Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Vote of no confidence?

I have been researching how general elections are triggered and am a little shocked to find out that it is harder than I thought, and than it was up until 2011.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 came into force on 15th September 2011.

Amongst other things the Act removed the power of the Queen to dissolve Parliament and trigger a general election and neither can a government trigger a general election anymore. 

Early elections can now only be held if either a motion for an early general election is agreed by at least two thirds of the whole House or if a motion of no confidence is passed and no alternative government is confirmed by the Commons within 14 days.

Currently general elections are set to take place in May of every 5th year and as such the next election will be May 2020.

There has been a petition circulated recently calling for the matter of a general election to be debated in Parliament however despite high levels of support the topic is not going to be discussed. The response from the Cabinet Office states that under the new aforementioned Act no government can trigger a general election however Parliament can and it is Parliament who should be discussing the petition.

The organisation 38 degrees have started a campaign calling on the leader of the largest party in opposition to call for a vote of no confidence in the Government however it has received limited support to date which has surprised me as 38 degrees has always seemed a popular vehicle for expressing points of view and bringing about change.

As such I am curious as to what you think. Should we have an early general election? I would be really grateful if you could click on the Yes or No button on the poll at the top right hand side of my blog, if you would like to leave a comment explaining your viewpoint or commenting on this post I would be happy to receive your comments.


Image Credit: Clipart Kid

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Blog Action Day 2016

It would seem that there is no official Blog Action Day or theme this year however the event is set to return next year and the small team of volunteers who set up and manage the event have encouraged bloggers to post today anyway, about something of significance to them.

I have thought about this and chosen to promote compassion and tolerance with regard to the massive issue of immigration.

Image Credit: IB Times

This has been a hot topic for such a long time, however things seemed to have escalated in recent years and become out of any sense of control. In addition the recent vote in the UK to leave the European Union, with immigration seemingly a strong driving force for some peoples decision to vote leave, seems to have sparked an outbreak of racial attacks throughout the country. While I am sure terrorist events have not helped with this matter immigration is a completely separate issue.

I read daily news stories about the immigration camp at Calais, immigrants loosing their lives at sea throughout Europe, or being found in vehicles travelling through the UK. According to the BBC over 1 million applications for asylum were received in the European Union last year. No estimates have been made for the people arriving and not applying.

These people have in many cases been forced to leave their homes, possibly their families, certainly their possessions, under significant fear for their lives and are looking for a safe home, how can we possibly deny them that? It is no different to what we would expect for ourselves.

It seems to me that the only way we can tackle this effectively is to develop a united approach to immigration. There is no benefit to any one country closing its borders to everyone, however neither can one country solve the problem.

Personally I couldn't think of a worse time for us to leave the EU, I did not vote to leave and strongly feel we are always better together, nations united and open to debate however our leaving seems assured.

This is a massive topic that I am only touching on briefly, I do not have all of the answers and feel the part I can play will be small however promoting compassion and tolerance seems a good place to start. No good can come from closing doors, or dare I say building walls, and this problem is not going to resolve itself. Lets face it head on and promote solutions, and in the meantime remember we are all human.

Image Credit: Popular Resistance

Friday, 14 October 2016

Blog Action Day 2016

In two days time it is Blog Action Day (BAD). I have come across some conflicting information regarding the theme for this year and also a post stating that BAD are now partners with Article 19, a charitable organisation who defend the right to freedom of expression.

It is a little difficult to piece the whole story together at this time for two reasons; firstly I have not participated for several years and as such have been unaware of the changes as they have occurred, and secondly I do not use Facebook or Twitter and have become aware recently how much that excludes me from certain information.

Although you can view Facebook pages to some extent without being a member the information is limited and something I have to actively seek out rather than coming to me via regular feeds.

I am delighted that I have looked this up at this time, and as such not missed out on BAD for this year however while I am considering what to post and trying to confirm if there is actually a specified theme for this year if anyone has any further information that can help me I would be most grateful if they could leave me a comment.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Better Together

I am really worried about the upcoming EU Referendum. Its seems like it will be very close and I have clear and passionate feelings about which way I would like it to go.

I don't usually do political canvassing, but I really felt I ought to put my argument across in short before the vote, as there are also apparently many people who are undecided, and it may help give them another perspective.

These are my main thoughts:

Better together - surely if we are going to move forward as a race of people we are better together. A world divided is no way to go forward, particularly given current climatic and social issues. The EU represents a union of nations and that should be encouraged.

You've got to be in it to win it - how can we have an impact on the shape of a united future if we are no longer at the debating table? Could it be that the spotlight on this issue, highlighting many failures of the EU, is just the time when we could effect change for the better? It seems to me that no one has known more about the EU, or been talking about it more, than now. What better time stay stay in and make it a better union for us all.

Someone to watch over me - I have never felt that the UK government represents me as a national citizen. I have serious concerns about their motives and actions, particularly when it comes to the environment and natural resources, which is the sector I work in. EU legislation strengthens protection for our natural environment in this country and without that extra support I have grave concerns about what the government will do in the name of progress. 

I have never felt stronger about a vote. I don't claim to know all of the facts, but I feel I know enough to make an educated decision based on my opinions. If you are undecided please consider these opinions and remember, every vote really matters and can make a difference.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A Year to the Day...Nearly

Well it is nearly a year to the day that I posted here last. Actually it seems longer! Anyway this morning I am asking for help, I need some info from anyone who visits which can be left in comment form or by ticking a box in the poll opposite this post (or both!) but the more information you can give me the better, I would like to know what cosmetic suppliers you use and why, thanks in advance! (Image Credit: Burnhill Compliance Management)

Friday, 11 November 2011

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Compassionate Shopping Guide

I have recently purchased The Compassionate Shopping Guide and posted my progress so far on my main blog, In The Pink. I have however decided that recording my progress with changing products and suppliers may be better off posted here. Here are the posts I have written so far:

The Compassionate Shopping Guide

Over the past few years I have been trying to buy personal care and house hold cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and are not tested on animals. I use Ecover household products and have, for the most, purchased personal products from The Body Shop. Even Mr Dancin has been a willing convert to The Body Shop.

However he returned from town last week saying that he had seen a notice on a stall calling for a boycott of The Body Shop. He was a little reluctant to tell me as The Body Shop is my favourite shop and I love going there to treat myself.

Anyway I looked it up online. The Body Shop was sold to L'Oreal in 2006 and at the time I checked with The Body Shop to ensure that their animal friendly status still stood to be assured it did however it has been speculated that the profits from the organisation are not ring fenced and are used to suppliment L'Oreal who do not maintain an animal friendly status as of yet. There is a lot more to is that this and I recommend if you are interested you have a read of available information, of which there is much online.

For myself it has raised a dliema which has lead to me purchasing a copy of The Compassionate Shopping Guide from Naturewatch which is a difinitive guide to cruelty free, eco-friendly personal care and household cleaning products.

The guide has a wealth of information which I am currently working my way through. If this is an issue close to your heart I recommend you buy a copy of this very reasonably priced book however I will also detail my findings and purchases here as I go.

I am loathed to leave The Body Shop but at the same time I really cannot justify the testing of what are non essential cosmetic products on animals, and believe that we know enough now about household products to cease animal testing.

The Compassionate Shopping Guide - Post 2

Well that was the best thing I have read in ages! So I am afraid it is goodbye to The Body Shop, goodbye to Ecover and goodbye to Dove, another old favourite, but I feel better for making the decision. Obviously the issues do not only relate to animal experimentation but to detrimental practices in order to obtain some ingredients which damage and reduce valuable wildlife habitat.

There is a wealth of knowledge in this book which will help me promote wildlife habitat, reduce harmful bi-products and actively support the abolition of animal experimentation. I am excited to be making a change!

As suggested in the Guide I will be writing to the companies I will nolonger be using explaining my decision and urging them to bring about the changes necessary to gain the Naturewatch Approved Status.

Image Credits: Naturewatch

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Blog Action Day

See my Blog Action Day Post HERE

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Blog Action Day 15th October 2010

Well Blog Action Day is almost here again and this years topic is Water. I am starting to research my post and have chosen my particular topic which is going to be the oceans. The Blog Action Day website has lots or interesting information including suggestions for posts, banners to put on your blog, a registration page so that you can register your blog for participation, information on fund-raising, and a petition which indicates your support of the UN's efforts to improve water and sanitation for billions of people around the world. You can also sign the petition by clicking on the banner at the top left of my blog and it only takes a few seconds to complete.

I usually post the Blog Action Day You Tube clip to help promote the day here but frankly this years clip has some annoying music as an accompaniment (sorry guys but it really does) and so instead I thought I would post this, a splendid song written and performed by the folk musician Benji Kirkpatrick. The song is called Wallbreaker and is all about water. It is very thought provoking.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Tiger Update

Check out the update on Kamrita the Sumatran Tiger HERE.
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