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BleakRefs

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Dec 2019

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    This reasoning is even more fucked than the Brexit / Corbyn reasoning.

    Depends. I think the idea of blaming Labour for the global financial crash - which many Tories still do - is cynical and absurd.

    But I also recognise that there were quite a few things on the Labour manifesto which were straight up ridiculous. I say this as someone who's voted Labour in every election I've been able to, I'm a Labour member, and I fight for my MP to anyone who'll listen. But I also have eyes. That free broadband policy was economically illiterate, and it wasn't alone. That manifesto was a wishlist - it hsould've been shorter and it should've been focussed on things people actually wanted, not just on headlines. And it should only have been pushed once a relationship of trust was established with the electorate. It wasn't and the whole thing felt like a slimy salesman telling you you could have everything you wanted for free.

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    That's a great distinction - thank you.

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    Attlee could also be labelled similar in many ways...The answer to this whole catastrophe is Brexit.

    The stats I've read suggest that Corbyn was the biggest problem for voters, followed by Labour's reputation on the economy, followed by Brexit a distant third. I'm sure over the next few days the picture will be raked over endlessly.

    EDIT: I see H2O got there before me

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    There's lots of stuff Corbyn was poor at and lots of ways in which his message did not resonate. But one of the big reasons he has struggled is the constant stream of Labour MPs and former MPs telling everyone he was shit.

    Isn't that mixing up cause and effect though? That criticism wouldn't stick if he weren't - well - a bit shit?

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    Aren't all covenants restrictive? Always had this simplistic idea in my head that covenants were restrictive whereas easements were permissive.

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    I was recently asked to be a director of the rtm company. Jog on >>>>>>

    Sounds to me like you could do some good work as a director in terms of changing the culture for the better.

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    I don't actually disagree with much of what you said there - and I agree that identity politics isn't enough on its own to get to an understanding of the truth. Those who think it is are missing something important. But I do think it's a valid part of the conversation. I don't see identity politics as being about objective truth, it's more about how we discuss questions of truth - a matter of recognising that some people face more discrimination than others, and we should recognise it - more a matter of tone if you like. And of course there'll be people who fall outside the model, but that doesn't invalidate the model, it just means the model needs some more detail. To give you an example, I DO notice that some men tend to get interrupted more than others - they tend to be neurodivergent, or nervous, or what have you, and I do my best to compensate for that too. To me what peopel tend to call identity politics is just recognition of the fact that a conversation doesn't happen in isolation, it happens in a context of power, and responding to that context in a balancing way (rather than an exploitative way) tends to result in a more productive conversation.

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    Ok, will do. Will you listen to the Klein & Harris podcast if you’ve not already? Klein doesn’t do well.

    I listened to it at the time and I thought he wiped the floor with Harris. No accounting for taste I suppose.

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    I think that's both the great shame and strength of the Mayoralship - there's a limited amount you can do to achieve change. That's great when it's someone like Johnson who could really fuck things up with a little power, but it's a shame when it's someone like Khan who by all accounts is a serious, intelligent, and honest politician.

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