On 13th April 2015 Chilean President Bachelet signed into law the legalisation of same-sex unions, and a week ago the law came into effect. Although this progress is welcome Bachelet’s re-election included a campaign promise that wasn’t civil union legalisation; his pledge was to legalise same-sex marriage. What this shows is that even in Chile, which is a religiously conservative country, the LGBT community is becoming more socially accepted. Same-sex marriage in Chile may not be that far off.
At the University of Colorado in Boulder, ten of the Republican candidates for President gathered to thrash it out in order to gain favour with the party faithful. The debate was run by CNBC and the moderators were Carl Quintilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood, who I shall get back to at the end.
When I have analysed the previous performances of the GOP candidates in these debates I have painstakingly gone into copious detail talking about every time they lied, went against the Constitution, said something inane etc., but I’m not going to do that this time because to do so repeatedly would be maddening. These debates all throw up the same kinds of questions and the candidates all give their pre-prepared statements that are often witty quips or criticisms of the Democrats. Therefore the following is a look at the ‘highlights’ of the debate and who I believe won and lost.
The electorate oppose it, the manifesto omitted it and the Cabinet is divided. Of course I’m talking about the recent tax credit cuts that have been announced by soon to be renamed Chancellor of the Exchequer Darth Osborne. Because this was delayed by the House of Lords, the implications of this latest measure of financial impunity have been, from a left-wing perspective, hilarious to behold. However, if this policy is eventually passed, it would be catastrophic.
Germaine Greer has recently hit the headlines because of her comments regarding transgender women, specifically her view that transgender women “are not women”. As a consequence people have petitioned Cardiff University, where she was going to speak about women in the twentieth century, and as a result Greer has been uninvited. I have said in a previous post how I would want to campaign alongside the transgender community in order to remove stigmatisation and make society more inclusive, but I am also angered by these self-righteous people who are fundamentally misunderstanding free speech and the purpose of universities.
Before Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in September 2015 much of the media focussed on his belief in republicanism, and Corbyn repeatedly had to dismiss the idea of wanting to turf the monarchy out of Buckingham Palace. Since his landslide victory the right-wing elements of the media have doubled down on this criticism, but this was expected as they are right-wing papers that venerate tradition. What fucks me off is when people who are monarchists also claim to be socialists.
One of the many things that is wrong with British society is its collective ignorance of the harmfulness of drugs. Don’t get me wrong there are many drugs that are very harmful to individuals and wider society but one that definitely does not fall into this category is marijuana. Not only is marijuana not as harmful as other drugs, it isn’t as harmful as tobacco or alcohol, and since marijuana’s reclassification as a Class B drug in 2009 possession of this substance can carry a prison sentence of five years. This not only makes no logical sense, it makes no political sense, and makes no financial sense.
Just under a fortnight ago the BBC announced that transgender actor Riley Carter Millington would be portraying a new character on the popular UK television soap opera Eastenders. This is a significant step forward for the transgender community as history has shown that societal acceptance of the LGBT community has been boosted as a result of becoming more openly part of mainstream pop culture and entertainment. The presence of LGBT people in the entertainment business is nothing new however openly identifying as LGBT has often resulting in facing widespread stigmatisation; the prevalence of LGBT characters and entertainers humanises the community and can only result in greater acceptance.