Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Protest (an update)

I'd like to start this post by saying that there are lots of lovely, kind and caring people in this world that are concerned about the happiness of others, not just themselves and their families, and for this I will be eternally grateful.

Last night there was, as I'm sure you are already aware, a demonstration outside 10 Downing Street (and all around the UK) where people expressed their dismay at the cretinous oaf newly in charge of one of the most powerful countries in the world and the kiss ass approach that our Prime Minister* Theresa May seems to have adopted while others including (Canada, Germany, Scotland) have publicly condemned Trumps "Muslim ban" (he said he wanted to ban muslims during his campaign trail and basically that's what he's trying to do).

A couple of years ago I went to my first ever protest which you can read about HERE. The older I get the more I feel let down by the people in power and the more important I feel it is for people to make their voices heard in the best way that they possibly can, whether that be through peaceful protest or art.

I think one of two people may have misread the tone of the previous blog I wrote on protesting. I am a pacifist - at least I try my best, often in face of great provocation, to be a pacifist. Therefore, I don't really want to join in a riot but I have been looking to join a large scale demonstration, on a subject I felt to be crucial to the way we live (and at the moment in time I hadn't found it).

In the years between then and now, there have been many good reasons for me to draw up a placard and hits the streets in protest: the inexplicable decision to vote the Tories into a majority government in 2015 or the senseless debacle that was last year's Brexit. However, these demonstrations always seem to take place on a Saturday afternoon and as passionate as I might be, I get paid for the hours I work and Saturday is my busiest day and unfortunately I am not rich enough to miss a days work and lose a significant chunk of my wages.

That's why I was very pleased to see that this demo would be taking place on a Monday evening because although I work Monday evenings as well but if there is one thing that I hate more than anything else it might just be a seeming unwillingness to help those who are less fortunate than ones self. Plus I guessed I could still make it down after I finished work. Sadly I had no time (or brain power) to think up and draw up a witty sign but after work I took myself and my camera down to 10 Downing Street to see and enjoy what turned out to be a lovely and quite emotional experience.

Here are some pictures from last night of the lovely people and their wonderful and often hilarious placards:

Now I could sit here and write about Trump all day but I would just like to say this. There are many people out there that believe that Trumps ban on refugees and migrants from certain countries is justified.

But as far as I can see, the only argument is that he has signed this executive order so that he can keep  the American people safe? Which would be fine - and of course I deplore any acts of terrorism - however, how many people have been killed in America by "Muslim" terrorist in the last ten years and how many have been killed by angry young white male "Christians"? (I have placed Muslim and Christians in inverted commas because although I am not religious myself, I can see that the people committing these hideous acts are not real Muslims or Christians).

So yes, stay vigilant. I understand that you don't want to let terrorists or dangerous criminals into your country. So yes, some vetting is probably a good idea. However, a blanket ban on refugees - people escaping war and persecution - and people travelling from certain Muslim countries, is only going to create more hatred and fear. Also check out this image here that I pinched from Facebook. I'm not sure how accurate the statistics are but it paints a pretty picture don't you think:

If Trump is truly concerned with the safety of the people of the United States of America, the first thing he should be banning is guns not people from certain countries from entering the US. Looking at the list above, he should maybe also think about banning lawn mowers and buses and only allowing people to buy beds that they can't fall out of?

I would also like to say that we should send a strong message to Trump that we will not accept his hypocritical and bigoted polices. I know that America is one of our biggest allies but during this difficult time, maybe they shouldn't be? I do not believe that Trump should be allowed on a state visit or on any visit to the UK, just as I do not believe that anyone Christian, Muslim, atheist or otherwise who spreads fear and hate should be welcomed into our country. I am not concerned as to whether it causes "embarrassment to the Queen" but I do feel that the fact that he is the POTUS or the fact that the Queen has entertained Robert Mugabe in the past, should not have any influence on Trump being allowed to enter the UK on a state visit. The Queen should never have met with Mugabe and she shouldn't meet with Trump either!  

*Theresa the appeaser is not my Prime Minister.