Psychologists Against Austerity campaign – call for evidence

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Psychologists Against Austerity campaign – call for evidence

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I was delighted to be invited recently to join and contribute to several ongoing projects with Psychologists against austerity.

Psychologists Against Austerity is a national campaign that highlights the psychological costs of austerity policies. We take the position that the austerity policies are an ideological choice by the Government and not necessary or inevitable economic measures. Psychologists are often in a position to see the effects that social and economic changes have on people and communities.  We draw attention to these human costs, which in the long-term will have additional social and economic repercussions.

It is our public and professional duty to speak out against the further implementation of austerity policies, as these have direct psychological impacts. We draw on academic research as well as our professional and personal experience to identify the damaging psychological costs of austerity measures, and we have produced a briefing paper detailing this research evidence…

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Granfalloonery, scapegoating, social dominance theory and Conservatism

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Granfalloonery, scapegoating, social dominance theory and Conservatism

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imagesAnyone who has read Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” will know what a granfalloon is. The University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut a Master’s in anthropology for this work of satire, irony, black humor and parody. The term has since been adopted by market researchers and social scientists.

A granfalloon is a group of people who affect a proud shared identity or some cohesive purpose, but whose mutual association is actually meaningless – associations and societies based on a shared but ultimately fabricated premise. Yet members often feel superior in some way to others. Granfalloons are powerful propaganda devices because they are easy to create and, once established, the granfalloon defines social reality and demarcates and maintains social identities.

Like “strivers”, “tax payers” and “hard working families.” Exclusive language and dominant, prejudiced narrative is an effective means of social control since it can be used to frame the interpretation of events. The…

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Jeremy Corbyn shaves opposition to win My Hairy Valentine poll

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PRESS RELEASE            13th February

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JEREMY CORBYN SHAVES OPPOSITION TO WIN MY HAIRY VALENTINE VOTE

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has won the poll in its annual hunt for the sexiest beard, My Hairy Valentine, by a significant margin.

He easily shaved second placed actor Idris Elba and third placed Dr Who (Peter Capaldi) in the on-line poll, which saw a record turn-out this year.

The BLF says that contrary to pogonophobic mythology many beards are soft, sexy and deeply mysterious.

The campaigners say that Jeremy Corbyn’s trademark beard is widely admired and the Valentine’s vote shows it also has the ‘WOW’ factor, possibly the first time a Labour leader has had this since Keir Hardie.

Previous winners of My Hairy Valentine have included actor George Clooney, who is currently…

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#JuniorDoctorsStrike heats up as protesters descend on Whitehall

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to try to force the much disputed new contract on Junior Doctors has provoked an immediate and furious reaction. Adam DC reports.

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#JuniorDoctorsStrike heats up as protesters descend on Whitehall

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to try to force the much disputed new contract on Junior Doctors has provoked an immediate and furious reaction. Adam DC reports.

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Jeremy Corbyn ahead of Idris Elba in ‘My Hairy Valentine’ poll with just hours left to vote

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PRESS RELEASE            11th February

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JEREMY CORBYN AHEAD OF IDRIS ELBA IN ‘MY HAIRY VALENTINE’ POLL WITH HOURS LEFT TO VOTE

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with just hours left to vote in its annual hunt for the sexiest beard, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is well ahead of actor Idris Elba.

The poll closes at midnight on Friday with the winner of the annual My Hairy Valentine Award announced on Valentine’s Day 14th February

The BLF says that contrary to pogonophobic mythology many beards are soft, sexy and deeply mysterious.

Previous winners of My Hairy Valentine have included actor George Clooney, who is currently clean shaven, Conservative blogger and journalist Tim Montgomerie, and rugby player Geoff Parling.

The BLF says that whether a beard is sexy or not is in the eye of the beholder…

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Why I strongly support Trade Unionism

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Why I strongly support Trade Unionism

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10553308_680322242037307_1558281906340939819_nTrade Unions are fundamental to a functional democracy. Research shows that Trade Unionism is linked with higher levels of social equality and better public services, as well as better working conditions and rates of pay that ensure people have a decent standard of living. The Conservatives have always hated Trade Unions because Tory governments tend to value, perpetuate and endorse inequality and poor pay. We currently have the highest levels of social inequality in the EU, and it’s even greater than in the USA. We also have the biggest wage drop, pay hasn’t fallen this much since the 1800s. Tories like cheap labor, and profit for big business

That isn’t in ordinary people’s best interests. The largest study of UK deprivation shows that full-time work is no longer a safeguard against poverty. Yet Conservatives claim to be the party for “hard-working people.”

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In a democratic society, governments…

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