As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to reflect on some of the news stories that have been significant throughout the year. There have been moments of great despair but also of great hope for Britain.
- May 2nd. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby. However, since several hundred thousand other woman also gave birth to babies in 2015, this event wasn’t actually all that important or significant, except to the family involved.
- May 7th. The Conservatives won the general election with an outright majority. This was a day of deep despair for Britain (Unless you were a millionaire in which case you were probably pretty smug). Without the Liberal Democrats to tone down their more extreme destructive policies, the Conservatives were free to wreak havoc on Britain, doing things like selling off Royal Mail at discount prices to their rich friends, and cutting the welfare cap thus plunging tens of thousands of children into poverty.
- September 12th. Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party. This was my personal high point of the year. It was a moment of hope and optimism after a summer of wretchedness and gloom. I could dare to hope that my children might continue to benefit from the NHS, and might even be able to go to university without saddling themselves with huge debts. Corbyn’s popularity showed that British people were hungry for a new kind of politics based on honesty, integrity and fairness rather than the lying, self-serving unjust politics of David Cameron’s government.
- September 20th. It was alleged that our Prime Minister, David Cameron, had during his student days, had oral sex with a dead pig. This confirmed to anyone who was not already convinced that our Prime Minister was a depraved, inhuman, disrespectful being devoid of normal human decency. It also gave rise to a brilliantly entertaining Twitter storm #piggate.
- October 26th. The government’s plans to cut tax credits (despite claiming to be the party of working people) was seen to be so destructive and damaging that it was defeated by the House of Lords. This brought hope, not only to the families affected, but also to the whole of Britain, that the Tories would not be able to carry out whatever pernicious and murderous policies they wanted.
- December 2nd. MPs voted to allow bombs to be dropped on Syria. This decision was met with whoops of joyous laughter by some MPs, delighted at the prospect of being allowed to play their war games and kill real people. Despite the fact that the government were making catastrophic cuts in public services, it seemed we had plenty of money for killing people. Despite Europe’s inability to cope with the vast numbers of people fleeing bombs in Syria, we decided to go and drop some more, and make some more refugees. Despite the government’s promise to make us safer from terrorism they decided to go and do something that would make us less safe.
- December 15th. British Astronaut Tim Peake set off for the International Space Station. He was not the first Briton in space – that was Helen Sharman in 1991 – but this was nevertheless a very exciting and significant moment. He will spend six months doing some very exciting scientific experiments. Among other things he will carry out research on muscle wastage that could help people on earth with osteoporosis.
So there we have it. 2015 was a significant year for Britain. Let’s hope that in 2016 we can protect the most vulnerable from the psychopathic Tories, and continue to be optimistic about the future.
David Cameron wants to drop bombs on Syria. I think this would be a bad thing. Here’s why.
- Innocent civilians live there and they would be blown up. Blowing up innocent civilians is a bad thing to do, as everyone agreed after the Paris attacks. Or is the life of an innocent Syrian worth less than the life of an innocent Parisian?
- Lots of countries are already bombing Syria, and it hasn’t stopped ISIS yet. How would one more country joining in make it any more effective?
- More bombs on Syria would mean more refugees. We already have a lot of refugees coming to Europe from Syria. Most people would probably agree that more refugees would be a bad thing. Some people think that the refugee crisis helped the terrorists to come from Syria to Europe. More terrorists coming to Europe from Syria would be a bad thing.
- Trying to kill terrorists with bombs is going to make the terrorists want to blow us up. Being blown up by terrorists is a bad thing.
- Bombs cost rather a lot of money. According to the British government, we don’t have enough money for everyone in Britain to have a decent standard of living. Benefits are being cut and a lot of people are relying on food banks to feed their children. If we don’t have enough money to keep all the people in our country alive, how can we afford to kill people? Surely keeping people alive is a higher priority than killing people?
- Blowing people up does not defeat a society. It makes the society more determined to stay strong and not to be defeated. This was proved by the Paris attacks. Making ISIS stronger and more determined would be a bad thing.
- Part of the reason why we have ISIS terrorists is because we dropped bombs on Iraq. So dropping bombs on another country is going to make the situation worse, not better. This would be a bad thing.
As far as I can see, the only people who would benefit from Britain dropping bombs on Syria are people who manufacture bombs. So I guess those people must be friends of David Cameron.
- Living Wage. The living wage is the money needed for a worker to cover basic needs. Cameron has decided that in London the living wage is £9.15 per hour. Now a person working full time on this wage would take home approximately £1,334 per month. The average rent in London, according to statistics from HomeLet, is £1,500 a month. Yes, that’s more than the take home pay of our worker. it’s true that our worker could probably find a below average flat, but he or she would still have to find the money for council tax, utility bills and travel to and from work every day even before thinking about food. I doubt very much whether this wage would cover the basic needs of a decent place to live and decent food. Perhaps David Cameron should try living for a month on £1,334 and see if it really is a living wage. And we are assuming that our worker is lucky enough to have a full time job. If he or she is on a zero hours contract, as hundreds of thousands of workers are, then their take home pay will be much less.
- Poverty According to the Child Poverty Act 2010, poverty is a household income less than 60% of the median income. When David Cameron saw that his policies were plunging more and more children into poverty, he decided that something needed to be done. So, what did he decide to do? Did he decide to reduce rents, or increase benefits? No. He decided to get rid of the Child Poverty Act and change the definition of poverty so that it isn’t about income, but about other factors as well, such as addictions, education and unemployment. So a child whose parents have to spend all their wages on a home that they can’t afford to heat, and rely on food banks to eat, isn’t living in poverty. How can that child be living in poverty if her father is working, has a degree, and isn’t a drug addict? Hooray! All those children miraculously lifted out of poverty simply by redefining the word.
- Affordable. David Cameron announced recently that he would build 200,000 new affordable homes. The Conservatives pride themselves on being the party of hard-working people so they want to help these hard-working people by building homes that they can afford to buy. How thoughtful of him! However, according to the charity Shelter, a family would have to be earning £77,000 a year in order to be able to afford one in London. Our living wage worker would have to work 24 hours a day 7 days a week to earn that much. So who does earn that kind of salary? Why, MPs do of course! So these homes are affordable for MPs. The homes can all be bought up by David Cameron’s friends who will then rent them out to workers for their entire salary.
Well done David Cameron. Your party truly is the party for hard-working people – the party that wants to suck every last penny from hard-working people and give it all to your rich friends.
Psychologist Robert D. Hare developed the Hare psychopathy check-list to test whether or not an individual is a psychopath. Our Prime Minister, David Cameron, seems to display a worryingly large number of the signs of psychopathy.
- Glibness and superficial charm. Oh yes, Cameron is a master of superficial charm.
2. Incongruity and contradiction. Cameron is full of contradiction, like the time when he announced that the Conservative party is the party for working people, and then in the next breath announced plans to cut tax credits and limit the right to strike. Or when he promises to improve social mobility while all his policies are designed to prevent it.
3. Grandiose sense of self worth. Yes, I’m pretty sure he ticks that box.
4. Cunning and manipulative. He has managed to manipulate the British public into blaming the most vulnerable for all the problems of our society when in reality he has caused them.
5. Pathological lying. Take your pick. “We are paying down Britain’s debts.”
6. Lack of empathy, remorse or guilt. Tax credits, food banks, refugees, bedroom tax. I could go on.
7. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions. It’s all the fault of the unemployed, claiming money from the taxpayers. Of course Cameron himself has never claimed any money at all from the British taxpayer.
8. Unconvincing emotional responses. His recent outrage at the lack of equal opportunities for women and ethnic minorities certainly had a hollow unconvincing ring to it.
9. Sexual deviance. Need I say more? Piggate.