Ten things currently making me angry!

by Ray_North on July 18, 2015

Unknown-1I’m quite angry at the moment

Yes, angry and more than a little confused. Pressures of work and other stuff has meant that, annoyingly, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to properly vent my considerable spleen on these pages and I now need to get a few things off my chest. So, here’s a list of the ten things that are currently pissing me off. In no particular order:

1) The Closure of the café at Chester Crown Court. The café at Chester Crown Court is an important place for me, it is a little sanctuary where I can sit, read the paper/briefs away fom the nervous eyes of my clients and the masculine tumult of the robing room. Of course, MoJ privatized the provision of food in Courts years ago – and now, the Court Cafes don’t make much money, the MoJ won’t subsidise and so, they have to go – the ladies there are lovely, they’ve all been there donkey’s years, as well as their work, it is their community, the thing that binds them together, and soon they’ll all be redundant. Market forces. Profit? My arse – what about community, friendship, providing a professional service?

2) The sale of Raheem Sterling to Man City. Talking of market forces – the market for footballers is bonkers, Sterling decided that Liverpool wasn’t for him, it was about winning medals he insisted, yeah, sure it was Raheen, and the small matter of £200,000 a week had nothing to do with it. I don’t blame Sterling, he’s just a kid, but I do blame the whole culture of football that turns young talented kids into soulless, selfish egoists.

3) The forgotten strike by solicitors. Not the fact that the solicitors are on strike, they have my full and unequivocal support, but the fact that no one gives a shit, thus far there has been no reporting whatsoever of the fact that solicitors are currently working to rule and refusing to take on new work. I am told that in the Magistrates Courts and the Police Stations there is already chaos as defendants are being interviewed without representation – but no one seems to care.

4) The lines of people at Calais. Christ I feel sorry for these poor bastards, I mean the desperation that someone must feel to travel thousands of miles to live in a makeshift camp in Northern France, in the hope that they will make it to the UK. When people condemn them and fret about their presence, they should remember, that it is our Western capitalism that has fucked up their own countries, it was our cold war and imperialism that destabilized their systems of government, and that it is our inability to properly address the issues in their countries that are now causing them to leave in their droves. It makes me sad.

5) The stories of families moving to Syria. I’m sorry, but I have no sympathy whatsoever for anyone who takes their young family from the safety of Luton or Northampton and plunges them into the chaos of Syria – this has nothing to do with politics or economics or religion it is about being really fucking stupid.

6) Greece. I’m off there this weekend. I love the place, I love the people, I love the climate, I love the history – I feel really sorry for the way in which they are being treated by international bankers, governments and financial institutions – the irony of Germany forcing another country to adopt particular fiscal and public policies is beyond laughable, they need to have a long look at themselves and ask a number of searching questions.

7) The Labour party. Last week we had the budget, it was one of the most inherently unfair con tricks I can ever remember being thrust upon our people – it was utterly interwoven with nonsense, half truths and cobblers – and where was Labour? Yeah, I don’t know either. Why the fuck can’t the people’s party start to behave like an organisation that actually does give a fuck, rather than an organisation that simply wants to get elected – there is a difference.

8) John Whittingdale and the BBC. The Tories hate the BBC; they feel that it is an inherently lefty organization and they don’t like the fact that they have to pay a licence to watch it. They forget that the BBC is one of the institutions in this country that is still absolutely and rightly deemed to be world class – the standard of reporting and programme making is amazing. The Tories will miss it when it is gone.

9) That bloke who is saying that the Loch Ness Monster is really a catfish. Why? Why did he need to say that? What’s wrong with myth, legend and story? What’s wrong with unexplained nonsense. Come on!

10) The Royal Family. Alright, so that Nazi salute thing happened eighty years ago, but Edward VIII’s Nazi sympathies are an embarrassment and, if we’re going to have a bloody Royal family, I’m sorry, they’ve got to apologise for that kind of caper, and point out the dangers of flirting with extremism.

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