Is this Generation Right?    ›

Recently I’ve been taking a more proactive interest in politics, albeit rather grudgingly. From one argument to another, I have found it exceedingly difficult to classify myself as either left or right wing; the only characteristic I can say with certainty is that I’m wildly liberal.

I really like the article above, it’s very well written and pretty much summarises how I feel about my generation.

Despite all my misgivings and distaste for the ‘politics’ of politics, I do think it’s incredibly important for people to be aware of who is leading us, what policies are in place, and take an active interest in where we go from now on - than simply turn a blind eye which is all too easy. I’m disappointed by the number of friends I have who - through laziness, disillusionment or ignorance - choose not to care. Politics, the economy, social conventions affect every single of us, and (as I always say) you don’t have the right to complain if you don’t even try to form an opinion.

When talking about politics, people tend to categorise themselves as either left or right. As above, I don’t consider myself pro-Labour, and whilst I actually think Conservatives did a pretty good job lifting the general economy out of recession, I loathe to call myself a Tory either. We are fed too many conflicting data, the media sensationalises headlines for both camps - benefit cheats today, rich evading taxes tomorrow; and as most people socialise with peers similar to themselves, it is very difficult to assess the economical, social spectrum of a country, unbiasedly.

It’s certainly not an easy job, and I don’t envy anyone who genuinely tries to fix it.

For the left:

  • I’m still a supporter of the welfare system, I think the poor and vulnerable should receive support given the wealth we hold as nation - but the hard part is distinguishing those in genuine hardship from the scroungers.
  • I like the NHS. It may be slow, and it may be clunky, but I think we underestimate the importance of universal healthcare, especially when we’re young. Even more remarkable, it’s cheaper to offer universal healthcare than privatised healthcare as we eliminate the problem of imperfect information.
  • Free education (largely).

For the right:

  • I believe in market economy. I think unions hold too much power, times change and businesses need to change with it or we’ll get left behind. Competitiveness breeds innovation.
  • I think most government services are hugely inefficient - including the NHS. 
  • I despise the general feeling of ‘entitlement’ many hold in the UK. Some ‘tough love’ would not go amiss here.
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❝ I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. ❞

— David Lynch

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Andy Goldsworthy’s art

One of my favourite artists.

Crashing Min’s college social. Free (posh) #brunch!

Crashing Min’s college social. Free (posh) #brunch!

Our successful candy floss & popcorn double act at the office summer-fair-themed party. So much fun!

Our successful candy floss & popcorn double act at the office summer-fair-themed party. So much fun!

❝ There are two reasons why people don’t talk about things; either it doesn’t mean anything to them, or it means everything. ❞

Luna Adriana 

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Haven’t gotten lost in nature for a long time.

Haven’t gotten lost in nature for a long time.

10 years. 4157 performances. Happy 10th Anniversary, Wicked. (October 30th, 2003)

My absolute favourite musical
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Ah politics.

Reach. #light #onlylightintheflat

Reach. #light #onlylightintheflat

Open air cinema <3 Watching Mean Girls in Vauxhall park with Regina’s “army of skanks”. (at Vauxhall Gardens)

Open air cinema <3 Watching Mean Girls in Vauxhall park with Regina’s “army of skanks”. (at Vauxhall Gardens)

Back streets of #kingscross. Michael’s favorite house in #london. I used to live 30 seconds from here.  (at Whidborne Street)

Back streets of #kingscross. Michael’s favorite house in #london. I used to live 30 seconds from here. (at Whidborne Street)

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spoken-not-written:

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE

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Britain's breadline kids             ›

Each of these stories are heartbreaking. The most harrowing documentary I’ve watched in a long while.

Life is not fair. These people deserve more than what they’re receiving. I think most of the UK public would willingly support such people in genuine hardship.

I don’t vote for Labour. I think the current welfare system is inherently flawed because of imperfect information and greed, and needs an overhaul. However it is disgusting that the rich can have so much (myself included, even as I’m writing this in a batcave), whilst the poor, the vulnerable scramble for scraps at the bottom - with the rich passing/hiding wealth from one generation to the next.