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What is poverty? And does it define us?

I had to reblog this, as it speaks to me with avoice from my childhood, where destitution could be one payslip away.
I remember, as a child, knowing that there was nothing to spare, where clothes from charities, and jumble sales, were the norm for us all. Where Mum scrimped and saved for necessities, and forget about luxuries – and where she often went without food for herself, to make sure that we children had at least one hot meal a day, even if it meant she didn’t eat it herself – and this was a household where my Dad worked all the hours he could to make ends meet!

This post, along with so many others I’ve been reading recently, are an inditement against the recent changes made both by New Labour, and the Conservatives, in the way in which they treat those people reduced to a state of poverty, through their deliberate, neoliberal, policies 😦

The poor side of life

This is a question that I get asked often. People ask me if I can define it. In reality its very difficult to define. There are three definitions of poverty in common usage, those being absolute poverty, relative poverty and social exclusion.

Absolute poverty defined as having the lack of sufficient resources with which to meet basic needs. Relative poverty defines income or resources in relation to the average income. But how does poverty define us?

According to the Joseph Rowntree foundation there are more than a million people living in poverty in the UK. I’m sure that figure is lower than the actual figure due to the level of people finding themselves without work etc rising everyday. They say that 184,5000 households have experienced a level of poverty that has left them with no choice but to resort to charities for essential things and shelter. The Joseph Rowntree foundation…

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Private Eye Anti-Corbyn Jeering and Anti-Democrat Party Revolt in America

I really wish I had my finger on the button of politics, the way that Beastrabban does, here.
I agree with what he says and, if the Blairites really do manage to push Jeremy Corbyn out of the leadership position, I hope he will show the way to everyone who agrees with his policies, whether that’s a split in the Labour Party, or a completely new Party being formed, I don’t mind. As long as he stands for the same policies as he does now, there will be thousands of us following him.
At the present time, Labour isn’t an opposition force for the Tories, and we can thank the Tory-Lite PLP for that one!
So, if a new party is formed, they’ll have as much chance for opposing the neoliberals as Labour presently does 😦

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Last week I put up a piece commenting on the considerable anti-Corbyn bias in Private Eye. The Eye has run a series of articles attacking the Labour leader since he won the election, including a series of cartoons, mainly raking over controversies from the 1980s from the angle of the Blairites, entitled ‘Focus on Fact’.

In its issue for 5th-18th August 2016, the magazine ran another series of pieces attacking Corbyn. One of these was the following satirical commentary.

Private Eye Anti-Corbyn Joke

It shows a photograph of Corbyn side by side with the American Democratic Party politicians and presidential nomination hopeful, Bernie Sanders. If you can’t read it, the text runs

Spot the Difference 2


Grey-haired old socialist politician with a cult-like following accepts that for the good of his party he must step aside to end party infighting that will gift government to their ultra-right opponents.


Grey-haired old socialist…

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