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

“When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”

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”

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”

Compassion Fatigue

A few months ago I wrote an essay on Compassion Fatigue, based on the short story by Dave Eggers that you can find here. Coming from a military family, it’s an essay I thoroughly enjoyed writing and so I have decided to share it. I hope you enjoy it. 

In this essay I will be examining the origins of compassion fatigue and will be giving examples from both fiction and non-fiction. I will then be investigating the causes. In 2004, Dave Eggers wrote short story that gives a very interesting example of compassion fatigue. In the short story, a man sees in a newspaper a soldier, lying dead in a faraway nation, having been dragged from his jeep and mutilated in the dust. Continue reading “Compassion Fatigue”