Owen Jones goes into the Lion’s Den | Tory Party Conference | Owen Jones


This week has seen overwhelming levels of smugness and [somewhat higher than usual levels of] vitriol present in Manchester as the annual Conservative Party Conference is underway. Whilst some less-subtle people, perhaps misguided, perhaps overwhelmed by the gravity of reality caused a bit of scene outside which undermined the legitimacy of the actual protests, spry Socialist Owen Jones has ventured through the looking glass to get a first-hand feel for the people behind the generalised establishmentarian misery.

Which is great. Good for him for seeking the other side of the argument for the sake of a balanced conclusion. It is true that we sometimes forget that behind the labels are individual people with the power of reason. I however, have reasoned that a lot of Tories are either scared of change, too comfortable to envision a different way, too influenced by the media, too short-sighted to look at a bigger picture or too ignorant to care (my possibly harsh generalisation) – and I would imagine that Mr. Jones agrees with me. Based on the conversations he’s had with these attendees, they seem to just have different values, of status and position and impression and stuff. Personally, all these transient things are not to be valued.

The guy at 3:36 obviously didn’t expect to be interviewed, but whatever he’s on he seems to be at the conference for a jolly. And that tells me a lot about his attitude, at least.

 

Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Bankers, bosses, selfish politicians; all are masters of misdirection. It allows them to escape blame-free

Source: Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Last week I posted an article on a Green MP’s opinion, and the acceptance of political narrative. Today’s article makes an excellent point.

You may remember at the beginning of last year, when the news (in the UK) was full of coverage of the floods in the South West – and the government passed the Gagging Law? Or, now the news is full of coverage of the impending threat from ISIS (or immigrants, for that matter), how we’ve all completely missed the ongoing discussions about TTIP?

I may make the point poorly – but the point still remains. READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

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The UK is the most unequal country in the EU | i100 (The Independent)

The Tory government has only just assumed power, and already Britain is the most unequal country in the EU.

Source: The UK is the most unequal country in the EU

Yes, a very short article – but a very direct point to make.

I will say – perhaps in a stunning act of hypocrisy – that I’ve always felt that the Middle Class are the most problematic portion of society when it comes to actualising change, as they aspire to be Upper Class whilst unaware that they are just as exploited as the Working Class are.

Despite this, I find it startling how apathetic most people seem to be towards this widening inequality, and what ramifications it has on society as a whole. The rich aren’t suffering austerity.

Here’s a little infographic on why austerity doesn’t work.

Here’s a Guardian article on why trickle-down economics doesn’t work.

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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