british working class

181 tower blocks across the UK have now failed flammability tests on their exterior cladding.

It’s becoming rapidly clear that a disaster the scale of Grenfell was not just a preventable tragedy, but the inevitable and certain outcome of an unspoken cost-cutting policy enacted by both publically-owned and private landlords which prioritised rent gouging over the most basic tenant safety.

Frankly, revolutions have started over much, much lesser crimes. The only rational response to these revelations, and the desperate scrambling cover-up undertaken by the government’s official inquiries - staffed as they are by the very individuals who have attempted to write this tacit policy into explicit deregulation - is a national rent strike of poor and vulnerable tenants, backed to the hilt by the organisations of the working-class.

No Safety, No Rent.

Mary Lou Barebone is played by Samantha Morton, a working class British actress. In adolescence she was in and out of the foster system and is herself, an abuse survivor. She openly talks about her past, is involved in activism and is pretty much an all-around badass.

Her portrayal of Mary Lou, who physically and emotionally abuses her fostered son Credence throughout the film, whilst being a strong performance in its own right, has undoubtedly added significance given that she is a survivor herself.

And I have yet to have seen one interview with her, or one bts clip of her. There simply isn’t any mention of Sam outside the film.

Let me be clear: this is an twice Oscar nominated actress, who has as many lines & screentime as Katherine’s, Jacob’s, Ezra’s etc characters, who has personal connection to the material explored in fbawtft and yet she’s non-existent as far as promo & press tours are concerned.

Why is hers the only voice not been given an audience when arguably it holds the most weight.

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Mainstream media once again suppressing real people and taking all the passion and pain from real people’s experience of a tragedy, suppressing it. Fuck the British ‘stiff upper lip’. Where’s the spirit and aliveness of these reporters and politicians, Tory politicians especially?

When did these robot people infiltrate our society so firmly? What will it take for one of them to break and actually, for one time in their lives show a human reaction, some sympathy or empathy, instead of following up a man’s passion and grief with another inane flat question or empty soundbite?

Some ideas on how to close Britain's democratic deficit

- Representatives should be paid the average wage of their constituents: MPs cannot be trusted to make decisions in the interest of their constituents when they are economically insulated from the consequences of their policies.

- Representatives should live in social housing: living in the working-class communities which they represent makes certain that MPs and councillors are approachable and accountable.

- Representatives should be subject to recall: there is currently no mechanism to discipline councillors or MPs who fail to carry out their manifesto commitments or who abuse their position in office. Dissatisfied constituents should have the right to demand recall.

- Representatives should have short, regular term limits: many problems of short-termist politics could be solved by actually lowering term limits, making elections part of a culture of continued accountability rather than a free pass for a specified period.

- Representatives should be elected to participate in publically owned services and industries: currently, democracy is an exclusively political thing - it exists in limited form within local and national institutions. Extending democracy to other areas of life, like the economic sphere, empowers people to have lasting, binding control over their own wellbeing.

  • British MPs: What can we do to end the violence in the Syrian Civil War, which is in large part due to the regional instability and emboldened Islamists created by our decision to illegally invade two other Middle Eastern countries in the early-to-mid 2000s, and which is being fuelled by our continued intervention in the form of arms dealing, patronage of 'moderate' anti-working-class political forces, and covert operations?
  • British MPs: I KNOW! Let's strip the Syrian President's wife of the British citizenship she hasn't taken advantage of in 17 years. That oughtta do it!
  • British MPs: *wait for spontaneous cessation of hostilities*

British working class history is heavily domestic service aka slavery to the rich. The conditions were brutal, you’d be underfed and overworked, you’d sleep 5 to a bed with no access to sanitation or cleaning facilities. You’d be referred to by your job not your name, you weren’t allowed to speak or to sit down. There were no breaks or holidays. You’d never stop grafting, cleaning, cooking, emptying their pots of piss and shit while being physically/sexually assaulted and degraded. You’d exist in secret passages and rooms so the rich didn’t have to see you. It was born out of pure disgust by the rich for the working class who they saw as subhuman.

And it wasn’t just the rich. In the early to mid 1900s teachers, bank clarks in semi detatched suburban homes kept domestic servants who they treat as second class citizens. They had special devices built so they didn’t have to acknowledge the cleaner, the postman.

That’s our working class history. Chances are one of your ancestors worked as a domestic servant.

anonymous asked:

I think some ppl might remember louis' flamboyancy from years ago and when they see this laddy lad image they think its a total 180 change from who he really is. But it's entirely possible for him to still like athletic-wear and that "laddy" look while being flamboyant (if he still considers himself that--it HAS been 6 yrs lol) My friends and I consider myself very feminine but I thrive in sweat pants which are "not girly" or w/e. I can be both! Buffy the vampire slayer is a total badass with(1)

(2) strength and fighting skills that could be equated with stereotypical masculinity, yet her looks and mannerisms are pretty feminine and she enjoys things like wearing dresses and short skirts, getting her nails done etc. she can be both! Ppl are very complicated and rarely black and white in what makes them who they are. Anyway, hope you’re having a great day!!! 😊

“Ppl are very complicated and rarely black and white in what makes them who they are” this is so true, and I think that some straight people don’t actually understand this about gay men or LGBTQ people in general. They assume there’s a certain set of stereotypes or behaviors that cannot coexist…like being a lad who likes sportswear and footie and being flamboyantly gay. Those are not mutually exclusive! 

I’m gonna include @dogsliampaynedoesntinstagram‘s excellent tags on this one. 

#This is what I think#(well except I think Louis is a lad and loud and flamboyant and probably feminine at times)#And what drives me most insane about the fandom discourse#Is that historically gay British culture was a working-class subculture#Polari is the langauage of entertainers and the docks#Most gay men were working-class#Every time I read an anon that suggests that portraying Louis as working-class is either hiding or incompatible with his gayness#I want to cry a little bit#At the homophobia and the snobbery#Also - was nobody paying attention to the bears?

I hope you’re having an amazing day too!!! <3 

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I rewatched 10x12 and 12x12 and I noticed they put a lot of emphasis on Ketch (10x12) and Ishim (12x12) putting sugar on their coffe. Is there a symbolic reason for that or it's only a coincidence?

Well it would seem Angels like sugar - we had Gabriel of course but Ishim and damn it I’m sure there are others…. I’m sure someone will point them out :D

It makes sense anyway due to their tasting molecules, it would make sense that if they were to drink or eat anything they would want it to be extremely sweet or extremely salty, hence the sugar but also Cas drinking coffee which is very bitter as an Angel, and when he is human he loves very sweet PB&Js, drinks coffee with sugar and loves salted pork rinds… these are very much at each end of the scale. 

Then of course in Dean’s haze he associated Cas with Sugar (a bit of sugar with all that Spice) so yeah, Angels are often associated with sugar.

(Also I love how Cas doesn’t indulge his sweet tooth while he is an Angel but he does when he is Human *insert Dean = Cas’ sugar metaphor here*).

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Now Ketch, I think this is interesting because A. It’s a kind of British working class thing to put sugar in tea and coffee, which is not how he presents himself, if anything it should have been Mick to do this. B. It definitely associates Ketch with Ishim in that psychotic sense of you just look at this season, but I think it is also a relatively common metaphor that the ‘bad guy’ loves sweet things or things we associate with being ‘nice’ ie. how in James Bond for example the bad guy often loves animals or the environment or fine dining….

It’s a metaphorical association with “sweetness” and “goodness” which is directly oppositional to who they are which is supposed to be jarring and obviously it was because you noticed it :D

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I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT, 2008, dir. Shamim Sarif

Okay so the title is pretty bad, and the acting is sometimes stilted, and not all the dialogue works AND it has my least favorite trope in queer cinema (the “out yourself immediately or i’m dumping you” trope) - BUT… there’s still a lot I love about this. And it’s not just that Lisa Ray is so so so gorgeous. (But…she is.) It’s beautifully shot. Fabulous costumes and scenery/set design. I love that this movie manages to feel very light even while showing the trouble these women have in bridging their worlds - Tala, the daughter of wealthy Palestinian Christians living in Jordan and Leyla, a British Indian from a working-class Muslim family living in London. The development of their relationship is charming and satisfying and all comes to a happy end in Sarif’s semi-autobiographical movie.

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The Battle for Orgreave
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“What Kinnock wants you to be believe is that all you have to do is wait and bide your time and vote in a Labour government at the next election and everything will be right. 

“But what that presupposes is that the state is some kind of seperate tool that each successive government can pick up and use in whatever way it wants to do. It’s absolute rubbish. Getting in a Labour government - it’s still a capitalist state. The state will be used against it. And if it attempts to renationalise and go on a programme of socialist policies the capitalist state would arm itself against him and stop him at every toss and turn. There’s no way that voting in a Labour government is any answer.

The answer has to be that the working class will rise up, it’ll smash the capitalist state, and it will take power. It has no choice but to do that.”