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Googling 'Compassionate Conservatism' - No Results Found

January 27, 2016 - 12:47pm

By: Jess

Turns out Compassionate Conservatism doesn't come so easy to the top dogs on the Government benches. This week, the One Nation government had to again be reminded by a Labour peer that some of the inhabitants of said one nation, are disabled and need caring for by their relatives. It took the Labour Party, Carers UK, and a judge in a costly legal battle, to remind them that punishing carers with the benefits cap is a bit of a slap in the face to people who give up everything to do the right thing. Whoopsie they said, and remembered they have to try and look nice.
 

Labour Party Family Christmas

December 22, 2015 - 2:03pm

By: Jess

At Christmas I am reminded of the difference between the families we are given and the families we choose. I'm from a big rowdy family, we would be as comfortable on University Challenge as we would on Jeremy Kyle. I love spending time with them, but post Doctor Who Christmas special I will take refuge at the house of the family I choose.
 

Shut Up Bitch - Get Back to Ironing Your Husbands Socks

December 17, 2015 - 12:59pm

By: Jess

In the last couple of weeks I have spoken to five different young women who told me they were going to stop posting blogs and tweeting about their politics and their views. Each one of them contacted me for support and advice about how to deal with the vitriol, sexism and misogyny they face every time they speak. The very first thing I said to every one of them was "don't stop, whatever you do, don't let it silence you."
 

Speaking Literally

December 17, 2015 - 12:50pm

By: Jess

Just so we can get the record straight, and by that I don't mean literally getting a record and unbending it, so let's start again.
 
I want to be clear and transparent, by which I of course do not mean that I wish literally for people to be able to see through me... let's try again.
 
I want to spell out, I (space ) D I D (space) N O T (space) T H R E A T E N (space) T O (space) K I L L (space) J E R E M Y (space) C O R B Y N (stop).

Save Your Sanctimony and Threats of Deselection - Your Certainty Stinks

December 3, 2015 - 3:30pm

By: Jess

It's hard for me to write about this with my normal chippy manner. I float from chippy to combative with relative ease normally. This is not so easy. It is not light, it is not funny. In fact it is dark, twisty and serious.
 
No matter what the decision each MP made on this week's historic vote on Syria I am proud to be their colleague. I have watched MPs weep in the Commons, fret, argue and recoil. I had to shout "pack it in" to squabbles and negotiate different views over dinner. It hasn't been easy.
 

Responding to George Osborne's tax credit U-turn should have been Labour's victory lap

November 26, 2015 - 4:34pm

By: Jess

He changed the forecast, we changed the weather. But still it rains.
 
The Labour Party should have rested on its laurels in the Autumn Statement. While Gideon name checked his Tory colleagues for their successful lobbying, he should have been reading out the names of Labour members who changed his position.  I'll let the Tories have the potholes, (even though it was in Labour manifesto) but everything else was us. 
 

It's Socialism Jean, But Not as We Know It

November 19, 2015 - 4:40pm

By: Jess

Jean was my mom, she died when I was in my twenties (please try to get past the fact that we Brummies say Mom).
 
"We, not me", my mom used to whisper in my ear when I was growing up. "We, not me, sweetheart." God I miss her. From the moment of my birth until the the day she died my mom taught me that we should only seek power to give it away and that we should fight for the neighbours kid's as tenaciously as we would fight for our own. At her funeral I said:

David Cameron - I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

November 13, 2015 - 4:37pm

By: Jess

This week Parliament broke up early. MPs got to go back to their constituencies on Tuesday night. I was delighted. I like Westminster, it makes me feel fancy and important - dare I say powerful, without seeming like a swivel-eyed megalomaniac. That said, on almost any day I would rather be in my constituency and sleeping in my own bed.
 

Drawing a Line

November 2, 2015 - 1:23pm

By: Jess

I'm knackered and a bit miserable. Not because some bottom feeders threatened me and some sheep followed them and threatened my kids. I'm over that. Mainly because I am fairly certain my seven-year-old son could take them on in an intellectual debate and win without breaking a sweat. To be honest I'd like to stop talking about it. Cue a million people on Twitter saying "oh yeah she wants to stop talking about it, then why is she still talking about it, stupid dumb fat feminazi." Well I'm not actually, let's talk about what you want to talk about.

A Lesson in How Not to Build Unity

October 19, 2015 - 2:33pm

By: Jess

Another day, another fool calling me a Tory. I can forgive some people in my constituency, who this week were told wrongly by campaigning site 38 Degrees that I am a member of the Conservative Party. Alas, it is not this grave error that means people seem to have missed that I am not just a member of the Labour Party, I am also someone who has pretty much given up her life for said organisation. Also completely failing to notice I am actually from the left of the party shows quite how stupid some people are.
 

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