38 Maps that explain Europe

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38 maps that explain Europe by Matthew Yglesias on September 8, 2014 for Vox(.com)

Pile of money

Mark Simmonds MP quits: 150k family income not enough to feed his sense of socio-political entitlement

Tory MP for Boston and Skegness, Lincolnshire and Foreign Office, Africa minister Mark Simmonds has declared he has quit (but won’t stand down until the 2015 election). The minister earning £89,435 who pays his wife £25,000 of public money and has a rental allowance of £27,875 plus 3x £2,500 for his children and who has received £500,000 in expenses all of which are paid by taxpayers is quitting as minister and stepping down at the next general election. His reasons are noble – in summary – that he cannot install his family in a location close enough to his work to allow him to be a good father and husband. In reality he is claiming that he is entitled to more than the aforementioned. That he is entitled to things that ‘hard working families’ trying to keep afloat in the capital are not. Another irony?

Here’s his voting patterns on benefits: 1.

  • Voted moderately for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)
  • Voted moderately against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
  • Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
  • Voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
  • Voted moderately for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
  • Voted strongly against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

He obviously feels he is entitled to more than me and probably more than you. That for some reason, the taxpayers should stump up more money to allow him to take his (presumably rather comfortable) lifestyle into London (and presumably that’s as a second home).

And they ask why the UK electorate are disillusioned with modern politicians.

[1] How Mark Simmonds voted on Welfare and Benefits

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Matt Hancock proving politicians ignore the writing on the wall

Matt Hancock MP, of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, is demonstrating his street cred by being involved in the Barclays LifeSkills promotional campaign. This was also attended by Fabrice Muamba who famously suffered a cardiac arrest on the football pitch. Unfortunately for Matt Hancock, Tory MP, some of the graffiti he had posed in front of, at the oh so trendy and currently massively hip place to hang about (Southbank skate park), suggested one should “sack Cameron!”.

This is such a delicious and ironic example of the rhetoric being laid out, thoughtlessly, whilst politicians do not even bother to read the true writing on the wall. Even when it is writing that they are deliberately posing in front of.

See the image in the original source: Total Politics article on ‘Is this MP sending a subliminal message to the PM?’

Laci Green on sexual objectification in society

Through the YouTube comments it’s clear to see that not everyone actually understands this.

“She kind of contradicts herself with the first three suggested videos of hers to the right are about sex.”

“So you hate being looked at? Protip, wear clothes that don’t make you look like a slut.”

But Laci Green has created a great video (below) on sexual objectification in society. She’s not anti-man and not anti-sex, she’s clearly well read, educated and experienced but more importantly she’s anti-sexism hugely popular and makes a very effective argument.

So just watch it all the way to the end, even if you’re considering turning off because of her style of delivery.

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