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
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
I’m sat at my desk, hugely overtired. I’m overtired because, last night, at 20:30 UK time, bombs went off at the Stade de France, where France were playing Germany. What followed has become one of the worst terrorist attacks in French history and has shaken not just France, but the world. A shooting followed at the Petit Cambodge restaurant. Later, over 100 hostages were taken … Continue reading The Paris Attacks
So today is remembrance Sunday, a very moving and important day in our country’s calendar. Now, I’m not going to start on why General Sir Nick Houghton’s comments as Chief of Defence Staff are wrong: he said people should remember in their own way, that people shouldn’t have to wear a poppy. Instead, I’m going to use today as an opportunity to talk about the above quote. I … Continue reading “When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”
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
And so, there’s 40 minutes to go until the Rugby World Cup final kicks off at Twickenham. I’m going to aim to do two features after the match: ‘Where the pundits got it wrong’ and ‘Where England got it wrong’. I should be able to get those done by tomorrow night at the latest. If you aren’t already watching, put on your TV to ITV … Continue reading The Rugby World Cup
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”