Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Some call it fiddling, I call it corruption

The art of language is a beautiful thing. One of my undergraduate lecturers once told me that a persons use of words are like that of an artists palette. With words you can draw the most beautiful pictures and mask the most hypocritical obscenities.

Take for instance the jailing of Tom Wise. The 61 year old British MEP who after several denials finally admitted "fiddling" £39,000 worth of expenses and was sentenced to two years in jail today. There goes another British government official the public sigh in disbelief. The whole expenses scandal has erupted to reveal an endemic culture of "fiddling". Or has it?

When the same revelations of "fiddling" are revealed in non Western states it is called corruption by most if not all if the British press. Corruption in its purest potent form. But when the same instances occur on home turf it is called "fiddling". So why don't we just cut through the hypocrisy and call it what it really is - CORRUPTION!

Yes I said it. With or without the jailing of Tom Wise the MP expenses scandal has revealed that the government have a serious problem of corruption. Fiddling is something petty, corruption is not. £39,000 is not fiddling that is a lot of money from the tax payers pocket. Lets be equal in our appropriation of the English language and not try and mask the severity of the problem. Only until this issue of corruption is addressed honestly for what it is will the problem actually be able to be dealt with.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Is Dizzee Rascal the most influential Black person in London?

Rapper Dizzee Rascal

So before I begin let me just start by saying this post is not intended to be a personal attack on Dizzee Rascal, as the issue I am about to address is actually not his fault.

Ok, well picture this. I was on the underground today reading the Evening Standard newspaper whilst waiting to reach my destination. Flicking through the pages I came across an article on page 4 entitled “The 20 people who keep London leading in the world”. Amongst some of the figures were Boris Johnson, The Mayor of London; Stella McCartney, fashion designer; Mervyn King, Bank of England Governor and Lord Coe, London Olympic Organising Committee chairman. And then at number 18 my eyes gleamed on Dizzee Rascal, occupation rapper and most notably the only Black figure to enter the top 20 line up.

Subconsciously I screwed up my face. And then I started to ask myself why am I actually annoyed to see him there? After all Dizzee is doing it big. You know he came from the streets of East London and is now an award winning number one selling artist. But despite his success is he really London’s most influential Black person?

Where is David Lammy MP for Tottenham or Charlene White who presents the ITV London News? Furthermore what about Sherry Dixon, the editor of Pride Magazine or Idris Elba the critically acclaimed actor who has starred in Law and Order and most notably known for his role in The Wire and whose success is shamelessly ignored by the British media?

Is The Evening Standard really trying to say that the most influential Black Londoner is Dizzee Rascal? When without even scratching the surface I can name several Black Londoners who have far more influence than Dizzee with far more reaching positive effects. As I said at the beginning I have no personal qualms with Dizzee but it just winds me up when I read things like this from the main stream media that insinuate that the only thing Black people will ever be rewarded for is rapping and the images that this subsequently conjures up. If they really couldn't find a Black person that they felt worthy enough for the title then they should have left it vacant. But please spare the token figure, as it's insulting!

So I have to wonder who did they collect their data from (certainly not me or anyone I know)? What message are they really trying to send out? And do you agree that he is the most influential Black person in London?

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

WOW... What a difference a year makes!

President Barack Obama

A year ago today I had managed to grapple about one hours sleep as I stayed up all night watching the results of the American Presidential election. Switching from BBC to Sky News I was in awe as I watched what was deemed impossible become a reality. And it seems I wasn't the only one as texts and phone calls came in from friends all through out the early hours of the morning who were hysterical that Obama had won yet another state. What is more revealing is that I am British, yet British people in their droves were equally anticipating this new chapter as earnestly as the Americans themselves. It was official; Obamamania had taken hold of the UK. Well, certainly the media.

Today I head to university and not one paper that I have read so far (I've read four) have commented that today is Obama's first anniversary. There is a deafening silence permeating through the airwaves, like that of a husband who has forgotten his wife’s anniversary. Now we know that this is definitely not the case with the media here in the UK, they definitely know what time it is!

So what does this silence mean? And most importantly what does it reveal about the changing attitudes towards Obama here in the UK. It means that people have finally cottoned on! Yep, that’s right. People have finally cottoned on to that big secret that a year ago nobody wanted to acknowledge but was right there in front of everybody’s face. So what’s this big secret that has left people disappointed? Obama is not (and I repeat) is not the son of God who has come back on earth to die for everybody's sins. He is a human being just like everybody else with all the good and bad that comes along with it. And it just so looks like *surprise - shock - horror* people are not too happy to acknowledge that reality.

I mean honestly with such expectations, should this silence really come as a surprise?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Eleven year old girl gives birth... on her wedding day

Korteza Zhelyazkova, 11
Yes you did read correctly! The eleven year old girl from Bulgaria pictured above has become one of the worlds youngest mothers after giving birth to baby Violeta. The eleven year old who concieved the child within just a week of meeting the 19 year old husband Jeliazko Dimitrov gave birth during her wedding day still in her wedding dress after finding out she was pregnant after her grandmother had noticed she had put on weight. She was rushed to hospital and gave birth 20 minutes later.
Kordeza admitted: "I haven't had sex education classes and I didn't know how to get pregnant. I'd never had a boyfriend and I'd never heard of condoms. Kordeza continues: "I used to play with my toys but now she is my new toy. She is so beautiful, I love her. Violeta is the child and I must grow up. I am not going back to school - I am a mother now."
Dimitrov the husband now faces six years in jail for having sex with a minor. Dimitrov added: "I'm scared. I want to look after my wife and child. Instead I may be going to prison. I made a mistake but I am not going to apologise for that because now I have beautiful Violeta".

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Writers Block and Me

I actually feel nervous. As if this is the first time writing a blog post. Thats how long I feel I've been away. And whilst the world has been moving back and forth like the waves of the sea I have been suffering from writers block! Aaaarghhh! I just have not been able to write a post. I refuse to let this condition beat me. So I am back and will be better than ever before. So watch out :)!

xx
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