Just Some Stuff About Us

I shall say this only once.

Actually, no I won’t, I will keep repeating it until the message gets through.

Every person deserves to have a relationship where they are treated with respect, love and equality.

There is never an excuse for verbal, physical or financial abuse.

If your partner treats you like shit, it is their fault. It is not because of something you have done.

You can’t change an abusive man by being ‘better’ or sticking by him where others haven’t, or by changing yourself.

Most people have happy relationships, where disagreements happen and are resolved without resorting to shouting, name calling or violence or screwing someone else.

Most people’s partners are happy for them to pursue their own friendships and interests, work and education, have access to money, make decisions.

Most people in a relationship stay faithful. They don’t have affairs or cyber-sex or obsessively wank over…

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The point I tried to make to the lefty brethren who were trying so hard to pin their lost battles on austerity, was that this is about basic right and wrong and economics. Not pretend ideologies. THis article is a Tory councillor(and he is not the only one who feels this- I know two more).

the void

“I now believe that this governments economic policies – cutting spending in a depression, reducing welfare benefits for the most vulnerable, removing employment protections and cutting taxes for the richest – are completely wrong, economically unjustifiable, and I cannot in good conscience defend their actions.”

Torbay  Councillor Matthew James  has resigned from the Tory Party after calling Cameron’s plans to slash Housing Benefit for those under 25 “the final straw”.

In a statement on his website Cllr James says he will remain as an independent but that a “a misguided and damaging commitment to austerity” means he must leave for the sake of his “own integrity”.  Basically he’s saying “I used to be Tory, but then I grew up.  Sorry about that.”

The proposal to end the vital benefit, which keeps a roof over young people’s heads, has met a mixture of condemnation and mockery from all sides…

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I liked this post too. I agree with it.

the void

Over 80% of Daily Mail readers have slammed Cameron’s brutal plans to slash Housing Benefit for those under 25 reveals a poll on the paper’s website.

In a shocking blow to Cameron’s planned welfare reforms, it appears that the squeezed middle classes and now turning on the vicious benefit slashing agenda.  It is quite likely that many Daily Mail readers were horrified at the thought of having to accommodate their adult children should they be unable to find well paying jobs when they leave university.

Whilst the poorly thought through plans have been met with a mixture of ridicule and contempt elsewhere, Cameron might have thought the Tory press would stand behind him.  And (with the exception of The Sun) by and large they did.  The Sun knows that many of their readers will be in low paid work, or pensioners, and likely to be claiming Housing Benefits themselves. …

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Great post. I dont know how many areas of public policy have been run into the ground because of the influence of journalists too stupid and arrogant to give a shit about the crap they churn out.

Laurence Pigott

Michael Gove wants to get rid of GCSEs, and the press is sure to help him with either lazy, or possibly even worse – deliberately misleading journalism.

Michael Gove today announced his desire to overhaul the GCSE exam system. GCSE’s will be replaced by O-Levels (for the smart kids), and CSEs (for the… not so smart kids). Predictably, Labour shadow education mister Kevin Brennan disagreed with his counterpart’s proposal for being “a two-tier exam system which divides children into winners and losers at 14”. Maybe he’s right.

As much as the conservative government tries to not look like the nasty party, on occasion the mask inevitably slips and we catch a glimpse of what lies beneath. Historically the conservatives have represented the upper classes and that doesn’t seem to have changed much in their modern iteration. The reputation that the Tories look after the rich and do far too little to…

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Marketisation at heart of political debate now.

Establishment pretending otherwise. Privatisation in police, PFI in health, the social care crisis we obliterated our ability to address for a banking crisis, DWP privatisation, and the unwillingness of older children to drop off the radar when our political media establishment demanded they pay for our current crisis.

I will be saying I told you so. So will millions of others. And I mean millions.

Newscorp split..

Newscorp view our political press as insignificant, loss making little industry they were only in to satisfy the idiosyncracy of a horrible little old man. I agree. (I may have paraphrased). In that case can we have our democracy back and eject the political media culture which has undermined democracy from our democratic institutions and give them a level of influence which is more appropriate to the quality of their contribution to democracy? Perhaps assess them on their value as a check and balance?

Let us have democracy back? Maybe even before we hit the worst of this crisis? Maybe even in time to plan for our future?

No? Tenner bet none of our political press want that question asked, even if they have fought Murdoch’s place in their circle as the problem, and see themselves as benign..

A feel for the state of our banking industry..

I am a Natwest customer(RBS) and spent the best part of last week absolutely clueless about how much money I had, with no way of knowing if payments had even been made. On rent week. Someone just tweeted they logged into their online banking with RBS and didnt have to enter their password. That’s our junk banks, with the exposure to Europe, that our economy was broken up and shovelled into…


I always thought I was secretly an elitist. I like people with knowledge, think we should give a bit of respect to the dusty academic institutions, believe journalists are guardians of a special privilege. Always felt that a level of elitism was necessary to protect knowledge and institutions. Utter rot.

Elitism is about protecting the stupid. And imposing it on the rest of us.