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Politicians: How about the truth this time?

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Number 10 Downing Street

Now when I say the truth I mean the real truth, the one that isn’t a lie. You may be thinking, well obviously the truth is not a lie, and is there even such a thing as the ‘real truth’ because surely by definition the truth is real truth anyway. Besides giving myself a headache I’m come to the conclusion I’m talking rubbish: normality resumes. This article however, has got some point to it, whether you will be able to extract it is another matter all together, but we’ll have a go.

What the introduction was meant to state, but failed miserably, was that politicians are well overdue in telling us the truth, the real truth that is! In other words politicians are made of some crafty stuff, for sure. I was watching the News when it hit me; you rarely ever get the truth out of a politician and it’s like getting the truth out of Pinnochio, damn difficult, I think, isn’t it?

It really is no coincidence that as soon as the governmental flavour of the month is voted into power they begin their landslide into a pit of hate from their own voters. This amazing feat is repeated pretty much election after election, but for some reason everyone just seems to buy into it and vote for the ones they used to hate four years ago? Strange.

What annoys me most is that for some reason these same politicians believe they have some ‘get-out-of-jail-free-card’ for telling the truth. You have to give them some credit though, they give a masterclass in avoiding saying anything of any relevance to the probing question posed. Interview after interview, whatever the question the reply always seems to be along the lines of…’well what our government is doing, which I personally supported, is to provide economic growth to a country left in ruins by the previous (add formally elected party name here) government.’ Voila call me a politician and vote me into Parliament!

So why don’t they tell the truth anymore? Are their minds and hearts so scarred by the world of politics they have become immune to the notion of truth? I doubt it, but only just. They don’t tell us what is really happening and what is really going on because they know they can get away with not telling us. We just happily let them pull the wool over our eyes, but why?

I think it’s because so many people have lost faith in politicians they just don’t care what they say anymore, they just know it’s something that resembles a big fat lie. The real question we have to ask is why are the elect elite so untrustworthy? That we even have to pose this question is a good indication that something somewhere has gone horribly wrong. We, as a society, have become so fickle and judgemental that we form so many of our views on what that guy said in that newspaper; which, for anyone that didn’t catch on is a rubbish way to form a view. We support this MP because of this but hate this MP because of that, but isn’t the difference so marginal? I am opening myself up to some hideous political naivety, I apologise. But I think maybe we are the ones who have forced politicians into a truth-less, lie defining, parasitic existence (I added the last bit for affect, too much? Yeah, ‘parasitic’ was a bit harsh and pretty meaningless in this context too but roll with it, thanks)

Running the country must be no mean feat and how we haven’t all started attacking each other with pitchforks yet would suggest it’s going pretty well in my book. You can never please everyone, that is for sure. Shut down the animal testing centre and you please the animal rights activists but annoy the scientist who lose their jobs. Politicians are frightfully worried about votes, which makes sense. But because we despise and abandon so quickly, we cause politicians to turn to lies so to hide the truth that will only make us switch our allegiance, again.

So we conclude that politicians lie to us to stop us from turning to the opposing party, who they believe will do us more harm and damage our precious lives immeasurably, so it’s kind of sweet that politicians avoid telling us the truth. Oh don’t be silly that’s a stupid idea, their just bad sports, liars too!

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Racism, an ignorant man’s game

I feel slightly worried by the fact that so many people have a real hate when the topic of racism is raised. The subject is a taboo which is a worry itself. There seem to be a growing feeling of distrust towards other cultures and races in Britain which concerns me. I am in favour of our multicultural culture and proud of the fact that other races want to come to Britain. We should see it as an honour to welcome other cultures into our country not a chore.

As you will probably already know the YouTube sensation, for all the wrong reasons, My Tram Experience defined a growing racist mentality in Britain. For anyone who has not seen the video, it is a lady with a young child on a tram insulting all the people that she deems to be immigrants and non British. In fact many on the tram will be just as British as she believes herself to be. The lady adopts the viewpoint that if you are not white then you are not British and have no right in this country which is a complete travesty.

The fact that there are people in my country with that extreme racist belief is a shame but not uncommon in a country with a population of around 60million. There are going to be very diverse viewpoints however positive or negative they may be. But what worries me is that there seems to not only be a minority of pro-racists there seems to be a growing sense that it is acceptable and patriotic to adopt racist beliefs.

There have been more videos posted onto YouTube similar to ‘My Tram Experience’ but with different people in different situations out right verbally attacking those they believe are not British. In addition to this there are videos in support of the racist stance taken by these people which is awful. These videos give the impression that there is a large percentage of Britons who also feel threatened by other races in their country which I sincerely hope is not the case.

Why do I say that racism is an ignorant man’s game. Well I say this because people seem to use immigrants as a scapegoat for the problems in their country, whatever that may be at the time. We saw it in Germany in the 1930s under Hitler and we’ve seen it in most countries across history at one period of time or another. But in the 21st Century is it a valid excuse to blame immigrants and other races for the troubles we have all created? Quite frankly no it’s not. We are in a difficult economic position along with the rest of the world and cannot simply blame immigrants for ‘stealing our jobs’. For much of the time the immigrants are the only ones willing to do certain low paid jobs and should be credited for it. People are struggling economically which is not nice, but to blame a race or races is plain ignorance. The state must realise it has a role to play, it must educate its people. If everyone was slightly more informed about the problems the nation was dealing with there would be a much smaller percentage that adamantly believe that other races and cultures were to blame.

The Government also surely has to live up to the reality that we have a media that can portray news in a racist manner. The media have hyped up a belief that to be in the European Union is a negative thing for Britain, which is debatable at least, and have a tendency to support racist viewpoints. This, may I note, is not the media as a whole but certain newspapers who take a racist stance. This is not outright blatant racist abuse but subtle reports or stories which fuel the many lower-class racist readers. Please excuse my stereotype, but what can often happen is the readership of these papers have little interest in nitty gritty serious news. Therefore, their readers are inclined to misreport events with a racist viewpoint because of the media’s chosen negative racial facts or interviews on the chosen subject.

After a serious ramble I hope to have appeared P.C and still conveyed my message that racism most certainly is an ignorant man’s game and that there really is no excuse for it in today’s multicultural world. In the end we are all God‘s creation of human beings.

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