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Signs of Hope – A continuing series February 22, 2018

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. CL - February 22, 2018

“The first female Black Rod in the 650-year history of the House of Lords took up her place on Tuesday. …
She is to be known as the Lady Usher of the Black Rod….
Peers cheered as Sarah Clarke appeared at the door of the chamber ready to assume her duties.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/02/20/first-female-black-rod-650-years-takes-position-house-lords/

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Tomboktu - February 22, 2018

Is this comment a ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ first on CLR?

An article in the Torygraph about the holder of an office that requires kow-towing to hereditary peers gets a favourable mention in the SoH-Acs thread!

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Tomboktu - February 22, 2018

And I didn’t know in addition to Black Rod, there is also a Purple Rod, Blue Rod, Scarlet Rod, and Green Rod.

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EWI - February 23, 2018

And I didn’t know in addition to Black Rod, there is also a Purple Rod, Blue Rod, Scarlet Rod, and Green Rod.

I’m sure that with the wonders of modern medicine, there must be creams available to treat those conditions?

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2. GW - February 22, 2018

Despite – predictably – the support of the German TUC (DGB) for the coalition government of SPD and CDU/CSU there’s a considerable groundswell among SPD-affiliated rank-and-file trades unionists against endorsing it.

And that still counts for something in the SPD. Whether it will make the difference remains to be seen on the 4th of March, when the results of the membership ballot will be announced.

Meanwhile the German SPD have dropped to 15.5% in some polls, a half percent in front of the fascist-spectrum AfD.

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3. gregtimo - February 22, 2018

Sorry that’s a half point behind the AFD. https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1079998.afd-ueberholt-spd-erstmals-in-umfrage.html
SPD seems a goner unless it reconciles with Die Linke. Remember the entire hard left and more including former SPD Finance minister and Chancellor candidate Lafontaine (now disliked for his attempted pragmaticism on refugees, but that’s another story) defected to Die Linke via WASG 11 years ago this June in protest over the Agenda 2010 major cuts to long term social welfare payments started by the SPD-Green government . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Left_(Germany)
SPD has been dying a slow death ever since, it is not comparable to British Labour anymore, Die Linke might be in fact if it can survive the current renewed swing right across Europe and avoid SYRIZA’s sad fate.

The sign of hope would be Denmark’s (centre to left) ‘red block’ leading the polls a long time . I believe it is due to it’s use of an anti-social dumping strategy to counter the local populist extreme right (Danish People’s Party now sucked into the right wing ‘blue block’ around the governing middle neo-lib Venstre) and ironically Denmark being the least cut back welfare state in a non oil producer meaning the old Social Democrat solidarity survives better than Germany and Sweden . Hairy I know https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_next_Danish_general_election

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4. gregtimo - February 22, 2018

To further complicate the heads in the Die Linke associated daily do not seem excited by the SPD’s possible demise . They prefer to keep the SPD as a coalition partner with themselves , judging by an interview with the SPD youth head who’s with the anti-Grand coalition ‘soft left’ remainder https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1079740.juso-chef-kevin-kuehnert-eine-grosse-koalition-ist-gefaehrlich-fuer-die-demokratie.html

And other reporting (including Lafontaine’s call for a broad coalition of the ‘left’ and cajoling of the SPD )
https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1080145.spd-krise-union-und-linke-sorgen-sich-um-die-spd.html

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5. Michael Carley - February 22, 2018

Had a great turn out on pickets today and expect the same tomorrow, in the UK universities’ pension strike.

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EWI - February 23, 2018

I saw a Twitter post claiming that non-British subjects striking more than ten days have to report themselves to the authorities.

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Michael Carley - February 23, 2018

Sort of true. Unauthorized absence if more than ten continuous working days have to reported under the terms of the visa.

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EWI - February 24, 2018

…that’s rather remarkable, that there’s no exemption for industrial action.

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6. Dr. X - February 23, 2018

Could the administration be on the verge of blinking first?

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/vice-chancellors-prepared-rethink-uss-pension-reforms

I don’t want to get my hopes, but this does look like an encouraging story in the THES.

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