It has been very refreshing listening to the toady show today, so much so that I might have to start calling it the today show, as it was an all women show celebrating the centenary of women getting the vote. Although it was not all women as only those owning property and over the age of 30 were allowed the vote. Dear old class, as ever, dominated and the lower classes and younger women weren’t deemed able enough to have such responsibility.
And so class still exerts it’s egregious drag on society as does treatment of the younger folk as discussion of giving 16 year olds the vote demonstrates. Listening to the wireless about this there was a superb comment by a 14 year old who carefully explained how she and some of her friends were interested in and understood a great deal of politics but that many of her peers were either uninterested or too stupid to understand. She went on to say that it was pretty similar with adults with many uninterested or too stupid to understand politics and yet they are unquestioningly allowed to vote, so 16 year olds should be given the vote. Unerring logic.
Doesn’t need much thought to apply her beautifully simple logic to voting patterns and results.
And one wonders how jacob rees-mogg would have voted in 1918? The caricature he has created combines class, right-wing paternal politics and paternal religiosity and would not look out of place in a pre-1918 British parliament. This ‘hard brexiter’, compensates his limp handshake, is currently chairMAN of the ill named ‘european research group’, ill named because of it’s implied academic status using the term research. Created in 1993 it’s sole purpose is to support tory mps with their programme to leave the EU. Unlike the ‘sinister, hard left’ oft-derided Momentum it has no website, publishes nothing, certainly nothing resembling research. It operates way more as a ‘party within a party’ than Momentum; it tells it’s members what to say (and not say), co-ordinates attacks on Remain leaning tories and institutions that report on the effects of brexit such as the treasury. The Times described it as “the most aggressive and successful political cadre in Britain today”. And with mogg as it’s cheerleader in chief baldly stating that any statement that brexit might lead to anything other than a glorious return of Britain to all it’s former world empire status as perfidious lies.
And on a day celebrating female suffrage I salute Anna Soubry for her asking maybot to ‘sling out’ de pfeffel and mogg as they are unrepresentative of the conservative party she joined.
Last words with Emmeline Pankhurst:
“Now, I want to say to you who think women cannot succeed, we have brought the government of England to this position, that it has to face this alternative: either women are to be killed or women are to have the vote.”
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.