2016: Was it all that bad?

In the past 24 hours, I’ve noticed something. 2016 seems to have got a bad press. People have turned ‘2016’ into memes. All the awful things that have happened this year. There’s one featuring Leonardo DiCaprio that I have featured here. But here’s the thing. I don’t like cynicism, or negativity. I see these jokes about how awful 2016 has been, and think “it can’t … Continue reading 2016: Was it all that bad?

The Sovereignty of The Falkland Islands

In light of Jeremy Corbyn’s comments over the Falkland Islands recently, I thought I would discuss the topic that continues to grow in significance, the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. The Falklands were first inhabited by the French in 1764. Since, they have been under British, Argentine, Spanish, American AND French control at any one time. Since 1834, with the exception of the period of 1982 … Continue reading The Sovereignty of The Falkland Islands

The National Anthem

On the 4th March, MPs will debate whether to adopt an official national anthem. The current situation is as follows. God Save the Queen is the national anthem for the UK as a whole, however is used by England at sporting events. Other countries in the UK have their own unofficial anthems. Scotland for example sings ‘Flower of Scotland’. Why does England need a National … Continue reading The National Anthem

Trident-For and Against

Sometime within the next year, the Government will debate and then vote on Trident. The current generation of nuclear submarines that carry Trident will end their lifespan in the late 2020s, and so the decision as to whether Britain will commit to renewing Trident needs to be made soon. First, a little bit of information. Trident is a submarine based nuclear missile system. The Vanguard-class submarine is … Continue reading Trident-For and Against

Syria-to bomb or not to bomb

As I mentioned in my blog after the Paris attacks, the UK needs to be destroying the inspiration (ISIS) that causes such attacks. It’s all very well foiling seven attacks in the past six months, but they will keep coming. They will continue to be planned and carried out because the inspiration to do so remains in existence. So, my gut feeling is we need to be … Continue reading Syria-to bomb or not to bomb

Where England got it wrong

There’s no denying from the fact that England’s performance at the Rugby World Cup was below expected. The performance against both Wales and Australia simply wasn’t good enough. And the fallout from those concessive losses is a huge amount of criticism on Stuart Lancaster, his coaching team, Chris Robshaw, the players, the RFU, the list goes on. A review conducted by the RFU is underway to investigate culpability into the dismal … Continue reading Where England got it wrong

The Migration Crisis

As promised, here follows my Migration Crisis blog.

First, we need to look at the source of the problem. People migrate for several reasons. It could be moving to find work or following a particular career path. It could be to do with quality of life or to be closer to family. It could be to escape war in your own country, or to escape political persecution. It could even have environmental causes: you want to live in a hotter or colder climate, or you may be escaping the devastation caused by natural disasters such as flooding. In the case of the current crisis, people are leaving Syria because the civil war is affecting quality of life. That’s about as simply as I can put it. So the source of the problem is Syria. Now the civil war isn’t quite as simple as the people versus the state, so I need to attempt to explain what really is going on. And if you’re still confused after I have, I recommend you look at the BBC’s way of explaining it. Continue reading “The Migration Crisis”