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#OnThisDay in Labour history 5 years ago it was polling day in the 2017 general election🌹

While tens of thousands of Labour activists started knocking on doors, my day started with a meeting at the Cabinet Office with Karie Murphy to discuss arrangements if should Labour win🧵
Labour had a 24-point deficit when the campaign began. But in their final polls the major polling companies put the deficit anywhere between a 1-point and a 13-point lead for the Tories

In the last week we met 3 times with the Cabinet Secretary, as they planned for every outcome
Walking along Victoria Street (by Labour HQ) with a colleague in the early summer sunshine, and exhausted by 8 weeks of gruelling election campaign, I recall saying:

“Whatever happens tonight, I’m really proud of what we’ve done – I don’t think we could have done any more”
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🌹if you were out canvassing for labour, and *if you can*, you need to be active your local covid community support group, getting info & supplies to vulnerable ppl. it's the solidarity we promised in action 🌈 #ForTheManyNotTheFew if u go to @CovidAidUK you can find yours
even if you cannot go outdoors you can help make leaflets, translate leaflets and organise. (me and my housemate are helping with getting stuff on google sheets, i'm gonna help translate info into portuguese)
i really believe we need to be out there showing our communities, espec older ppl, that we mean it when we talk about solidarity and socialism and care, and that we're stronger together 🌈🌈🌈🌹
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A) I couldn’t have imagined when I was introduced to the work of Thomas Kuhn and Michel Foucault in 1980 that I would actually experience a paradigm shift or an episteme change respectively. However, major change is now occurring in economics due to Modern Monetary Theory...
B) ..(MMT) - initially the work of Warren Mosler, aided by social media - made available by the internet innovation of Tim Berners-Lee. I wonder if it is a true paradigm shift though as it is the replacement of a body of contrived fantasy and knowingly dishonest information...
C) ..supported by a false infrastructure and camouflaging awards by a clear set of empirical observations, rational historical analysis and robust deductions. However, when enough people grasp the previously concealed, truthful observations and insights of MMT and demand the...
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So, how many quotes does anyone want from Thucydides and other ancient sources about Pericles dismissing the views of the people when he didn’t agree with them..? #PeoplesPMQs
Pericles, at least in Thucydides’ account, articulates a vision of democracy, true, but it’s one that is distinctly odd in a number of respects. And he is praised for *not* paying attention to the wishes of the people, unlike his successors, but for getting them to follow him.
Indeed, he was precisely the sort of elite politician who persisted in pursuing his own policy even after the citizens had voted against it, rather than accepting that he’d lost and should get over it.
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I’m seeing so much crap on @Twitter from people who are, essentially, anti Socialist Labour (Corbyn,the person, is only a figurehead) and all these people have a vested interest in keeping the centrist status quo. The PLP members who have opposed Labour’s move back to its roots
are prime examples of people who hold a deeply entrenched form of egotism that has driven them since the beginning of their political careers. They are so convinced of their own “right to govern” that they see nothing more threatening to themselves than the rise of democracy.
When Corbyn was elected as leader (the first time) the majority of grassroots members, who, let’s face it, are the ones who do the footslogging to get MPs elected, were re-energised and the message that Corbyn and his fellow socialists were putting forward found fertile ground.
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