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18 Oct, 4 tweets, 1 min read
Masks and cold weather remain a nightmare for glasses wearers (at least this one). Can’t see with my glasses on because mask-exacerbated condensation properly fogs the lenses and it doesn’t wear off. Can’t see without my glasses on which is why I wear them in the first place.
Makes shopping really difficult. Firstly because I simply can’t see what I’m looking at. So that means I have stand there for ages trying to decipher the blur in front of me. And secondly, that leads to a little queue of socially distanced people forming behind you.
And if you have social anxiety, the idea that you might be making people angry, upset or generally disapproving of you by holding them up means you go ‘Aah fuck it’ and just move on without the thing you wanted.
Anyway, I still managed to get the ingredients for and cook a roast chicken dinner (after visiting 3 different supermarkets).

My wife said it tasted like shit and I’d insulted her*.

(*She said it was nice)

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18 Oct
I’ll never leave the Labour Party because I’ll never join. The only reason this party - with its long and continuing track record of war crimes, racism, colonialism and materially supporting genocide - has any traction on the left is because the imperial mentality runs deep.
In the 00s voting Labour was voting for the murder of Iraqis and Afghans. In the 60s and 70s it was voting to enable genocide in East Timor. Kenyans, Malayans, Indonesians, Biafrans and Chagossians - all subject to horrific abuses enabled by Labour in the 40s/60s/70s
Browbeating people into voting Labour, let alone becoming a member of the Labour Party, is a result of imperial core privilege. They probably won’t drop cluster bombs on *your* estate, won’t shoot *your* children, won’t arm the people who want *you* dead for being a communist.
Read 10 tweets
24 Sep
Pay day tomorra so look what I just bought.

Should be an interesting read. But to the extent I’m going to tweet about it, it’ll be with a critical eye (although as always with Owen Jones, I’ll no doubt agree with about 85% of it): Image
The first mention of Corbyn is when he’s described as a ‘scruffy, amiable backbencher’.

If Corbyn - often besuited even as back bencher - is scruffy then the vast majority of us are positively unkempt.

Just plays into superficial nonsense about ‘looking Prime Ministerial’ IMO.
Goes on to give a brief history of the new left in Labour.

Then describes Len McClusky as ‘a thick-set Scouser whose rectangular spectacles give him the air of an intellectual bouncer’.

While Corbyn is now ‘unkempt’ rather than ‘scruffy’.

Hmm.
Read 82 tweets
19 Sep
This is basically indistinguishable from a Labour Party press release. Fine, but Corbyn never seemed to get puff pieces like this on the BBC. Waaah . . .
These may well be values that some people hold dear, among lots of others. But for me what they are talking about, given the context, is sugar coated jingoism and nationalism. And it won’t resemble anything the socialist, anti-war, anti-imperialist left can get on board with:
Policy wise I think it amounts to business as usual: arms sales, military aggression but cloaked as something progressive, unquestioning veneration of the armed forces.

Lots of brown folks will die but at least we don’t have that nasty Corbyn anymore.
Read 5 tweets
23 Aug
Owen Jones can be a bad faith manipulative shit at times, and I think this in part because he’s blatantly misrepresented me in the past.
He definitely does police the boundaries of dissent and enforce an Overton Window that’s essentially damaging for the left - whether consciously or not. I can give quite a few examples of this.
He ex-communicated Kerry-Anne Mendoza, suggested she was ‘despicable’ to his 1m followers, and then refused to accept her explanation as to what she meant.

Now he’s pulling ‘God why are the cranks on Twitter so nasty can’t we all just get along?’.

What a brass neck.
Read 6 tweets
21 Aug
If you’ve got lots to say about how terrible Rachel Swindon and The Canary are, and nothing about John McDonnell saying Tony Blair’s near genocide in Iraq wasn’t a crime, your political instincts are probably geared towards punching down.
You probably crave mainstream respectability and may even have the occasional column in corporate media.

You think the little people ‘embarrassing’ you in the eyes of liberals is much worse than left luminaries saying the perpetrators of Mass Atrocities are good actually.
You’re propagating bourgeois morality, which is always going to be limiting for the left, and calling it radicalism.

You’ve been doing it for years and thinking we’re all too stupid to notice.
Read 12 tweets
15 Aug
Imagine being the kid who never passes the exam. Who always gets put into the ‘bottom’ set. Who’s spent their life between the ages of 6 and 16 being told they’re not good enough, they’re stupid, they’re failures. We rarely hear about those kids but there’s millions of them.
I can still remember GCSE exam results day in 1997. My next door neighbour and best mate didn’t pass a single one. His step Dad said to him ‘Right, fuck off out of here and don’t come back until you have a job’.

Life on a 90s council estate in north east England.
I was the only one of my peer group to pass (I had social anxiety and so would stay in my room and read for want of anything better to do). I walked back from the school on results day feeling pleased. Then some lads were saw me and were like ‘Look at the state of that geek!’.
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