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Retweeting Away Our Liberty

October 6, 2017 - 11:52am

By: Jess

I cried hot, angry tears while watching Hillary Clinton speak this week at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. I was a bit hungover, so this was a factor, but I cried for my sex class, I cried for how far we had not come. I cried at the assault on liberal democracy that she described and tears seared my skin with frustration that, as far as I can tell, we the public are sleepwalking into becoming the agents and worker ants of authoritarian regimes, and we are doing it in our pyjamas while watching X Factor.
 

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

October 3, 2017 - 3:53pm

By: Jess

My brother recently applied for Universal Credit (UC), he started growing a beard to show how long it took to for his benefit to arrive. He now looks like Rasputin but without the trappings of the household of a Russian queen at his disposal. Bear in mind that my brother is single, has no dependants and is also not in receipt of housing benefit. He is not a complex case, he is essentially a jobseekers’ allowance claimant.
 

Even A Woman

July 16, 2017 - 3:49pm

By: Jess

Not even a week had passed since Anne Marie Morris shot in to the public conscientiousness with her racist turn of phrase and another equality gaffe pops up. Philip Hammond thinks that train driving is so easy that “even a woman” could do it. I have my suspicions that both of these Tories are so dull and ultimately forgettable that this is a cunning ruse to mark them as memorable. I can think of no other reason why anyone would say such stupid and offensive things without ulterior motive, except the glaringly obvious reason is that they are racist and sexist.
 

Gender Equality Is The Key To Solving Our National Challenges

April 10, 2017 - 7:06am

By: Jess

We may have a female prime minister in Theresa May, but unless during her premiership women actually advance, her gender will be irrelevant. Women’s leadership is not the end in itself: it is part of the struggle to improve the lives of all.
 

Heavy-Hearted Voting

February 1, 2017 - 10:23am

By: Jess

It’s another one of those weeks in Parliament when a big vote will occur. Like with the Syria air assault vote the days preceding the event mean that, for MPs like me, my inbox and social media flood with demands on both sides of the fence. I don’t mind this, people have little other recourse than to contact MPs. I would ask that people focused on contacting their own MP.

We Must Get Better At Talking About Integration

December 5, 2016 - 2:14pm

By: Jess

Across the political spectrum at the moment there are difficult conversations being had. People defend immigration and are met with howls calling them “traitor”, others talk of needing immigration control and are met with a chorus of “racist”. I’m ashamed that as a country we have completely failed to recognise nuanced and complex issue. Everyone desperately mines every by-election or referendum result to extrapolate their own desired outcome.

Don’t Fall For The Alt-Right Money Shot

November 21, 2016 - 5:33pm

By: Jess

This weekend I undertook a spot of defiance. It was not on a picket or in the voting lobbies of parliament. It might not be recognised as defiance at all. All I did was post a picture of me wearing a beanie hat in the shape of a turkey and post a further picture of a charming piece of writing my son had done where he used Brummy phonetics to spell the word toast as “towst”. The first picture was sent to the columnist and writer Bryony Gordon, who had been suffering online hate and misogyny all day, and the other was to Cathy Newman, the Channel 4 journalist who had suffered a similar fate.

Deeds Not Words on Domestic Violence Please, Prime Minister

July 18, 2016 - 9:48am

By: Jess

I’ve been watching Theresa May form her government over the past for days, interested in who’s going where in which department. I’ll admit to having to Google a couple of the names. There was the shocker of the first few “you broke it, you sodding fix it” appointments of Johnson, Fox and Leadsom, followed by Priti “replace DfID” Patel, causing an intake in breath by the poorest people in the world. Then came a steady stream of less controversial appointments and, in my opinion, some potential improvement.
 

The Truth Hurts More Than the Conspiracy

July 5, 2016 - 9:53am

By: Jess

This week I have read many things in newspapers and online that are utter rubbish. Just simply not true. I’ve been sent messages about my “grand plans” by people who, I can only assume, think that the moon landing was a hoax and that Lord Lucan is currently sunning himself in a mankini sat with Anastasia and Rasputin on at a hedonism resort in Jamaica, sipping cocktails from a bar staffed by Tom Cruise and Brian Brown. Oh, if only I could join them for some fantasy lols. I’m in desperate need of some lols.
 

Reclaim the Internet - Fighting for Freedom of Speech

May 26, 2016 - 9:24am

By: Jess

I am often told that I am trying to stifle freedom of speech. I've been called the thought police, the Stasi and, as is currently so very de rigueur, a Nazi. I'm not trading secrets on the streets of East Berlin, holding rallies or burning books, I'm just saying "dude don't be such a douche on the internet."
 

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