Musings and scribblings

10. May, 2018

I continually think that I'm not going to be surprised by anything that Trump does, as he blunders through the hopefully short tenure of his presidency, but then he does something else to scare me deeply. I don't really understand his thinking behind this move, I know that he has been saying that he was going to do it for a number of months but to go against those that are supposed to be knowledgable about Iran, to 'keep his promise' is madness. 

What is he hoping to achieve with this move? It doesn't make the USA really seem like a stable and reliable ally, even if he is trying to appease his daughter and the Israeli goverment. Some commentators have referenced the fact that the breaking of the deal by Trump is short sighted, which is something that almost goes without saying when referring to Trump's actions. 

 

19. Apr, 2018

The scandal of the treatment of the Windrush generation coming to light has shocked me. It's a scary thought for the country at large, that our government is filled with people who are prepared to treat their law abiding citizens in such a manner, but on a personal level it makes me physically sick. 

I am the daughter of a man who came from Kingston, Jamaica in the 1960s. He was fourteen when he arrived, and his brothers and mother were also here. He has always been a productive member of the community, working first as a Methodist minister, and then as a Careers Adviser, until his retirement. His brothers also have consistently been in paid employment, one working at a airport in the Midlands, and his youngest brother being a highly respected member of local government in London. 

There obviously was a chance that one of them could have had their information destroyed in 2010, under Theresa May's direction. Thankfully they avoided that particular fate, but it's fairly safe to believe that a lot of the people who suffered the uncertainty about their immigration status were in similar jobs, and had put down solid roots within their communities, having families and social connections over their long residencies in the UK. 

The attempt by the Prime Minister to push the blame onto the Labour Government, claiming that the destruction of the documents was under their direction would be laughable, if it wasn't so dangerous. She doesn't seem to be able to take responsibility for negative actions, within her party, when it is in her control to stop them. 

I actually thought that she could be a good leader, but now I am not so sure. Her decision to launch the missiles in Syria without seeking agreement from other MP's and then this scandal coming to light don't leave me with a great respect for her decision making process. 

30. Mar, 2018

Just watched The Silent Child, the Oscar winning short film on the BBC. It was a beautifully and realistically written piece of work, well acted by all involved. The relationship between Shenton's character Jo, and Maisie Sly's Libby drew me in, and some of the scenes made me cry. The relationship drawn between Libby and her mother is something that my mum recognised from her own work with deaf children, making it genuine and believable, as was the interaction between the hearing members of Libby's family.

 

27. Mar, 2018

Just a day after being amazed by some of the best aspects of human beings, I read a story which revealed the opposite. There is a elderly woman who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, only to die at the hands of two men who are reportedly anti-semitic. The reports are that she was stabbed numerous times, and then left to die when her apartment was set on fire on Friday. 

How can people do that? I will never understand how and why you can hate someone so intensely just because of a religious difference, or something else that it is hard for a person to change. 

I hope that the people responsible for this horrible action are held to account, and receive the appropriate legal punishment. 

26. Mar, 2018

I thought that I had been impressed by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting before, their composure and articulate statements in the midst of dealing with such a horrific situation was astounding. However when seeing the pictures of the march for our lives, something that they had a hand in organising, I was impressed all over again. Their drive, and determination to sway minds with peaceful demonstrations, and conversation is remarkable. 

They are really something that America should be proud of, that they have had a hand in raising such politically minded, and motivated children, who will stand up for what is right. The statements that have been given out by those in power are not nearly as positive however. Regardless of whether the students who have been delivering polished, and powerful speeches had assistance in crafting their thoughts, they were still able to speak the words to thousands in the crowd, without allowing their still lingering grief and trauma to affect them visibly. 

There were many cleverly worded signs photographed, but one in particular struck a chord. A young African American man called Phil, holding up a sign saying simply 'The Second Amendment was written when I was deemed 3/5 a person', surely instead of clinging to such a outdated amendment that allows fatal shootings to happen at such regular intervals, and means that there is the potential for more American citizens to die or be severely injured, there should be a common sense legal agreement. 

I hope that the movement is successful soon.