Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Hegemony in Adverts (and the wider media)

The people who have witness my infrequent visits to the blogosphere may be aware of my interest in political communication and more specifically how communication aids power.

Below is a link to a short article I wrote exploring the Gramscian concept of Cultural Hegemony and how this is revealed through the use of stereotypes in adverts.

http://marklees.hubpages.com/hub/Cultural-Hegemony-Naturalising-Power

I hope you enjoy

Monday, 9 March 2015

Love reading about dark futures...

,,,then read my new article on dystopian literature, listing 10 very, very different  dystopian novels that all avid readers should read before they die (although one is only in there due to sheer popular pressure...see if you can guess which one it is).

http://marklees.hubpages.com/hub/Ten-Dystopian-Novels-To-Read-Before-You-Die

Hope you enjoy the read and please remember to comment on the bottom of the article with your favourite dystopian literature.

Monday, 29 September 2014

New flash fiction for you

I recently posted a new flash fiction on my main writing site. Follow the link below to read the flash fiction and a few words about my process and reasons for writing the story.

Poor Little Rebel Girl.

I hope you enjoy the story. Please feel free to comment either here or at the bottom of the story to let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ian Bone Arrested

Ian Bone - anarchist and former most dangerous man in Britain - was arrested last night at the latest "poor doors" protest outside One Commercial Place after the police decided that the growing campaign needed to be checked.

At the event Class War anarchists were joined by the Womens Death Brigage, unionists, the E15 mums and others sick and tired of the social apartheid taking part in London and across the globe.

Given the growing numbers at the weekly event (every Wedneday at 5.30pm) the police obviously decided to try to deter the protestors by arresting one old man with a walking stick - using a full riot van full of TSG officers to do so. They obviously don't bother reading their files, otherwise they would know that this kind of behaviour will only act as encouragement to Ian and his Class War supporters. We are obviously doing something right!!!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Apartheid In The UK

It seems strange to be talking about apartheid occurring in modern Britain but the growing trend to segregate the rich and poor is exactly that.

Apartheid was first used to highlight the rather disgusting practices of racial segregation in South Africa in the period after World War 2, but the usage of the term has grown to include "Segregation on grounds other than race" (quote taken from the oxford dictionary). While the formal practice of apartheid has now ended in South Africa (although the social effects are still being felt and will be for many years to come) Britain has started to use apartheid tactics to separate the rich and poor.

Developments such as One Commercial Street in London (the address itself is an advert of what the British elite see as important) where the wealthy tenants get to enter by the front door and the poorer residents in the apartment block have to enter by a back door and use different bicycle racks etc... are nothing more than an attempt to separate the rich and the poor, people who for the most part are only different due to the fortunes of birth, and treat the poor as a subclass.


Similar apartment blocks have recently caused uproar across the pond in New York and it seems that the rich have finally found a symbol of their wealth which causes outrage amongst the 99% - the people who have to use the poor door.

To show their disgust at this practice and to display solidarity with the majority of people who are not rich enough to use the front door, the Class War Party will be holding a weekly protest at 5.30pm every Wednesday outside One Commercial Street. Anybody in London is welcome to show their disgust at this example of modern apartheid.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

MP's Admit What We All Knew Anyway- "Fit For Work" Tests Unfit for Purpose

A parliamentary select committee has declared that the "Fit for Work" tests introduced by Labour in 2008 and bought into infamy by the current governments attacks on the working class are unfit for purpose and the way incapacity and disability benefits are handled should be overhauled with the introduction of a new system from 2018 when the current system is due to be overhauled.

ATOS, the private sector company who handles the scheme, have already had their contract ended after concerns where raised about the quality of their work but the select committee have now admitted that the system as it stands is largely at fault and they do not believe it can be fixed.

Here is hoping that a sense of decency can prevail over the chance to make money and the obscene fit for work tests can be ended once and for all.

http://welfarenewsservice.com/disabled-fit-work-assessments-flawed-scrapped-mps/

Friday, 18 July 2014

New Class War Candidate to Take on scumbag Iain Duncan Smith



Class War are pleased to have long time activist Marina Pepper on board for the 2015 general elections where she is going to be taking the fight to the Tories lead scumbag in the naked attack on the working class, Iain Duncan Smith.

IDS has been a long time incumbent of one of the Tories safest seats in Chingford, a seat that family moocher Smith has held since 1992. In 2010 over half those who voted supported IDS and his majority of 12,963 would be intimidating for most, but not for Marina Pepper.

The former model and actress has been politically active for a number of years and has appeared on television for shows about environmental activism. In 2013 she became a poster girl for the anti-fracking movement after she was pictured being manhandled from an anti-fracking protest by hired heavies.

Now she wants to stand for Class War for a chance to make a difference for the people of Chingford and the UK.

Talking to the Londoner Marina said: “Iain is the architect of all this misery and I think I’m possibly the one to give him a good spanking at the polls. What he’s done is attack the most vulnerable people in society. Most of us have been affected by illness or disability in our family life, and I happen to believe we should be looking after these people. Labour got so few votes in the constituency last time that there’s no way they’re going to pull it off, and the Liberal Democrats won’t even get out of bed for the area. But it deserves a good MP: somebody to represent everyone. That’s what anarchists do.”

Class war are representing the working class of Britain in an attempt to get raise class consciousness and to ensure that policies represent the working class and not just the ruling elite. We aim to be a genuine alternative to the stale political parties who currently dominate the landscape in the UK.

Welcome, Marina, to the revolution.