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

Britain’s politicians may take fright at the idea, but Sarkozy’s move is both popular and right.

In 2005, a viral email began circulating claiming to show a transcript of a speech made by then Australian Prime Minister John Howard. The integrity and validity of this transcript has been hotly debated ever since and many believe the speech to have been exaggerated. Nevertheless it read:

 

‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.’

‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!’

‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom,

‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’

‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country that accepted YOU!’

Now, whether or not this was actually said in its entirety, I believe it has hit the nail directly on the head and is a viewpoint that should be applied across the globe. This is exactly why I believe in the banning of the Burka. Need I say any more?

Ninja 1: Squatters rights should not be abolished

Squatting in the UK does pose a massive issue. I admit that. But so far, it is an issue without a solid solution. I personally think it’s about time we showed just a little compassion to the human race.
First things first. Let’s consider exactly what circumstances would lead to someone becoming a squatter. It certainly isn’t by choice – that is just a ridiculous suggestion. We are living in a recession. People are being made redundant on a regular basis and work is hard to come by now more than ever. Slowly but surely no income leads to not being able to pay rent or mortgages. A lot of this goes under the radar, but entire families are being forced into homelessness all over the country.
So what next? Start living on the streets? What kind of a life is that for a family with young children and no other options? I will tell you what kind. It is dangerous, demoralising and just plain wrong. Squatting may not be the perfect solution, but it is undeniably better than living on the streets. Not only does it provide shelter but it allows groups of people to form communities that can support, motivate and keep each other safe.

I can see how a lot of people would be against squatters rights – based on some of the atrocious stories that have received coverage in the media in recent years. But it must be realised that these are in the minority of cases and most squatters can go completely unnoticed for long periods. So much so, in fact, that the government have found it difficult to even estimate the number of squatters currently ‘residing’ in the UK. The last figure released was in 2003 and estimated a total of 15,000 – just imagine how this has increased as the recession has taken its toll.
So what now? Imprisonment? Fines? Way to solve the situation. These propositions from the government literally make no sense. I say we allow the majority to continue living in houses and building which have long been abandoned and deal with the minority of troublemakers on a case by case basis. Can you honestly justify stripping families and established communities of shelter, safety and hope?

Ninja 1: What do my social media profiles say about me?

Facebook

Just like pretty much everyone else who uses it, Facebook is a personal and social platform for me. When I started studying public relations I became savvy to the fact that potential employers might take a look at the things I might get up to and be put off, so I went straight to my privacy settings and made sure nobody could see anything apart from my friends. Job done? Not quite.

It has only been recently that I have begun to see cracks starting to form in my, so thought, solid barrier. If an employer was to try and access my Facebook profile, all they would be able to see is my picture and a link to my website address. The link is no biggie – in fact I would quite like them to see that. But I have never really thought about my profile picture before.

Above you can see my current Facebook Picture. It was taken at the after party for this years London Film Festival and shows me with some of my colleagues. I hadn’t even noticed at first but you can clearly see me with a beer in my hand. Does this reflect badly on me? Would the picture alone jeopardize me being offered a job in the future?

Twitter

As much as I would like to, I really cant get myself into Twitter. In the year and a half that I have had an account I have tweeted 171 times. Not bad at all, yet nowhere near the tens of thousands of tweets that many post in the same time. However, when I set up this account I had planned for it to be a professional outlet from the start – I knew that Twitter doesn’t have the privacy of Facebook and pretty much anyone can see what I post. So, I chose a reasonable picture where I am not drinking or making a stupid face, and I pretty much only ever tweet about industry related topics. Now this surely has to stand me in a good light!

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Ninja 1: Drugs should be legalised

My answer to this question is one simple word…..absolutely.

Yes, drugs can be dangerous and yes they can cause death in rare circumstances. However, it is scientific knowledge that alcohol and tobacco are more harmful, resulting in more deaths, than many recreational drugs including marijuana, LSD, amphetamines and even ecstasy. Have any of you ever actually taken the time out of your busy lives to consider the benefits of making recreational drugs legal? If your answer is no, then allow me to do it for you.

 

First of all I have to point out that drug users in the UK are a majority. Recent research shows that nearly half of all 15-16 year olds have used an illegal drug with up to one and a half million people use ecstasy every weekend. Amongst young people, illegal drug use is seen as normal. So what exactly are the benefits of legalising drugs?

  1. Elimination of the criminal marketplace – Legalisation forces organised crime from the drugs trade, starves them of income and enables us to regulate and control the market.
  2. Massive reduction in crime – Using illegal drugs is very expensive. This means that some dependent users resort to stealing to raise funds (accounting for 50% of UK property crime – estimated at £2 billion a year). Most of the violence associated with illegal drug dealing is caused by its illegality.
  3. Safer general drug use – not only will rates of HIV and Hepatitis C decrease, but legalisation will stem the emergence of experimental ‘legal highs’, the content and dangers of which are completely unknown.
  4.  Global benefits – The illegal drugs market makes up 8% of all world trade (around £300 billion a year). Legalisation returns lost revenue to the legitimate taxed economy and removes some of the high-level corruption.
  5. Provision of truthful information and education – Legalisation would help us to disseminate open, honest and truthful information to users and non-users to help them to make decisions about whether and how to use.

If you still aren’t convinced then just look at the results in Portugal. Just five years after the legalisation of all drugs in 2001 they boasted one of the lowest drug taking figures in all of Europe.

I leave you with this; In 1970 there were 9000 convictions or cautions for drug offences and 15% of young people had used an illegal drug. In 1995 the figures were 94 000 and 45%.

Prohibition doesn’t work.

 

 

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A License to Kill: Ninja 1

In my mind, this is one of the most controversial and topical ethical issues we will be discussing over the coming weeks. So, let’s not dither and just cut straight to point. Now, I think suggesting that some people don’t deserve to live is taking things just a little too far. I do believe, however, that the world would be a better, and safer, place without certain people on it.

Having said that, I need to make it absolutely clear that I, in no way, support or condone the unlawful killing of any murderer, rapist or alike. I am of course referring to capital punishment; after a full and fair trial of course.

All though 96 of the world’s countries (49%) have abolished capital punishment completely, 58 (29%) still maintain it in both law and practice. I understand completely that in many of these countries, the accused don’t always receive what is exactly a fair trial – that is another ethical issue in its own right. The death penalty is a punishment that should not be dished out lightly. Only when there is no doubt in the judges mind that the accused is guilty, and furthermore, remains a considerable threat to the continuing safety of our society should this sentence be exercised.

The year 2011 has seen the deaths of feared regime leaders Osama Bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi, both having been killed in ‘crossfire’. There are no two ways about this; neither should have been allowed to continue committing the profound atrocities they had been known for. BUT, if death was to be their ultimate fate, then their fundamental human rights should have been upheld with the right to a fair trial – much like that that was granted of Saddam Hussein before his execution in 2006.

(N.B: These viewpoints expressed are not necessarily my own)

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