Briefly, I’d like to applaud the BBC for its sensible journalism in an era when you have to dig like a starving dingo for quality news/writing, while being spoon-fed drivel from dusk till dawn. As it’s a widely understood concept, I won’t go anywhere near a tangent of abuse over the appalling lack of self-education out there, but will instead highlight my personal favourites of the day.
- Cameron’s newest stunt about ‘benefit tourism’; being one of these horribly naughty (potentially job-stealing) EU immigrants myself, I find the recent EU farce to have gotten completely out of hand (mainly as a result of atrocious journalism). Curious as I am about society’s absurdities, I couldn’t keep myself from reading some of the deeply intellectual remarks that always seem to surface once you invite the more clueless parts of the public to have a say. I know that what I just wrote comes off as smoothly as a goat trail (and incredibly undemocratic), but if a society fails to educate itself it’s obviously welcoming disaster with open arms. It seems as if between the freedom of being a cretin and the freedom of doing minimal research, we’re applauded for our emotional braying and not for basic, civilized, educated correspondence. Anyway. I shall only fleetingly mention that when it comes to ‘job stealing’ and how the blue collar jobs ‘offered to the British workforce’ are ‘below their dignity’, I can tell you that if the UK universities offered free/cheaper education to the UK public, or maybe educated nurses and NHS staff for free (they seem to forget this is a very well-off country) instead of making them pay appalling sums of money to perform a relatively low-paid job, the NHS wouldn’t be looking elsewhere. The public would hardly feel like it’s competing for blue collar jobs. Can we just like, take a moment to think about this. Privatising the universities has basically made a large percentage of the UK public border-unemployable, unless they had money to begin with. As the comments show.
- Danny Shaw’s article about sex offenders; with the Ellie de Freitas and Ched Evans cases plastered all over the place, it’s funny how this is finally brought up. And just so painfully obvious. In the first case, we have a young woman with bipolar who mustered the courage to report a man she didn’t have enough evidence against, but who had clearly done her wrong in some way (I say this only because the police believed her story). The case was dropped, the man went unnamed and wasn’t even brought to court – and suddenly there’s a huge fuss, lots of money thrown at the whole thing, and a young woman takes her own life. In the second case, we’ve got a convicted rapist who is suddenly invited back to be a public figure, still denying his guilt. And then we ask ourselves why rape and sexual assault is so seldom reported – well, you sure don’t get this sort of contradictory hullaballoo over alleged robberies, I can tell you that. Shouldn’t we, as a society, have a little more sense and a little less prejudice? The year is 2014. Ordinary people don’t sing rape from the rooftops, they just want a fair chance in the justice system. Why would a jury even be used for the Max Clifford case? Anybody willing to illuminate me?
- The fined banks; I’m terribly ignorant on this subject, but I feel like we all knew this was sort of happening. But – quite the interesting subject to acquaint myself with. My only question (scroll down to the chat room interaction part): how clever do we actually think these blokes are? I was simply waiting for the ‘well played’. Mate.