Banning the Burka

At the beginning of this year the French government passed a law illegalising the wearing of a Burka in public domains. Although profoundly popular with the French general public, it has become a topic of great debate and controversy across the globe. Even further controversy beckons within France as authorities struggle (or even chose not to) enforce this new law.

Is this religious intolerance? Complete and total discrimination perhaps? Click on the links below to see what the Ninjas think. Don’t forget to add your comments and vote in the poll on the right hand side of the page.

 

Ninja 1: The Burka ban is a step in the right direction but it needs to be enforced fully

Ninja 2: The Burka ban is good idea but impossible to enforce

Ninja 3: The Burka ban backwards step for the French

Ninja 4: Muslims and the French government must reach a fair compromise on the Burka

Squatters rights or squatters wrongs?

Last week saw a considerable amount of trouble break out in Parliament Square where several people were injured and many other arrested. The reason – squatters rights.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has called for an end to squatters rights, to be replaced by a £5000 fine or even imprisonment. These proposals are gathering heavy support and look likely to go ahead in some form. Click the links below to see what the Ninjas think about these reforms and what they believe should be done about squatters.

Don’t forget to vote for who you agree with in the poll on the right hand side of this page.

Enjoy the controversy!

Ninja 1: Squatting should not be abolished

Ninja 2: Squatting should definitely be abolished

Ninja 3: Squatters need an alternative

Ninja 4: Squatters should be dealt with on a case by case basis

Privacy: What do my social media profiles say about me?

Lets face it, privacy is long dead. With the invention of the internet and social media, there is almost no information that can be found on you after a fair bit of digging. The below graphic has came as quite a shock to the ninjas, who were before oblivious of the level to which potential employers screen us against our social media profiles.

So this week the ninjas are trying out a little experiment. We will be examining our profiles and what is visible for everyone to see. We ask all you readers to take a quick look at each and decide which of us you would hire if you were interviewing us for a job. Click on the links below and then vote in the poll on the right hand side of the page!

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#ninjahireme

Should drugs be legalised?

This week the ninjas have been discussing whether or not recreational drugs should be legalised.

With relaxed drug legislation evident in Holland and Portugal, will the same ideas work here in the UK? Each ninja has a different idea. Read through each using the links below and then vote for who you agree with in the poll to the right of this post.

 

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A License to Kill

This week the ninjas will be tackling the heavy-weight topic of THE RIGHT TO KILL.

In a year that has seen the deaths of both Bin Laden and Gadaffi, this is a topic currently in hot debate. Each ninja has a different viewpoint. Read through each using the links below and then vote for who you agree with in the poll to the right of this post.

Enjoy!

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I’ll just finish the bottle

What’s the big problem with having a drink or two?  If everyone around me is drinking the same, surely it’s acceptable? But… it’s not that simple.

Do you know the daily units of alcohol you should be drinking? And if you do, are you sticking to it?

Women 2-3
Men 3-4

Are you drinking this and more on a regular basis… if so – welcome to the world of excessive drinking!

Who’s affected?

I have always known excessive drinking as a student activity. Pre drinks, drinking games, cheap deals when you go out… also known as characteristics of “binge drinking” – the action of drinking as much alcohol as you can in very little time to get incredibly drunk. We should be proud, England has just won the award of third worst binge drinkers in Europe! It starts off at the very beginning of the year with the reputed “Fresher’s week” and never fades out. Students then turn into completely different creatures: antisocial, violent, troublemakers, euphoric and most likely to be dangerous AND annoying for people around. Binge drinking is part of “living the student life” but at the origin of many problems.

But binge drinking is not the only aspect of excessive drinking. Again, that would be too simple! Think about that little glass of wine after a long day, or the few occasional beers to celebrate a new contract! This obviously concerns a different part of the British population and can prove itself to be just as dangerous, if not more. Hidden behind terms like “social drinking”, this is considered as normal. Why would a single glass of Chardonnay hurt me? It comforts me, and helps me to celebrate! Because the habit of drinking has already built itself a warm nest in your brain… Social drinking can indeed lead to a strong and undiscovered addiction. At first, you will have a valid reason to pour yourself some wine. Then the only reason will be: “But I do this every day!” – 4% of the British population is alcoholic. That’s 1.1 million people. That’s a lot. Excessive drinking disguised in social drinking or the “occasional” glass of wine looks harmless. Therefore much harder to spot and stop. Alcohol is part of everyone’s everyday life and too much alcohol does not just concern students and sad old people anymore. It is the most accessible drug in the UK: harmless, social, cultural, mandatory??

What’s the big deal?

The obvious consequences for drinking in excess are the more a person drinks, the more their life depends of alcohol which can lead to the deadly disease of alcoholism. The table below shows Ninja PR’s interpretation of the downward spiral a person can take in their life if drinking becomes a number one priority. Triggers such as stress/life related can lead to a person drinking in excess, the feeling a person gets from drinking hammers in a mind-set that drinking helps resolve a person’s problem and therefore makes them forget the trigger in the first place. In some cases however, alcoholism is the end product and becomes the priority.


Of course, it would be a naïve approach to believe excessive drinking simply leads to alcoholism, other problems such as:

Family issues
Health problems
Antisocial behaviour
Stillborn babies
Losing jobs, friends, relationships
Drink driving
And many more, the list is almost endless… Each problem can act as a trigger, which of course leads to more alcohol being consumed and the cycle to continue.

Whose problem is it anyway?

So who should be held responsible for producing a solution to the drinking problem in the UK? Some think it’s down to parents to educate their children in what not to do, whereas others feel that the government should enforce stricter rules and regulations to try and curb alcohol consumption. But the problem lies deep within the heart of the UK and simply targeting one of these groups would never be sufficient enough.

What shall we do about it?

The most effective (and maybe the only) way to resolve this problem is to target every aspect that can effect drinking in excess.  This ranges from the media, to accessibility of alcohol, to educating both adults and children in the dangers of alcohol.  Only when all of these issues are addressed in a national campaign can we maybe lower our ranking as ‘third worst binge drinkers in the EU’. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

How does alcohol affect your life?