So in the news this week…
Social media almost exploded after hate-filled, disaster of a human being Donald Trump called for the “Total and complete shutdown” of Muslims wanting to enter America. He later went on to say “We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives”. As a Londoner born and bred I have no idea what the Hell he is talking about and can only assume that he is referring comments made by “Terror Expert” (!) Steve Emerson on Fox News a while back. Emerson claimed that there were ‘No-Go’ areas for non-Muslims in Europe and that in England there are “cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in”. Before adding “And in parts of London there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound, seriously, anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire”. Fox later apologised for their error although personally, I think they should have taken it one step further and apologised for the very existence of Fox News.
Anyway, if Trump’s comments were based on Emerson’s since retracted comments then this gives us some insight in to Trump’s accuracy and knowledge of actual events,
Still, Trump wouldn’t be shocking the world with his hateful diatribe where it not for his loyal, bat-shit crazy supporters who keep propping him up. They like what he has to say because it appeals to their basic understanding of how the world works. They don’t let silly things like facts, truth and an accurate knowledge of history and politics get in the way of their beliefs – Hell no! These are gun totin’, flag wavin’, Fox News worshipping folk who break out in to chants of ‘U-S-A’ to avoid answering difficult questions.
Meanwhile, over here in the UK, our hearts go out to all of the MPs who voted in favour of British airstrikes in Syria. Their lives have been irrevocably damaged after receiving a barrage of mean tweets from people who are against the mass slaughter of innocent men, women and children. We can only imagine the pain and suffering these tweets have caused the MPs and we keep them in our prayers each night.
Their suffering doesn’t end there though. Some Labour MPs are still dealing with the pain of having Jeremy Corbyn as Party Leader, and who can blame them? The man is a monster! Imagine having to be led by someone who wants to do nothing but avoid wars, close the chasm between rich and poor and work towards making Britain a much fairer society. It’s a travesty.
Seriously though, the behaviour of Labour’s anti-Corbyn MPs is akin to that of a popular cheerleader in a teen movie who gets dumped by her hot boyfriend in favour of the sweet, mild-mannered, smart girl who everyone likes. Vowing to get her revenge, the cheerleader causes absolute chaos in her relentless pursuit to damage the girl and get back together with her man, with no regard for the consequences of her actions.
Speaking of sinister bitches, George Osborne, clearly bored with how long it’s taking to rid Britain of its poor and vulnerable, is setting his sights further afield and practically jizzing in his pants at the thought of killing Syrian civilians. According to i100: “George Osborne says that bombing Syria has given Britain its mojo back”. Osbourne told the Council of Foreign Relations: “Britain has got its mojo back and we’re going to be with you as we reassert Western values confident that our best days lie ahead”. He added: “It is for me a source of real pride that actually a couple of years later the House of Commons has voted by a big majority to take part in the action already being directed against this terrorist organisation Isis or Daesh in Syria”. Later, Osborne was caught jerking off to the sound of drone strikes. I’m kidding, that didn’t happen, but his excitement about going to war is sickening to say the least.
In benefits news, just like an awful 90s boyband, the state sponsored murderers we love to hate are back. Yes folks, it’s the DWP, back for one more kick in the face, this time for those unable to work due to illness. According to the Independent: “The DWP is cutting a disability benefit that already leaves a third of recipients struggling to afford food”. So Employment and Support Allowance will, from April 2017, be cut by £30 meaning the payment of £102.15 a week will drop to £72. The reduction will only apply to new claimants who, according to the article “…The Department for Work and Pensions has deemed to have a limited capacity to work at some point in the future”. So you may want to make sure that whatever chronic and/ or debilitating illness you have miraculously clears itself up by 2017 otherwise you can kiss food, electricity and any other such ‘luxuries’ goodbye.
Finally, it’s important that we remember that our politicians are accountable to us so we shouldn’t be afraid to respectfully question them or share our concerns about major issues with them. Except if that MP happens to be Labour MP for Hyndburn Graham Jones. Don’t ask this dude anything!
According to this headline in the Evening Standard: “Labour Party Member’s shock as MP dismisses his plea to vote against Syrian air strikes as ‘a load of b*****ks’”. So here’s what happened. Dr Samuel Grove, a fitness instructor from East Finchley e-mailed various MPs about the vote to murder – I mean take part in military action in Syria. He wrote a moving letter about his concerns and received responses from some of the MPs he had contacted explaining their reasons for their vote. He then received a response from Graham Jones which read: “What a load of bollocks. Please take the issue seriously, and while you’re at it, learn some respect (if that’s possible?)”
Perhaps Mr Jones was having a bad day or perhaps he really is as arrogant and poorly versed in the art of polite conversation as his response would suggest. Whatever the case, his response was uncalled for and as a paid up member of the Labour Party and a concerned citizen, Dr Grove, or indeed anyone seeking answers from MPs – the supposed representatives of the people – deserves far more respect (if that’s possible).