Sunday, 30 June 2013

The dangers of the SNP's Marxist equality

The SNP stands for Equality. Above all else, they demand equality. Not jobs for the unemployed; not food for the hungry but equality.

The SNP do not want you to remember George Orwell's warning in Animal Farm: All are equal... but some are more equal than others.

Early this year I spent weeks of evenings and weekends responding to the Scottish Government consultation on redefining marriage. The Express online reports that 80,000 responses were received, two thirds of which were "resolutely opposed" to the concept of redefining marriage.

The SNP administration said it would disregard those views...

Think about this: In spite of a clear majority opposing them, both the Westminster and Holyrood Governments have thrown out concerned protests at changing a fundamental aspect of society. Public responses to consultations have been thrown in the bin! These same Governments have manipulated polls to hide the fact the majority of people believe Traditional Marriage is good for society.

Two thirds of voters have loudly stated they are concerned the same-sex marriage bill will reduce equality, harm diversity and criminalise law abiding citizens. Yet the SNP have chosen to disregard our views...

In any democracy, when a majority speaks, the Government listens to them. Any Government that ignores the majority of voters has become a form of dictatorship.

I was introduced to a film of KGB defector and propaganda expert Yuri Bezmenov on the lie of "equality" - you can watch an extract of this here: http://youtu.be/ZatGAkBZcW4

The first lie of equality is that we are all equal. But we are not all equal.

Men are not equal to women. We are different. Those differences are good and the vast majority of people enjoy and celebrate those differences. We as society have created the concept of marriage to protect men and women who join together, celebrating and enjoying our differences but understanding that union of man and woman needs protection.

Adults and children are different - they are not equal. Adults have more responsibility, children do not. This is good recognizing difference and protecting those who are weaker.

There are many more aspects of our lives where we have accepted legislation which sounds good but is built on a lie: the lie of equality. I believe that every person on this planet should have the right to work, the right to earn respect, the right to contribute, regardless of gender, age, skin colour or place of birth.

However, even the word right has become abused: the reality is that we should use in its place the word responsibility! I have the responsibility to work, the responsibility to earn respect, the responsibility to contribute!

If you also demonstrate that responsibility then you and I can get along.

Equality however is not about responsibility - it is all about rights!

There are many great evils being enacted by our politicians in the UK: National Debt increasing past £1.3 Trillion; unemployment at 2.5 Million; voters being consistently ignored by politicians; The poor being hounded and accused by rich politicians; and redefining marriage without the consent of the people.

My Goal 89 is: To change laws for the better.

Politicians want us to believe redefining marriage will be a change for the better. Yet marriage is about boundaries, about setting two people apart from society to the exclusion of all others and one of the scariest parts of their proposed legislation is the discarding of this concept. Politicians want us to believe that adultery is no longer a problem despite the universal hurt and destruction to relationships adultery causes.

Already we are seeing increasing numbers of people being fired; demoted; or undergoing disciplinary proceedings at their work, simply because they hold an opinion. George Orwell would have been horrified at the way our society has accepted Government's double speak - saying one thing while meaning another.

What does the SNP vision of equality really look like? The SNP vision is of a totalitarian state where individuals are forbidden from voicing any opinions that disagree with the rich elite. This will be the new Scotland. This will be a free Scotland - where anyone can do whatever they want as long as they only do what the SNP allows them to do. By bringing the same-sex marriage legislation under equality law, anyone who voices disagreement will be prosecuted.

There are many ways the SNP could avoid harming Scottish society even with this legislation yet they seem dead set on dividing the Nation. By ignoring the responses to two previous consultations the SNP have sent a clear message they refuse to listen to the people of Scotland.

If this is the Scotland you want - all you need to do is nothing. The SNP will walk all over you and in years to come when they are stamping on your face with their hob nailed boots you can thank them for the wonderful equality they have given you.

I choose to make a stand against the SNP now and all who support them in trying to take away our liberty and freedom.

I encourage you to support organizations like The Christian Institute; Scotland for Marriage; and The Coalition for Marriage who are fighting to make your voice heard.

It is past time for we the people to take a stand against those in Government who insist on dictating how we should live.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Getting Political with IF

There is enough food for everyone... IF

IF what?

I've been aware of the IF campaign for a few months. Agreed with the aims, signed their petition and liked them on Facebook. That's enough, right?

Well, it was until a friend invited me to their rally down in London, timed to coincide with the G8 summit. I couldn't go to London but looking into it - weeks and weeks after the first invite - I found they were holding a rally the week following in Belfast. Laying on buses from Glasgow and everything...

But I'm starting the story too late...

At the beginning of the year I posted a list of my goals for 2013. I spent time thinking what I wanted to achieve and wrote down a list of goals that I thought could be reasonably planned out and achieved within the year. Except I didn't write everything down.

I had a secret goal. I had been becoming more and more aware that our Government was failing us badly. I kept finding blogs and articles about the amount of debt we owe  - now way past One Trillion Pounds! (And that doesn't even cover the money our Government has committed to spend that they leave out of the Budget...)

Our Westminster and Scottish Governments were planning to make radical changes to the definition of marriage without any mandate or consensus. I posted my response to the Scottish Consultation here.

But I agreed with my wife at the beginning of the year that three goals were enough... Of course even that I couldn't do, lumping two separate and distinct goals together as a "family goal."

I'm an addict... Addicted to Goals and setting Goals...;)

So, I embarked on a year where my secret goal - to get more involved with politics - became an open secret to anyone who has followed this blog or my twitter feed: @my100goals

In a way, politics has been there from the beginning of my 100 goals journey:
  • Goal 2: To change and influence people through my writing
  • Goal 64: To be the change I want to see happen
  • Goal 66: To be a confident and well received public speaker
  • Goal 89: To change laws for the better
I've been able to work towards all of these goals while exploring what I can do in response to what I see around me.

The IF Campaign coalesces solutions to many problems you'll be aware of round the world:

Aid - Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.

Tax - Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.

Land - Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.

Transparency - Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

If you care about these issues then please sign their petition at http://enoughfoodif.org/home. Consider writing to your MP and MSP. Perhaps you feel as I did that one person getting involved isn't going to make a difference? My experience is that together, we can make a change!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Pain


Two weeks ago today I crippled myself through an act of impatience.

I had been working towards my goal to install a shower downstairs and decorate room (Goal 41) and had agreed a delivery of shower panels at 07:30 that morning. After arranging the delivery I was offered a job interview and preferring to get interviews over with earlier in the day had agreed a time of 09:00 – also for that morning.

I was ready, I thought, though had completely forgotten about the planned delivery in my desire to prepare for the interview.

I had it all worked out. Catch the train into Glasgow at 08:00. I would leave the house at 07:45 to allow an easy walk to the train station.

07:20 I had just stepped in the shower when my wife shouted the man was here and as he could not get access to the front of the house wanted to pass the panels over the wall at the back.

I panicked, jumped out of the shower and pulled on some clothes.

I still had time. All I needed to do was take in the three panels and I could still have a quick shower and reach the train on time.

The panels were heavy. Made by Respatex, they measured 2.4 metres by 0.9 metres. Plywood with a waterproof laminate.

I managed the first panel but the next two were cellophaned together and I struggled to carry them to the back door. At this point I was thinking: “I need to get them in the house in case it rains.” My wife was telling me to wait so she could help but I thought I could manage.

I thought wrong.

I failed to apply any of the numerous Health & Safety briefings I’ve seen or read over the years. I picked up the two cellophane panels and carried them in the house. I was okay except they were too long to set upright. Our rather heavy and large kitchen table was in the way along with chairs and my wife was moving the chairs out of the way. I could, even then, have waited but with every second that passed I was thinking about the need to catch the train.

I tried to set the panels down myself, misjudged the weight and angle and how much room I had and felt something go pop in my back. Cue extreme agony for the next couple of days.

I don’t think of myself as having a weak back though I have suffered from occasional back pain as a result of too many hours working at a computer slouched with poor posture.

Seven years ago, almost to the month, I did my back in. That was a very similar issue: impatience and – okay I’ll admit it – pride! I don’t like to admit I need help. I don’t like to admit I can’t manage. The last time I tried to lift a heavy iron radiator over our back wall and put myself out of productive work for a week. That time I went back to work probably earlier than I should and shuffled around the office for a couple of weeks. Or maybe that was the right thing to do.

As I’ve been told since by my Doctor and a Physio', modern theory is that once the initial agony has eased, getting up and about as much as possible aids the healing process.

But if you have ever suffered from back pain you will know all this.

So why am I blogging about all this?

If you have been keeping up with my blog posts you’ll know they have diverged from blogging directly about my 100 goals. However, there is usually a link, even if I forget to make that link clear.

My thought processes jump very rapidly sometimes and often I forget that in relating an idea or concept, it is helpful to show how I got from A to E.

Two weeks ago today I found myself, through impatience and pride, on my knees on my kitchen floor. I cursed. I swore. I hit the table leg in frustration and anger. I cried.

I was in pain and in those moments I knew that I was responsible for the agony I felt and for messing up an opportunity to get another contract.

The company I was interviewing with were understanding and would have rearranged the interview but after a day I knew I couldn’t guarantee when I would be fit to walk, let alone present a good image at interview. That contract was lost to me.

I had planned and hoped that within a week, or maybe two, I would have completed all the work and we would have had a functioning shower, sink and toilet. That project (Goal 41) has now been placed on hold for an undetermined future.

I effectively lost two weeks of my life to a foolish decision. Impatience has reared it’s ugly head again as I’ve felt better and tried to do too much.

Feeling like the pain was increasing rather than the reverse last week I saw my doctor. She advised I may have suffered a prolapsed disc. Essentially a hernia, or swelling of a spinal disc that has pressed on a sciatic nerve. Not as badly as I might have done but still enough to knock me back.

I’ve placed myself in a situation for the next month where I need to rebuild my strength and take care I do not set myself back. “The best laid plans of mice and men are aft gang awry…” I had two goals to achieve two weeks ago (Goal 41 - Shower room and to get a contract offer) and I scuppered both of them through impatience and pride.

However, all has not been bad. Some has been really good:
  • I still have pain in my back but I will follow my doctor’s advice and gradually build in some strengthening exercises.
  • I’ve spent more time talking with my kids than I would have done.
  • I was able to spend a couple of sessions getting coached – I blogged about that last week and will update more later.
  • I’ve been reading up on how to go about writing a novel and have made some decent progress.
  • I’ve watched a bunch of movies that I would otherwise not have made time for.
Oh, and I got a different contract. Only three weeks instead of six months but I am delighted with the opportunity and I started today.

My plans (and goals) are somewhat limited for a while but I’m hopeful for the future.