Tory Party Conference 2015: Some Thoughts

Originally posted on Guy Debord's Cat:

If anyone was ever in any doubt as to the Tories’ loathing of democracy, then they need look no further than this latest conference or, indeed, previous conferences. Speaker after speaker mounted the platform to address the conference, all of whom either syruped praise on their leadership or smeared their opponents. Policies are never openly debated or voted upon at Tory Party conferences. The unspoken dictum is, as ever, “we speak and you will listen”. The Conservative Party’s members have little or no say in how their party operates or how policies are decided. It is, for all intents and purposes, a dictatorship. Is it any wonder why Tory governments act to crush democracy in this country when there is so little of it within their own party?

This conference also showed us how far into themselves the Tories have retreated since Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the Labour Party leadership, and the…

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BBC: Protesters target Suffragette film premiere red carpet

Originally posted on Justice for Men & Boys:

My thanks to Craig for this.

The protesters were concerned about the supposed reduction in availability of domestic violence refuge places. Refuges places for female victims, or male victims? The former, obviously, as the latter have always been close to non-existent.

An extract from the piece:

The action was led by a feminist group called Sisters Uncut.

Members say they are using “suffragette methods to declare that, as long as violence against women continues, the battle for women’s liberation has not yet been won.

“Dead women can’t vote.”

We must infer, presumably, that dead men can vote. It’s not fair.

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Does the cooking world have a glass ceiling?

Originally posted on Justice for Men & Boys:

At a seminar about ‘women in the boardroom’ a couple of years ago, in the Q&A session, a black woman in the audience declared loftily that because she was both black and female, she was disadvantaged by a double-glazed glass ceiling. I laughed out loud, she glared at me, I carried on laughing. I may have theatrically wiped away a tear or two with a handkerchief. It’s a happy memory.

I was reminded of the incident by an article sent to me by Martin. The writer of the piece is Tim Capper, who must have been desperate for work to write a piece for Chef’s World about fewer than 1% of Michelin-starred chefs being women.

Extract #1, from a section, ‘Does the cooking world have a glass ceiling?’:

This extreme lack of top-rated female chefs might cause someone to believe there is more to this than meets the eye. After…

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Milo Yiannopoulos and Julie Bindel prohibited from speaking in a debate about censorship

Originally posted on Justice for Men & Boys:

Our thanks to B for this. The start of the article:

Following the decision to prohibit Julie Bindel from speaking at an event hosted by the University of Manchester Free Speech and Secular Society, the Students’ Union Executive Team have now moved to ban men’s rights activist Milo Yiannopoulos, who was originally scheduled to debate alongside her.

Bindel and Yiannopoulos were both booked to speak at a debate entitled “From liberation to censorship: Does modern feminism have a problem with free speech?” to take place on the 15th of October.

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