@canonicalbrud A marriage penalty does sound nuts. Here in the UK, we give a tax break to married couples, but it's something you have to a) know about and b) claim - and guess who's most likely to do those things? Not the people who need it most! It strikes me that something similar could work best if it was more specifically targeted at people with kids, and if it was more widely known and easier to claim.
@canonicalbrud That's an interesting perspective, thank you! In your view, what could governments do policy-wise that would help achieve this?
The problem with conservative critiques of critical race theory is that they never acknowledge the actual reason that it's caught on: it offers an explanation for the continued existence of racial inequality. If conservatives want to win this particular battle of ideas, it might be an idea for them to offer their own explanation, rather than insisting that the dominance of the theory is due to some sort of Gramsciist takeover of the public sphere.
Also, if I ever *request* a read receipt, that is how you know I've been taken hostage and am trying to alert you without letting my captor know
@galdrakinn OH NO! OH NO! OH NO! oh, thank you for fanning me, I feel better.
allow members of rival political parties (in practice, mostly minor extreme irrelevances like the SWP and various other communists) to decide how the union treats the Labour party.
In summary, racist political enemies of Labour have voted to withdraw funding from Labour. I am neither surprised nor distressed by this, except insofar as racist enemies of Labour should never have been involved with the party in the first place.
Losing money from Unite is not a bad look for Starmer.
Unite backed Corbyn's Labour to the hilt even though Labour under Corbyn was institutionally antisemitic. Unite didn't only back this racist iteration of the Labour party rhetorically: it gave cash, it seconded staff to Corbyn's team. Unite even paid the court fees for Skwawkbox, likewise a racist organisation, to sue a Labour MP - and the case was lost.
This is leaving aside the absurd internal rules of Unite, which (1/2)
*do* reduce crime. All three make us safer, wealthier, happier - all the things everyone, regardless of political ideology wants for themselves. But if your opening gambit in these arguments is to say, 'No, stupid, racist', you will never get a chance to make these arguments. You are playing into stupid, divisive, unwinnable culture war arguments. (2/2)
Look, I'm a big old lefty. I believe in internationalism, high government spending and criminal justice reform. But if you think you're going to convince many people to let you do those things by telling them, *first*, that patriotism, fiscal responsibility and punishing criminals are all stupid, nigh-on fascistic notions, you are deeply mistaken.
Because, in fact, internationalism *is* patriotic; high government spending *is* fiscally responsible; liberal criminal justice policies(1/2)
A positive politics post? Yes:
With Miliband the other day and Rayner today, #Labour are previewing phase 2 of becoming an election-winning party: show that there's talent on the frontbench beyond the leader. So far, it's looking good.🌹 ✊
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