My life was hurrying, racing tragically toward its end. And yet at the same time it was dripping so slowly, so very slowly now, hour by hour, minute by minute. One always has to wait until the sugar melts, the memory dies, the wound scars over, the sun sets, the unhappiness lifts and fades away.
— Simone de Beauvoir
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: Hello, I've only just joined the Labour Party and I'm not really sure what to do to get involved, do you have any advice? Thank you!
- email your local parliamentary candidates, european parliamentary candidates, councillors etc and ask if there’s anything you can do. many CLPs (constituency labour parties) go canvassing on weekends and are always grateful for help.
- go to local branch meetings. (I’ve never been to one because my local branch is like, 3 hours away, and I think it’d be boring as hell but whatever. It’s recommended.)
- there should be a youth coordinator or something organising activities for young labour members in your area, so see if you can hunt them down (or if there isn’t one, maybe recommend yourself for the post.)
- go to dinners/conferences you get emails about (these can cost a fair bit but for conferences you can be a youth delegate and go free!)
- sign up for labourlist emails
- help make policy at http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/
- get involved with Young Labour or LGBT Labour
- other stuff probably (I am an awful member I never do any of the above stuff I just sign petitions occasionally)
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labour uk politics goodygarlick answered
: Why is there no communist party in the uk?
There are loads actually, just none of them very big. If you’re asking why there’s no mass party, I guess a part of it is that trade unions are traditionally affiliated with Labour rather than any communist party, and Labour has denied affiliation with communist parties since the CPGB (the biggest communist party, now defunct), though there certainly have been communists in Labour and plenty in the trade unionist movement. The CPGB was biggest in the 20s and early 30s I think, so if you’re interested in why it never became a mass party perhaps look into its history in that period.
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uk politics anonymous answered
I’ll tell you what we’ll do: We’ll ban zero hours contracts, increase the minimum wage, incentivise a living wage, get big business to pay their taxes and cut taxes for the little guys, freeze energy bills for today’s householders and build homes for tomorrow’s. We’ll guarantee jobs for young people - spreading the success of Jobs Growth Wales right across Britain. We’ll reinstate the 50p rate and pay off the deficit at a sensible rate. We’ll tax bankers bonuses and get them lending again We’ll rebuild and rebalance Britain - strengthening the economy outside the M25, not just within it. Conference, we’ll scrap the Bedroom Tax, like the Poll Tax before it, the kitemark of Tory inequality and injustice.
- Extract from Owen Smith MP’s fab speech at the 2014 Welsh Labour Conference
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quote labour and this is why i support labour because labour could actually do this; the greens couldn't labour is our chance at making things better for the people who really need it (ed's speech was gd too)
: Why do you support labour as opposed to, say, Green which arguably have more socialist policies?
I do support the Green Party (though with dubiousness - there are so many different elements in there and some of them are Not Good) and am considering voting for them in the European Election next month as it’s a proportional system. But in terms of the General Election next year, I will definitely be voting Labour.
My relationship with Labour is kind of like being a fan of a football club that used to be really good and could be good again but right now it keeps fucking up (aka mostly exasperation but with occasional twinges of hope). I definitely don’t agree with everything Labour does and says, and most of the time I want to shake Ed Miliband and tell him to get his act together (I totally think Owen Smith would make a better leader). But they are the largest left-wing party and they are neither homogeneous nor unchangeable. There are some amazing people in Labour, as MPs, AMs, Councillors and campaigners - proper socialist people with fire in their guts who really, truly believe in creating a better society. Those are the ones I’m rooting for. And I think if more of those people became active in Labour it could shift the direction of the party (and I think the shift is happening right now, if you look at some of their policies for the next term). That’s why I joined, anyway. And I know it’s very difficult when a lot of the party is made up of old careerist politicians who don’t have that passion, but they don’t make up the whole party.
At the end of the day, Labour is the only way we’re going to get the Tories out. They are a mass party, formed for working class people and vastly made up of working class people, and if people work with Labour rather than against it I think we could see really great things coming from it.
(I could say a lot more about this w/r/t specific policies but really need to do actual work. I’m a big fan of all-women shortlists, 50p tax, getting rid of the bedroom tax, tax breaks for living wage employers, etc. They could be doing WAY more, but generally I approve.)
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labour uk politics anonymous answered
Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.
1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.
2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.
3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.
4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.
5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.
6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.
7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.
8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.
9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.
The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy | Sarah Kendzior
And only about 37% of people who actually take unpaid internships eventually end up receiving job offers later. Compared to the 67% of people who receive job offers after completing a PAID internship.
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: that guardian article is literally like "whaaaat you mean i cant approach random women and ask them for sex ??? OPPRESSION i have the right to freedom of speech !!" it pissed me off. there were some good comments though.
basically, yeah. like, personally, I think the freedom to move and dress as you like without fear of being assaulted or raped is a more important component of the “sexual revolution” than being able to randomly proposition women for sex, but that’s just my silly, feminist, anti-freedom opinion.
(also reminded of me of the analogy with the bank - which no men bloody get. you’re not going to get sexual freedom until men stop attacking and harassing women as a matter of course.)
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rape tw assault tw sexual assault tw kelixir answered
started writing an angry reply to that guardian article but I HAVE SO MUCH STUDYING TO DO I CANT WASTE MY TIME ON STUPID BROCIALISTS WHO USE FREUD IN SERIOUS ARGUMENTS
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personal need 2 stop reading things that i know will just piss me off
laughing forever but also weeping @ male “radicals” who subscribe to millennia old patriarchal arguments
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feminism looking at YOU guardian dudebro
Please read this awful article it’s the worst thing I’ve ever read
"sexually liberated expression" and some people think the criticism that sex positivity has been exploited by men is an exaggeration, lmao
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HARASSMENT IS NOT PROGRESSIVE