Brexit and me

I’d like to tell the story of how I became interested in Brexit, back in 2016, only marginally before the vote. In reality, it’s the story of why I didn’t care about Brexit at any point before a critical moment in early 2016. I was born in 1989. Don’t worry, the story doesn’t start there;… Continue reading Brexit and me

Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins

Like many countries, the UK has a few people the media loves to put a microphone and camera in front of and listen to their opinion, no matter how uninformed or lacking in nuance it is. One such person in the UK is Katie Hopkins. She was interviewed outside the Conservative Party Conference about her… Continue reading Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins

A second Brexit Referendum?

Brexit means Brexit, don’t you know. Now that 52% of people have voted for Brexit (noun) we should now Brexit (verb). End of story. Or do you not believe in democracy?! But, what does Brexit actually mean? This meme of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ doesn’t actually tell us anything. “Brexit” was a word the media made… Continue reading A second Brexit Referendum?

An Open Letter to the UK

Dear UK citizen, registered voter or not,   I am writing to you today to tell you to not give up on your new-found political passion just yet. You need to contact your local representatives. Immediately.   We can still stop the Brexit being invoked or shape the negotiations that happen, and we can do… Continue reading An Open Letter to the UK

Bombing Syria? Really? (Part 1: What did it take government 10 hours to say?)

Here comes another mini-series. This time, discussing the UK government’s decision to bomb Syria (if you don’t want to miss an installment, follow me). I am going to keep this relatively short, because I am less well versed in politics. I want to give people who really do understand these ideas the opportunity to set… Continue reading Bombing Syria? Really? (Part 1: What did it take government 10 hours to say?)

Stories that make me think I might be a Conservative

The Desert Paul, Andy and Mike had just met. They were all out backpacking when they met in the North-East of Australia. They had decided to rent a car as a group and drive to the North-West of Australia. They agreed to make a stop at a few sites along the way and at one… Continue reading Stories that make me think I might be a Conservative

Politics based on Ideals

Fiction is the answer to real world issues. It’s not apparent at first, but if we turn to fiction―particularly science fiction―then we are offered glimpses into what the future can look like. Utopian societies share very common themes, none of these themes are corporate control, environmental destruction or unsafe food additives; universal healthcare is a… Continue reading Politics based on Ideals

Social Cost of Taboo

A taboo is an unspoken social rule of omission: things you may not talk about. You have every right to say it, but people agree that the speaker will come off badly if they do. Obesity is one of these, where telling a fat person they are fat means the speaker comes off worse than… Continue reading Social Cost of Taboo

The Social Cost of Ignorance

It is not uncommon to be asked why I feel critical thinking and research are important. There are two key reasons: one is that I do not like the idea of middle-minded conservative people with antiquated ideas feeling they have a right to run a country without reason; second is the fact one needs to… Continue reading The Social Cost of Ignorance