You’re invited, yes, you! Let’s talk about the future of the UK government…

No, this isn’t a blog about why the results of the 2017 general election were obvious, or anything like that. In fact I’m not even going to talk about the losses and gains or who is right or wrong.

What I want to discuss is where UK politics goes from here. Whether you’re young, old, Left, Right, male, female, voter or non-voter, or however you identify, I think we can all agree that a hung parliament in the midst of Brexit is a major deal. At a time when we really need unity, stability and certainty, we appear to have the most division, instability and uncertainty.

Younger voters I congratulate you, thank you for taking the time to educate yourself about politics despite the fact that the education system fails to do so, your votes are powerful and your voices have now been well and truly heard. Older voters I respect you, you have more years of experience on your side and you have generally always turned out to vote, even nagged the younger generations to vote, so thank you too.

However, now that voters from both sides of the generational divide have come out in force we have arrived at a hung parliament with no overall majority. I think this screams that something isn’t working with our political system and that no one should be, or can be ignored. ‘Coalition of chaos’ has been thrown around a lot in the last few weeks, but let me ask you a question and let me know which country springs to mind;

Which country in Europe would you say has the strongest economy?

If you guessed Germany then you would be correct. However, did you know that Germany has only had coalition governments for the past 40+ years? In fact it’s the norm in Germany to have a coalition government made up of two parties.

How can this be? Everyone keeps saying that a coalition government would be a disaster, right? Yet Germany are the strongest economy in Europe and they have a coalition government, surely that’s not right?

Google it for yourself, ‘which country has the strongest economy in europe?’ You will find Germany in first place, followed by France in second, and then the UK currently sitting at third place. So if Germany can do it, why can’t the UK do it?

Well the reason it works so well in Germany is because they have a voting system which adopts partial, proportional, representative voting.

‘Germans elect their members of parliament with two votes. One vote is for a direct candidate, who ought to receive a plurality vote in their election district. The second vote (considered as more important) is to elect a party list in each province as established by its respective party caucus. Half of the Bundestag is then filled with candidates that won their electoral districts by the first votes and the other half by candidates from the party lists according roughly to the proportion the parties receive from the second votes according to a complex mathematical formula. Common practice is that direct candidates are also placed on the electoral lists at higher rankings as a fall-back if they do not win their districts.’ – Electoral system of Germany Wikipedia.

So here are my thoughts with regards to the UK, since there was no majority, and since younger voters and older voters came out in force for the 2017 general election, it would be simply foolish and outright disrespectful to ignore one group of voters in favour of another. It would also be foolish in my opinion for Theresa May to try for a ‘hard Brexit’ when it is quite clear she lacks the majority to do so. This doesn’t mean we have to have a so called ‘soft Brexit’ but it does make sense to try and take the path down the middle, whatever that may be.

My general feeling is that the Labour and Conservative parties need to drop their party banners and mantras, and stop fighting against one another and actually start working together. There are some good Labour policies and there are some good Conservative policies, and the policies on which the two parties completely disagree upon could in theory reach some sort of middle ground. With Brexit on our doorstep we need a unified and respectful government which looks at all the issues and includes everyone in the UK, that means England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In order for this to happen I believe we need to call for a proportional vote representation system in the UK.

Let’s stop arguing and throwing insults, and start talking and listening to each other.

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Why We ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’.

Did you know that ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ was a motivational poster produced by the British government in preparation for World War II? Or that a copy was discovered in 2000 by Barter Books of Alnwick?

No? Me neither, that was, until recently.

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London I have seen posts by a number of individuals expressing their sorrow. Some do this in a compassionate ‘share the love’ sort of way, and some do this in an angry ‘we cannot allow this (specific word) terrorism to continue’ sort of way. The former are the ones who are most likely to light candles, buy flowers and balloons, attend an organised concert, and change their Facebook pictures to express their solidarity. The latter are more likely to sneer, mock and call out the former for doing this. Continue reading

You Will Make Mistakes And That’s OK.

The UK education system penalises mistakes and rewards correctness, and we’re brought up with this mentality as soon as we enter primary school. You must have the correct answers or you will not pass your exams and you will not get to college or university and as a result you will fail at life. Does this sound or feel familiar? Continue reading

Left and Right in politics are both doomed on their own.

This is the one subject that gets people riled up and the one subject that I hesitate to talk about, but I can’t remain silent any longer. If you’re Left, Right, Middle, I don’t care, I want to see you and hear you and I hope you will respect me with the same. Continue reading

Voting or Quadratic Equations?

Further to the EU Referendum, there are three major issues in my opinion within the U.K.

  1. The lack of political awareness and education within our schools. Why are we not being taught about the way in which our country/nation is governed? Why are we not taught the rules? Why are we not taught the importance of our vote? It was more than evident from the huge volume of google searches after the results of the EU referendum, that a vast proportion of the UK population did not undestand what they were voting for.
  2. The lies spewed by politicians throughout this campaign played a huge part in some people’s vote (many of whom now regret their decision). MP’s such as Nigel Farage promising 350m to the NHS and other such claims are now backtracking and denying they ever made these claims in the first place. People feel conned and betrayed by these lies. In business this would be fraud, in court this would be blatant forswearing. Why are politicians not being held accountable for their lies?
  3. The lack of communication between the older and younger generations. There seems to be a huge and unnecessary divide between the generations. Why are we not listening and talking to one another in a respectable manner? Why do we appear to be so disconnected?

I fail to see how this is fair democracy. Politicians are lying again through their teeth to get votes and are now getting away with it, and we are not educated in our schools about UK politics or laws because somehow quadratic equations is deemed more important? Maybe I am wrong to criticise leave voters, and maybe leaving the EU will benefit the UK in the future, but right now, I do not see or believe it. I feel there are big underlying issues here that need to be addressed immediately.

In 100 years time…

In a 100 years time, no one is going to remember that super expensive car you bought this year, or those nice designer clothes, or the jewels hanging around your neck. Do something good for the world, do something worth remembering, forever.

 

Empty Existence

We do not exist in the way we think we do. Seems like a rather profound statement, and it is.

When we look at ourselves in the mirror we see our bodies and our clothes in an instant, we recognize our reflection as being well, ‘us’. We are taught from an early age to recognize our reflection, and unlike the majority of animals we recognize our reflection as ‘us’ and not as another person.

Imagine a person asks, ‘who are you?’ Most will respond with the basic facts, ‘My name is…., I’m from……, I’m a…… and work for…… I live in……’ and so on. This seems all perfectly normal and great on the surface, but how about going a little deeper?

Imagine the same person asks you for a second time, ‘who are you?’ You could list more facts, ‘My nationality is…., My qualifications are….. My parents are called….. My pets are…..’

Surely ‘who we are’ is more than just the facts we have accumulated and been taught.

Imagine again the same person asks for a third time, ‘who are you?’  You could list your personality traits and characteristics, you could list your dislikes and likes, you could list your beliefs, and you could list your biggest achievements. However, as much as all these statements and descriptions may be true, are they really who we are?

Surely ‘who we are’ is more than just our likes and dislikes? our traits and characteristics? More than our beliefs? And more than our biggest achievements? What about our little achievements? What about our thoughts and emotions? What about our memories and experiences?

I’ve spent a long time thinking about ‘who I am’, and to be totally honest, I have come to realize that ‘who I am’ has changed over time. My thoughts have matured with age, my memories have faded and have been reanalyzed, and my knowledge has increased, though I still have lots to learn. I have realized however, who I am, is not the person who I want to be. I want to be the person who doesn’t hesitate to forgive, who tolerates and listens, who acts with compassion. I want to be the person who cares for the world and lets the world care for me in return. I want to be the person who loves all with an open heart and mind. I am striving to be that person, but the road is long. So I ask, who are you and are you who you want to be?

 

So many wrongs…

In rhetoric and ethics, two wrongs make a right and two wrongs don’t make a right are phrases that denote philosophical norms. “Two wrongs make a right” is a fallacy of relevance, in which an allegation of wrongdoing is countered with a similar allegation. Its antithesis, “two wrongs don’t make a right”, is a proverb used to rebuke or renounce wrongful conduct as a response to another’s transgression.

No matter which phrase you agree with, I just wish to ask one question. Will we achieve peace by responding to violence with more violence?