I have been a Green member and supporter for decades, voting for what ‘voting for what I believe in’ . However, myself and others are now leaving.
Amongst other issues I have been mulling over, in the last few months, Greens in various wards have been ‘standing aside’ to back another party, just to get the boost the numbers of the left. Now this could be acceptable if they formed a proper alliance, but no, they want to back another party, where only a handful of policies are similar.
This really says what a rubbish political system we have, where we pay membership towards a particular party but they only go and back another party. They call it ‘another kind of politics’. No, this is like saying they have given up on their own policies and is incredibly flaky. True, we are facing a rising right wing element, but it is so important that our votes do count (though, under the system, as best they can).
There are already splits within the Green Party as to whether this is the right way to go. Some Greens are furious. Some, like myself, have already left the Greens recently and, reluctantly. Some of us are now in limbo, not knowing who to vote for, if any, but they are certain that they won’t be voting Green, at least for the time being and definitely not Labour.
We also have to remember that there are so many ways to make positive change, and it doesn’t mean we even need to belong to a political party. Perhaps a ‘different kind of politics’ is to not belong or support a political party at all.People can bring out change via a charity, good networking or just do your own thing and be completely independent.
Will the Greens exist in 15 years time? That remains to be seen.
There was a funeral service today of one of my relatives who was killed due to him taking recreational drugs whilst on a gap year abroad. He was 18 years of age, just out of school, and was about to go to uni.
His British parents had shelled out loads to take him to the best prep and boarding schools in the country. He appeared to mix with public school ‘party thrill seekers’. In his obituary, it said he ‘tragically died whilst on a charity trip’. His father is a very high profile Tory donor.
This is the first member of my family who die in this way, most tend to die of natural causes and the ones that die young, tend to be in war or illness.
His body had to be sent back to the UK. He leaves behind a younger sibling. It is so frustrating for some young people to be so reckless with their lives and was so entirely preventable if he didn’t take drugs. There is so much information out there, but some people still continue to ignore it. Just a waste of a life.
I was struck by this beautiful piece of art by Angela Harding that I just had to buy it. This was the best advent calendar I have ever seen. All the work that went into it has been amazing and the colour work is absolutely beautiful.It has a delightful pop up part too. I
In the shop I went too, someone else was buying it as well.
For details of her website: http://angelaharding.co.uk/
I was surprised, but not surprised if that makes sense. I was not at all surprised that once again, the polls got it wrong, rather like our election when Cameron won. I don’t read or follow polls since that time.
I am still getting used to saying ‘President Trump’, and it sounds like some silly made up name and it doesn’t even sound like a President.
I had hoped that Clinton would win, and that I would be alive to see a woman president. I feel sorry for the old American lady who will be unlikely ever to see a woman president. Obviously I thought her policies would be better, but people will always want a change. It is quite scary that Britain and the US is becoming more and more right wing and rich people are, once again, controlling the world.
I spoke to a friend from Kent on his reaction,this is how it went:
Me: Trump has won
Me: Trump is President, seriously
Friend: (deep sigh)
I wonder how many people had the same conversation.
Then on Facebook, a friend from Maidstone, England,, said “I stayed up until just before 1, but the results were too depressing.. I was hoping things would change by the time I got back up at 6… nope. (The torrential rain outside seems kind of appropriate).
Residents have been left in fear after youths were seen fighting and chucking fireworks. Stretched police have been trying to dodge them. They confirm that several arrests in Southwark tonight.
They have also asked shops in Southwark to stop selling them. One person on Twitter said ‘Bermondsey is war zone. Parents here seem to have no control over their feral offspring.
This comes in the same week that the Mayor of London has brought out a new’Night Czar, but I expect she is hiding from the fireworks too. T
It is time private fireworks were banned.
A Kent school that prides itself, according to its website, on ‘Learning, Respect and Belonging’, their pupils expected to show ’empathy and compassion’ has been slammed for allegedly having groups of school bullies targeting vulnerable lone targets.
A leaked video has come out exposing alleged unacceptable bullying @Homewood_school. Cyberbullies put the video on a Facebook site as well. The school does not appear to be taking mobile phones away from the kids, so it says things are poorly managed anyway.
Schools and parents need to take tough action to prevent this kind of behaviour. People who have suffered from bullying and cyberbullying have taken their own life, suffered PTSD and a few have become so disturbed that they have become serial killers. This is not just a small problem, it affects a wider society. I myself have suffered from it and it was so bad, I asked to leave my school. Other people I know who have been bullied, have been taken out of their school to be home-schooled.
With more and more technology around, schools cannot hide bullying behaviour and there will be a risk of legal action. Harrassment is a crime and I am glad Kent Police are made aware of the incident. Injuries should also be reported in the Accident Book. Let’s hope the kids involved will be expelled and there will be a convictions. We hope that more and more parents and kids come forward if this is not an isolated incident.
The leaked video is here:
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Bullying UK: http://www.bullying.co.uk/
National Anti Bullying Week (Get your wristband for 18th November 2016) from http://www.bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-wristbands/
Kent Police: Report a Crime: Dial 101 or 999 in an emergency http://www.kent.police.uk
I recommend using specialist solicitors for advice or the CAB. Here is some good advice on the legal issue surrounding bullying in schools and what to do to tackle it: http://www.qualitysolicitors.com/media-centre/social-media/blog/2013/12/05/my-child-is-bullied-at-school-what-actions-can-i-take
Some useful practical advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynTuA_tlZDE
I am getting fed up with feeling unsafe in Britain so I have been finding ways to improve my personal safety, particularly in view of the ‘killer clowns’ and random madmen stalking women in parks etc.
I do my bit by avoiding getting drunk and going out on my own later at night, and taking a personal CCTV camera and alarm with me. I also wear trainers so I can run out of the way quickly.
Whilst doing this, I am pleased to see, that to highlight the 30th anniversary this year of the estate agent Suzy Lamplugh going missing, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, is offering 25% off personal safety products till the end November 2016:
Personal Alarms: https://www.suzylamplugh.org/faqs/personal-alarms
I would also recommend that your next of kin have up-tod-ate images of you, so should you ever go missing, people can look out for you.. The Suzy Lamplugh investigation was hampered early on because the parents gave the police an old photo when she had dark hair, in fact she went blonde.
I think it was about time, although I really don’t agree that an unelected person knighted him.
Furthermore, it is a very weird tradition that someone who hasn’t earned a ‘knighthood’ would be titled too. In this case,his wife Penny, became ‘Lady Stewart’.
My own uncle was knighted because of his ‘work’ with the Tory party. His wife suddenly became a Lady. She never deserved this at all, even though she was a nice lady (and was a lot nicer than he was too).
Women may support their husband, but they did not earn it. It is a backwards step for women. It must be embarrassing to be titled ‘Lady’ when you have done nothing to earn it in their own right.
And where were his other six children too? You would have thought they would have been included. And suddenly he gets called ‘Roderick’ too. What was wrong with ‘Rod’, that was my dad’s name, only parents and aunts called him his full name.
The British class system is nonsensical. I wonder if we are going to get lots of songs with ‘posh’ lyrics now?
Fortunately, I haven’t seen any in my patch, but I am glad that the police and Brunel University take a tough line of the males who clearly have nothing to better to do with their lives than to frighten people. It is bad enough for women to even go out safely at night without all this happening as well.
This is really not a prank, this is a Public Order Act. They are wasting valuable police resources. They are deliberately setting out to alarm strangers.
Friends living in Manchester are saying their kids are finding it hard to sleep at night, and fellow school kids are bullying them by frightening them.
Motorists could kill other people if a male clown with a knife or chainsaw jumps out at them. One male media studies university student from Brunel University was arrested by the police and there is a risk his career will go down the pan. Too bad, he is an adult; this was some ‘stupid’ mistake! He only apologised when it got caught. As someone who never went to university (for various reason), even I know what he did was madness. It is not funny at all. These males are just cowards, having to hide behind a stupid clown outfit. Save the outfit for the circus or a fancy dress party. Carrying a knife or chainsaw is just asking for trouble.Being nasty is not funny. Do they really want a conviction which will ruin their job prospects, and spend hours doing forced community service?
I will do best to be vigilant, keep to streets with lights and be particularly careful in towns with colleges and universities and I will be learning some self defence skills online and make sure I can run with decent trainers on. I will be taking my camera, and collect evidence!
SEND DOWN THE CLOWNS…
Clown locations in the UK: http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/10/killer-clown-sightings-mapped-out-across-the-uk-as-craze-continues-to-terrify-6182865/
Chatham: Male ‘killer clown’ gets headbutted: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3832731/Killer-Clown-armed-baseball-bat-gets-HEADBUTTED-picking-wrong-victim-scare-multi-storey-car-park.htmlreste
Another male killer clown gets arrested: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37605841
Meanwhile, in Bracknell, Essex a clown frightens some restaurant goers http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-10-11/killer-clown-spooks-people-in-berkshire-restaurant/
Blogger talks about being scared of clowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cApteePPqe4