Labour Party infested with communists? ‘Red scare’ grips leadership race
Interim Labour leader Harriet Harman has defended her party’s leadership election system amid near-hysterical fears it has experienced a mass infiltration by communists and left-wing “extremists.”

The bougie Labour party is terrified of the idea of actual working class activists within its membership.

I am a trade unionist, working class and an Unite affiliated supporter of the Labour party. I am exactly the type of person the Labour party was set up by, and I am told I do not deserve to be a supporter? 

Vote for Corbyn - because it’s the right thing to do.

Ok, so I met Jeremy Corbyn today (and Ron Atkins, that was damned cool).

I’ll say it again - he really is the way forward. If you believe that people should have a safety net because sometimes life deals you a naff hand, if you believe that just because who you are when you’re born shouldn’t limit who you can be, if you believe that there’s something wrong in this country, then decent, honest socialist policies are the way forward. And that’s what Corbyn offers.

If you have ever used the NHS, if you have been to school, if you had tuition fees to go to university, these are values you took advantage of, and should support - no-one has the right to take them from the future generations.

And as an aside, I have a fair idea of the people in my friends list, the people seeing this. None of you have enough money or the sort of jobs that the Tories would help. Maybe stand up for something that isn’t easy, that doesn’t always look pretty, but, fuck it, I’ll say it - is the right thing to do and be.

mellifluous-lux asked:

is giving birth as painful as TV shows portray it as? i've read books where the girls say that screaming and crying doesn't happen ever and one of my characters gives birth

Yeah scrap the screaming and crying. Also the doggy breathing.
Fair warning some of this might be TMI to some.
Screaming during childbirth is a bad idea anyway. It takes the energy away from the pushing part of it and just makes you weaker and less in control of your pain management. Focus instead on when to breathe in (before the contraction), hold (during, while pushing) and breathe out (after).
The pain part is very dependent on the kind of pain relief you get. I personally chose 3 complementary forms of pain relief: pethidine injections (in the thigh), entonox gas (which you breathe in from a tube as needed) and a TENS machine, electrodes that you stick on your back and that gives electric tingling sensations that help diffuse the pain (controlled by a button you press at will).
It’s still the most physically painful thing I have done, but the pregnant body is quite amazingly resilient (to be noted I was a 27yr old woman in good health and able bodied when i gave birth. Teenagers or people with medical conditions or disabilities may have vastly differing experiences).
The choice of pethidine means I felt everything, just dulled somewhat. The epidural is often chosen because it completely eliminates the pain. However that means you can’t have it too early or too late in labour as you can’t feel anything and it hinders your ability to push. It also makes recovery longer as it essentially numbs you from the waist down. I’m still convinced the entonox is a placebo, but it does give you something to hang on to while you are in pain. The TENS was my personal saviour. It gives you real control over your pain management and that part felt essential to me.

BTW the pain is located in your lower back. It feels like heat radiating from your spine towards the sides and will sometimes go around to your stomach. The heat grows in intensity as the labour progresses. You are advised to move about, walk, use a birthing ball (a big gym plastic ball you can sit on and move around on), but personally I was too paralysed by the pain to do that. I lay on my side (WHO recommends giving birth while on your side and I find it is sth I and apparently people in labour in general often do instinctually) and just hung on to the railing of my hospital bed and pressing my TENS machine button with each contraction. I think I passed out at some point? I remember thinking it felt much shorter than it was, so I think I was unconscious for part of it.
I had contractions hard enough to make me throw up so I think that tells you how violent labour can be. However screaming only makes it harder.

Labour didn't cause the financial crash of 2008...

Just putting this out there because I’ve seen a few people mention that “labour ruined the country with the recession, they caused the long standing problems of poverty etc”

Labour happened to be in power when the economy went to shit.
I study Accounting and Finance, I know exactly how the recession happened, something which the majority of people don’t care to learn or try to understand.

So here’s the deal; the reason the economy fell apart in 2008 was the USA’s financial sector. In America mortgage brokers and firms began granting mortgages to people with no proof of income or ability to repay loans worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, because they could sell on the debt to other companies for a profit because housing was seen as a market that could not fail. But then the borrowers admitted to not being able to payback the debt. Thousands of people had this happen at the same time.
This caused companies to flood the housing market with cheap properties in an attempt to get any money back from the mortgage. People were made homeless and bankrupt because of Bankers greed. Not the government.
This practice, which originated in USA, was passed over to the UK on a smaller scale, but still had a huge effect as not only did we have to deal with our housing market crash but with the financial repercussions the USA had on the international financial markets.
Labour didn’t do this.
Tony Blair didn’t do this.

Bankers did it. Bankers are still being reckless and risking this happening again.

It has fuck-all to do with government.

EDIT 1: I have just been made aware of the fact that the reason Bankers and finance workers could do this in the USA was due to the deregulation put in place by the USAs Republican Party (i think that’s the right name?) so I guess they are technically to blame as well! EDIT 2: I have been informed by someone much more qualified than me that there are inaccuracies here, and I do apologise! I’m just learning myself, I have a whole year of international finance to go, so I’m not saying this is definitive. It’s just what I’ve been taught so far, It’s always good to research and educate yourself so if you like this, read up on it, let me know if you find anything contradicting or interesting! Thanks to the anon for letting me know, the moment my exams are done I’m definitely going to read up more on this.
While the rest of us face austerity, the Lords refuse to drink cheaper champagne
Nothing highlights the gulf between the governing class in this country and the rest of us than today's story about champagne in the House of Lords.

It’s been revealed that a proposal to save taxpayers money by making the House of Lords and House of Commons share a catering department was rejected “because the Lords feared that the quality of champagne would not be as good if they chose a joint service”.

It might take you a while to digest the sheer breathtaking callousness, arrogance and snobbishness of this. However, once you have passed through the various stages of reaction that I did – slack-jawed disbelief, hysterical laughter, genuine anger – I invite you to share with me a brief analysis of why this illustrates just how out of touch the governing class are from the people whose lives their decisions affect.

Obviously there is the mind-boggling elitism and disdain towards the less privileged which is revealed here. During a time of food banks, unemployment and waves of benefit cuts, when the rest of us are supposed to accept austerity lying down, the mere mention of a change to peers’ taste in bubbly is met with uncomprehending scorn. This is the thing that first cuffs you in the face. And there are only further, follow-up slaps to come.

We already suspected the House of Commons was disproportionately posh, with its overwhelming number of privately schooled members, its ludicrous expenses claims, and patronising tweets about white van men. But new, dizzying heights of snobbishness are revealed when we realise that, to members of the House of Lords, even this privileged bunch is considered too plebeian to have a trustworthy taste in champagne.

There’s also the unspoken assumption that during times of austerity there should be a budget for champagne at all, in either House. I don’t know about you, but I have never worked for a company that had part of its budget ring-fenced for sparkling wines, let alone roughly £65,000 a year (for the House of Lords alone). Is there something different about running the country which requires all that bubbly? Maybe it provides peers with the Dutch courage required to clock in for just a few minutes each day to claim their £300 daily attendance allowance?

It would be bad enough if our taxes were being spent on the champagne fund belonging to a group of people who didn’t have the capacity to enact any real harm on society. But let’s not forget, this a gathering of people who are predominantly white, male, and wealthy, and worse yet - entirely unelected. Despite this, our country’s lords still have the power to block and delay government legislation.

This needs to change, and the first step should be an imposed austerity on their £1.3M annual catering budget, starting with the complete abolishment of champagne. If they complain about the lack of bubbly I have a handy tip – try adding value lemonade (under 50p) to a large bottle of Liebfraumilch (under £7 for 1.5 litres) for a cheap alternative. It may not taste like Cristal but it does the trick, and after the first three glasses you can’t tell the difference anyway.

This advice is free by the way. After all, we’re all in it together, right?



July 30 2015 - Thousands of union workers took to the streets in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to protest against labour reforms being pushed on the country by the EU. 

An EU diplomat says they have nothing to worry about: “The labour law, although unpopular among trade unions, is  good for workers themselves. The current labour law is too rigid and prevents investors from creating new jobs because once they hire someone they have difficulties laying them off later if necessary”. 

Now where have I heard that before? [video]/[article]

Whats going on with the UK election and why are people protesting? Explained:

I’m seeing a lot of people posting about the recent election in the UK, and about the riots/protests because of it. To prevent any bandwagon jumping (because tumblr you sure do love to support anyone who riots) I am going to explain what happened, why people are upset about it, and why they are wrong to riot about it, and answer some FAQs. If you have any more, feel free to send them my way and I’ll do my best to help you out.

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anonymous asked:

Re: minimum wage rates. It is important that they be raised, but since employers no longer guarantee numbers of hours per week to part-timers like they used to, the fight for higher minimum wages must be fought alongside a fight for stable numbers of hours and schedules. Without those, employers can vary the hours so much for people that they will have no idea how much money they will make a month, therefore no way to be sure they can pay their rent and other bills.