Two Pints Of Lager & Some Eco-Socialism With Human Rights Please

Ok, not actually my polling station  but the one in the village next along, does this increase turnout? And will booze enhance the Left’s chances, hmmm. Anyways, my 14 year old niece asked ‘is that where poll dances go on?’ Has neoliberal enabled/feminism subverting raunch culture destroyed political awareness in the young…Discuss. So it was fortuitous that my plans meant we then proceeded to my polling station where I took her in to show her the exciting wonders of voting (turnout was ‘ok’ according to the poll people), then told her why it was important (one day we might get a government that works for us not the ruling class, one day, but we have to do more than vote for that. Why did she have to be 18  to vote she asked, I said they don’t think teenagers should be represented even though at 16 you can go and die for some politician’s ambitions. Lowering it to 16 seemed to be our preferred option. Why did we go into a a little hide/booth? So the vote is secret and we cannot be intimidated, at least in that moment we can’t. Then I told her that the result was not going to be good,  Dave’s an aristocrat, we’ll never get a living wage under him as she related how she was paid four-ish quid -inc. tips- an hour for casual waitressing work, I got £1.85 and hour in my first factory job, back when £1.85 really meant something… ah the 80’s, hmmm).

Plaid just phoned, that’s showing some moxy, yes they could rely on my support in this election, Good Luck. (They did answer 100% on Stop The War’s survey).

Meanwhile Andy Worthington let me know he has put together a list of 149 MPs who supported human rights in the last year and he noted 2% of Tories supported the EDMs, 26% of Labour MPs and 70% of Lib Dems. So click the link (I will repeat the list at the bottom of this post too). Also today on his blog he is having a fund-raising special- a supporter has pledged to match all donations to support his work over the next 48 hours. So really now is the absolutely best time to chuck him some cash, go to his blog and click the paypal button and know your  money for his essential work will magically be doubled.

Andy Worthington:- For anyone wondering how to vote in the General Election today, who may have noticed the resounding silence on the election trail regarding Britain’s commitment to human rights since the 9/11 attacks, I’ve compiled the following list of 149 MPs (out of 650 in total), who have signed up to two important Early Day Motions in the last 12 months.

Conservatives (3)

Bottomley, Peter (SA, SE)
Davis, David (SA, SE)
Wilshire, David (SE)

Labour (89)

Abbott, Diane (SA, SE)
Anderson, David (SA)
Austin, John (SA, SE)
Barlow, Celia (SA)
Bayley, Hugh (SA)
Berry, Roger (SA)
Betts, Clive (SA)
Buck, Karen (SA)
Burgon, Colin (SA)
Campbell, Ronnie (SA)
Caton, Martin (SA, SE)
Challen, Colin (SE)
Chaytor, David (SE)
Clapham, Michael (SA, SE)
Clark, Katy (SA, SE)
Clwyd, Ann (SA)
Cohen, Harry (SA, SE)
Connarty, Michael (SA)
Cook, Frank (SA, SE)
Corbyn, Jeremy (SA, SE)
Crausby, David (SA)
Cruddas, Jon (SA)
Cryer, Ann (SA, SE)
Dean, Janet (SA)
Devine, Jim (SE)
Dismore, Andrew (SA, SE)
Dobson, Frank (SA)
Dowd, Jim (SA, SE)
Drew, David (SA, SE)
Etherington, Bill (SA, SE)
Flello, Robert (SA)
Flynn, Paul (SA, SE)
Francis, Hywel (SA)
Gerrard, Neil (SA, SE)
Gibson, Ian (SE)
Hall, Patrick (SE)
Havard, Dai (SA, SE)
Heyes, David (SE)
Hoey, Kate (SE)
Hopkins, Kelvin (SA, SE)
Hoyle, Lindsay (SE)
Iddon, Brian (SA)
Illsley, Eric (SA, SE)
Jackson, Glenda (SA, SE)
Jones, Lynne (SA, SE)
Lazarowicz, Mark (SA, SE)
Lepper, David (SA, SE)
Linton, Martin (SA)
Mackinlay, Andrew (SA, SE)
Mallaber, Judy (SA)
Marshall-Andrews, Robert (SE)
McCafferty, Chris (SE)
McDonnell, John (SA, SE)
McIsaac, Shona (SA)
Mitchell, Austin (SA)
Morgan, Julie (SE)
Mullin, Chris (SA)
Naysmith, Doug (SE)
Olner, Bill (SE)
Prosser, Gwyn (SA)
Riordan, Linda (SE)
Sarwar, Mohammad (SE)
Simpson, Alan (SA, SE)
Singh, Marsha (SA)
Skinner, Dennis (SA)
Slaughter, Andy (SA)
Stewart, Ian (SA)
Strang, Gavin (SA, SE)
Taylor, David (SE)
Thornberry, Emily (SA)
Truswell, Paul (SE)
Turner, Desmond (SA, SE)
Vaz, Keith (SA)
Vis, Rudi (SA, SE)
Wareing, Robert N (SA, SE)
Williams, Betty (SA)
Wood, Mike (SA)
Wright, Anthony D (SA)
Wyatt, Derek (SA)

Liberal Democrats (43)

Baker, Norman (SA, SE)
Brake, Tom (SA, SE)
Breed, Colin (SE)
Bruce, Malcolm (SA)
Burt, Lorely (SE)
Cable, Vincent (SA, SE)
Campbell, Menzies (SA)
Davey, Edward (SA)
Featherstone, Lynne (SA, SE)
Foster, Don (SA, SE)
George, Andrew (SA, SE)
Gidley, Sandra (SA)
Goldsworthy, Julia (SE)
Hancock, Mike (SA, SE)
Harvey, Nick (SA, SE)
Hemming, John (SA, SE)
Holmes, Paul (SA, SE)
Horwood, Martin (SA, SE)
Howarth, David (SA, SE)
Hughes, Simon (SE)
Huhne, Chris (SE)
Hunter, Mark (SA)
Keetch, Paul (SA, SE)
Kennedy, Charles (SA)
Kramer, Susan (SA, SE)
Lamb, Norman (SA, SE)
Leech, John (SA, SE)
Moore, Michael (SA)
Mulholland, Greg (SE)
Oaten, Mark (SA)
Opik, Lembit (SA)
Rennie, Willie (SA, SE)
Rogerson, Daniel (SE)
Rowen, Paul (SE)
Stunell, Andrew (SA, SE)
Swinson, Jo (SE)
Taylor, Matthew (SE)
Teather, Sarah (SA, SE)
Williams, Mark (SA)
Williams, Roger (SA)
Williams, Stephen (SE)
Willis, Phil (SA)
Willott, Jenny (SA, SE)

Independent (3)

Davies, Dai (SA, SE)
Pelling, Andrew (SA)
Taylor, Richard (SE)

Independent Labour (1)

Short, Clare (SA, SE)

Plaid Cymru (1)

Llwyd, Elfyn (SE)

Respect (1)

Galloway, George (SA, SE)

Scottish National Party (6)

Hosie, Stewart (SE)
MacNeil, Angus (SE)
Mason, John (SE)
Robertson, Angus (SE)
Weir, Mike (SE)
Wishart, Pete (SE)

Social Democratic and Labour Party (2)

Durkan, Mark (SA, SE)
McDonnell, Alasdair (SE)

9 Responses to “Two Pints Of Lager & Some Eco-Socialism With Human Rights Please”

  1. Dave Weeden Says:

    Has neoliberal enabled/feminism subverting raunch culture destroyed political awareness in the young…Discuss.

    No, in my experience, different people ‘wake up’ to politics at different ages. 14 is too young to vote (or pay tax), why would she care? When I was a stroppy kid, I thought kids shld vote. Can see fair arguments that under 5s can’t vote, so may just support moving age back to 12 these days.😉

    I’m not sure about David Davis who currently seems to be an opportunist to me, BTW. Or Galloway, after scanning the names.

  2. RickB Says:

    Hey Dave,
    I suppose I might have been weird, in ’79 (aged 10) I stayed home (by a cunning -I still feel sick- after a bad bug ploy) to watch Thatcher go into no 10, I sensed it was something big and I was curious what was going on in adult world. I think that- curiosity- is what I see being stifled by consumer culture, other than curiosity as to price and what colour does it come in!

    Well neither would be my best choice either but fair dues they signed the EDM’s which is more than most did (worryingly).

    • otto Says:

      aha, i remember it well. It was a cool day for me cos the vote was May 3rd and the next morning they had Breakfast TV (Good Morning, New Prime Minister was the title. And May 4th is my birthday…..übercool of the beeb to have laid on brekkyTV on my day.

  3. RickB Says:

    Yes, at last they earn their licence money! Belated Happy Birthday Otto!

    Good that that date had a good thing happen to balance out Maggie.

    • otto Says:

      Ta muchly. Altered Images, the group that couldn’t sing a song without the word ‘happy’ in the title.

  4. RickB Says:

    Au contraire mon ami!

  5. RickB Says:

    Although…fair cop

    • otto Says:

      I’m sorry, I should be taking this election thingy more seriously, shouldn’t I? It’s just so boring to see three parties with policy differences so close together you couldn’t slip a piece of A4 between them without getting crumply sounds. Roll on May 30th and the Colombia gig….that one actually makes a difference.

  6. RickB Says:

    Lots of crumply sounds, all across the UK tonight, and what is funny is the media are now moaning about the exaggerated narrative they constructed is not being repeated in voting results. Also Andrew Neil is on a boat with awful celebrities or something and it keeps going back to him on the BBC and everyone just wishes there was a u-boat nearby with a fully stocked torpedo room and a captain with an itchy trigger finger.
    And apparently even if turnout increase by a few percent as it has in parts the polls can’t handle it, they are blaming lack of apathy or something I think.


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