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anonymous asked:

Hey, dumb American question here. Every UK person I have ever met hates Margaret Thatcher. Why? What terrible thing did she do to piss off that many people for so long?

Where do I fucking start?

So, Thatcher was the bane of the working classes, and much of what she did still has repercussions to this day. So, in no particular order, just in the order I remember them, here are some things she did that pissed us off - 

• In 1989 she introduced this thing called the “Community Charge” but which everyone calls the “Poll Tax” which replaced an older system in which your tax payment was based on the rental value of your home. This new tax meant that people living in one bedroom flats would pay the same as a billionaire living in a mansion. Obviously, the rich loved it, everyone else… not so much. So there were riots (video of news about the riots) - There were lots of riots in the Thatcher years, and they were all notable for the extreme levels of police brutality.

(photo, poll tax protest in Trafalgar Square, 1990)

• Then there was her war on industry. There was a lot of inflation when she came to power, so she instituted anti-inflationary measures. All well and good… except not the way she did it. She closed many government controlled industries, most famously steel and coal. The amount spent on public industries dropped by 38% under Thatcher. The coal miners went on strike, for almost a year, but in the end, the pits were still closed, and 64,000 people lost their jobs. Unemployment rates soared in industrial areas, and inequality between these (generally northern or welsh) areas and the rest of the UK is still there. During the strike there were numerous violent clashes with the police at picket lines which were widely televised. As a memoir from one miner attests: “ I saw a police officer with a fire extinguisher in his hand, bashing a lad in the back. I tried to get closer to note down the officer’s number but they were wearing black boilersuits with no numbers. The next thing I knew, a police officer struck me from behind. I was coming in and out of consciousness as I was dragged across the road into an alleyway. They blocked off the alley and beat another lad and me with sticks until I was unconscious.” (I can’t post the whole thing it’s too long, but read it in the Guardian) Images such as this swept the country, turning many people against Thatcher -

And after it was all over people felt Thatcher had lied, saying she wanted to close only 20 pits, when in the end, 75 were closed down.

• Inequality soared whilst she was prime minister. There is a thing called the gini coefficient, it is the most common method of measuring inequality. Under gini, a score of one would be a completely unequal society; zero would be completely equal. Britain’s gini score went up from 0.253 to 0.339 by the time Thatcher resigned.

• During her time as prime minister the notorious ‘Section 28′ was published. It stated: A local authority shall not (a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality; (b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship. - Section 28 wasn’t repealed until 2003.

• She introduced the Right To Buy scheme, which allowed people to buy their council houses for a very low price, which, at first glance, seems like a great idea, allowing people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford their own home to have one - however, loads of people have entered the scheme and now we have far too little social housing, meaning there has been a sharp rise in homelessness.

• The Battle of the Beanfield was a clash between hippies and police near Stonehenge in 1985. 1300 police officers converged on a convoy of 600 new age travellers who were heading to Stonehenge to set up a free festival in violation of a high court order. Again, there was an insane amount of police brutality, and 16 travellers were hospitalised, 573 people were arrested (one of the biggest mass arrests in UK history) - “Pregnant women were clubbed with truncheons, as were those holding babies. The journalist Nick Davies, then working for The Observer, saw the violence. ‘They were like flies around rotten meat,’ he wrote, ‘and there was no question of trying to make a lawful arrest. They crawled all over, truncheons flailing, hitting anybody they could reach. It was extremely violent and very sickening.’” (source) - Once everyone was arrested, the empty vehicles, which were in many cases the only homes the travellers had “were then systematically smashed to pieces and several were set on fire. Seven healthy dogs belonging to the Travellers were put down by officers from the RSPCA.” (source same as above)

Most of the charges were dismissed in court after Lord Cardigan, who had tagged along with them to see what would happen, testified on behalf of the travellers against the police. 

• Her removal of Irish dissidents right to be placed in a category that essentially made them political prisoners instead of merely criminals led to a hunger strike that ended in 10 deaths, including that of Bobby Sands, who was elected from his prison cell, reflecting the immense national, and international support for Irish nationalists. Thatchers lack of sympathy, or even empathy led to her becoming even more of a hate figure.

• She presided over a rapid deregulation of the banks, which ultimately led to much of the problems during britains 2007-2012 financial crash many years later.

• She took free milk from school children, which, though not as serious as anything else listed here, directly affected every child in the UK and was very unpopular, leading her to get the nickname “Maggie Thatcher, Milk Snatcher”, which is still used today.

• Oh… and she supported Apartheid and called Mandela a terrorist.

This is nowhere near everything she’s done that pisses people off, but I hope it goes some way to explaining why when she died “ding dong the witch is dead” became number one in the UK charts, people partied in the streets, and people protested her (State funded) funeral. She is a decisive figure, some people in the UK do actually love her. I do not. She decimated the UK’s industrial heartland, she caused mass unemployment and the destruction of much of working class culture, she was cavalier in her financial policies and increased inequality by staggering levels, she approved serious police brutality and attempted to destroy the culture of unions in this country.  I fundamentally disagree with all she stood for and it angers me that her mistakes are still affecting this country and the people who live in it. And I am VERY angry that the current government are spending £50 million on a museum about her.

📣📣📣 this is a public service announcement for those following the grenfell tower story abroad 📣📣📣

a lot of the foreign press seems to ignore the main tenets of the story so if you may here is a brief breakdown of why it’s shaping up to be a defining national moment in the uk:

***the housing tower is located in north kensington. it is social housing for poor and working class londoners of which a huge number are BME. the borough of kensington and chelsea is the richest in london and marked by devastating inequality and gentrification that some poorer residents describe as social cleansing. non-luxury housing in london is generally a huge issue that has gone unaddressed for decades now, and privatisation of social housing provision has meant that profit motive and cost cutting have been strongly featured in poor people’s housing. race, housing and poverty are also tightly linked in london; this was a poor and ethnically diverse community as you can see if you watch videos from the scene. first victims we knew that sadly perished were a black british female photographer and her mum, and and a syrian refugee.

***the council is tory and they have done less and less for the housing of its poorer residents and more to accommodate wealthy people. for example, the council is sitting on 300 million in cash reserves yet somehow didn’t find cash to install basic fire sprinklers that the residents asked for? not only that but the 8 billion refurbishment that included the now notorious cladding was partly done for insulation but partly also to make the ugly 1970s council estate look more aesthetically pleasing for the swanky neighbourhoods nearby. the more flammable material used in the cladding saved the building contractor a whopping £5000

***government has been tory for the past 7 years and the order of the day has been austerity. public services have been cut to the bone and so has local authority funding. social housing managers who often work for subcontracted private providers paid by the council have a huge case load. they are encouraged to spend less and less time on health and safety (including fire safety) and more on asking intrusive questions about people’s jobs and incomes because of the tory culture of dividing people into the “deserving and undeserving poor” ie those who work and those who don’t. people on benefits are not prioritised when it comes to housing despite individual circumstances, which is why in grenfell you had 70 year olds with limited mobility living on the 22nd floor.

***uk has probably the most entrenched class system in the world and trashing of the working classes and the poor is almost a national hobby for some people. right-wing tabloid media is extremely powerful and they paint a picture of benefit cheats and non-working immigrants even though most poor people in britain work (they are the new working poor who have terrible wages and live in squalid and unaffordable housing) and most BME people were born here, they’re not immigrants

***if you are poor you are largely voiceless and meaningless to this neoliberal tory government. the tenants had written letters raising concerns about fire safety and in response were threatened with legal action. of course they couldn’t respond because tories have cut legal aid because of… yes, austerity. meanwhile tory ministers have been sitting on reports about fire safety in council flats including one from a coroner of a case where six people died in a housing block in south london in 2009. the prime minister didn’t meet the people affected at the scene and the response has generally been very poor. local council has been nowhere to be seen and the donations have come from ordinary people – proper working class solidarity in the face of state that treats them with utter contempt.

TL;DR: austerity kills, gentrification kills, indifference kills. people want justice, they are angry. why did up to 150 people die? this was preventable – it’s scandalous, horrific. it’s like poor people’s lives don’t matter in britain – a hurricane katrina moment for the uk. so please watch videos of THE PEOPLE, poor and working class londoners, who are suffering and expressing anger. don’t listen to theresa may, tories and the bbc trying to sanitise the story. this has everything to do with inequality, poverty, race and most of all CLASS. make those people visible again and help us change things because honestly this is the breaking point and we don’t need people spreading a false narrative abroad. cheers, peace out

  • "No steppy" right-winger: lol how can someone support communism and anarchism at the same time? lol communism is full left-wing and anarchism is full right-wing -- total state control vs no state.
  • Communists and anarchists: *offer detailed analysis of the state, demonstrating that the state exists as a legal apparatus to enforce the class interests of those with power in society; draw conclusions based on this historically-verified piece of information and advocate for the abolition of capitalism so that class relationships can dissolve and in turn the state won't need to exist as a violent apparatus apart from the people, acting in the interests of capital; understand that "libertarian" as a term consistently had this left-wing connotation until establishment-supporting hacks twisted the term for their own material benefit; in turn recognize the left-wing character of both communism and anarchism, as movements that seek the abolition of concentrated power and the free flourishing of each and all*
  • "No steppy" right-winger: animals practice capitalism =) capitalism is literally just anything that doesn't involve the state =) me putting my bow tie on in the morning is capitalism =)

Sovnarkom | Совнарком, 1918 by Olga
Via Flickr:
Highest State power of the Russian Soviet Republic, 1918 Council of People’s Commissars - Sovnarkom Высшая власть Российской Советской республики Совет народных комиссаров - Совнарком, 1918

I just realised...

Alec Lightwood, eldest son of the Inquisitor, expected to uphold family honour by marrying a shadowhunter girl, is gay af and is Magnus Banes’ (who is intensely disliked by the clave) boyfriend

Aline Penhallow, only daughter of the Consul, expected to uphold family honour by marrying a shadowhunter boy, is also gay af and married to Helen Blackthorn, who was exiled in disgrace to a frozen island in the middle of the arctic.

The eldest offspring of the most important people in the council are hella, unapologetically, extremely gay.

How to Fairy Tail:

You’re a force of seventeen wizards and three cats trapped on an island with two incredibly powerful forces you have no hope of taking down: Zeref, the actual Black Wizard aka Most Evil Dude Ever, and Grimoire Heart, a force of wizards all of Wizard Saint strength and beyond who are mopping the floor with you and have already near-fatally wiped out half your members, including all of the strongest ones. You are essentially broken and do not have strength enough to protect your wounded, let alone fight off Grimoire Heart. You also have a third threat in the form of the Magic Council, who in order to take Zeref and Grimoire Heart out of the picture, are planning to fire Etherion, a city-destroying nuclear satellite laser, at the island you’re on, and they don’t give a shit whether you’re still on it when they fire it. The dude who works for these people has a handy teleportation ability that can get you and your wounded off the island without Grimoire Heart or Zeref being able to catch you and before Etherion is fired. He is being a hero right now and extending this offer, which is essentially your only hope of survival.

Instead of taking that offer, deny it against all logic and reason because you’re too stubborn to admit when you’re beat, and when he tries to talk sense into you, respond by threatening the lives of the Magic Council–those dudes that he literally just told you are holding Etherion over your heads and who already don’t like your sorry asses. After all, pride and the ability to flex your muscles even on your deathbed are far more important than actually surviving!

See also: How To Completely Remove Any Ability To Feel Sympathetic Towards You 

inkstranger  asked:

How was Ahsoka able to lead a Clone Army during the Siege of Mandalore? I thought leaving the Order meant she forfeited her rank, as well as her position in GAR. So my question is, did she join the Jedi Order again? Was she still a Jedi holding the rank of a commander? And if not, how was she still allowed to partake in the siege of Mandalore? My best guess is that she just joined Rex as a Rebel, and he was the one leading the siege originally.

That’s definitely one of the few things that Filoni did not go into detail in regards to Ahsoka returning. We don’t know the conditions and circumstances of how she eventually returned, but we definitely know for sure that she never officially rejoined the Jedi Order.

I agree with your line of thinking and perhaps for all purposes, Rex was the one in charge when they reported it, but in reality it would be Ahsoka. Or perhaps, it was Rex and Ahsoka working in collaboration in command. 

Regardless, I don’t think it would have mattered whether or not they were not following protocol since I don’t think the Jedi Council would have been able to complain even if they knew. I am under the impression that Anakin and company were 1000% done with the Jedi Council at that point anyway.

Also, by the time Ahsoka is in direct conflict with Maul is also around the time that Order 66 initiates. The Jedi Council wouldn’t have been around to deal any consequence to Anakin for what he did when he gave Ahsoka the command.

anonymous asked:

Emma accidentally calls Regina "mayor milf" during a town meeting but Regina finds it hilarious (much to Emma's surprise)

Thanks for the prompt :) 

Set in Season One. 

“I can’t believe I said that,” Emma groans as she leans against the wall outside the town hall. She knows she’s in trouble. She stood up to address everyone about her security proposal but instead what does she do? 

“People of Storybrooke, town council and Mayor Milf.” 

The words echo in her ear and she shudders. Of all the slips she had to make that one?! She’s just thankful that Storybrooke aren’t up to date with their acronyms or else everyone would be gossiping about her crush on Regina. 

“Miss Swan,” Regina greets, “Cat got your tongue?” 

“Oh yeah…about that…I’m so sorry Madame Mayor…”

“Relax dear,” Regina smiles, “I found it amusing though I never realised that Mills was so hard to say.” 

Emma blinks before realising that Regina has no idea what Milf means. She lets out a sigh of relief before smiling, “I just got my words jumbled up…don’t worry it won’t happen again.” 

“I know dear,” Regina replies. 

They stand in silence and for a moment Emma believes she truly has kept her secret under wraps…that is until Regina smirks and leans in close to Emma, “Maybe I think you’re a milf too.” 

Emma blinks stunned, “Wh…what?” 

Regina grins, “Come by my place. Seven sharp if you want to find out.” With that she sashays off, adding an extra sway to her hips as she leaves Emma dumbfounded by the town hall. 

“You okay Em?” Ruby asks as she walks up to the blonde, “Did she rip you a new one for your slip?” 

Emma grins as she thinks of seven o’clock tonight before finally answering, “Not quite…”

Cact-US, not Cact-I // A Phan One-Shot

Genre: fluff, highschool!phan

Words: 2.2k

Relationship status: together

Warnings: terrible puns

Summary: Dan is upset because his boyfriend Phil, who’s a year older than him, is able to go to the school formal, but Dan. Little does he know Phil has a trick up his sleeve to fix that problem…

A/N: As it is prom season, I felt the need to write a really dumb prom fic :) Well, promposal fic, but it still counts, so…yeah. Enjoy, I guess lol

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Struck (Part One)

EXO Fanfiction: Fantasy AU
Main pairing - Female Reader x Kim Jongdae/Chen
A mysterious group move into your apartment building and you find yourself drawn to them, one in particular… but is it safe? Who are they really?

AUTHOR NOTE [IMPORTANT] - The is a new fic, but it is basically a spin off from another fic that I wrote called Charred - it can probably be read alone but if might better to read Charred first, the story somewhat leads on and you get much more explanation of the world and the characters! You can read that here.

And for all my Charred readers: surprise!! The world lives on! 
(especially looking at you @pikayeollie!) And big thanks for @kimnamwho who has been my little guinea pig when I first decided to start writing this. Hope you all enjoy!

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‘Do you know what this is about?’

Jongdae looked up from where he had been staring blankly at his hands, and glanced to where Baekhyun was leaning over from his own perch on the chair slightly along from where Jongdae was sitting.

Jongdae shrugged, glancing towards the front of the council chamber, where Junmyeon was talking to a young looking man, who was nodding sombrely back at the Leader. Baekhyun sighed, leaning back in his chair and beginning to twiddle a small spark of light between his fingers.

Jongdae smiled to himself, Baekhyun could never stay still for long.

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Great Tips for PhD students

By Alison Garden @ The Guardian

1. Network and get online

I hate the word (Caroline Magennis has written a great piece on this – she’s also on Twitter), but it is important and, if you love your research, it can be fun. It’ll also help with those feelings of isolation.

Get on Twitter. There’s loads on there, including engaged researchers in your area, commentators on academia and job postings you might not see otherwise.

2. Conferences
Now this one is obvious, but it pays to be strategic. There’s no point applying to go to five in one summer (or even worse, in your final year). You won’t get enough of your thesis written and you’ll be stressed all year.

Plan to work your way up: start with one or two postgraduate conferences in your first year and work from there. I find it works to balance big, important national and international ones in your subject with small, intimate ones where you’ll present to a room full of experts in your field who will give you better feedback, networking and publishing opportunities.

Don’t be afraid to put together a panel. Start with fellow postgraduates. At a later stage, get in touch with researchers who you respect in your field about putting together a panel. They can only say no (and most will be flattered to be asked). Enquire to see if the organisers have any bursaries or travel awards for postgraduates – and if they do, make sure you apply.

3. If you can, teach and get a Higher Education Academy accreditation for it
Try and get some teaching in your department. If it isn’t offered to PhDs, ask your supervisor if you can shadow them for a few classes. Try and lead one or two tutorials, or give a lecture. You could also ask neighbouring universities if they’re looking for someone to teach. (This is a good thing to do towards the end of the PhD when you’re looking for work). Attend training seminars hosted by your university. Try and get HEA accreditation at associate fellow level if you get some teaching experience.

4. Host a symposium, conference or workshop
It doesn’t have to be a massive, multi-panel, three-day affair. A simple day or half day, hosted with a fellow PhD or early career academic will suffice. You’ll get to meet people who share your passion for your subject and get in touch with academics whose work you really admire. Plus, you’ll probably have to apply for funding and this is excellent in itself (see below). It’ll also give you some handy administrative experience, which seems to keep cropping up on academic job adverts these days.

5. Apply for funding
Just try first for little pots to host a conference; go on a research trip; develop a skills training workshop; a visiting fellowship at a library. If you want to continue in academia, you’ll have to really perfect your grant writing skills, so you might as well start as soon as you can. Start small, it all adds up. Practice makes perfect. Try your university, any national association for your subject or the research councils. Ask people who you respect to look over your funding applications and reward readers with cake.

More great tips here

Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia in the National Theater
( 18th November, 1918 )
Picture by Vilis Rīdzenieks

A week after the end of World War I. With the German army still in the country, the People’s Council ( formed one day earlier ) declares Latvia’s independence. Jānis Čakste is assigned the chairman, Kārlis Ulmanis the prime minister of the temporary governemnt. The government calls for a soon democratic election and demands the Geman army to leave the country.
People’s Council of Latvia acts as a temporary government until 1920 when Constitutional Assembly is elected.

Quite possibly the most well-known picture out of the history of Latvia.