My Thoughts: Why I’m worried about our new Prime Minister

Tomorrow Britain will have a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, who has been the Home Secretary since 2010. May will become the second female PM, after Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. For those who don’t know much about Theresa May, here are my worries about her becoming our new Prime Minister.

Yesterday The Independent (one of the most reliable and politically unbiased newspapers) summarised my argument with the phrase “Theresa May is about to become Prime Minister after a career of opposing legislation that guarantees equality and human rights.” In this article I will be exploring Theresa May’s abysmal voting record.

Theresa May has spoken in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act and leaving the European Convention of Human Rights. These are the sources of our basic human rights (the right to life, the right of free speech etc.) Although she did support replacing these with a new ‘Bill of Rights,’ it is impossible to know what this new bill would include, and which rights would be guaranteed and which would not. 

Probably Theresa May’s most notorious policy is supporting the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ which would give the police the power to search anyone’s internet history without asking for their permission. In a bid to tackle terrorism, supporters of the snooper’s charter claim that “if you’ve done nothing wrong then you shouldn’t be scared.” Meanwhile, critics claim that the Snooper’s Charter is a breach of personal liberties. The law hasn’t been passed yet, but it’s extremely likely to happen under May’s government.

Theresa May has never supported equality. She has consistenly voted in favour of slashing benefits for the poorest earners in society, whilst voting against measures to tackle tax avoidance. She also voted in favour of invading Iraq, launching further air strikes on Syria, and legalising fox hunting. She voted against banning smoking in a car whilst children are present. May also (extremely controversially) said that sex offenders should he allowed to adopt and that we can never have a fully integrated society where there is immigration. 

Just because Theresa May is a woman doesn’t mean she supports women’s rights. Theresa May voted against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which would give lesbian couples the ability to receive fertility treatment and she also voted against gay adoption rights and repealing Section 28 which bans the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

How Theresa May became Prime Minister is extremely undemocratic. Even if she was chosen by the 150,000 Tory members, that would be undemocratic, but May only became PM because the other candidates dropped out of the race. In the end, our next Prime Minister was chosen by 199 Tory MPs which accounts for 0.000004% of the entire population. How can we call ourselves a democratic nation when our Prime minister was chosen in this way? May should call a general election because she has no mandate from the British people. But she won’t, because she’s in power now and doesn’t want anyone to take that away from her. She believes that her own personal position is far more important than democracy.

Although we can’t be 100% sure what the UK will look like under Theresa May, I am certain there will be further growths in inequality and fewer rights for workers. Young people will have their futures in doubt and there will be a continuation of austerity politics. Like Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May will continue to divide the UK and I believe she will be a terrible role model for young women. Theresa May will be just as bad (if not, worse) than David Cameron.


Interview with Jonathan Reynolds (Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde)

I decided to ask the Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds (who has almost exactly the same name as me) some questions about the recent EU referendum result and find out whether there were any positives for Britain leaving the EU.
Were you surprised by the EU referendum result?
No. Although I had changed my mind several times as to who I thought would win, I knew Leave winning was a real possibility
Why do you think so many working class and Labour voters were attracted to the leave campaign, rather than Labour’s ‘In’ campaign?
Two-thirds of Labour voters did back Remain, but in my area concerns about immigration were very high. Despite making the case for the benefits of immigration, many people were and are very uneasy about the operation of the free movement of people between the UK and the EU.
How will this result affect young people?
It’s huge. It will affect the opportunities available to them in the rest of Europe, but it will also deeply affect the type of country the UK becomes. Much of that future is still up for grabs however.
What would you like to see as part of the post-Brexit deal?
I would like Britain to remain as close to the Single Market as possible, particularly as to the ability for businesses based here to operate freely anywhere in Europe. I also hope that whatever immigration policy Parliament decides we will still attract the best and brightest people to work in the UK. In addition, I would also like to see scientific collaboration across the EU continued.
Are there any positives of Britain leaving the EU?
Some specific businesses will be better off, such as sugar producers who import cane sugar from the rest of the world as a raw material and who currently face a high EU tariff. But on the whole this is an outcome best for those people who have a very specific idea of what the UK should now be, which is usually to be a sort of Western Singapore – ultra-free market, low social security spending, hyper global etc. – and these people tend to be on the Right in politics. We need an alternative vision.

Race to the White House #5

I’ve interviewed another Bernie Sanders supporter, and I’m keen to find out why she backs him for President.

Why are you backing Bernie for President?

Because my nation and our world are at a critical point of paradigm shift. Small incremental changes are no longer acceptable re: Climate change; our economy; societal health and well-being; the haves and have nots; government representation; racial, sexual, and religious persecution; buying & rigging of elections, unjust laws and wars.

If Bernie became President, what would you like him to achieve?

First and foremost, address immediately Climate Change. This affects the entire planet and is at a critical point of no return. It will result in the migration of millions of people and causes friction between societies. We can no longer postpone going green and stop pushing carbon into the atmosphere! Secondly, we must fix our political system… how it is financed, voter disenfranchisement or disqualification, and not being able to count ballots. Our political system is corrupt. Good grief…we go around the world and pompously judge other countries’ elections and we can’t conduct a fair election in our own country! Third, our citizens need help… wages have been stagnant or jobs sent overseas. The cost of living keeps rising. Most of us are living pay check to pay check and are one pay check away from disaster. We are tired, angry, and feel abused and unsupported by our own government. We need single payer healthcare and free public college for the betterment of our people and my nation.

Does Bernie come across as an anti-establishment figure?

To me, no… He represents democracy! He represents what the Democratic Party used to represent.

Why are so many people in America worried about a socialist becoming the President?

The younger generation doesn’t have a problem… it’s the older generation that equates socialism with communism. We have the same problem with race relations. Until the older generation is gone that holds so much hate for the past days of slavery, we can’t move forward. It is important to remember history so that it is not repeated but it is important to look at it and take action to move on and heal!

What is your opinion of Donald Trump?

I am embarrassed and humiliated at his speech, behavior, and opinions. He is dangerous for my nation and this world.

Race to the White House #4

In the fourth episode of Race to the White House, I decided to ask another Trump supporter why they are backing Donald Trump for President.

Why are you supporting Donald Trump?

I support Trump first and foremost because I truly 100% believe that he is in this to fight for the American people and give us back our country. We have for much too long been taken advantage by the political dynasties and elites of the United States. Donald J Trump is unafraid to admit what is wrong with our country and fight for American families! On top of that he is willing to bring more dollars back to American workers through tax breaks along with jobs back to our soil through taxation of companies leaving for oversees. For the first time in my short time of being able to vote for candidates I truly believe in what one is finally saying and I believe in who I am voting for!

What’s your opinion of some of the discrimination and attitudes towards protesters at Trump rallies across the country?

I feel as though the discrimination at the Trump rallies are not towards him it is merely a platform for thug like uneducated individuals to get global attention. I also believe that many of them are paid by the radical left. The left claims to be pure but have been proven many times to be dishonest as they come. I believe we have a divide in this country we have never had before and I personally blame that on the current President we have. While we should be making history with an African American President we have instead been transported back decades to the 1960’s where blacks and whites again see color on one another’s skin. As far as Mexican’s and other cultures being offended by him it is too bad. If you want to be here fine but come legally. Those are who we also see in the street and they are making his point smashing police cars being violent we have no place for that here.

Do you agree with Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico, and do you think this can be achieved?

I 100% agree with him building the wall we must stop illegals and drugs being brought into our country. As you can see from the protesters as addressed in the above question many not all are creating violence. No one is saying no one can come to America and be free we are saying come here and do it right follow the rules. The wall will go up and Mexico will pay for it whether that is directly or indirectly. When they are not freely crossing our borders believe Trump they will pay.

Why do you think Trump is appealing to so many working and middle class voters?

Trump is easily appealing to the middle class because they have been wiped out the middle class no longer exist. The middle class of America is what has made this country great and is what has made this country thrive. Without we have become poor in manufacturing, and many other industries. Trump has promised and WE BELIEVE unlike the elite that he will bring our jobs back. They will no longer leave or sit over in other countries. America will once again see a middle class and because of this America will once again have a thriving economy!

What do you think Trump will achieve in power?

In power Trump will achieve amazing things. I think we will see debt go down tremadously. I am not sure that anyone can eliminate what the left has done completely but I believe he will put a dent in it by trillions. I believe our foreign relationships will be stronger. We will have American jobs back in America. American families will thrive again, and incomes will increase! Children will have bright futures and jobs when they graduate! I would also like to very much highlight that women will have many more opportunities in a Trump Presidency than they ever will under Clinton.

What would the UK/US special relationship be like under Trump?

I believe that under Trump the UK/US will have a great relationship. I believe that many can see after the Brexit Trump appreciates the British and their great accomplishments. Under the current Administration with Obama he has been very upfront in saying that Britain will take a backseat in trade deals. I would see the UK/US with Trump being one of the strongest ally relationships we could see in modern history. Trump’s hope seems to be that American people are brave like the British people to claim our country back come November!

Race to the White House #3

Having interviewed two Trump supporters so far, I decided to ask a Bernie Sanders supporter some questions about why she is backing him. Bernie has fewer Democratic delegates than Hillary, but there is still an unlikely chance that he can win and become the nominee.

Why are you supporting Bernie for President?

Bernie Sanders sparked something in me. I went my entire adult life never voting, until this year at age 57. I just couldn’t get behind any other candidate. Then came Bernie. I agree with his entire platform but the main policies are about healthcare and income and wealth inequality. The middle class is disappearing as all the money is funneled to the top. The gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the 1920s

What are Bernie’s best policies that appeal to you?

Number 1 is Universal Healthcare. Number 2 is raising the minimum wage. Number 3 is making college affordable for all, regardless of income. Number 4 is ending fracking and climate change. Last, but certainly not least, number 5, getting big money out of politics and restoring Democracy. I could go on all day but these are my top reasons.

Why do you think so many young people are attracted to Bernie and his policies?

I can’t speak for the young of this country, having never registered to vote until this year..but my guess would be that he speaks on the issues that matter the most to everyone in the lower and middle classes of America. We have all been feeling the struggle for years, and the young have felt it their entire lives. I’m sure they are just as sick of the inequality as the rest of us.

Do you think Bernie is more likely to beat Trump than Hillary is?

Yes, I really do. He is polling better than Hillary and has done so consistently during the political primaries.

Will you vote for Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee?

No, I cannot vote for anyone in politics who lies to the American people about key issues facing us all today. She is with the rich and powerful and we are but mere peasants in her view. She is against raising the minimum wage to an comfortable rate for all, but yet she takes in many thousands of dollars for one speech to Goldman-Sachs, for which she is yet to release the transcripts. My hope remains that she will be indicted on her email scandal.

Race to the White House #2

In the second part of my series of interviews with Hillary and Trump supporters, I asked another Trump supporter some questions about why she prefers Trump to the other candidates.

Why do you support Donald Trump for US President?

Because he will be a strong leader and he will stand up for our Country

What’s your opinion of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton?

Hillary is dishonest and did not stand behind our people in Libya and Bernie ain’t no better


How much does it matter that Trump has no political experience?

It doesn’t matter at all

Are you in favour of the wall being built between the US and Mexico?

Yes I am

Why do you think the establishment are so keen to stop Trump becoming President?

Because Washington is scared of him because he knows how much it is corrupt