Before I begin, I want to outline a disclaimer of sorts. Depending on how you percieve this particular blog post and what you take from it, remember that it's just me, Tommy Grainger, your friendly neighbourhood rambler. But this time, I'm hoping that my ramblings might actually stand for something.
The Brexit issue, voting, a divided country. Migration seems to be a type of scapegoat.. it angers me how people are using this as an excuse to coin the term 'make Britain great again'
WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A NATION BUILT UP ON IMMIGRATION. Are people too ignorant and stupid to recognise this? Even the people I speak to, who are feel that immigration is an issue, don't realise that the companies they work for are only successful because of the valued input from foreign employees. This is undisputed fact. I've looked up several large UK companies and read that much of their development and success is down to engineers, technicians, researchers from all over Europe and the world. WTF?!
Seriously, what is wrong with people?! I actually hate people.
The Daily Mail - this newspaper (amongst others) outright offends me and is scum
Immigration - it's not an issue, GB is built up on immigration.
Social Media, articles on Facebook, headlines giving false news (or easily misconstrued at a glance). Too much information at our fingertips
Each day we get told something different e.g. 'doing this will keep you healthier than that' 'eat this because it prolongs life' 'this will 43% more likely give you cancer' - fuck off! Life has always been simple enough to know what to eat and how much exercise you need for a healthy balanced life style, this was before the internet and all this bloody research. People follow the media so much these days that they will suddenly change their routine if it means they can (theoretically) avoid being fat etc
What I am truly afraid of (and you can consider this a prediction) is the pure aggression, seen on both sides of the political argument, continuing to escalate until it becomes a part of us. And when I say 'argument' I mean to cover all bases here, whether it's a referendum, general or local election or even a routine debate. To put things into perspective, Brexit and the 2017 general election (May vs Corbyn) are prime examples and I will use these to support my point.
In the aftermath of the general election, where a hung Parliament was reached (I'm writing this the day after voting, so we're far from a strong and stable answer), it was considered to be yet another messy campaign very similar to Brexit. Nobody knows what's going to happen, the nation is torn in two and the media are revelling.
Thus begins my fear. The media. Newspaper tabloids, broadsheets, advertisements, social media; anything that we experience on a daily basis where some sort of news headline is given. I can't believe it has taken me this long to notice the absolute poison that courses through the writing in various articles across the UK.
It would be naive of me to think that this is a new thing. Newspapers have always backed their chosen party, or their chosen benefactor, and written in favour of them. That's why we have different sources, right?
But shouldn't they still be relatively partial?
I feel that the 'headline' alone has done far more damage to the public eye than any words from a backtracking and corrupt politician. Especially in this modern society, where information is seconds away, a headline can be the difference between a lovely morning and wanting to throttle somebody. These aggressive headlines filters down through various outlets to the reader who would normally skim them (because we don't like to read things thoroughly, do we?!) and make up their own conclusion in a matter of seconds before reaching the next article. This is just the way things are, heck, even I'm accountable for such a lazy approach to finding out the daily qualms.
The media will exploit this. Fake news, abrupt and