The relentless rise of social democracy

Excellent insight into the current political turmoil in the UK.

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,483

Monday 04 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There has been a great deal of media coverage of the alleged rise of right wing extremism, and certainly Nigel Farage was triumphant about nationalism. “We have done it without a bullet being fired,” he trumpeted, a heinous insult to the memory and family of Jo Cox.

Britain is certainly in turmoil, not least from 6 years of imposed austerity and relentless fear mongering and manufactured division from politicians and the media alike and if people are angry, they have good reason to be with the most divisive, right wing, god awful government in our history.

If we look beyond the news and all the lies and spin, however, something very different is going on. The latest news from the Trussell Trust is that they now have a network of 424 foodbanks and in…

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“…And Tomorrow, There’ll Be Another Murder….”

Powerful words

shelbycourtland

there will be another murder

I am so tired, I almost forget to breathe!
And when it is time to join the dead
will it be because we chose guns
over love instead?

When have you ever picked up a kiss
and killed someone with it?
Did it hurt them when you hugged them?
Or to you, am I just talking shit?

How many times have kind words
planted someone in the ground?
And can you remember the last time
you laughed? Can you remember the sound?

We live like strangers with heads bent low
over smartphones and IPods, just texting
and hashtagging and fussing and fighting!
It’s all just so depressing!

But we display our solidarity
with the murdered on Facebook.
But we don’t even know who our neighbor is.
How do they look?

Have you ever stopped and asked
if they needed something….ANYTHING?
Or do you just assume that they are just like…

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We’re All Serial Killers Now.

In mental health awareness, although we have moved forward, it seems now the term ‘mental illness’ has become synonymous with depression and anxiety alone. More complex illness such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia are rarely referred to or spoken about, maybe because they are illnesses you may not recover from, so less easy to swallow by a society who wants neat, sanitized versions of everything, where you get ill and get well and life goes back to how it was before.