Monday, 13 July 2009

The Hypocrisy of the Left

It never ceases to amaze me that those who support Labour seem to think that their party is somehow the party of the less well off.

They consistently manage to ignore the stark facts about just how rich and privileged some of these supposed heroes of the working class actually are. There are plenty of Labourites with substantial material wealth who indulge themselves with the benefits it brings.

There have also been plenty of recent examples where Labourites could have partaken personally in the less than privileged status of some of those they try to make believe they care about so much. Take schools, for example. The children of the little people could go to Gas Street Compo, but these were simply not good enough for the likes of the Harriet Harman or Diane Abbott and they sent their kids elsewhere.

If you're going to give the impression you're down with the undertrodden, the poor, the masses your actions need to speak louder than your words. So often the hypocrisy of these people shines through.

This doesnt stop the left from holding on to their prejudices though of course. I recently read a disjointed and ill concieved post from one of the lefts' number on a webpage somewhere. He seemed to indicate being a 'Tory' was about Garden Parties, champagne and strawberries. Naturally I had to reply.
Here is what I said :

"Maybe you’d like to recall there was a kerfuffle when rich boy Osborne met rich boy Mandelson on an even richer boys yacht.

What do you think Mandelson was doing there – thinking of new and ever more creative ways of improving the lot of the proletariat? Of course not – he was milking the trappings of his rich and privileged position.

Oh and how about your bent former Prime Minister Bliar? What about his £4million house in Central London?

Do you think he has champagne and strawberries in the fridge? I bet he does.

He’s milking the trappings of his privileged position too. But like Mandelson I expect his mind never wanders far from the task of thinking about new and ever more creative ways of improving the lot of the proletariat."


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Thought for the Day

"A breakup is like a bereavement without a death" - Who said that? Oh, I did. Not sure if anyone else did before me. I suspect they did as it has been true for a long time.

I love her, but I know there are things which mean we probably would not work out long term. She's my best friend and I am not sure how I am going to cope without her friendship.

I can't imagine her being with someone else, the thought is horrible. I just wish there was a way forward but I suppose there isn't.

I love her and she knows I do and she feels the same way but I suppose it's for the best.

Breaking up is hard to do. Someone definitely said that before me.

Edit : Sun 12 July 2009 : Thankfully we agreed to meet. I couldnt imagine not having her in my life and she felt the same way about me. We've talked about the issues we've had and we're seeing about a workable way forward! :-)

Monday, 6 July 2009

Andy McNab on Psychological Support for Troops

Labour have screwed over the Armed Forces. Its hard to abuse a body of trained armed men and women but they've done it. What excuse can there ever be for breaking the covenant and sending men off to war zones without proper equipment? Is it the case that Politicians and Civil Servants are there to think and Soldiers exist to die?

The crass negligence and arrogance of Labour is tantamount to criminal behaviour and neatly sums up the kind of people at the top of the Labour hierarchy. An incoming government has much to do with regard to the Armed Forces. Time will tell to what extent the Conservatives sort things out. Cutting the defence budget whilst absurdly leaving the bloated monster of the NHS simply because they're too scared or witless to take on Labour's health and 'investment' lies is no excuse. Defence spending should not be cut.

One thing that most certainly needs careful analysis and assessment is the psychological support for soldiers who have been in warfare. More men killed themselves after the Falklands than died in the war itself. Its safe to say psychological support for these men is severely lacking - this must not be allowed to continue.

The text below is how Andy McNab signs off the end of 'Seven Troop' - his account of his group of comrades in arms in the SAS. There are so many things to take from this but i think the message is very clear.

"Soldiers hit by PTDS are casualties of war just as much as [soldiers injured or killed in combat are]. A major mental health crisis faces those who have served our country.

We need to do something now, before we discover that more soldiers – regular and TA – have killed themselves since returning from Iraq and Afghanistan than were killed there in action.

We need to remove the institutional and cultural barriers discouraging soldiers from counselling, therapy – whatever you chose to call it. Seeking help should be seen as a sign of strength and professionalism, a desire to keep yourself at peak efficiency. The US Delta Force have been doing this for years and I wouldn’t have them down for a bunch of wimps.

We shouldn’t be surprised by what happens to men who have been in conflict. The ancient Greeks recorded signs and symptoms in their soldiers after battle that we would now recognise as PTSD. We shouldn’t need secret places in Wales for soldiers to slink away to. They’re just like anyone else. They’re human. They need support, not just from the government but from all of us. There are hard pressed organisations that can help them recover but its up to us now to remove the stigma.

They need a little understanding and dare I say it? A whole lot of respect."