I’m writing this on a Monday night. I’ve ticked off a mahusive to do list this evening and I feel like Wonder Woman despite PMS and the most bleugh day at work.
I’ve been wanting to sit down and write a kick ass ABOUT ME page for bloody ages and I’ve also been revisiting a draft entitled WHAT I WOULD DO IF I WERE PRIME MINISTER and in my super-productive-can’t-stop-me-now mind I thought; why not write my own manifesto to encompass my values?
So here we are… and by all means these are not ALL of my values or concerns, I might be 34 by the time this is posted if they are (in which case hello 34 year old me I hope you are more than okay, how’s 2025 treatin’ ya?!)
EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE A PRIVILEGE, IT SHOULD BE A RIGHT FOR ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE.
School, college and university should be free and available to anybody whom so wishes to use it. We could all do with being more educated if not for our own sense of self but for the greater good of mankind. Ignorance, jealousy and anger are the cause of so many injustices but through education we can begin to really combat these things. Class, gender, religion and even ability shouldn’t make a damn different to whether somebody deserves an education. Don’t you find that you can be angry at something until you truly understand it? Knowledge is power but understanding is peace.
MEN & WOMEN ARE THE SAME AND WE SHOULD STOP TEACHING THEM TO BE DIFFERENT.
I am a firm believer that almost all of our personality traits are either environmental or genetic and that none of them are specifically linked to gender. Gender is not a defining factor in who we are unless society makes it that way and for a very long time it has done. Society perpetuates the idea that girls like pink and that men should be less emotional than women and that ‘boys will be boys’. These gendered behaviours are learned rather than connected with the binary gender defined by our naked bodies. Once we understand this and starting treating people like people then we’ll really get somewhere.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN IMMIGRANT.
Fascists talk about ‘immigrants’ like they are a separate species, these crazy foreign people who come from afar to steal our hard earned riches and suck our land dry. But why are they ignoring the painstakingly obvious fact that no matter where you’re from, you’re a human being just like your neighbours or anyone in your locality. Why can’t people see the international community as being their own community? Is it any different when someone comes to the UK from France instead of moving from Aberdeen to London? There’s a certain idea displayed by members of the EDL (and other such organisations) that British-born people are entitled to a place in the UK because they were coincidentally born here and that people who so happen to be born elsewhere should stay there. In actuality they are no more deserving of their citizenship than anyone else.
LIFE IS UNFAIR AND WE SHOULD TRY TO COUNTERACT THIS WITH A SOLID WELFARE SYSTEM.
There was a lot of coverage a few years ago in the media about benefits cheats and fraud and all the people who were supposedly spending their dole money on fags and lager. In reality, our welfare state helps millions of people who cannot work because of their disabilities, commitments etc. I’m talking about the 1.4 million full-time non-professional carers, 1.8 million single parents and the 10 million disabled people in the UK who may need some, or a lot of support. Forget the 1% who cheat the system like you forget the 1% of our population who earn more than the rest of us combined. We should be building a country that can support those who really need it instead of dismantling the best thing we had going as a nation.
WORKERS RIGHTS SHOULD BE MORE HEAVILY PROTECTED TO STOP UNFAIR DISMISSAL, UNFAIR PAY STRUCTURES AND PAY DEDUCTIONS.
I have seen SO many people (including myself ofc) be completely fucked over by companies they’ve worked for. I worked at a place that took 5 months after leaving to pay me my final pay cheque. Another who dismissed me 3 weeks before starting my new job because they knew I’d found another. I have even had my wages docked for a business pay error dating from 3-14 months earlier. Even with union backing it can be very difficult to be treated fairly by a company and it’s something that the government really need to crack down on.
MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGALISED
For starters, alcohol is legal and there are going to be idiots who destroy their lives no matter what the substance and no matter what the legality. But it can help calm an otherwise hectic mind. I’ve seen it relieve pain, bring people closer together and I’ve also seen the side of it where someone loses their job over it because it’s technically illegal. We’ve seen the documentaries and the viral posts, we’ve experienced it close to home and it’s a matter of fact that the world would be a better place if marijuana was legal. Hippie rant over.
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