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Archbishops Sharia Statement

Let’s be honest now, what can I say that hasn’t already been said by the media or the “experts” as they like to be called. In my opinion, the Archbishop should not have said what he did and he was completely wrong to abuse his position like that. The Church of England have absolutely no claim to be a strong religion anymore when it is constantly surrendering its beliefs to try and claim members, first it said that “homosexuality is alright” – I have no personal problem with homosexuality,  however, C of E just cannot change beliefs whenever it wants to attract new members. Secondly, there was the teaching that the Bible might be allegorical – what is going on! Now, there is this! The Church of England seems to be suffering from internal secularisation, and to be honest, its quite saddening.

February 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Washington D.C.

I must say that, after my visit to the Capital of the great US I was left a little disappointed. DC seemed to me to lack the character that our very own Capital city does. After going to DC I feel a great sense of britishness, and one that I am very proud of. I would definitely go back to DC, although I think the trip would be a lot better on my own, and the Hard Rock Cafe was a big let down! The Greene Turtle was easily the place to be on a night out in DC!

I’ll write a short review of the trips and visits that I attended whilst in Washington, although they are likely to be very short as I am absolutely worn out due to the face that I have been suffering from Bronchitis since I got back! (This being the main reason for the lack of blogging).

1. Capitol was quite simply the most impressive thing about Washington DC, it was both amazing to look at and amazing to look around. The House Gallery was amazing and if anyone was ever to go to DC I would definitely recommend it for a visit, the tour guides also know the place inside out and their knowledge of the history of the place was outstanding. I was extremely impressed with the whole place.

2. The White House was not so impressive if I am to be completely honest, Mark (our teacher and group leader) spent something like four months organising the trip, had to go through about seventeen people, and then we ngot to see four rooms! We were absolutely fuming when we got out!

3. Arlington Cemetary was quite breathtaking, there was something like 290,000 graves and it was a strange feeling being there. I was impressed with Robert Kennedys grave, I thought it was simplistic yet moving.

4. The Night Life was poor, let’s just say that in my opinion, Washington D.C has nothing on London!

5. The Pentagon tour was quite interesting, I liked it alot, and although I felt that the people working there perhaps glorified war a little, I was extremely impressed with how much respect there was for the people that had lost their lives in the “War on Terror”.  

February 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

Religion

On the way back from Washington D.C. I got to talking with a Muslim friend about the subject of religion and the question came up “Which religion is the right one?”. This created a structured and intelligent argument between us and (very basically) had us arguing the advantages and disadvantages of our own religions. Being a Catholic, and a pretty strong theist, I quite enjoyed this discussion and when asked how I can pick and choose from my religion it got me thinking, and my answer was “because I go with what the Bible says, due to my belief that this is from a divine source, and not from what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, as that is human made, and in my opinion is just a way of religion controlling people”… This didn’t seem to go down too well with my friend, as he is a devout Muslim and so didn’t really see that religion can be used to control people. Since this conversation I’ve been questioning whether or not, if I was to have that conversation again, I would ever answer anything differently, and to be completely honest I wouldn’t. There isn’t really much point to this blog, I just thought I’d share a little breakthrough I had in my own belief in God, maybe I’m a bad Catholic, but in my opinion, the Bible is right as it comes from God, and the Catechism is wrong, because it is man made.

February 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

This Past Week

A number of things have caught my attention this week and I hope to address them in this short blog!

1. McDonald’s Qualifications – I must admit, I was a bit behind when it came to this news, however, rather than everybody who seems to believe this is a disgrace, I fully support it. The main reason for this is something I put to a friend in college who was totally against the idea – just what is the difference between this and travel and tourism, which is a recognised A Level? The answer it seems, is that a major worldwide company is giving the qualification rather than AQA or another exam board. That sounds ludicrous to me! I can honestly say that this country has already downgraded education too much to even dare to complain when an initiative like this is thought of! 50% of children in education?! Get them down to McDonald’s!

2. Ken Clarke – after seeing Ken on Question Time, it made me wonder, whatever happened to politicians like Mr Clarke, who were honest and articulate when answering questions, rather than creating a straw man from the other party? Maybe MPs such as Mr.Miliband should take note, it might do them some good.

3. The US Elections – It’s all hotting up over the Atlantic! And I’m extremely excited that I am actually going to be in Washington DC for Super Tuesday! Hopefully I’ll be able to put some pictures up on here under a new page. Personally, I hope Hilary Clinton wins, because rather than just talking about hope and change, she has policies to back them up. I’d like to see Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination because I believe him to be an excellent politician, Reagan-esque some might argue.

4. Cameron and Thatcher – earlier this week, David Cameron found time to praise Thatcher declaring her to have “rescued Britain’s greatness”, I most certainly agree, I just can’t help but wish that our party would become a bit more right wing though. It’s an awful period in British politics at the moment, because we are all central! I don’t particularly like central politics and I really do hope that we start to move ourselves slowly back to the right if or when elected to government.

5. Finally, as I am going to be in Washington all of next week, not getting back until Saturday, there won’t be any blogs in this time. However, when I do get back I hope to report on what the mood of the Americans is, and who most hope to see in the White House.

February 2, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | Leave a comment

Apologies…

for the lack of posting lately! Will definitely be another issued over the weekend, oh! The busy student life!

January 31, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

Question Time

After watching Question Time tonight I got to thinking about a few interesting points that were raised, particularly that on crime, Peter Hain and education.

On the subject of crime, I think that it’s very easy to criticise the government, so i’ll join in! When coming to government, Labour campaigned on the soundbite ‘Tough on Crime, Tough on the causes of Crime’, now, perhaps an assumption here, but crime is now once again a massive issue in the media. If they really were that tough on crime, surely there would be a confidence in government at the moment rather than a moral panic amongst the media and the ordinary person. I’m of the opinion that rather than trying to stop the causes of crime (that is way too big a policy for any political party to state a claim to), why not just create a greater deterrent for crime? Why does life not mean life? Why do we have early release? Why are all our prisons full?! What I propose is that crime is crime and that the sentence should match the crime, i.e life for murder. Maybe i’m some sort of judicial oligarch, but I don’t care, crime is crime and that is the end of it.

 Peter Hain was also a subject that came up, and I fully approve the decision to resign, and might I just say that it was a long time coming! Firstly, he was a completely incompetent cabinet minister and deserved to lose his job, in addition to this, he was a complete crook! £103,000 in undeclared donations! No matter what excuse he has came up with, it will never be good enough, good riddance to bad rubbish.

Finally, the education system, I am in full support of grammar schools and I believe more should be built and funded, (I talk about this briefly in my first blog), excellence should be backed to the full and should always be encouraged, again, this view might well be controversial and I might well be seen as some kind of fascist who believes in a sort of ‘supreme people’, this isn’t true, however, I do honestly and fully believe that those who have the capacity to go further, should be pushed to go further. On the point of Grammar schools, I just wish that there had been one near me, i’m not saying I would have gotten into it, but I would have liked to have tried.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peter Hain

Peter Hain must surely be the biggest liability walking around Westminster at the moment, first, his donations scam, in which £103,000 of donations to his campaign for the Deputy Leadership was failed to be declared, and now, it has been found that £154m is spent on tracking the £106m that the government has found has been fraudulently claimed in benefits. That means that £1.50 is spent on every £1 that is found? Ludicrous! This government is a failure, and Peter Hain is the most incompetent Minister the UK has had in a long time.

And it’s happened! Today Hain resigned! Finally!

January 23, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

Meritocracy

What has happened to Great Britain? Once a great meritocratic society, we have now been reduced to trying to sort out the amount of people that exploit the welfare state! As a student, perhaps I don’t have the authority to comment on the taxing system, but 40% taxes for those that earn more than £34,600… This is ridiculous! Why should we, in the words of Robin Hood, “rob the rich to feed the poor”?

I honestly and sincerely believe in the meritocracy – I believe that if you as a person work hard enough then you can work your way up to a higher rung of the ladder in society. There is one simple reason that I believe this, my parents. Both come from poor working class council estates in Bradford, both have worked hard their whole lives, both are now respected members of society and can be proud of all that they have achieved. This reason alone fills me with pride about what my parents have done, and I sometimes think what would I be like if they’d have not put in the hours to get to where they are in society. I couldn’t possibly answer that question, and I wouldn’t stoop so low as to say I would be some “unashamed benefits scrounger” because this unfair; creating some sort of stereotype of people whose parents exploit the benefits system.

Society is not one homogenous group that all follows the same trends and patterns, I wish it was, because then I believe that the meritocracy would become ‘common sense’ and that everyone would work to the fullest capacity that they could, but this isn’t possible, I know this. All that I hope to achieve in my lifetime if I am ever lucky enough to father children is that they believe as fully as I do in the meritocracy and that they work as hard as they can to get to where they want to be.

 Perhaps this has all been a bit off subject, and so I shall return to what my original point was – how we cannot claim to be a meritocratic society in that no longer is there the sense of working hard being one of the greatest characteristics to have in a person, instead, people rejoice in just how machiavellian they can be. This isn’t right! What is going on?! 

Now perhaps I should assess the reason that I believe this has happened to our society: Labour government. The glory days of the meritocracy were under Thatcher, the idea and promotion of the self made man, the privatisation of many state owned businesses and finally, the mass promotion of Capitalism. But since those days, what have we had, Labour government increasing the welfare state? Job seekers allowance? E.M.A? Since the birth of the Welfare State the benefits system has been exploited, but for some reason it is argued that increasing taxes will help to solve this problem, rather than an overhaul of the system, such as making JSA available for a limited time only, say 1 year? Under a Labour government, instead of this, we decide to tax people who have worked hard to get as far as they possibly can be, not just bit more, but twice as much! This is non-sensical in my view.

As much as I apologise for how poorly structured and indeed written this article has been, I honestly believe that the main argument of the article is correct – The Meritocracy is dying, and for what? Our brand spanking new cop-out country? Giving government? Thank God the Conservatives are tackling the important issues that Labour seem to encourage, let’s hope that when Labour are out of Government they understand the importance of Meritocracy, because they’ll be working hard to get back into government, with the current state of things as they are.

January 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , | 8 Comments

Elections

At the moment there are the US Primaries and Caucases taking place, whereas here there is the Conservative Future elections just about to start, this brought me to a question that has been on my mind for a long time now – Brown bottled out of the election stating that he needed time for the country to see ‘his vision’, but to my mind he has no vision! And so my question to our failign government is “When are we going to see what you and your policies are actually about?!”

To my mind, since becoming our undemocratically elected leader, Mr Brown has just copied Conservative policies claiming that he’d already been thinking of them! What?! Is this government serious? It must be absolutely heartbreaking to know that, having waited for ten years, you’re terrible at a job! Tony Blair must be laughing all the way to his bank account, firstly, he’s on a higher wage than Mr Brown, and secondly, he proved without having to do or say anything for the past 6 Months – Year that he is the best Leader and Prime Minister that the Labour Party could ever possibly hope for!

Whilst trying to avoid sounding overly confident or boisterous, the time must surely be up for Brown, at the next election he doesn’t seem to have a chance of winning, although he’ll most probably wait until 2010 before he calls one. It begs the question – should he have been allowed to become Prime Minister without being directly elected by the people? There are hundreds of petitions on the Downing Street Website calling for an election, and I for one believe that if he were to do the right thing then Brown would call one and let the people choose who they want.

It cannot be a comfortable position knowing you’re in a job that nobody wants you to do – i’d like to see just how Browns opinion polls compare with Tony Blairs at the same stage… I bet that would be embarassing!

January 10, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

Yeah, Really funny Nick…

Nick Clegg has vowed to break the two-party system that encompasses British politics, now, excuse me for perhaps being rude to all the Liberal Democrats out there… But there is little chance of that! Perhaps if the Lib’s got the STV system implemented they would have a chance, but other than that miracle happening there is not a chance!

Firstly – the Liberal Democrats have no party base, so whilst the Conservatives know they can bank a large number of safe seats (as can Labour), the Lib Dem’s have no such luxury, although it could perhaps be argued that they do win a large majority of seats in the Scottish Highlands.

Secondly– can the Liberals ever be considered a viable alternative to the Conservatives or even the current, failing, Labour government? I somehow doubt it, especially considering that, for the first time in a long while, we as a nation have two relatively strong and cohesive parties (perhaps that’s why Brown bottled it?)

Thirdly– Lib Dem have the wrong leader! If Charles Kennedy would have ran, he would have won the leadership at a canter, everybody inside and outside of the Liberal Democrats knows that Kennedy is the most popular man and that the only reason he didn’t run is because of the way he was forced out in his previous Leadership!

So come on, Nick, and stop kidding yourself and stop trying to convince your party that you’re a viable alternative to rule this country, the Liberal Democrats will never break the two party system!

January 7, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment