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!

Russell Brand’s Media Spotlight | The Trews


The conclusion video on The Trews wraps up Election Week in a nice little bundle… WITH A SURPRISE TWIST!!!

With this in mind, take a look at this explanation of the last-minute turnaround.

I don’t support New Labour – the behaviour of Red Ed is indicative of the towing of the party line above an actual rational conversation that Labour represent (as with the other parties), just listen to the repetitive rhetoric and learned responses/actions across interviews (“Look/Let me tell you why/This is what I think”).

Russell has consistently had increasingly good and relevant points the more he’s learned over the past year – but I just feel he’s got a little over-keen and been swayed by Miliband  in politician mode, adding extra meaning to what he’s said in interview rather than reading between the lines.

The message is clear and true – “Vote Labour to get rid of the Tories”. But I wouldn’t bet on anything else without major political reform, which Labour are quite strongly against (why change a system that lets you stay in power? Have we forgotten about the Scottish Referendum?)

Here’s a link to his chat with the Greens, who he’s clearly onboard with:

Russell Brand interviews the Green Party

#votegreen2015

#STANDUPANDBERECOGNISED

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