Why Are Labour So Scared, When Their Opponents Seem Permanently Terrified? | TheCritique Archives

The Labour Party have missed so many “open goals” that people have to wonder why. Why have Labour not hammered the Conservatives (or the Coalition) when they have set themselves up to be knocked down with ease. It’s like watching a toddler at the bowling alley – the inflatable bumpers have been set up, and then the child insists on them being taken away.

Now there’s a chance that Labour might get a leader that actually takes the fight to the “enemy”… and a faction within Labour are terrified. It seems to many people that this is probably because those MPs & hangers-on actually *like* what the Tories are doing. Plus the party have had a huge influx of members (not just “supporters”, actual members) and rather than be thrilled and shouting loudly about it, they seem embarrassed & looking for ways to remove as many as they can.

Dear Ms Harman… I became disgusted with the Labour Party in 2003 (well, slightly earlier, but you know what I’m talking about), the fact that I have joined since the end of June should tell you something about why. Don’t touch my membership!

“It is December 2013. Iain Duncan-Smith, Work & Pensions Secretary, attends a hearing in front of the Parliamentary Work and Pension’s Committee. He is surrounded by armed police officers, and even has a personal bodyguard protecting him. They are there to keep him safe from ‘frenzied attacks’ he is apparently expecting from a small group of disability activists. Three of the activists, let it be noted, are in wheelchairs.Now that tells a story of a man who is really scared. Easily scared.”

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Shameless: Charity Bosses To Gather In Luxury Hotel For £715 Homelessness Conference | the void

Source: Shameless: Charity Bosses To Gather In Luxury Hotel For £715 Homelessness Conference | the void

 

I’ve got to chime in on this one and it got too long for a comment.  I know this hotel quite well (I have “memories”) for reasons that will be explained.

The event is questions is The Under One Roof Conference that takes place in July 2015 – http://www.homeless.org.uk/events/under-one-roof

There are very few large scale conference venues in the UK that can handle an event of this scope. Most have either not enough rooms for the various program items or the rooms they have are not large enough for the number of delegates. A conference/convention isn’t simply a few hundred (because it will be a few hundred) people sitting in a large room staring at the stage – although those do tend to be a part of any conference. Okay, I will admit that there are some conferences that are nothing BUT a series of interchangeable Ruperts & Emmas talking at an audience, but not all are like that & this one isn’t. To quote from the Under One Roof website “Over the two days, we’re running a series of masterclasses, workshops and debates.”

Having been on the organising committee for a 600-900 member convention for around 8 years* I know how few there are and what the hidden limitations can be of most of those. We even used the Hinckley for three events (2004, ’06 & ’08). At that time the main function room was not really adequate for our needs but it did have plenty of smaller rooms for various things to happen & a fantastic “chill out”/”break out” area in the atrium. It has been renovated since then – and hopefully it no longer floods every time there’s heavy rain! Though that could be an interesting wake up call for this particular event :)

This sort of thing canNOT be held “in a homeless hostel” for what I hope, after the above, are obvious reasons. It can’t be done as a “podcast” because it is not a single “one panel on stage speaking to an audience” event. It can’t be done as a tele-conference/skype for the same reason.  We regularly had/have suggestions from attendees that we hold our event “at a University” – which has it’s own set of limitations, not least that the student accommodation is generally single rooms (& bedding not included) with, often, shared bathrooms & kitchens and a long trek from the rooms to wherever on campus the action is happening.

One fact to bear in mind is that the ticket price (the £715 figure being bandied about is for 2 nights for non-members of any of the associated organisations who want to arrive the day before the event starts) includes not just the hotel room & dinner but the cost of hiring the function rooms. The goal should be to pay for the entire event through attendance. If that can’t be done, the event should be shelved. The event also has corporate sponsorship to cover any shortfall etc (including the cost of the meal, it seems).

Now, that “swanky meal”… the hotel is pretty isolated as I recall. There are no restaurants nearby unless you want to go for a drive & the hotel restaurant, like many hotels of that size, cannot deal with near enough 100% capacity all ordering different meals & all at the same time. So they put on a 3 (or maybe 4) course meal as part of the event – usually with a couple of choices for each course & to be advised in advance so the kitchen know exactly what they are doing.

The problem is ONLY that “4 star hotel!!!!!” gets people upset when it is put next to “Homeless Charity Conference!!!!!”  And don’t bloody bitch about “OMG! There’s a pool and a spa and a sauna!!!!!” Of course there is, you’d be hard put to find any large 4+ star hotel that doesn’t have either that on site or an agreement with one very close by.

 

* I finally hit “burn out” and had to resign from the committee. I’ll still attend the conventions though :)

Apologies for any spelling or grammatical errors, I just woke up.

Social Security spending | Notes from the north

“Much has been said in the past about the UK as a tax haven. Certainly, from reports in the past, billions are lost due to “sweetheart deals” between big businesses and the tax authorities in cases where big business won’t pay what they are supposed to pay. This report, from April 2013 highlighted the case of just 4 such deals, which were worth £4.5 billion in total. If the agreements reached managed to get in £4.5 billion to the treasury, then that means several billion more is lost. But how much of the…”

Source: Social Security spending | Notes from the north

The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning | jaynelinney

*headdesk* I have to keep reminding myself that people are often really f*cking stupid. I really don’t understand the mentality that leads people to attack others because of a percieved “difference”.

I think that some people have a great deal of difficulty in understanding that we are not a single homogenous mass. That we are individuals with our own quirks and foibles. Trying to force people into “the right way of doing things” or making fun/abusing people because they have different opinions is something we should have grown out of by the time we leave school.

Manners. Civility. Politeness. They cost nothing. They are so easy to use and they do so much more than people realise. And they are NOT a sign of weakness or passivity. It is possible to use all three and still be assertive and forthright. It is possible to disagree vehemently with someone and still remain polite. You can use all the names you like in your head but what comes out of your mouth – or fingers – demonstrates your level of control & ability to work – or not – with others.

As a group we are so much stronger. All of our experiences, all of our abilities, all of our passion, mingled, honed, controlled and aimed should be like switching on the Death Star. But we can’t do anything if we can’t control ourselves first.

“…in this very short period of time several of those willing to do the backroom work have been bullied and verbally assaulted by the same people who purport to believe in campaigning and challenging for our rights. So much so, that a number of the individuals willing to use their spare energy have said they can no longer continue; I simply do not understand this!”

The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning | jaynelinney.

Labour didn’t lose the election in 2015…. | Paul Bernal’s Blog

Paul pretty much nails it. Cowardly in politics, cowardly in opposition, fear of the media all leads people to one of two conclusions. First, that the Tories are right about the Labour Party and second that the Labour Party generally agree with everything the Tories are doing. That there is no difference between the two parties, and hasn’t been since Tory Blair took leadership, seems quite obvious to many of us who would really like our real Labour Party back.

I am tempted to join the Labour Party simply so that I can have a say in the leadership elections, not that I expect to make a difference (much like in the General Election, I pretty much expect the Right to win). The words “Turn left. No, your other left!” just popped into my head for some reason!

Labour didn’t lose the election in 2015…. | Paul Bernal’s Blog.

March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void

The march stopped briefly at David Cameron’s backdoor, the often forgotten other end of Downing Street next to St James Park, before making its way to Buckingham Palace where police were forced to hurriedly make a line in front of the gates to prevent the Palace being stormed. Sort of. Then it was onto the Pall Mall squat which had been occupied in protest at London’s housing crisis and was conveniently evicted on the morning of the march. A line of bailiffs were guarding the building and as the crowd approached one of them unexpectedly lashed out at a protester punching him in the face before being restrained by his colleagues and bundled inside. This took place in full view of several police officers who chose to do precisely fuck all about an unprovoked and vicious assault. Is it any wonder people call them the filth?

via March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void.

NHA co-leader standing against Cameron prevented from challenging PM over NHS at local hustings – NHA Party

‘Dr Clive Peedell says it’s the only local hustings to exclude him. Even though the organiser has admitted it was an oversight, he has refused to allow Dr Peedell to attend and refused to discuss the matter further, bluntly telling the cancer specialist in an email: “The matter is closed”.’

Another Witney Independent candidate was also refused entry despite having a ticket.

via NHA co-leader standing against Cameron prevented from challenging PM over NHS at local hustings – NHA Party.

 

Why did Cameron cross the road?

He was afraid of the chicken.

(joke seen on Twitter last week)

IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Those pants he claimed on expenses must be a pile of ashes by now.

IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites).

Conservative negative campaign strategy: “share the lies and win a prize” | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

“There are no positive messages on offer from the Conservatives to potential voters of an aspirational nature on their site, instead, all we see are desperate “warnings” about a Labour government, which border on hysteria, and some have veered from labels such as “Trotskyism” to scenes from 28 Days Later.”

via Conservative negative campaign strategy: “share the lies and win a prize” | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

Australian priest blames victim for her murder | Dear Kitty. Some blog

“Jill Meagher‘s family criticise Catholic priest over ‘disgusting’ claim

Priest reportedly told students at a Melbourne primary school that if Meagher had been more ‘faith filled’ she would have been home and ‘not walking down Sydney Road at 3am’”

There are no words to describe how angry this makes me. The Catholic Church has apparently apologised. The priest has not apologised for his comments but the Church says that he has “acknowledged” to them that it was inappropriate & apologised for “the offence and upset it has caused” (the standard weasel-words apology that is not an apology) – no apology from the priest to the family or an admission that he was wrong to tell pre-pubescent children that rape is the victim’s fault.

via Australian priest blames victim for her murder | Dear Kitty. Some blog.