Month: April 2017

A Message From Abroad

I’m extremely lucky to have friends all over the world. Many of whom I’ve met in what we call ‘real life’.

Others sadly are not in a position to meet up and hang out.

This is because they don’t live in what is termed, the ‘civilised’ West.

Thanks to the internet, social media and a shed load of tools, we can now meet people from countries and cultures, that have been until very recently an exotic mystery to us. And I’m sure us to them.

It turns out we’re really very much the same. No matter what our respective governments and (most) main stream media would like us to think.

What is different is the systems we live under. Do we call them governments or regimes? It depends on the country we’re talking about and who is doing the talking.

Here in the increasingly authoritarian UK we tend to hear talk of democracy and the ‘Mother of Parliaments’.

How very ironic. The ‘Mother of Parliaments’ has managed to get into such a state that we are now trying to reverse a two child cap on tax credits and the hideous ‘rape clause’. A clause we are told is there to ‘protect’ mothers who conceive by rape. The ‘Mother of all Parliaments’ is indeed out-doing any wicked step mother that fiction has ever conjured up.

I told one of my friends, Milad, in one of those mysterious exotic countries about this latest ‘progress’. He lives in a country our UK Government would not refer to as a free and fair democracy (mind you, nor would he), Iran.

His response floored me “What the fuck? Gearing up to be another Afghanistan?”

I suggested that on May 4th (the local council elections in Scotland), I should stand outside the polling station (at a respectable distance), with a printed version of the form women will need to fill out for a third or subsequent child in order to clam tax credits for said child.

His response came through the web as a warning to us all.

“I like the way ya can print stuff and distribute them and not get arrested. Take care and nurture that democracy.”

 

 

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Britain is not the UK

I am so sick sore and very bloody tired of this confusion.

This will be a very very short post.

BRITAIN IS NOT THE UK.

Britain is a land mass.

The UK is a union (hahaha) of member states. Namely Scotland and England.

Wales (god help them is an add on) are they even on the map? You might want to check they’re still there, seems like British Labour In Wales have been let loose with the crayons again..

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And Northern Ireland doesn’t even get a look in at the Olympics. Team GB tosses them out in the cold.

So, can we do our very very best to unpick the annoying Britain = UK (+ a whispered NI)

One of the most confused articles I saw on this recently was to do with the railroads, now there’s irony for ye. Look at this article. Oh hell, I only just noticed it’s from @OwenJones84 I assume it’s that Owen Jones.

It may seem trite it may seem over egged. But language is very very important. Without having a sodding framework we can’t communicate. So every time you see Great Britain / Britain / UK mixed up. Ask yersel, what the hell are they meaning?