Monthly Archives: April 2017

Why Disability Benefits are Political . . .

I’ve just read an excellent piece from a Blog called Paw Lore

It’s very well written, and puts it so plainly why people need to stop and think, before complaining that every political party is the same.

Please follow the link, and read all about it – there’s details there that I hadn’t known about, so it’s a very interesting read 🙂

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Watch as a factory worker being talked at by hapless Theresa May is revealed to be wearing ear plugs!

I love it – you couldn’t make it up, could you? Lol

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There is an extraordinary video tweeted by independent publication The Pileus which shows a nervous Theresa May visiting a factory in Wales which has been temporarily purged of all but two of its workers:

But even more hilariously, one of the factory workers being talked at by May is actually wearing ear plugs:

Can’t blame him really …

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Thanks to eagle-eyed Carole Hawkins for noticing this.

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Vox Political: Eoin Clarke Shows How Labour Will Pay for Its Policies

Yet another reason to start thinking about what will be best for the country as a whole – and not just for the super-rich!

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Mike over at Vox Political has reblogged a piece by Eoin Clarke, who’s on Twitter as @LabourEoin, showing how Labour will pay for their reforms. It’s to counter all the critics, who complain that Labour haven’t shown where they’re going to get the money from.

See: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/04/23/sick-of-people-telling-you-the-uk-cant-afford-labours-plans-show-them-this/ and follow the links to Eoin’s original article.

This also answers, in part, a deeper object that you’ll always hear from the Tories: That the country can’t afford Labour’s welfare policies. Of course it can. As Mike has shown ad infinitum, Labour kept well in budget during its time in power. The only period of massive overspending was when Gordon Brown had to pump money into the global economy after the banking crash. This wasn’t Labour’s fault. Labour had contributed to it by following the same ‘light touch’ regulation – in fact continuing the Tories’ deregulation of the financial sector – but the…

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An open letter to anyone who claims to be voting Tory for the sake of their grandchildren . . .

I’ve just read the latest post from Another Angry Voice – a blog written by Thomas G. Clark, and felt I had to post a link to his words here, too.

An open letter to anyone who claims to be voting Tory for the sake of their grandchildren

His words are eloquent, and true, for everything that’s happening to the ordinary man, or woman, or child, in the UK right now.

He shows, point-by-point, how the Tories have been using their idealogically-driven austerity measures – taking even their own voters for a ride – purely to line their own, and their millionnaire friend’s pockets, and how they are totally trashing everything that our Democracy has ever built that is worthwhile, while making sure that we, the people actually paying their wages, are paying over, and over, and over again.

With the majority of our media outlets in the UK being so totally biased against anyone who wants more than the Tories think we deserve, it’s hard to get across the message that the Tories are killing us: they are killing our freedon to live life as we should be able to (especially if we are ill, poor, elderly, low-waged, or disabled), and they are doing their best to take away our Human Rights, too.

Please click on the link, and read Thomas Clark’s post and, once you have, please think very seriously about how you will soon vote in the General Election?

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Economic Plan is Not Crazy

I’ve just come across this post and, even to an economics numpty like me, what Corbyn proposed in 2015, is a lot more likely to succeed than the austerity being pushed by the tories.
All I can hope for now, is that ordinary people take note of what’s said via social media, rather than in the tory-run newspapers, so we can get Labour in, to start fixing the many things the tories have broken!

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Over the past week, I’ve been hearing the rumors. They’re saying that Jeremy Corbyn is crazy–that he’s released an economic plan so radical, so incendiary, so madcap that no reasonable person could possibly support him for Labour leader. I thought to myself “Oh no Jeremy, what could you possibly have done to get these folks so riled up?” So I read the plan. It’s not crazy–indeed, there is significant support in the literature and in recent experience for what Corbyn is proposing.

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Dishonest ways of being dishonest: an exploration of Conservative euphemisms

Another wonderful post by Kitty Jones, telling us the real meaning of all those wonderful phrases the Conservatives are constantly pushing at us!

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Conservatives are especially conservative with the truth: the media are the message

In 2004, George Lakoff, professor of linguistics at Berkeley, wrote Don’t Think of an Elephant! Lakoff’s central point was that how issues are framed– which points of view the media and other political agenda setters defined as important and acceptable, and the language used to do so – largely shapes how voters think about them. 

Media manipulation is a series of related techniques in which partisans create images or arguments that favour their own particular interests. Such tactics may include the use of logical fallacies, psychological manipulations, deception, linguistic, rhetorical and propaganda techniques, and often involve the suppression of information or alternative perspectives by simply crowding them out.  

Discrediting and minimisation are often used in persuading other people or social groups to stop listening to certain perspectives and arguments, or by simply diverting public attention…

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