I am Lisa Muggeridge
This blog is my thoughts.
I should have known when I started blogging that the political economy was reaching it’s limits. I was a social worker, my job was to understand the failures of our political economy and bridge them and I knew how impossible that was becoming. Austerity was never going to be challenged, it was only going to trigger a reconstruction of people’s understanding of power.
I am a social worker before I am a writer, social work assessment is the most political of writing. Your job is to make sure the child who needs to be protected, becomes more valuable than their abuser or the manager who doesn’t want resources squandered on them. So they can be.
You do this by assessing their life, assessing their world, and identifying what will cause the chaos.
You tell management what you have found, what they need to give this child, and they say no. As crisis unfold and that managers name is recorded as gatekeeper, chronology creates a situation where that manager knows that child could cost his scalp. Even if you don’t get the resources before the crisis that hurts the child, you get them after.
I bought into the labour orbiting anti-cuts bullshit, and realised the left are just the electric fence to change. There to protect privilege. I watched how consensus was sold and I wrote down who sold it. I was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for doing so.
I tried to defy the economy. You can’t defy a political economy in the last stages of unravelling.
The banking crisis revealed the deep flaws in the centre position of our political economy, and since Alistair Darling warned us the cash machines run dry, institutions and cultures upholding that failed centre position have been plunged into crisis after crisis. These crisis will get bigger and bigger until every problem in our political economy is apparent to everyone and it fails completely. They will turn into one major crisis. This is going to happen globally and domestically. The banking crisis was just a sign that we are transitioning to a new age, and our systems need to catch up.
You cannot change a system two minutes before its death, you can only record it dying. Hope that what you record is useful in the discussions about what to do after. This blog is my new venue for that record.
So here it is, an honest account of my changing perspective as the world changes rapidly around me. I guarantee I cannot change my reality to match your current political or ideological requirements. . I am often wrong, I write in a hurry and edit sporadically. Some of these post will be unreadable but this blog is not written for readers.
I will leave things here so I can find them, occasionally leave posts up that are not finished because I think if I stumble across them in 6 months, I’ll know what I was trying to say. Don’t try to read them if they are just ramble, it’s a waste of your time.
The only line I take is my own, and it changes as I learn. And lets face it, there is little to do but learn.
This is stuff published elsewhere:
My first blog http://www.deeplyflawedbuttrying.wordpress.com
A blog kept when my daughter was small, which got increasingly political as the country changed.
My second blog http://www.lisaansell.posterous.com
Is the blog I kept, as I realised we were going to to take the brunt of austerity and documents the year I met our political establishment. Starting with the left. It is a detailed recording of how the Labour orbiting centre left worked to sell austerity while co-opting opposition to it, in their first forays into digital media. It was never intended to be that and it is to the Labour commentariat’s deep shame that that is what it had to be. Throughout the blog you can see me beginning to understand the word ‘left’ is not about ideas, but about a culture based in same the universities and world as the ‘right’. This opened up my understanding of our political economy in a way I could never have hoped for, and I am grateful for that.
My third blog.
This is a selection of articles published elsewhere
Inequality and the Family Courts. Lacuna Magazine
2. Unemployment and Inflation-Pieria
4. A post crisis benefits system= Pieria
Kendal Calling. Festivals, Politics, and Culture. Trebuchet Magazine.
Britain’s Food Poverty Problem. Pieria.
A defence of Iain Duncan Smith. Pieria.
Left Wing Comment Poppets disenfranchising the ‘working class’. Daily Telegraph. Blogs.
30’000 March Against the Conservatives in Manchester Manchester Mule (collaborative effort)
The occupation will not be astroturfed New Internationalist
Residents of Hesketh Bank vs Cuadrilla Manchester Mule
We need a grown up debate about welfare. The Guardian. Comment is Free.
As long as politicians fail to reprsent us I say ‘meh’ to AV. The Guardian. Comment is Free.
Class and the anti-cuts movement– Bright Green
When does the real debate about public services start? Co-Written with Kate Belgrave. Guardian- Comment is Free.
My response to Blue Labour The Guardian. Comment is Free.
Flexible working works. The Guardian.
Cutting the ‘burden’ of child protection duties? New Statesman.
Domestic Violence and Coalition Policies The Guardian: Comment is Free
The demonisation of the white working class New Statesman
Why Iain Duncan Smiths welfare reforms don’t convince me The Guardian: Comment is Free.
Blaming Women.(Frank Field’s poverty review) New Statesman
We all have want ‘the poor’ have needs. The Guardian: Comment is Free
Paperwork is undermining Child Protection The Guardian: Comment is Free.
Why I rejoined the Labour Party Labourlist
The Digital Economy Bill- A Wise Move? Labourlist
The Banks: Their recovery is our recovery? Labourlist
I avoid the political press unless I have something specific to say, and am available for commissions, copywriting and other wordsmithing for money.
When I consider requests for media, conferences and travelling to places where political discussion is being had, I consider whether those events have a point. I have a tendency to say what I think which makes me useless for most of these things. I mostly say no.
If you want to reproduce something from here, please feel free. Words are ideas, they belong to no-one and cost me nothing to put down on a blog. I would rather you didn’t pass off something I have written as yours, at least make a few changes. Ideas grow when they move, and most of the ideas that are in this blog cannot be claimed as uniquely mine because I am in the world and this blog is my reaction to it.
Comments are open. I don’t publish people who just want to be horrible to me, but occasionally I play with trolls.
I don’t use advertisers, and only keep this blog for me, so I don’t accept any other financial endorsement.