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(Don’t) Join a Political Party!
Or: Stop joining political parties and do something more useful instead.
This is an archive of some quick thoughts on twitter in response to an article I found interesting but nonetheless disagreed with, which also functions as another test of Tweetdeck’s ‘custom timelines’ feature. I intend to write these thoughts up (along with others on the broader appeal to engage with various aspects of the current UK political system; from voting in elections to participating in Healthwatch groups) soon. Please reply to tweets/tweet me peterpannier if you have thoughts, so when I do get around to writing something it is as good as can be… (I’ll embed tweets I find useful, or reference them somehow)
(readers may also be interested in: Vote Labour in 2015: Going Forward with Tough Decisions in Performance Management)
Statement on the Occupation of Senate Chambers [at University of Birmingham, UK, 21/11/2013]
We are currently occupying the Senate Chambers at the University of Birmingham.
The Senate was, historically, the place in which the academic community came together to discuss and decide the direction of the University. Today, this has evolved into a box to be ticked, a bureaucratic procedure of approval which carries little weight, in which very little can be debated or contested, and in which the few academics and even fewer students are routinely ignored and powerless. We have chosen this site to occupy as it is symbolic of the way in which University management has steadily decreased the democratic power and representation of both students, staff and academics, and we feel this needs to change.
Defend Education believe that staff and students should have more power in every level of university decision making. Currently a small class of senior managers benefit disproportionately from the fees and work of staff and students. They have total unaccountable power to harm our interests within the university and lobby against our interests outside it.
We are fighting this campaign to try and put pressure on the university to directly accept the following demands; but also because we wish to start a debate and dialogue among students and workers at the University about the kind of institution we want it to be and how we can bring this about.
"Why does no-one protest anymore?"
I’m utterly sick of hearing this question of variations of it, so I put a few thoughts and references out on twitter. People seemed to have appreciate them, there were a fair few RTs and favourites, and Terry Christian of all people suggested I turn it into a blog. Which I will do properly as soon as possible (which may be some time, sadly).
In the meantime, the wonderful latentexistence has done a grand job in putting the tweets together in an easily to embed form, and introduced me to the idea of twitter ‘timelines’ in the process:Why don’t people protest?The missing Answer 13 is
A bigger answer to this Q is about whether/how/in what form(s) ‘protest’ can impinge on C21st capitalism+the authoritarianism it relies upon— Peter Pannier (@PeterPannier)
Profit maximisation and profit dependency
"profit maximisation is not the priority of the Savings Banks; yet they are entirely dependent on profit to support their balance sheets, raise equity and thus provide the necessary loan funds for their local community."
This is as good an example as any of the way in which certain people are trying to posit “profit maximisation” rather than “profit” alone as a problem. It makes very little sense to do so, as is - to my mind - evident in the above quotation.
(this was inspired by a tweet from Blue Labour, by the way. The quote is from (page 20 of) the 2013 Civitas report: “The German Sparkassen (Savings Banks): A commentary and case study”, written by Christopher Simpson, managing Director of Simpson Associates, an international engineering consultancy they cited to defend it)
@PeterPannier a lot of birds to kill with 1 stone! Poor lending decisions - driven by profit maximisation but German local banks are not.— Blue Labour (@blue_labour) October 23, 2013