background preloader

Equalities

Facebook Twitter

A Time for Refusal. Photo It is a Sunday afternoon in a provincial town in France.

A Time for Refusal

Why class won’t go away. Something has gone wrong in Britain, and the EU referendum result showed us – or at least, those of us who weren’t already aware – what it is.

Why class won’t go away

The campaign and its aftermath exposed a society that has split along lines of class, region, age and culture, with fewer binding threads than at any point in recent history. On the day, huge swaths of the country voted by class and geography. This was hardly surprising, considering how tensions between the classes have been exploited mercilessly by politicians. Social and economic inequalities, particularly between the south-east and the rest of the country, and between major cities and outlying towns, have grown, and that growth been tolerated, for decades – to a point where it now threatens social and political stability.

Repowering Europe: How To Combat Austerity, Alienation and Brexit. Christian Kern.

Repowering Europe: How To Combat Austerity, Alienation and Brexit

A guide to online security for activists. The last year has seen an uptick in digital threats faced by individuals and organizations around the world, and those working on the question of Palestine are no exception.

A guide to online security for activists

Over the past few months, there have been attacks on boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement websites, threatening emails to activists and new information emerging on Israel’s surveillance capabilities. “The latest cyber-attacks against BDS seem to be part of a full-fledged Israeli war on the movement that includes McCarthyite legal repression, use of intelligence services and yet more funding for ‘brand Israel’ propaganda,” said Mahmoud Nawajaa, the general coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC). “These attacks smack of Israel’s despair at its growing isolation around the world, after failing for years to stem the growing support for the nonviolent BDS movement as a strategic and effective means to achieve Palestinian rights under international law.” Theguardian. Once more, with feeling.

theguardian

The Ukip-led voter uprising that tore up the political map in 2014 and 2015 has now changed the face of British politics for ever. David Cameron promised a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union to see off the Ukip revolt. Instead, after a vote that drew the largest turnout in a nationwide poll for 20 years, it is the rebels who have seen off the prime minister, gone within hours of the result’s announcement. Immigration and wages: getting the numbers right. Is immigration from the EU pushing down the wages of British workers, especially the low paid?

Immigration and wages: getting the numbers right

This has become a central theme for the Leave campaign. The Sun reported: Open-door immigration knocks 10% of UK wages, claims Iain Duncan Smith...He quoted a Bank of England report that found wages fall by 2% for every 10% increase in immigration. Calling for voters to back Leave on June 23, Mr Duncan Smith said: “We have seen a 50% rise in immigration, which means around a 10% fall in wages.” Aeip toolkit colour. The Perils of Perception and the EU. The public have a number of significant misperceptions about the EU and how it affects life in the UK, new research by UK in a Changing Europe and Ipsos MORI shows.

The Perils of Perception and the EU

How Much Does The British Public Actually Know About The EU. The American Jewish scholar behind Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ scandal breaks his silence. Norman Finkelstein is no stranger to controversy.

The American Jewish scholar behind Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ scandal breaks his silence

The American Jewish scholar is one of the world’s leading experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the political legacy of the Nazi holocaust. Norman Finklestein interview by Jamie Stern-Weiner on David Cameron's Dodgy Friends’ British Prime Minister David Cameron has long professed himself a ‘passionate friend of Israel’.

Norman Finklestein interview by Jamie Stern-Weiner on David Cameron's Dodgy Friends’

He is also a passionate supporter of the Conservative Friends of Israel, whose meetings he has repeatedly addressed and whose long-time director, Stuart Polak, he awarded with a peerage. Cameron is reputed to be an intimate friend and ally of Israel’s right-wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu—or, as Cameron prefers to call him, ‘Bibi’. Even on those rare occasions where they disagree, Netanyahu refers to the British prime minister warmly as ‘[m]y friend’. When Netanyahu was re-elected in March 2015, Cameron congratulated him by telephone, and ‘looked forward to working with’ his government.

When Cameron himself won re-election in May 2015, the Netanyahu government was overjoyed. In today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Cameron savaged Corbyn for having referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as his ‘friends’, and repeatedly demanded that Corbyn withdraw the remark. Consider now Gaza. Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism” Antisemitism exists and must be exposed and fought against in the same way as other forms of racism by all who are concerned with combating racism and fascism.

Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism”

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are not the same. Zionism is a political ideology which has always been contested within Jewish life since it emerged in 1897, and it is entirely legitimate for non-Jews as well as Jews to express opinions about it, whether positive or negative. Not all Jews are Zionists. Not all Zionists are Jews. Criticism of Israeli government policy and Israeli state actions against the Palestinians is not antisemitism. The sickening campaign to silence Corbyn and the Left by exploiting victims of the Holocaust. Editorial It is time to speak out against the concerted and, loosely, coordinated effort to silence Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and critics of Israel, by smearing them as anti-semites. As a journalist who has been engaged in the Israel-Palestinian conflict since I was 20 years old, this tactic is nothing new to me. How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party's anti-Semitism crisis. Last year, socialist stalwart Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership of the UK’s Labour Party by a landslide.

Since then, there has been a steady flow of claims by Israel’s supporters that Corbyn has not done enough to combat anti-Semitism. This has only accelerated in the lead-up to a major test for Corbyn, the UK local elections on 5 May. Even as this story was in preparation, two more victims were claimed in the war against his leadership. Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t got an ‘antisemitism problem’. His opponents do. Labour has a ‘Jewish problem’. Or so it has been widely alleged. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with antisemitism.

The outbreak has been blamed on the veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and the mass influx of new members who were inspired by his leadership to join. With a long-time Palestine solidarity campaigner at the helm, the party is now said to be attracting ‘antisemites like flies to a cesspit’. Respected commentators warn that the Jewish community is ‘fast reaching the glum conclusion that Labour has become a cold house for Jews’, while within the party, these are reportedly ‘difficult times to be a Jewish member’. The political logic behind this retreat is understandable, but there is no reason for others to play along. UK debt and deficit: All you need to know. If the politicians in charge can't get it right, what hope for the rest of us? In a party political broadcast last year, David Cameron claimed that "we are paying down Britain's debts". Why have councils fallen out of love with outsourcing vital services?

Storm Desmond decimated historic Pooley Bridge, over river Eamont at the northern end of Ullswater, in December, when more than a trillion litres of rain in the north-west flooded more than 7,000 properties and closed down three major highways in the Lake District. Officials in Cumbria say one unlikely factor proved crucial in the flood recovery that followed: the council’s decision a few years earlier to bring its outsourced major highway and housing services back in-house. Across England, many local authorities have outsourced billions of pounds worth of services to private companies in a bid to save money and improve efficiency.

Surprised by the rise of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn? Then you need to get out more. Labour's new members mostly wealthy city dwellers – leaked report. A disproportionate number of Labour members who have joined since the 2015 general election are “high-status city dwellers” pursuing well-paid jobs, according to internal party data. Tory Austerity is killing us: Labour must unite after their election failure and help Jeremy Corbyn fight the Tory austerity myths. The Overspending Myth Finally Exposed By the IMF, OECD, Treasury, ONS, OBR and IFS  Uk.businessinsider. Uk.businessinsider. REUTERS/Neil HallEd Miliband gestures as he resigns as Britain's opposition Labour Party leader in London, May 8, 2015. How to complain to the BBC. This is how the BBC constructs its biased news reports. What Scottish councils are doing to fight the Tories' Trade Union bill is inspiring. Child-poverty-briefing.

The Myth of Cable Street. Demonstrators are chased by police past East End shops daubed with antifascist and Communist slogans, October 4th, 1936. Marxism Today: the forgotten visionaries whose ideas could save Labour. 78_09_hobsbawm. Labour’s Dead Center. LEAP economics: "Poverty is not a lifestyle choice; it is imposed on people" Official Site - the UK's number one best-selling news and current affairs magazine, edited by Ian Hislop.

Don't believe the Corbyn bashers - the economic case against public ownership is mostly fantasy. f2225-c02.pdf. f2225-c01.pdf. Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is inspiring. But what if his opponents are correct? My honest thoughts on the Corbyn campaign — and overcoming formidable obstacles. Robert Skidelsky on the merits of People’s Quantitative Easing. Corbynomics must smash this cosy consensus on debt. Revealed! How Jeremy Corbyn is wiping out humanity! An essay. Germany's hypocrisy over Greece water privatisation. Bryan Gould » How Left-wing Is Jeremy Corbyn? The Cruddas review doesn’t undermine Corbyn – it shows an anti-cuts, pro-grow... Why are some former socialist countries looking to Russia once more? — Debati... Ttip&wales. WhileWeWorkYouPlay_LeisureStaffSurvey_June2015.pdf. Disability%20and%20Employment%20Report%20FINAL%20_2_%20rs%20with%20covers%20for%20online_0.pdf.

The Only Way is Down. Still irresistible, a working-class hero's finest speech. The austerity delusion. Zero hours: Time to put a stop to this exploitation - ToUChstone blog. The curious case of yesterday's living standards 'good news' - ToUChstone blog. Trades Union Congress - Workers Memorial Day 2015. How do you solve a problem like measurement of zero-hours contracts? - ToUChstone blog. Trades Union Congress - Amendment to health and safety rules will give green light for cowboys, says TUC. Socialmodel.pdf. Trades Union Congress - Outsourcing Public Services. UKIP immigration policies: making it even easier for bosses to exploit workers. “Social model of disability”: What’s that about?