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Talking about trains news

Heya! How’s it going?

So, there’s been a fair bit of news about trains here in the UK recently. Now, I have to admit, the last time I travelled by train was something like 4 years ago or so, but that doesn’t means that I shouldn’t be concerned about the train situation.

First of all, the price of tickets. Yes, people here in the UK complains about it all the time, but they have good reason to: The cost of a ticket, as I found out in a tweet by someone else, and which I retweeted, is more than twice that of other countries in the EU, for the equivalent distance.

Now, the UK is well known for being one of the most ridiculously expensive countries in the world, and it’s also well-known that – unless you’re one of the 1%ers – the wages aren’t keeping up with that anyway. Most people have pretty much seen their wages rising by 1% or not at all every year since the global financial crisis in 2008. When you compare that with the fact that costs of everything has been rising regardless, it’s no wonder that people are saying that what they’re earning, they’re just not having as much money left over anymore, and it’s gotten to the stage where people like nurses and so on are having to go to food banks.

This is despite the Tories’ claim that if you work hard, you shouldn’t need benefits. Hah. Right. Delusional as always.

Anyway, back to trains. Since 2007 – so it was certainly while Labour were last in power – it’s been the government policy to have train passengers pay more for the train industry’s income than taxpayers’ money. Which sounds good in principle. But not when it was decided that the RPI (which stands for Retail Price Index) would determines just how much train companies can raise the prices of regulated tickets. And since the RPI has consistently been something like 2% higher than any pay rise your normal worker get… Just keep adding pressure to how much money people have to earn before they can actually get any money in the bank.

There is definitely going to be a breaking point somewhere. I don’t know how close it’ll be, but it’s getting to the stage where people just won’t be able to afford to commute to work. And if they can’t commute to work… How do employers and governments and all that expect people to earn money, to pay tax, to buy food and other items? Answer: They can’t. Unfortunately, far too many employers are too fixated on adding another few 0s to their bank balance to care about this.

So, are Labour to blame for this? Hmm… Yes, and no. In 2007, people were seeing decent pay rises, so setting it to the RPI probably made sense back then, but when the global financial crisis set in, they really should’ve done something to make sure that people weren’t gonna be out-of-pocket by having to pay more while earning less, in real-terms money.

And even if they didn’t do something, the Tories had seven years during which time they could’ve fixed the injustice. Of course they wouldn’t. As far as they’re concerned, if you’re not in the 1%, you’re not worth their time.

Train companies and so on will make all the excuses they can think of – extra running costs, modernisation of trains, paying employees, etc, etc… But fact is, they are making a killing by hiking up their prices to the maximum possible every single time.

There was also a Labour MP – Chris Williamson – who raised the possibility of having women-only train carriages as a way of reducing sexual offences and creating safe spaces. Which again, sounds like a decent idea – and indeed, had been set up in certain countries in the past – but the problem is…

Well, it’s two-fold, for me. First of all, I dun want to feel like I’m being herded into a separate carriage, just because there’s a possibility that there’s gonna be some creepy guy who’ll think he can sexually assault me just because.

Secondly, and this is the most important point: It carries with it the suggested idea that this kind of behaviour is “normal”, and also suggests that it’s the lady’s fault. And that’s something that we should never ever encourage. We should make it abundantly clear that the problem is not the lady’s, it’s the guy’s, and every single guy that think it’s okay to grope ladies against their will, to take upskirts pictures against their will, to sexually assault and rape them, we should be making it so clear it’s viewable from space that those guys are totally and completely in the wrong and that they should be punished to the maximum extent possible every single time.

(And I mentioned upskirts because there’s been a few stories lately where ladies have found out that people have secretly taken upskirt pictures of them… And yet very little get done when they reports those perverts.)

What else? Well, it was discovered today that Richard Branson – I refuse to dignify him with the honorific “Sir” – decided that he would pretty much lie against a Labour politician (Jeremy Corbyn) by pretending that there really were seats on a train when Corbyn made the now-infamous comments that he was sitting on the floor because the train was packed. And it was found out today that actually… Corbyn was right.

So why did Branson lie? Well… He’s a Tory voter and donates money to them. He’s against Corbyn because Corbyn wants to re-nationalise (bring back under government control) the railways, and he own a railway network. He also hates the NHS and is sueing the NHS for refusing to given him the contract to provide children’s services in Surrey. (Obviously, with him being a Tory, it’s pretty much a given he hates the NHS – he cries at night at the thought of all that money he’s not stealing from people with a privatised healthcare system, similar to how it’s done in the USA…)

And I’m all for keeping the NHS, by the way. I have no idea how much the fact that I’m deaf would’ve cost my parents and myself over the years, but I’m pretty sure if I had been American, I’d almost certainly would’ve been broke for the whole of my life. (Maybe a slight extaggeration, but only slight!)

Now, I honestly have no problem with people earning a lot of money, but far too often, it seems like those that has a lot of money always seems to want more, and they always seems to want to discriminate against those who don’t have much.

Personally, if I was ever lucky enough to win the lottery or something, I’d be content with that. There’s no way that I would ever turn round and say, “I want more, let’s rob the poor” or anything like that. But then, I’m not a money-grubbing greedy scum. *grins*

Okay… Rant’s over. I’ll write again soon. In the meantime, hope all’s going well with you!

Politics and perverts

Heya! So, after what was, frankly, a bit of a mixed day – not helped in the slightest that while I was sitting in my car at lunchtime, these two white folks (a guy and a lady) decided they they wanted to come along and basically stare at me for some time. It feels like minutes, but it probably wasn’t that long. I was not happy about that, or the fact that they decided they’d stand there and basically perv at me. 😐 Thankfully… I had a top and jeans on, so there was no chance of them seeing boobs or ass or anything else that I definitely didn’t want them to see (and saying definitely because, given the choice, I wouldn’t’ve wanted them to even see me in the first place…!) But honestly, I dunno why anyone would think it’s a sensible thing to do, going round and pretty much peeping at people in their cars. *smh* Felt like they were basically treating me as if I was a zoo animal, or one of those peep shows girls or something. I’m just thankful that I had a car window between me and them.

Not the first time something like that happened, and I’ve had occasions where a guy’ve basically followed me for some distance – and seriously guys? Not a good idea. Not even close to anything like a good idea. In fact, as ideas go, this is pretty much on the level of winning a Darwin Award.

Talking about stupidity, I’ve been seeing a lot of people pretty much all saying that “45” is incredibly stupid with his reaction to what’s happening with the monuments to Confederates personnel and what he’s been claiming with regards to Charlotteville.

In some ways, I don’t think so. I think where “45” has definitely been stupid is showing his hand too clearly and too fast. I think pretty much everyone that voted for him to be the president of the USA knew exactly who they were voting for, and they saw it as a chance to – in their blinkered eyes – get some “white power” again. We all know that the USA (and not just the USA, a lot of countries have this same problem, but the USA is probably a bit more out in the open) has a definite racist problem against black people – other non-whites, but mostly blacks. This trend of coming out in the open of being white and racist had been happening almost since Obama became President (yes, racism never went away, but I think the fact a black man became President kind of pushed them out into open), and I have heard that there were a lot of people – like “45” – who had a problem with him right from the start, simply because he was black. That whole “birther” movement was just one of the ways they tried to demean President Obama.

And before anyone else chimes in, it would’ve been the same if Obama was Asian or otherwise.

The problem that “45” had is that when he became president, he allowed his ego and his greedy grubby desire to come to the fore, and he showed a lot more plainly what he is, which is why he knows (and let’s ignore all his claims of fake news and everything else, he knows exactly what’s going on) that he reached too far and let his true debased self show.

Some people are asking why “45” is apparently trying to start a civil war. The honest answer is that he _wants_ a war. Whether that’s a war with North Korea, or with those he doesn’t deems as “American”, he wants a war.

Because “45” is egoistic. He wants the whole world to remember him, to remember his name forever. He wants everyone to remember him 2000 years later, 10,000 years later just like we remember the name of Julius Caesar and so on. If that means destroying the USA, so be it. Of course, he’d prefer to turn it into a country where only the rich white men has any control, all reporting to him as Dictator-For-Life, and where he can freely exercise his own racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic views. Anyone that don’t meet his ideal – that of a rich, white male of the same viewpoint as his – can expects to be killed or enslaved.

Everything he does is to stoke his ego, to push his own rancid agenda forward, and to give him as much money as possible. Think it’s a surprise that he keep going to his own golf courses every weekend and spending as much time there as possible? Every time he does that, he’s spending taxpayers’ money and giving it to himself. He’s basically orgasming everytime he does that, he likes the idea of robbing everyone to top off his bank balance.

He showed his true nature very clearly, siding with the Nazis, but make no mistake – he cares only about himself.

And we have, over here in the UK, a definite problem with racism and xenophobism ourselves. I don’t think it’s remotely possible to deny that Brexit is mostly about the idea of British people – including a lot of those in Parliament – wanting to be isolated, separated from the rest of Europe, because they somehow feel themselves to be “superior” to the rest.

Spoilers, other British people: You’re not.

We even have our own version of “45” – Farage – except that unlike “45”, Farage did not get into the Houses of Parliament at all. Of course, once he managed to win a seat in the EU, he was all for robbing them of as much money as he could, and with all that money, plus what his daddy gave him, what does he do? He’s now semi-retired and living in… the south of France. An odd choice for someone who claims to be British and that Britain is far better than everywhere else… He’s even on record as saying should Britain fails to make Brexit a success, he’ll of course leave the UK. Not exactly the voice of someone who has the UK’s welfare at heart, is it? And yet so many people, so many times, fell for his racist hyperbole. And the media kept listening to him and giving him so much more airtime than he deserves. He should’ve been left an irritating voice squeaking away in the far distance, but instead he was allowed to go on TV and everything else and push his disgusting racist, xenophobic agenda on us.

Moving on… Our current Prime Minister, Theresa May, has once again shown just how weak a Prime Minister she really is. She condemns – rightfully – the Nazis uprising in the USA, but when asked to give her response to “45”‘s words, she refuses to do so.

Of course, we all know why. She knows that Brexit is basically going to be disasterous for the UK, and her best bet is to strike as favourable a trade deal as she possibly can with the USA, even if that does means the UK market will be saturated with low-quality food and so on. And in order to do that, she knows she has to keep “45” on her side.

We all knows this, but it still doesn’t make it right.

And there’s allegedly going to be yet another leadership challenge in the Tory party, with names like Rees-Mogg and Davis being banded about. Honestly, I wouldn’t trust anyone in the Tory party to be able to do anything good for the country. The fact that there’s still over 10 million people in the UK who thinks they’re the best party for the country tells you so much about how much brainwashing is going on daily by the right-wing media.

And the most major problem I have with the Tory party is that they are so desperate to privatise the NHS. They are like “45” and the Republican party – they firmly believes that healthcare is a privilege for the rich white males only, not a right of every human being. And it is my absolute worry that they will use some kind of excuse to privatise it. Whether that’s gonna be Brexit or the trade deal with “45” or something else… I dunno, but rest assured, they’re looking for any kind of excuse.

All we can do is keep resisting, and keep trying to get those that don’t deserve to be in power out of power. The snap General Election May called a couple months back was a good chance, but… All the right-wing media were hard at it, trying to keep the Tories in power. At the moment, we don’t really have any other options.

The USA does, in 2018, but they have to be careful. There’s no point in impeaching “45” – there’s no chance he’ll resign, his ego won’t allow it – if it means his VP becomes President. Because the VP is just as bad, quite honestly, and he’s shown he’s on the side of the Nazis as well.

I’m not really sure what else the USA can do – is there any chance of forcing an early election or something? – but one thing that every true American can and must do, and those of us around the world must do: Keep standing up and resisting those that would promote division, keep standing up and resisting against those that would give all the money and power and privileges to the rich white men, and give nothing to the rest.

And I’m never gonna stop standing and resisting along with everyone else who are against people like “45” and the others.

A political rant, I’m afraid…

Heya!

How’s your weekend going? Me… Well, to be honest, the days have been blurring into each other lately. *lol* But never mind… Things’ll be different soon enough!

I’ve gotta write a list of what I need to do and who to contact with regards to moving places. Like… I’ve gotta contact utilities companies to inform them that I’ll be officially moving out at X date (still to be determined), landlord and all that… Hmm… Same goes for the broadband people, I guess. I’m planning on setting up a new provider when I move, kind of thing. Simply because when I had broadband set up here, I was with O2, and they were good. Unfortunately, they then decided they wanted to sell out to the evil corporation. At the time, I was hopeful of moving away, but… *shrugs* As it turned out, I ended up having about 4 or 5 aborted moves away from this place, but hopefully this one will go smoothly. (Out of those 4 or 5 aborted moves, most were planned move to rent something closer to where I worked, but then things happened, job-wise or place-wise, which meant they didn’t work out. Which is probably why I wasn’t counting chickens before they hatched for ages. I suppose I still shouldn’t, until Friday, but… Everything seems to be going okay, so… Yeah.)

Talking about evil corporations and the internet, I see in the USA, the organisation that are supposed to be looking after things and making sure it works for Americans have decided that they will ignore everyone that have consistently told them it was a very bad idea and listened to the money instead. Some of which, I’m sure, is mysteriously disappearing into their pockets, right? *smh*

And here, well, the snooper’s charter is gonna get even worse if the Tories stay in charge. They’re planning on basically making it even worse for everyone. Apart from themselves, of course. They’re planning to give themselves extemptions, because, of course, no-one should ever know what their MPs are doing, meaning they can keep committing all the illegal activities that they do…

Internet freedom, net neutrality, all that, is essential. Especially the way that things have been going, both in the USA, and here in the UK. The way they’ve been going, the dictator in North Korea is starting to take notes in how to supress the downtrodden and how to control the population.

Extreme? Not even close to it, I’m afraid… Our current Prime Minister is showing her true self, and the right-wing media that we have are basically falling over themselves to say she is absolutely wonderful and the best leader that we have ever had. Whereas, quite honestly, she’s going so far as to make the war criminal begins to look remotely decent. And that’s horrible. There is absolutely nothing that should make the war criminal be able to stand up and say “At least I wasn’t as bad as…” but the Prime Minister right now…?

The problem is… People are saying Corbyn’s unelectable. I don’t think he is, I means, you’ve only got to look at the USA. People thought “45” was so unelectable, he would be gone within the first few weeks of the Republican’ts presidental hopefuls selection process. But he didn’t. And when the Democrats decided that, no matter what, they would select Hillary Clinton, well… The threat of “45” becoming President was real, and it turned out that way.

The problem is… “45” did it all despite the numerous voices against him, and he has proven himself over and over again that he is far worse than what everyone knew would be the case. Here… We don’t have that same vocal opposition in terms of media against our current Prime Minister, and we are seeing, far too many times, that people have swallowed the utterly inane rants backed by the right-wing media. Why do you think we’ve got Brexit facing us? Why do you think a rancid racist neo-nazi managed to get his UKIP party so much facetime and gets seats in the European parliament where they pretty much take full advantage and get as much money for themselves as possible?

The only reason they haven’t had much in the way of seats here in the UK elections is because we’ve got a frankly ridiculous system of electing MPs, which has been set up so that the rich white men can keep as much power as possible. And, of course, they’re unwilling to change the system to a fair one.

I just hope that we will get a lot of people voting in the General Election in a few weeks, and that the Tories will suffer a massive defeat. It’s the only way we’re gonna get anywhere to seeing a country that isn’t run by the few for the few, which is the Tories’ policy.

…I just don’t understand why so many people think that Conservatives (like our Tories, like the USA’s Republican party and so on) are worth voting for. They’ve proven themselves over and over again that they only care about the rich white male 1%, and they will do everything possible to make sure that they get away with as much as possible while taxing and taking everything possible on the other 99%. And yet… People still vote for them. People who’ve seen their livelihoods, their jobs, everything taken away from them due to the conservatives’ actions… And they still blindly vote for them. Just… Why?

I think it’s because too many people just believe the show, and ignore the words. Americans fell for “45” bluster, and too many Brits are believing in the right-wing media. They believe that a desiccated corpse, who has shown very clearly that he will screw every single employee he has to save one person he likes and who want to take as much money as possible and tell every single person in the country what to do, somehow has their welfare at heart. They believe that a state-run media outlet will report fair and square, despite the fact that, especially over the past few years, they have becomes far more right-wing and give far more attention to the far-right than they should.

There need to be a change. We cannot, and should never, allow the rich, white, male 1% dictate what the rest of us should do. And we need to start in the General Election, we need to get the Tories out, and consign them to the annuals of history as a bad chapter.

Another General Election…

Heya! Here’s a… well, it’s a bit modified from what it used to be. Originally, it was just a few paragraphs about the fact that we’re having another General Election, just two years after the last one, and the reason for it is – I think, fairly obvious – so that May can (as is sadly most likely) gets a bigger majority in Parliament while Labour are apparently “weak”, along with the fact that she knows she’s gonna mess up Brexit so badly that she thinks by being in Parliament a couple of years longer, everyone will forget about their massive mess.

Or if some other party came into power, the Tories will be satisfied with sitting back and watching the other party try to fix their mess. Either way, it’s fairly obvious that, to May and the Tories party, they think it’s a win-win for them.

And quite honestly, I find it sickening that they could be so callous about the whole thing. They’ve proven themselves over and over again that they don’t care about anyone but the 1%ers and they would rather see the whole country burns than do the right thing.

I really hope I’m wrong, but… *shakes head* I dun see that happening. With the Tories and their allies, UKIP, basically lying and deceiving everyone and pretty much controlling the media (from what I’ve seen, pretty much every newspaper and TV channel is basically giving all their support to the neo-nazis party…), it’s gonna be a long hard struggle to get anywhere.

Mind you, considering that those who owns something like 75% of the media outlets are affliated with the Tory party… It was always gonna be the case. The sooner we get rid of those… odious cesspits… and actually have people that will promote free thinking, the better.

And if you wanna see how bad it can get… Just look at what’s happening in the USA. I see “45” latest plan is to bully the USA to pay for the wall. A far cry from making Mexico pay for it, he now plans to get the US taxpayer to pay for it. When there’s far more important things to spend that money on. Flint, for example. But no, he’s too busy robbing the taxpayers to play golf on his own resorts and spending all the money he can on his own stuff. And there’s still something like 30% of Americans who still think he’s doing a fantastic job. I can only presume that consists of the rich white male 1%, and the other 29% are gullible morons who need directions as to how to spoon-feed themselves.

I’m moving to support the Make Votes Matters group. Because, as they’ve shown, the system we have of electing people means that sometimes… It doesn’t matter who you vote for, if enough people make the choice in the local area, that party will be the only representative in Parliament for the local area. Despite the fact that they might go in there with only 25% of people actually voting for them in the local area. And that’s wrong. We need to make sure that there is actual proportional representation in all levels, local and the whole of the UK. Otherwise… Well, as some people might say, what’s the point in voting if their vote won’t matter?

Everyone’s vote should matter. I dun care if it’ll means more coalitions. In fact, I’d probably welcome it, if it means that no party can be too powerful and maybe it’ll also means that we’ll have the chance to reins in some of the more extreme measures. You’ve only gotta look at the Tory party to see the point, with their snooper’s charter and everything else. They tried to do some of that when they were in the coalition government, but their junior partners refused to accept that – and quite right too.

Quite honestly, if it’ll stop the Tories from destroying the UK for the 1%ers, the better.

I haven’t decided who I’m gonna vote for yet. My head say I should vote for Labour, but… *shakes head* They haven’t got rid of that shadow of the war criminal yet. And he’s been talking out and saying he wanna go back into politics.

No. Just… No. If he comes back, he’s basically saying, “Vote Tories”. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out he actually is a Tory. The amount of time he seems to be wanting to pop up to destroy Labour… It’s really suspicious right now.

What I plan to do is, when I know who’s gonna run in the local area, I’m gonna try and find a comparison site of policies and pick one, depending on which one reasonates with me the most. It definitely won’t be Tories or UKIP, but anyone else is still up for grabs. I’m pretty sure that, in this local area, it’ll means Labour, Lib Dems or Greens. But we’ll see.

I’m just… tired and disgusted at just how obvious the corrupt Tories are trying to manipulate things to give them more power.

*sighs* Okay… I’m gonna stop here for now. Sorry it’s a bit of a downer, but… Just… Anyway. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully the week ahead will be a good one for us all, and I’m certainly aiming to try and write about other things throughout the week, instead of just on weekends! *grins* See you soon! 😀

SNP, Tories and “45” – oh my!

Heya! Wow, yesterday was a pretty bad day at work. Practically everything I did… *shakes head* Just a mess. But today’s another day, and as soon as I get in, I’ll sit down, write down what I need to do and go through that list one by one. And hopefully, that will see me sort everything out.

Course, it would help if I managed to get much sleep last night. For whatever reason, I couldn’t sleep at all, and in the end, I think I had a couple hours overall (as in, drowse off, and then wake up again like 10 minutes later) or so? Wasn’t very much at all. Oh well… I’m unfortunately kind of used to having sleepless nights every now and then. Just various things keeping me up and all. Hopefully, tonight I can also catch up on my sleep. What I dun wanna do is mess up my sleeping patterns again. *nods*

So… What’s news? Well, a bit of politics, unfortunately. In what is absolutely no surprise whatsoever, the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Nicola Sturgeon, has declared that she will ask for yet another referendum for the Scottish people to declare independence from the UK.

Now… I will freely admit, I have absolutely no love whatsoever for the SNP. Not because I don’t think Scotland should be independent or anything like that – in actual fact, and I’ve said this before, but the problem with the UK is, and has always been, the fact that a lot of decisions made about the UK tends to be pretty much London-specific, or London and the south east. Because that’s where most of the people are.

Even where I am – which is around the Bristol area, which is to the west of England, close to Wales, there’s been times when I think that the Government don’t really seems to care that much about anything like… Beyond Reading (which is in the way between Bristol and London, but closer to London) really.

So when you consider that a lot of people in the North of England are complaining about the government, and Scotland’s further north than that, well… You can imagine just how little impression the government that’s based in London appears to care for Scotland.

But my main problem with the SNP is… Well, there’s two main problems with it. The first is simple: The SNP has always given me the impression that they are a party that will always put independence first and foremost, and it’s that that they are primarily concerned with. And what I means by that is that sometimes, I don’t get the impression that they are working as hard as they should be for Scotland’s benefits. Instead of focusing on the problems that Scotland’s facing and trying to come up with solutions for it, they are basically making calls for independence, and it just feel like they’re doing that all the time. If I was Scottish – and I’m not, I would be asking them to do a little bit more focusing on the day-to-day activities and less focusing on going pretty much daily, “We want independence!”

The second problem that I have with the SNP is a little bit more harder to explain. I didn’t read their White Paper in the 2014 (I think it’s that?) independence debate, but I did see some of the gist of it, and for a large part of it, I was caught out by them basically saying that the UK would be giving an independent Scotland a lot of things for free or on the cheap. Now, I freely admit, I could’ve gotten that wrong, but I did have that impression. It was always about “Well, of course we’ll have a special relationship between Scotland and the UK, they’re gonna give us a lot of things on the cheap, they’ll be giving us money for nothing!” and so on.

Basically, a lot similarities with “45” rhetoric about Mexico paying for the wall and all that, I genuinely felt like I’ve seen it before with Salmond and Sturgeon pretty much saying the same thing. They’re gonna do things, and some other countries are somehow gonna pay for it. Well… Like Mexico, I think the UK should say to the people in charge, “No. Way.” (okay, I know Mexico was a little bit ruder than that, but you know what I means!)

But yeah, quite frankly, I wanna say this, no. Sorry. If Scotland decides they want to become independent, they should have complete independence. That means no special deals, the UK don’t give them anything for free or on the cheap except through proper trade negotiations, the whole work. That’s the fairest thing for both Scotland and the UK – and I means both. The Scottish people should not be conned into thinking other countries are going to give them anything for free or cheap, and that includes the UK. And I think it’s very wrong of the SNP to try and do a “45” (although, technically, they were doing it before “45” started his campaigns).

I would like to hope that the SNP will do it properly this time, but… *shakes head* I honestly don’t think they will. They will do everything possible, lie and pretend that everyone else is gonna give them money for nothing, and everything else, just so that they con enough people that independence is a great idea.

The one thing I will say about Scotland is that what’s been said before still apply now. There is no absolute guarantee that an independent Scotland will be automatically accepted into the EU. There are certain countries – Spain, for example who have got two regions (Basque and Catalonia) trying to get more independence – who will be very against them.

What do I think about the UK and Scotland and all? *shrugs* I think I’d like to see them still part of the UK, but if enough Scottish people really feel that strongly about it then we shouldn’t stand in their way. I don’t think there’s enough desire in Scotland for yet another referendum – and it’s getting to the point where I think it’s gonna be close to the SNP going “Well, fine, we didn’t win this referendum, we’ll do it again next year. And the year after that. And the year after that, until we get the result we want!”

But most of all… I don’t want the Scottish people to be conned. I don’t want anyone anywhere to be conned. And I think the SNP – and the Tory government in Westminister – are too full of… Well, you know. And they’ve both pretty much demostrated it over and over again. We know we’ve got too many people in England who think the Tories are the best party ever, despite the Tories having completely proved that they only care about the rich 1%, as long as they’re white and male, of course. And the SNP, quite honestly, have proven themselves to be just as bad as the Tories, in that they’ve managed to con the Scottish people that they care about them, and that they have ideas for how best to get Scotland running, when they’ve proven themselves to be obsessed with the idea of independence over everything else, including Scottish people’s welfare.

But anyway… I think pretty much everyone knew that the SNP would use the whole Brexit deal to try and get another referendum, the only surprise was how long it took them to do it.

I’m also disappointed in what’s been going on in the parliamentary discussions. How dare the Tory government play with the lives of people that was born in the EU? They came here, they work here, and quite frankly, I don’t see why anyone should think that because they’re not British, that gives anyone the right to dictate their future. A guarantee that anyone from the EU that are currently living here would still be allowed to stay here was the right thing to do, that the government and the EU weren’t gonna play around with their lives and everything… And yet the government resisted this. Quite frankly, I’m disgusted. We are talking about people’s lives. We are talking about basic rights. Instead, the government has turned them into toys, things to play around with. *smh*

And when you see what happened over in the USA, and “45” and his Republican party “healthcare” scheme – which, from what I’ve seen is basically, “the rich can have healthcare for cheaper, the poor can do without” is… I’m staggered. Okay, I admit it, I’m British and we’ve got the NHS here (for now, I know the Tories want to do a “45” and make healthcare something only for the rich 1%…), but… I firmly believe that universal healthcare is a right. No-one should be turned away because they can’t afford healthcare. And I think it’s really telling that “45” and his Republican party goons are more interested in spending lots more on their armed forces than they want to for healthcare. Quite honestly, it should be the other way round. We should be spending money so that people can be healthy rather than forking out money on weapons of mass destruction that we’re probably never even gonna use.

And, yes, I am aware of the threat of countries like, say, North Korea, but that still shouldn’t stop us for putting human beings’ welfare first and foremost.

Unfortunately… Unless people start thinking and voting properly, we’re gonna be putting up with the curse of the SNP, of the Tories, and of “45” and the Republican party and so on for years to come.

Politics just gets worse…

Heya guys! How’s things going? Hopefully all’s going okay with you, even with all the disasterous news going on all over the place. Well, apart from some good news from Romania, where the people have protested against the government’s desire to save themselves from being charged with corruption…

If only we could do the same over here, and over in the USA, right? I’m actually really saddened by the latest human rights crime committed by the Tory party here in the UK. Deciding to stop letting in unaccompanied children after only 350 were let in – a far cry from the 3000 or so that they were “promising” at one time – well… Just disgusting, really.

I also applaud the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow from saying that he would not invite “45” – I saw a really good tweet that made some actually really good suggestions about what’s to do with the events going on in the USA right now, and I’m gonna try and incorporate as many of those as I can, because I think it’s really important that we protest and make it abundantly clear that we are holding everyone at the Republican party for the actions of their current leadership. And the longer it goes on, the more everyone in the Republican party will realise that they have consistently done the wrong thing for most everyone in the USA. Apart from the rich white men, of course. But there’s a lot of people who aren’t rich, and a lot of people who aren’t white, and a lot of people who aren’t male. A lot more of those than the rich white men group.

Anyway, yes… I applaud John Bercow for saying he will not invite “45” to speak at the Houses of Parliament. But it is really telling that the people in Parliament that supported that statement are those that aren’t from the Tory party. Which tells you exactly what the Tory party holds dear.

And it’s not human rights.

No matter what they try to say, their actions are speaking far louder than their words are. Which goes to show that all the skepticism that was directed at May’s speech when she became the unelected Prime Minister was just proved correct. No-one took her seriously when she was trying to claim that she want the Tory party to be a party for all. All they care about are the rich white men. No wonder she and the Tory party wants to get on with the US Republican party. They think that the money will drown out the voices telling them how badly wrong they are.

Quite honestly, we need to do the exact same thing here in the UK against the Tory party, and against UKIP. Both of those political parties are basically the same, they will oppose human rights and discriminate against anyone that don’t meet their ideal of “rich, white, British” – and in most cases, you could add “male” to that as well.

Just… Bleh. It’s really kind of depressing sometimes that people just seems to be fooled by the demagogues of the far right groups.

And when you see the actions of what’s been happening in the USA – including the actions of some Republican states that were trying to ban peaceful protests – well…

Things really are getting much worse, and they’ll keep going worse before it’ll get better. We just have to keep opposing and standing up for human rights and fairness for all and equality and everything else, and not let them dictate to us or let them take away freedom and the like.

That’s the only thing we can do, and when it comes to elections, we need to make sure that we vote in our millions that their actions are as wrong as they comes.

The past week and football…

Heya guys! How goes things? How’s the week been going for you? Me… *shakes head* Let’s just say I was feeling really cranky and leave it at that. Didn’t help that I was coming out of work tired and all either. Plus, I’ve had a couple of headaches which didn’t help matters much.

Still… Apart from a minor headache, I’m mostly fine now. *nods* So, I can get back to blogging and everything else! *grins*

I was planning to start my diet this week, and I did start off doing exactly that, but then, like I said, I started getting cranky and all, so… Yeah. *shrugs* No matter, it’ll just start today instead, kind of thing.

Anyway… What’s been happening? Well, I know today’s the day that the USA will start their decline into being a desolate wasteland – possibly. I kinda want to say that, whatever happens, the USA should survive and find their way back from despair and destitute and all that. After all, the UK have had a few bad leaders in their time – we had the war criminal, Blair, leading the UK for 10 years or so not that long ago. And then we had Cameron… *smh*

And that’s just recent history. From what I’ve seen from stuff like “Horrible Histories” and all… It’s actually staggering that the UK ever had an Empire and everything else…!

*sighs* Wish I had better words to say, but the only thing we can do is keep trying to oppose those who want to do the wrong thing all the time. Whether it’s about race, sexuality, medical matters, climate change… The list goes on, but in all times, we need to make sure that we keep trying to get things done the right way.

Hmm… Oh yeah! I know I’ve been meaning to blog about recent news in football for ages, and I’ve just never got round to it. *lol* Sorry guys. It wasn’t anything much, just was gonna say that I dunno about the whole expansion to a 48-teams World Cup. The only thing I would say about it is that I seriously hope that if they are gonna do that (and I know they voted that they would do it in like 10, 12 years’ time), they’ll actually give the bulk majority of the increased 16 teams to continents like Africa and Asia. And give Oceania one. Even if that does means New Zealand basically get a free pass every time… But Oceania definitely need one. And we need more African and Asian teams in the World Cup. Europe – maybe one or two more but nothing more than that. South America… They’ve already sending almost half their countries already so… Can’t see how you can increase their quota. What’s left? North America… Yeah, they should have a couple more. I know USA and Mexico are almost certain qualifiers now, and that’ll just means they’ll be more certain these days, but hopefully, it’ll also allow the other countries more chance.

As it turns out, that delay meant I can comment on something else that’s been coming into talks… Basically, the English FA are discussing bringing in retrospective bans for people who dive and cheat. They should’ve introduced that a long time ago. What I would’ve done is say, after the match, the referee and the others review the match, watch the video, whatever (since we do have basically total coverage of the whole match at all times, might as well take advantage of it…) and decides on all occasions where a player basically try and cheat, and for every single dive, awards a retrospective yellow card. And if the dive results in gaining unfair advantage – like a penalty – a red card. If the players cheats to get another one sent off, give them three red cards, and remove the red card from the other player (so they don’t get suspended).

Sounds extreme, I know, but it’s the only way to stop people cheating all the time. If that rule had been in place, people like the outrageous egositical cheat that ridiculously somehow been picked as the World Player of the Year – a total and utter joke, let me tell you – he’d be playing one match and then be suspended for the next five seasons.

No, I dun like him at all. I freely admit, he does have skills and if he actually try playing – I’m sure there’s a minute or two every now and then in amongst all the theatrics – he is very good at football. But… Disregarding his actions on the pitch, his massive ego is just soo hugely off-putting – and I know people know how much I hate people with huge egos… And, okay, okay, I know I’m a lesbian, I have zero interest in guys, but honestly… How could anyone possibly think he looks good?? Disregarding the fact that he’s just grotesque, he’s got so much grease in his hair, and his adam apple’s sticking out far more than his nose does! *shudders*

Guess money is a good way to help all those women he’s had forget about his gruesomeness…

Anyway… Yeah. That’s what I’d love to see happens, because it might means that football might get interesting again. I’ve not seen one minute of Premier League, European competition (not that I can, considering it’s all on pay TV now – in fact, I don’t even pay attention to it any more, haven’t for ages, just find it all massively boring), FA Cup action, and I can’t remember if I’ve seen any England match since their defeat by Iceland. Must have, though… Maybe in the background.

I still keep an eye on the results – especially the Bristol teams – but outside of that… Yeah. Just don’t think it’s interesting any more. And I’ve given up trying to regain interest in it again. I’ll watch the World Cup and the Euros, but that’s probably mostly it.

Okay… Gonna stop here for now. Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll try and write more over the weekend! See you guys soon!

Charleston and US Politics reactions

Heya guys! How are you? How’s the week going? Hopefully a little better than it is here. It’s currently… *looks at time* just before 2am here, and I can’t sleep. That might be because I was tired and had a bad headache by the time I got back from work – which meant I was basically lying down and sleeping over the evening. Which did work, kind of – the headache’s a lot better now, but on the other hand… It also meant my sleep pattern’s all messed up again. *lol* Guess I’d just have to try and stay up for most of today (Thursday) until it’s time to sleep again…

Well, I almost did manage to get a bit more sleep, but then my nose started bleeding, so… *shakes head* Had to clean up as best as I could. (My nose’s fine now, just one of those things – I do tend to get nose bleeds every now and then… *shrugs*)

Still, on the other hand, it does at the least allows me to try and get some blogging and e-mailing done, right?

So… Let’s see. What’s to blog about? Well, there’s a few things that’s been going on in the news that I kind of want to mention…

First of all, the trial for the Charleston murders. I come from a country – well, the whole EU itself as a whole – where there’s no death penalty at all. I can’t remember the last death penalty the UK ever gave (okay, looked it up, 1964, it was) but I vaguely remember, from an old QI episode that the law was changed sometimes back in 1999? And basically that abolished the death penalty for all crimes, and the same applies to every country in the EU. Before then, from something like 1965 to 1999, it was only reserved for cases like treason.

(Of course, saying all that, what with media being as vocal as they are here in the UK, and with the whole Brexit thing… I’m pretty sure the Tories would be a party that would like to bring it back… *smh*)

So… Like I say, I come from a country where something like the death penalty isn’t allowed, and… Hmm… Despite the fact that there are people who’ve been stupidly massively influenced by certain media outlets (I think it’s the ones owned by the Rothermeres who are the most vocal advocates), I think most people here in the UK are glad that the country doesn’t have it any more, and I’m of the same opinion. Basically, I pretty much disagree with the death penalty, whatever crime it is, I don’t agree with it.

So… Going back to the Charleston murders. I was almost half-expecting someone – like the ridiculous-coiffure moronic buffoon that’s planning on taking over the country soon – to try and get a lesser punishment for the murderer, seeing as how he’s a white man and the victims were all blacks. So it’s kind of a pleasant surprise that the murderer actually has been given a proper sentence, according to the laws of the country (or state, I guess? I know I’ve heard that different states have different maximum punishments?).

Do I agree with the fact that the murderer (and I still refuse to name him, I refuse to give him any more publicity than he deserves) has been given the death penalty? …Honestly, no. Again, it might be because I’m from a country where the death penalty doesn’t exists, but… Hmm. Part of me wonder if it’s what he wants. Like, he thinks by doing this, he could become a kind of martyr to the “cause” of the racists.

And he also knows that he’s gonna be known for a long time after he’s dead. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that was also part of his thinking. He knew he was never gonna achieve anything, or be able to do anything to be famous, so his warped thinking was probably something like, why not go for the next best thing and be infamous.

It’s probably just me being too much of a writer with an overactive imagination, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least should any of that turns out to be the case…

Anyway… The court’s made their decision and for once, I am glad that a proper sentence was given to someone that deserved it. It’s just… I dunno. Seems too quick and good for him. Honestly, I’d rather he’s just locked up for the rest of his life, and left to die old, alone, and forgotten.

Going back to the Republican’t president-elect… Seriously, USA? Pretty much every single time he tweets, every single decision he makes as to who to have in his cabinet (or whatever the term is), it just screams that he is a very bad mistake. And Republicans are talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare – without any idea as to what they’re going to replace it with? Dunno about you, but that, to me, doesn’t sound like a party that’s looking after the welfare of anyone but the rich white man who can afford the ridiculous prices of healthcare in the USA…

There was this image circulated around on Twitter recently, concerning some posts made on FB, about this Republican’t supporter who thinks that repealing Obamacare is a good thing, and that he doesn’t care because he’s protected by the Affordable Care Act… Just staggering, really. And I honestly have no sympathy for that person. He got conned because he believed in the excrement spewed out by the Republican’ts, which were more about their rancid hate-filled bile rather than paying attention to what they were actually saying, and what impact it would have on his life.

It’s also very telling that the Republican’ts, after so long opposing Obama when it came to the deficit and debt that the USA was amassing, are now more than happy to accumulate more debt and increase the deficit…

But… You know, what’s the point? If people want to ruin their lives by blindly following an idiot and his political party who only cares about shoving more money into the already overflowing wallets of the rich white men, nothing anyone says will convince them otherwise.

I’m just worried about the people who they’re gonna affect. And that includes pretty much everyone I know and care about who lives over there…

Okay, gonna post this and try and nap a bit more before heading off to work. If I can, I’ll try and make another post later today, after work – got some reactions to the news from the world of football…

Climate changes and Politics

Heya guys! Here’s my second post of the day (and the weekend!) as promised! I just dunno what I’m gonna be writing about just yet… I means, I know I said I had to make a comment about some of the events that’s been happening here, and I will, it’s just sometimes a little bit difficult to know exactly where to start…

Hmm… Okay, let’s start with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Here, in the UK, a few weeks ago we had a protest at an airport in London, shutting down the airport in protest against climate change. Now, I hold up my hands, and I freely admit that when I first saw that, and read it, I could not for the life of me see how anyone could claim that climate change is specifically a crime against black people. The way I saw it, climate change affects everyone, doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, or where you live, it affects us all equally. That doesn’t means that I was against the protest, or against trying to fight climate change, I just couldn’t see why #BlackLivesMatter UK were campaigning specifically against that. Other organisations, such as, I dunno, Greenpeace, or something, yeah, I could see them doing that.

It wasn’t until I saw @WritersOfColour tweet this post that they made last year, which made me instantly realise “Of course… How did I not think of that in the first place?” Because, when you think about it, it’s just blatantly obvious.

So, yes, climate change affects everyone, but the people that are most affected by it are not the white folks that lives in Europe, or North America. It’s the people living in Africa, Latin America, the Pacific Islands… All those. And for that, I truly apologise. I just couldn’t see that until someone had to point it out to me. I knew it was important, but not why #BlackLivesMatter UK were protesting against it themselves.

And does that make climate change any less important? Not a chance. If anything, it made it more important that we need to combat climate change wherever possible. I know the UN’s apparently trying to get the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement set in place by everyone, although I know that some countries aren’t all that interested in either of those – and everyone knows who they are. When I first heard about the Paris Agreement, my honest reaction was… Not exactly jubliant, shall we say?

We need to do a whole lot more against climate change. Not to save the planet – *dry laugh* The planet’s fine. Sure, it might get more CO2 and the global temperature will rocket right up and it’ll see mass extinction of life and everything else, but it’ll survive easily, and eventually new life will appear that’ll cope with the new environment of the planet (and people reading this might think I’m being very cynical, but it’s something that I read ages ago and it just stuck with me. (I think it might’ve been a paraphrase of Michael Crichton’s Ian Malcolm character from Jurassic Park…) And to be honest, it’s true. The planet will survive. It’s survived something like five mass extinction phases so far, so why should Earth be worried about a sixth one? No, we should be more concerned about the living organisms on the planet itself. Plants, animals, including humans).

Although, the way a large number of human beings have been acting lately, in the USA and the UK and everywhere else… *smh*

But yeah. We need to keep pushing against governments and all those that don’t think climate change is important. It is one of the most important part of our continuing existance. And just because it’s affecting people of colour, or people from poor countries, doesn’t means it’s any less important. In fact, it should be more important in that regards.

There’s been a leadership challenge for the UK Labour party and it’s finally finished yesterday. With absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Jeremy Corbyn has won, despite Labour’s ridiculous attempts to alienate all Corbyn’s followers and getting them omitted from voting and everything else.

I’ve never voted Labour in the past mainly because of the shadow of the war criminal that’s always hovering over them. He’s been the Prime Minister before I was really aware of politics, and he’d casted a massive shadow over the Labour Party ever since he retired. And I just never liked him – I’m glad to say – and just couldn’t bring myself to vote for a party that seemed to be walking in his footsteps.

With Corbyn, I feel like that the Labour party is finally breaking away from that shadow. The problem is… The whole leadership challenge just stank and… I’m sure I’m not the only one, but it feel like the people who opposed Corbyn wants to keep dragging Labour down into the depths.

That doesn’t means to say I’m convinced by Corbyn yet – because I’m not – but with him, I felt like I could possibly vote for Labour again. But the in-fighting… All it did was push floating voters like me away. If they decided to fight Corbyn after only a year, what’s gonna happens if he win the General Election and they decides to kick him out? I don’t want another wannabe war criminal stepping in.

Oh, and I’ve never voted for the Tories. You can tell me that I’m being ridiculous by having never voted for a party that would “win”, but seriously… What’s more ridiculous? Feeling like you have to vote for one of two, or voting for the party whose policies you agreed with the most? If enough people had more sense, and not just always vote the same way, no matter what, then maybe we would’ve have less of this problem, and less of feeling like our votes doesn’t matter.

One could point out the same applies to the USA, but *shrugs* I think, like, 80% of people already knows they’re always gonna vote Republican’t or Democan’t, no matter what they say. The Republican’t candidate could announce any kind of ridiculous policy – even ones that will discriminate against his supporters, and all his supporters would cheer for that and vote for it.

(EDIT: I have changed the above to something a little more generic. The original post was just too horrible and disgusting and gross that I quickly changed my mind about having it there. I don’t want to be associated with any kind of disgusting gross thoughts or posts or anything like that. If you saw it before, I want to say sorry for even posting that. I’m just gonna leave it at this.)

I’ll see you guys later. Preferibly writing something much better than this originally turned out.

Turkey, Nice Attacks, and Tory Government

Heya… How’s things? Hopefully, it’s not too bad, despite the events that’s been happening recently, with the media getting all obsessed about a couple of them, almost to the point of ignoring everything else…

I don’t know much about either events, so I’ll keep my observations to both short. The attempted coup currently looks like it’s failing – if the BBC website is to be trusted, anyway. But, certainly, the wording that I’m reading is that Erdogan’s side is winning. It’s still ongoing, but Erdogan seems to be on top.

I’m not naive enough to believe that the coup’s statement that came out last night is their 100% intention, but the bit that they highlighted – the fact that Turkey had become less democratic and secular – well… From all that I’ve read about Turkey in the past does suggest that that is indeed what’s been happening under Erdogan. Especially in his attempt to shut down free media, and his crackdown on those people who disagree with him.

That does not means that I agree with the people trying to do the attempted coup, by the way. I do think Turkey is going in the wrong direction, but it has to be noted that Erdogan had been democratically elected by the people of Turkey so… The majority of people there obviously think he’s doing a decent job.

The Nice attacks… Yeah. I have a couple of problems with this. Before I go any further, I gotta say this: The attacks were horrible, and I am certainly praying for the lives of those people affected by the attacks.

But… The reaction to the Nice attack have been divided, shall we say. On the one hand, we are now seeing yet another instance of “Je Suis…”, and French flags being put up on failbook and everything else in solidarity. Which is all very well and good, but my main problem with that has always been the same as my reaction to it before: Why is it that we are only doing this solidarity movement with those from certain parts of the world?

I have no problem with saying “My thoughts and prayers are for those affected in the Nice attacks” – and they are – but again… There have been more atrocities and disasters committed around the world than just those in France or wherever, but for whatever reason… Certain large parts of the world only seems to want to cherry pick some of these. All the attacks in France and so on, for example.

Seriously… Every single moment of atrocity and every single moment of disaster is just as important as any other. I know we get more every day and it would be difficult to try and cover them all, but we need to have that feeling of being able to stand with people at all times, not just because it’s happened in France or whatever.

Saying that… What I also don’t like is the… backlash reaction from certain parts of social media. Soon after I saw the “Pray for Nice” thing, I’ve been seeing “Pray for Everyone”, stuff like that, and there’s been some people who are trying to use the Nice attacks to make a point. Just as an example, there was one that posted up something along the lines of “Why are we #PrayForNice? Should it not be #PrayForEveryone? Oh, now you get it when we say #BlackLivesMatter??”

…Yeah. I am very uncomfortable with that statement. Not because it’s not true (it is, basically), but because of the fact that over 80 people have died in the Nice attacks, including children, and already we are seeing this being… Well, almost trivialised. People using this atrocity as a case point.

We need to be respectful of the people who have been affected by any event that happens around the world, and we need to make sure that whatever fights we fight for – Black Lives Matters, war against terrorism, whatever – we do it in the right way. The best thing we can do for Black Lives Matters is to keep highlighting these points where police and everyone else are mistreating us just because of the colour of our skin and keep trying to fight for justice and equality. The worse thing we can do is stepping aside or using these attacks on Nice and elsewhere as a case point.

I refuse to put the french flag or anything like that on my twitter account and everything else when this sort of thing happens, but I will make one tweet about the events and leave it at that. Out of respect to the people affected by the tragedies.

But when we have police brutality and injustice, like what happened to Mzee Mohammed in Liverpool in the UK… I’m gonna fight for justice as best as I can.

Because there are two very separate reactions to these events. The Nice attacker has already been shot, and France are apparently going to come down harder on ISIL than they have before.

The murderers of Mzee Mohammed, on the other hand… They’re police officers. Just like in the USA, those people responsible haven’t been arrested and charged yet.

We have a new Prime Minister, Theresa May. Some people have been making a big deal of the fact that we have a second female Prime Minister in the UK. My reaction, though, is a shrug. For starters, while it’s good to see another lady become Prime Minister, the honest fact is, she was chosen to become Prime Minister by 165 or so people. Not by the vote of the UK. Secondly, judging purely from her voting history, which we can all look up, I don’t think she’s anything to cheer about.

And her first speech when she reached Downing Street from Buckingham Palace was… very nice. But can I honestly say that I believe her when she said she’s gonna try and make things fairer for LGBT+ people, or black people, or poor people, rather than just focus on the rich white men that the Tories party are generally obsessed about?

My answer is no. Her voting history really does not inspire much confidence. And the way that she ran the Home Office, especially when it came to deporting people, in some cases, even separating them from their families, well… Yeah. Forgive me, but I don’t think she’ll be a good Prime Minister.

I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, but at the moment, my confidence in the government to do the right thing is low.