Thursday 26 August 2021

A World To Win

I had never previously heard of OnlyFans, and my life has not been improved by the discovery of it.

With the likes of Owen Jones hailing a victory for "sex workers", this is among the reasons why I am, among other things, a candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham in 2024, and a candidate for General Secretary of Unite the Union in 2026.

Rarely, if ever, do the proponents of gender self-identification not support "sex work", or do the supporters of "sex work" not support drug legalisation. Anyone would think that these things were inextricably culturally connected. And that is before we start about the age of consent, which prostitutes completely ignore as one of their main sources of revenue, and which clearly means nothing to the purveyors of puberty blockers and worse.

The legalisation of drugs and prostitution, of which pornography is a form, was a key aim of the Radical Right in the 1970s and 1980s. As was the abolition of the age of consent. Such has been setting the agenda for nearly 50 years. Both Blairism, which is really Eurocommunism, and most of what was once Anglo-American Trotskyism, have long since descended into this.

But some of us are still fighting instead to strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty.

Anyone who wished to argue instead for the denial of the basis of the struggle in material realism by means of gender self-identification, and for global capitalism at its very worst in the form of drugs and "the sex industry", would be more than welcome to stand against me for either or both of the parliamentary seat of North West Durham in 2024, and the General Secretaryship of Unite the Union in 2026.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has adopted something called the Feminist Declaration, which calls for action to: "Eliminate all laws and policies that punish or criminalise same-sex intimacy, gender affirmation, abortion, HIV transmission non-disclosure and exposure, or that limit the exercise of bodily autonomy, including laws limiting legal capacity of adolescents, people with disabilities or other groups to provide consent to sex or sexual and reproductive health services or laws authorising non-consensual abortion, sterilisation, or contraceptive use."

The World Health Organisation defines adolescents as those aged between 10 and 19 years. This is a call to lower the age of consent to 10. Among the ILGA's British affiliates is Unite, of which I am a proud member. In 2026, if Unite were still affiliated to the ILGA, then I would contest the election to the office of General Secretary on, among other issues, a promise of disaffiliation.

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  1. The best news in years, the unions need a good shakeup.