Why did Labour lose the election, and what comes next?

I don’t write much about politics on here, but wanted to get down some of my thoughts on the general election, and the reasons for Labour’s defeat in particular. This is mainly to order my own thoughts on the subject. I don’t expect anyone else to read this let alone agree with it. I know no more about politics than anyone else, and a lot … Continue reading Why did Labour lose the election, and what comes next?

Bringing up a child in the time of Trump

This is not primarily a political blog, but in times like these ignoring the political situation should not be an option. The first week or so of Donald Trump’s presidency has been worse than I possibly imagined, and my expectations were extremely low. More concerning even than any of the individual policies he has put in place, is the disregard for the rule of law and the constitution. It is also very apparent that our own government here in the UK is not going to do anything to stand up to him, regardless of what he does.

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So I joined a few thousand of my fellow citizens at a march in Leeds last night, protesting against Trump’s travel ban, the man himself and our governments craven subservience. I’ve been cynical in the past of marches, protests and petitions, believing there is little chance of them having any impact. I’ve come to realise though that, although protesting has only a tiny chance of making a difference, sitting on my arse doing nothing has absolutely zero chance of making a difference, so I know which I’d rather be doing right now.

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