Author: The Porcelain Doll

Labour members: do not promote electoral pacts. It’s being logged

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Some Labour members are promoting the idea of electoral pacts on social media – parties agreeing not to stand against each other in order to increase the chances of preventing a Tory majority.

Whatever your feelings on the matter, keep them to yourself. Let the parties’ leadership discuss if they choose, but do not promote the idea.

ze list.jpgThe SKWAWKBOX has it from an impeccable source that right-wingers in Labour HQ have already put people onto logging details of those who do, with a view to justifying suspensions – or even expulsions – of pro-Corbyn members in the event of future leadership challenge.

Don’t play into their hands – and if you have tweeted or Facebooked anything on the subject, remove it.

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Dugher’s new job

Dugher’s new job

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The SKWAWKBOX understands that Michael Dugher, the right-wing Labour MP who has announced he will not contest his seat in the General Election, is to become the CEO of music industry body Music UK.

One can only imagine his new employers were won over by his warmth and easy charm, which will be sorely missed by the Labour Party, his local members and his constituents. Dugher is known for his sharp wit and generous humour.

dugher-horse-shitOr maybe not.

This blog wishes Music UK the best of luck with their new CEO.

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May says EU’s tough stance means we need HER!? She can’t face a pensioner!

May says EU’s tough stance means we need HER!? She can’t face a pensioner!

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Radio 4 afforded the SKWAWKBOX a big laugh this evening. As anyone with any sense predicted, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders are saying that no Brexit deal can give the UK terms equal to or better than EU members enjoy. No surprise.

Theresa May, in a move as opportunistically desperate as it is hilarious, was broadcast by Radio 4 this evening claiming that this ‘tough negotiating stance’ means that the UK needs to vote Conservative to put her and her party at the helm because – you’ve guessed it – these horrid Europeans need someone strong and stable to deal with them with a firm hand.

Right.

corbyn laughingTheresa May:

  • daren’t debate Jeremy Corbyn
  • daren’t speak in public except to a hand-picked audience and without binding them to silence
  • can’t speak to a 73yo pensioner without looking hideously nerve-ridden
  • stammered and stumbled her way through yesterday’s PMQs at…

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The SKWAWKBOX in the news

The SKWAWKBOX in the news

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skwawkbox newsInteresting couple of days. Yesterday, defunct Labour MP Michael Dugher gave an interview to The New Statesman in which, along with the Canary, he ‘name-checked’ the SKWAWKBOX. He did so in an entirely negative way, of course, but since there’s history there and his departure will be Labour’s gain, it’s a badge of honour:

dugher nsThe SKWAWKBOX also received a call from the political editor of one of the major online publications who is preparing an article on ‘new left media’. We won’t spoil their thunder by naming it before they publish, but it was an interesting conversation, as the journalist said s/he wanted to talk to this blog because it’s the one that ‘all the MPs’ – and even Labour’s NEC – are talking about.

Of course, some of those MPs speak positively and some positively hate it – but that’s unsurprising, given the topics that are covered here.

S/he…

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May’s bizarre #FacTorygate – she just daren’t face the workers #GE17

May’s bizarre #FacTorygate – she just daren’t face the workers #GE17

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Theresa May appears to have set a new record since she began what passes for her General Election campaign: the most empty factories visited by a party leader.

Mrs May has appeared in a bizarre string of photo opportunities – in factories where nobody else but the management appears to be around. Like this one:

On the rare occasions any employees are allowed anywhere near, they are strictly gagged by management:

gagged.jpgOr, if her image team decide there really have to be some – yuk – people in the frame, she waits until the employees are safely out of the way and then drags a few ‘party faithful’ in:

invite-only.jpgThe contrast with Jeremy Corbyn’s ease among the actual public grows starker every day – yet May asks us to believe she’s the ‘strong and stable’ one fit to negotiate with hard-nosed EU leaders and their teams.

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#WeakandWobbly May forgets where she is. Literally.

#WeakandWobbly May forgets where she is. Literally.

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Concerns are increasing for Theresa May’s health – and her fitness for office – after she appears to forget where she was during a TV interview.

Mrs May was in Clay Cross – in yet another empty factory – but as she talked to the interviewer it was immediately clear she didn’t know where she was:

A cardinal rule of campaigning is to know where you are and name-check it in any interviews or speeches. May remembered the latter half of the rule – but couldn’t complete the first:

I’m pleased to come to… er… this particular town…

It’s not only a gross insult to the people of Clay Cross but a cause for concern. Theresa May completely fell apart – and fell over her own words – during PMQs when challenged by the SNP’s Angus Robertson about the pensions ‘triple lock’ and many have commented that she looks ill.

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Mental Illness Made Up For Attention?

Mental Illness and the Ego

She raises the same points I feel about people making up mental illnesses, especially the people on Tumblr.

Source: Mental Illness Made Up For Attention?

Orange Creamsicle

Orange Creamsicle

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The sun melts like an orange creamsicle
Down the side of her rising ridges
Drawn like a child across the sky
What would be more perfect than her?
A slight bump disturbs the straight edges
Maybe as a child would have drawn
His mind momentarily distracted
But the art teacher presses him forward.
The sun melts like an orange creamsicle

Aubergine skins wrap their ridges
Like blankets, when the orange cream lifts
Up the spaces in between each child
The uniqueness of each individual
Can be seen in the palimpsests of life
Molded from earth and left to dance.
No, not that image, not that metaphor,
Plato saw forms against shadows in a cave
And chose to walk out into the light.
Aubergine skins wrap her ridges

I lie in the water, submitting to clarity
Underneath, piped music tells me what to feel.
Or tries. Instead I feel like becoming

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Senses: Smell

Senses: Smell

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Through the window the sweet smells of autumn drift into the room. Autumn air at peak foliage carries the meat of his childhood. He breathes in the air like a child drinks milk, not stopping until each drop saturates. The turf of the football field, the musky dirt of tumbling piles of leaves, the anxious freshly sharpened pencils, each smell yield countless specific memories built up to a thickness enough to paralyze the mind in reflection. He follows the breeze inside until her scent of lilacs overtakes it. Her delicate perfume reflects a flower reflecting new love growing on the tree. The flowers will not last, but the tree will. The beauty, its mysterious scent, falls to the ground and becomes part of the dirt feeding the tree. The tree grows strong and yields more buds, enough for a lifetime. The lilac becomes one flavor of love, a new, beautiful…

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