NAMED: The 177 MPs who voted YES to the Bedroom Tax after claiming up to £25K EACH in accommodation expenses.

I got about 5 arseholes down the list and couldn’t read anymore. What is wrong with these people?

COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP

BY JACK MONROE.

177 of the MPs that voted YES to the Bedroom Tax on Tuesday evening, claimed up to £25k EACH in their own “spare bedroom” expenses.

One of the highest claims, Nigel Adams whopping £25k in 2012-13, could pay the Bedroom Tax for up to 30 families in his constituency for a whole year.

Richard Bacon’s constituency is a three hour commute from the House of Commons, yet his accommodation expenses bill averages £450 a week.

Stephen Barclay’s constituency in Cambridgeshire is less than two hours away – and he has the fifth highest claim on the list at over £24,000 last year.

THE WORST OFFENDERS:

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Nigel Adams (CON, Selby and Ainsty). Claimed £25,309 in accommodation expenses. Voted YES to the Bedroom Tax.

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Richard Bacon (CON, South Norfolk). Claimed £25,094 in accommodation expenses. Voted FOR the bedroom tax.

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Karen Bradley (CON, Staffordshire Moorlands). Claimed £24,849 in accommodation expenses…

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Women chat class, women chat race. Women chat.

So yesterday I read this from The Newstatesmen and naturally passed comment on Facebook. Here’s the conversation reprinted. Think of it as a gift from me to you dear reader. Now you too can have a token working class friend to help introduce some perspective on your next liberal whine.

http://www.newstatesman.com/node/146568

Me:
On the same day the liberal media woke up to the fact that the bedroom tax hurts women (yes pretty sure working class women have been saying that for at least a year) we get peak new statesmen self centred whining about how middle class women are the worlds biggest victims of misogyny. No longer acknowledging class is of course not at all harmful to the working classes at the bottom of the pile only those women not quite secure enough to hire both a nanny and cleaner and not be criticised for it, only rich enough for a cleaner and a healthy dose of guilt.
Cry me a fucking river.

Louise:
Feminists need to stop making the comparison to racism. It makes them sound utterly fucking ridiculous. I don’t know how anyone can say “racism is socially unacceptable” when UKIP won another fucking seat yesterday. I do have some sympathy for the argument about the term “middle class women” being used as a silencing tactic. I’ve seen it applied to far too many gender-critical working class women and those living in poverty in order to shut them up. That’s not to say that I haven’t seen middle class women engaged in behaviour/language that others and silences working class women because I see that a lot. Ignoring class analysis within the feminist movement whilst identifying women as a class in terms of oppression is a spectacular own goal for the patriarchy

Me:
Exactly. And yes it happens. I’ve been called a “typical middle class cis white feminist” which is obvs bollocks (if it isn’t can someone give me a bit of that money that comes from being somewhere other than the bottom of the socio-economic pile) yet this still pissed me off. If feminists are going to finally address class and how new labours lies hurt society it needs to be about how the lie of all middle class erased a proud working class tradition and left a political void, not about how it mocks nice middle class women for reading niche magazines.

Louise:
You should write a response for your blog 🙂

Me:
I don’t think so, I don’t have the energy to engage with most feminists now. Nothing changes. I just need to play the game, keep my head down and escape where I’m at now. Once I have a salary and something other than debts to my name than I can engage in politics and feminism on anything more than a very small grass roots level. And you know how these things work, anyone says anything against Helen Lewis and her merry band of men (+ the handful of women who work there too) and we’re the bullies, attacking poor sad women who are at home crying about being bullied. I get enough of that woe is me victimhood as shield from my ex!

Sonia:
Yes! PLEASE STOP using racism as the default comparison. It drives me nuts! Ffs like racism is over???!!!!! And yes agree with the comments on class.

Me:
I’ve said this before Sonia. I was probs guilty of doing it myself in the past and I had to listen and learn and apologise.

Sonia:
I’ve seen that from you lately Sian but only maybe two or three others. Let’s hope they hear us and follow suit!

Woman as subject:
Ha ha ha, poor middle class woman, she has it so hard 😦 I say this as someone who used to be working class but is now pretty solidly middle class. Social mobility means my life is infinitely better and I never feel guilty about it because I know how shit it is being poor.

Me:
Exactly and nor should you feel guilty! Women who work hard to escape poverty should love it, you bloody earned it!

Is Sex Work?

Woman As Subject

Last year a friend of mine suggested that prostitution was analogous to the domestic service industry, arguing that poor pay and conditions and trafficking can be an issue in both sectors and as such, feminists should be campaigning to decriminalise prostitution and improve conditions for sex workers. I had recently attended the first Women’s Conference in Nottingham and watched in confusion as the organisers were subsequently accused of being “anti sex worker” on Twitter following their decision to give a platform to Rachel Moran and the Nordic Model Advocates. I thought the Nordic model (which reverses the current situation in the UK and criminalises the punter while helping women exit prostitution if they want to) had seemed an eminently sensible approach to a problematic industry which commodifies and objectifies women and couldn’t understand the ensuing controversy. An organisation called the Sex Workers Open University had turned up at the Conference without tickets…

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That one time, when feminism was about females.

Something is happening around the world right now and we in the UK are not exempt. Our mainstream politics are shifting to the right. This historically is to be expected. A financial crash, a desperate need to feel secure and a nostalgic view of the past clouded with fear. Right wing gains happen, these things come in cycles.

Ultimately the left wing gain which will follow in 2015 if you’re optimistic or 2020 if you’re not will not fix the damage done now if we do not fight back. The last period of Tory majority rule led not only to the Tories being reworked and rebranded but to the decimation of the UK left by the need to become Tory lite for Labour to appeal to the middle class, centre ground swing voters.

The housing crisis is a result of yes the mass sell off of council homes and the legislation to stop them being rebuilt but also a failure of the left to fix this because they had moved right and could depend on a working class vote through nostalgia and no other option.

The left also depend on the progressive vote. They depend on those most at risk when the right are in power. Women, the black and asian communities, immigrants, part time workers, students.

I want to talk about women. How will we fight back?

Right now the pressing issue is the current attacks on our bodily autonomy. America and Australia loudly and with a small push back but also here, quietly and with no real opposition.

What has happened here is interesting because a right wing, oppressive and anti woman agenda has co-opted the language of feminism in order to silence critique. Women are no longer defined by their sex. Fighting for female bodily autonomy is not the progressive fight, however females at risk of femicide is a conversation that can be had. On their terms.

When a female foetus is aborted for being a female in a world where females are undervalued, women and girls are raped, beaten and killed because they are females the right tell us we need to stop this. Not the raping killing and beating of women and girls of course but the murder of the foetus which was determined to be female prior to it being a person.

A foetus does not have human rights. An adult female with one inside of her does. This is a fundamental truth as of now. How long this remains the case is up to us.

Glenda Jackson must not be allowed to be mocked and jeered by the right wing press or by the progressives because she took a stand for women. Our bodies are our own and she recognises this.

“Clarifying the law” on sex selective abortions is not to help women. It is not to help girls. It is not to prevent femicide. It is an attempt to chip away at the integrity of the 1967 abortion act and our right to choose.

Our MPs must know that leaving Glenda Jackson to stand alone is not good enough. They must stand with her and with women. They must fight for us. Because despite what happens to our bodies and the bodies of our daughters women and girls matter. And forcing a woman to birth a girl when both mother and child will be punished for it is not feminist. Not ever.