With terror and war at the forefront of the global news, what do we need to do to tackle, limit, or even stop these attacks? In America, Australia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, and the Middle East, the two main concerns seem to centre around the availability of firearms and the issue of mental health. Continue reading Lone Wolf Terrorism
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Is there a political revolution on the cards?
Following on from my article earlier about the British PM, I thought I’d share my observations about something I think most of us have noticed!
With most media attention on the circus show that is the Republican candidacy, Bernie Sanders, and the Democrats have slipped by silently for most of the campaign so far but, with Bernie’s historic win in Wisconsin over the weekend; he looks like he’s on a roll which could bring about one of the biggest upsets in New York later this week. Is this a political revolution, as Bernie has been saying from the beginning? I’m not just looking at the United States here, but consider what has also been happening with other nations around the world, such as the shock election of Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party in the United Kingdom.
The signs could indicate that there is a majority of under-30s who are now more politically engaged than ever before and times may be changing. Some of the statistics do seem to back this thought up. Clearly in the U.K. there was a growth in first-time party membership of under-30s, and there seems to be a generation of young American voters across the pond, who have no affiliation with Hillary Clinton but are connecting with Bernie Sanders. A long time left-wing socialist would have been an unlikely candidate in the past, now here he is, going head to head with Hillary Clinton. Just ten years ago that would’ve been almost unthinkable, same with the left-wing in the UK, so what has happened?
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Do we get the politicians we deserve?
With the Panama papers still being big news around the world, and the repercussions already ousting Iceland’s Prime Minister, along with a stream of other high-profile leaders being in the spotlight, the scandal has finally arrived on Britain’s shores and landed on Prime Minister David Cameron, and his late father who benefited from one of the exact things Cameron says he’s been trying to clamp down on. Now, does this put the Prime Minister in an untenable position? In short, yes. Even though it was before he was Prime Minister, the fact that he and his father took part in tax avoidance is hugely hypocritical for a man who won, in part, a general election on his claim to clamp down on such practices.
On top of that, there is the fact that he thinks £30,000 is a trivial amount, when the average income in the UK is less than that, at around £26,500, is appalling and just shows how out of touch with ordinary people he is. What makes it worse is that the truth (that he benefited from this scheme) had to be dragged out of him, in such an embarrassing way, and only after multiple questions from multiple people. This is just another damning insight into the elite Tory club now running the fifth largest economy in the world.