Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on Mumsnet for a webchat(1128 Posts)
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Muppets Muggle - Well said!
I feel that the topic of immigration has been skirted around by almost all political parties. Not one person wants to take the reins and give an honest, committed and carefully considered statement.
This is not racism this is realism. For the people who are not yet affected by these issues, they may not understand the very strong feelings of those who live amidst a nation that has changed so rapidly. You may not have been affected by these issues yet but when it hits your doorstep you will understand the strong emotions this raises, I do not want to be a prophet of doom but if this continues these exact issues and experiences will visit you as well.
My mother-in-laws family moved here from the Ukraine, my grandfather moved here from Germany and they both understood the opportunities that Britain gave, to work and live in harmony. This mentality seems to have disappeared. It appears that in efforts to make us united, the government has in fact created tension and anger.
Political Correctness has become very one-sided; the recent news story of the Christian man who has been found guilty in court for being unwilling to minister marriage advice to a gay couple is a perfect example of this. I have to ask myself if the story would have gained news coverage if the gentleman in question was Muslim.
The Muslim religion does not approve of homosexuals, they are anti-Semitic, there are no equal rights for women and it is a patriarchal society. Yet if a non Muslim was to air these views (which I am not advocating) they would be perceived as totally radical and bigoted, surely this is the worst kind of discrimination.
As I was keenly interested to find out if I was the only person who saw the similarities between the Muslim faith and the stereotype of one of our political parties, I wrote these Muslim truths down and asked people whom they thought it represented. Every single one of them answered BNP.
I can only come to the conclusion that in light of this information, the teachings of the Quran are very similar to those of the BNP party and horrifyingly, may even supersede it! The question that I ask is why is nobody attacking the Muslims the same way they do the BNP?
Members of Islam4UK should not be able to live in this country, on benefits whilst vocally and physically criticizing Britain and worse. Everyone is too scared to do anything about it in case of repercussions. Fifty years ago they would have been put into prison for treason and branded a traitor; instead the so called British Muslims are given a slap on the wrist, or even worse protected by the same police force some abhor.
This country USED to be represented by the bulldog- a symbol representing power and strength, a breed that cannot be toppled. Now we are regarded as a lapdog - soft, soppy, pathetic and eager to please.
My grandfather has been diagnosed with cancer and whilst discussing his will with my parents he stated that he has three worries. Two of these were of a personal nature and one was his fear that this country is being invaded.
There is no sense of duty or pride and even patriotism has become a dirty word.
I agree with flock and muppet about wanting to know the true extent of cuts or tax rises needed to dig us out of our dire economic situation. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that all of the three main political parties were not being clear with voters over the scale of the cuts needed to get Britain's £167 billion deficit under control.
I want to know if you are elected to lead the Austerity Government that is coming, which will be the least popular cuts or changes you will need to make?
As an NHS worker can we really believe that the NHS will be safer in your hands then David Camerons? Cuts will be needed but where do you propose to make these in the NHS?
Would you abolish Key Stage 2 SATS for 10/11 year olds?
"Who would he like to have as next leader of the Labour Party?"
Oh and if you do get in a bold electoral reform agenda would be great. I live in a safe Conservative seat. My vote feels worthless and that makes me cross.
''the teachings of the Quran are very similar to those of the BNP party'' do you mean similar to the bible there?
Muppet - the answer ot your question is because you are a bigot. You feel like a minority in "your own country" because you are a misguided bigot. You are not a minority, unless you actually are, but from the tone of your question, I assume you are white, and you are most certainly NOT a minority.
As for "PC gone mmmamaaaaaaaaddd!" This is just the spiel of bigots, annoyed that they can't get away with spouting bile any more.
Gordon - What are the chances of you taking Dave out in a fist fighting smackdown before the election? Someone has to do something!
No not at all.
The OT may have some scriptures but they are not followed anymore due to the NT being written.
So I think you will find that the bible that modern day Christians follow and the Quran are VERY different.
See, there's no such thing as one visit to mumsnet. It's so addictive even the PM is back for more.
My question: what do you think would be the effect of a hung parliament, if this happened?
Good luck on the 6th!
Gordon - good luck on Thursday, I am terrified of the idea of a Cameron led Govt!
What do you think is the 'fairest' form of taxation? And how will you avoid the 'middle income' voters yet again being hammered the most by any changes in taxation. Our household income is 55k, so we are hammered for everything, because most of it is earned by dh (I can't make enough in my work to cover childcare!). But in any sort of 'means tested taxation/benefits', the number of dependents is ignored - from next week or so we will be a house of 2 adults, and 4 children. But the tax system does not ever take this into account.
(Just to add, I do work, but have to work from home as can't afford childcare).
I really find the media's approach to you has been damned if you do and damned if you don't - and I want you to know that I hope people mostly see through that, and I think you're a properly good guy with deep personal moral conviction, which as a quality should always be respected. Regardless of how you intend to vote. Thank you, just had to say that.
My question is:
How will you curb or control the City's behaviour in the future - to ensure that our whole economy isn't entirely hitched to the financial free-wheeling of the markets?
I know this is a complex question that it might be hard to give an easy answer to - and if you gave a full one, I probably wouldn't understand it - but in simple terms, is it possible?
Islam really isn'e anti-Semitic,
calm down dear
Why is my NHS trust employer cutting 'front line staff' if the NHS is safe in your hands?
And that is before the election.
By front line I mean nursing staff.We are a busy paediatric unit managing by the skin of our teeth,and we are being asked to lose nurses.
I don't want scare stories of what the Conservatives will do,I want to know why this is happening on your watch,if the NHS is safe in your hands.
oi, dragon, you can only use quotation marks if you are directly quoting someone, and you haven't
you have twisted what has been said, you haven't even paraphrased properly.
How you can judge somebody from just one sentence, I don't know. You must be very clever
or else you're just really obvious purple?
Is he planning to become a Eurocrat when he leaves Parliament?
Come on, I want to know where it states that we cannot sing baa baa black sheep or read the 3 little pigs please
Or are you just spouting nonsense ?
Will he give me his opinion on Berlusconi now? I doubt it
Well, dear GB I'll keep my fingers crossed for you from Italy.
well, it's not obvious to me
This is the sort of thing I meant.
pure purple - My PC point was directed more widely to everyone I have ever met who uses the phrase "PC gone mad"
As for the rest, I wasn't paraphrasing - I think that when people ask why it is they feel like a minority in their own country they deserve to hear the answer. And the answer is that they are bigoted. That is the only answer, as it isn't anywhere NEAR true for a start.
Becauseimworthit, I don't see much English tradition round here, not allowed Christmas lights in town as might offend some people, can't sing certain nursery rhymes in school as politically incorrect it's just silly.
Gordon - good luck for this and for Thursday.
My question is how can you reconvince those of the white working-class that have moved to the BNP to come back to the Labour Party and do you think enough has been done about this disenfranchisement at a national level?
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