Remember​ Grenfell

It has been two months since Grenfell fire. Unsurprisingly, a lot of you have stopped talking about it, just like our media outlets and of course not forgetting the deafening silence from our government. Some might think this is ‘old news’ and might think it is a bit weird that I am choosing now to speak about what happened on the 14th of June 2017, but I think right now is a perfect time.

A couple of weeks ago the government announced that they would cover the burnt tower, which many of the victims were grateful for as the sight of it brings back horrible memories that are too much to endure. Obviously, the victims are the number one priority here but I would hate to think that this would be a case of ‘out of sight out of mind’. The charred black building towering over North Kensington is a reminder of what happened on the 14th of June. It is a reminder of all the people that were murdered in the fire. It is also a reminder that there are still so many people unaccounted for, families who cannot mourn the death of their loved ones as their bodies have not been recovered or named, victims who are not in permanent housing… and murderers who are not in jail.

The black tower is a stain on our society in more ways than one. The most vulnerable people in society lived in Grenfell tower. People who have fled war torn countries and come to England to finally be safe and bring up their children without fear of being killed were put into a death trap and betrayed by our government. People who suffered from disabilities and just some of the poorest people in our society were put into this tower and left to die. I know it sounds harsh but it is the truth of the situation. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that shit happens, fires do happen all the time, but this can’t be seen as just an accident or an unfortunate event that couldn’t have been prevented because the truth is it could have been prevented. I’m sure you have heard a lot of this before but I don’t know about you but whenever I think of what happened at Grenfell I feel the same anger as I did when I first heard about it. Residents in the building were just left there, they complained and notified the authorities so many times about the fire safety of the building, they alerted the council on many occasions about there being no sprinklers or working fire alarms even TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE FIRE! This was pure negligence. The people that lived there were poor and not seen by the government or local council to be of any value and so they were ignored and left to live in unsafe conditions which eventually led to their deaths. Not to mention the flammable cladding that was the reason for all of the deaths was simply a cheaply resourced material on the building to make it look prettier for all the rich people who lived in the area, so they didn’t have to look at a building that represented poverty.

That is not even the worst part. After the fire no one took responsibility for it or to apologise, not even our government or our Prime Minister. Then they didn’t even offer sufficient support. The victims were told they would be rehoused in two weeks. Two months on there are still families living in temporary accommodation, in some cases four family members hearing one hotel room. I just think it is extraordinary that in this day and age where everything can be recorded and put on the internet that the government still think that they can lie to us and not just lie to us but blatantly break promises and just go on as normal.

The point of this was not to rant even though it was so easy to. What happened at Grenfell was one of the most heartbreaking things I have witnessed and yes people die every day but all the factors that caused this atrocity just make it unbearable. The point of this post is to one remind us all of the injustice these people have suffered and are still suffering and it is our responsibility to never forget what happened at Grenfell but to also demand justice and not let this be swept under the carpet.

Never forget Grenfell.

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Manchester Attack

We hear about ghastly attacks all over the world these days, pretty much on a daily basis but personally I haven’t been this taken aback in a very long time. To plan such an awful attack, targeting children is something I just can’t get my head around and whatever your political views, the only cause for such a crime is pure evil. There is not much more I can say about the attack, but that it is truly heart-breaking.

Since I first heard of what happened last night I have been stuck to twitter looking for updates. At the time, no one was sure what had happened and I genuinely thought it had to be an electrical fault of some sort. Why would anyone attack an Ariana Grande concert it just didn’t even occur to me that anyone would do such a thing. However as more and more reports came in, I was firstly in shock but secondly I was hopelessly praying that the bomber wasn’t Muslim and this seems to be the case every time I hear of these sorts of attacks. It’s the same thing every time, half of my twitter feed are already blaming Muslims before any knows who was responsible, and then the other half defending Islam and getting angry because people have automatically assumed that a ‘Muslim’ is responsible.

Firstly, I don’t think we can be offended anymore if people assume these attacks are carried out by Muslims because quite frankly most of the time they are. Just like when we hear of mass shootings in American schools and we assume the perpetrators are evil little white kids. This however does not mean that Islam is it blame or that somehow all Muslims are responsible and should feel some sense of remorse. No, Muslims should not be apologising for crimes committed by other Muslims that they don’t even know, what sense does that make. Just like I don’t expect all old white men to apologise for the likes of Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile. The biggest victims of ISIS are in fact Muslims, should they be apologising to themselves?

Some people such as Piers Morgan are calling for Muslims to do more and I just don’t know what that means. Are all Muslims supposed to have telepathic powers with other Muslims? Some people may disagree with what I’m about to say… but look, I get it, if one type of person keeps committing the same type of horrific attacks, people are going to become resentful. We all like to be politically correct, Muslims are outraged that all Muslims are being painted with the same brush but let’s be real we are all human. In the same way, I am sure there are many Muslims who resent countries such as the UK, US and European communities, due to the actions of their governments and this is probably why we see such atrocities taking place (this does not excuse or justify them). It is completely wrong to blame a whole religion or community for the actions of a few and expect them to feel responsible for the actions of a few but maybe there are things we can all do. For example, whilst on twitter I also saw tweets where people were condemning the attacks but following their condemnation with a but, tweets such as ‘This attack is so bad BUT there are children dying from bombs in Syria’ or ‘the UK and the US are also terrorists they bomb innocent people too’. I do not disagree with these tweets; they are factually correct and I used to feel the same way watching the news and witnessing how the lives of white civilians just seem so much more important to brown ones. However, in such a horrific attack I feel like comments like that just push peoples backs up. Yes, young children are dying in Syria but does that mean the mother who just lost her 8-year-old daughter at a pop concert is going to grieve any less than a Syrian mother.

The fact of the matter is that after these events, politicians and community leaders exclaim that such tragedies should unite us and that we can’t let the terrorists win but these events are dividing us more and more. We are a divided nation the EU referendum was a clear example of that and it’s only going to get worse as these types of events are becoming more and more frequent. I would love to finish this off with a solution but I don’t have one and it doesn’t look like any of our leaders have one either, maybe we could just try to be a little bit more compassionate and understanding, even if it doesn’t stop these horrible events it might make the aftermaths of them a bit more bearable than the constant blame game or competition for what mothers feel more pain when they are burying their children.

General Election 2017!!! Who would have thought ??

So we have exactly 49 days until Britain’s fate for the next five years is sealed, Actually, who knows if that’s even true; at this rate we would be lucky to keep the same person in power for one year, let alone five.

I’ve seen a lot of people criticise May for going back on her word – only days before the announcement she assured the country that she wasn’t going to hold a snap general election – but to be honest I think this was a really well played move from our PM and I am personally very happy with this decision. Firstly, I think it was well played from May because she’s calling this election just as article 50 triggered and just before negotiations to take Britain out of the EU begin. To me ladies and gentlemen, this looks like a devious plan from the Prime Minister, because quite frankly I think she knows she is going to fuck us all over in these negotiations. Consider, the next general election campaign would have started just after these negotiations end in about two years. This would have been be at a time where Britain had just witnessed our government’s attempts and probable failures to get us the best deal, and let’s be honest I reckon there will be a lot of things we are not going to be happy about. Just a small, ok maybe big example, the Westminster elite yes both conservatives and labour and the rest want to stay in the single market and I don’t think they’re gonna budge on this, do you really think the EU is going to allow that with a ‘controlled’ immigration policy. I could be wrong but it just doesn’t seem realistic to me and I don’t think thats what people had in mind when they voted to leave the EU.

My senses also predict that two years is probably enough time for labour to think of a cunning plan to get Mr. Corbyn out of their leadership position and may have a somewhat organised party again (this is no dig at Corbyn, I defo have a soft spot for old jezza which you will soon see). Of course, all of this are just my predictions but judging by recent events two years is a very long time in politics and anything could happen, but I think even if Theresa May turns out to be the next Mother Teresa in the next two years and opens a hospital for wounded puppies she has still got more of a chance of staying in power on the June the 8th than in threes years.

Unless people open their damn eyes and see the choice they have in front of them without buying into this hate campaign the British media and most of our politicians have created against Mr Corbyn. Yes, I might have rose tinted glasses on when it comes to Jeremy but I am not that naive I understand that he is lacking some major leadership qualities but has he even been given a chance. Even during the labour leadership contest (the first one), you had MP’s refusing to be a part of his cabinet and this was even before he had got the job. I can’t understand what people think is so bad about a guy that wants poor people to have food and not have to go to food banks and who also didn’t want to start dropping drones on little kids in Syria. Like for fuck sake he really  sound like a monster. Ok, I’m taking the glasses off, I get it his economic plans may seem a little far-fetched and will probably leave us in a lot of debt but how much damage can he really do? (hmm, maybe don’t answer that). All I’m trying to say is we could be on the verge of a World War 3 or we might all die from global warming before we can even come to terms with Britains debt, maybe we should elect a prime minister who actually cares about human lives. The world wants change, we have seen that in our very own referendum and also in the US election. We don’t want these phoney politicians anymore and i feel like Corbyn is the kind of change we need. Will he be able to handle a world war? I tell you one thing, I don’t see him being Trump’s lap dog and I think that is way more honourable than May’s refusal to stand up to Trump or even express her dissatisfaction with some of Trump’s decisions. God, don’t we want to be on the right side of history?

I do genuinely believe right now in this moment in time that the conservative party will win the election with a huge majority, however the revolutionist in me really hopes that people see this this election as a real opportunity for change. Donald Fuckin Trump is the President of the United States of America and Le Pen is looking pretty popular in France, we could vote for the balance that this world needs.

Welcome to Political Outlaw 91

I am a politics student in my final year needing a place to express myself and fill the gap that will be left with me once I have left university. I can’t say that I am the studious type, but my time at university has been filled with many heated debates on current affairs and world politics. I have had occasions where I call my friends up at 2 am wanting to discuss the after effects of British colonisation or, I don’t know, how important education for girls is in developing countries and I can’t lie they don’t always seem that enthusiastic about it at the specific moment, so I think it is time for me to start a blog. Mainly for myself because my friends are starting to ignore my calls but also there might actually be people who are interested in my thoughts.

So, first off, I have a lot to say but I am not very good at saying it, my grammar is atrocious which you’ve probably already realised. There is nothing professional about this blog, I swear, I use basic English and I can imagine sometimes it might be offensive.

I thought I would tell you a bit about myself because my views are really going to confuse you, sometimes you are probably going to think I am a rich old white man and other times you’re probably going to think I’m a hippy vegan that hates war but probably nothing in-between.

I am a 25 year old woman and I was born in London, England. My parents were both born in England too. My mums’ parents are both Indian and my dads’ are both Pakistani. I know it is quite weird as both countries hate each other. I can’t say my grandparents were too happy about it at the time, but they got over it and my parents are divorced now so I guess they should have listened to their parents lol. My mum’s family are Hindus and my dad’s are Muslim and I have also been raised as a Muslim however I can’t say that I am very religious.

Let’s just get it out there, I am a feminist. I love the Kardashians and my favourite program is BBC question time. I grew up in Croydon but now live in Wimbledon and go to uni in Birmingham and I also lived in Dubai for a while. Whatever preconceived ideas you may have about my opinions I think you will probably be wrong.