23-01-12 Love Politics Weekly Showcase
It’s week three of the Love All Blogs Politics Showcase and there’s been no shortage of inspiration this week. Should there be a cap on benefits? Should Fred Goodwin lose his Knighthood? Are Nurses opposing NHS reform just to get more money? Will we ever get to the bottom of Chris Huhne’s speeding fine? Is the Occupy movement coming to an end?
Whatever your political leanings (or lack of leaning, I suppose) there’s always something going on in politics that gets you thinking so get in down in a blog post. I used to think that people wouldn’t be interested and no one would read posts about current affairs or the NHS or education but actually they turned out to be some of my most read (and most commented on) pieces. I also worried that stating my opinion about something controversial would upset people and I’d get into one of those horrid comment thread arguments that just degenerates into nastiness. When it came to it though I’ve found people have been really friendly and polite, making their points clearly but recognising each other’s points of view with no problems at all. I don’t know what I was worried about now. So my advice would be tell the world what’s on your mind and don’t get too worried about the outcome. That’s what all our showcase participants have done and aren’t you glad they did?
If you want to submit something for next week you’ve got until Friday to click the Join In tab at the top of the page and send us something topical. It can be politics on a national or local scale. It can be something that’s happening this week or something historical. It can just be a story that made you cross or made you smile. Whatever’s on your mind, we’d love to hear it.
Misterdoctorbeckymark2 – My first blog
As we are still hearing about the proposed changes to the benefits system especially disability living allowance etc. This my first blog from earlier last year is still very relevant:
This is my first blog, so bear with me here, I might go off on a tangent now and then.
I felt the need to start this adventure, as a lot of people seem to be doing it and I do not agree with most of them, in fact I find a lot of them quite incendiary. So here goes my bit…
Pinkoddy’s Blog – Too Posh for Poundland but not for benefits
Wouldn’t it be nice to do what we want, when we want – and well someone else can do the worrying – and even the paying?
This is the kind of message that came across to me when I heard about 22 year old Geology graduate Cait Reilly suing Government Ministers under the Human Rights Act.
Apparently she claimed that making her work voluntarily, for 2 weeks at Poundland in Kings Heath, was forced labour. She had been claiming unemployment benefits since she graduated from Birmingham University in the Summer of 2010.
DorkyMum – Knock, Knock Knocking on Cameron’s Door
A normal Wednesday for me usually involves some laundry, some grocery shopping, maybe a walk in the park, and a jigsaw or a game of hide and seek with DorkySon.
Yesterday was a little different. I went to Downing Street.
WAHM-BAM! – In support of the strike
(From November) It’s interesting the depth of feeling this strike is engendering in people. And that is all good. It is not going unnoticed (well, mostly – Rosemary and I did bump into someone in town today who was wondering why none of the children were at school) and, whichever side people are coming down on, the fact that it is being widely discussed and debated is very important – so often, we can turn a blind eye to politics because we find it ‘boring’, ‘irrelevant’ or maybe ‘incomprehensible’ (amongst others).
Political Mummy – Who do you think you’re kidding, Mr Lansley?
Yesterday both the Royal College of Nurses and the Royal College of Midwives joined with many other NHS staff, including Doctors and Managers, in stating their outright opposition to the governments plans for the Health Service in England. So did Lansley take on board the concerns of these health care professionals with years of experience at the sharp end of medicine? No, he and any other Conservative MP the media got hold of spent the day saying that Nurses and Midwives didn’t really mind the changes, they were just selfishly blocking these vital reforms to protect their pensions.
theglobalclimate – A needed boost!
We all have become immersed in this Christmas ritual, a ritual quite expensive ritual to say the least the Christmas shopping. You either love it, or hate it, but without it our economy gets shut down from a very vital financial life line. But this year this financial life line was more imperative than ever, with the eurozone depression in full swing by December, economists thought that Christmas 2011 was ruined.