Updates on the International Conference on Men’s Issues, and the Regarding Men weekly men-only video meetings

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2020 International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI20)
Followers of this blog will be aware that ICMI2020 will be a virtual conference on account of Covid-19. Elizabeth Hobson and I are two of the key organizers of the event. We’re using the opportunity of a virtual conference to expand hugely the number of speakers (providers of videos). We plan to publish 120 videos (one per hour, every hour) from midday, Saturday, 14 November, to midday, Thursday, 19 November, 2020 (International Men’s Day), Sydney time (the event was originally going to be held in Sydney). The Guests of Honour include Dr Warren Farrell, Erin Pizzey and ManWomanMyth.

This conference is the first ICMI in which we’re extending an open invitation to those with an interest in gender matters (other than feminists, obviously) to submit material. Details here. We have 97 confirmed speakers already, the speaker names and their talk titles are here. The speakers’ page on the website is here. We’re confirming new speakers every week, so if you’re thinking of contributing a video, contact Mike Buchanan (mike@j4mb.org.uk) asap.

Regarding Men weekly men-only video meetings
Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting the first UK-based men-only video meeting on behalf of Regarding Men (Paul Elam, Professor Janice Fiamengo, Tom Golden). Attendees included men from the UK, United States, Australia and India. It went very well, and I’m looking forward to hosting future meetings. They will be held on Sundays at 14:00, BST or GMT, whichever time zone is operating in the UK at the time. From the Regarding Men website:

“Paul Elam, Janice Fiamengo, and Tom Golden have joined forces to create a platform to connect Red Pill men and provide them ongoing social support. We want to solve the dilemma of Red Pill Isolation by connecting like-minded men to each other, online and in the real world. Regarding Men is a place for men to speak truthfully about their lived experience and get support, without having to care about blue pill sensitivities.

We are making the meetings and other services available to Red Pill men across the world 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That is what your support is going to help us build. Join us now and let’s grow this thing together.”

It costs $5.00 (about £4.00) per month to become a member and gain access to all the meetings and services available. I invite you to join, what do you have to lose? If you later decide it’s not for you, you can cancel your membership at any time. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, and later ones.

The (video) meetings are on Zoom, but you won’t need to upload any software, just click on a link on the Regarding Men website. You can remain anonymous if you want, using only audio, or even contribute solely by sending messages, which I’ll read out from time to time.

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David Cockney, artist, rants about Tracey Emin, a pain in the arts

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Ms Emin – severely constipated, or trying to smile, or both?

Enjoy (video, 0:56). In common with all feminist “artists”, Tracey Emin is a pain in the arts.

Alan Dedman, a British artist, will be providing a video for the (virtual) International Conference on Men’s Issues (2020), his talk title being, “But is it Art? A debunking of the ‘new wisdom’ which says, if it’s not MAN-made, it must be!”

He will be joined in the video by another artist, David Cockney, the subject of the video.

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International Conference on Men’s Issues (2020) – website and promotional video, your invitation to be a speaker

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We’re very pleased to announce details of ICMI20, a virtual conference. We plan to publish 120 videos between midday 14 November and midday 19 November (International Men’s Day), Sydney time, because the event was planned for Sydney before the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos will be launched on the hour, every hour.

The conference website is here. The confirmed speaker list is here and we’ll be updating it weekly between now and the conference.

Tom Caulfield, our Technical Director, has created a wonderful promotional video (20:11). Don’t miss it.

ICMI20 has two key innovations, in addition to featuring the largest number of speakers of any event in the series. It’s the first “virtual” ICMI, and the first ICMI in which we’re inviting people with an interest in gender matters (other than feminists, obviously) to submit videos. More details of that opportunity here, you’ll need to provide us with some initial details no later than 31 August, little more than three weeks from now. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Contributors wanted

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Would you like to contribute humorous material to this website? We can set you up to add blog posts, which we’ll then publish, if we decide they meet our standards. The time may come when you’ll be able to publish pieces with no moderation. Please email Mike Buchanan (mike@j4mb.org.uk) and provide him with a sample of your work.

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What David Cameron (and Steve Hilton, his chief strategist for many years) think of Harriet Harman

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I recently ordered a copy of David Cameron’s autobiography For the Record in connection with a book project I’m working on. The book is scheduled for publication in the autumn.

Cameron’s book was priced at £25 on publication (September 2019). Used copies in very good condition (possible new) can be bought for a little over £6.00 on Amazon. I bought a used copy, not wanting to give a penny to Cameron. The quality was “as new”, even if the author was, and remains, a five-star liberal plonker.

Before I turn to Cameron’s views on Hattie Harperson, what of Steve Hilton, his chief strategy advisor for many years? The two had studied PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics) at Oxford University together. When I worked as a business consultant at the Conservative Central Headquarters in London (2006-8) Hilton was widely considered as… how best to describe him?… a picnic short of a sandwich. I once had a meeting with Hilton and others, in which I expressed an opinion on something (I forget what). Hilton exploded, like a hysterical toddler.

We know what Hilton thought of Harperson from an interview the two of them had on The Andrew Marr Show in May 2015, which we have on our YouTube channel. The piece is here (video, 2:38). Hilton fawns over Harperson, it’s nothing short of excruciating.

And what of Cameron? Firstly, an aside. For those of us who admire Philip Davies MP and know the critical role he played in the early (and later) days of the campaign to withdraw the UK from the EU, it’s a disgrace that Cameron’s sole reference to Philip (p.332), is in the context of the three-line-whip on Conservative MPs to oppose a referendum on the EU, on 11 October, 2011. 81 Conservative MPs rebelled. Cameron’s words:

Lisbon [J4MB: The Lisbon Treaty] didn’t just rile the usual suspects. It also had an impact on the younger, liberal, what some might call the “Cameroon” wing of the party – reinforced by the fact that MPs were keen to reflect their constituents’ views. The bright and loyal MP Stuart Andrew came up to me and said that he backed my leadership, but because of the boundary review he would potentially be going for the same seat as anti-EU MP Philip Davies, and he had to rebel. I didn’t like it, but I understood.

The ringleaders were rapturous. They had brought about the biggest parliamentary rebellion on the issue of the EU for years…

Harperson, in stark contrast, is mentioned in seven sections of the book. On p.243:

Harriet Harman was effective. She asked questions about subjects she was passionate about, like equal pay and justice for rape victims. And she had a strong but likeable character, with a good sense of humour, which meant she managed to be persistent without ever sounding strident. [J4MB: Is Cameron confusing her with another woman?]

So there you have it. In common with Steve Hilton, his chief strategist, Cameron admired the most vile radical feminist of her generation. Cameron was no conservative.

The book is 732 pages long, the index alone 28 pages. The word “feminism” doesn’t appear in the index.

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April 2018: Baroness (Karren) Brady in discussion with Mike Buchanan for her feminist propaganda TV programme. Viewers appalled by opinions of “sexist caveman” (Mike) who blames women for not having equal pay with men.

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Enjoy.

I spent a considerable time seeking (but failing) to get Baroness Brady to understand the difference between causation and correlation, and pointed to the evidence (from before 2012, and since) which demonstrates a clear causal link between increasing gender diversity on boards and corporate financial DECLINE. I would have had more success explaining correlation and causation to a cat. Cats are smart.

I thought at one point she was going to stamp her expensively-shod feet. It was hilarious, if a bit embarrassing, like watching a bad-tempered toddler in a store after you’ve told her she can’t have the sweets she wants.

Our discussion was a lengthy one, but only four minutes of content appeared in the final two-hour-long TV programme. Channel 5 reneged on their earlier agreement to allow us to post the piece on our YouTube channel, with copyright clearance, so I posted this (audio, 1:30) on our channel. I’m not sure that Brady uttered the words I added onto the image, but I imagine she must have thought them.

The comments after the article on the matter include this gem by Saf, a genius who evidently considers a man disagreeing with a woman “rude”, and advocates for violence against men who disagree with women:

#whydomenearnmorethanwomen omg someone slap that man! So rude!

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Michael Crick (Channel 4 News) speaks to Philip Davies MP (C, Shipley), Sophie “Doughnuts” Walker (leader, Women’s Equality Party) and other candidates before the 2017 general election

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Enjoy (video, 5:50). We nicknamed Sophie Walker “Doughnuts” because she wrote in a newspaper article that whenever our associated political party Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them) presented she and her colleagues (including the BBC licence fee funded parasite Sandi Toksvig aka “Sandi Toxic”) with Lying Feminist of the Month awards, she sent out for doughnuts.

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The maiden speech of Philip Davies MP, 2005 – possibly the only MP’s maiden speech to mention sausages?

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The text of Philip Davies’s maiden speech is here. We particularly enjoyed this section:

Before entering Parliament, I worked for the supermarket chain Asda in customer service and marketing. It provided the best possible grounding for a politician because I met so many people from so many backgrounds. Whoever said “the customer is always right” never worked for Asda.

I encountered the customer who accused us of being racist towards Irish people, because we sold “thick Irish sausages”. Trying to persuade her that “thick” related to the sausages and not to the Irish was beyond me. Hon. Members should therefore understand why I will campaign hard against the blight of political correctness, which is doing so much damage to our country. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”]

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Ladies’ darts competitions – at last, some quality comedy on the BBC.

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A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in January 2016:

Whilst enjoying a late lunch, I happened to catch 15 minutes of the ladies’ darts competition, staged at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, and broadcast on BBC2.

Somewhere around 14:05 – 14:15, the (male) commentator made the following remark about one of the contestants, echoing the same point made by Bobby George around 13:55:

Her game’s really good, apart from the doubles.

Can you imagine a commentator making the same point about a male darts player? Of course not. He’d be laughed out of the venue. The remark was like saying of a football striker:

His game’s really good, apart from not scoring any goals.

Shortly after, a commentator made the following remark after a contestant scored a lowly 26 (single 20, two triple 1s – for non-followers of darts, the 1 is next to the 20):

She came very close to scoring 140 there.

At last, some quality comedy from the BBC. The only reason to watch women’s darts is for such comic moments. Had she scored 140, might he have said, “She came very close to scoring 26 there”? I think not.

Why else would anyone watch women’s darts, other than for ideological reasons? The general quality level is FAR below the men’s game, despite there being no strength / stamina considerations to talk of. Likewise in snooker, and other activities, including some solely intellectual ones.

For example, women’s chess – really, what’s the point, other than to illustrate that the top female players are inferior to the top male players? On reflection, we support women’s chess for that reason alone.

There are no endeavours where merit is objectively rather than subjectively judged, where women compete with men at the top level, in any significant numbers. I invite you to prove me wrong – mike@j4mb.org.uk.

The only women-only sports competitions I watch are ladies’ tennis – especially if Maria Sharapova is playing, and then of course only if the sound is muted, a man can take only so much lady grunting – and ladies’ beach volleyball. Now the latter is a sport the BBC should feature far more often than it does. I must write to them on the matter.

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Old, new, borrowed and true blue: Former Cabinet Minister and TV presenter Esther McVey marries fellow Tory MP Philip Davies in Westminster ceremony

A piece just published online by The Mail on Sunday. We wish Philip and Esther a long and happy marriage, but don’t forget, Men Shouldn’t Marry.

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Philip Davies MP urges the BBC to hire more people with different outlooks

Yes, it’s that man again, Philip Davies MP (C, Shipley), who is tomorrow getting married to Esther McVey (C, Tatton), a former cabinet minister. This clip is an extract (10:10) from a podcast published today by the Daily Telegraph, a discussion between Christopher Hope, the paper’s chief political correspondent, and Philip.

At 9:15 Philip gets to the heart of the matter about the BBC, in his usual inimitable style:

The BBC is spending £100 million, supposedly, on diversity. The only diversity the BBC needs is some people with different opinions who don’t have this metropolitan, left-wing, lentil-eating, sandal-wearing, beard-growing outloook. They need to get out more.

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David Cameron, “Toady of the Year” (2012-15), left squirming over Sasha Swire’s tales of indecorum

David Cameron was the most feminist prime minister before Theresa May, which helps explain why he won the “Toady of the Year” award four years in succession, details here. In his auto-biography he wrote admiringly of Harriet Harman, and didn’t ctiticise her once.

A piece in today’s Times:

David Cameron has revealed he was left red-faced by the diaries of a Tory MP’s wife that detail his personal feuds, drinking and sex jokes, admitting: “It’s kind of embarrassing.”

The former prime minister insisted that he could not recall an incident described by Sasha Swire, wife of the MP Sir Hugo Swire, in which he allegedly joked that her perfume made him want to push her “into the bushes and give you one”.

But in an interview with Times Radio to be broadcast today — in which he also called for Jeremy Hunt to return to frontline politics — he had his head in his hands as he said that the betrayal by longstanding friends was not what you wanted “splashed all over the place”.

Lady Swire’s memoir, serialised in The Times, has sent shock waves through the Cameron clique, describing “Dave”, his wife, Samantha, and colleagues including George Osborne, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson in their most private moments.

The Secret Diary of an MP’s Wife recounts a number of holidays and dinners and even the night Mr Cameron resigned as prime minister after the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

In his first public remarks on the book, Mr Cameron said: “Look. Of course, it’s kind of . . . it’s embarrassing when you have things you say in private and do in private, sort of splashed all over the place, and of course you’d rather that didn’t happen.

“I suppose the truth is that if you want respect for your privacy and people not questioning your character and private life and all the rest of it, then politics probably isn’t the career for you.”

Lady Swire claims that Mr Cameron insisted she go behind him on a coastal walk because “the scent you are wearing is affecting my pheromones. It makes me want to grab you and push you into the bushes and give you one.”

Mr Cameron said: “I don’t recall that conversation . . . if someone wrote down all your banter in private over the years, there probably might be a few bits and pieces that weren’t very flattering.”

In the interview, Mr Cameron also said that Mr Johnson should not fear “tall poppies” in his cabinet and said he hoped Mr Hunt’s talent would not be “lost to politics for ever”.

Amid widespread criticism of the calibre of the present cabinet, the former prime minister said it was good to have “big beasts” in the top team.

Mr Cameron warned that the Conservatives risked appearing less “socially inclusive and progressive” in pursuit of Brexit. He also revealed that he spent lockdown working in a food bank and that his daughter, Nancy, 16, is an environmental activist and wants him to cut down on meat.

The rivalry between Mr Cameron and Mr Johnson, both Old Etonians, dates back years and they fell out dramatically after Mr Johnson supported Leave in the 2016 referendum.

Most prominent supporters of Mr Cameron have since left the cabinet and in many cases parliament. Mr Hunt, who was defeated by Mr Johnson for the Tory leadership last year, lost his job as foreign secretary and is chairman of the health select committee.

Mr Cameron said Britain would be better served with a more heavyweight cabinet. In his first major interview publicising the paperback edition of his memoirsFor The Record, he said: “My approach was . . . I didn’t fear the tall poppies”, pointing to veterans including Lord Clarke of Nottingham, Lord Hague of Richmond, Sir George Young and Sir Iain Duncan Smith who served in his early cabinets.

He declined to confirm whether he voted for Mr Hunt to be leader, but, pressed on whether he thought his friend should be back in the cabinet, said: “Jeremy is hugely capable. I hope his talent isn’t lost to politics for ever.”

Mr Cameron also took a swipe at Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s chief adviser, with whom he clashed when Mr Cummings worked for Mr Gove. “Well I did sack him twice but he kept coming back. We didn’t necessarily hit it off but he’s a man of great, I mean he’s very clever, he is very able.

“Perhaps if he’s your right-hand man and you’re the prime minister that’s the best place for him. It’s just, he wasn’t my right-hand man, he was someone else’s, and it was no end of trouble.”

Mr Cameron also suggested that he would have taken a more hands-on approach in the pandemic, following criticism that Mr Johnson missed five Cobra meetings as the crisis began.

As prime minister he set up the Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingencies committee which he says put the threat of a pandemic “on the radar”, but conceded that it was too focused on a flu outbreak. He rejected the idea that years of austerity and a failure to reform social care contributed to the high death toll in care homes.

Mr Cameron, who was close to President Obama, did not reserve his criticism for domestic issues. He said that “Trump drives everyone mad, he certainly drives me mad”. Asked which candidate for the presidency would be best for Britain, he added: “If you want to see global action on climate change, if you want to see action to continue to deal with the scourge of global poverty, if you want to see a promotion of trade and anti-protectionism, I mean it’s hard to argue that Donald Trump is good for those things.”

In a new foreword to his memoir, Mr Cameron acknowledges that his effort to embrace China while in office may have failed, asking: “Was that misguided, or even counterproductive?”

Having begun his leadership of the Tories in 2005 by hugging a huskie and installing a wind turbine on his London home, Mr Cameron’s green campaigning has been taken up by his daughter Nancy. “She . . . went on one of the big marches, and I was applauding her for caring about it and for marching but sort of my worry is that Extinction Rebellion are asking the impossible.”

During the lockdown his wife, Samantha, had been “battling to save” her fashion business, while he homeschooled their three children. “I worked for the Chipping Norton Food Bank, actually, one or two days a week, which was great to do something to help people who were really isolated.”

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Crowdfunding donors give thousands to ‘defund BBC’ lobby group

A piece in today’s Times:

An anti-BBC campaign group founded by Brexiteers has raised nearly £60,000 in crowdfunding donations as it pushes for radical reform of the licence fee.

Defund the BBC has already bought billboard and Facebook adverts highlighting the national broadcaster’s spending excesses. It plans to capitalise on public anger around this week’s BBC “rich list”, including Zoe Ball’s £1 million pay rise, to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds more to escalate its lobbying efforts.

The group is fronted by telegenic young conservative activists, including Darren Grimes, the 27-year-old pro-Brexit campaigner recently cleared of committing electoral offences during the EU referendum, and Calvin Robinson, a former Brexit Party parliamentary candidate.

Its listed founder is James Yucel, 18, treasurer of the University of Glasgow Conservative Association. However, the group’s day-to-day activities are led by Rebecca Ryan, 43, an experienced digital marketer who previously masterminded the #StandUp4Brexit campaign, which put pressure on MPs to oppose Theresa May’s Chequers deal.

She identified the broadcaster’s coverage of Black Lives Matter — specifically a headline on the BBC News website that read: “27 police officers injured during largely peaceful anti-racism protests” — as the catalyst for the challenge to the corporation’s funding model from right-wing activists.

A “Defund The BBC” Twitter account established by Mr Yucel in June attracted 40,000 followers within 48 hours, prompting Ms Ryan to offer to take charge of a more formal campaign. “For the last four years the Brexiteers have been portrayed by the BBC as being thick, racist and old,” she told The Times yesterday. “It is difficult to explain to people who didn’t support Brexit how it actually feels to be forced to pay for something on fear of imprisonment only to be repeatedly portrayed in that way. It’s a deep, deep injustice.”

Some commentators have suggested that Defund the BBC is being funded by wealthy right-wing donors. However, Ms Ryan insists that the group is “100 per cent grassroots-funded”. “The same thing happened with StandUp4Brexit, in that I get accused of being an astroturf [fake grassroots] campaign, and there’s some big man behind it,” said Ms Ryan, who is managing director of Blue Sky Digital, a political communications consultancy. “It’s quite a misogynist view. There was no big man behind StandUp4Brexit and there is no big man behind this.”

Defund the BBC says it has three main goals: to spread awareness of how people can legally cancel their TV licence, to push ministers to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee and to lobby for the compulsory annual levy to be reduced to the lowest possible level in the BBC’s mid-charter review in 2022. The existence of the licence fee itself is guaranteed until 2027.

A GoFundMe crowdfunding appeal has raised £56,800 from 2,700 donors.

The BBC’s annual report revealed that TV licence sales fell by 250,000 last year. Recent YouGov polling found that only a quarter of people believed that the fee should continue in its present form, although the BBC itself retains a positive rating, with 48 per cent saying that they view it favourably compared with 44 per cent who do not.

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White man on Booker shortlist shock

Enjoy. Most competitions in the arts are anti-male, and increasingly anti-white too. Last year the four Booker judges were women, and two women jointly won the prize, despite prize sharing not being permitted in the rules – here. The year before that, the winner was a woman whose book was said by Kwame Anthony Appiah. the chairman of the judging panel, to be so baffling it was best read out loud – here.

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