International Socialist Network releases statement distancing itself from Richard Seymour

The left continue to fall apart as they realise people have noticed they are sexist, racist, authoritarian arseholes with no connection to anyone, anything, or anywhere. Lefty Big Brother would be so amazing. Day 456464654 The left still have not realised they are on their own….

A story of a little girl. A poem by Isabella Sorley.

This is the story of a girl, a girl who had one dream. To get out of the area she had grown up in and make it. In what? She didn’t know, but she would. One dream. One ambition.

As a child, Isabella didn’t have much,
a toy, a tv, a barbie and such.

You see the area she grew up in wasn’t that nice
almost everyday she’d see a police riot and a fight.

“You get used to the sight of police” she said,
“and the sound of the helicopter as you lie in bed”.

When growing up, her parents sent her to a different school to her mates,
something she’d learn to appreciate at a later date.

A place where you had to wear a skirt, a blazer and a tie,
aswel as start at half eight and not finish until five!

However when at this school she got twelve GCSE’s,
one A, five B’s and the rest C’s.

But after five years she knew it wasn’t for her,
so she headed to Newcastle college where got a first.

It was there where she worked extremely hard,
and after decided to head to leeds college of art.

Whilst there she learnt to be creative, strategic and to think,
and of course being a student she enjoyed the odd drink.

After the first two years she achieved a merit in a foundation degree,
got many a live brief and figured out what she really wanted to be.

After winning best creative director with her partner C,
she’s landed herself a placement in a advertising agency.

and after that who know what the future holds,
but one things for sure she’ll grow old,

With the notion that not everyone has to accept what area they were grew up in,
because in her eyes she’s got the win.



Tonight she is in prison for 3 months for tweeting while drunk, on an open forum, with threats she could never have carried out and probably wouldn’t have made sober. The abuse she has received on twitter is quite the revelation.

Isabella Sorley and Caroline Criado De Perez

An example of intersectionaity. A woman whose life is bound and shaped by intersecting inequality, gets 12 weeks in prison for a tweet with a comment which could never have been carried out and was unlikely to have been carried out the minute it was made, because a posh white women with friends in media circles demands the world looks different for her. One suffers real harm, which will last a lifetime the other gets a career boost. Intersecting inequality in  nutshell.

Britain is now a place where tweeting gets you sent to prison and free speech is damaged for us all. This is why that little enclave around the left wing press are dangerous when playing on the internet. One should stay away from them at all costs, which makes their role as the voice of the oppressed redundant.

Solidarity to Isabella Sorley. I hope she gets some support in being rehoused when she is released from prison, I understand from working with prisons she is unlikely to receive any support at all.

A short note to my trolls

You know who you are. This is a thank you. In fact, I owe you both more than you could ever possibly imagine. Digital culture moves quickly and we get rapid demonstrations online of behaviour patterns that shape our world offline, without us ever knowing. Sometimes trolling, especially when trolls are as committed as you, and continues over years, can be upsetting, frightening, disorienting, but eventually something happens. Something wonderful. The behaviour patterns underpinning the trolling that so seamless fits in and around political discourse, become clear. And once that happens you are given the tools to identify that behaviour pattern offline.

To the trolls who I thought were so upsetting, thank you for giving me that lesson in a safe environment. I hope you long continue trolling me, it would be helpful if you would approach anyone you thought I was critiquing and involve them. You fulfill a useful purpose there too, the day you are exposed as prolific trolls on twitter is going to be comedy gold.

I don’t want people in prison for trolling or upsetting. Without that minor upset online, my future would look very different offline. Online trolling is noise, useful noise, nothing more.

Someone works in mysterious ways.


”The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked
characteristic of mankind. Very few of us realize with conviction the
intensely unusual, unstable, complicated, unreliable, temporary nature
of the economic organization by which Western Europe has lived for the
last half century. We assume some of the most peculiar and temporary of
our late advantages as natural, permanent, and to be depended on, and we
lay our plans accordingly. On this sandy and false foundation we scheme
for social improvement and dress our political platforms, pursue our
animosities and particular ambitions, and feel ourselves with enough
margin in hand to foster, not assuage, civil conflict in the European
family. Moved by insane delusion and reckless self-regard, the German
people overturned the foundations on which we all lived and built.”


John Maynard Keynes 1919

Replace German with failing empire of day.

Today’s thought

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

Why do ‘ organisational cultures’ seem to allow the unacceptable to become acceptable?

Di Galpin

Whether it’s Mid Staffs,Savile, Rochdale, Winterbourne View or Hillcroft Nursing Home how do we turn  ‘culture’ around when it leaves people hurt and abused?

And I scream from the top of my lungs what’s going on’ (Linda Perry)

Given all of the latest revelations in the cases above it is hard not to shout ‘what’s going on?’  We keep hearing about a ‘culture’ where normally sensible strong characters feel utterly powerless to change ‘what’s going on’.  This has to be addressed if we want to live in a society we can all feel safe in.  My focus on a daily basis is on trying to support frontline staff in doing their professional best to protect those most vulnerble in society from abuse. However, it is not just their responsibility.  I have been critical in this blog previously regarding governments approach to safeguarding adults at risk of harm, arguing ‘big society’…

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Also re: Trolls

People you claim to speak for pointing out the consequences of what you do on them. Not abuse. Just a new power dynamic that has opened up to allow people to challenge damaging media narratives.

Using a media platform, while refusing to acknowledge the power that that many readers can have, to silence those people? THAT is abuse. Use of social network within media to close out criticism, THAT is abuse of a power dynamic which often involves really nasty behaviour. Gaslighting is abusive behaviour. Smearing is abusive behaviour. Using influence gained through media, to encourage other people to bite in your defence, THAT is abuse of a power dynamic.

Facing criticism you cannot answer is not abuse, someone pointing out the consequences of your actions on them, is not abuse. Hearing people discuss the effect of what you do, not abuse. Someone refusing to accept the validity of what you are saying because you need them to, is not abuse. Someone refusing to change who they are because it falls outside your understanding and political requirements is not abuse.

Sealed media bubble. Over. You are in the outside world now. Power dynamics have changed.

We all live in a complicated world with people who are different and people who may not like us. The world is big and there are nasties lurking. This is why keeping the internet in perspective is needed, if you are being exposed to this for the first time, then you need to understand this is what the world looks like and it won’t pretend for you. Everyone else knows this.

Trolling as political debate…

I wrote this ages ago, as I had to really grapple with the issues of trolls, online abuse and harassment, media complicity and the reasons trolls fitted so seamlessly into political debate with such catastrophic consequences for those participating. I think it still stands.


I made a comment this afternoon which was construed as me taking disablism to a whole new level.

This was the point I was making. For my entire lifetime, political debate for many people in this country has been little more than trolling. The debate politicians offer on welfare, is accusations they KNOW are false. We KNOW they are false. This means that instead of discussing the very important relationship welfare has with our economy, ,and the economic inequality it should allow us to measure- we have people responding to accusations noone believes.  Spartacus showed that.

Trolling being the flinging of accusations to elicit a response, or keep everyone busy. Instead of discussing our public services role in society, we are defending ourselves constantly from unlimited accusations. It used to be just the ill, the unemployed,  increasingly over the years, disabled people, (not that that ever died off really). In the…

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