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Ironing

Ironing, like soap operas, was invented by men in less equal times to keep women occupied, thus preventing their co-ordinating an overthrow of the paternalistic hegemony.

It serves no practical purpose whatsoever beyond satisfying our conditioned belief that creased clothes don’t look as good as ironed ones.

Ban this filth! Embrace the crease!

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 Political Bits No Comments

Camden United, March 26th and Labour

I’m just back from the pub following a very productive and interesting Camden United Against Cuts meeting. The productive bits mostly involved plans for building for the 26th March march, leafleting etc. and having a coordinated day of leafleting on Saturday 19th  around Camden with the possibility of a little shindig afterwards. I’m very much up for that: my experience campaigning against the BNP in Barking and Dagenham last May was made all the better for the social events after the leafleting. I think they build enthusiasm and make folk more likely to spread the word in the days that follow. Funding and organising could scupper the idea but I hope we can pull it off. › Continue reading

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 Political Bits 2 Comments

Online Campaigning For The Technologically Challenged

Right then, you lot. It’s becoming apparent that some of you, dedicated though you are, ain’t too hot with the online campaigning stuff. I think it’s fair to put this down to age and leftism. As aged lefties you will have spent far too much time waving placards outside meetings, on your high streets and at passing malevolent entities (probably, but not exclusively, inadequately disguised Tories) to have delved in to the world of e-comms (calm yourselves: that’s electronic communications, not electronic communism.) › Continue reading

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 Political Bits No Comments

Privatisation – have I been wrong to oppose it?

Don’t you just hate it when your apparently ideologically settled mind decides to make you think again about something? I do. Especially on a Sunday evening when I’m trying to write a song (which, frankly, never goes too well at the best of times so could do with as few distractions as possible. Oh, hello internet! I didn’t see you there…)

Digression’s a pain too.

Anyway, there I was, sitting having a strum, trying unsuccessfully to wax lyrical about the privatisation of public services, as one does, when my brain (dammit) flung this thought at me: › Continue reading

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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 Political Bits 1 Comment

ConDems, Cuts, Ignorance and the UToMuDD

Ye gods, there are some ‘orrible, and ignorant, people out there and not all of them are on the ConDem front benches. No, some of them are ordinary people who happen to believe the nonsense that spews forth, like an ocean of horrible, from the ConDem front benches.

And their back benches.

And the unholy trinity of Murdoch, Dacre and Desmond (henceforth the UToMuDD.) › Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 Political Bits No Comments

How would Sir like it up him?

Tonight the ConDem Government voted against the use of lube.

We already knew that they were going to fuck us. George Osborne’s had his lascivious eye on the Civil Service’s arse for months, and has made no secret of it. He’s been salivating at the thought of shoving his Tory Todger up the Public Sector ever since he got his hands on the Red Box of Bad. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 Political Bits 2 Comments

The Cognitive Dissonance of the BNP

I know it’s careless and I know it will annoy me but, whilst pootling around in Tweetdeck,  I regularly fall in to the trap of searching #BNP.  Oh my, it is depressing. Really quite disheartening. Positively unsettling. That ill-considered search brings one’s evening down like a stubbed toe on a rashly un-slippered foot.

There is, however, one thing amid the racism, paranoid nationalism, divisive misinformation and carefully perpetuated ignorance which makes it marginally more tolerable: the realisation that the BNP are actually trying to kill off their supporters by use of extreme cognitive dissonance. › Continue reading

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 Political Bits 3 Comments
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