The Best of British: Autumn Television Favourites

Here in Britain, we produce some of the best television shows aired on our screens. As the autumn leaves have already fallen, we are in the middle of the finest tv drama around.

Here are some of the best for you to catch up on, or look forward to.

Blue Planet II

The legend of nature that is David Attenborough, proves once again that he can unite a national through the love of the planet. Following his 2001’s breathtaking aquatic documentary, Blue Planet II is due for return this winter. BBC One TBA

Watch the full trailer below (copyright of the BBC)

 


Doctor Foster

Series one aired over two years ago and took society by storm. Dr Gemma Foster (played by Suranne Jones) is a woman seemingly in control of her perfect life. A trusted GP, the heart of her town, a woman people can trust. But Gemma’s life exploded.

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Fast forward two real-time years, and the immensely gripping second series, shown on BBC One, began on September 5th, has just finished.

Having not watched the first series, I sat down one Wednesday afternoon ahead of the newest series starting and binged watched the entire first five episodes. No spoilers here,  but this series is a must watch, it will have you screaming at your screens. Everyone will be able to relate, but are you with Gemma, or against her?

The second series has been perfectly set up for a third to return. Watch all the episodes online here: BBC One – Doctor Foster.


The Child in Time

Award winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Stephen Butchard’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, The Child in Time, a lyrical and heartbreaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.

A successful writer, struggling with his wife after losing their child in a supermarket sends the marriage onto struggling diverging paths. Coming to BBC One soon.

Watch the trailer ahead of the first episode (copyright of the BBC)

 


Safe House

The first series of this gripping crime drama impressed audiences back in 2015. As it returns to our tv screens, Christopher Eccleston and Marsha Thomson are back as the couple who turn their beautiful Lake District home into a temporary hide-out for a family on the run.

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Each series is made up of four episodes, each following a different set of guests who are forced to take refuge at the Safe House, whilst re-telling the story of how they came to arrive in the first place.

The first series is available to buy online and on dvd, and catch up on the latest series here: ITV – Safe House 


Liar

A new six-part thriller mystery, created by brothers Harry and Jack Williams, debuted on ITV this autumn. The series stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd as the leading characters, whose initial attraction leads to a date that has far-reaching consequences.

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Everyone in the cast is lying, but who is the ultimate liar?

First show on ITV on 11th September 2017, you can catch up ahead of the finale here: ITV – Liar 


The Great British Bake Off

If you’ve never heard of GBBO then stop reading now. For everyone who doesn’t live under a rock and co-exisits in society then you’re probably up to date with all the baking beef between BBC One and Channel 4.

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The latest series, after making the risky move to rival Channel 4, is well underway. Who do you think this years winner is?

Missed out on the latest episode? Get your Italian fix here: Channel 4 – The Great British Bake Off


The Last Post

Familiar faces, Jessica Raine and Ben Miles star in the new drama series sex during the mid-sixties. As the Empire crumbles, Major Markham leads a unit of Royal Military Police attempting to hold the line in Aden.

It hits your screens every Sunday on BBC One, and if you’ve missed the first episode, catch up here: BBC One – The Last Post

Watch the trailer here (copyright of the BBC)


Body Guard

A new show created by TV’s king of heart-pounding police drama, Line of Duty, writer Jed Mercurio, is back with a brand new six-part series. Commissioned by BBC One, Body Guard follows a cop from the Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit of the Metropolitan Police who finds himself charged with protecting a high-profile politician.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: “Jed Mercurio has created an original and modern take on the crime genre for BBC One. In his own unique and clever way, the series takes us into the corridors of power in thrilling style – all seen through the eyes of the bodyguard.”

Catch this new gripping drama on BBC One soon.

These are just a few of the awesome dramas on tv right now, perhaps I’ve missed a few. Let me know what your favourites are, and suggest some tv shows I can watch! 

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Suit up! It’s all about stripes.

Stripes never go out of fashion and we will be seeing a lot more of them moving into Spring/Summer 2018, with a whole new personality.

In the meantime, they are around for the winter season too! Check out several ways you can wear stripes and the British hughstreet brands you can buy them from!


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Humbug Stripe Jacket – Topshop – £65

Humbug Stripe Slouch Trousers (also available in wide leg) – Topshop – £50

 

 

 

 

 

 


Black with white stripes

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Stripe Suit Jacket – Topshop – sale – now £30

Humbug Stripe Sleeveless Jacket – Topshop – £59

Black Wide Leg Trousers – Missguided – £30

If you hate being restricted to suit sets and find that a piece doesn’t flatter a part of your figure, then opting for separates is a much easier – and sometimes more affordable way of wearing a suit. For a casual suited look, wide leg trousers are perfect, add trainers and a t-shirt.


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AX Paris Pinstripe Culotte Jumpsuit – Brand Attic – £30

White Jersey Stripe Jumpsuit – Missguided – £25

Tux Jumpsuit in Pinstrip – ASOS – £49

Choosing a jumpsuit over separates is an easy, stylish outfit choice for anyone running late in the mornings. All nip you in at the waits, and with portrait stripes, they elongate the body and crop off just above the ankle.

 

 


Pop of colour!

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Green Stripe Straight Leg Suit Trousers – Pretty Little Thing – £18

Green Stripe Belted Blazer – Pretty Little Thing – £25

Bought separately, but a must have co-ord! This bright green belted jacket and trouser suit is perfect to shake up a boring old boardroom with colour.

 

 

 

 

(All images used are from the website of the clothing brand – see hyperlinks.)

New York Fashion Week 2017: Top 10 Street Style Outfit Inspirations

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 18.57.48New York Fashion Week 2017 has brought some of the best street style looks for the spring/summer 2018 season.
This last week has seen the runway focus on dramatic silhouettes and bold colours – but the biggest names in designers aren’t the only people we should be taking fashion inspiration from.
Looking to the streets, the general public, style icons and eager fashionistas keen to grab a seat at the top shows have shown us some incredibly, well-put together outfits.
Here are my top ten street style outfits from New York Fashion Week.

10. Florals and frills

Are you a Millie Mackintosh fan? Florals and frills, in a traditional maxi dress – you can do no wrong!

9. French chic

Bell trousers, sock heels, and hats are all key items we are currently seeing at the moment. Choosing classic colours to pair these with will give you an effortless, french-parisian vibe.

8. Classics

Got a favourite designer purse? Or maybe you’re a shoeaholic? Teaming your outfit around one key piece is a great idea. Play with colours of your essential piece and find other clothes that compliment it.

7. Oversized

A statement jacket will make you stand out. Bell sleeves and frill cuffs, with a bold floral print will draw the attention in. Keep all other items tonal and basic.

6. Casual

This red floral shirt is bang on current trends. Throughout autumn and winter red will be the highlight colour, add vibrancy into the gloomy winter days. Fun tassel earrings and pop-art work accessories add fun to your outfit.

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5. Embellishments

If you’re going to wear embellishments, then the more the merrier. Sequins, pearls, and distress, team it with basic jerseys to add extra layers of warmth and allow the attention to focus on the heavy details.

4. Block prints

Sad that summer is officially over? Well that doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing the summer colours! Bright, vibrant tones, in chunky patterns and blocks will get us yearning for the sun to shine once more. Pick out key colours to tone accessories too!

3. Metallics – everything shiny!

We’re talking intergalactic, sparkle and shine. Heavy duty metallics, in a showstopper of a dress. Keep hair and makeup super casual, but add a bold lip for the evening.

2. Suit up!

A modern take on the classic. Stripes are huge this season, and what better way to wear them then matching – or clashing. Choose variation in thickness of stripes and different colour ways.

1. RED alert.

THE colour of this autumn/winter. On paper red and pink clash, but clever choice of items and styling, and you’re onto an outfit winner. Thick knits and casual jersey trousers will keep this outfit super cool, add a pop of extra colour clash with this seasons hottest – and comfiest – heels for a quick day-to-night outfit change.
Keep an eye out for a follow up article on the top 3 street style outfit inspirations and where you can find British hughstreet alternatives! 

Legalise Weed and Go-Eco: Breakdown and Scrutinisation of Liberal Democrats 2017 Manifesto

Today it was the turn of the Liberal Democrats to release their manifesto: ‘Change Britain’s Future’ ahead of the June elections by being given the “opportunity to change Britain’s future – by changing the opposition”

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Summary: 16 year olds to vote, 18 year olds to smoke weed legally, Britain to go eco and another EU referendum! Meet the Lib Dems who want to do everything and anything but with no suggestion as to where the money is exactly coming from?! 


Key Policies:

Economy

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Eliminate the deficit on day-to-day spending by 2020 to control the national debt, and then borrowing only to invest

Additional funding to bring more private investment into renewable energy

Raise employee national insurance threshold to the income tax threshold, while protecting low earners’ ability to accrue pension and benefit entitlements

Ensure those with the highest incomes and wealth are making a fair contribution

This is in relation to taxes – The Liberal Democrats suggest making reforms to Capital Gains Tax and Dividend Tax Relief, as well as reversing previous Tories decisions – The Lib Dems intend to revers the Corporation Tax back to 20% (currently 17%) as well as the marriage allowance – which allows spouses and civil partners to transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance if they earn more than you, reducing their tax by up to £230 per tax year. The marriage allowance currently benefits thousands of couples, especially parents who are returning to work after children. 

Protect the science budget, including the recent £2bn increase, by raising it at least in line with inflation

Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts

The same argument that Labour are proposing – as previously said with their manifesto – zero hour contracts do have their purpose regarding students. 


Housing

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New direct spending on house-building to help build 300,000 homes a year by 2022.

They don’t clarify who will benefit from the new houses – but they intend to build potentially 1.5 million new houses over the next 5 years with funding from their “realistic £100 billion package.”

Green Buildings Act to ensure every home in England reaches at least an energy rating of Band C by 2035

This would mean that houses are more energy efficient which in turn would decrease the amount of bills householders have to pay. 

Create at least 10 new garden cities in England

If you are unfamiliar with what a ‘garden city’ is they are “planned new settlements which enhances the natural environment and offers high-quality affordable housing and locally accessible work in beautiful, healthy and sociable communities.” (TPCA) Yes – I’m still confused as to why this is an important aspect and way to spend our money? Houses with more green space around them?! Is that really the best way to use our money? 


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Oppose expansion of Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick and any new airport in the Thames Estuary – instead focus on improving existing regional airports such as Birmingham and Manchester.

They give no argument for why they oppose expansion of the big 3 airports – no economic or environmental reason given. Instead they suggest expansion of Birmingham and Manchester – both of which have very limited space around them for any possible future expansion. I presume they mean improvement of resources and facilities? Missing out on a huge economic input into society! 

Investment in road and rail infrastructure, continued commitment to HS2, Crossrail 2 and rail electrification


Energy and Environment 

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A diesel scrappage scheme, and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025, along with extending ultra-low-emission zones to 10 more towns and cities.

Pass a Zero-Carbon Britain Act to set targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040 and to zero by 2050

Aim to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030

Increase maximum sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years, and a ban on caged hens and clamp down on illegal pet imports.

I agree that the sentence for cruelty against animals does deserve a longer sentence – however the government will have to pay for the cost of sending these individuals to prison. Is illegal pet imports at an all time high then? Is this really a priority for the Liberal Democrats? Will this suggestion really persuade voters? I think not. 


Drugs and Policing

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Bring in a legal, regulated market for cannabis and introduce limits on potency and permit cannabis to be sold through licensed to over-18s.

Are they actually having a laugh? Ok so I can see their point when they argue that legalising cannabis would bring in apparently £1bn in tax revenues and I can perhaps understand that allowing cannabis to be legal for medical purposes under medial surveillance. But to allow cannabis to be sold to any old Jack or Jill on the street is not the wisest suggestion to come from a political manifesto. The police already have trouble regulating drink driving let alone drug driving. If this suggestion came into force, I can almost guarantee an automatic increase in deaths and road danger related to the use of cannabis and driving. Are you also proposing a nationwide campaign to ensure that the public know the dangers and risks of taking lives when they for example smoke and drive? Who’s going to be paying for that? Tax payer again? 

End imprisonment for possession of illegal drugs for personal use

They don’t suggest what the alternative would be – perhaps a fine? Less in prison means decrease in overcrowding and less money spent. 

£300m for community policing in England and Wales

Community policing does not need a huge cash injection as you suggest – why not the regular police? Community police officers are merely plastic cops, they have as much powers as I do committing a citizen arrest. 

Require all front-line officers to wear body cameras on duty

I whole heartedly agree with this suggestion – the police are here to protect our communities and enforce the law, they are time and time again suffering violence and damage from the public. This would also ensure that the police are doing their jobs satisfactorily as well as providing evidence for convictions. 


Social Care and Families

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NHS – immediate 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax to raise £6 billion additional revenue which would be ringfenced to be spent only on NHS and social care services.

Equal care for mental health – people will not wait more than six weeks for therapy for depression or anxiety, and no young person will wait more than two weeks for treatment when they experience a first episode of psychosis.

An additional month’s paid paternity leave

Labour suggested a 2-week extension to paternity leave, Lib Dems rival them with an additional month to new-dads. So thats a whole possible 6 weeks off when a child is born, seems a little excessive. 

Introduce a new Young Person’s Bus Discount Card for 16-21 year olds, giving a two-thirds discount on bus travel.

Number 1 – most 17 year olds aim is to learn to drive and then get a car – I don’t know how many of them would benefit from a discounted bus travel service. Number 2 – two thirds discount is rather a hike – young people already get student price on travel, and like the railcard offers 1/3 off travel is more than ample. 


Education 

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Votes for 16-year-olds

Did I miss the sentence where you said you were going to allow 16-year-olds to vote after politics became a permanent subject on the education curriculum across the UK? Oh wait, you didn’t suggest that! Let’s allow a bunch of adolescents the chance to vote when they know nothing! How about we teach them what is going on in our country, how the system works and why they will be affected before we let them loose with the future of our country.

Reinstate maintenance grants for the poorest students, ensuring that living costs are not a barrier to disadvantaged young people studying at university.

Just because the higher bracket parents earn more money than those from lower incomes does not suggest that poorer students should get money handed on a plate – what’s wrong with getting a job like most normal students? How do you propose choosing who does and doesn’t get the maintenance grants? What criteria are you suggesting? And have you forgotten universities offer scholarships for those from lower income backgrounds? 

No mention of any suggestions to do with lowering / abolishing tuition fees. 


Brexit

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Another EU referendum to “give the final say to the British people.”

Seriously? We had the final say – and we voted to leave. How about instead of trying to reverse the outcome of Brexit, you deal with the 30% of those who didn’t vote in that referendum and actually educate them and how they would have made a difference. We’ve made our bed – got to lie in it now! Brexit is happening – no need to divide the country further. 

Protection of rights for EU citizens and UK citizens

They want to guarantee the rights of EU nationals that are currently living in the UK, as well as simplifying the registration process and requirements for EU nationals to obtain permanent residence and UK citizenship – in other words make it easier for people to apply for citizenship from the EU – how is this controlling our immigration problem? 


Overall conclusion / opinion

I am a little clueless as to what the Liberal Democrats are suggesting they are offering, and I think they are too! It seems they are trying to offer something for everyone, but in fact, there are so many flaws with their suggestions. I applaud them for particularly focusing on making the UK more eco friendly, perhaps they could turn to Sweden and look at their recycling revolution. Unlike Labour who want to increase tax for the richest 5%, The Liberal Democrats do not say, hint or even suggest where,  where exactly is the money coming from?!


Disclaimer:

For the reader to understand the stance I have taken on writing this article, I presently remain unbiased to all political parties, although it should be noted that I have previously supported the Conservative party. However my current political position is that I don’t believe any party leader is fit to do the job, therefore I am scrutinising all manifestos  published and my position on voting remains wholly undecided. 

I am in no means a political advocate for any party, nor am I an expert in The Liberal Democrats Manifesto 2017 released today. These are just my points and views regarding the arguments made by The Liberal Democrats. 

Let the rich pay for society: Breakdown and Scrutinisation of Labour’s 2017 Manifesto

Over the upcoming few weeks, politics will dominate the media and we the consumer will become saturated by facts, figures and a whole load of soon-to-be false promises from all parties. As each party releases their manifesto, I will be analysing, scrutinising and breaking them down, questioning every point they make and playing devils advocate to try and find the truth and hidden lies.

 

3adKV8CCLabour Leader: Jeremy Corbyn – “For the many, not the few.” 

Summary: Labour have short term goals and want to spend. They are interested in ‘cure not prevention’ with wanting to fix present problems, instead of finding the reasons behind the problems, and putting measures in place to prevent them from happening in the future. Funding: tax the very rich to pay for everything in society!


Key Policies:

Economy

Extra tax, in total £48.6bn – £6.4bn from income tax from the top 5% – to help fund the public services

According to Gov.uk the overall budget for the NHS for 2016/17 was around £120.4 billion set to rise to £133.1 billion by 2020/21.

Extra £19.4bn from corporation tax, £6.5bn from tax avoidance programme

Income tax rate 45p on earnings of £80,000 and above – and 50p to be reintroduced on earnings above £123,000

Currently those earning £80,000 have over £25,000 of their yearly earnings taken off them, with Labour suggesting to increase the income tax to 45p. It is dream-able to earn £80,000 or more, you may have your own business, or a really successful job that you have had to work hard for and make sacrifices, to then have so much of it taken away. Why can’t there be more of an equal income tax rate across the pay brackets? So everyone is taxed more or less the same amount, regardless of wages everyone pays in? 

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Boost wages of 5.7m people earning less than minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020

So by “protecting small businesses by reintroducing the lower small profits rate of corporation tax and excluding them from costly plans to introduce quarterly reporting and take action on late payments” you in turn expect them to pay their staff £10 an hour?

Will we see businesses no longer offering time and a half, double time on bank holidays or night time premium if the basic wage is £10 an hour? What purpose will the national living wage then have? 


Workers Rights 

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An end to zero-hours contracts to guarantee workers a “number of hours each week”

Having worked in several jobs with zero-hour contracts, for high school students and university students, zero-hour contracts are personally the best to have for those in education, no commitment to having to work a certain amount of hours when you have exams. 

Introduce four extra public holidays each year to mark national patron saints’ days.

Have you told all the companies and business across the UK that they are expected to pay an increased bank holiday premium wage for all their staff and allow them to take another day(s) off? 

Legislate to ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home – because it causes divisions when one workforce is used against another.

This will hopefully close the gap in divide between nationalities in the UK and this common myth that “foreigners are taking our jobs.” There are plenty of jobs out there, just depends if you are willing to do the work. 

Ban unpaid internships

Good idea, I am currently on an all-unpaid internship and I am managing only because I have a part-time job and still in education. Unpaid internships are unfair, and can promote exploitation, setting the standard of what a job requires on no pay. 

 

Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent.

Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay – because fathers are parents too and deserve to spend more time with their new babies.

There is already Shared Paternal Leave in place – where the father/spouse can take some of the maternity leave from the mother to extend theirs? Although it is a nice idea that Labour has suggested. 


Education

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Reintroduce maintenance grants for university students and abolish university tuition fees.

Firstly not everyone should be encouraged to go to university as if it is the only option to be successful in life. I don’t need a journalism degree to be a journalist and I agree with Labour that “no one should be put off educating themselves for lack of money or through fear of debt” but I categorically disagree that all “education should be free.” 

Who is going to pay for the maintenance grants?  And who is then going to pay for the new developments, buildings, software, equipment, bus services, lecturers, funding of the universities if we scrap tuition fees? 

Instead: all university fees should be equal across all governments, eg. Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales, no abolition, but a significant decrease in the price of tuition fees, because specialist education needs to be paid for! There also needs to be financial support for those taking Masters and Post-graduate courses too!

Decrease in wages for the hierarchal staff that run the universities – with university vice-chancellors receiving an average salary package of £277,834 in the last academic year according to the University and College Union. 

If maintenance grants were to be brought back – they need to be strict and rigorous in checking the details and criteria for those that get the different pay brackets. It is unfair for students those with higher income parents to get the lower amount of grant and have it expected for their parents to subsidies them whilst those from lower income backgrounds are living the highlife off £7,000 a year. 

Extend schools-based counselling to all schools to improve children’s mental health, at a cost of £90 million per year.

Nice idea – what age bracket of schools will be seeing this funding for counselling? Important for high schools especially. Can we not see mental health and social well-being lessons going on the curriculum as well?

Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16 to 18-year-olds from lower and middle income backgrounds.

Point blank no – children should not be paid to be encouraged to go to school! From witnessing several people be given this money – which is meant to be used for buying school essentials, like books, transport to and from, school uniform – I know a few people who spent it on TV’s, holidays – unessential items. Why not give EMA in the form of vouchers, for school books and uniform etc? 

Overhaul existing childcare system and extend 30 hours of free childcare to all two year olds

Good idea – how are we going to pay for the 30hour free childcare? Are you then going to be encouraging the parent(s) to get back into work? 

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Not necessarily an issue regarding younger children – perhaps focus on those doing GCSE’s in high school  and reducing class sizes along with creating a better system for the different levels of ability – tailor classes to the needs of the students and abilities. 

Free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees

Wait your saying that “education should be free” but your charging those who choose and pay to send their children to private schools, and through taxing them you want to pay for primary children’s school lunches? Proposing VAT tax on private school fees, means you’re no where near “restoring your principle” and achieving your aim of “education should be free.” 

As the Lidl advert promotes (other supermarkets are available) it can only cost £3.37 per child per week (5 days) for lunch for a child that a parent has to pay for, not really breaking the bank?! If you can’t afford to sustainably and long-term feed your children, think twice before having them!


Public Services

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We will guarantee that patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.

I wouldn’t like to witness the backlash of tweets that Corbyn could receive if he gets into government and someone waits 4 hours and 1 minute in A&E! It is all good suggesting this idea, but patients are put into a category of priority and unfortunately if there are people needing immediate care eg. a car crash victim compared to you with your broken toe, then you could be waiting more than 4 hours – but don’t complain because it is a FREE service. 

End hospital car parking charges by increasing the tax on private medical insurance premiums.

This is only for those car parks in England – why not everywhere in the UK and why can’t we just abolish car parking charges all together? Or how about we keep them, and they contribute to funding the NHS?! 

Mental health

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With it being such a big issue in the UK, I am glad to see they are proposing to tackle it, more money does need to be put into funding and increasing services for those suffering with mental health – ideally this should be partnered not only with ‘curing and dealing’ with mental health suffers but also ‘preventing’ mental health issues arising through education, discussion and acceptance. A good idea to start with, needs to be developed into a long-term plan, focussing not just on health services being provided. 

NHS will receive more than £30bn in extra funding over the next parliament through increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners and by increasing tax on private medical insurance.

As previously mentioned above, according to Gov.uk the overall budget for the NHS for 2016/17 was around £120.4 billion set to rise to £133.1 billion by 2020/21. Will Labour keep on “increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners and increasing tax on private medical insurance” as the cost of the NHS increases every year? Or where do they propose to find the rest of the money as the cost of the NHS increase year on year? Could they not be promoting private health care to decrease the pressure on public services? 

Increase levels of policemen and women

What are we going to be paying them – Diane Abbott? 


Social Security and Pensions 

Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s

Guarantee state pension triple lock, as well as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes.

“Rejects” proposal to increase state pension age further

With people living longer and the cost of living increasing year on year, I’m not surprised if the state pension age was to be increased, although not increasing it is a nice suggestion from Labour. But Labour should also be encouraging the younger generation to be saving for their own personal retirement fund and pension as well, due to the points above. 

Increase Carer’s Allowance by £11 to the level of Jobseekers’ Allowance.

Looking after our elderly is a huge issue in the UK, with people living longer and the access to more radical health care, we are seeing an academic of families choosing to be the sole carer of elderly family members. For some, it is their full-time job and they should be paid a fair wage. 


Energy 

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Ensure that 60% of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030.

A ban on fracking

Why not increase tax on fracking instead? It could have the potential to provide 74,000 jobs and £100,000 to each local community site. (facts from UKOOG)

Nuclear power “will continue to be part of the UK energy supply”

Introduce an immediate emergency energy price cap to ensure the average dual fuel household energy bill remains below £1,000 per year


Housing

Build over one million more homes, with at least half for social rent

Shouldn’t you be encouraging people to get onto the property ladder and not depend on social housing? 

Guarantee help to buy funding until 2027 and give locals buying their first home “first dibs on new homes built in their area.”

Make 4,000 additional homes available for rough sleepers to end homelessness.

How about they look into the reasons for people being made homeless and try to tackle that issue to – I have spoken to many homeless people and several say it is due to job losses.


Transport

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Extend high speed rail link HS2 to Scotland and Build Crossrail 2 – to run north-south through London between Hertfordshire and Surrey – “to ensure our capital continues to prosper”

Recognise the need for additional airport capacity in the South East

Are we ignoring the expansion of Heathrow? The increase in jobs and businesses it could bring in? The extra money it would put into the British economy? Best if we ignore that hey? 


Brexit and the EU

Accept the EU referendum result

“By scrapping the Brexit White Paper, and create a whole new set of rules” – will this be a regular occurrence every time the government changes political hands? 

Prioritise British produce

It is good to hear they they will “protect our farmers” and “not allow Brexit to be used as an excuse to undercut our farmers and flood Britain’s food chain with cheap and inferior produce.”

Freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union. Britain’s immigration system will change.

You don’t tell us how the immigration system will change – are closing the door fully? And what happens to those that are living in the UK illegally as immigrants? Where you putting those? Giving them a citizenship and allowing them to stay or going back home?

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Overall conclusion / opinion

Some very valid arguments and points made by the Labour party, with myself agreeing with a few of them.

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My biggest issue is having the rich pay for all the spending that Labour are so predominately well-known for – with Blair and Brown seeing a boom in overspending in their last government.

And the only mention of Benefits was his gigantic U-turn on the proposition of Tories freezing Benefits. There needs to be some serious digging into those who are being given benefits and making sure they are fairly and properly received and not just being taken advantage of.


Disclaimer:

For the reader to understand the stance I have taken on writing this article, I presently remain unbiased to all political parties, although it should be noted that I have previously supported the Conservative party. However my current political position is that I don’t believe any party leader is fit to do the job, therefore I am scrutinising all manifestos  published and my position on voting remains wholly undecided. 

I am in no means a political advocate for any party, nor am I an expert in the Labour Manifesto 2017 released today. These are just my points and views regarding the arguments made by Labour. 

Lets Talk About: Slut Shaming

If a guy sleeps with 3 different people in one week he is labelled a ‘lad’. If a girl sleeps with 3 different people in one week she is labelled a ‘slut’. Modern day inequality at its finest.

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A guy who has several sexual relations is called a ‘lad’ a ‘legend’ and a ‘player’ terms that are inoffensive and accompanied with laughter and a proud smile. But if a girl partakes in the same amount of sexual relations as her male counterpart she is called a ‘slut’, an ‘easy lay’ and a ‘whore’. Derogatory terms which would certainly not carry a laugh or a smile and can easily ruin her reputation.

So why is it acceptable for a girl to be ‘slut shamed’ and yet a guy to be praised for doing the exact same sexual acts? And why is our modern-day society allowing this to happen?

Dictionary.com defines a slut as:

1. an immoral or dissolute woman; prostitute.

2. a dirty, slovenly woman.

In the 1940’s and 50’s courting followed a set of unwritten rules for young men and women. There was an acceptable time during which the couple held hands, kissed, got engaged and following marriage had sexual intercourse. Following these societal conventions kept your reputation intact.

If during these old-fashioned times if a man were to have sexual relations outside marriage it was kept hush-hush. But for a woman? She was shunned and tainted – with great difficulty of her ever getting married.

Fast forward to today. The young generation is having fun and exploring their sexual experiences. But there is still a heavy divide between the way the sexes are treated. Women are faced with the challenge of wanting to freely express their sexuality and sexual desires, whilst having to fend off jabs and judgements.

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“Slut-shaming is the act of making a girl feel embarrassed for her sexuality, whether she’s sexually active or not.”

Reality tv show Ex On The Beach is one example of where the contrast in labelling is shown. Episode 6 of the recent season showed Jacques gloating about his holiday experience. “I banged 3 birds in one day – hashtag lad.”  Hands down to the guy, its quite an achievement to be fair, but why do we praise this as an achievement and yet if it was a girl we’d be mortified by her actions?


“Women reject promiscuous female peers as friends.”

In 2013, students took part in a study at Cornell where results showed that “Women reject promiscuous female peers as friends.” 751 students were asked to rate the aspects of an (imaginary) woman’s character – for example whether she would be a good friend, if she was smart or not – all based on how many people she had slept with in her early 20’s. Results showed if a woman had bedded more than 20 people before she was 30 then she was unsuitable for friendship.

“What makes a woman a slut?”

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The Gloss openly asked its readers, “What makes a woman a slut?” And the comments received were both baffling and rather humorous – here are a few:

“She’s a slut for sleeping with you on the first date.” Anon

(Is she really? Well aren’t you a slut too then for sleeping with her on the first date?)

“Anyone, male or female, has the right to have sex with whomever they want, whenever they want. As long as it is completely consensual. Who are you to judge someone based off of their personal choices that have absolutely nothing to do with you? What’s to say that a person who has a one night stand or sex on the first date doesn’t have self respect?” Anon

“Clearly, it’s guys that dont get laid a lot that have always called women sluts.” Tina

(correction girls are guilty of calling other girls sluts too?!)

I think that there are also men sluts. Men that think that sex is something that should be done as often and with as many woman as possible.” Jim

 “A women that has slept with 20 plus men is a slut.” Rich 

(so what is a woman who has slept with 19 men called?!)

“Now don’t get me wrong, men LOVE sluts. We will never turn down an opportunity to sleep with a good looking slut. Partly because she’s good in bed, partly because it’s sex…Most guys can detect when a girl is a slut by the first few dates and by what he hears about the girl from other people and from the girl herlself. We put this information together and figure out if she is dating material or not. If not, I like most guys, will still go in for the prize but have no intention of following through with dating the dirty little tart.” Jeremy

(the first issue is ‘men love sluts’, secondly you base your judgement on the girl from hearsay and opinions of others – who probably dislike the girl, probably a bad ex – yes thats going to go well. Thirdly – nice to know you’ll still expect ‘the dirty little tart’ to deliver the goods. You, Jeremy are the definition of a gentlemen of course.)


No More Sexual Violence. No More Victim Blaming. No More Derogatory Labels. No More Gender Inequality.

Calling a woman (or a man) a slut is more than just name calling – there is a bigger issue around this. American rapper, model, actress and activist Amber Rose is renowned for her ‘SlutWalks’ – an international movement that raises awareness about sexual injustice and gender equality. ‘Slut-shaming’, sexual violence, victim blaming, rape culture and derogatory labels are all matters which she is trying to rid in the attempt for women to be free to sexually express themselves without fear of being targeted.

“A slut is just a word to bring down a woman’s sexuality and make her feel uncomfortable with it.”

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My Opinon

If you are single and completely unattached to anyone, emotionally or physically whether you are a guy or a girl, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having as many sexual relations as you so wish (go forth and conquer!) – as long as all parties involved are on the same page and it is safely carried out.

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I strongly believe that the only way to really know what you want, whether it be a relationship, just casual sex, or what you like or dislike when in the bedroom, is by partaking in sexual relations. Take the example of being high school sweethearts, you’ve only ever had sex with your partner, you only know what sex is like one way. Whereas sleeping with multiple people throughout your young, free and single days allows you to learn exactly what you like and don’t like. So go out get drunk and take that guy home – and you are not a slut for doing so!

And the next time a guy calls you out on the amount of people you’re seeing, dating or sleeping with and calls you a slut, just say: “Yep, literally slept with everyone here except you. I do have some standards after all.”