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  1. Big Orange - the clip exactly sums it up. Except the John Cleese character misgenders Loretta so must be a hateful bigot.
  2. You are absolutely right. But with this ideology, someone can jump from 'oppressor' to 'oppressed' by saying that they are one. Instead of membership of the group being based on objective criteria so material inequalities can be addressed, membership of the 'oppressed' group is dependant on how the individual feels on the inside. It's only allowed for sex/gender, not anything else (as yet!). I supposed they have created a new oppressed group - people whose inner sense of their own sex doesn't match how they are perceived by others. I can't quite believe that major institutions are all nodding along, and government is giving grants to influence and lobby to write this in to laws and policies. Yes you are right for people who are suffering - and the 4000% increase will impact the nhs provision which must be swamped. I meant that the way trans rights are currently being argued for (ie legal self id) doesn't add new costs in itself. Trans women are women even if they love their male body. And a new lexicon is being created to articulate it - a ***** is female anatomy if it is owned by a trans woman etc etc. So this new way of arguing for rights won't cost the nhs. But in my view by de-medicalising the whole issue it harms people who really do need the medical support.
  3. I didn't realise most nuclear plants will be due to close soon. "Nuclear is an important part of our mix" says government spokesperson - obviously a bit tricky to supply though.
  4. Yep that's an eye opening statistic. It's so obvious this can be used by sex offenders to play the system.
  5. Yes it's definitely being supported by the left social justice movements - but it's not really very left wing as an idea. More liberal individualism taken to an extreme. The subjective self is put right in the middle. The fight against it is from the far left and the right, for different reasons. The Morning Star is the only left wing paper writing critically about this (the times and spectator on the right), and the only political parties who have come out against self id are UKIP and the British Communist Party!
  6. The woman in the photo must value her boots more than her feet. She could be stepping on anything under there.
  7. That is really interesting, but also like you say deeply worrying and horrible. Average age at first baby is was really quite high - about 30 a few years ago when I had babies. But lower age of mum correlates with less educated, and lower income mums. You really don't hear much about infant mortality now that sudden infant death isn't in the news. Young, poor or less educated mother also coincides with lower breastfeeding rates which feeds into the general health of the population.
  8. Yes I'm sure you're right. There was a debate in the House of Commons last week on proposals to allow self-identified gender. Only one MP spoke against self-id legal gender. David TC Davies a Tory. All the others (about 6? Labour, SNP and Lib Dem) spoke in favour of it. Spouting simplistic let's be kind to everyone waffle. The Minister for Women was a bit more cautious sounding. Davies asked Layla Moran (Lib Dem) "whether she would be happy sharing a changing room with somebody who was born male and had a male body?". She answered "I believe that women are women, so if that person was a trans woman, I absolutely would. I just do not see the issue. As for whether they have a beard, which was one of the hon. Gentleman’s earlier comments, I dare say that some women have beards. There are all sorts of reasons why our bodies react differently to hormones. There are many forms of the human body. I see someone in their soul and as a person. I do not really care whether they have a male body." What a dingbat. She is going to give away female only changing rooms and showers because she thinks she to tell whether the hairy bearded male stranger next to her genuinely has a woman's soul or not.
  9. Bruce Banner and peanut butter - it won't add any costs to the nhs. There is no need to have any medical treatment to change legal sex and change birth certificate. The majority of trans women keep their male genitalia. Alex Drummond claims to be a lesbian with a full beard - (s)he is a trans advisor to Stonewall who are v involved with lobbying for all these changes. Drummond says (s)he is expanding the bandwidth of womanhood (ie by being a bloke with a beard in a dress). Monkey - the government consultation asks if we should recognise 'non binary identities' in law. Arpeggio - I don't know anything about hormones in the water and stuff. But the recent increase in the number of children and teens identifying as the opposite sex is mostly girls identifying as boys. It's 4000% increase in a few years. Government have announced and inquiry, but research is often stomped on by pro-trans activists who really don't want this discussing.
  10. Do you think Russian trolls would be for against self-declared legal gender? I suspect for. Other people who are for self-declared legal gender are: the Labour Party, the Greens and Lib Dems, Stonewall, the NUS (who have called for an end to registering the sex of babies, so they can choose), the Fawcett Society .…..
  11. Neon tetra I agree. I think that's probably why more people want to be the opposite sex. Toys, books, fashions for kids are much more gendered than they were when I was a kid. The number of girls who are identifying as boys has increased massively in a few years. Big Orange - yes the unintended consequences are potentially very bad for women. In Canada which is further along in self id both in law and social convention, University Sports are now divided by self identifying gender, not actual sex. Males competing against young women. You can already change your birth certificate if you change sex legally. I think the original birth certificate is kept but 'closed', and you have a new one with the new sex. That's been the case since 2004. The difference is that at the moment it's quite a difficult process to go through, needs a medical diagnosis and proof that you have been living as if the opposite sex. The new rules will mean there will be no criteria to meet other than your own say so. Deadline for the consultation is 19th October. Only a few days to go.
  12. The government are consulting on whether to change the law so that anyone can legally change their sex (ie. change male to female on birth certificate) based on their own ‘Self Identification’, and will no longer need a medical diagnosis or to meet any other criteria. The proposals are to change the Gender Recognition Act. Lobby groups such as Stonewall have been pushing Self Id because the current system is too slow and intrusive. I'm sure it is necessary to make the process easier for those who need it and are going through a very difficult thing. But it also reflects a broadening of the type of people who are now considered trans gender, to include people who don't have gender dysphoria and don't seek any hormone treatment, surgery etc. Very little public discussion of these policies is allowed beyond repeating 'trans women are women'. The only people who are campaigning against these changes are some women’s groups. They get a lot of flak for it but they are pointing out that if any male can be seen legally as a woman, this will have an impact on: women’s prisons, women’s sport, the right to have intimate care done by someone of your own sex, single sex hospital wards, rape crisis centres and domestic violence shelters, collecting data on crime, pay, or anything else where you want to have separate figures for male and female. This change to the GRA is part of a general trend we are seeing, from segregating where necessary based on sex, to segregating based on ‘gender identity’. This is going under the radar. Many organisations and public bodies now segregate based on gender identity not sex. For example male to female trans women are usually housed in women’s prisons. See the recent case of Karen White, male rapist who sexually assaulted female prisoners she was locked up with. Girl Guides accepts male to female trans girls. Where this happens the male child/teen will share sleeping/showering etc with the other girls on camp, and parents will not be told. Girls who identity as a boy will be managed out of the organisation. British Gymnastics allows boys up to 16 who identify as a girl to compete against girls. Pips Bunce was given a place on the FT list of top 100 women in the city (seriously, google him/her). Schools are advised that children should use the changing room and loos of the gender they identify with. If anyone else is uncomfortable (ie a teenage girl expected to change next to someone she has always knows as a boy) the school is advised to move the uncomfortable child. These policies seem to be brought in without any risk assessment or equality impact assessments for how it will effect other groups. Anyone can fill in the consultation. It’s long but you don’t have to answer all the questions or do it in one go. Fair Play for Women, and A Women’s Place UK both have guides to filling it in, both are looking at it from a women’s rights perspective. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act-2004
  13. This one doesn't fit with all the other examples and is alarming: -'Another reported having a landlord 'showing up nightly, sitting in my bedroom and refusing to leave'. This type of thing was covered on women's hour a while ago - there was a thread on here. I think Wayward is right - like other sexual exploitation - it's about power. I wonder if these men are similarly creepy in other parts of their lives?
  14. This is relevant to this thread. Podcast of a Timothy Garton Ash lecture this summer: What went wrong with liberalism? And what should liberals do about it? https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2018/06/timothy-garton-ash-what-went-wrong-with-liberalism-and-what-should-liberals-do-about-it/ Think it might be on YouTube too.
  15. I heard this. It was grim. The most shocking aspect for me was the police's attitude to the crime that the landlord was committing against the tenant couple. From her telling of events there was clear evidence of the crime and the police would have been able to find more evidence if they looked into it. People are definitely prosecuted for voyeurism. So either the officers didn't know the law, or for some reason were just completely dismissive of this crime. You are right the whole thing had a Dickensian London feel to it. They did a good job of linking it to poor tenants rights but I'm always a bit uneasy by placing everything (ie any aspect of a dysfunctional housing market) in the context of a shortage of housing, but that's because I'm not completely convinced by it. Presumably the landlord in question is continuing to act like a complete perv to his current tenants with impunity.
  16. I would be interested to know what your lib/dem councillor says. He or she ought to be familiar with the arguments if they know anything about the history of their own party. One way to get ideas out there these days is to blog (!). Though I don't know how to go about doing that. These ideas have had some traction though - the self-reliant individual as the main source for prosperity and progress runs through Thatcher/Reagan and right wing thought. But they don't seem to recognise that we don't have the positive conditions for everyone to make the best of themselves. Individual initiative works best for people who have established privilege, and whose interests are in accordance with those of vested interests. Without tackling that aspect, the resulting political philosophy is harsh and inhumane. I think that might have done some damage to the Liberal ideology. Nowadays if you talk about the primacy of the individual you sound like a raving Thatcherite. People look at political ideas through the lens of left and right. This is an important point: I think it's this as well: it is difficult to persuade voters that the state should give up responsibilities it has been given. It's a problem inherent to democracy - each prospective government promises that it will do some things that need doing, which are then brought into the fold of government. But it's a one way street. It also encourages public debt because each government is only thinking of the next 5 years, but has promised things that must be paid for. Yes it seems to work doesn't it. It's really attractive. The only thing I would add is that though he sees 'spontaneous' associations as an important part of this, he is missing the communities that people don't really choose - of neighbourhoods, villages and towns (or even schools and work places). I think that might be deliberate on his part, but it's still an important layer. I'm not sure your reading of the 1930s is right. I don't think WWII was entered into as a distraction exercise. - though 20th century isn't my era. The Third Reich had their own reasons for going to war but from a British perspective appeasement was the order of the day until very late. And then we spent the next few decades avoiding war with the USSR. That doesn't mean we are not heading towards armed conflict now of course - although I'm not quite sure what you are getting at there. It sounds a bit too conspiracy theory for me - what makes you think this? (Dare I ask...) Would it be right to say you are pessimistic about individual people - eg. choosing the free lunch, and going along with propaganda narratives etc.? Ramsay Muir's thesis requires a completely optimistic view of 'living human souls' capacity to be creative, have energy, and pursue their own ideals in their own way. I think that might be why it's so attractive.
  17. I've read it. You are right it is very relevant today, and I think this is basically my politics too. But what specifically caught your imagination? I hope people could get behind a politics that believed that 'self-reliant individual energy is the source of all progress; and its aim is to create the positive conditions which will enable every man and woman to make the most and best of their own powers' ...'incompatible with a policy dictated by deference to vested interest, to wealth, and to established privilege.' Some contemporary politicians pay lip service to the first bit, but they don't want to deal with the second bit. The question is how to? I think what's happened in recent decades is that the political ideology of the smaller state, and individual economic agency, have been bundled up with more socially conservative and restrictive attitudes of the right. Whereas more liberal attitudes to how individuals should be able to live (now termed 'progressive') have been tied to a politics on the left that favours a larger state and higher tax/borrowing. So a Liberal in the 19th Century English mould has nowhere to go. But it might be possible to get these ideas circulating more widely. It struck me that his fears about democracy could be written about today's democratic systems. It's interesting he already had those doubts considering democracy in its current form was so young then. But, he seems to take the free expression of ideas (if not the sensible use of it within the party system) for granted - I'm not so sure that we can. Thanks for posting it.
  18. I agree it's unlikely any charges will be brought. But guest_northshore is right to say the law disagrees with you that people getting drunk and doing the things that were described does not constitute either sexual harassment (at work in this instance), or assault.
  19. On the question of whether the baby boomer generation will ever 'get' it' - I'm sure an increasing number will get it – just as with the population at large - but some don’t want to . My parents are pre baby boomer and early baby boomer. They sort of get it. They see how unaffordable houses are in comparison to in their day, however you measure it, and they are not of that ilk who think they are in the position they are because they were super clever. Yet they don’t want to see any connections between the fact they are so comfortable (in terms of houses and pensions) and the fact that younger generations will not be. Many people in that age group are comfortable and don’t need to think about it. Even for those who have begun to see it clearly, it’s not a priority when thinking about how to vote or what to raise with their MP. As they are demographically big that matters. I am Gen X (I think!) and so I have been luckier from a housing affordability point of view than younger generations. Even people who are only a bit younger than me. But there has been another baby boom in recent years, so maybe the next generation to be culturally and economically dominant are the ones who are currently children.
  20. The chapters by Ramsay Muir don't seem to be available in the digitised version of the book either.
  21. This seems like an important point. The job of hostess (which I didn’t know existed until this story broke) seems to occupy a strange place somewhere between waitress and - I don’t know what – escort? But they haven’t consented to being groped by agreeing to do the job. Contrary to what some people are saying in this thread it is illegal to grope someone or put your hand up their skirt or show them your genitals, if you have no reason to think it would be welcome. It suggests a cynical and dismal view of the male guests if it’s assumed that putting a pretty young woman in the vicinity will make them all spend more money – but maybe it works, or there wouldn’t be agencies dedicated to supplying hostesses
  22. Yes you're right. It's strange that the supermarkets haven't managed this. They can't have changed the recipe that much as the taste really hasn't changed as far as I can tell. Probably hoping to get some media coverage? It's interesting that it was first produced because of a coco shortage ...
  23. Yes a surprising point of view for a labour supporter - or maybe not as many people must have formed their views in the period when labour were in government encouraging people to put money in property. He's probably representative of quite a lot of voters and it illustrates the problem.
  24. Yes this seems to get to the heart of the issue. Why should it be framed like this? And I'm not quite sure who's doing the framing. It's based on a report from a government department, but it's not clear to what extent they are pushing the 'so therefore younger workers should pay more' angle, and to what extent that's been built on in the reporting, to stoke the intergenerational discontent which make controversial headlines.
  25. Here are the accounts for the Great Britain National Insurance Fund. Spyguy linked to the Wikipedia entry for the fund above. It's clearly not a pension fund in the way a company pension fund would work but it is a separate fund. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/652655/National_Insurance_Fund_Accounts__Great_Britain__-_2016_to_2017.pdf NI contributions are paid into the fund which is separate from general tax revenue. It is used to pay many benefits including the state pension. It requires a surplus because: “The National Insurance scheme is financed on a pay as you go basis with contribution rates set at a level broadly necessary to meet the expected benefits expenditure in that year, after taking into account any other payments and receipts, and to maintain a working balance.” The fund can 'lend' the surplus to the government, but it can't borrow. So it needs to keep a healthy balance. But predictably the balance is getting smaller. I guess it is predicted to disappear by 2035.
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