16/09/2015

66 year old man scares David Cameron into panic tweet.

Something big happened on Saturday, something that threw the Conservative Party into panic, something that lead our Prime Minister to claim (on Twitter) that our country was under threat. Yes, on Saturday, 66 year old Jeremy from Wiltshire was elected leader of the Labour Party. Scary Stuff.

Let me take you back to 1983. Uptown Girl, Karma Chameleon and Billie Jean were taking the charts by storm, leg warmers were a fashion must-have and a younger Jeremy Corbyn was elected as an MP for the first time. But it wasn't until 1984 when his antics truly began: Corbyn was arrested for protesting against the apartheid in a time where demonstrations of this kind were banned.



His controversies weren't exclusive to outside the Houses of Parliament either. As a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, Corbyn had always been on the left of the Labour party and often voted against what his party advised in order to stand up for his own beliefs. Rebel Jeremy has, in the past, voted against wars and discrimination based on sexuality, even when his party colleagues told him to do otherwise.

More recently, during the 2009 expenses scandal, in which many MPs were found to be claiming excessive amounts of taxpayers money to fund their luxury lifestyles, Mr Corbyn was found to be going against the norm again, having claimed the lowest amount out of any other member.

Jeremy Corbyn - National Threat & Five times of the winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year award.

For his future as leader of Labour, Jeremy is again going against the grain, outlining unique policies that include instating a 'National Education Service' similar to the NHS, scrapping tuition fees and reinstating grants, stopping austerity cuts, improving the lives of women, improving mental health services and cracking down on tax evasion.

66 year old Jeremy from Wiltshire has been going against the tide for years now and he has just been given more power than ever. I agree, Mr Cameron, that Jeremy guy is a huge threat. But I wonder if he has shown us something over the past years... Just maybe, he threatens everything that needs to be.

Anna C.

30/05/2015

Words.

I think a lot about words. On the surface, they're fantastic aren't they? I mean, they're what allows us to have such rich and intelligent thoughts, what enables our conversations. So why does silence speak so loudly? And further, why can't words quite manage to capture how deeply, broadly and vastly I feel? Why is a lack of words exchanged sometimes seen as frosty and awkward but other times an instance of complete and utter warmth and meaning? Perhaps words are more complicated than once thought. I think about these things a lot. You know, through the words that circle through my own head, without even being spoken.

Words are a funny old thing you see because we are both completely dependant on them but also undeniably restricted by their presence. Take love for example. Deep one I know, but bear with me. For a pair to know for sure that they are in mutual agreement of their affection they must utter those 3 words that confirm their feelings, right? We all know that. But these words that so many long to say/hear/mean, I love you, are simply a physical, or material if you will, representation of a limitless emotion. By saying them, one restricts the most immeasurably large swell of feelings into three short syllables. Is this not a huge injustice to its magnitude? It's so easy to say, to let those small words slip out of ones mouth, and yet behind them should be such enormous meaning. What I'm trying to say is, words, like many of us, can't deal with emotions very well. If anything, they hamper them.

Words can be misused, they can be misunderstood, misinterpreted, misspelt. They can be fired across a room or sent across the world. They can hold many meanings, or none at all (blah blah blah). Words are interchangeable throughout countries and languages. Some words are fucking forbidden, others are encouraged, thank you very much. A collection of words could make you laugh, knock knock... A collection of words could make you cry... its the police, someone you love has been involved in an accident. 

I don't really know what I'm trying to say with all of this, or what I think should be the take-away of this reading. To be honest, I'm sure you don't need to be told, but this is all just nonsense on a page. After all, this post is just a combination of 26 letters scrambled into 'words', it may have been written by me, but it can be interpreted only by you.

Anna C.