This is a real girl, same age as my 2 Daughters. We need know this
First I must say thank you to a friend David Milligan for showing this and sharing this. I had reblogged it but I had to write what was in my heart here. What you see floating there in still water is a little girl. What you are seeing here is ignorance by our World leaders, the consequence of intolerance of immigrants. We all have opinions on immigration, strange as it is mostly American’s, I won’t spend a lot of time writing about the USA but most people in the USA are immigrants from Europe or elsewhere. I myself, like you have family who have moved from my land to your land or other areas in the World, this is ok, this is politically correct, the World as a species are fine with people moving from Scotland to Australia, USA to Europe, anywhere to anywhere as long as they have money and can deal with their own life. Sadly a line has been drawn, an invisible hate line where people who are escaping certain death in their own country by any means possible, often leading to the image you see above we class as nothing, well it is not nothing it is everything and something we MUST change. I write about this most days and I know I reach all parts of our World but I often ask myself “Do people actually take it in?” I know I do, I can sit and cry over this, sadly others read then go make lunch as if this is just normal in our species, for me that scares me most
This little girl is a Syrian refugee. She did not ask for this, she did not ask to be born into hate and an education philosophy our species has stamped onto little girls like the girl in the picture above. All we can really know from this image is someone tried to save this kids life. Her parents may or may not have been with her, facts are this little girl was being ushered away from something. She was being taken away from danger to try and save her life. Now she is a statistic we as a species must accept as our own downfall. Sure we will and do blame our leaders all over the World but please, go and stand in-front of a mirror and ask what part you played in this. With every vote you make and with every political decision you make we all make it easier for our World’s powerful and greedy to allow what happened above to keep happening. Human rights are lies of privileged hypocrite nations when babies drown for freedom. This little girl is a symbol of what our species has become, I know I care and I know others who care but the people we pay to care don’t care.
War Child by The Cranberries ViaBeth Crosaon You Tube
Does anyone really think this is the first time a little girl has died at sea trying to escape War? Does anyone thing this is a one off? We look to UKIP and other right wing leaders and thinkers here in the UK and all over Europe and ask simple questions. This could be your Daughter escaping war, this could be our life, our reality, do you care yet? This was named “For the urgent attention of every World leader today” I will take it one step further and say “THIS IS FOR THE URGENT ATTENTION OF EVERY LIVING BREATHING HUMAN BEING WHO CAN READ THIS AND DOES NOTHING” Why do we not help? The questions this image raises are many but the answers sadly will be less. How can we claim to be human and not be upset over this image? How can we claim to care and not share this image and this story. How can we let this keep happening? How many invisible babies will we allow to die in the name of ignorance? There are a few who have more money than the many, people worth billions of pounds who make profit at the expense of anything they can. I once as a kid used to ask myself “Why are people poor” I guess as a 40 year old adult I am asking the same question but at a higher level. This little girl didn’t want to blow us up or cut our heads off, we must have knowledge in this story and all these stories. In a World slowly starting to hate Muslims, all Muslims because they refuse to educate themselves we who understand not all Muslims want us dead must spread the words of truth. I will get abuse from Americans for writing this, but all the serve to do is prove us right, the people who do care
Not until we as a species start to care, do more than just write, do more than just know will this change. I give as much as I can to many charities, same as many of us do, then we see this image and scratch our head asking how this is still happening. Since I was a kid I have seen the World have yearly phone-in’s where Countries give 10’s of Millions a year for causes like this one, yet that little girl is dead in the water. We must find another way another solution and more important we MUST take the 1% to task over this, no longer can we allow a few thousand people to rule us because they have more money than us. War makes money and the disgusting side of this image is simply she died so some war machine can make money. If we are going to tell the story we must tell the whole story and not just the parts that make us comfortable, I have a global audience the same as others so please, use this global audience you have to share this far and wide, do it before it’s your kid. As a species we have to wake up, I sit here and cry most days seeing these issues, will we ever find a day or know a day where this is not an issue in our World? For anyone against immigration in the nature of helping the helpless, take a good look, take a real good look
When we watch TV, we are full of sympathy for the Syrian people, but when they arrive here, we provide them the label ‘illegal’ and we chase them as petty criminals. This is about people. How we will deal with refugees and migrants be considered in a few decades as a disgrace in the history of Europe. We must change the ‘War Child’ thinking together
Living with Fibromyalgia is something you do get used to, the pain kills your will slowly, the will to live that is. The hardest part for me is what it does to family and friends, so called family and friends. See you start losing very early with Fibromyalgia, you lose the will to be active in a sense you can work or do volunteer work for example, they are the first to go. I seen it in myself and I see it in all sufferers of this evil bastard disease
Once you are house bound with no real excuse anyone will believe and in bed most of the time wishing the burning pain would subside so one breath can be pain free, this is the moment you know your forever is now, your future is today, your past is tomorrow and you will in the end lose it all
See I never asked for this. The pain is unimaginable, untreatable and people around you who don’t understand pain the way you do start to mock you, slowly you hear gossip from sad bastards so stuck up their own backside to talk to you
Then you lose family, real close family. I lost 2 sisters and, if being honest a big brother. My 2 sisters are not an issue I know the story there sadly my brother can’t talk in the manner befitting a big brother. Then you lose friends. Example for you here, a friend died and her funeral was the end of last week, my mate came to the door and I was too sore to go and had forgotten. So you start losing the respect you once held from friends, it just happens and you move on
Finally you reach the latter stages of the illness where everyone and everything you love and like outside your own home has gone. So you spend the best time you can trying to hold onto the people that matter most, the people in the same house as you. One of my sons’ moved out and I think I know why. Living with me is probably too hard. I just had a huge argument with my oldest son and my partner isn’t speaking to me
So here I am in bed with 2 choices, all I have is 2 choices right this second. End it and put everyone out their misery or leave. My 2 little princess’s are 4 and 5, soon to be 5 and 6, there isn’t a chance in hell they will grow up seeing me suffer and I won’t chance them suffering due to me, so right this second, just past 7pm on Sunday 2nd May 2015 I stand at a crossroads. I can see both roads, both lead to unhappiness, both lead to heartache for everyone except me.
When Fibromyalgia enters the family home you are not the only one suffering, everyone starts to suffer. So I have decided I won’t allow that suffering to go on any more. I will suffer anyway; I am a TOTAL irrelevance in this story. I was handpicked for punishment I can’t handle any more. People will read and think “Oh Shaun wants sympathy” Let me tell you what I really want, I want a life like you have, you work, you play, you have fun, you have family and friends, I lost ALL I have, every person is gone now
So for my little princess’s I have to call it a day here. I don’t want them knowing the pain I do, that Mummy does, that their big brothers do. The pain of living with pain. Fibromyalgia kills everyone in the surrounding area, it is like a slow bomb or slow car crash, and you are standing watching the carnage unfold before you motionless and unable to act
Today, I am acting, I am doing something. I just don’t know what yet, it may blow over but I doubt it. I am sick of hurting the people I love. There are people I hate with passion, maybe I can go visit them first? Make sure scores are even before I decide? I am highly medicated as I type but nothing I can’t handle, medication or not I would be typing. I don’t know what to do, where to turn, who to speak to. All I know is there are people I CAN’T call. There is family there but calling them would cause argument, so I leave them be. In the end it’s strange, there is no fear, just acceptance. But for my 2 little girls I must choice the right thing today. They are young and will forget me. I am lost, I don’t know what to do. So I will lay here in bed till life decides for me. If I was once close to you, I am sorry, to loved ones, when I needed you, you turned your shoulder to me. To my partner, thank you for giving me what you did. Today a new ‘Something’ will happen and I have no control, wish me well
A True statistical poll about American Internet users
First thing I would like to say is “Thanks for giving me something to do @ 6am you foolish man”:D Well here we go again :D I have a stalker. I deleted HIM from being able to speak on my blog, I blocked his email from coming through to me and I JUST had to delete another email account the guy owns after he sent me another annoying email. Problem this guy has is he doesn’t like what I say about America. But if you truly know me, I tell a truth about America that is real and dangerous, I did one tonight, the story is one thing but look past the story and find out why this has happened, what chain of events led to ISIS actually being in the USA. Yeah I found more information that ISIS training camps have been found in the USA and I will be sharing after I write this. I get at least 2 stalkers a Month, 9 times out of 10 they smile, turn around, call me stupid and get on with their life. Sadly there is this 1 out of 10 who want to keep anger and hatred. Every stalker I have had is American. I know where this guy lives, by replying to my Blogs and emails I now know he is 100% from the USA. What is it with some people in America? Here is what I did earlier. I don’t claim this to be a true story, I am sharing news I came across, I found other sites running the story then found the MEXICAN GOVERNMENT ADMITTED THIS ARTICLE BELOW. So at this point I am not just sharing I am telling a truth maybe people don’t know, and the next article will be the same. I will lose American followers maybe here but can I just say, my life dictates I don’t care :D I am having fun on-line, sadly some treat it as being real and get easily offended, this happens when the person who is stupid runs out of bravery and valid answers to basic questions
‘ISIS’ Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm
Now I share this article again just to prove my point. I am a disabled guy, at a PC, sharing NEWS. Many think because it’s not on the news it can’t be true. The fool even accused 2/3 of Scottish people opposing our recent vote to allow gay marriage, I have gay friends and I was a very small part of a bigger process to get this law passed in Scotland by a landslide, not England, Scotland only, it will Happen same in England later this year. Now the person annoying me I am assuming is either 15 years old or a Religious Fanatic. Now the reason I say this is ‘EXPERIENCE’ What Mr and Mr’s American Stalker fail to understand is by stalking a person they are telling a truth I am trying to share. Lets be REAL sure here, more American people are awake to America than there are asleep at the wheel and totally clueless about their own Country. The reason I know they are Religious Fanatics is they are keeping on with the ‘Gay Marriage’ question, something I am sure most American’s support.
It wasn’t even close, Government heard the people and changed the law.
See Scotland is a place with TRUE Democracy and less Religious hatred. We do have Christian’s and Catholics who have issues, it used to be the IRA/UDA/UFV in Ireland, sadly it crossed over to Scotland. The hatred from Christians towards Irish/Catholic is sick and vile and something Scotland must cure. The people don’t like it but a tiny % of our 4.5 Million populous want to keep it going. This goes back to when England STOLE an Empire, it is now called a Commonwealth, in truth be told it is a group of Countries England stole!! Scotland is in the Commonwealth so that tells a story! I know you will read this Mr Sad Person. I am asking one more time for you to go and find something more interesting to do with your life. I will not name you at this point, I will not say where you live at this point. So please, I am saying PLEASE!!! I replied to you before I deleted you for the 3rd time and asked you to be a man. So I will ask again Ma…Mate. Download Skype, make a username, remember the password, add me to your Skype. This is my Skype Username: shaunyg1973 Why don’t you add me and we can talk like men? I have asked 3 times now you talk to me on Skype. I even stopped you from talking on my blog and emailed you, I was decent, I never once was mad, angry, annoyed, I don’t let people like you under my skin. It is nearly 6am here and I am bored, you just sent me an email, so thanks for giving me something to do.
Why Are Americans So Stupid! – Watch this and tell me this is normal! TRULY AN AMERICAN THING, GOOGLE! This is American people being asked simple questions ViaTheDoodle1966on You Tube
Buddy, please! Stop, you are proving very well my belief that SOME American people are TOTAL FREAKS, so give it a break buddy, you won’t get ANYWHERE here. Should you decide to add me as a stranger, I will see your pattern very quickly. If you make new emails and email me I won’t read them, what you are doing is pointless. NOW!! If you should ask an American friend to annoy me on your behalf you prove my point even further! That some (SOME) Americans are a few bricks short of a wall, their heads are full of small shops and some are closed. I would be happy for you to be my proof American people (SOME) Can be total fools. I lose count now of American people who stalked me. I laugh, knowingly. I am friends with MANY Amazing American people, I am guessing these people are your average Americans I speak too. Your every day American person. I speak to Americans from coast to coast, Canada to Mexican borders. For the life of me I really do struggle to understand this behaviour by American adults.
Should someone from where I come from was to do this to someone close it would end very badly, but it doesn’t happen here. We just live, smile and be happy. We have problems in Scotland. I write about how much I love Scotland BECAUSE I AM SCOTTISH. If this annoys YOU then write about your own country! :D Is your Country trying to break away from anything? Well mins is, Scottish people want to be free from the clutches of the London Empire and we will be soon, we stand up for what we believe in, one was gay marriage. We are a species of “Who am I to judge others” We don’t judge here. I have said many times in the USA the media will say (I HATE THIS WORD) words that keep race and religion simmering. You say “That black kid in Ferguson” We don’t group people over here. When I told the story of an amazing little boy who was born in Scotland to immigrant parents and was killed by his Mother, I said “Little boy” everyone said “That kid” or “The kid” not once did I hear any words that would be classed as racist here as we don’t lump people into catagories, we allow immigrants in and welcome them. We all have people who have moved to other countries, America is build on immigration, you are not the indigenous people of the USA, 99% of you are part European yet some of you moan about immigrants like they are some problem. Here we only let people in if they can work, have money, add to our society, sure poor immigrants come to Scotland but they get no Government hand outs for I think a year, may be 6 months
America. This is a HUGE PROBLEM! Young Hillary Clinton Supporters Struggle to Name Her Accomplishments
Hate is a horrible thing, only for the select soulless few. Being called Shaun, supporting Celtic and living in Scotland can be a challenge at times, I don’t hate Rangers, hard too as they died :D I am half joking here. I have been called a ‘Fenian B@stard’ told to ‘Go Home the famine is over’ when I am like 2 mile from home, and all the rubbish of the day, my thoughts on these people I don’t hide. I don’t hate, look to the right at the images and scroll down, look at the image I use as my banner, I don’t hate, it’s more teaching myself about life, people and what certain things can do to our World. These Protestants/Christians you will see in the Video below are flying the Union flag, now I have no problem with anyone flying a flag but the motives of why they carry a flag can be more telling. The guys in the video below are mainly young kids or guys late teens early 20’s, some of them are probably tough lads but I have always held the belief they are only so tough in groups. During my life I have been left alone with one of these ‘Never been to church’ Christians who fly the Union banner yet every time they are always cool on their own, never nasty, not even a joke, but leave me with 2 of them and it will end in a fight when I eventually think “Ack enough of this nonsense” Well the video below was a very small minority of no voters, very small but still annoying and the media never call them out, strange yeah?
Hours after Scotland referendum no Vote and out the came
I had the pleasure, sorry displeasure of getting to meet real bigoted sectarian racists up close and personal last night. I seen one comment from some woman and it was highly offensive towards Muslims, this came from 6 different Americans out on an internet fishing trip. Now I can only speak for my country but we don’t get fooled into hating every walking talking Muslim in Scotland via our TV news or any race of people. Sure Scotland has Catholic and Protestant issues but compared to what I witnessed last night Scotland does not have big problems, up until last night I thought some of the stuff being said was bad in Scotland till I had the misfortune of running into a group of Christians/Protestants from the USA, it was incredible, the hatred towards Muslims was misguided and very uneducated but what do we expect from the most vocal country in the World sitting at 27th in the World when it comes to Education, there were things said I just won’t share, I blocked but unblocked to get a few comments, is it just me or is these highly disgusting sectarian comments? I won’t lose sleep, I am just asking. The internet never fails to surprise or shock me
Beware Europe, Islam is coming to get us!! American bibles have foretold this horrific story! Yeah it’s not funny but it makes you wonder about people
Check this “Muslims suffer from Sharia law” than others. So who is getting hurt here? Europe or Muslims? Or this fools credibility to say “I am human”
The Koran says no such things in the way he is talking, coming from an American, probably with a Gun and ironically, a country that kills people still! #DeathRow
I know the guy is from the USA but he is speaking like he lives in an ISIS controlled territory. I don’t get these people. Need to turn the news off!
The lack of education in these people was really sobering in terms of how I look at the USA. Don’t get me wrong I know some amazing people from the USA and many who have moved from Scotland to the East Coast for example. Over the last year I have tried to think “What exactly has happened to the USA and it’s people” then I realised quickly last night what it was. I shared a video some time ago where some kids I was told were the smart kids in the USA. They were asked who they want as POTUS in 2016, every one of them said Hilary Clinton and that is fair, we are all allowed an opinion and a vote. Then the same kids were asked “Why should Hillary Clinton be the next President Of The United Stated Of America” This is the video below, this is the upcoming new generation of a country that has Nuclear capability, I don’t say to American people you should worry, I say to the World “You should worry” Here is why, these poor kids had no idea why they wanted Hillary as President, one kid said “Well we had an African American, it’s only logical we have a Woman next” This is the same America that stomps around the World forcing Democracy on Countries and people when in-fact the people in these countries are happy, they are fine, leave them be!! Look to Iraq, believe it or not before the 2nd War that got Saddam hung the people had Schools, College, Work, Homes, Mortgages, Cars, Pets, beautiful homes, they had what you and I have. Iraq had issues but so does all countries, how dare the USA and England stomp into an illegal War and kill a people and country for all time!!
America. This is a HUGE PROBLEM!! – Video Young Hillary Clinton Supporters Struggle to Name Her Accomplishments ViaPJ Mediaon You Tube
I know some decent American people don’t fully understand why I write about their country but I hope this helps. Religion, yeah our old friend religion has ruined this World we live in, but religion is just a word to describe something, the people within religion, not all, but mostly are the problem. I have seen lately more than ever how American’s truly believe they are the centre of the World and all things must happen on the say-so of America, but I have also seen an amazing thing happen in America and that is people looking away from Religion and the propaganda the news tells them and seeing the World for what it is, not what they are told, America you are able to go and do anything but until you understand you have a problem then it can’t be fixed, my country has problems and we have lived through worse for over 15,000 years, history has taught us, maybe the USA is just too young a country? I live in a small country called Scotland and we want to vanish into the background of this World yet still try and win in industry, import and export, all things important, sport also, Football, (Soccer) is huge over here. We don’t want to be a super power, we don’t want to rule the World, we are just happy we are not the worst country on Earth. A video was made by Scottish actor and all round good guy Martin Compston for Scotland’s leading political party the Scottish National Party (SNP) and it speaks perfectly for Scotland. We are educated, we have knowledge, we learn from our mistakes and we are fully aware of issues we need to change. We are lucky in many ways Scottish people don’t understand, we pay not a penny for Healthcare, Dr’s appointments, Medicine, Hospital visits for any issue, all free, because we demanded it from Government here in Scotland. We have one of the top 3 Education systems on Earth and when you look out of Scotland you see evil and wrong doings we don’t fully understand, but we see it as hatred. In Scotland we laugh and have fun, nothing is ever really serious, we don’t take much serious, we value our life, our land and our people. This video is what the typical Scottish Person would think or say. Also it was filmed in part at my home city of Edinburgh.
I hope you don’t hate me for writing this, if you do you only serve to prove me correct, I wish we had a World where sure people had horrendous comments but could at least tone it down and say it with no hate, sadly the American TV Media creates hate, division, racism and more. I did an article about ‘Selma’ The story of Martin Luther King and the right of the (As they say in America) the blacks to vote. Common and John Legend speak about the things I write about every other day. Why? The 2nd video was live at the Oscars, the song ‘Glory’ speaks about a division and problem still simmering at the top in the USA. I don’t make things up, I share news with proof, search my blog I always link stories up
‘Glory’ and ‘Selma’ – A Song To Cure Racist USA – Deal or Ignore
Words spoken that EVERYONE in the USA must listen to, Glory!!
Common & John Legend Powerful Academy Awards (The Oscars 2015) Speech Transcript ViaJack Szeon You Tube & Jack Sze
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson penned the American Declaration of Independence.
On July 4, 1776, the United States Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. Its primary author, Thomas Jefferson, wrote the Declaration as a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, and as a statement announcing that the thirteen American Colonies were no longer a part of the English Empire. Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published as a printed broadsheet that was widely distributed and read to the public. Philosophically, the Declaration stressed two themes: individual rights and the right of revolution. These ideas became widely held by Americans and spread internationally as well, influencing in particular the French Revolution.
The Constitution of the United States of America (1787) and Bill of Rights (1791)
Written during the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, the Constitution of the United States of America is the fundamental law of the US federal system of government and the landmark document of the Western world. It is the oldest written national constitution in use and defines the principal organs of government and their jurisdictions and the basic rights of citizens.
The first ten amendments to the Constitution—the Bill of Rights—came into effect on December 15, 1791, limiting the powers of the federal government of the United States and protecting the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors in American territory.
Do You Live In TheOrangeZone? Your Constitutional Rights Don’t Apply
The Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the freedom of assembly and the freedom to petition. It also prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment and compelled self-incrimination. Among the legal protections it affords, the Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from making any law respecting establishment of religion and prohibits the federal government from depriving any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law. In federal criminal cases it requires indictment by a grand jury for any capital offense, or infamous crime, guarantees a speedy public trial with an impartial jury in the district in which the crime occurred, and prohibits double jeopardy.
BE HONEST WITH ME AMERICA – DOES ANY OF THAT OR SOME OF THAT STILL FEEL RIGHT AND TRUE? I will give you a 2nd argument how far things have changed, it is now illegal to grow your own Garden for Veg/Fruit on your own property in the USA. That is 2 rule changes I have mentioned. Keep reading, it gets better, really, hang in with me here
The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution protects basic freedoms of United States citizens. 2015?
When we read all of the above it seems America is a place where freedom actually happens and the people within the constraints of it’s constitutional powers are protected by every word and the people of America can remove a Government if they see fit that Government isn’t working for them, their state or the entire Country. The right to bear arms was decided 250 years ago by men, real men, men who wanted an America that in future years was truly free and democratic. I believe this ended on a date etched into every living breathing walking talking American person today, the date and place was November 22, 1963, in Dallas Texas. A man who actually valued the Bill of Right of the US Constitution, wanted the press to be open and truthful about him, his cabinet of office in the White House and any wrongs the Media seen he begged them to scrutinise the facts in search of the truth, a free and open press who were open and honest, if people tried to conceal or hide facts from the American public this man wanted the press to expose not sensor. Can this be said about the US Media, TV and Print in 2015, again we must be honest in our answer and thinking, stay with me here!
This speech is historically known worldwide, you can read below the video’s words in blue
The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.
No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support an administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers — I welcome it. This administration intends to be candid about its errors for as a wise man once said, “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants” — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices — to lead, mold, educate, and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news — for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security.
And so it is to the printing press — to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news — that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be free and independent.
President John F. Kennedy Waldorf-Astoria Hotel New York City, April 27, 1961
Many say that speech above got him killed weeks later, you can clearly see here that there is a 2 year gap between speech and assassination. I never aim to hate, belittle or anger, stifle or contain another persons views, customs or cultural expression, it goes against the very ideology of why and how I write. I get death threats daily for what I write about, I get hate mail by the hour and I get so much hate thrown at me I spam 50 people a day on average. But turn the coin around and I see 1,062,000 views on my site and 6,200 followers or figures close to these. I take no comfort or sense of self achievement by sharing these numbers, I do so to remind myself that for every hateful message I get 10 good emails, for every swear word thrown at me I get 10 ‘Thank you’s’ from people who have a voice and can’t use it. I am no superhero trying to expose the wrongs or ill’s of what we as a species do right or wrong, I do however have opinions. By showing that above I am learning as I share and that can only be a good thing. Because I care so deeply for the American people and for a Country I grew up looking at like a beacon for freedom, a land of free people who were brave enough to task themselves on exactly what the American bill of rights allow the populous to do. People ask me a lot “Shaun, why do you write about the USA so much” I will come clean, I love the place, my main TV room is America, we have about 15 canvas paintings of all things American, mainly New York, we have huge pictures of World Trade Centre old and new. We had some of it before that terrible day 14 years ago, I think after that we wanted to pay a kind off private tribute to America for all it’s losses. My favourite canvases are the two at the bottom of the page, the one with the towers and the famous lady given to the USA by France and a canvas I can stare at and imagine I am there on the bridge above the Hudson. As I have never left UK shores the World is a huge place for me, the mystery remains and I really do need to get my flying situation fixed so I can take my partner and 2 little princess to visit America. New York, Manhattan and 100% route 66 in a big huge camper van with TV and all the best things a camper van could have. Friends have did it and stopped off near Area 51 and Roswell, I would love to do the same. As I say the mystery and love of America has never left me, I just don’t understand the Government or the People I thought I knew as a kid. Writing has ruined a lot for me but they are words, circumstances dictate I write, I write about the World, people with selective memory see me write USA all day, I write about the World. I would love to visit India, Egypt, Iran, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Peru, South Africa and more. Maybe one day my Partner and I will do a 6 month world cruise and visit all these places I see images of
A canvas I have in the TV room
Our first ever canvas we bought before that terrible day
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
Just got this. A year since I registered ShaunyNews now. Time flies quickly for sure, I didn’t use this page first 2 months, but what an amazing year. Obviously a good on-line year, my personal life is my own. Over 1 Million views and reads and a lowly 6,000+ following. :D Thank you WordPress for this. Here is to 2 years…………
My article yesterday on Nicola Sturgeon being at Dunblane and not the London Memorial was wrong. I have done over 10,000 articles and I have been wrong before, I was wrong yesterday and I will be wrong again. Here is the article ‘Edited’ I am not editing any more because I am sharing a truth still, the Daily Mail like all the other media’s slander Scotland at the drop of a hat, we must try and stop this, end this, this is one reason why I write, want to know why I REALLY write? Well keep reading
BUT I stand very firm on the Daily Mail, they claimed she never went anywhere, they were wrong, so that article as it sits now IS CORRECT in my eyes. I did the first run and I claimed ‘Nicola was 100% at the 19th Memorial of Dunblane” I was wrong.
Just for the record here, I do try my best when researching, often I will get it wrong, I ask you understand I don’t hate for the sake of hate, I block and delete hate. I suffer badly from a disease called Fibromyalgia. It leaves us sufferers in a real bad way often. I started a group to help others who have what I have or any Chronic illness. I am not playing a disabled card here, I am playing a reality card. http://shaunynews.com/living-with-fibromyalgia/ The links for all my groups are below, I hide nothing, if I am wrong I put my hands in the air and say “I am wrong” But I have been right many times. I don’t just write about Scotland I write about our World. I write about how we as a species are no different from a bacteria, only difference is we are the bacteria on the surface of this World. This is what I write about, my main writing is about the wrongs in our world, to expose, to try and see the lie told when truth should be. Scotland, our media are not the only one to to tell lies, in-fact we have one of the fairest media on earth, go research on your own, you will see it very clearly. I support Palestine without hating Jews, I understand not all Muslims are out to kill us all, people who think this need educated. Often when hate comes my way I give up because the person debating can’t do anything but hate, they don’t know how to debate like an adult. So talk or block, it really is that simple. One thing I can’t get my head around is the last few days have been days of remembrance, a time to show compassion and love, is it not indicative and ironic of our species to show hate at a time of love whole we remember, Irony never gets past me sadly
Next time you feel like hating, please watch this video and understand there is a WHOLE WORLD out there suffering, dying, raped, tortured, religious division causing ISIS to kill 10’s of thousands of Christians, hate in Israel that kill babies in Palestine, yet I don’t hate, a person is either real or they live from the misery of others, could you imagine living every day to get a kick from the misery of another person? That is why our World is broken. The World is a sick place but it could be so much better. The message I spread is one of hope, tolerance, Love, caring, sharing, humanity, humility, hope for our children, a World free from misery, a World free of powerful and rich men and woman where 5,000 people own more money than the other 7 Billion of us all. I spread a message of love for humanity. So if you want to go ahead and hate me because of one blog, one article I have said sorry for getting wrong, then I can’t help you. You are a hater, you lose sleep over hate, you wish to see people mocked to fulfil your intolerant soul, a soul that knows only hate. This is what I write about mostly, I write about Scotland less than 10% of the time. If you want to hate you will be blocked. Some of the comment aimed at me and other people who think a Free Scotland can exist were shameful, Scotland’s shame yeah? I think this is Scotland’s problem right here:http://shaunynews.com/2014/09/29/these-unionistsloyalists-in-scotland-facts/So go ahead, feast your evil mind on a mind and soul you can’t get near (That is me by the way) I will block you. Should you say “Well done for being honest” That is what I would class as a real person. I don’t care for replies here because I know my mind and soul, I have seen things many of you have not by researching hard about a criminal empire that rules this World. The same evil and power that stopped Scotland becoming free. Maybe I am wrong but does it REALLY matter? Who loses sleep over what some disabled guy writes? One thing I do know is ‘The Truth Sets You Free’ I live to smile and laugh, I refuse to be dragged down by hatred, only the unloved and unnatural hate, that is not me. I am above nor below anyone and I can say with all my heart mind and soul……………
More love, less hate. Shaun
This was ad-libbed by Charlie Chaplin 72 years ago, relevant today still, what does this say about us Humans?
Over the last few months writing here and for AceNews about the ALLEGED Sex Scandal involving ALLEGEDLY Top placed politicians in London having sex with kids the same age as my two wee (wee means small in Scotland) girls, it makes me think. I often look at them and think “Should I be telling this story” Then I turn the coin around look at them again and realise why I am telling the ALLEGED sex paedophile story in the UK. I tell it because kids like them are ALLEGEDLY being raped and murdered. Should you want to see these stories use the search to the right and put in key words or click on the coloured text above, you can read the articles. Of course this isn’t all I write about, I go with 3 or stories at a time, that way you enjoy writing and the research better because enjoyment is what the internet is for, we pay for it so we must have fun here, idiots get deleted, I mean idiots who want to argue, people who don’t have debate skills and instead insult because it’s all they can do. Delete, bye :D The image to the left is one I am very aware of as day turns to night and back again, every action, every motion, every mood, these little girls will see in me. I must set their standers of what a real man should be, so by the time they feel love and look at boys (Sadly those times arrive) they know very quickly if that boy is just a boy and nowhere near being a man. I must up my game as a partner and roll model, this is something that smacks you in the back of a head when you have 2 little girls
So back to having 2 wee Princess’s with completely different demands that change by the minute sometimes. They demand, then we as Parents must explain to them, keeping in mind they are 4 and 5 that they should not demand, they must be patient. Yesterday I bought them 2 pink kinder eggs with a toy in the middle of the chocolate in a yellow ball. Well my oldest Daughter wanted a Fairy and she got a pony ink stamp, well it was the end of the World, she wanted a Fairy and it wasn’t to be. I took her aside, she was in tears, I put my arm around her and explained as gently as I could that in life we often don’t get what we want. I used my car as an example, I said “Daddy would like a new car but he can’t get it” I actually can, she is 5 years old, stay with me! She looked up at me and said the most remarkable thing that had me trying not to laugh or cry at her. She said “Well Daddy I will have to wait on the Fairy giver and she might bring a new car” I hid my emotions well and looked at her with a small smile on my face hiding a roar of laughter and replied “Yeah, maybe Shorty we have to wait and see” I call her ‘Shorty’ I have no idea when it started but do it a lot now, crazy yeah :D In that moment she gave me a hug, I hugged back and smiled while she wasn’t looking. THAT WAS A MOMENT.
What I am finding are these moments happen 20 times a day, some drama happens then my Partner or I have to stay calm and explain the rights and wrongs. With my partner and I being young parents we have two sons both a few years either side of 20, my parter and are both 40, give or take a year and both in love and happy. One son has flown the nest so to speak, but they are good kids and both my Partner and I are as proud as parents could be, exactly the same as any parent yeah?
My youngest daughter is easier to deal with, she is demanding but gives up very easy, she is content to sit on her tablet watching my little pony with her headset < (It is Scotland, we invented cold wind and rain here, you cant go out) > on and ignore everyone all day. Often I look at her all stretched out on the sofa on her tummy with not a care in the World, what a hard life 4 years old’s have lol. My oldest daughter is a bag of emotions, a proper wee girl. I made a video of her when she was days/weels old, I made a montage song, she loved the song. I hadn’t played it since she was 18 months old of her watching the video I made of her back then, we sat at my PC seat here watching video’s and I showed her aged 18 months watching the video, she looked real confused, she is 5 now, she was looking at herself as a baby with this familiar song (Song below) and she put her face into my shoulder and started to cry, then I tried not to cry, but then I smiled. See at that moment this wee 5 year old girl felt love in her heart and it confused her. All I could do was whisper in her ear “It’s ok to cry honey” then she stopped and went and watched TV or something
This a song a guy would sing to his partner, bit as they both had to stay overnight and I was home with my sons, the song was the first she heard, it felt right Evergreen by Will Young (with lyrics)
The privilege of helping two wee lassies (means little girls in Scotland) grow up. Helping these two wee lassies be human and self aware. This is never lost on me, I totally get them, with the boys, their brothers I was just a kid myself, I made up for it before they hit school, but I missed this part, so I am just going with the flow, same as any parent to be able to spend time helping two wee lassies understand love, friends, sharing, caring, responsibility, behaviour, talking better, respect and all that we must teach at this age but tenderly and slowly with a smile and love, one thing is, no matter what happens, it’s a learning curve always and it’s so much fun for my parter, two sons, my Mum and everyone in their life to witness them become self aware, there is not one REAL book on parenting, if there is such a book, it is written by one parent on how they seen and felt having their own kids and watched them grow or some kid out of college trying to be a writer about being a parent, they can’t, they wouldn’t get near, you have to just figure it our for yourself, be mature and get to grips with the fun that is right there with love and the occasional punch in the eye should you want it, I don’t get parents who can’t just love and leave their questions elsewhere, just love and smile, all us parents have to do really, sadly some can’t and that is sad and unfair, more important the kid just wants love. A wise old man told me not too long ago that “I refuse to not love my kids, I have to be happy and enjoy them as my kids” I just smiled
It is nearly 8am and I couldn’t sleep, no medication and I am in agony. But these stories in my head like the one I just shared make me realise how lucky I am. The pain is pain, it will do what it will. If you are a parent you should understand every word here, if not, bookmark this for when you become a parent :D It is an unreal thing (Thing’ sounds horrid) to witness, it makes you laugh, cry and more, you actually feel your heart hurting and loving, I have felt a broken heart as a parent when one of my sons moved out, I am happy for him but WOW that crap hurts yeah LOL. You know they are fine and safe but feck the hole it leaves in your heart is real, seriously this saying ‘Broken Heart’ actually exists. We are all good now it’s been months. It’s strange you mourn what is gone forever, what you are used to, just life and the normality safe feeling of family certainly takes a dent when one of your kids moves out, I know, I speak for every parent. Well saying that, some parents push their kids out at 16, so I say majority of parents, but we should never take for granted the love and people who we live under the same roof with or who used to, they are your life, your smile, your happy walk, you know the story
My other son works hard also, like his brother he is a gentleman. They both keep their heads down and get on with life and I admire them both for that. As a Dad I can’t be prouder of how they turned out, they will never be anyone’s fool, BUT they know not to go up the road that leads them to fools in the first place, that is the safest way, surround yourself with the proper people and life is easier, and they are doing this, I hope they both understand my partner and I helped mould them to what they are today, or enough to make them good kids. The life skills I got taught and learnt, both street and academic help me, help them. I know how to handle myself 100% now, as a younger guy I hung with people who called themselves friend, in reality they were just hanging on to fear or whatever. Those days are gone, but I know right this second if a man broke in and tried to harm one of my girls I have the composure and skill sets to make sure that man never see’s a house like mine ever again in the way he sees it. I am never angry, if someone broke in I would remain calm. Must be strange for an American gun owner to read this, but yeah I would keep focus. Having these two wee lassies gives you that focus, as a parent you would die for your kids be them 3 years old or 50 years old, I know this, my Dad tells me several times a month and I see the way my Mum looks at me sometimes, like pride or contentment maybe, knowing I am fine and happy.
I upload a small percentage of my inner World, most would keep locked up but hey, we live once, why pretend, why make it up, why not smile, why gossip, why hate, why anger, you know where I am going. For many it is sad they can’t feel love or the warmth of family. I hope every day one person finds their happy and stays there for life. Too many people live in fear of love. I will happily open my heart knowing it will get hurt, sadly many close their heart or whatever is closed in-case that same hurt comes their way. This reminds me of a song now I read it back. Enjoy the listen and make today the day you decide to smile :-) I just opened my blog and typed as words came to me here, that is the beauty of art, expression can happen at any moment. Reading a writer is like reading a book where you the reader have to understand the writer or someone at a movie watching people work magic to make moments that last. It is all art, I think so anyway. I don’t really care what you call what I am doing now, I just know I enjoy doing it, getting it hard from my mates :D And misunderstanding from family is just the way life happens sometimes, often we can figure it out or we cant, that’s just life. Also getting good feedback from amazing people from all 4 corners of our World. Live, enjoy, it really is so simple, as I said, in agony or not, it can be done, harder, but doable. Try it!! You never know, you might surprise yourself one day. And in there is the beauty of all the World’s arts. Thanks for reading
I closed ShaunyNews down a few month’s back and opened it a few weeks ago, I am being honest I never noticed the hit counter till yesterday, I sat today on and off the Computers and then bang! 1,000,000 hits. I have had ShaunyNews all in under a year and closed it twice. So just to say thank you. I get a lot of hits and a fair bit of debate, most of the debate happens when I share on Facebook or Twitter. I was on 10,000 hits a day now on a god day 2,000 but that will pick back up. With blogging it is finding the right audience, answering every comment (As I do) and interacting best you can. When people leave a reply ask a question, it get’s debate going. So once more THANK YOU for this amazing fete I never though stupid me would be able to achieve in my life time never mind a year. Being disabled and medicated can make you be a stupid person, I am coming off my medication and raring to share news people want to hear or people are afraid to know. I tell Alternative news, alternative news is fast becoming the new trusted place to get real news. I gave in with main stream media and so should you. It’s propaganda, with me I tell it as I see it. I annoy people but only because they don’t like the truth. It has been a terrific time so far on WordPress, it’s an amazing place to be. Again, thank you peeps, this is REALLY humbling! :D
I wrote an article when Thatcher died about how the whole of the UK, maybe Scotland more partied when she passed away. I am not the type to rejoice in the death of anyone, life is life, we can go celebrating the death of people. I however did smile for a few moments, my Gran hated Thatcher with passion. She took milk from kids Schools and she took money from the pensioners. The SNP are re-introducing free milk to kids schools, so what did Thatcher do to warrant the hatred and parties when she passed?
Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, is one of the most divisive figures in British Political history. Ever wondered why she is so hated by some and loved by others?Unquestionably strong and successful in her political career, she has garnered love and hate in near equal measure, though some say she merely highlighted the divisions already present in society at the time. I’ve lived with the consequences (good or bad) of her policies and still I’ve been struck by the fervour and vitriol her death has caused. So, I decided to find out why people hated her, what her policies were and just what is and isn’t true amongst all the emotion following her death.
Thatcher – Why is she hated?
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1. She supported the retention of Capital Punishment
Well, she did. As a personal view, but not one she imposed on the party, as she expressed in an interview with Channel Four in October 1985.
Paul Jones “Thank you very much. Prime Minister, we have had a lot of questions on a variety of subjects, with obviously a great many of them on the bomb outrage at Brighton.
There is a question here which says: Will the Conservatives now be backing a law to restore the death penalty in the light of what happened in Brighton?”
Prime Minister “I expect that there will be a demand to have another debate on the death penalty. We had one at the beginning of this Parliament. I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live.
I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty. But I say that as a personal view. There has never been a party political view on the death penalty. It has always been held that we vote individually. I have consistently voted to retain the death penalty for the reasons which I have given.”
2. She destroyed Britain’s manufacturing industry and her policies led to mass unemployment
Thatcher’s policies were not directed at causing mass unemployment but that was a consequence of her policies designed to control inflation, which at one point hit 18%. Her Deflationary Strategy included several measures such as increasing interest rates and raising VAT from 8% to 15%. These measures, coupled with the receipts from North Sea oil lead to a strengthening of Pound Sterling and hit export manufacturing incredibly hard. Despite public outcry and plunging popularity, Thatcher stood firm in her policies, leading to one of her most famous quotes:
“To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase—the U-turn—I have only one thing to say: you turn if you want to; the Lady’s not for turning.” Ultimately her policies and the link between money supply and inflation were proven correct and inflation lowered to 8.5% by 1982. But that was not before over 2 million manufacturing jobs had been lost in the 1979-81 recession and swathes of industry had been decimated, never to recover.
After the recession in 1983, manufacturing output was 30% lower than 1978 levels, reducing the manufacturing base so much that the balance of payments in manufactured goods was in deficit – and has been there ever since.
“You can read elsewhere the weighing of her legacy – but she definitively ended a truly poisonous, envious, inert period in Britain’s history. She divided the country deeply – and still does. She divided her opponents even more deeply, which was how she kept winning elections. She made some serious mistakes – the poll tax, opposition to German unification, insisting that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist – but few doubt she altered her country permanently, re-establishing the core basics of a free society and a free economy that Britain had intellectually bequeathed to the world and yet somehow lost in its own class-ridden, envy-choked socialist detour to immiseration.”
She unquestionably stirs up hatred for her actions during this time, it’s up to you to decide whether, on balance, she was right to take them. To help you, you can read a detailed analysis from the Centre for Business Research on thehistory of British Industrial Performance since 1960.
Ordinary home owners, many of whom had bought their homes as a direct result of theRight to Buy scheme, found themselves losing their homes due to spiralling mortgage payments. However, it must be said that the bulk of repossessions happened directly after Thatcher left office, though no doubt many rightly attribute their defaults to the period of high interest rates that accompanied her departure.
Though the control of inflation was ultimately achieved, this further damage to ordinary people, millions of whom had already lost their jobs thanks to the impact on manufacturing, has lead to a deep rooted personal hatred of Thatcher and ‘Thatcherism‘.
4. She voted against the relaxation of divorce laws
She did, but the Bill passed anyway. Prior to The Divorce Reform Act 1969, it was impossible for a “guilty” party to divorce and an innocent party. As long as the innocent spouse took care not to be caught in adultery, he or she could effectively block the other’s divorce and remarriage.
5. She abolished free milk for School Children
As ever, things are more complicated. In the 70′s there was significant pressure in the Wilson Government to make spending cuts in order to pay for Tax savings.
Thatcher, the new Secretary of State for Education at the time, was ordered to make cuts in four areas:
Further Education fees
Library book borrowing charges
School meal charges
Free school milk
Concerned over the effect of the cuts to milk, she said:
“I think that the complete withdrawal of free milk for our school children would be too drastic a step and would arouse more widespread public antagonism than the saving justifies.” She proposed a compromise, that would later be accepted, to remove milk provision for those aged 7 to 11 but retain it for primary school pupils for nutritional purposes. Despite this, she was still labelled “Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher“. It should also be noted that this wasn’t the first time milk provision had been removed from school children. In 1968, the then Labour Education Secretary Edward Short removed free milk from secondary schools, 3 years before Thatcher continued the phased removal for primary school pupils over 7.
6. She precipitated a Social Housing crisis still being felt today
It’s been more than 20 years since she left power, including a 13 year Labour Government. It is therefore prudent to ask at what point responsibility for the current situation switches to successive Governments who have failed to correct this imbalance. However, there is little doubt that the sweeping changes and current social problems blighting many areas that the Right to Buy brought had their origins in the Thatcher Government*. Even if those consequences may not have been intended to go as deep as they did, what with Thatcher’s belief in the Free Market and Private Enterprise stepping in to fill the gap left by Privatisation.
7. The Poll Tax
The Poll Tax is the stand-out, unequivocal disaster of the Thatcher Government. Also known as the ‘Community Charge‘, this ill-conceived legislation led directly to the downfall of Thatcher. It’s even been suggested that had voter registration not been so low as people tried to avoid being identified to pay the charge, it’s likely that the Conservatives would have been removed from power during the 1992 general election. Many believed that changing the way the tax was calculated, from the estimated market value of a property to the number of people living in it, was a backwards step. It was a backwards step. It moved the burden of tax from the rich to the poor. It disproportionally hit large families living in relatively small accommodation and was universally hated for being unfair on ordinary working people.
Yorkshire Police even made preparations to refuse to arrest anyone as thanks to the problems of implementing the tax, the force believed it lacked the resources to deal with such wide-scale civil disobedience.
As ever, things are more subtle. Following recommendations in the Griffith’s Report the Thatcher government introduced ‘Modern Management Processes’ to replace the older system on ‘Consensus Management’.
“The market splits health authorities (which commission care for their local population) from hospital trusts (which compete to provide care). GP fundholding, which gives some family doctors budgets to buy care on their patients’ behalf, is introduced.’
“…for purchasers to choose the most suitable services at the best prices. Healthcare services could be purchased from public (NHS) providers (including new self-governing hospitals called NHS Trusts, other health authorities’ hospitals, and health authorities’ own self-managed hospitals) and independent suppliers, who were all to compete for contracts.” “Fundholders were to be motivated by the ability to reinvest any profit gained from efficient purchasing back into general practice, to spend as they liked.”
CIVITAS goes on to say:
The Labour Party initially campaigned against the internal market, claiming it had fragmented the NHS and distorted incentives. Upon coming to power in 1997, they published The New NHS: modern, dependable, which rejected both the old command-and-control management of the 1970s and 80s, and the Conservatives’ internal market. However, the purchaser-provider split was retained and carried on through a new ‘third way’. In theory this policy aim endorsed a public/private ‘partnership’ approach to running the NHS, but in practice it created an intense focus on performance measurement (targets and monitoring). GP fundholding was abolished, and primary care groups (later primary care trusts) were established as the new commissioning bodies, but with a greater focus on needs assessment and accountability to the local community. District health authorities became, simply, health authorities (and later ‘strategic health authorities’). Although they initially helped primary care groups with needs assessment, they were to ultimately take on a more managerial role, determining local targets and standards.
Even if Thatcher’s Government did introduce such reforms, others have certainly expanded on the, even the aforementioned Labour administration under Tony Blair. If she can be held responsible for getting the ball rolling, it’s questionable as to whether she can be held accountable for the current state of the NHS or for the failure of successive administrations to corrects the ills of her reforms.
9. Section 28
Thatchers quiet homophobia? This is one of the apparently obvious, but in reality, confused reasons why people ‘hate’ Thatcher herself. The sentiment is more rightly directed at the Conservative Party as a whole. Section 28 refers to Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which stated:
A local authority shall not–
(a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality;
(b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.
Nonetheless, such legislation reflects the generally held beliefs of the Conservative traditionalists that Homosexuality, though no longer illegal, should not be promoted. Modernists, including current Prime Minister David Cameron, no longer support such sentiment. Cameron even went so far as to issue a much needed and long overdue apology in July 2009, despite he himself having voted for a retention of the Section in 2003. He stated:
“Yes, we may have sometimes been slow and, yes, we may have made mistakes, including Section 28, but the change has happened.” This highly complex topic developed over months and you should take the time to read the background, particularly the testimony of Jill Knight (excerpt below), who introduced Section 28:
“This all happened after pressure from the Gay Liberation Front. At that time I took the trouble to refer to their manifesto, which clearly stated: “We fight for something more than reform. We must aim for the abolition of the family…” Regardless, the legislation was later confirmed as being inapplicable to Schools, and didn’t prohibit the objective discussion of sexuality, or prohibit any discussion related to the prevention of the disease.
What it did do was serve to highlight and ostracise the Gay and Lesbian community, legislating for separate treatment and restriction of teaching that many LGBT supports legitimately felt discriminated against them. It perpetuated a feeling of resentment and distrust of the LGBT community, serving as a clear example of homophobia and prejudice within the institution of Government. The feeling of vilification felt by many in the Gay Community can therefore, understandably, explain their dislike of Thatcher and her government. In modern Britain, the Section, and it’s relatively recent repeal, sits as an awkward revelation of the Conservative parties deep rooted traditionalism and fear over homosexuality, which continues today with the issue of Gay Marriage.
10. The Irish Hunger Strikes
The Irish Hunger Strike in 1981 were an extraordinary development in the history of the Northern Ireland troubles and set the tone for decades to come. It was the culmination of 5 years of protests by Irish Republican prisoners, having begun in 1976 after Britain removed Special Category Status (essentially ‘Political Prisoner’ status) for captured paramilitary prisoners.
The Blanket Men’s primary aim was to reinstate their categorisation as essentially ‘Prisoner’s of War’ and the attached privileges awarded under that status. Specifically their goals included:
The right not to wear a prison uniform;
The right not to do prison work;
The right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits;
The right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week;
Full restoration of remission lost through the protest.
“If Mr. Sands persisted in his wish to commit suicide, that was his choice. The Government would not force medical treatment upon him” Thatcher also solidified her stance, saying: “We are not prepared to consider special category status for certain groups of people serving sentences for crime. Crime is crime is crime, it is not political”
Following Sands death, 100,000 people attended his funeral and such was the international feeling over the situation, the cities of Paris and Tehran even named streets in Sands honour. Throughout the crisis, Thatcher remain absolutely resolute in the face of extraordinary national and international political and moral pressure.
Her tone in May 1981 was at times morbid, even as the Hunger Strikers began to die one after another:
“Faced with the failure of their discredited cause, the men of violence have chosen in recent months to play what may well be their last card.”
Following Sands death she coolly stated to the House of Commons:
“Mr. Sands was a convicted criminal. He chose to take his own life. It was a choice that his organisation did not allow to many of its victims”
As the months passed, the Hunger Strike began to break when the families of various strikers authorised medical intervention and forced feeding should the men become unconscious. Within 3 days of the strike’s end on October 3rd 1981, new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Prior announced partial concessions to the prisoners including the right to wear their own clothes at all times. Following subsequent sabotage and the Maze Prison Escape in 1983, the prison workshops were closed, effectively reinstating the Strikers final demand ‘not to do prison work’.
Though many in the British press lauded Thatcher and her ‘success’ in standing resolute against the Hunger Strikers, in reality the victory was a hollow one. Thatcher became a hate figure of unrivalled stature within sections of Northern Ireland and even the British and International public. Her handling of the crisis drew international condemnation. Thatcher’s actions directly led to a straining of the relationship between the British and Irish Government and a marked upturn in violence following the comparatively quiet period of the late 1970′s. Republican writer Danny Morrison’s now famous quote has come to symbolise the sentiment of the time, describing Thatcher as:
”…the biggest bastard we have ever known”
In 1984, several years after the Hunger Strikes, the resentment went beyond mere feeling as the IRA launched a very nearly successful assassination attempt on Thatcher on the night before the Conservative Party Conference.
Public feeling in Britain shifted following the bombing, with many personally supporting Thatcher and her decision to stand at on the stage at 9am the same day ready to deliver her party speech. She remain resolute, stating:
“This attack has failed. All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.”
Why is Margaret Thatcher Hated?
Hindsight is always 20/20, and we must remember that when judging the dead. Actions taken during a crisis, political, economic or even conflict, are taken based on the information available at the time. During war, leaders must take decisions that can lead to people losing their lives. Similarly, during an economic crisis leaders must take decision that can lead to people being made unemployed or losing their homes. The key point here is that leaders must make decisions. Judging those decisions is, for the most part, subjective and depends on whether you lost or gained as a result. Can Thatcher and the Conservatives expect to retain support in the devastated manufacturing heartlands of our proud country?
No, they can’t.
The destruction of community and way of life was total. So much so that a subsequent 13 year Labour Government couldn’t even begin to countenance a return to policies to promote a return to previous economic and social structure in these areas. Can Thatcher and the Conservatives expect support from the millions of home owning, share holding, middle class Britons sweeping the southern Shires? How about the high rolling city institutions or financial powerhouses that fuel our modern economy? Or the enterprising entrepreneurs, the ‘sole traders’ of the Del Boy generation?
Yes, they can.
That is the real reason why Thatcher is divisive – some people lost and some people gained. There was no middle ground. There was almost no sense of ‘degree’. Her utter determination of will and her imposition of her ideals on the British socio-economic fabric has been total. And people were burned during the transition. For many, the damage runs so deep that the wounds will never heal. This is a story of ideologies and seldom in such tales are enemies reconciled. But Britain is not a broken, divided or crumbling. We have our problems, our chavs and our bankers, our xenophobes and our benefit louts.
But we also have pride.
And that pride is rooted in the self-confidence and strength Thatcher re-instilled in a flagging country, not least during the Falklands War. The ultimate question, once every point has been weighted and every decision measured, is this: Was it all worth it?
Brixton’s local cinema is hijacked by party goers
Windrush Square, on Brixton high street, was hastily decorated with anti-Thatcher slogans. This one reads: “Look! There is such a thing as a society. RIP old woman but death to your legacy”. Before long, a sound system was set up and people began to party.
Among the more brutal banners was this one reading ‘The bitch is dead’. It was frequently paraded, accompanied by the chant “Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead”.
Chalk was used around the square to add slogans to the party. Bottles of milk were also left around.