‘Mail vs Miliband’

By Saturday, October 5, 2013 0 Permalink

In recent times I have taken to getting most of my news from skim reading various journalistic publications I favour for matters I am interested in, and watching or listening to topical news comedy shows on tv and radio. This generally works in helping me to keep my both my sanity, and to be well enough informed of the things that really matter. And of course with the internet, it is difficult to be in the dark about anything really. Yet the story that has really riled me during the last few days is the Miliband family insults. Naturally, as an adult orphan, I feel especially prickly about this topic. I would defend my parents in a blink of an eye and would be mortified to hear a stranger hurl unjustified insults in such a way as the Daily Mail has done.  But also as a fan of great journalism, it just disgusts me how dumbed ...

The Westminster Bubble Part II

By Sunday, May 5, 2013 0 Permalink

Politics and sex. I was about to post on the disgraceful way I perceive the media to be addressing the recent spate of high profile historical rape incidents. How it is abysmally biased in favour of an anonymous and 'supposed' victim;  is causing gender equality and even distorting the very foundation on which male/female relationships are based. Not to mention the concern over how justice is now meted out by the press and social media rather than our legal system. And then along comes this. Not entirely disconnected. Now, unlike the media and much of the general public I do assume someone is innocent until proven guilty. I have defended in many an argument all of these so called predators who have appeared in the press recently over allegations made decades ago. People are so quick to condemn people they do not know regarding situations they have no knowledge of. The old maxim ' ...

World Suicide Prevention Day

By Monday, September 10, 2012 0 Permalink

Those who read this blog may assume sometimes I am a born cynic when it comes to politics. This is not the case at all. It is my first love, and for this reason any cynicism I may display is sad realisation at the futility of much that goes on. However, a handful of MPs restore my faith in the power of politics now and again, and I am glad to say today is one of those days. A new strategy reported today is aiming to look at the rise in suicides in the UK and what can be done to prevent and address this concern. Cutting suicides and helping those affected by the bereavement is a really brave move, and one which I applaud. No, this is not a sexy or fashionable cause, this is real life at it's most stark and tragic. It is about something we all strive to avoid too much of. Pain It ...

It’s all politics!

By Saturday, May 26, 2012 0 Permalink

Eurovision is here! After a stressful and sad few weeks for me I am looking forward to tonight's Eurovision Final. Not in an ironic, camp way you understand. I genuinely love Eurovision. I have many happy memories of watching with my parents over the years and dare I admit it, even voting on a couple of occasions. A few months before Mama died we watched it together at home and voted for  Ukraine based solely on the fact the singer looked so breathtakingly beautiful and the rest of the songs were not that great! Alors, it's Eurovision, not a life altering referendum. What is not to like? Eurotrash music, attractive men and women glammed up and a healthy dose of fun. I like listening to the diverse sounds on offer, sometimes there is a particularly native tone to some of the songs which is enjoyable. The ones which are miserable and ballad like I ...