While some musicians cuss at home, they’re scared to use profanity when upon the microphone.

I swear. A lot. So do many people I know. It helps to express anger and it also helps to really demonstrate how you feel when you just can’t find the words. I swear at the telly and at my mistakes. I swear when I’m feeling anxious or fed up with my mental health and physical health problems. I basically swear.

You may have noticed that I did not swear in that paragraph. I tend not to use swearing in anything I write on social media. I tend only to use them when I think the audience will be receptive and understand why I chose to use that word.

That is the thing. At times nothing else but a swear word will do You stub your toe, you swear. You are running late and can’t find your car keys, you swear. Your team just lost or your team just won you swear. At times the placement of a swear word can turn and amusing line into a hilarious one. A swear word can encapsulate a shared understanding or feeling. It can express just how angry you are.

Wait a minute. Swearing is uncouth. It is not what you do in polite society. It is rough and indicative of a limited vocabulary. It is un ladylike and common. It’s use is an indication of a crumbling society and low intelligence and rising crime etc etc. 

Bollocks.

Swearing is a part of our language and is something that should be seen and respected as such. Calling someone a cockwomble is a statement of your feelings toward that particular person. If it expresses exactly what we feel about a persons behaviour. How they are treating others. What it’s doing to others, their integrity. Their political stance or view or what they are saying about particular groups may also result in someone swearing. Sentences should not be littered with swearing. It’s overkill then. But if someone swears it should not be jumped upon. It’s part of a grown up world. It is not the biggest crime.

The bigger crime is a racial slur, a sexist comment, a death threat. Constant undermining and twisting of your words or continual criticism or lies in the media. Bias reporting and ignoring your voice. The use of personal problems, family tragedy or sexuality to hurt or belittle. Personal insults about appearance, mental health, age, illness. Citing sexual assault, perceived sexual frustration which the writer can “cure“, stalking, threatening violence and invading personal space. Assault of any kind. This is abuse. This is a problem. This is not acceptable.

So I would like to say to anyone who thinks that the amount of abuse they get is terrible because someone swore at them on twitter just check yourself and instead of indignation think of those who every day open their emails to real hate. Don’t make excuses for those who spew real hatred based on ethnicity, colour, religion, sexuality, gender, mental or physical illness, disability, body shape or appearance
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We need to agree what is abuse and what is expression. What words have real power and what words do not. What is acceptable and what is not. For me the odd swear word popping up is nothing to get your knickers in a twist over. Hatred however is.

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‘A matter of life or death

IMG_3725I said that this election was a matter of life and death to someone the other day. I was accused of being over dramatic.

I thought for a moment am I? Am I making everything more important that it really is?

Then I thought of the NHS. There already are signs of privatisation. Posters inviting you to pay £30 to see a GP and letting us know who they are now managed by. The underfunding which is being used to say we can’t cope with the budget of the NHS. Demoralising staff with derisory pay rises and leaving EU citizens who support our medical services unsure if they will be able to stay.  I thought of the ten minute appointments I have at my GP, the lack of mental health care, cutting back on diabetic test strips because government subsidy has been removed.

I then thought of ESA and PIP payments.  I thought of all those people who have died after being declared fit for work.  I thought of the mental anguish of those who have to go through assessments. Like me.

I thought of the terror attacks we have seen in the past few weeks. I thought about the cause of these attacks. The complete mess that has been the military action in the Middle East and the illegality of such action. I thought of the young Muslim men and women who feel alienated from our society. I thought of Saudi Arabia and selling them arms whilst preventing publication of a report on their links to terror. I thought of the cuts to essential services such as the police and fire-brigade.

I thought of the concept of using your house to pay for social care which basically results in those who want to give something to their children thinking a better option for them is to die rather than have the social care.

I thought of the cutting of winter fuel allowance and the deaths from hypothermia this would result in.

The free school meals which for some are the best meal they get.

I thought of the rising homeless population and the lack of good cheap housing to keep people safe.

I thought of those scared by childhood abuse by those in the files that were lost.

I thought of the death of the Duke of Westminster and all the steps he had legally  taken to avoid his son and heir paying billions in inheritance tax. Enough to nearly clear the NHS deficit.

I thought of Trident failing tests but this being hidden and the weapon which  cannot be used as a first strike as it is a deterrent. The millions that would die in a nuclear exchange which no one would win. That reminded me of the instant “yes” from the Prime Minister and the cheer she got for that and it made my blood run cold.

So yeah, basically I am not being over dramatic.

That is  why I am going to #votelabour on Thursday. If you are registered to vote please use your vote as well. Every one will count in this election and there has never been such an important one before.

 

 

Nobody left behind 

I am not a person to be writing a blog about the issue of BAME involvement within politics. I am not expert enough in this particular area nor can I talk of experiences or belief and understanding as whilst I am from an ethnic minority with its own issues I am white . I am writing this from a white perspective to a white reader as this is the only authentic experience I can write from.

I was disappointed at the level of support that a recent BAME rally received recently where Jeremy Corbyn was a key speaker and I felt that I wanted to write about this.

You may or may not be aware but the number of people eligible to vote from Black and Minority Ethnic groups is estimated at 4 million but 30% are not registered to vote.

That is over a million voters.

These are not people who are not going to the polls these are people who have no vote. And to be totally honest I can see why. The last general election the turn out was low. Very low. I voted as I do in every election voting for labour out of loyalty and a deep rooted distrust and possibly hatred (a strong word but think it is right) for all that the Tory party stands for. I was not happy with the Labour Party as I really felt that the middle ground politics, the stereotypical leader, the general lack of real opposition they offered was not screaming to me that a labour government would really be that different. In the minds of so many the legacy of Tony Blair is not what he did that was good but his taking us into an illegal war. And in the minds of many there is no point to voting at all.

The fact that the turnout was so low should worry us. Why are people not involved or engaged? What can we do about it? Just using common sense sociology a quick survey of people around us at work , in our families and community it won’t be long before you will hear the phrase “ I don’t do politics” . My response to you is normally well it is certainly doing you right up the …… But I digress. A look on Facebook can tell you with the I don’t want to see any more political view memes and the I’m sick of politics comments would confirm a body of people who are totally disengaged and remote from anything that goes on in politics.

So what are the political parties doing to engage us?. Well very little. Those who turnout are those who are set in their ideas about their political stance. Those who are not are the disenfranchised and those who really have too much going on in their lives to worry themselves about voting. Those who are not voting are the ones who think that their voice is silent anyway. Those who feel they do not belong. They are the masses and its best they don’t get their say. We can continue to ignore them because they will not have an impact on us getting into power anyway.

Then along comes the referendum. And the turnout on that is huge. Why?

Again our common sense sociology comes into play. Firstly it was a first past the post yes or no vote about an issues that a lot of people felt passionate about. Secondly it was something where people felt that they could actually tell the government exactly what they wanted. It was a voice for those who felt voiceless. And they spoke. And for some reason it shocked the government it shocked the press and it shocked those who voted for change.

And it was a vote based for many on misinformation , misunderstandings , rhetoric , personality and lies. It has released the cork of those who kept their racism bottled up as we see the rise xenophobia and racism. It has left people in limbo as to their rights to stay here. It cause the resignation of one prime minister and the creation of Maggie 2. It caused people to question democracy because the result did not go their way. And it highlighted that given the right circumstances people will engage and will vote.

Now what has this got to do with BAME? Like I said earlier imagine another million votes in this referendum. Imagine another million votes in the general election. Imagine another million voices speaking for a very underrepresented community within politics?

Imagine if it was seen that the voices of the BAME communities in this country counted and meant something to the politicians of this country and that they would be listened to and not ignored? Then we would see issues properly addressed, a more representative government, a movement for change.

Now before you say that the same is true of the voices of every community neglected by successive governments I will say this. There are times in life when you have to narrow down a big problem in order to address what it actually means for each group involved. In society sometimes the reality of existence within it of issues and problems that affect all in different measure has to be highlighted as a separate campaign because to lump it into one group will mean that the problem will be solved to the agenda of one group over another. And in most cases of social issues it is the white issue that is focussed on and is seen as dominant. Solving the white issues however means that a lot of people continue to feel disenfranchised and the issues become their problems, the root cause of issues their behaviour and their attitudes. It ignores the background, the affect, the problems unique to their community which are unseen and unfelt by those outside. Then the very forces who think they are helping all are actually reinforcing the oppressions which they think they are lifting. Hence black lives matter is not saying only black lives matter but highlighting the very real experiences of the feeling, endorsed by society and condoned by law enforcement of the life of black males especially being of no worth. Saying all lives matter in answer to this hides this issues and again we ignore what is ongoing turning the issue onto the very community in fear of the police and loosing their men.

As I stated before I am not the person to speak on behalf of the BAME community. The people to do this are those who organise the rallies who run the campaigns and who understand what particular issues affect people’s engagement with politics. What we can do however is listen to them. Understand what we can do to help by becoming involved in theses causes but not to try and take them over. By advertising their existence and sharing their information. And most importantly we stand beside them. We fight with them. We use the privileges we have to make their voices heard.

My children are mixed ethnicity. I’m white Irish their father Black British. I have argued with them about racism I have disagreed with them about racism until finally I listened to them about racism. I have understood that through institutionalised racism and white privilege everyday behaviour , the things we take for granted, and the things we look at and think what’s your problem here are not imaginations or complaints and excuses. They are real and oppressing and at times very disturbing. It is hard to hear this when you yourself are not racist in your opinions and you hope your actions. But in order to change this we need to accept that there is a different world out there for BAME communities. They are the ones experiencing it every day and they are the ones we need to stand next to, listen to, support to ensure that every person has a voice they feel is valid.

So the next time you see something organised by BAME labour or the next time there is a petition regarding a BAME issue get involved. Stand and talk to people attending them to discover why we need these organisations and groups. Prepare to hear things that will be alien to you beliefs and even shakes your own identity but listen and understand. And show that you want everyone in this country to have a say, to feel empowered, to feel they belong.

And do your bit on social media. Share positive stories about the BAME communities as they get short shrift in the media. Highlight discrimination and stand against it. Learn about the true causes of poverty, homelessness, deprivation in this country and spread these to people you know so the blame is lifted from the immigrant to the feet of those it belongs to, the people who the lowest turnout in a very long time elected into power , possibly illegally.

Work against Islamaphobia, xenophobia, racism in every aspect of your life and do it not because it makes you look a better person but because it is what you want from your soul, the right of every human on this planet to be treated as such. Look inward before you look out and let’s make sure we are all working for each other in every community.

And we can all unite now behind a massive movement, that of supporting Jeremy Corbyn who stands for everyone In every community. To change landscape of politics so everyone can see that they have something to vote for. Someone who speaks at rallies who has supported the causes of those standing against racism who understand the politics of the oppressed and the oppressors and has done so all his life. We can reclaim the Labour Party so that it becomes the party who stands up for all who need support rather than those who pay the most money. Those fighting Jeremy are unaware of the social shift that has been brought about by the awakening of the masses to politics. Those who are are frightened as this will mean the end of their privilege. These masses need to include members of the BAME community who for so long have given so much and received so little. Their unique experiences need to be part of our new society and we need to stand beside them to ensure they are.


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Hear my voice

So we have today a lovely piece in the guardian today from Tom Watson.


Let’s just take a few moments here to digest the headline.  The article here.

Tom Watson guardian article
I thoughts about how to respond and I though how unfair it is that he gets to express himself in this national newspaper which I think to be honest is also having an existential crisis if that is possible for a newspaper.

And I thought about the response to and the events happened because of a recent blog I posted.

What’s the deal with this guy
My words inspired someone to write a comment which inspired many.  This then lead to the responder amongst other things giving a speech and my being asked to write for a website.

What would happen if that voice had larger audience?

Also today I read another post by someone like me.  Trying to calmly explain that we are not idiot or fools, we are not the ones hell bent of the distraction of a political movement that we love nor are we all coerced into blindly following one man like a brainwashed cult.

So I shared it on here as it made me think two voices are better than one.

But we have 500,000 voices.  Not all of them will sing with us but the majority would.

So here I will post Sarah’s response again to my blog and I am asking you to do something .  It is one small thing but we can make it massive.

Take a few seconds to like and then reply.  It can be a long or short reply .  I want to hear how you feel , why you support Jeremy, why you became interested in politics even why you joined.  No insults or derision , no personal attacks or hate.  Just why you want Jeremy as leader.

Let’s have a central collection of voices . Share blog posts and links so that all of this information can be put together so all our single voices become one and this can then be shared even more to show people who we truly are.

We have been demeaned and vilified for too long – we need to respond with a united voice.

Please share and post and reblog and Twitter and print and do whatever it takes for this to get off the ground and start running .

Thank you #wearehismedia

Sarah says:

July 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Hi there! Erm… I’m the woman in the photo! Someone recognised me and sent me your article (very surreal experience). I just thought I’d write a bit to expand on what you’ve said, to give a bit more insight to why I was so lit up.
Growing up, I used to ask questions about what I saw when my dad watched the news. My dad would say “shush I’m watching the news” and my mum would say “I don’t know, I don’t bother with that stuff anymore.” Any mention of something political and she would shut off with a look of faint disgust. As a kid I didn’t really put two and two together, but it made sense later on. That my mum had difficulties with mental health, that she had been prevented from being able to be employed by that and was placed under the additional crushing weight of poverty, trying to get together enough food to keep me and my brother well. That she had no access to any support and at the same time was labelled one of those council estate scroungers… what would that do to your faith in politics? What was the point? They would come along with their promises, rarely aimed at you in any case as you’re below the level they’re pitching at, and would break any designed to shatter poverty/inequality and improve mental health anyway. That’s the thing, even Labour had stopped aiming at families like ours. The rhetoric across all parties became increasingly aimed at those lucky enough to dream of buying a house, not those who struggled to buy bread.
Jump forward to me being a teenager, brought up to treat others nicely, as you never, ever know how bad a day someone is having, so you should try to behave like they might be sad. Because there’s no way of knowing. To have a deep knowledge of how bad things can happen that nobody expects or would will on their worst enemies and that those things can make life hard enough that basic functioning can be a major struggle. Knowing my mum was bitter about politics but that she was proud of having a daughter who cared about stuff, even if she wasn’t sure it would ever end up helping anything. I ended up with my own mental health difficulties, also Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Was knocked flat out of education. Got a middle class boyfriend. Had to explain to him that he couldn’t just say I could help myself to anything in the fridge, that the idea terrified me (anyone who has been in a similar situation might understand that). Hearing his parents talking about politics and feeling hurt for not growing up in a house where politics was something to be discussed, not given up on, and feeling so very, painfully stupid. Relearned that I was different and didn’t truly have a space at the table.
Early twenties, and I’ve have been cajoled into trying university, discover I like it. Study sociology, as it seems to look closest at the things I find fascinating but don’t understand. Hierarchies. Intersections of oppression. Why I have always felt in some vital, essential way different and lower than my middle class counterparts, to those without illness. I learn about inequalities. I learn about micro-aggressions. I learn about it not being all my fault no matter how much my subconscious screams that I’m stupid in spite of my grades. Not that it made much difference, I felt no connection with Labour as much as I wanted to, as it wasn’t fighting for those who desperately needed fighting for, and I felt there was nowhere realistically to turn.
I manage to get a scholarship for a post-grad I could never have afforded otherwise, eventually decide academia is not for me for various reasons, then what happens? The world starts to feel like it’s turning on its head as it looks like someone that’s actually loudly talking about poverty, about mental health, about the benefits of immigration might get into a position of power. Can you imagine? I watch a video and here’s someone talking about how they always, even in times of great stress make sure they *make* time to do nice and relaxing things – promoting self-care for mental health. I see someone suggesting that they aren’t sure about a plan for single gender train carriages and that they need to look at more evidence and *speak to women* to find out if it would really be appreciated. I see someone saying they refuse to be involved in slanging matches, that vociferously campaigned against apartheid, that supported numerous campaigns in spite of them not necessarily being the best for his career. Helping those at the very very bottom is never good for your career. They don’t seem to have the power to immediately make it worth your while. They’re often disenfranchised and bitter about politics and don’t see the point in bothering.
I called my mum to ask her if she’d think about joining as an affiliate (if I sent her a bit of money to cover it) to vote for Corbyn as I felt he could actually do something. She laughed angrily and said “I don’t think so.” She had only recently written to Cameron to explain that the bedroom tax meant she couldn’t afford a winter coat. That there wasn’t a smaller council house for her to move to with her son. He explained in his cookie cutter letter that we all have to make sacrifices and tighten our belts. Can you imagine? Can you? Still, she realised how important it was to me and asked me to explain what I thought was so different.
My mum watches the news now. She watched newsnight even. She calls me to ask me to explain political stuff. She is engaged. She calls Corbyn “our Jeremy, bless ‘im.” But it’s not about just one person, it’s about someone trying to turn the oil tanker that is the Labour Party, trying to get it back on the course we need it to be, when we don’t have any access to the steering wheel. I feel like there might be space for me in the Labour Party now, and my mum. There might be more people who care as deeply and will let us in, not just tell us we’re naive, not tell us we’re stupid, not tell us we’re fanatics, not crow over bits of news reveling in difficulties the campaign has, not rubbing salt in that open wound. There might be a way to feel empowered. To allow my mum to feel empowered. I won’t have been the only one with a story like that either – I can’t tell you how it feels, but “unrestrained joy” comes pretty close.
That’s what was running through my head as I stood there smiling.
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Tired of the same old politics – by Tony Leigh 

The Labour leadership race is all over the news at the moment. My reason for writing this article is just to explain, calmly and rationally, a few of the reasons why I think Jeremy Corbyn is the best bet not only to lead Labour, but the whole of the UK.

Before you roll your eyes and say “another loony lefty, brainwashed by Corbyn”, let me explain to you a little about my background.

I am a 32 year old, self-employed electrician. I love football (I’m a Gooner for what its worth), music and going down the pub. I’m also a father of two beautiful little girls. My parents split when I was 3 years old and I have never been what you would call well off. I rent my home and at this moment in time cannot ever see myself being in a position to buy a home of my own. I have had to work hard for every penny.

I’m not saying not everyone does, but just trying to put into perspective the view many have of your typical “Corbynite”. It seems to me its only the great unwashed or the middle class bourgeoise that people think are backing Jeremy.

This patently isn’t true.

At a recent local meeting, I found people from many different working backgrounds, races, religions and nationalities. We all had one thing in common. A goal. To make the country we live in better for everyone. A desire to make politics fairer, to bring that to the entire nation, not just those that can afford Savile Row suits and second homes.

I hear people complaining all the time about politicians being out of touch, being self-serving, claiming unwarranted expenses. I could go on. The list is endless.

Well at this moment, for the first time in a long while, certainly in my lifetime, we have an opportunity to finally get behind someone who will fight for everyone. Who will fight to see everyone get a say in how we run the country. Not just pay lip service and spew out promises they have no intention of keeping.

“Jeremy Corbyn’s weak and unelectable” is a favourite of the media, but how can a man, who from the very day of being elected leader, has fought against not only his “enemies” (the media and the Tories), but also against his supposed colleagues and peers, be called weak? Its nonsense. Under his leadership, in just nine months, he has already changed the face of politics.

This change has become fashionable with the likes of Theresa May promoting values pioneered by Corbyn in her first ever speech as Prime Minister. Now, we even have Owen Smith taking to the platform in the leadership race with policies that Corbyn has been championing, policies that were deemed “too left and unpopular”. Policies, debates and a surge in membership that have been unprecedented and reawakened and invigorated those like me who were alienated from politics by “business as usual”.

In all honesty, I’d never heard of Jeremy Corbyn until he was elected leader. I too thought, this bloke can’t be Prime Minister. He’s scruffy, he’s too polite etc. I’d long known the media had an agenda and told us what they wanted us to know not what we needed to know, but I still bought into the lies. I paid a passing interest in politics because I’d been told if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the state of the country. One day that changed.

Rather than looking at Jeremy, I listened. I listened to a man, that actually wasn’t that scruffy, and heard him speak about a society that benefits the many, not the few. I heard a man saying the things I’d said for years, but never heard repeated by a politician. I heard a man speak that sounded like you and me.

Every time I hear Jeremy Corbyn speak, I feel the honesty in his words. Here is a man, I thought, that doesn’t say what he thinks everyone wants to hear. This bloke says what he means, what he actually wants to see happen, and none of it is about him.

People say that Corbyn’s politics and economics are vague, but many of those who criticise him don’t actually take the time to listen. I won’t bandy about facts and figures, but I know that proposing a higher living wage than both the Tories and Owen Smith, with fact based reasons can only be a good thing for everyone.

He has a policy to create 1,000,000 jobs in his first term in office. Real concrete jobs- manufacturing, trade etc. Things a working person can be proud of. He wants to introduce a fair living wage for all, which will enable us to spend and build the economy, rather than those at the top stripping profit and taking money away from our economy for themselves. This is a man that wants to build homes for people. Affordable, decent homes. Hopefully when my children grow up they can afford their own homes. With the current state of the country I’m not confident that’ll be the case.

Immigration is a huge issue for Britain, but I don’t believe that the problems we face are down to immigrants, as many would have you believe. There are masses of evidence out there, that for the past 40 years budgets and cutbacks to our essential services, schools, hospital beds, social housing, jobs, and so on, have been held back by a right wing Labour or cut by the Tories.

If we invested more in these areas, immigration wouldn’t be an issue. Migrants aren’t stealing your jobs, doctors appointments, houses. They’ve been stolen by people that want to gain more for themselves and their mates, without a care in the world for us.

Brexit has seen a peak in these thoughts, and that was all accountable to the Tories. Jeremy Corbyn has got a lot of stick over the Brexit result, but remember he made more appearances than any other Labour MP during the campaign. I still maintain, investment removes these hurdles and immigration would be much less of a flashpoint.
In closing, Jeremy is my choice to lead Britain to better things, because he is an honest man who wants everyone to succeed. Not just those with the money to succeed.
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Electability – what does it actually mean? 

 

whole picture – guardian advert 1986.

Cook cook cook cookability , that’s the beauty of Gas.

To some reading this the above  will mean nothing whilst some will have sung it.

I love watching old adverts.  They bring back memories and they give you an insight into the social values of the time as well having created some.  They  can be brash and cheap or iconic and award winning.  They also give us images and words that stick in our mind for years.

That is why I quoted that jingle.  It’s stuck along with a lot of other stupid stuff. Perhaps I spent too much time watching television when I was young  or perhaps it is indicative of the power of advertising.  Whatever it is these trivial memories are normally awakened but a phrase or a tune or sometimes a similar word. So what has triggered this trip down memory lane for me?

The advertising agency that came up with cookability meant for it to convey the way you can control gas when cooking ,  ease of use , it’s reliability.  Looking deeper perhaps it was trying to put across an idea that those who use gas are better cooks or it is more traditional.  Looking again at the same word it could be that they basically just hummed a tune and it was the only word that rhymed.

The word was created for a purpose and it was used to sell a product.  And I thought of it because I heard a similar word. Electability.

Electability is also a word that can be interpreted in many ways.  The general consensus of the media  and those who use it is that is indicates the chances of winning an election are based on a persons electability. It indicates if they match what they believe are the most important factors to have to win over the voters.  It is a key factor they look in a person who they want to lead them into power.  A key factor in electability is generally accepted as image.

We  all know appearances matter.  Deportment and poise, style and grace , image is seen as everything.    An example of this was the famous debate between JFK and Nixon in 1962.   The youth and glow of  Kennedy against  the sweaty and drawn looking Nixon.  Those listening on the radio believed Nixon won, but the television audience felt very differently.  We now know  the chubby face and tan were due to the medication Kennedy took for his Addison’s disease and the sweat down to Nixon not wanting to wear make up and it made a difference as to who won the election.  History  has shown which was the greater statesman, but it was the start of the image politician.  The suit and tie, the smile and haircut and even the stylish wife all help in electability.  In the Mad Men age policies and principals started to become secondary to the image.  Electability in these terms is really pandering to the dumbing down of politics.  To say that a person can only hold office if they are of a certain type or look, background or character.  It should be something taken out of politics rather than reinforced. It indicates the power of media in creating and destroying those in public life.

Electability  can however be about the policies and aims.  In this case a persons electability is affected when it’s assumed the British Public will not vote for the policies of the candidate. Now this is a little more complicated.  Recent  events have shown that the mind of the British public is not that easily read. Making sweeping assumptions as to what the electorate want is really quite dangerous.   Yes for many a choice is made on image, but this is exacerbated  by the lack of attention paid to policy and substance due to the factors mentioned above and without this information how can they make that choice.  For those who look beyond image it is basically insulting to presume you know what they want.     When there is evidence the British Public may well support some of those policies and ideas then to use this term in order to undermine the candidate is really tantamount to dictatorship. In this case the term electability is dangerous , divisive and undemocratic. Surely it is the result of the election, after a campaign which focussed on the aims of the candidate , which shows if a person is electable or not.   Claiming otherwise is arrogant , elitist   and insults the electorate.
Electability can also be seen as conveying a completely different meaning altogether.  Electability can be seen as a term which sums up all of the ideas and concepts that people have about politicians. That a person is very aware of image, having stylists and even taking  lessons on how to look good, trustworthy , authoritarian .  That a person is aware of the things the public likes to hear and will say them even if they really do not mean them.  It can indicate a person who has a background which distances them from the everyday public , such as wealth or privileged education, but is still portrayed as  understanding the worker, the poor, the unemployed.  It can embody all that is seen as wrong with politics and Westminster.  MP’s who are professional performers  who spin and lie and twist and turn with seemingly Teflon coating whilst treating the electorate as fodder. Power used a tool for their own self advancement.  Here again the media is involved in the  creation and sustaining of this kind of electability.   In this sense it is a word to be avoided if we want people to engage in politics, to become involved.  It helps to keep the halls of power as somewhere only suitable for a certain type, background, gender or ethnicity. Electability alienates and divides and discourages people from believing things can change.

I see electability as a word which has been developed, just in the same way as cookability.   Electability is an advertising term because in recent years politicians  been seen as nothing more than individuals trying to sell us something , trying to get us to buy , trying to sell us a way of life.  And all the time they are basically just looking for the profit at the cost of the consumer .

I see the term electability as encompassing all that is wrong with the government and with politics. A word  which says MP’s are not thinking of what is best for the country but what is best them.   It indicates a complete selling out of democracy and fairness.  It is a word which conveys contempt and arrogance.  It’s jargon having no substance or true meaning, used as a blanket to cover the truth and the real intentions of those who use it.

Therefore I am not surprised that this word has been used to describe Jeremy Corbyn.  However, it reflects more on those who use it than the one it is used against.  It reflects that they see the public as image hungry simpletons with no concept of the workings of government or the power and agenda of the media.  The word shows the workings of their minds not ours.  It shows contempt and fear that the world in which we went along with all they say is changing and that people have been caught out too many times by advertising to fall for it again.

Next time someone mentions the electability of Jeremy Corbyn  just explain what that word means.  That is stands for shallow, self serving , power hungry, arrogant, undemocratic, elitist , un inclusive people .  People who will always work for the rich and not the poor.  Who will line their own pockets and make deals rather than help the electorate. Will stand in the way of anyone who challenges their way of life and who has principles they stick with and a desire to actually make a difference.  When they  understood this then maybe they will also  understand exactly why they have used that against Jeremy.  They may understand that is actually not a bad thing to be called.

Musical hall rewind 

There is an old song , which you have to sing in a cockney accent.  Think Nancy from Oliver Twist not Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.   It goes like this,

It’s the same the whole world over, ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame.

It’s the rich what gets the pleasure and the poor what gets the blame.

This could become something of an anthem.  I doubt that you would find many who would not agree with the lyrics.

It is not only a  song but also a way of thinking that is embedded in many.  With good reason.  We have seen preferential treatment given to those with money in the courts.  We are seeing business men who after abusing their companies finances are kicking their  heels in a  new private jet.

So the song reverberates in our head and we all think that is just the way of it.  People may moan in the pub ( if they can find one) and they may tut and roll their eyes  at the stories of elitism and cronyism.  And they think there is nothing you can do.

So how has this become the predominant thought in the minds of those who are getting the blame?  For this we return to the ones who have the most to gain from people believing that nothing will change.  Those who get the pleasure. We see those with money , and the power that comes with it manipulating the media , elections , public opinion and many areas of public life to ensure that things go their way and more money is made. Normally on the back of those without.

We live in a world that is saturated with information, news passing  by quickly. As soon  as one scandal finishes another tragedy occurs.  We can keep  track of it all and we don’t have time to stop and study and think.  We accept the picture shown on the news, the article on the Internet the poll in the paper.  And this where our concept of the world is formed and where we get our belief of how the world works and what has to happen and how we should react.

And we know of the political leanings of the press.  We know which sources we can trust.  Or so we think.

In my opinion the mass media we have today is the single biggest weapon of mass destruction in the world.

Strong words you might say.  However if we are to look at how the “news” is presented to us.  The use of clever wording, of subtle comments, or correctly angled pictures then we start to see that it is not news that is being presented to us it is an agenda.

This agenda aims to make the majority of the population live in fear of terrorism, in fear of the Muslim , in fear of the refugee.  It gives us cover stories for wars and aggression.  It portrays people who are fighting for basic rights as thugs and aggressors.  It promotes stereotypes and racism.  It presents lies as truth and the truth as folly.  It creates who we see as the enemy and it shouts down those who want a different way. It promotes an identity , a belief, a position for people to take and be proud of and want to fight for because they are told it is threatened by others who want to destroy a way of life.

And it does a very good job of all of that and more.  However, for a long time now people have been catching on  to this.  They look elsewhere for the information.  They turn to the Internet.  They watch You Tube videos and follow blogs.  They find websites and groups.  Some even become creators of information.

And the media denounce it , you can’t trust it.  The Internet is evil and full of conspiracy believing tin foil hat wearing people.

Now I am not saying that you should believe either  one or the other.  I watch the news and surf the net and I find information which will help me to make up my mind.  Will help me come to a conclusion.

The thing is once you come to this conclusion you really can’t go back to watching the news in the same way.  And it makes you angry and frustrated. Because you know what is happening and how it is happening but others don’t. They dismiss your arguments and say you are paranoid. Even when you can show them evidence that they were lied to through the media and prove what you have been saying is true , as has been the case with the fallout of the referendum they dismiss it. They don’t want to be part of this quite scary place knowing that the desires and aims of a small group of people can be marketed in such a way that the population will actually support and believe them and help it to materialise.

So what has all this got to do with the price of fish ?

Jeremy Corbyn has been mocked, ridiculed , misquoted , vilified and ignored by the main stream media.  There is a bias against him.  His detractors get air time , even after it has been proven they are liars (mention no names Angela ” brick through my window ” Eagle)  His policies and ideas are seen as extreme left and to way out the for the British public to support.  He is mocked for his behaviour at public events , shown as unpatriotic and a light weight in terms of defence due to belief in nuclear disarmament and stance against trident and his talking to terrorists.

In short they are out to get him.  And three academic reports show that this is not the belief or feeling of those behind Jeremy but rather there is a clear bias against him and thee has been even before he was leader.

So what do we do.  We become his voice. #wearehismedia

The massive following that Jeremy has needs to unite together and counteract the bias. We need to show we are everyday people from all backgrounds and cultures , every gender and sexuality, differing social status and wealth.  And we want what is best for everyone in the UK not just those who have the wealth and control. We are loyal to this our country and to its people whilst also having compassion and care for those who are suffering as a result of the illegal war that a labour prime minister actually instigated. We want the UK to have quality education for all, for all to have a roof over their head and for no one to have to rely on food banks or be denied a quality of life or even take their own life due to welfare cuts and sanctions. We want everyone to have an equal chance at living a healthy life, and not one where poverty reduces life expectancy.

We do not want a system of private insurance health care.  We want to save the NHS and ensure that its staff are valued and their morale is high.  We want people to have access to care and medication.  We want there to be better mental health services so people and families are not left to suffer and cope alone.

We need to share all of this with those who “don’t do politics”or want to sign up to more of the same from a Labour Party of spin, lies and connections.  We want to bring back those labour supporters who felt alienated by the party that was created for them by those who took it and sullied its name through its Labourist belief system and   Westminster way of doing things.

We are strong enough to do this.  We will take the name calling and the derision. We will take the bias and the twisting of our words. We will take the obstacles put in front of us and throw them aside.  And we will change things for the better.

If you doubt this I will put forward one name.  Nelson Mandela.  Whilst Jeremy  was protesting against apartheid, David Cameron was involved in groups against him, going to South Africa to make deals to stop the ANC , and called him a terrorist.

The commitment and the power of the voices that stood up and said no.  Who brought it to public attention . Those loony lefties of the 80’s made a change.  In fact we all now know it was a complete turnaround.  So much so that on his  death David Cameron waxed lyrical about him.  Because he knew that the public had seen that this was a man fighting for justice and freedom.  And that the public would not stand for anything else.

So it is possible to make a change.  To fight against injustice and wrong.  And to make the public understand the truth despite the best attempt to tell them otherwise.

And that is what is scaring those whose life will change and who will have to stop treating the poor and those in need with contempt.

And we will be able to sing a different song and know that we have worked together for the greater good.

 

Who owns the UK media

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