles on record shopping. I must say, though it is a great excuse to go out and actually buy something (an experience not savoured these days) – and a day for me personally to save my pennies for, I do echo Gilles’ sentiment that it’s changed the game a bit in terms of pressing records and valuation of records – not only starting to muscle out the little guy, but it kind of takes the fun out of digging.

Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors | Society | The Guardian

The coalition’s benefit sanctions regime, under which more than 1 million jobseekers had their unemployment benefits stopped last year, has spawned hundreds of documentary accounts of claimants being penalised for capricious, cruel and often absurd reasons.

via Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors | Society | The Guardian.

An Ideological programme that is manifested in the effects on the lives of real people.

Whether, philosophically speaking, you believe in welfare as a principle and the conditions in which it should be applied, the main problem here is the same across our current political spectrum – it is a system that is not fit for purpose. One could argue that the current situation is a direct result of Tory reform (whose ideology is fundamentally opposed to welfare in general) in blinkered service of the deus ex machina of ‘Economic Growth’, but in addition to this causality the main problems seem to be caused by the enemy of progress across parties – Bureaucracy (incidentally, another thing that the Tories pledged to reform, and New Labour is guilty of exacerbating).

The fact is, if you think people can lead a cushy life ‘sponging’ off the government, you’re sadly mistaken. Regardless of this, the Welfare State – including the NHS – is something that was conceived and incepted to represent a capacity towards the greater good, and it’s systematic dismantling that leaves some of the most desperate people in the country (particularly in this example seemingly people with mental health issues?) in hopeless situations, is quite frankly backwards.

But I suppose that’s what Conservatism is all about, at the heart of it.

See also:

The Beveridge report revisited: where now for the welfare state?

Revealed: how coalition has helped rich by hitting poor

 

 

Paloma Faith: ‘The music industry is scared of politics’ | Music | The Guardian

Paloma Faith: ‘The music industry is scared of politics’ | Music | The GuardianClick

Say what you like about her music – at least Paloma Faith isn’t afraid to say what she likes! If you didn’t already know, she’s got Owen Jones, Guardian columnist and outspoken Left-Wing author who’s been pretty right-on in a few TV spots over the last few years, as the opening support act for her latest run of shows in the UK.

An interesting article from The Guardian about narrowing the gap between people and politics, and the perception of how being outwardly political as an ‘entertainer’ in the public eye would tarnish your career and reputation.

Obviously, I’ve not really been paying attention to those sentiments!