GENERAL ELECTION 2017… Conservative? Labour? Lib Dems?

So Theresa May has done a U-turn and called for a general election to apparently give stable leadership to the Brexit negotiations. While I personally favour a softer Brexit and welcome an opportunity for people to decide on the Brexit they want seeing as there is a divide between a soft or hard brexit, it can’t be forgotten that the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to allow the PM to go ahead with the negotiations and trigger article 50 and Theresa May has consistently stated that she wouldn’t call an election precisely for ‘stability’, so it does seem more motive driven.

Many MP’s believe it is a distraction from the Tories recent election scandal in which they have been fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission for failing to declare expenses used to re-elect MP’s in the 2015 elections. Some Conservative MP’s have decided not to  contest their seats this time round. An election therefore seems appropr4-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqqVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8iate for the Conservatives to act as not only a distraction, but also a means of confirming their mandate in light of the investigation, all acting under the guise of ‘Brexit means Brexit’. Let’s face it, while Brexit is the major factor being played out in regards to how many will be voting, it is not the only issue on the card. Domestic policy such as education, the health sector and the economy are causes of concern which people must not forget.  Ironically, many who voted for a Tory government are now suffering in regards to
cuts to school funding, the NHS funding crisis, cuts to the disabled and increase in the use of foodbanks. The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting continuously poorer.

There is more to Britain’s future than Brexit. While Labour more recently have appeared to dance around Theresa May’s hard brexit, with Corbyn allowing for a three line whip to ensure the triggering of article 50 without full scrutiny, the bigger picture must be looked at and a Labour government is the only realistic alternative. While it likely that the Conservative’s will retain their majority,  a shift in voting behaviour would send a clear message of holding the government to account. By all means vote Tory but don’t forget the bigger issues at hand.

Young people especially – politically educate yourself. Use your vote. 18-25 year olds have a low voting turnout and therefore do not form a major stake in policy. We must over time become a mass voting bloc. We won’t all share the same views, but will all bear the weight and policies of the next government. Vote Labour in Labour strongholds, or Lib Dem in Lib Dem strongholds. Protest votes in discontent of both the Conservative and Labour party will maintain the status quo of your constituency. They would however be useful to show discontent for a particular candidate. For example, in the Leicester East constituency, Keith Vaz is increasingly unpopular as many constituents now feel disconnected and feel the seat has been taken advantage of, though do want to vote for the Labour party, hence the continuous majority. I’d vote Labour if there was a replacement of candidate but would instead vote Liberal Democrat here. However, this only works if there is a united voting bloc, as it is a Labour stronghold. So vote cautiously.  Though if Brexit is your main concern, bear in mind that the Lib Dems are the only ones offering a softer approach to Brexit.

Stay politically aware and use your vote wisely. Think ahead as opposed to being swayed by a single issue.

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Bushra 🙂

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From an outsider point of view, it seems irrational and crazy that so many people want to vote for Donald Trump for the President of the USA. With the election coming up so soon with two candidates who – let’s face it – so many aren’t exactly thrilled about, the American democracy seems flawed. But if you do vote for Trump’s so called policies, (he doesn’t seem to have any) prospects seem worse. He probably wouldn’t pass half of his loose-policies-based-on-feeding-voters-hatred, but you’d still have him as the figure head of The United States of America. Donald Trump, chief diplomat. Donald Trump, commander in chief. Please, let’s not go on.

Let’s unpick some of his silly statements.

Donald Trump talks to the press after re

Probably one of the most famous ‘ I, Donald J Trump, call for a total and compete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States until we figure out what the hell is going on’

Being your doctors, teachers, lawyers, diplomats, taxpayers is what’s going on. No seriously, what about your 3 million Muslim citizens living in the United States, many of whom are natural born citizens or converts? Do you want to ban all 1.6 billion Muslims? I mean, I was planning a holiday but I guess I’ll wait until a new President rocks up. A statement like that is dangerous to the many, many mindless voters who see the rise of extremism as a black and white issue which will be solved by isolating the very people who are just as affected by it. Genius plan, Trump.

‘Mexico are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists’

Do the problems include the fact that many are willing to do jobs far cheaper than Americans are willing to? And Mexicans are a diverse group of people, not to mention the largest immigrant group in the US. Many come to the US in search of a better life, embodying the American dream spirit. Rapists, drug users and criminals don’t come with labels. The so called ‘wall’ sounds dreamy. How would it be regulated?  At first, I thought it was another one of his ways to entice the public but it is an ACTUAL POLICY in his manifesto. Lord.

And also, probably the most frightening is his stance on nuclear weapons. His clueless persistence to a foreign policy expert on the use of them is crazy.

‘If we have nuclear weapons, why can’t we use them?’

Well, Trump, it’s highly unlikely that the Secretary of Defense, an expert in the effects of nuclear weapons will authorize the claim of someone with none. It should be highly alarming to the US public that a potential President is speaking of pushing the button like it’s some normal daily ritual. The impact if used is quite obviously going to be detrimental, as seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where it’s still felt today. Once one is used in the modern era, I’d wish the world farewell.

Personally I can’t see any credible policies. The closest it gets is on trade reforms, which seem pretty bleak if you’re going to insult half the worlds nations. Why are policies not focusing on domestic issues with realistic proposals? Extremism for example is not going to be solved by banning a quarter of the world’s population. What about thehorrendous police brutality? Gun control?

Many Trump fans have claimed it is none of the world’s business who they elect. That seems quite contradictory considering half of Trump’s policies not only involve the rest of the world, but the fact that the US remains by far the country who is involved with so many countries business for the rest of the world to sit back and act like the US is back in it’s isolationist mode. When one potential President candidate has caused so much controversy and backlash throughout the world, American voters should take it as a warning light as to what may be the future of diplomatic relations. Don’t be misled.

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Bushra x

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Charlie Hebdo Massacre in Paris

This is in the news everywhere at the moment, but if you are not sure of the details, yesterday, three Islamic extremists stormed into the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, killing four cartoonists, 6 others and two policemen. These men claimed to be ‘avenging the Prophet Muhammad’, after the satirical magazine published pictures depicting the Prophet in pretty offensive manners. However, the magazine is not targeted specifically at Islam and also regularly posts controversial and satirical cartoons of political leaders, as well as portraying an anti-religion stance. Sure, a lot of Muslims would find it pretty controversial, but death? That was highly uncalled for and an insult to a democratic state.

I would have to admit that I didn’t necessarily see the humor in depicting a man that moderate and peace loving Muslims respect as some joke, but if that’s what fulfilled his life, and what he enjoyed doing, despite the inevitable backlash, then I guess that was his will, and I wouldn’t confront his freedom of expression. I personally have never heard of him until yesterday, and have heard that the circulation of the newspaper was fairly moderate, at 40,000 copies per week,so I assume he was known to French Muslims, and not to Muslims across the rest of the world. Therefore, this massacre has only just increased his popularity. What I find so crazy about the attack is that it’s only just now that such an attack has occurred, despite having published for years, and so it goes to show the planning these gunmen must’ve established, before committing such a brutal act.

In my opinion, I think the Muslim fanatics who did this missed the whole point of Islam and the actions of the Prophet. He was brutally beaten and harmed for his founding of Islam, so I doubt a cartoon would knock him down. Wars and conflict across the world, including Muslims killing Muslims, as seen with the Peshwar Taliban attack, are far more traumatic than any cartoon will ever be, and religion may be all they have to get them through such struggles.The killing of a harmless person has offended the majority of Muslims far more than any cartoon. I do not agree with a lot of Charlie’s depictions, but I do not oppose democracy, and will ALWAYS fight for freedom of expression which doesn’t physically hurt anyone.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Religion is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded.” Bukhari:V1N38

The misinterpretations of Jihad, as well as the wrong killings of innocent people has gotten to a point where Islam has been re-enforced as a religion of complete submission, war and violence, truly destroying the principles and basic foundations of peace and love it is based on, like many religions. It’s meanings seem to have been lost on it’s way, giving extremists the chance to make profit from religion and use it for their own political ends, seen across the world with groups like Al-Qaeda. This situation however, was worrying because those behind it seemed to genuinely believe that they were avenging the Prophet, when the Prophet himself would’ve walked away. In fact, the very idea of not drawing the Prophet is out of respect, alongside not keeping human figures in the home. There seems to be a distorted perception of Islamic values, and seem to commonly be given by those who have never studied the Quraan or Islamic history.

But, with all that aside, the fact that someone was killed so brutally, with no justification in Islam, and especially because it was in France,which is not an Islamic state, but a secular democracy, makes it intolerable and we shouldn’t have to accept these killings in the name of religion. Co-existence and unification between those of ALL religions, who uphold peaceful intentions and good morals should always be united. It should never be muslims vs everybody else, but rather extremists vs everybody else. Terrorism has NO religion, and no place in a democracy, and no place in Islam.

And on a final note, sticking to the idea of peaceful co-existence between moderates of ALL religions, twitter hashtags such as #KillAllMuslims are definitely not the way to go about it, and ironically, despite it supposedly being a ‘counter protest’ against supposed ‘islamic values’, it’s puts you into the same boat and mindset of the killers behind the Charlie Hebdo attack. The Sydney Siege recently, with the hashtag #IllRideWithYou was a far better example of those who will not allow fanatics with political or twisted religious justifications for violence come between anyone, associated with whatever religion to come between a united, democratic society.

Fight against extremism  – attack them with what they hate most – peace and unity.

Bushra x