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politicalsci 2019-02-20 15:05:39

The UN report by Philip Alston on Tory Britain…

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The UN report by Philip Alston on Tory Britain:

14 million people – a fifth of the UK population – live in poverty

Child poverty is predicted to rise 7% between 2015 and 2022

Homelessness is up 60% since 2010 and an  exponential growth in
the number of food banks.

A 49% real terms reduction in funding for local governments since 2010

When asked about the kind of future the UK faces, Mr Alston said:
“Britain is heading towards an alienated society where you have pretty
dramatic differences between the upper classes and the lower classes.”

politicalsci 2019-02-18 11:58:51

Regular

This is bollocks, people are just being cautious about the future. Most right thinking people are scared shitless of a no deal Brexit and are holding onto what they have. Food sales are ok, it’s a necessity but ‘a new winter coat for the wife…’ *will have to go on the back burner

* Shipbuilding written by Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt’s version always brings me to tears.

You should probably read Corbyn’s Wakefield speech for yourself

Given the way mainstream media outlets have routinely twisted Jeremy Corbyn’s words over the last three years, it’s clearly a sensible idea to read his Wakefield Brexit speech for yourself rather than relying on people who utterly despise Corbyn and the democratic socialist policies he champions to traduce and interpret what he said for you.

We know that the right-wing propaganda rags have an outrageous track record of misreporting Corbyn’s policies, publishing smears and outright lies, and even crudely photoshopping pictures to attack him with.

And we also know that supposedly left-leaning media outlets like the Independent and Guardian have proven themselves desperately unreliable too through their deliberate misrepresentation of Corbyn’s policies with blatantly deceptive headlines, the use of brazenly cherry-picked out-of-context quotations to misrepresent his views, and the publishing of outright lies about his Brexit policies.

So here’s what Corbyn actually said:

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It’s a pleasure to be here in Wakefield and thank you to OE Electrics for kindly hosting us.

We are now two and a half years on from the EU referendum and we are finally reaching the moment when the House of Commons will have its say on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

In those two and a half years many of the most pressing problems facing people in their daily lives, here in Yorkshire and across the country, have been ignored or relegated to the back of the queue by a Conservative Party consumed by its own internal battles over Brexit.

Years of Tory failure have left our society more divided than ever:

Poverty is growing, homelessness is up, personal debt is rising and crime is up too.

The truth is, the real divide in our country is not between those who voted to Remain in the EU and those who voted to Leave. It is between the many – who do the work, who create the wealth and pay their taxes, and the few – who set the rules, who reap the rewards and so often dodge taxes.

The Conservative Party’s main concern, as ever is to protect the interests of the few and is prepared to set everybody else against each other divide and rule style to stay in power.

That’s why at every turn during the Brexit negotiations the Prime Minister has acted in ways that have exacerbated division.

In fact her only success in bringing people together has been to unite both people who voted leave and those who voted remain against her botched and damaging deal.

Now she is facing the inevitable consequence of that failure, defeat in the House of Commons.

Let there be no doubt. Theresa May’s deal is a bad deal for our country and Labour will vote against it next week in Parliament.

And remember, the only reason Parliament is having what has become known as the meaningful vote is because Labour secured that concession from the government.

I would like to pay tribute to Keir Starmer and his team for all their hard work throughout this process.

If the government cannot pass its most important legislation then there must be a general election at the earliest opportunity.

A government that cannot get its business through the House of Commons is no government at all.

It has lost its mandate so must go to the country to seek another.

And the government defeat on Tuesday, after the amendment put down by Yvette Cooper was passed, is the first time a government has been defeated on a Finance Bill since 1978.

So I say to Theresa May: if you are so confident in your deal then call that election and let the people decide.

If not, Labour will table a motion of no confidence in the government at the moment we judge it to have the best chance of success.

Clearly, Labour does not have enough MPs in parliament to win a confidence vote on its own.

So members across the House should vote with us to break the deadlock.

This paralysis cannot continue. Uncertainty is putting people’s jobs and livelihoods at risk.

And if a general election cannot be secured then we will keep all options on the table, including the option of campaigning for a public vote.

But an election must be the priority. It is not only the most practical option, it is also the most democratic option.

It could give the winning party a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal for Britain and secure support for it in Parliament and across the country.

Defeat for the government’s central policy on Tuesday would be historic.

It would not only signal the failure of Theresa May’s premiership but the failure of the Conservative Party as a party of government.

This is after all a party that for decades claimed to be the natural party of government. A safe bet for the country.

Now we see the reality.

They don’t know what they’re doing. They have led us from chaos to crisis. And they have no answers or legislation to fix the many crises of their own making whether it’s the cost of living, housing, personal debt, escalating inequality, rising crime or collapsing public services.

But there are solutions to these crises and Theresa May’s botched Brexit deal is not “the only deal possible.”

It is a deal that reflects the kind of country that the Tories want to create.

It should be no surprise that this Tory deal allows workers’ rights and environmental protections to fall behind minimum European basic standards.

The government boasts that this will give the UK “flexibility.”

But flexibility for whom?

Flexibility for employers to exploit workers. Flexibility for big corporations to pollute our environment.

Flexibility for multinational giants to undercut our neighbours and drive down standards everywhere.

Meanwhile Theresa May’s refusal to countenance negotiating a new customs union is based on the Tory dream of a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump which could deliver chlorinated chicken to our dinner tables and open up our NHS to giant profit-seeking American healthcare corporations.

Labour has very different priorities because we represent the interests of the many, not the few.

We have given voice to policies that command majority public support but which the political class has long refused to endorse such as fair taxation and new forms of public ownership.

When Labour goes into government we will support new high tech industries that will provide high wage secure jobs. And we will bring real investment and prosperity to areas such as Yorkshire and the Midlands, to Scotland and Wales which for too long have been held back by successive governments.

And so the alternative plan that Labour has set out for a sensible Brexit deal that could win broad support is designed to enable us to fulfil those ambitions while respecting the democratic result of the referendum.

Any political leader who wants to bring the country together cannot wish away the votes of 17 million people who wanted to leave, any more than they can ignore the concerns of the 16 million who voted to remain.

I know people are genuinely scared by the prospect of no deal. I meet people who are frightened and going through real stress.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the EU nationals who have enriched our society and made such a fantastic contribution to our industries and services. With Labour your future here is secure.

And I know many people were appalled at the bigotry and racism that some politicians stoked during the referendum campaign and are still trying to exploit out of the small number of desperate refugees risking their lives to cross the English Channel.

Let’s never forget that whatever circumstances people are living in whether in tents camps or trying to survive on dangerous dinghies, everyone is a human being and we must reach out the hand of humanity in all circumstances.

And that is exactly what Labour’s Home team does, led so well by Diane Abbott.

People want to live in a country that’s tolerant, that’s diverse, that’s open. We won’t let that openness, that generosity be crushed. Let’s not lower our horizons, let’s raise them up.

I also know that in many places like Wakefield, people feel they’ve been ignored. They lost industries and no one seemed to care. They’ve been robbed of their future by a lack of investment.

These are proud, generous communities that pull together and support each other. Communities that have real pride in their towns, in their cities, in their regions, but they know they could be so much more. I understand that many of them wanted to send the politicians a message in the referendum and I hear them. Labour is the party of the working class and we’ll stand up for you.

That’s why our alternative plan prioritises jobs growth and rights.

That is why we have called for a new customs union with a British say in future trade deals; a strong single market relationship; and a guarantee to keep pace with EU rights and standards.

Combined with the election of a radical Labour government our alternative plan will allow us to make the fundamental changes that are so badly needed in our country, while respecting those who voted both leave and remain.

Why is a customs union necessary?

It’s because a new customs union and a radical Labour government with an active industrial strategy will allow a renaissance in our manufacturing sector, which will create good, secure jobs and help restore pride and prosperity to parts of our country that have been ignored for too long.

Why do we need a strong relationship with the single market?

It’s because frictionless trade and a radical Labour government with a plan to invest in every region and nation of our country, will give us the chance to kick-start real growth in our economy, allowing the wealth created by this country’s workforce to be shared more fairly.

Finally, why are we absolutely insistent on at least keeping pace with EU rights at work environmental standards and consumer protections?

It’s because with those guarantees and a radical Labour government that stands up for people against powerful vested interests, we can give workers and consumers more control over their lives.

The alternative deal Labour has proposed is practical and achievable, and clearly has the potential to command majority support in parliament.

But it is not an end in itself. The task of the Labour party and the Labour movement is the long-overdue transformation of our country.

We will bring people together by addressing the deep-seated and common problems across our country and fulfilling the aspirations that led people to vote both leave or remain.

I would put it like this: if you’re living in Tottenham you may well have voted to Remain.

You’ve got high bills rising debts. You’re in insecure work. You struggle to make your wages stretch and you may be on universal credit, and forced to access food banks.

You’re up against it.

If you’re living in Mansfield, you are more likely to have voted to Leave.

You’ve got high bills, rising debts, you’re in insecure work, you struggle to make your wages stretch and you may be on universal credit and forced to access food banks.

You’re up against it.

But you’re not against each other.

People across the country, whether they voted Leave or Remain know that the system isn’t working for them.

Some see the EU as a defence against insecurity and hostility. Others see the EU as part of an establishment that plunged them into insecurity and hostility in the first place.

But it’s the failed system rigged against the many to protect the interests of the few that is the real cause of inequality and insecurity whether it’s in Tottenham or Mansfield.

And, the real solution is to transform Britain to work in the interests of the vast majority by challenging the entrenched power of a privileged elite.

That is how we can help to overcome our country’s divisions.

Because for both sides the EU referendum was about much more than our relationship with our biggest trading partner and its rules.

It was about what has happened to our people over decades and how to build a better future.

The Conservatives are never going to tackle the burning injustices in our country or act to overcome the deep and growing inequalities.

They are incapable of leading us out of a crisis they created.

Britain deserves a government that can govern.

The need for a government with a clear purpose and direction for the country could not be more urgent.

A general election is the right answer and the best way to break the deadlock.

Labour is ready to bring Leave and Remain voters together to rebuild Britain for the many not the few.

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Of course this speech is going to be unsatisfactory to the Brextremists who crave the social and economic meltdown of a “no deal” Brexit because it will deny them the thrill of seeing the British economy burned to the ground just so that Jacob Rees-Mogg and his mega-rich Brexity mates can make fortunes betting against Britain.

And of course it’s also going to infuriate Remain extremists who seem to hate Corbyn as much as they hate Brexi, because for some absolutely unfathomable reason they want “another referendum now” which means Theresa May and the Tories would get to choose the options and the wording on the ballot!

But anyone between the two polar extremes of the Brexit debate should easily be able to see what Corbyn is trying to achieve.

He’s trying to undo the damage the Tories have done to our country by offering a less damaging version of Brexit than the horrific false dichotomy Theresa May is threatening the nation with (back my Tory party before country Brexit or I’ll punish you all by trashing the economy with “no deal”), he’s pledging to address the root causes of the collapse in living standards that caused the Brexit vote in the first place (Tory austerity dogma, Tory wage repression, Tory public service cuts, Tory social security cuts …), he’s offering a much less damaging version of Brexit if it does go ahead, and he’s still keeping the option of a repeat referendum on the table.

The Tories have created such devastating economic chaos and such damaging divisions in British society in their 9 years in office that anyone attempting to lead a recovery obviously has a monumental task on their hands.

But you’d have to be delusional to argue that Corbyn is wrong to oppose Theresa May’s Tory party before country Brexit and her outrageous threat of punishing us all with a “no deal” meltdown if she doesn’t get her own way.

You’d have to be delusional to argue that it’s wrong to try to heal the enormous rift the Tories created between Leavers and Remainers rather than jumping with both feet into one or other of the extreme positions.

And you’d have to be just as delusional to argue that Corbyn shouldn’t be seeking to address the root causes of the collapse in living standards that caused the Brexit vote in the first place.


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In an alternative universe Ed Miliband is approaching his 4th boring year as Prime Minister

Alternate universe theory suggests the possibility that there are an infinite number of parallel universes, and that new ones spring into existence every time a choice is made.

According to alternate universe theory the universe where I decided to write this article is the one we’re living in, but another alternative universe branched off at the moment I made the (probably correct) decision that producing a multiverse theory article on the root causes of Brexit would be a ridiculous waste of my own time, and did something else like go far a walk.

If alternative universe theory is correct then that means that in some parallel universe Prime Minister Ed Miliband is approaching his fourth year in office having decided to actively oppose ruinous Tory austerity dogma back in 2015, rather than following the hopelessly self-defeating strategy of Blairite centrists like Ed Balls and Chris Leslie who thought that pathetically imitating Tory austerity dogma would win Labour the 2015 General Election by appealing to soft-Tory voters in marginal constituencies.

In this alternate universe Ed Miliband was smart enough to realise that Labour offering a toxic prescription of yet more Tory-style austerity would drive away dozens of natural Labour voters all over the country for every soft-Tory voter they won over in marginal constituencies, and told them to go away and come up with an strategically competent and economically coherent investment-based alternative to Tory austerity madness, or get out of the shadow treasury and let someone with an actual clue have a go instead.

In this alternative universe Ed Miliband leadership presented Labour as the only UK-wide alternative to 5 more years of ruinous austerity madness. This strategy gave Labour Party activists a very clear message to get enthusiastic about and sell to the electorate, and galvanised the Labour vote resulting in a resounding defeat for the austerity-fixated Tory/Lib-Dem coalition.

This Tory defeat meant that there would be no referendum on quitting the EU, and that Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell would remain obscure Labour backbenchers as Ed Miliband was sworn in as Prime Minister, rather than becoming the guys who finally made Labour stand up, stop imitating Tory austerity fanaticism, and offer an actual alternative to economically illiterate Tory austerity madness.

What’s the point in imagining this alternative universe?

The point is that imagining an alternative universe where Labour didn’t continually track further and further to the right under the direction of clueless centrists like Ed Balls and Chris Leslie illustrates how centrism managed to deliver it’s own worst nightmares.

First this clueless centrist agenda of ever closer imitation of the Tories managed to deliver the Labour Party back into the hands of genuine democratic socialists after two decades of control by pro-privatisation, pro-austerity centrists, and then to make matters even worse for the centrists their absolute ineptitude helped to give birth to Brexit too.

If Ed Miliband had become Prime Minister in 2015 there would never have been an EU referendum, and even if he’d still somehow still lost the 2015 general election to the Tories, the EU referendum would obviously have played out very differently.

Had the centrists actively opposed ruinous hard-right Tory austerity dogma from the beginning rather than pathetically imitating it, they could have made the very clear argument that the unprecedented collapse in living standards that people had been suffering was purely the consequence of hard-right Tory policies like austerity dogma, wage repression, the deliberate defunding of public services, and massive social security cuts.

But having actively supported these ruinous austerity policies, the centrists were left biting their tongues while the ukippers, the hard-right of the Tory party, and assorted extreme-right fanatics gleefully filled the political vacuum by blaming the devastating real life consequences of hard-right Tory austerity dogma on immigrants and the EU.

The centrists blatantly created their own political nightmares by enabling (Lib-Dems) and imitating (Labour right-wingers) the hard-right fanaticism of the Tory party, and now they’re left torn between slinging abuse and lies at Jeremy Corbyn and anyone who supports his pro-investment economic policies in the vain hope of returning the Labour leadership to centrist control, and desperately trying to stop the Brexit shambles that they enabled in the first place by means of another referendum that they’re actually quite likely to lose again given their abject failure to address the root causes of why the 2016 Brexit vote happened in the first place.
 

This Tweet from David Cameron will never get old


Imagining a calm and rather boring Ed Miliband approaching his fourth relatively uneventful year as Prime Minister helps us to understand the sheer idiocy of all the centrists who somehow imagined that the essence of political centrism isn’t maintaining a mix between capitalism and socialism, but continually tracking the Tory party ever further towards the bonkers hard-right, no matter how blatantly harmful and self-defeating the economic fanaticism the Tories have been promoting.

But if the behaviour of centrists has taught us anything over the last three years it’s that they’re absolutely immune to self-awareness, and absolutely intent on bitterly blaming everyone apart from themselves for the absolute chaos they unleashed by deliberately denying the public any real alternative to hard-right Tory austerity fanaticism back in 2015.

They won’t blame themselves and their noxious austerity-lite agenda for Ed Miliband not becoming Prime Minister. They’ll blame literally anyone else from Rupert Murdoch for publishing that notorious bacon sandwich picture, to Ed Miliband for supposedly being too left-wing (!!?!), to people who voted Green/SNP/Plaid Cymru in 2015 (because they were the only parties that actually bothered opposing Tory austerity fanaticism at the time).

And they absolutely refuse to blame themselves for facilitating Brexit either.

Even when Lib-Dem centrists were part of the pro-austerity government and Labour “centrists” controlled the pro-austerity political opposition too, it’s still somehow always somebody else’s fault.

If only Ed Miliband had been smart enough to reject the centrists morally indefensible and strategically incompetent austerity-lite rubbish and actually given the public an alternative to get behind, but all we can do now is imagine what that might have been like, and marvel at the self-absorbed wittering of centrists who still outright deny the fact that their despicable austerity-appeasement opened the door to all of this Tory chaos in the first place.

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Why are “centrists” so immune to the concept of counter-productive behaviour?


One of the trickiest things to understand about self-declared “centrists” is how they’re so insulated from reality that they’re incapable of even understanding the damage they keep doing to their own cause.

The primary fixation of the “centrists” at present is demanding another EU referendum that they’ve patronisingly called a “people’s vote” as if the 33.5 million who voted in the 2016 referendum were somehow un-people.

Giving your campaign an absurdly patronising name is bad enough, but anyone with a grain of sense should be able to spot the massive glaring risk with this “another referendum now” strategy, which is that if Remainers conspire to lose it (like they did the last one), then they’ll have created a cast-iron irreversible double-mandate for Brexit.

With this risk of creating an irreversible double Brexit mandate in mind, you’d think that “centrists” and other Remainers would be focusing all their efforts on trying to create as much public appeal as possible for the idea of stopping Brexit … But no! A lot of the bone-headed, shockingly out-of-touch, unbelievably divisive, and downright dishonest behaviour of “centrists” looks like it’s actually designed to make the general public hate Remainers.

“Taking the piste”

Andrew Adonis’ Tweet about a 2nd referendum on his mates winter skiing options may have some kind of niche appeal amongst the most militant of Remainers, who knows? But if the replies are anything to go by, he’s spectacularly misjudged the mood of the nation.


Brexit happened in the first place because Tory austerity dogma and wage repression policies caused an unprecedented collapse in living standards.

“Centrists”
compounded the problem through their failure to pin the blame for this collapse in living standards on Tory government policy for fear of implicating themselves too (the Lib-Dems actively enabled Tory austerity dogma, and Labour “centrists” somehow decided that imitating Tory austerity dogma rather than opposing it would win them the 2015 General Election!).

This “centrist” failure left the door wide open for ukippers, hard-right Tories, and assorted extreme-right hate groups to falsely pin the blame for the consequences of Tory austerity and wage repression on immigrants and the EU.

Since the Brexit vote things have got even worse. More people in dire poverty, more people in exploitative low-paid jobs, more people feeling the effects of Tory wage repression, more people struggling to get by, more people relying on food bank handouts just to survive …

Yet here’s one of the most high profile Remainers (an unelected lord) actively fulfilling the caricature of an out-of-touch Remainer elitist living the high life while the ignored millions continue to struggle to survive!

How could anyone ever think that these appalling optics could help the Remainer cause?

Manufacturing the news

Brexiteers won the 2016 referendum with an absolute mass of deceptions, distortions, and outright lies. Even the Vote Leave campaign chief openly admitted that they wouldn’t have won without the ‘£350 million for the NHS’ lie.

It seems that rather than oppose this kind of outrageous propaganda, “centrists” have decided to imitate the same tactics to manufacture outrage and distort public opinion to their will, with the Guardian leading the charge.

An outrageously deceptive headline misrepresenting Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy in order to trigger a tsunami of rage shares on the Friday, an then following it up with an article on the Sunday openly gloating about the bitter internal Labour conflicts triggered by the mass rage sharing of Friday’s deceptive headline and even outright lying about Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit stance!

Anyone who has paid attention over the last three years can’t have failed to notice the bitter “anti- Corbyn” agenda of “centrist” hacks at the Guardian. But the terrifying thing is that this anti-Corbyn groupthink mentality is so deeply embedded at Guardian towers that they’re wilfully spreading deceptions and outright lies in order to manufacture divisions amongst opponents of Tory Brexit.

Any Guardian hack with a shred of journalistic integrity should be outraged that the organisation they work for is conducting such an obvious propaganda war to use deceptions and lies to attack Corbyn and drive a wedge between the Labour left and the Remain campaign, when any sensible strategy to minimise the Brexit damage should be aimed at unifying all opponents of Tory Brexit, rather than deliberately infuriating the Labour-left with anti-Corbyn propaganda and lies.

Preaching to the converted
 

 I vehemently opposed Brexit in 2016, and I’ve continually opposed the Tories’ shambolic and incompetent handling of Brexit ever since, but JK Rowling’s astoundingly patronising, hate-fuelled, faux biblical Twitter rant is so obviously appalling and that ordinary people must be wondering how she ended up so consumed by such bitterness and hatred, despite living a life of wealth, luxury, and almost constant acclaim.

Another puzzle is how thousands of “centrist” types apparently enjoyed this utterly cringeworthy display of preaching to the converted so much that they actively liked it and shared it!

If you wanted to actually reinforce the views of Brexiters, showing them this horrific display of patronising and elitist “centrist” bile would surely work infinitely better than composing some new lie to plaster on the side of a bus.

Counter-productive behaviour

If “centrists” were even remotely capable of learning from their own mistakes they would have clocked that their barrages of smears and abuse aimed at discrediting Jeremy Corbyn during the 2015 Labour leadership election only ended up boosting his popularity.

If they had any sense whatever they’d have got to grips with the concept of counter-productive behaviour, and evolved their campaigning strategies accordingly.

Another lesson “centrists” should obviously have learned is that their lamentable campaign tactics during the 2016 referendum somehow managed to hand a bunch of hard-right pro-austerity Brextremist charlatans an astounding victory, despite the fact they demonstrably didn’t even have a plan for what to do next if they did somehow end up winning!

That “centrists” so clearly haven’t learned either of these lessons should leave anyone who opposes Tory Brexit sick with worry, because presuming these people get the second referendum they want so much, how is Tory Brextremism ever meant to be defeated with a bunch of out-of-touch, unbelievably divisive, bone-headed, elitist, downright dishonest, and unbelievably counter-productive people like this fronting the campaign against it?

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politicalsci 2018-12-19 19:38:44

12 reasons you shouldn’t get distracted by the Tory “stupid woman” smears


The Tories and their chums in the mainstream media are brazenly lying that when Jeremy Corbyn said “stupid people” to the howling and braying mob behind Theresa May, he was saying “stupid woman” to her.


I can’t believe I’m wasting my time writing about this staggeringly dishonest piece of faux outrage Tory propaganda that’s clearly based on a flat-out lie, but here we go.

Here are 12 reasons you shouldn’t allow yourself to get distracted by this ridiculous scandal.

1. When Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond clearly and undeniably called Andrea Jenkyns a “stupid woman” in parliament how quickly was it completely forgotten about by Tory MPs? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

2. Did anyone see Tory MPs howling about sexism just last week when Theresa May welcomed an alleged rapist back into the Tory fold without the conclusion of a proper investigation into the allegations just because she was afraid of losing the internal Tory vote of no confidence in her leadership? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

3. Did anyone see Tory MPs banging on about sexism last week when Theresa May also readmitted a vile Tory sex pest who bombarded female constituents with disgusting sex texts and stands accused of bullying a junior female member of staff? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

4. Why do Tory MPs never complain when Theresa May grovels before misogynistic head-chopping tyrants from Saudi Arabia in order to flog them weapons to commit their war crimes in Yemen despite the fact they execute women’s rights protesters, even when she welcomes them to Britain on International Women’s Day? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

5. Tory MPs all actively vote in favour of sexist austerity dogma that deliberately loads 86% of the economic pain onto women and even after it’s pointed out to them they continue their “war on women” with another brazenly sexist budget designed to punish low-income women and single parents (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

6. Did anyone see any Tory MP express distaste at the outrageous sexist views of their Tory candidate for mayor of London Shaun Bailey or complaining when Theresa May backed their parliamentary candidate in Darlington last year despite a slew of sexist and homophobic posts on his personal blog? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism or other forms of bigotry)

7. Did anyone see Tories howling with outrage when the Tory MP Christopher Chope deliberately sabotaged the Upskirting Bill by talking for so long there was no time left to vote on it? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

8. How many Tory MPs complained so loud when Theresa May made a vile extreme-right misogynistic Twitter troll famous by quoting him in parliament to score cheap political points against Jeremy Corbyn? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

9. Where was the outpouring of Tory outrage when the misogynistic Tory MP Philip Davies tried to deliberately derail Domestic Violence legislation with an absurd 91 minute speech aimed at talking out the debate so the vote couldn’t happen? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)

10. Where was the outpouring of Tory outrage when the then-Home Secretary Theresa May introduced brazenly sexist arbitrary income requirements for British citizens applying to bring their non-EU spouses to Britain? (Tories don’t give a shit about sexism)  

11. Misrepresenting “stupid people” as “stupid woman” and howling faux outrage about it is such a blatant distraction tactic. It’s clearly a piece of fake outrage nonsense to deliberately deflect public attention away from the extraordinary game of reckless “no deal” Brexit brinkmanship Theresa May is playing with the nation’s future (the subject Corbyn was holding her to account over during the parliamentary session where he made the widely misrepresented “stupid people” comment).

12. The evidence is absolutely clear that Corbyn didn’t even say what the Tories and their propaganda agents in the mainstream media accused him of saying (watch the slow-mo video). It’s just yet another example of Tory/mainstream media smear tactics aimed at destroying anyone who doesn’t go along with the neoliberal economic fanaticism that has wreaked so much damage on the UK over the last four decades.

It’s absolutely shocking to see so many people allowing themselves to be so easily distracted by such a ridiculous display of faux outrage over a comment that wasn’t even made, while Theresa May recklessly gambles with the entire nation’s future right in front of our eyes.

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