Just get out there and vote you don’t need to pay!!

Well another political battle is getting underway and once again we see those who do not understand the concept of democracy jumping up and down about the ‘opportunity to change the BREXIT situation’, and who’s name immediately leaps to the top of the list – non other than Gina Miller!

Now lets get this into perspective shall we, the majority of the country voted to leave Europe and she did not agree, in fact she disagreed so much she used her money to pay the costs of taking the government to court to challenge their right to do this and I applaud her for her tenacity in trying to influence the outcome she wanted, even if it does fly in the face of the principles of democracy. At least she was prepared to make sure what ever the government was doing it was legal and above board and we should all be grateful for that reassurance. The cost of sticking to her beliefs was both expensive in cash terms and very expensive in the level of uncalled for personal abuse and threats made towards her. As a member of the UK population she has a right to express a view without being harassed and threatened about it, however she needs to balance that with the fact that as a member of the UK population she has the advantage of living in a democracy which means we follow the preferences of the majority even if it is just by a single % point, that’s what a democracy is about, this is something Ms Miller does not seem to grasp as she is now looking to scupper voting by campaigning for tactical voting.

Now this lady, who lets be honest had no trouble telling everyone she was wealthy, is now using the internet to fund raise to enable her to run a tactical voting campaign throughout the election campaign to make sure she gets what she wants with BREXIT and I’m afraid that is where I have an issue with her understanding of democracy.

Now whilst this lady says she is doing this in the interests of all ‘remainers’ – is she really? Or is this just another case of the wealthy trying to get politics to work in their favour and hang the rest of the people! You know who I mean ‘the ordinary people’ a term I  hate, we are no more ordinary than anyone else in this country! You have to be pretty unusual to be anything other than ‘ordinary’ people, so why can’t politicians say what they really mean – ‘ordinary people’ are really those who are not considered the wealthy members of the population – and the only thing that excludes the wealthy from being ordinary is their extraordinary selfishness, arrogance and greed!! Anyway I digress, back to the lovely Ms Miller!

Before we offer up our cash to her latest cause we must ask ourselves the key question – who is she doing this for? Lets be honest this is a woman who made her money in the investment management business – she didn’t have much of a social conscience then as together with other bankers and financiers she threw the lives of the ‘ordinary people’ into jeopardy whilst she made her fortune, and I doubt she ever gave back her annual bonus!! Might I just remind you the investment managers operate in shares investments and get paid a healthy bonus which is more than the rest of us will earn in 5years. Ms Miller also probably has her money invested in shares so if they drop she loses masses of cash in the short term, so like many of the other wealthy people telling us the ‘ordinary people’ what we should be voting, thinking or doing – because of course we are so bloody thick and stupid we can’t think for ourselves, their real interest is how much it will personally cost them if their shares lose value.

Now I appreciate the shares of businesses lose value and it affects us the ‘ordinary people’ but most of the wealthy whingers only use their wealth to satisfy their own needs, they are not investing in this country or the people of this country, so please do not kid yourselves into thinking this is a truly humanistic and altruistic act made by Gina Miller because it isn’t . This is the wealthy spoiled brat behaviour of someone not getting their own way. This woman clearly thinks that everyone is so stupid that they need to pay her to scupper the vote and I feel this is because they feel she will overturn BREXIT – she won’t, this is an insult to your intelligence!! It’s no better than a scam to get your money under false pretenses, she cannot change the BREXIT decision

My advice is do not let this woman treat you like a completely gullible idiot, hang onto your money, you need it more than she does and get out there to vote for who you think will keep the country on the right track, who is going to deliver most of the things you want, who has the best chance of getting the country the right deal in Europe, who can get us new trade deals? Get involved, listen to it all, have your debates argue about it but DON’T pay cash for it! Do not feel you have to part with your hard earned cash to support someone’s personal agenda. If you think her campaign will overturn the BREXIT decision you are wrong, the courts have already made that decision AND Gina Miller of all people knows that! I don’t care who you vote for, we must each make our own decision but make your vote count, don’t pay to  fulfill this woman’s personal agenda. No one needs to pay to vote in this country, we’ve accused the Russians of interfering in the voting process of USA and yet here we have a woman willing to scupper the voting process here just to get her own way.

Make your own mind up

Vote for WHO YOU think will be the best Prime Minister.

Make your vote count for YOU

Keep your money in Your bank account

Whatever you do get your cross in the box! It will take you 10 minutes. Be part of the decision making process.If you don’t vote you cannot complain about the results!!

Just get out there and vote you don’t need to pay!!

Catching the Genie!

Another fascinating week of reading the wildly different views of those who feel the need to express them in a public arena, and yes that I suppose includes me. The thing that is most striking is the open venomous undertones to the comments made and it got me asking myself ‘is this level of intolerance and open dislike new or are we just seeing the conversations that previously took place in private becoming more public’. Let’s be honest all this politically correct stuff has been for public consumption only, people have always expressed their more honest views and opinions in the company of like minded people and usually in the privacy of their own homes. However the advent of the internet has taken the lid off this particular Pandora’s box, the genie is out and no-one quite knows how to catch it again. So the big question is how do we deal with this situation? There are many options including complete censorship of all social media platforms and I would be happy to argue that there is a case for considering that course of action. Then again I would equally argue that people have a right to freedom of speech, so there lies the conundrum- Freedom of speech vs Politically correct content of speech!

I guess the basis of all of this lies in deciding WHO has the overall right to deem what is right or wrong. This week sees Donald Trump ban some media outlets from his white house press statements. Now do we decide that he is right to do this and that the banned media sources are not trustworthy because they challenge his statements or put forward ‘alternative facts’. Or do we take the view that the others will report what he wants them to report rather than challenge it in order to ‘curry’ favour with him so they can be at these meetings.. Does this mean that they are willing to leave their reputation in question by just reporting what they are told whether it is right or wrong. So can we trust any of the media outlets – highly doubtful.

We could of course take the Chinese or North Korean approach to controlling the internet by limiting what people can access and by the state deciding what information people get access to. Do we think that this level of control is right and does it support our right to freedom of speech? We could use the internet to change the political landscape and usurp governments of other countries if we chose to – a skill we are advised that the Russians have, but do we know for sure? And again we see politicians using the media for their own satisfaction and gain. Essentially it looks like none of these approaches are really working so does it  get down to a much more fundamental issue of the need to just grow a thicker skin.No, I would argue that it should really be more about accepting responsibility for what we say in the same way we have to accept responsibility for what we do. We should express our ideas, we should question what we read in the media and what our politicians say and perhaps we should start by asking what these parties are trying to gain by taking the stance they take. Should we be able to speak harshly or cruelly to people, is there any truth in the old adage ‘ cruel to be kind’.?

Tell someone a certain style of clothing doesn’t suit them or they are overweight/ fat and you are ‘shaming them’. Or are you? Could it be you are perhaps looking at their best interests, it isn’t what is said it is the intention behind it and how it is said. In other words ‘the context’ Many of the media providers these days remove the context around incidents and events.

This week we have also seen the changing fortunes of Milo Yiannopoulos – a self declared provocateur, nothing wrong with being a provocateur; sometimes we need a prod to make us sit up and take notice of what is going on, doesn’t mean you have to agree or disagree with the provocative point. Much though I feel sorry that Mr Yiannopoulos should find himself in this position, clearly there have been those who have relished this change in his fortunes as they clamour like maggots on a dead carcass to claim they had a part to play in his supposed demise – take care people, somewhere, someone will be out there just awaiting their chance to give you the same treatment !’ He who casts a stone etc’ or if you prefer ‘ are you living in a glass house’?  If we had issue with what Mr Yiannopoulos allegedly implied 4 years ago then we should have dealt with it at the time or is this a case of ‘it’s OK to make these statements if you are not in a position of influence, but not when you are’ Double standards people, double standards!! It is also interesting that once again the common feature of ‘ not identifying sources’ arises. A person should always be able to identify a source or we should rightly question the authenticity of the information.

We have this army of loud mouthed, opinionated people who would argue that they are the voice of reason, they are the people who have the interests of everyone else at heart – well I’m sorry but you certainly don’t have my interests at heart and to be honest I am glad about that. Most of you do not come across as particularly nice people and seem to only really have your own interests at heart. Or probably more to the point, you are looking at how outrageous you need to be to increase your followers so you can rake in the money – the usual root of all evils!!  If that means ‘ being creative/ economic with the truth’ then so be it. A typical example of this is where we have transgender people telling us what females want – how can they? Their experience of being a female is completely different to that of someone who is non transgender female. Really ladies perhaps the question should be why women are letting another sexuality decide what they want AGAIN!

We are making the world a very confusing place for our children and really I fear for them, the social boundaries which have always been challenged are falling and with them goes the safety of civilisation. Why did we have Brexit, Trump, Dictators , War mongers, the far Right/ the far Left- I don’t believe we have far to look. Look at the internet and the disdain with which people treat others and perhaps you will be nearer to finding the answer. With so many self serving individuals at large what more could you expect.

But take care people, history can teach us what happened the last time people became this vitriolic in nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Catching the Genie!

Freedom of speech and fair play!

There are days when I seriously wonder what the world is coming to and it has to be said today of one of those days!

Forget what’s going on in USA, forget what’s happening in places such as Afghanistan/ Iraq/ Syria because  in the UK there  are much bigger concerns – no I’m not talking about Brexit, I mean that could take me the rest of my life as it has raised huge concerns about whether or not today’s young people actually understand how democracy works! But more worrying is this ‘mob rule gagging’ of people that now takes place!

What the hell happened to freedom of speech – which might I remind people does come with responsibilities -a scary word for many of our mob rule mentality bunch!

The whole idea of freedom of speech is that it opens issues up for discussion, if you start prohibiting freedom of speech you start to erode the very fabric of our society, for heavens sake we have just had remembrance day, freedom of speech was one of the key things all those young people gave there lives for! If we continue to have the situation where those who make the biggest threats of civil disruption/ those who cry the loudest finally control what everyone else can publicly discuss/debate/ listen to we are losing our freedom of speech and our democracy. Who are these people who don’t seem to have anything better to do than to jump up and down, making demands and threatening civil disruption if their demands are not met.

Tantrums are usually for 2 year old children and quite frankly that is how these individuals are portraying themselves – grow up, the real world is not about getting everything you want you spoiled  brats, the real world needs people to show everyone respect, dignity and tolerance – damn it the law demands that!!

So far we have people trying to influence court cases when they don’t even know the facts, we have this same mob mentality deciding who can give a presentation when they don’t even know what the person might say. This mentality has been responsible for driving people unfairly out of their jobs, look at the ridiculous response to the woman who has challenged the article 50 issue, over 50% of the population will not be happy with her but it does not give them the right to hound her, she has a right to challenge something she does not agree with; if the shoe were on the other foot that’s exactly what the Brexit supporters would do and rightly so.

Even more scary is that a lot of this mentality is from women – YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT! No things are not ideal for women but then they are not ideal for anyone, I cannot believe that today’s educated young women have to resort to ‘safe rooms’ full of kids comfort toys when the stresses of life are hard, or someone says something they disagree with or do not like – you are not children, grow up – life has good and bad times it can be harsh and it can be cosy but for goodness sake get out and live it instead of trying to wrap yourselves in cotton wool.

So what kick started today’s rant – the need for a school to cancel a visit and talk  from a former student namely Mr Milo Yiannopoulus; not because they objected to what he might say as both teachers and students were clearly VERY open minded and up for the discussion, no it was because a group of sanctimonious, narrow minded bigots decided they would pose a threat to the welfare of the students by having demonstrations outside the school. What a selfish, self serving undeserving bunch you are! To think members of your families will have fought to preserve the right for people to express their views, I wonder what they would make of your behaviour. You want respect and fair play, let me tell you – the first one you have to earn and you have a long way to go, as to the second one – who the hell told you life was fair, if it was we in the west would not have huge weight problems whilst those in developing countries are starving!

As to Mr Yiannopoulus – I am not a follower of his particular material but I defend his right to have his say!

Freedom of speech and fair play!

Get a Grip!

So it’s been a while! And boy have we seen some changes!

Why???? Why have people voted in the way they have and what is the message they are sending out?

Well there’s a question we do need to ask ourselves and we need to get over ourselves! Democracy is not about getting your own way! Whether you got what you wanted or not the majority vote is the majority vote, that’s the system we signed up to years ago and to be honest it has served us well so far, so I’m not sure why people are behaving in the way they are both in the UK about Brexit and in the USA about the presidential elections.

We seem to have a generation of people who miscall everyone who does not support their corner. Did I get what I wanted in these voting situations – well it doesn’t really matter as I have to live with the decisions of others so I will get on with it and make the most of it.

But one thing I am sick to death of seeing is the rich and famous coming out to tell us what to vote – you’ve got money, you don’t live the same life as the rest of us and sadly most of you don’t seem to remember what it was like to work hard every day and STILL struggle to pay the bills etc. Having money and fame does not mean you have a better brain than the rest of us and it doesn’t give you the right to try to influence our decisions, who do you think you are??? For goodness sake many of you got where you are not because you worked hard or because you have a great brain but because you were prepared to take your clothes off or behave badly on some reality show, what message are you sending to young people!?

So many wealthy people really feel they have the right to tell the rest of us about the ways of the world, what evidence is there that your interpretation of the situation is any better informed than mine! That is just sheer arrogance and my goodness there is a lot of it about. Everyone has their own opinion based on their own experiences and the information they get which sadly it has to be said is rarely if ever honest.

And there is one of the big problems, who do we believe? We can’t trust the press, the news, the internet, the politicians or those who are public figures so we can only try to make the best interpretation of the fodder we are endlessly fed.

Who should take a big amount of the blame for this social division? – the press, the politicians, the news reporters and the internet?

WHY? –  You only print information in the way you think it will sensationalize the subject and sell papers.

The biased coverage of the Brexit referendum and the presidency elections was so blatant as to be disgusting, you should be ashamed of yourselves, your job should be investigative and factual, I’m not interested in your opinions and interpretations, just give me the facts and let me make my own interpretations because guess what, like you I had an education and probably had a better one than some of you, so have the good grace to stop treating me like a total ‘Numptee’!

I used to think that I would get  more accurate information if I listened to the BBC – but hey guess what chaps it’s become the job centre for every MP who is no longer in the cabinet or shadow cabinet. So much for the independence of the press and so much for these overworked MP’S who claim they don’t get enough pay but in reality they have several roles in companies where they get paid. So when we look at the salaries of the average MP we need to take into account these guys are working part time at the job because if they were full time they couldn’t fulfil their other jobs in other companies. So either they are claiming salaries from them for doing nothing or they are lying to us about the hours they put into their MP jobs and they don’t seem to have a problem finding the time to be on a TV show.

Going back to democracy, I note it is slowly being eroded by the very people we elect to protect it, there is no way we should be able to know the demographics of the voters UNLESS our votes are no longer anonymous!

So who is collecting that information and why are we allowing it?

The next question should be who is drip feeding it to the press and using it in a way that starts to divide society?

With Brexit the 50+ age group were blamed for the results, in the USA it seems to be the white working class men – How the hell you know this information if the vote is anonymous and why is it being allowed to be used in such a divisive way.

And so we get to the next worrying point, the way politicians and the press turn people against each other.

YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA AND TAKE ON BOARD WHAT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR RESULTS IN!

Is that what you want? Because believe me you are making a fantastic contribution towards it.

And to the wealthy businessmen, sorry but your decision to try to protect the public from any possible harm Mr Trump might cause is a bit rich when you have all played a massive role in creating this entire problem. This world has more millionaires than ever but do we see any thought for others – Not a lot!

What do you mean I hear the cry – ‘I’ve given loads of money to this charity or that charity, I’m doing this in Africa/ India etc?’

and I applaud your generosity, but let’s be honest it also gets you a massive tax break, so in reality the tax you could have paid into the countries welfare system you have chosen to give to others in another country. Now I don’t have a problem with the money helping anyone who needs it, but I do have a problem when it also means that people in your own country lose out, not least because you have avoided paying taxes, but because many of you who are in business don’t even pay people a decent salary a lot of the time for the work they do for you and indeed some big companies are subsidised by the poor tax payers. So not only are you avoiding paying the correct amount of tax, the tax system is paying your employees whilst you get ever richer!!

And you are going to protect us???? LOL

So give your money to whoever you want to give it to but don’t claim it as a tax exemption. Perhaps if you pay decent wages to people there won’t be so much need for so much charity – just a thought. And you can still feel good about yourself

Where are the people like those who built communities such as Bourneville or Port Sunlight in the UK? They must be turning in their graves; I knew one of those people and can say it would be difficult to find a more honest and caring considerate person. What have we got now- yes even from some of the descendants of those fantastic people, we have a generation of self -serving people who would rather sell the houses/ flats people live in to millionaires so they can rent then out for exorbitant rents. Because let’s be honest you can never have enough money!

Companies moan about attracting workers to places because house prices are too high – why not take a leaf out of the history books and buy some properties that you rent to your employees at an affordable rent as part of the terms of their contract, not at some rent that leaves them struggling for any decent standard of living. It’s a win, win situation!!

Another thing – ask yourself when your company last bought someone a retirement gift for long service and loyalty to your company – and I mean someone NOT in the board room??

Can’t remember – no I’m sure you can’t because now you have no loyalty to employees, you work them into the ground then ditch them and you wonder why people are pissed off; look at BHS, look at the bankers situation who was it who picked up the tab on each occasion? Joe Average – Mr average employee.

When did you last understand what a contract is? It means someone sold you some of their time for an agreed fee, it does not mean you then have a right to dip into the hours you did not pay for and wave the threat of redundancy every time the person makes an objection, let’s be honest there are penalties if the employee does not stick to their agreed hours. Many of you businessmen and bankers and other self – serving individuals have played a huge part in the current dissatisfaction of Mr Joe average and all the other Mr/ Ms averages. I don’t accept the argument that without your money there would be no work, because equally without the hard work of your employees you wouldn’t have your money!

Don’t suddenly set yourselves up as the protectors of the public now, start looking at how you change your approach to stop western society disintegrating into the chaos currently seen in the Middle East.

And whilst I have a groan -for Goodness sake let’s get feminism back to the realms of reality. Women are becoming their own worst enemy. The world is not about you either, it is a shared world, you seem to have lost the plot, the more I hear the more I worry. No, feminism is NOT and never should have been about female domination, we are supposed to be working towards equality, so why is it that suddenly the word Misogyny gets screamed every time a male disagrees with you, get a grip, you want to be in the real world then stop throwing your dummy out every time you don’t get your own way. The world is not all about feelings. Ask yourself why many businesswomen still surround themselves with male employees? – Perhaps they don’t whinge as much. I’m fed up of the whinging of female politicians and feminists, get on with the job and stop adding your divisive tarnish to the mix. You are an embarrassment to the female population and you’re current stance is not representative of most women. If you want to say you represent women get off your moaning bitching bums and ask women what they want. For goodness sake “safe spaces” Grow up!!

Now more than ever we need to remember we have a responsibility to humanity as a whole and to the preservation of our planet. So whatever your culture, religion, race, politics, sexuality, age, height, weight, eye colour or whatever difference you might have

GET A BLOODY GRIP!

Whew I feel better for that!!

Get a Grip!

Feminism and the UN

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Like most people, over the past couple of weeks I have been following the plight of the Syrian refugees as their misfortunes and struggles have been aired on prime time TV,  I have also  asked myself what organisations such as the United Nations are doing to try to bring the fighting in Syria to a peaceful conclusion.

So I decided to have a look at what has been going on in the world of the United Nations this past couple of weeks, to say I was stunned by some of the issues they were addressing would be an understatement. I mean,  I have to ask you how on earth feminism in the world of computer games even reached the agenda of the United Nations? Here we are with wars taking place all over the place, young women being kidnapped in Nigeria, women in Darfur being raped and murdered, thousands of people being killed and displaced because of all the strife, greedy leaders and politicians still lining their own pockets whilst the populations they ‘lead’ starve, students going missing in Mexico, Russia in the Ukraine, global warming charging ahead unabated and the United Nations in New York this week are listening to two young women who seem to think the most important issue is whether or not people agree with their opinion on the internet and whether or not their non agreement with them constitutes aggression, I have rarely seen such an example of blatant self indulgence!! My initial thoughts were ‘who are these selfish individuals who clearly have their own agenda and their own take on the world’.

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Anyway, I like to think that if nothing else I am a fair minded individual, so rather than condemning these two women immediately I thought it prudent to do some research on them and this issue of aggression on the internet, after all I’m not a supporter of aggression in any form but I do support the principle of freedom of speech, and my gut feeling was that these two young women only supported their own freedom of speech. I was also curious as to why they would be given time at a United Nations meeting, after all it’s not everyone that gets this opportunity, irrespective of the issue they want to raise, so one of the burning questions then became ‘did this issue merit having the time spent on it’ or was it a case of ‘not what you know but who you know’.

So what have I discovered so far, well I now know that both Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn are considered to be 3rd wave feminists and ‘social justice warriors’ whatever that might mean, but essentially they seem to believe they are fighting the corner of we poor run down, abused, disenfranchised women of the world, who have been so overpowered by misogyny that we are no longer capable of recognising it, so need them, on our behalf, to attack misogyny in all it’s horrendous forms. Interestingly it appears mainly to be a white male trait rather than a male thing – mmmmm strange delineation!!

It’s always good to know there is someone looking after your best interests and it would be nice to think that is what these two women are doing, but sadly their behaviour is far from looking after the interests of the rest of the ‘sisterhood’, oh no, they have quite another agenda which makes it all the more surprising that the United Nations should have anything to do with them. I don’t know how ,many people out there are familiar with these two people, but certainly they are not preaching feminism in any form I am familiar with or would wish to be associated with; but stating that will immediately condemn me to the group so indoctrinated by misogyny that we cannot recognise it!! This suggests that if you don’t agree with them you are deemed incapable of holding a reasoned discussion or opinion – it reminds me of when I was a child at school and those who didn’t agree with the bully could not be in their ‘gang’ or join in their games. Given their ages I thought this type of behaviour was grossly immature, after all if you are going to put forward an opinion you must expect it to  be challenged.

Anyway undaunted I gave them the benefit of doubt as I carried on researching who they are, I now know them to be journalists/ bloggers/ critics in the computer games industry but from what I have unearthed they are clearly not exactly popular in their writings, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong. I am a great supporter of defending anyone against aggression,  and as we know it can take all manner of forms, I was delighted to see that both Zoe and Anita were against rape and violence towards women, but I was horrified to see some of their communications with the internet world, these two people claim to have been threatened with all manner of violence but has any one looked at the violence they themselves advocate and the threats they have issued!! What is even more concerning is that they seem to be able to gain the ear of influential parties being given air time by both the United Nations and Congress, this raises questions about the morality of those people in these organisations. It is an insult to those women who have fought for many years to gain equality for women, yes there is still some way to go but nothing like the picture being portrayed by Anita and Zoe, they talk about the sexualisation of women, what about the sexualisation of men??  Oh yes Zoe and Anita it exists. Now as a feminist I believe in equality of genders but I DO NOT believe in women taking control of men just as I don’t believe in men controlling women. So ladies if sexualisation of women is wrong it is equally wrong to sexualise men so you need to be addressing that issue with Coke a Cola and Visa card to name but two organisations guilty of this behaviour.

Another major concern is the redefining of some terminology, Anita and Zoe have talked about mind rape and other equally odd forms of rape, this is completely inappropriate, you clearly have little thought for anyone male/ female who has been raped, if you had any empathy for the victims of rape/ violence you would not be trivialising the terminology in this way.  I do think these ladies need to clean up their act, they are certainly not representative of me or the majority of women, if they were truly interested in the rights of women they might start to take a greater interest in what’s happening to women in the real world, and please DO NOT start to tell me it’s because men are driven to violence by computer games, I would venture to suggest there’s more to be concerned about in the wider entertainment world, I mean have you seen some of the rap videos out there, switch the volume down and you could just as easily be watching a porn movie.

So what conclusions have I reached so far – well clearly this issue has absolutely nothing to do with the United Nations, and its members need to be far more circumspect in who they give audience to. The members of the UN are paid from the public purse, their role is supposed to be focused on peace keeping and international cooperation not listening to two bleating, whinging spoiled children who clearly don’t like having their opinions challenged and who need to get over themselves. It is NOT the role of the UN to pander to the feelings of such narcisitic self important, immature individuals.

There is a need for the UN to ensure that research links referred to in their reports on the organisations meeting are real and obtainable or it brings the credibility of the organisation into question, as I said these people are paid from the public purse and I might say they are handsomely paid, so the least they can do is check the authenticity of information they are publishing.

Should this issue have been raised at the UN — well women’s rights have been discussed in this arena before by such people as Malala Yousafzaia, I think it an insult to this young woman to have Anita and Zoe at the same venue, not because they are talking about computer game violence but because they themselves advocate violence and seem incapable of using the English language without redefining it to give words new meaning. So in short, yes everyone’s  rights should be raised at the UN, but it should be done by individuals who command the respect of others including those who disagree with them. Lets be honest whether or not you agree with the presentations of either Malala or even David Beckham neither of them are guilty of promoting violence towards others, they are equally not guilty of sexism or racism and god knows Malala has more rights to be sexist that anyone, unfortunately the same cannot be said for Anita and Zoe.

To go back to my first point which was why were computer games even on the agenda when there are so many more important issues for the UN to be addressing, I have found nothing to provide a responsible and clear answer as to why this issue was included and frankly the UN have more important matters to be dealing with, this comes across as indulging two little girls who have ‘connections’ hence the reason they were there in the first place.

Who knows perhaps this was the UN still trying to salve it’s conscience following the inaction of it’s troops when women were publicly raped and men and children were murdered in front of them  in the Bosnian war of the 90’s.

The UN would better redeem itself if it became a decision making organisation instead of a pontificating, expensive, toothless tiger!! It’s members need to get on with trying to resolve world issues through international cooperation, that’s what it was set up to do, not to pander to young women who clearly have their own agenda and who’s behaviour is itself questionable.

I believe in freedom of speech and equality, but I would venture to suggest from the brief research I have done into Miss Quinn and Miss Sarkeesian that the only freedom of speech they advocate is their own and equality has no place in their world!!

And so to both young ladies I extend this thought, whilst the ideology of female equality is right and proper your interpretation of the word equality is completely wrong, you seriously need to address your attitude to the opposite gender, this is not a war, for heavens sake there are enough of those to be dealing with already. If, as you say, you have the interests of women at heart then go out and speak to the women you profess to be championing, I think you might find few supporters of your particular stance on this issue. In addition if you are not just out to serve your own particular interests by trying to boost your journalism readers in the gaming world, then I would like to see you becoming more interested and involved in the serious female issues such as circumcision, forced marriage, physical penile rape, not some fantasy nonsense and gross misuse of the word.

So sorry girls but get your act sorted out and stop contemplating your own navels, if you ware really committed to feminism you will change your approach and take this advice, if not you will continue down this road of self bleating and feeling sorry for yourselves so achieving nothing what so ever for women. You will of course as is right and proper choose your own destiny, but for god’s sake

STOP SAYING YOU ARE DOING THIS FOR ME – YOU ARE NOT!!

Feminism and the UN

Introducing Highland hound!!

A big hello to anyone who might be remotely interested in my new blog!! So what’s it actually going to be about?? The answer – anything really, its a reflective view on what’s is going on in the world and my thoughts on various issues, so sometimes it will be a rant, other times it will be more of a discussion/ mulling over of issues.

So what are the issues going to be – they could be anything, essentially whatever rattles my cage or gives me cause to prattle on in an unrestrained fashion!

I’m a novice to this process so it will be a great learning opportunity for me as well and I’m all for learning, I do think we should all try to learn one new thing every day, it could be as simple as learning when the first bus arrives at my local stop or learning something in an academic setting. My son has a blog so I’ve been listening to things written there and just thought I’d give it a whirl, god knows mine can’t be any worse than some of the stuff he has shown me! I mean most people seem to use this medium as an opportunity to vent their spleens rather than stretching their grey cells, there does seem to be a great deal of precious behaviour about things, but at the same time a clear lack of consideration for the freedom of thought and feelings off others.  I do have to ask why people feel it is essential to personalise things in order to press forward their own point of view but I suppose to some degree that is what freedom of speech is about. Still it does beg the question of who these people think they are and why they seem to think that it is their job to police the thoughts of other mere mortals on this planet, in my day it was called bullying! So what will my motto be – well in the  words famously attributed to Voltaire ‘ Although I might not agree with what you have to say,  I defend to the death your right to say it’.

Whether or not Voltaire did say this or something like this doesn’t really matter what matters is that people should be free to have their own thoughts on issues, now the big question is should they be sharing those thoughts if they are not in line with todays pc thinking? Well that depends on how the opinion is put forward, has it been said to be hurtful/ insulting or has it been said to provoke discussion. Lets be honest if we don’t discuss things in a sensible and unemotional way we will be unable to develop ideas, or influence thoughts and behaviour, so I leave you to mull that one over.

What I don’t support is this latest trend of ‘ if I disagree with your opinion then I am clearly patriarchal or misogynistic or racist, sexist or whatever’, sorry but you need to get over yourself, accept you are not the font of all knowledge and whilst your thoughts and opinions may be interesting/ weird/ thought provoking etc I don’t have to agree with them just as you don’t have to agree with mine. You cannot assume you have the right to express your thoughts and then say they represent mine. Sadly I have found that this is a trend particularly common among representatives of the 3rd wave feminism movement, you don’t agree with them then you are immediately vilified. Sorry people but you need to get over yourselves and stop being so precious about your ideas, world wars have been caused by such juvenile behaviour. it reminds me of the playground in infant school and all the reasons I hated playing with girls – if you didn’t do things how they wanted you were excluded from playing with them until you did and there was always one with a loud mouth and a bullying stance who assumed the role of dictator. It’s time to leave the play ground and join the grown ups!!

Well there’s a bit of a rant for today so hopefully you will get a general idea of how things might develop and progress, could be fun. Look out for next post!

Introducing Highland hound!!