There Is Nowt Queerer Than Folk

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People in general are probably the most complicated, dangerous, confusing, annoying, tiresome, argumentative, frustrating, angry, illogical, emotional and idiotic creatures roaming this planet of ours. Don’t even get me going on the differences between the genders…

To begin with, the greater majority of mankind believes in some form of non existant all powerful entity. Why? What’s wrong with standing on your own two feet? To any logical thinking being, any form of religion makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Where is this all powerful being when we need them the most, like when we are involved in a war, or are suffering a family crisis? Nowhere, that’s where! So why bow down to them? It makes no sense at all.

Religion is hardly peaceful or benevolent, despite everything its devotees preach. Each religion believes it is the only true one, conning its faithful into thinking that all the others are unbelievers to be destroyed! I’ve lost count of the number of wars that were, and still are, being fought in its name – an ugly trait of those who still believe that they are still the masters of all mankind. It seems that we can’t get through a single century without declaring war on each other. Once again, why is that? In the days of yore the common people were given no choice in anything. Once upon a time we were ruled by Emperors, Kings, Dukes, Earls, Barrons and tribal Chieftains. What they decreed simply happened.

I’ve got news for you people. These days we do have a choice, despite what our political and religious leaders may say. Our politicians, backed by the more fantical religions, have taken over from any kind of royalty, prosecuting wars in other lands like there is no tomorrow, usually because those countries are oil rich. While we can’t do much about the religious fanatics, except ignore them, every few years we do get the chance to vote out the political party that is annoying and frustrating us the most. The real trouble is that instead of thinking first, many simply give their vote to a specific political party because that’s the way their family members and them have always done it. In my own case, I usually vote for the Labour party. Why do I do that? Habit, pure and simple!

More and more these days people simply don’t bother to vote, believing that their one vote won’t make any difference. Total rubbish!

With barely a fortnight to go, the good people of Scotland will get the chance to vote, either for independence from the rest of the UK, or to maintain the status quo. This is a historic moment in the history of these islands. The Scots won’t get another chance like this in the forseeable future. The political pundits and polls suggest that both sides of the argument, for and against, are about even. When have polls and pundits ever got anything right when it comes to elections, or in this case, probably the most important referendum that Scotland will vote on?

Since the Jacobites were beaten in the eighteenth century, ending any previous thoughts of Scots’ independance, the proud nation has been nothing more than a vassal state of England. Despite all of the scaremongering and threats from the UK parliament, personally I hope that Scotland achieves it dream to break away from the houses of parliament, otherwise known as Westminster, once and for all.

Role on the eighteenth of September…

There But For The Grace of God Go You

 

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We may live in the twenty-first century, but for millions of us poverty is a daily reality. Here in the United Kingdom, we are appalled by the endless stories in the newspapers and on television about millions of people in other countries living in squalor, wondering where their next meal is coming from while our very own homeless are worrying about where they can find shelter and something to eat.

While England is one of the richest countries in the western world, we currently have one third of the population (eighteen million) living below the poverty line. Of that eighteen million, several hundred thousand people here are homeless. This makes no sense at all when you consider that currently there are over seven hundred thousand empty homes across the nation. It begs the simple question, why don’t we take care of our own poor and starving first, before sending millions of pounds of aid to other countries?

Answer – no politician gives a damn about what is happening on the streets of his/her own country. All the heartless bastards care about is pleasing their rich backers and looking good among their international peers! The age old divide between rich and poor is still with us. While the rich grow richer, the poor are increasingly put upon.

Instead of the government and local authorities doing the decent thing, they make things worse. In their obsessive drive to economise and cut back on public spending, all benefits which the poor by necessity are forced to rely upon are cut, making basic accomodation unaffordable for many. Which is why so many people are forced to sleep in doorways. Recently some local authorities and businesses showed their true colours by installing spikes (see photo above) to discourage rough sleepers. In several instances, thankfully their callous response was publically exposed, forcing companies like the UK’s major supermarket chain Tesco to remove the spikes from outside their buildings.

While wages, benefits and the state pension are not increasing, prices are. For many people these days, visiting their local food bank each day or week has taken over from spending in the supermarkets and high streets. In fact the number of food banks springing up across the UK is on the increase.

Believe me I know what it feels like to be on the recieving end of the State’s indifference. Due to no job being available to me back in the middle of the first decade of this new century, I had a major mental breakdown. Consequently I became homeless. With no immediate help available, out of necessity I was forced to sleep rough. Being written off by society at the ripe old age of fifty-three back then was a shock to the system. Even though I am now retired and housed, existing on a minimum state pension, paying the ever increasing bills or feeding myself is still a toss up.

No one reading this should feel smug. It happened to me. It can so easily happen to you. In this day and age, becoming homeless and poor is just a short step away for all of you if you lose your job. Just because you live in a rich western nation is no guarantee of financial security. By the same token, if our government can’t, or won’t, house the homeless, our politicians refusal to honour the referendum result to leave the EU should come as no surprise either!!