SKYNEWS: The Egyptian army has said it will not use force against protesters calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak ahead of a “million people” march.
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(source: Egypt Daily News)
I do admire the big society, I really do. Government needs to step away into the distance and never again interfere with our lives. Government does not, and never will, know best; society is the true force of good – as Thomas Paine once said.
The Prime Minister, however, seems to be articulating the idea of collectivism and not a genuine liberal society. This frustrates and disappoints me on many levels because the “big society” has the potential to transform the landscape of British politics – if implemented correctly. Cameron’s definition is rather self-explanatory and obvious, but yet obscured in some areas. The coalition wants us to facilitate ourselves without them (which is good) but done in a certain manner, which the government finds acceptable.
Oh right. Explain to me how this works?
If the government wishes to do less, which one applauds and encourages, then one would like to pay less tax. Simples. Big society wants to do less, but still wants the same tax revenue; you and I are now paying for a government to keep quiet. Which is not very progressive or fair. Yes, a budget deficit must be eradicated (thank you Labour!) but the people want something in return.
Big society should equate small government with low taxes. It should not be collectivism or masquerading big government. We want freedom of the individual.
Note This is my first podcast attempt, so please forgive me for it being short and a bit rough around the edges. A proper player will be added to the site and this allows the podcast to be played here. Aiming for a much longer episode to be added near the end of the week.
Site is growing well. Good and decent flow of hits in her early days. At some point today, I do hope, my first podcast should be uploaded. My aspiration is for it to become a weekly advent – or two – with a mixture of subjects being discussed.
(Video credited to Ramy Raoof – http://ebfhr.blogspot.com/)
@glennbeck Egypt may be a tipping point. Yemen and Jordan also have smaller uprisings. Iran is smiling, the Saudis and Israelis are not. Pray4peace.
..Yeah, this has nothing to do with Iran.
The President of the NUS, Aaron Porter, was allegedly racially abused at a student rally at Manchester after failing to stand by the hard left – who want direct action against the government. Mr Porter claims he was received with chanting of “Tory Jew” and “Jewish scum.” Some tweets made reference to protesters declaring Mr Porter a “Zionist”, too.
This should not be viewed as an isolated event because the left, especially a minority in the anti-war movement, are regularly blamed for anti-semitic slogans in relation to Israel. The word “Zionist” is tossed around as a legitimate method to denounce an opponent – without considering the possible consequence. Is every Jew a Zionist? Of course not, there are Oxthodox Jews who do not recognise or support the State of Israel. But the left, especially extreme elements within it, must prevent and combat any anti-Semitic opinions within their ranks.
One cannot campaign against Islamophobia within British society and then, within the same breath, allow intolerance and discrimination against Jews from their own side.