Tag Archives : Politics

“Its My Rights To Squander Benefits” – Tracey Macdonald

Yesterday Ms Macdonald took to the ITV Daybreak programme to vent her frustration on the fact that Eastlands Housing Association suggested she cut back on luxuries such as cigarettes and alcohol, and instead spend her £71 a week benefits on necessities. My fellow readers this is what is wrong with society!

An Ode To My Darling Sister

My darling sister it is now the time, Where I put key to keyboard and write you a rhyme. Why am I doing this, I really don’t know, Perhaps its because you’re my favourite little sister and I love you so. Fifteen years old, where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday you were only one! A voice and opinion are assets you have – as well as many others, Believe me its one of your strongest – but not to be used on your brothers! Very tall, long hair and with a wardrobe full of clothes, You always keep your emotions in check and never lets them blow. The truth is I am very proud of you – I hope you can see, Even though you probably won’t want to admit it, you are just like me. Strong willed, loud voice, never wrong are qualities we both share, Qualities that we won’t admit are that we always care. I have run out of ‘permissible’ things that I can put on this post. You are my favourite sister, and I love you the most.

One Small Crack In The Euro Zone, One Giant Hole For The European Union

Studying EU Law at university as one of my modules, it is quite exciting that we are in the middle of such developments with regards to the Euro Zone. It is true that I can’t help but think all this work (and indeed pain) that comes with studying EU Law will be for nothing if the European Union begins to collapse. Personally I am not a huge fan of the EU, the very fact that it costs the UK taxpayer over £50m each day is perhaps one of the biggest reasons. Whilst we do get free trade as being part of the EU, some countries are prevued to this agreement however have not signed away their powers to the EU and costing the this amount in the process. The Euro was the first single currency that aimed to unite and bring those member states of the EU closer, encouraging international trade further by abolishing currency conversation rates and further limiting trade restrictions – however this has since been called into question. With several of the Eurozone countries in serious economic difficulty, the cost of all EU member states to keep this single currency has increased from hundreds of millions to billions. The EU in my opinion has always been a charity project, taking money from the richer states, and giving it in the form of CAP and other benefits to less economically stable. Whilst philanthropical activities are encouraged, it is my view that this should be determined on an individual basis, and not burdened on the tax payer as a whole under the vial of it being a treaty. Gordon Brown, quite rightly decided to keep Britain out of the Euro, and over the past several hours David Cameron has stated that he will not back any Euro bailout plan that does not protect the UK; and whilst I fully support the action taken by David Cameron, this lack of willingness to support the Euro, which is in affect the EU’s baby – has cast doubt on the strength of the EU as a whole. The EU was created in the time of war, in an attempt to bring countries closer together; however the economic crisis has had the opposite affect. Countries who have taken risks financially are having to depend on those who have not in order to bale them out – which has caused outrage for those countries footing the bill for other members recklessness. It is the case that in most cases, those who are bailing others out are also in financial trouble, so bailing others is likely to put them in difficulty. If the Euro is to collapse either entirely, or reformed but with fewer more stable countries this will be the first part of dismantling the EU, after all, if states have had enough of supporting the currency, what hope does the Commission have to implement further changes? The controversy that the Euro bailout has caused, does cast doubt on the effectiveness of the EU as a whole, as it has proven that unity may good upto a point, however expecting others to consistently pay for the risks you have taken is a liberty that takes generosity too far.

I Am Back, No My iPhone 4 Didn’t Eat Me

It would appear by my lack of blogging recently that the iPhone 4 had eaten me as I haven’t blogged since 27th June 2010, and my appearances on Twitter have been sporadic to say the least. Now I can only but apologize for this, life has been very hectic to say the least, so I am hoping to condense the last 4-5 months down into one blog post, with areas of significance receiving their own dedicated post within the next few days/weeks. Since the last time we spoke was during the summer holidays, and me working, I shall briefly fill you in. As per previous years my role within the company I worked for wasn’t fixed, with this years role being an ‘efficiency consultant’. I experienced life in several departments, and at the end of the summer period presented a report to the management where efficiency (and hence costs) could be improved upon. Sadly I do feel that this year was the last year that I will be working for said company – however more about that later. 1st September 2010 saw the announcement of the new AppleTV. For those of you who have read my blog and twitter feed, will know that I am one of the biggest Apple fan boys going. So it would come as to no surprise to learn that I pre-ordered one for my home in Salford. First thoughts are that it is an amazing piece of kit, one that has changed my TV and media consumption habits for the better. I will be writing a separate blog post on the AppleTV at a later date to cover unboxing, methods of managing/updating my iTunes content and more in-depth thoughts on Apples latest gadget. September also saw the moving into my new house in Salford with 5 of my closest university friends. Since my first two years of university were spent in private, catered halls, having to ‘fend for myself’ was a little daunting at first. However I think I have got it all covered. Ok, I dont do student life like a typical student, I do have food delivered rather than shop, I do have a glass of wine when I have a bath, and I dont eat pot noodle on toast. Once again, you shall be updated properly in due course. University life kicked off with a bang, with International Welcome and Freshers Weeks. I was hired as a student host by the University, which involved taking groups of tours round campus as well as on trips round the north of England. My love of photography was re-kindled as the photographs that I took were not only featured in the student newspaper, but were purchased by the University itself to be used for future advertising. You can see photos taken on my new Flickr feed: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jisaacs/collections/72157625219835662/) The University also commissioned a report on me, that was published on the student channel, you can see that below: October was not only the month I turned 21 but also me going down to Oxford for a BMAF Seminar. Each head of a business school at universities are asked to join the Business Management Accountancy Finance team, and each year they hold conferences do summarize what they are doing right, and what can be improved upon. I was selected as one of 20 student representatives to go down and express my views on certain issues. The trip involved 1st class train travel, and seeing some of the most beautiful architecture I had seen. Since the first trip I, with a fellow student have been invited back down to Oxford in the new year, to take up a seat on the BMAF board. Finally, Wednesday 10th November 2010, incorrectly described by Sky News as “A National State of Emergency”, was the student demo down in London. I attended as photographer for the student newspaper, and as a student (who is a Tory party member) can honestly say that from where I stood the protest occurred peacefully. Yes I am a Conservative party member, but that doesn’t mean that I need to agree with every policy, and even tho there was violence at Millbank tower, both the police and NUS agree that it was not started by students rather anarchists who were simply ‘along for the ride’. The student demo was attended by 20,000 more protesters than organizers thought, so police were unprepared, however that was no excuse for fire extinguishers to be thrown from buildings to officers below. Overall I feel that the majority of students protested peacefully and made their views know to both Conservative and Liberal Democrat MP’s that student cuts are not something that they are willing to accept. So that is the past several months summed up into one blog post. I am back in Leeds for the weekend, as I am seeing Top Gear being filmed down in Birmingham on Sunday, so will update you all accordingly. Apart from that, I hope that my appearances on Twitter will increase and thank you for both reading my blog, and continuing to follow my movements. Jonathan