If all of the Australians on your dash are yelling about a vote and you have no idea what they’re talking about, all you need to know is that our current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (Australia’s Donald Trump) was challenged for his leadership today by a popular, articulate, moderate member of his party, Malcolm Turnbull.
We find out in a few minutes whether or not he’s about to be axed as Prime Minister. Please cross your fingers for us; WE NEED THIS.
Another brilliant hashtag emerges after the Clinton campaign criticizes Bernie Sanders’ “tone” as a reason why they won’t debate him in Clinton’s home state of New York. Once again, she breaks another promise that she previously made with Sanders back in January which said that she would agree to additional debates if Sanders accepted the New Hampshire debate - which he did (x).
What’s wrong with a couple more debates Hillary? Are you afraid of informing the people about your major political blunders and ulterior motives?#ToneDownForWhat #HillaryToneDeaf
If any of my non-UK followers are wondering why the election result is such a big issue I’ll put it like this:
The newly elected government are pretty much the equivalent of the republican party in america. Because of this government our health service is in ruins, disabled people and people on low income are being thrown out of their homes and food bank usage has gone up by 38%. This was with the Liberal Democrats (a more moderate party) in coalition with them, imagine what they’ll do in power on their own.
They also only received 36% of the votes cast, far from an actual majority. They do not have the mandate to rule as 64% percent of people did not vote for them.
They rail against patriarchy and racism, while pushing a platform that includes open immigration, a six-hour work day, and scrapping national defence.
Their rivals dismiss them as radical left-wingers with unrealistic goals and no economic platform. Yet their frontwoman, Gudrun Schyman is a candid, charismatic political veteran whom one columnist calls “totally unbeatable”.
Using the stylised acronym “F!”, the Feminist Initiative rode the slogan “Racists out, Feminists in” to a hard-won seat in the European Parliament in May. The party now hopes to crash the Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament, and be a feminist thorn in the side of any governing coalition formed after the polls.
Schyman, 66, is one of Sweden’s most iconic politicians. She led the Left Party for ten years and fanned outrage by comparing Sweden’s social structures to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in a 2002 speech. Prior to becoming an MP, she worked as a social worker and often draws examples from her own life into political debates.
During her first round as spokeswoman for F!, she pulled off Sweden’s possibly greatest-ever political PR stunt, burning nearly 100,000 kronor ($15,000) on a barbecue to highlight the income gap between men and women.
This time it appears Schyman is all in on F! and she is clear about its goal. Stating that feminists have traditionally organised themselves in lobby groups to affect those in power, she said: “We don’t want that. We want to enter the rooms of power and take power ourselves.”
But F! and its estimated 18,000 members are still a long way from “taking” anything.
In a July survey by Aftonbladet/United Minds, four percent of respondents said they would vote for F! in Sweden’s general elections - exactly the threshold needed to win seats. However, an August poll by SvD/SIFO gave the party only 2.6 percent.
idk anything about swedish polling orgs but i’d bet the lower number is the more legit one. i do know that aftonbladet is a tabloid.
Nils Holmstrom, a 53-year-old administrator who marched in F!’s May Day demonstration, is among the 17 percent of F! members who are male. In fact, 15 percent of the party’s candidates for parliament are men.
Helene Bergman is a 68-year-old Swedish journalist who has been advocating for women’s rights since the 1970s, when the fight was for a woman’s right to work and access to public child care.
“I’ve lived in Turkey, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh; I’ve seen how far Sweden has come. You can always fight for more, but this should not be done through gender racism,” said Bergman.
F!’s greatest achievement, so far, has been to redirect Sweden’s political dialogue ahead of next month’s vote. It is no exaggeration that hardly any political speech since spring has been made without the mention of gender equality.
Parties already in parliament have jumped on the feminist bandwagon, making competing pledges to improve Sweden’s record.
Liberal Party leader Jan Bjorklund poses on posters that pronounce “Feminism without socialism”. His party is promising to increase financial incentives for a more equal share of parental leave.
The Social Democrats have proposed a ban on sexualised advertising, while the Greens are pushing for free contraceptives for women under 26. The Moderate party presented a five-point economic programme for greater equality.
gender racism and feminism without socialism are two of the funniest things i’ve heard in a while
this is the most condescending, hand-wringiest fucking article about ‘kids today’ i’ve seen on the atlantic since the piece about how millennials must just not //want// cars, careers, and houses - and not that we can’t afford them bc the atlantic generation torpedoed the economy (or, depending on if the atlantic writer is in gen x, got their dotcom money and cashed out before the bubble burst)
there are white kids across the country putting on //actual blackface// at campus parties, a presidential candidate saying that mexicans are rapists and criminals, and black kids being gunned down in the streets on a near daily basis, and all of these things are connected and all of these things reinforce each other
and a whole movement of minority activists who have had enough of that shit are speaking out, and this admin’s response on behalf of white kids whining about their fun being spoiled by the pc brigade is to write a letter saying 'maybe kids wearing costumes based on ethnic stereotypes should be protected as a treasured part of the college experience’ and holding the brave stance that somehow racist costumes are //intellectually challenging//
and ppl are mad about how tone deaf that is and calling that shit out as the white moderate status quo defending bullshit that it is, and saying if you’re going to pretend racism is only klansmen burning crosses, maybe you //shouldn’t// be in a position of authority anymore
and at the end of the day, the complaint isn’t even that racism is okay, but that fighting racism shouldn’t make ppl uncomfortable - well, sorry, but racist white kids, and especially //rich ivy league racist white kids//, need to have their worldviews challenged a hell of a lot more than minority kids need to 'chill out’ and just stoically endure shit like thousands of schools nationwide refusing to change the mascot et al
this is the atlantic, a team of actual professional journalists, crying about reverse racism and 'sjws’ and it’s really god damn embarassing
You’ve probably noticed an ideological shift in the Democratic Party over the decade or so. Our party, which has always been pretty liberal, is moving farther to the left. When Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the presidency a lot of the talk surrounding her campaign was whether or not she was “liberal enough” to win the race for the White House. As it turns out, that was a fair question,…
Sweden: top young Moderates sacked over Nazi salute
Two young members of the youth wing of the Moderate Party have been asked to leave the organization after posting a picture of themselves making the Nazi salute on a personal blog. One of them has also been charged with hate speech.
“We were just doing a morning workout,” the 18-year-old woman said when police questioned her, according to local paper Västerbottens Folkblad.
In a picture published on the woman’s personal blog last spring, she, along with another young man, can be seen standing in front of a German flag in a pose which appears to be a Nazi salute
“This is what we do in Norrland,” reads the caption below the picture.
A local police officer came across the picture by chance and recognized the 18-year-old woman.
The blogger was subsequently brought in for questioning by police and has since been charged with hate speech.
Both the blogger and the other young man in the picture were elected members of the governing board of the local branch of the Moderate youth movement (Moderaternas ungdomsförbund – MUF) in Skellefteå in northern Sweden.
Following the incident, both have been forced to leave their assignments with MUF and the local branch of the Moderate Party has also taken pains to distance itself from the two renegade members. (via The Local)
How Robert Reich Got It Right: The Harsh Reality of Mainstream Media
After the New York Times posted a demeaning article of the mistakes or missteps that the Sanders’ campaign has committed, former Secretary of Labor and professor Robert Reich (who feels the Bern) fought back, saying nothing but the truth about how the NY Times got it all wrong.