Political but not political - it depends on how you perceive it. This is not meant to look like a soap box blog entry but then again........
I just started to subscribe to the Daily Mail as my home page. Its read not just by Brits but by many readers abroad, probably ex pats. I honestly do not think that my choice of newspaper reflects on my views on politics or which football team I support. Most people avoid certain tabloids just in case their friends think they have certain agendas. To me, that's load of cock and bull. A newspaper is a newspaper if you can just avoid the smut/slurs and put downs from time to time. Anyhoo, I read it because its "just news" and Im always keen to read what is going on all around me. Never do I read the papers and be influenced by the judgmental way people in the news are perceived by some jumped up journalist trying to fill a column with some tatty tid bit that may or may not have come from a sensible source. Showbiz news is superficial, nasty and unnecessary to a certain extent. Sports news sends me to sleep and gossip columns are all made up nonsense that you cant help but read and laugh about. But the kind of news I like is hard fact and issues which may concern me.
Yesterday had me in a tizz about the poor 6 year old girl who complained of a sore throat and her Doctor prescribing her meds for Tonsillitis. The next day she died of swine flu. This concerns me as my Belle is a high risk candidate because she suffers from a neurological disorder. Those with ashtma are high risk as are the elderly and anyone currently ill ie: their antibodies are on low alert. I find myself biting my nails wondering if I should broach this subject with the Doctor because a: I don't want to waste his time and b: worry that I'll make a wrong choice. As I have been informed of this story I talked to my girl and asked he if she felt poorly or dizzy or unwell that she was to let me know in the first instance. Had I of not read that story in the paper, I wouldn't have been this prepared. Ellie is usually fighting a cold or cough and never seems to mind. But Ive warned her now and Im so grateful I read that piece of news.
I also read about those 8 amazing soldiers returning, sadly, in wooden boxes from Afghanistan. Politics sway you to either be for the war or against it. Me? Im for the soldiers bravery but Im not too supportive of why we are there. Im supportive of taking orders and doing the job Im enlisted to do (I did it for 9 years myself) and even if I or even the serving soldiers don't agree with this dirty war - they are highly trained to fight it regardless. Not so long back I made blog post about how much I admire our armed forces and how they get the best training and equipment. I supported the fact that now is a good time to join the armed forces because the job is secure and the pay is attractive and also, not all soldiers go to war. They do get the best of everything and are treated well. The next thing I know there were a bunch of people slating me that I should stop encouraging people to join the armed forces because that was like I was encouraging them to die. That was the most uninformed remark I had ever heard because its just an absolute insult to those fighting their guts out over there already, doing something that these slaters would probably not have the heart to do themselves. People forget that our soldiers are fighting a war with cowards who play unfairly by leaving IED's here, there and everywhere plus suicide and roadside bombs at every opportunity. Casualties are bound to happen but its not taken lightly in this house. And yes, some of our soldiers are coming back cloaked in the Union Jack and its heartbreaking that they have lost their lives but unless people start supporting those poor sods we will end up in a conscript state or even worse; a call for National Services to be resumed (we are one of the few European countries that do not have it anymore). Seeing the pictures in the papers yesterday broke my heart and I am informed.
I could go on and on about what is concerning me but hose two things I just needed to get off my chest. Going to make lunch now and walk the sausage.