It doesn’t matter how you vote, you’re fucked anyway.

I’m going to discuss the UK General Election, because someone has to put a stop to all the nonsense about it.

So Theresa May, the UK “Prime Minister” (that gets inverted commas because she’s had the job for 5 minutes and she was never voted in), has stated there is going to be a general election in June. We only had one last year, but since she wasn’t voted in, you’d think this was a good thing. In reality, that means that all the other political parties have under two months to campaign. Current polls show that Conservatives (sort of our version of the US Rebublicans… maybe) have a lot more support than any other party: 45%, compared to 27% for Labour (sort of our version of the US Liberals… ish) who are the next nearest party (we have about 5 main parties and a load of others, besides).

The news of this election has filled the 18-30 demographic (my age group) with lots of false hope that they might be able to prevent Brexit, despite the fact that it’s irreversible at this point. It’s sort of like someone trying to stop a car crash while the car is flying through the air at 90 miles per hour, claiming it’s going to be fine because the vehicle hasn’t hit anything yet. I mean, there are a crazy amount of things this past year that our age group has clung to and gone “Brexit can’t happen because of X, Y or Z” and it’s still happening.

Now, the thing is, everyone’s spreading around this “Here’s how to vote to stop Brexit” spreadsheet, where someone’s basically checked what political party is voted in, for every given area of the UK. If the party in your area is Labour, you are supposed to vote for them. If it’s Liberal Democrat (also sort of liberals), vote them, green party (kinda liberals too)… and so on. It’s not very clever or revolutionary, and to be perfectly honest it’s not going to help.

See, there’s this glaring issue with this plan. Labour are NOT GOING TO STOP BREXIT. Nor are they going to be better placed to get us a better deal. That’s like saying that one pimp is going to get us more money for being assfucked than another pimp, because the other one talks to the common people occasionally.

A lot of people believe in Labour because They Supported the Trade Unions in The 1970s and 1980s (also sometimes explained as, “My Dad Was A Coal Miner/Steelworker/Factory Worker…”). The trouble is, most of those politicians are dead and the party has changed immeasurably since then. This is the political party that took us to Iraq then pretended it was all Tony Blair’s idea and was never properly held accountable. Nobody ever gets held accountable in politics, and they never will, despite all the posturing of the 18-30 year olds on Facebook. We don’t live in a world of justice, good doesn’t triumph over evil, and democracy isn’t automatically better than a benevolent dictatorship. Sorry.

The other issue with the Labour party is that, since Jeremy Corbyn got made party leader, they have NEVER STOPPED INFIGHTING. I mean, seriously, they are the most unstable and argumentative party, so at this point they stand for literally nothing. Look at what happened when they called a leadership election barely 6 months ago (because some people in the Labour party with positions of power don’t like Corbyn) and, when the polls revealed that Corbyn would be voted leader again, someone in the Labour party decided to get rid of 300,000 members — or more, the true extent of this was never proven — because those people had all joined in support of Corbyn. The whole thing made no sense and went against their own rules. They also excluded those people from party meetings and then increased the cost to join the Labour party so only people with a particular amount of money could cast a vote. I don’t know who has decided to do all this, but it has culminated in the suggestion that the Labour party will demand ANOTHER leadership contest either at the same time or immediately after the general election. Don’t delude yourselves. A VOTE FOR LABOUR IS NOT A VOTE FOR CORBYN. It’s a vote for some catty, bitchy little girls who will not lead Britain into stability, and are not interested in reforming welfare or social care or life prospects for all us 18-30s who have been systematically fucked over by two consecutive political parties. Don’t forget that they started it.

Also, voting Labour is a vote for racism. I remember, when I was a child, the shit put through my door on a regular basis by Margaret Moran Labour MP (I think that’s our version of a senator) and the Lib Dem opposition when I lived on a gypsy site, and I remember all the shit both those parties used to say about us in the local newspaper, blaming us for everything that ever went wrong in their constituency because it was illegal to blame any other races any more and they needed some fabricated enemy to make up drama about. They have been cashing in on Anti-European sentiment ever since Brexit and, given that I’m married to a European, I can clearly see a vote for Labour is a vote against my own husband. He has found it nearly impossible to find a job since Brexit because of our surname, because of the assumptions people make about him being Eastern European. Labour won’t fix that, because they’re the party of the imaginary Common Working Man (and The Common Working Man voted for Brexit, remember? Because The Common Working Man reads the Daily Mail). Actually, Labour only WANT you to think they’re on your side. They’re actually the Petit Bourgeoisie CLAIMING to be For The Common People because they’re scared of being up against the wall come the revolution* and they all read The Guardian really. Anyway, in the unlikely event that Labour gain power and ride into Parliament on unicorns and try to stop Brexit, the country will degenerate into civil unrest and disorder due to the loud outspoken hooligans and yobs being all the ones who voted Brexit. Think this through: You REALLY don’t want them to stop it now that it’s been started. It’s the same reason that Trump cannot be removed from office by legal means. People will take to the streets and riot, which nobody wants. The situation is completely impossible.

*Which got canceled.

I cannot support a disorganized party, who have been locked in an unwarranted power grab since they got rid of Milliband. I cannot support a party filled with institutional racism. I cannot support a party who is outspoken against the SNP in Scotland, and if I was still in Scotland, I would not hesitate to vote SNP. But I am currently in England, which means I don’t have that choice. I feel really bad, but I physically cannot support Labour, I genuinely don’t think they will fix the mess in this country. A vote for Labour is a vote for everything to carry on the same as it currently is, only there’ll be a smiling face to sugarcoat it all for you.

So what about the Liberal Democrats? Um… that would be like voting for a vampire to run a bloodbank. They can make all sorts of claims and promises in their manifesto, because they are completely safe in the knowledge that they will never have to fulfil ANY of it. The closest they’ve ever come to running things was when they were in the coalition government, where the Conservatives ran things really and the Lib Dems could say they didn’t fulfil their promises because of the Conservatives. Just like Labour, they stand for nothing.

The Green Party are just confused and make more wild promises than the Lib Dems. It’s hard to take them seriously when they never even TRY to consider how they’re going to pay for all the things they claim they’ll do.

And the Conservatives and UKIP are evil bastards.

This leaves me in a quandary. I want to vote to change things, and I have never before been unsure about which way to vote, but no party is worth voting for this time. I know the danger of “protest votes” or not voting. I once skipped out of work on my lunch break to vote, because I wasn’t going to finish work until the polls closed (we only get one day to vote over here), it has always been important to me as a woman and as a member of the lowest social class in the UK, because of how hard men and women had to fight for people like me to be able to vote. But this time, I’m honestly not sure I can vote for anyone. Anyway, if I don’t vote for the prevailing party in my city, the ridiculous nature of the UK voting system means my vote will have been wasted anyway (it’s impossible for us to have a Liberal majority in Parliament, unless we also have a Liberal Prime Minister). So it’s with a heavy heart that I stare at the impossible situation and wish they’d called this election for 2 months later, so I’d be living abroad and therefore wouldn’t have to get involved in all this nonsense.

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It’s all a war on intelligence.

The following four articles prove that Turkey and the UK are both seriously bad places to be an academic or researcher or teacher at the moment. <sarcasm> I’m sure glad I just applied for a master’s degree </sarcasm> it’s all part of a less-well-known but ever-growing phenomenon I’ve been noticing for several years now.  There is an actual war on intelligence going on.  Intelligent people with good qualifications can’t get jobs because they’re viewed with suspicion.  They’re outsiders.  But they can’t integrate with wider society because wider society won’t let them.  And it’s seen as okay.  Just like thin-shaming is believed to be acceptable.  Oh, yes, thin intelligent bitch coming down the street, let’s hurl our faeces at her and start shouting “ook ook” to ward her off.  She might have cooties or witchcraft.

This article is seriously disturbing. Turkey won’t let academics or teachers leave the country, and they’re rounding them up and “making them pay” for a coup… by… the… army??? WTF??

UK scientists are losing funding for big projects because all the EU funding is drying up from independent sources, long before we have lost the actual EU funding from the actual EU government. We still have that. Yet science is being attacked.

This letter was written by “UK academies” (by which they don’t mean schools, they mean big fancy clubs for British scientists). It just reminds me of children telling their mum that another child has hit them in the playground. What the hell do they expect our impotent British government to do about it, when they’ve been proven to be so out of touch with normal people that they genuinely thought everyone would vote to remain in the EU, then when that didn’t happen the Labour party disintegrated into a bunch of five year olds throwing sand in each other’s faces and not letting anyone else into the sandpit while the Conservatives had a bizarrely comical power grab?? These people are supposed to “fix” this threat to science??

And of course, perhaps most interesting of all, since it affects new students, the government’s new inspections on universities is a precursor to letting universities raise fees. Because underperforming universities clearly have too much money coming in and need to get rid of some of it so they can teach better! They also have been doing this to comprehensive schools for a while along with their bullshit “forced academization” crap. As a former teacher I just don’t like where this is all headed, none of it is in the best interests of the pupils. It’s really funny that the Labour government are the ones criticizing it since they’re the ones who introduced tuition fees in the first place and consistently raised them, the Conservatives are just following suit. The Labour government also got rid of aptitude based scholarships for private schools for a while, disguising it as “education for all” (by which Labour always mean, education for people who lack any capacity to actually learn stuff but who probably have pushy parents, so they drown out the people who know stuff when they grow up).

I remember watching a quiz show called “The Weakest Link” where you started off with a bunch of contestants who were supposed to eliminate people after every round of general knowledge questions.  For the first 2-3 seasons, people genuinely used to vote out the people with the most incorrect answers.  Then, around season 3 or 4, someone worked out that if they voted off the people with the most CORRECT answers, they would have a better shot at winning, despite not being “the strongest link.”  That’s exactly what’s happening with education, academia and research.  The brightest and most outstanding are being taken down in the hope that their accomplishments can be split between distinctly mediocre people who believe there’s a secret “world government” that is run by Satanic lizard zombies (rapidly overtaking homeopathy as the single stupidest thing the public have been duped into believing over the past few years).

People have always viewed intelligence with suspicion, unfortunately the working class (which I was born into and am still part of) were purpose-bred for thousands of years to not be able to think for themselves, the upper classes encouraged them to be suspicious of intelligence or dissent for the status quo – if the working classes destroy people who are their only hope of escaping the working class, then the upper classes don’t actually need to involve themselves.  Now, of course, with the class divides having greater overlap, and some of us actually believed people when they said achievement at school is the key to a good life (false), it’s even easier than ever to find and take down intelligent people and put them back in “their place” which is so clearly not their place that it doesn’t even have their name on it.

It’s the war on intelligence, people, humanity can’t allow themselves to progress any further, it’d be far better to shoot civilization in the foot and get a medical discharge from that whole contest of survival of the fittest.  If you are a scientist, researcher or teacher, now’s a great time to consider a career change.

I hear the world always needs more plumbers.

Fun Day At The Office (Not)…

I’m taking the rabbits to the vets tomorrow in the pushchair I modified for them for our wedding. I’ve just sold my beautiful car for £240.  I won’t be able to afford a new one for a while.
I took a carload of stuff to the tip earlier today to make it easier whenever we emigrate.
And apparently my latest book is on hold until I find out categorically whether or not it can have (plot critical) dinosaurs in it.  Early indications suggest not.  Stalled, at 70,000 words.

Le sigh.  I currently feel like the Von Trapp family, only no-ones letting me on the stage to do the musical number and the Nazis are getting closer with every minute.  I feel like I have no choice but to keep my blog going, keep being bright and cheery, keep writing random beauty articles, and keep writing my books, as if there’s nothing wrong, whilst outside in the big wide world people are like “your last name is foreign, why are you in my country?” and inside I’m flipping between male and female like nobody’s business and at home I’m trying desperately to work out how to get my 5 rabbits out of the country before someone legislates that I can’t own property or something else ridiculous.  Think this vote thingy was nothing to worry about?  Try having a Polish last name in England right now.  Work’s mysteriously dried up, when last week I was being inundated with calls and emails about “the busiest time of year.”  On the plus side my most recent book has now almost sold 500 copies (490 as of two days ago, sorry I can’t link it from here it’s strictly NSFW, email me if you want to know, good job I use a pen name and it’s mostly marketed in the USA), and the guy who bought my car has just come back to return the sunglasses I left in the door.  Which is good because I broke 2 pairs of sunglasses this week and only have that pair left.

The depression and PTSD keep rearing their ugly heads, and today I lost the fight with them again, resulting in them trying to convince me I had PMS cramps, failing, then choosing to attack me with a painkiller-resistant migraine.  I spent 6 hours writing an email today.  Srsly WTF.

Brexit: You have doomed us all.

So I haven’t really said a huge amount about the big important referendum that took place yesterday.  I woke up this morning (it’s currently 7:49am here) to check the results, confident that, despite all the alleged posturing etc of the “remain campaign,” that the “leave campaign” didn’t stand a snowball’s chance of winning.  I thought they’d maybe get 20% of votes.

Nope.

They won.

They actually won.

Apparently I live in a racist, xenophobic country that is more interested in getting foreigners deported than remaining a part of the EU.

To put it into perspective for my American readers, it would be like if Texas was sick of all the Mexicans and decided to quit the United States.

You might say, “whatever, doesn’t matter to me, I’m not in Texas.”  No, but I am, I am stuck in Texas that wants to leave the USA.  Only I can’t just leave because of border control.

I genuinely don’t know what to do – I think this time, I’m going to have to emigrate.  I have a cheque from US Amazon which I now can’t put in the bank as the exchange rate is so bad – it’s plummeted.  My latest book is selling really well (but also pays in USD).  All my ways of earning money are now worthless and I’ve got a foreign sounding name in a country of xenophobes who are so desperate to deport foreigners that they’ve voted to leave the EU.

There, also, goes the US-UK tax treaty.  The IRS can now tax me as well as the UK.  I will now pay double tax on my meager earnings.

I am glad I voted remain.  Now, I think I have to vote with my feet and leave the UK before it gets any worse.

Suggestions? Apparently as a writer I will meet the eligibility criteria to emigrate to Canada by next April.