Tag Archives: Politics

Obama vs Cameron

Before the last US election, I was out on a night out in Aberystwyth and drunkenly bought a copy of Esquire just because Obama was on the cover. This was how much I hoped he would be elected and I wholly bought in to his mantra of change. I was nevertheless still slightly scared to wake up in the morning with a bad hangover and with Obama staring me in the face as I’d passed out with the magazine next to my head.

It hasn’t ended up as I think most of us had hoped (as this article from Owen Jones captures well). But the scary thing is that under Romney everything would no doubt be worse, particularly in terms of gender equality, as this article by Emma Brockes captures when she looks at the influence that female voters had on the election result. Here’s hoping Obama does something in his second term to revive the hope that so many people had before his first term. Still, even if he does manage that, not sure if I want to wake up so close to his face again anytime soon.

In stark contrast, can’t say I had any hope when the Tories had the largest share of the vote in the last election. Dame Helen Ghosh has said that Cameron is out of touch as only 3 women are permanent secretaries. Can’t say the fact that Cameron is out of touch is a big surprise.

But it seems that it’s not just Cameron that’s out of touch, turns out most of us are to some extent. This article about a week of sexism by Laura Bates shows just how widespread sexism is in our society and how we don’t really question these things. I can’t claim to have any moral high ground here. Until a couple of years ago I’d laugh along to many dubious jokes, it’s only recently I’ve felt confident enough to challenge this and be the uncool guy in the corner being uber-pc. But it’s something I plan to do more of, and not just in terms of gender either as I think we all need to do more to challenge everyday discrimination.

On a slightly nicer note, thousands of people have decided to try to lobby for Malala Yousafzai, the young blogger who wrote about the struggle for young women to get an education in a Taliban dominated area. Which is pretty awesome. I’m off to sign the petition now and I suggest that you do the same as it’s a well good idea!

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Louise Mensch & Police and Crime Commissioners

Bit late on reporting this, it’s fair to say I’m not due for a career in the media with timing like this. But… Louise Mensch has quit as MP for Corby. Which sucks for 2 reasons:

1) People searching for “Louise Mensch” and “boyfriend” is the top way people arrive at my blog

2) She’s made politics interesting to people who normally wouldn’t bother getting into it.

I’m not a fan of her politics, but she’s not been afraid of getting involved and being controversial, which is quite rare for a public figure. She’s described herself as a Feminist (despite Laurie Penny’s reservations in the above clip), and actually says what she thinks, something that we could do with more of from Politicians. There are loads of articles online looking at the traditional “women can’t have it all” shenanigans, but really, why don’t we question why more male MPs don’t resign to spend time with their families?

Anyway, links to interesting stuff – Helen Lewis of the New Statesman, Janice Atkinson-Small of the Mail who seems like an idiot, but who is right in saying

I’m sad to see Louise go because she was a woman with courage, who had opinions, was media-savvy, was a successful author and she was an alternative and acceptable face of Conservatism.

Last but not least on this, Rowan Davies vs Sarah Ditum in the Guardian.

Today’s blog is very much about politics – more than 80% of the new Police and Crime Commissioners will be male. Bit scary in terms of representation, and even scarier in terms of democracy as the turnout is likely to be very low.

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Best review ever, plus flirting with Maggie Thatcher

First things first, this has done the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, but I’ve just gotta post it again cos it says more about Chris Brown than I could ever say myself! Having been in bands, bad reviews and criticism really stung me, but don’t thing this review could have happened to a better candidate, as I’ve previously blogged about.

Hannah Betts has written for the Guardian about why feminism and flirting go together well. She then goes on to talk about Maggie Thatcher’s flirting skills…. not sure about this, and apologies if you’re as disturbed as me by the image of Maggie T trying her best to seduce you!

Women’s Aid are urging people to respond to the UK Government’s Universal Credit consultation as it could affect women’s refuges. Seems like another ill-thought out example of how the Tories approach welfare, with lots of disabled people already being hit by their policies.

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