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Polly Toynbee, Jonny Rotten and the Problem with the left

Who is working class?
Definition is hugely important
Is anyone who works working class?
Or is there a pre prescribed proletariat defined by regions, or family roots. 217 more words

Ageism is an NRG.

I’ve hardly been keeping count but John Lydon appears to have been in eight zillion and twenty-three radio studios this month. Publicising that most modern of phenomenon – the second autobiography. 1,094 more words

Unhelpful things lefties shouldn't say part 3

Part 3 of this 3 part series. Here are parts 1 and 2. This part is about probably the most common thing my fellow lefties get irate about, but in a way I think is unhelpful. 1,101 more words

Politics

Why don't they just do it?

Laurie Penny, some dopey bint who pens tosh for The Independent and Guardian newspapers, wrote of the protesters occupying the square outside St Paul’s cathedral in London, “The recolonisation of public space, the forming of alternative communities based on direct democracy where people can meet and realise a common struggle, is an act of defiance with its own solution to the alienation and frustrations of life under capitalism. 249 more words

James is now destitute following a sanction: 'It's bully boy tactics', he says.

A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. 525 more words

LondonFoodbank

Liberty, socialism and hypocrisy

It is because we live in a free society – economically free anyway (we know our freedom of speech, right to demonstrate and freedom of association have been taken away from us by overweening government) – that we live in a capitalist society – because that is what generates the surplus that frees us of the burden of being subsistence farmers. 374 more words