In a video message on his Transition 2017 YouTube Channel, President-elect Donald Trump set out a list of five things that he intends to do in his first 100 days in office. To be brutally honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Given the recent nomination of a confirmed racist as Attorney General and a white nationalist and anti-Semite as his Chief Strategist, I was expecting the rhetoric to be front and centre. As it turns out he’s decided to focus on the few policy areas we knew he cared about in the campaign.
A week ago the German Development Minister Gerd Müller has suggested that in order to stem the flow of refugees coming from Africa, as well as enhance the economic prospects of these countries, an economic assistance programme modeled on the Marshall Plan should be implemented. The German Development Ministry have even said that in next few weeks they shall publish a report outlining how such a plan could be enacted. At this early stage the proposal would include measures to improve education and training, strengthen the rule of law, and provide massive amounts of employment.
During the referendum campaign one of the key issues that was discussed by both sides was that of the currency of an independent Scotland. This is where I believe the independence vote was lost as by asserting that Scotland would keep Pound Sterling, the Yes campaign enabled opponents of independence to cast doubt over this plan. Because of the united front put up by David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband on the issue of a currency union, the No campaign could bombard the Scottish people with scaremongering stories about economic uncertainty and potentially joining the Euro. In order to establish a truly independent nation, Scotland should establish its own currency and build up its credit worthiness before seceding from the UK. In some ways it already has its own currency, in the form of the Scottish Pound, but it needs to be reformed so that transitioning away from Sterling becomes easier. In order to conceive of these reforms, I feel it necessary to start from a clean slate.
Following the 2010 General Election the Conservatives reinvigorated the Right to Buy scheme which had originally been instituted by Margaret Thatcher. The issue of Right to Buy has always been a contentious issue, not so much the principle of council residents buying their own homes but what would happen to the money raised from these sales. In the 1980s critics of the scheme said that the money generated from the sale of council houses wasn’t reinvested in building new council homes. Now the 21st Century incarnation of this policy is accurately receiving the same criticisms.
Large parts of the UK are currently underwater. Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cumbria have been worst impacted by rivers bursting their banks and heavy rainfall. We are flooded (pun intended) with stories in the mainstream media about the stories of people’s whose homes have been washed out and ruined by the rising waters, however I believe that this is a perfect example of how the government’s actions are adversely affect people’s lives.
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.