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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
  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 per
  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
  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 y
  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 th
  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
  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 initiativ
  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
  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
  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 vicinit
  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
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