On Thursday 23rd June, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to Leave the European Union and gain Independence from the shackles of the unelected Eurocratic Political organisation. David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and Theresa May came in as a replacement. May proceeded to hold a General Election where she barely maintained her position as leader of the United Kingdom. Despite the current Prime Minister voting and campaigning to Remain, there was so much optimism at the beginning of July 2016. The Cameron era seemed to be over. Under Theresa May, staunch Brexit Conservatives were chosen for the Government, we were on our way to officially Leave in March 2019 and regain our sovereignty. Or so it seemed?
We are quite possibly seeing the great Brexit betrayal with the establishment’s hands on our EU negotiations. Theresa May flew to Florence, Italy and spoke about the UK’s plan to leave the European Union. It was one of the weakest speeches from any Prime Minister in history. It made the UK look weak and totally hopeless. May told the EU, and the world, that there will be a two year transition period after we Leave in March 2019. That means we will effectively still be a member of the EU, despite going two years beyond the Article 50 requirements.
The Liberal, Political establishment is still in control of the UK and the problem runs deep in the heart of the majority of Parliament. They, and the Government, concentrate so much on the failing European Union and totally ignore the rest of the world. The EU makes up 15% of the world economy, why are we turning our backs on 85% of the world? It’s total madness. The Eurofanatics are obsessed with the UK staying a member of the Single Market, giving the EU billions of sterling for a ‘free’ trade deal, staying a member of the Customs Union, having completely open borders and helping maintain the United States of Europe dream. These exact people are influencing the UK’s negotiations with the European Union.
17.4 million people voted to Leave the EU. That means NO to the Single Market, that means NO to the Custom’s Union, that means NO to pumping more money than we need into the EU, that means NO to no borders and that means NO to sacrificing our birth right of governing ourselves. Theresa May had so much potential at the beginning of her premiership, but many believe that she has made herself out to be a feeble and inadequate leader who makes the UK look gutless, spineless and faint-hearted. She may be a very nice person, but we don’t need a likable person, we need a leader who stands up for the country and does what he or she says he or she will do.
Many Brexit voters, including myself, look to the United States and Donald Trump and wish we had a leader like the 45th President. The fake news media cannot understand Mr Trump. He’s a man who was elected on a platform by the people of the USA and he is now doing what he said he was going to do. He isn’t a Politician, he’s a patriot. He may have a personality that some do not like, but who cares? He believes in his country, he loves his country and that is all that matters.
Someone like Donald Trump is exactly what the UK needs. We are sick and tired of ‘nice’ Politician’s, who believe that the entire world should live in a liberal, borderless society. We are bored of Politician’s not standing up for what matters to the electorate. We are fed up with Theresa May, and the fake Conservatives in Parliament, going over to Brussels and bowing down to every need of the EU Commission. We need a leader like Donald Trump. We don’t need nice, we need action and that is what’s important to the people.
There’s a silent majority out there, it mustn’t be ignored.
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”
40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
When Jesus was crucified, He was crucified with two others. It is one of the most fascinating and one of the most overlooked parts of the Bible. Jesus’ encounter with the thief on the cross needs far more emphasis than it gets. Not only is it incredible to think that someone could possibly come up with a sentence, let alone a conversation during the pain of crucifixion, but it’s the context which is truly thought-provoking.
Verse 39 of Luke 23 is the reaction that everyone would probably have if they were crucified next to a man who called himself the Son of God and performed miracle after miracle. To translate verse 39 into modern language, it would probably be something like this. “Oi, listen mate. If you’re the ‘so-called’ Son of God, or whoever you want to call yourself, save our skins and your own! We’re all going to die!”
In verse 40, we hear from the thief on the cross that I am talking about in this article. He shouts down his fellow criminal. “Do you not even fear God? Seeing as you are under the same sentence of condemnation.” I would like to touch on the differences between the two criminals. In my opinion, it really sums up societies view on Jesus and His life.
One of the criminals demands a showing of who Jesus is, whilst the other suggests that he has an interest and a suspicion to who Jesus is. I’m sure we all know people like this? People who say, “you believe in Jesus? Well, I’m not believing in something fanatical, I need evidence before I believe.” On the other hand, I’m sure we all know people who say, “you believe in Jesus? Well, that’s cool.” They don’t always go into detail and sometimes it’s difficult to see, but, deep down, they always have that interest at heart. The two criminals next to Jesus is the perfect example of these two sections of modern day society.
In verse 41, we learn that the thief on the cross receives a revelation of who Jesus really is. “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” He understands that they are both deserving their punishment, but Jesus was an innocent man, who did nothing wrong. Ladies and Gentleman, that is the whole point. Mankind are the ones who have done everything wrong, we are the ones who are imperfect, but Jesus died so we could be made perfect in His eyes. That is the good news. Do you remember that “same sentence of condemnation?” We deserve that, as the thief on the cross rightly said. However, Jesus loved us so much that he bore our sins and our iniquities.
In verse 42, the thief on the cross asked a direct question to Jesus. “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” The response that he received must have been the best thing to hear. Verse 43, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Let’s take it out of King James’ English and ‘Christianese.’ I see Jesus turning to face the thief on the cross next to him, smiling and saying, “don’t worry, mate, because today, we shall be together with no more pain and in the best place you could possibly imagine. Hang tight, I’ll see you soon.” Is what I just said Biblically accurate to the scholars? Probably not. But I like to imagine and put things into perspective. Jesus would have been overjoyed to hear what the thief on the cross had to say. I can see Jesus smiling because it would have reminded Him of why he was suffering on that cross. He was doing it for that thief, for those who put Him in so much pain, for the entire world, for generations to come.
I wrote this today for those who don’t think that they are good enough to accept Jesus or think that they are not worthy enough for Jesus to love them. If it was more than acceptable for a criminal, a thief, a man who was being punished for his crimes, how more do you deem it sufficient for you to receive this free gift? It says in Romans 10:9 (ESV version), “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It’s as easy as that, folks.
If you are an unbeliever or a person who isn’t quite sure, I want you to do something for just one moment. Forget everything and just believe for one minute. When one minute is up, you are free to go back, but for just one minute, get a picture of a man suffering and suffering for you. A man who was tortured for hours and had nails hammered through his hands and feet. That was for you. Put it into a different view point for just a brief moment. You may be thinking “but it just cannot be true.” But what if it is?
Like aforementioned, all you have to do is follow the instructions in Romans 10:9 to be in relationship with God and know that you are on your way to heaven. It’s amazing and when you get that image on the inside of you, everything will be different and your approach to Christianity, the Bible and anything that you have to deal with in everyday life, will instantly change. If you don’t think so, give it six weeks, you won’t go back.
Theresa May’s keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester was hardly rousing. It did little to encourage voters and Tory members to return to supporting the Prime Minister. In fact, one could argue that it seemed to be a total disaster.
Unfortunately for May, she was clearly under the weather, coughing and dribbling water down her chin as she was trying to take a drink. Suffering with an illness when you’re leading a Political Party, leading the country and needing to talk for an hour in front of thousands of people, is highly disadvantageous. I wish the Prime Minister well and for a quick healing. However, it’s been reported that Mrs May decided to agree to 24 interviews before her scheduled speech, even though she was clearly not well. Why she didn’t delegate those interviews and rest her voice, I do not know. Wisdom was undeniably missing.
Not only was the content of the speech rather dull and dreary, but the dry and bland slogan that was behind her started falling off! “Building a Country That Works For Everyone.” Boring, boring, boring. Hardly the “Global Britain” motto, which was something that you could get behind. I think it took all of five seconds for someone to come up with this insipid tag line. The words were so unimaginative, that the letters themselves couldn’t even take it!
“Buiding a cntry tha orks or ryon.” REALLY!? This is the Party that is currently running the country, with Theresa May as Prime Minister and they choose one of the most unexcting slogans that we have ever seen and the letters were so cheap, they all started to come away from the wall. It’s becoming more embarrassing every single day. What ever happened to the positive Conservative and Brexit message at the beginning of May’s premiership, I will never know.
To make matters even worse, comedian Lee Nelson breached security and during the Prime Minister’s speech, handed her a P45 whilst saying “Boris told me to give this to you.” How did he manage to do this? This is the Prime Minister, the woman who is constantly protected by the Police and the secret service, but somehow, some comedian walks right to the front and hands her a piece of paper. Now of course he didn’t, but this man could have had a knife or a gun and attacked the Prime Minister. My question is, what on earth were security doing to allow this to happen? Compare that to the way President Donald Trump’s protection team handled a protester at one of his rallies during the Presidential campaign. The man attempted to approach the stage and was immediately tackled to the ground.
The entire Conference just reeked of unprofessionalism. Boris Johnson’s speech was the best of them all, Conservative Party members and MP’s telling reporters off air that they wish to see another leadership election all the while they experienced an uneventful Conference.
Like aforementioned, at the beginning of Theresa May becoming the new leader of the UK, there was so much optimism and excitement. No more Cameron, no more Remain rhetoric, but positive Brexit Conservatism, with “strong and stable leadership”, “no deal is better than a bad deal”, “Brexit means Brexit” and “no Brexit bill.” I was so looking forward to the future with May as PM. In spite of all of that, she called a General Election and lead the worst campaign in history. It was total boredom in comparison to Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. This is where the mundane, Conservative attitude started to creep back in with May, Rudd and Hammond. After Theresa May’s Florence speech, I made the decision to become totally disillusioned with May as Prime Minister. I really, honestly thought that May could have been one of the best leader’s that the UK ever had. This enthusiastic inspiration was suddenly flushed down the toilet after she made the UK look pathetic and totally useless against the EU bureaucrats.
Now, I really do not know if I would like to see an immediate Conservative leadership election during these Brexit negotiations. I’m not sure if that would cause even more instability, or not. Some could suggest that a true Brexit leader would give us a better deal than the one May is offering, however, this could possibly split the Party and give Corbyn and Labour an open goal to Number 10 Downing Street.
Nevertheless, this leads me to the whole point of this article. I support Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg to become the new Conservative Party leader and therefore the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It is time for Mogg. He is a true Conservative that truly believes in Brexit and the future of the UK. He is a massive patriot and incredibly intelligent, schooling any opponent that goes against him in such a polite manner. A few of his principles are controversial, but one thing is for sure. With Rees-Mogg, you know exactly where he stands. He doesn’t hide away from the truth, he says it how it is and rejoices in our freedom of speech society. He is Britain personified and it’s about time that we have a leader who stands up for the United Kingdom and believes that we are a strong and powerful nation.
I truly fear that if May is the leader of the Conservatives come the next General Election, then Jeremy Corbyn will have his best chance ever to become Prime Minister. Personally, I think that would be a total disaster for the UK. A return of 1970’s socialism is not what we need. If Mrs May is the leader of the Tories, I do not believe that it will stir up enough motivation for core-Conservatives, nor swing voters, to vote Conservative, which would be really, really damaging. I don’t see May’s first couple of years mirroring Margaret Thatcher’s, who had a shaky start, but ended up winning three successive General Elections. Instead I see it as the wrong person for the job. May is totally out of her depth with fewer and fewer supporters. We need Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Last week, Catalonia held an Independence Referendum and voted overwhelmingly to Leave Spanish governmental authority. 91.96% of voters voted ‘YES’ and 8.04% voted ‘NO’, a difference of 2,020,144 votes to 176,565. However, the Government of Spain has declared the Referendum illegal because, according to the constitution, no region of Spain is able to have a vote on Independence without consent. This caused absolute chaos in Catalonia. Police stormed the streets and injured 900 people, men, women and the elderly.
The region of Catalonia is located in the far North East of Spain with a population of 7.5 million. The history of the Catalonians wanting Independence goes back to 1469, when Spain was divided up into five kingdoms; Portugal, Navarre, Granada, Castille y Leon (Castle and the Lion) and Aragon. Castille y Leon was ruled by 18 year-old Isabella, who married Fernando of Aragon and together, they conquered the entirety of Spain. Fernando ruled over Spain by himself after Isabella died and his grandchild (Carlos) ruled after him. Carlos unified Spain for the first time (including Portugal at the time), but that only lasted for 60 years. Between 1702-1714 was The War of Spanish Succession. The Catalonians picked the wrong side, lost the war and were ruled by Madrid by the end of 1714. Tensions in Catalonia were calmed following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, under whom the Catalan’s language and traditions were suppressed.
The number one issue in Catalonia is money. They believe that they are paying taxes that are too high in comparison to their population and propping up the poorer parts of Spain. The average GDP is $255 billion. Catalonia is famous for industry and trade, vital for the overall economy of Spain. All the Catalonian’s want is the freedom to regulate their own laws and taxes, however, from a personal perspective, I’m led to believe that the Spanish Government fears giving too many powers to Catalonia and therefore enhancing the attitude towards independence.
The actions of the Police in Catalonia was pretty diabolical to say the least! Women being dragged out of Poling Stations by their hair, elderly women beaten and random citizens attacked. Now, I understand that this Referendum was an illegal vote, but the way the Police and the Government handled the Catalonian’s was distasteful. Catalonians were taking part in democracy and all they wanted was some fair treatment from Madrid. One could argue that they should have asked for permission, however, it’s difficult to say if the Spanish would grant them the Referendum, since they know the majority wish to see Independence.
It was very interesting to hear the European Union’s response, or lack of it, in the European Parliament this week. Every time the President of the European Commission addresses the Parliament in Strasbourg (which is a rarity), he always speaks about any events that have occurred in member states. This time, Mr Juncker didn’t even mention the Referendum in Catalonia. All the EU did was declare the vote illegal and, if Catalonia left Spain, they would not be able to join the European Union (what a threat!).
Once again, the hard Remain voters have come out in contradiction. They immediately came out in support of the Catalonian’s vote for Independence. Why then are they so against the vote for Brexit, demanding a second Referendum and even to stay a member of the European Union, despite our legal Referendum where we voted to Leave. They’ve even called some Catalonian’s true patriots, despite calling many Brexit voters racists. Baffling to say the least.
I, personally, support the right for Catalonia to express their opinion, especially through democracy. Yes, I know that the vote wasn’t legal in the eyes of the Government, however, having a free vote does not mean that they can legally leave Spain without consent. All in all, Catalonia are getting ready to declare their independence on Monday, which could see mass protests and arrests of senior Political officials. But what is for sure, is it’s a complex and intense issue, which could see a real disaster for Spain and the European Union.
Thoughts and prayers to the 58 people who died in Las Vegas on Sunday and the 500 injured. It was the biggest mass shooting in American history and absolutely shocking to witness via social media.
The attacker was Stephen Paddock, a 64 year-old man, who had no history with guns, according to his brother who was interviewed. Paddock went missing from his home for six months and checked in to the Mandalay Bay hotel in Vegas on the 32nd floor, where Police found a number of different firearms in his room.
Authorities tell us that it was a “lone wolf” type of attack. Although, reports have suggested that ISIS are claiming responsibility for the massacre. The six months of absence is where they say that Paddock was radicalised, converted and trained to operate powerful weapons. However, there seems to be no evidence or affirmation to confirm that this is true.
Undoubtably, this attack has opened up the 2nd Amendment argument once again, especially from those on the LEFT of Politics and members of the public, who have never lived in or visited the United States. Now, I am not saying that the people who have never stepped foot on American soil are uneducated or invalid, nevertheless, you really need to understand the American culture to understand the attitude towards guns.
The right to bear Arms is embedded into the US constitution, which has stood ever since the Bill of Rights was adopted. It has been and will always be the same, there is no question about it. The American constitution that was created by the founding father’s is something that is very close to the heart of many Americans. Anyone who tries to advocate to change it isn’t very popular, to say the least.
In that regard, we need to move on to another section of this debate. This may sound totally bonkers to people who live in and are from my country, the United Kingdom, but we need to understand that the United States of America is a completely different country with a different set of laws, regulations, culture and way of life, all of which are so very important.
With every debate, there is something far more complex and detailed that never gets the media coverage that it deserves. Laws surrounding guns change from state to state. The 2nd Amendment stands nationally, but states are free to implement their own laws as long as it doesn’t go against the constitution. As it happens, Nevada has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the entire country. You do not need a permit to buy a handgun, rifle or shotgun, you do not need to register the weapon or be licensed to own one and Nevada is an open carry state, without a permit. Compare that to California, Florida, Illinois New York, and South Carolina where it is prohibited to open carry in public areas.
This is precisely my argument. It is a far larger and more intricate discussion than the “America has stupid gun laws and no-one should have a gun” rhetoric. No matter the country in which you reside, no matter the laws you have to adhere to, there will always be members of the public that abuse the system. In fact, the guns that Paddock used were banned and have been banned since 1986.
52% of Teller County, Colorado (where I live) is armed, the highest in the state and 8th largest amount of gun owners in the country. Interestingly, it is also one of the safest places to live in the United States. The vast majority of American’s who carry guns are sensible, law abiding citizens who get a lot of flak because of the minority who get all of the media coverage and give gun owning a bad name.
The biggest question of them all, regarding this topic of conversation, is ”are guns the problem? Or the people behind them?’ Well, like aforementioned, it’s possible to suggest to a great extent that not all gun owners can possibly be the problem, as there are over 300 million guns in America, one for every citizen in the United States. There has been 11,686 deaths in 2017 by gun violence in the United States. Compare that to the UK, where the death toll from guns is in the low hundreds. However, you just cannot contrast the figures. The USA is a far bigger nation to the United Kingdom and therefore, just by simple mathematics and probability, you of course will see more problems. More people = more law breaking citizens = more trouble. One of the best juxtapositions is alcohol. On average, 88,000 Americans die from alcohol every single year! Is alcohol the issue here, or is it the people who drink it? Is it because it’s so easy to get your hands on alcohol, or the irresponsible people who desperately need help with their problem? Should all alcoholic drinks be banned?
Furthermore, it’s quite a thought-provoking reaction to those on the LEFT of Politics and many people who describe themselves as Democrats. When an Islamic terrorist attacks and kills innocent people, the Liberals will tell us that “not all Muslims are nasty individuals” and “the majority of Muslims are peaceful people” and that we must “carry on as normal and stand up to this evil.” I totally agree with all of these statements. So why is it then, when an villainous person kills upright, honourable individuals with a gun, immediately every single gun owner must be punished and all guns should be forbidden. The majority of gun owners are good people, the majority of gun owners are peaceful people and we must stand up to those who break the law and wish to wreak havoc and destroy lives.
In conclusion, we should all remember the 58 who were brutally murdered as they were enjoying themselves at a concert in Las Vegas. It’s a time when we must thank God for the peace, comfort and understanding from the Holy Spirit. Thank God for the grace to receive the healing that is needed to overcome this tragedy. May the Lord bless and console the people who have been affected by the Vegas shooting and may God bless the USA.
The UK Independence Party elected a new leader at their Party Conference in Torquay yesterday afternoon and it certainly caused division within the membership. Henry Bolton OBE was chosen as the new UKIP frontman, the fifth new leader in twelve months. The biggest question on everyone’s minds was, “who is Henry Bolton?”
Mr Bolton was endorsed by Nigel Farage and acted as his referee to stand for leadership. He has a rather admirable background (well, except one part and we’ll come to that). He served in the British Army for 19 years and then went on to be a Police Officer for a further 8 years. He spent 3 years working for the European Union (ironic) in the Common Security and Defence department and currently a consultant in border, security and foreign policy (whatever that is?). Interestingly enough, in 2005, he stood as a Liberal Democrat (you heard right) in Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s seat and came third. It is rather satirical that a former Liberal would lead the most anti-EU and anti-Liberal Political Party.
Other than that, there isn’t really much to say about Bolton. After listening to his first speech, press conference and interview, it’s fair to say that he isn’t the most interesting of chaps to pay attention to. Somewhat monotone with a lacklustre and mundane personality. Clearly a beginner in public speaking and under pressure from professionally trained members of the media.
Unfortunately, there is already some controversy over the new UKIP leader. He referred to Anne Marie Walters, the anti-Islam opponent for his position, as a woman who would turn UKIP into the ‘UK Nazi Party’ if she was elected. Walters came second with 2,755 votes and 21.3% of the vote. That is a large amount of people to offend. Does Bolton think that 21.3% of the 12,915 that voted are Nazi’s? A ridiculous thing to say, no matter how badly you wanted the victory!
Or did he? One of the oddest moments I witnessed was his first reaction to his successful campaign to become leader. Alluding to the members, who didn’t vote for him, that they were “trying to do him a favour” and, when interviewed by the BBC, responding with “no idea” after being asked why he wanted the job. A fairly daft thing to say! I didn’t quite understand why Bolton would say something like that.
I used to be a member of UKIP, from 2012-2016 and used to love the Party conference’s in my hometown. The excitement, the buzz around the arena, all waiting to hear Nigel Farage, even if he would repeat the same speech that we have heard a thousand times. The opportunity to speak to him in person and take a photograph. Ah, those were the days! I decided to leave in 2016 when Farage left and the in-fighting, squabbling and unprofessionalism began to creep in and it crept in fast. My conclusion was that Nigel Farage was UKIP and UKIP was Nigel Farage. Without him, the Party means zero. As soon as he left, it was as if the shepherd left his herd of sheep to tend to themselves. Disaster.
So, as I draw close to an end, I do not see Henry Bolton’s victory as the beginning of the ‘Rise of UKIP Part Two.’ The only way I see UKIP becoming a credible Party once again, is if Bolton steps aside and allows Arron Banks and Nigel Farage to return. You need two very important things in Politics to be successful. One is money and two is fame. Banks and Farage are a combination of the two, why do you think that UKIP did so well in 2015 and we won the Leave vote in 2016? The bickering needs to cease, those who only damage the Party need to leave and Bolton needs to come to his senses and make way for the old boys to come in.
Arron and Nigel are both happy with Bolton as leader and both believe that this is a step in the right direction, so there is a chance that we will see a return of the Brexit dynamic duo. However, I can’t think that this something that they would both be interested in, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, the only way that we’re going to see a resurgence of UKIP back to the heights of 2014/2015, is if we see a reappearance of the individuals who instigated it.