Cameron’s tribute to a ‘small island’

David Cameron made a great retaliation to a Russian official said Britain was ‘just a small island’ and ‘no-one pays any attention to Britain’.

Here is what he said:

Let me be clear – Britain may be a small island but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience.

Britain is an island that has helped to clear the European continent of fascism and was resolute in doing that throughout World War Two.

Britain is an island that helped to abolish slavery, that has invented most of the things worth inventing, including every sport currently played around the world, that still today is responsible for art, literature and music that delights the entire world.

We are very proud of everything we do as a small island – a small island that has the sixth largest economy, the fourth best funded military, some of the most effective diplomats, the proudest history, one of the best records for art, literature, contribution to philosophy and world civilisation.

For the people who live in Northern Ireland, I should say we are not just an island, we are a collection of islands. I don’t want anyone in Shetland or Orkney to feel left out by this.

Truer words could not have been spoken. This makes me proud to be a part of the United kingdom and I hope the people of Scotland vote to remain a significant part of the United Kingdom on the 18th September 2014.

My stance on homophobia in Dumbarton

I plan to hold a protest/event to highlight why society needs to be more accepting of LGBT people.
This comes after I realised that a local family who lease Overtoun House from West Dunbartonshire Council are homophobic or don’t accept LGBT people for who they are.
When I came out a couple of years ago, I was volunteering in the Tearoom they run in the house and I was also quite friendly with them all, but it all changed when I came out. They wouldn’t talk to me very much only when I was working but even then it was minimal. So I decided that I would never work there again or go into the tearoom but I do now want to highlight the fact they are not accepting of LGBT people.
On the day of the event/protest I will be outside the building informing everyone that they dont accept LGBT people.
They say that gay people choose to be gay which is a load of nonsense as you are born gay.
The main reason for staging this protest/event is to enhance their understanding that gay people are an integral part of society nowadays and they should at least accept us and not be homophobic. Jesus said “Love thy Neighbour.” Gay people are our neighbours as well as straight people.
If anyone would like to join me, Direct Message me on Twitter or email me on leemartin459@yahoo.co.uk

The New Mood of Conservative Triumphalism is at odds with reality

The opening years of this parliament provided few opportunities for the self-congratulation that comes so naturally to the present generation of Conservative politicians. The economy barely grew, the NHS was left in chaos by Andrew Lansley’s reforms and the coalition government’s promise of a “new politics” was tainted by repeated scandals.
But in recent weeks a mood of triumphalism has taken hold in the parliamentary Conservative party and among its press supporters. In the final Prime Ministers Questions before the summer recess, David Cameron declared: “The deficit is down, unemployment is falling, crime is down, welfare is capped and Abu Qatada is back in Jordan. Every day this country is getting stronger and he (Ed Miliband) is getting weaker.”
And yet, by any reasonable measure, the coalition’s record remains one of failure, even on its own terms. The economic recovery of which ministers boast is the slowest in more than 100 years, with GDP nearly 4 per cent below its pre-recession peak. In the US, by contrast, where the Obama administration maintained fiscal stimulus, the economy is 3.2 per cent larger than in 2007 after growth four times greater than that of the UK. And rather than rebalancing the economy away from debt-driven consumption and towards investment and exports, as was promised and was desirable in 2010, George Osborne appears intent on creating another housing bubble through his Help to Buy scheme, which will reflate demand without addressing the problem of supply.
The headline fall in unemployment, which remains unacceptably high at 2.51 million (7.8 percent), masks the sharp rise in so-called underemployment, with a record 1.45 million people in part time jobs because they are unable to work full time. To compound this, long-term unemployment has reached a 17 year high of 915,000 and youth unemployment is at 959,000 (20.9%). Total joblessness has not risen to the heights experienced in the 1980s more because of workers’ willingness to price themselves into employment (real wages have fallen by a remarkable 9%) than through the success of the governments strategy. To voters enduring the greatest squeeze in living standards in recent history, ministers offer scapegoats – “welfare dependants”, “health tourists”, “troubled families”. In the meantime, Britain’s core problems, such as its economic short-termism, its lack of social mobility and its extreme income inequality, remain largely unaddressed.
As global competition intensifies, the UK needs a government that, as well as encouraging enterprise and enabling small businesses to flourish, will be prepared to use the state innovatively to promote balanced growth, that is capable of maintaining old international alliances and forging new ones, and that can revive a sense of national purpose of a kind that, for now, is largely absent.