Pandemonial Politics.

The last twenty four hours or so have been interesting in the world of politics to say the least. The Conservatives (the party I voted for after a lot of internal struggle) have lost their majority and have now had to form a coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to get the last few seats needed for a functioning minority government. Theresa May, for all her talk of a ‘strong and stable’ government and the need for the british people to ‘strengthen her hand’ for a hard Brexit, has cost the party it’s mandate.

I’m a pragmatist when it comes to politics. I’ve always either voted for or against ideas, or prevalent qualities in the people at the top. I dislike purely voting party lines because it does a disservice to the electorate. I’m not as involved in it as some in my circle of friends and that is down to a combination of choice and frankly a lack of productive time investment in the matter.

My issue with this election, as I find becoming more and more prevalent in the UK political scene at large, is that we’re having to become more focussed at keeping people out than bringing people in. By this, I mean that we needed to keep Labour from taking power. Supposedly nearly three quarters of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote, and this theory is buttressed by the record turnout of just over 68%, the highest since the 1997 election where Tony Blair’s New Labour essentially destroyed the Conservative party at large.

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#LabourMustLose

#LabourMustLose is the only way to secure our country.

This election has given me the most pause I’ve ever had in voting, because Theresa May has some absolutely barking ideas on the internet and online Crypto.

However, the lofty ideas that she has will take longer than a parliament to work through, and you’re damn right I will be calling my MP at every step if she begins down that path. But Brexit right now is paramount, and as I said before, it’s important that we get a total Hard Brexit; anything else isn’t a compromise, it’s a backpedal, and a backpedal on the desires of the voting majority cannot be accepted in a democracy. Look at how the Liberal Democrats have fared since alienating their voter base during the coalition for proof of that.

My sadistic side wants Labour to sieze power, fuck the country in quick succession and have the Tories bail them out for the second time in as many decades to prove to the voting public that the only major party that can be somewhat trusted is the Conservatives. Think for a moment; they called Brexit as an election promise in 2015, they lost that vote and it cost them their leader in Cameron and now they are doing as the country have bid them.

Call them populist if you want, but one must be popular (for various reasons) to win in a democratic election, popular enough to earn favour with the electorate to make the right decision where it matters.

Three reasons why #LabourMustLose:

  1. Their Shadow Chancellor is a self-confessed Marxist. [src]
  2. Jeremy Corbyn believed in the IRA’s struggle for an “Independent Ireland”, and was happy to “commemmorate all those who died fighting” for it, but would happily see our independence from the EU thwarted thanks to lazy wording in Article 50, irrespective of one’s view of the IRA as a terrorist organisation. [src]
  3. Jess Phllips, the MP for Birmingham Yardle, is more interested in calling anyone that doesn’t agree with third wave feminism a mysoginist, while denying sexual dimorphism despite her being elected from an all women shortlist, and called “I wouldn’t even rape you.” a rape threat, spending more time on twitter than she should be running the country. [src/src]

Our only solution to keep Labour out is to put our support behind a bigger dog. That means the Tories, and we keep an eye on every move they make.

Self-Right the Self-Write

It’s been at least two months since I last posted and I would love to come back and declare that I have been doing so much in terms of career progression and pursuing hobbies that I just haven’t had a spare moment or three to sit down and write about it. That (of course) isn’t the case, and it’s moreso my introversive attitude, and my lack of drive.

I find myself writing more than I should about it; my lack of passion or drive to do things. It must get boring to anyone that actually reads these blog entries to see it constantly referred to. It’s just one of those things that is who I am, and no amount of therapy is going to change that. My passion is in bursts, and if I can’t bury myself in it for long periods of time I don’t progress.

Taking the Youtube video that I made as an example (Patreon Canary), that was a week’s solid work of five or six hours a day, at a time when I should’ve been relaxing. Learning how to use Sony Vegas, scripting, researching, and even capturing footage. I am frankly amazed that people can do that sort of a video in a couple of days, and bow down to their work ethic. I will go back to it eventually, but there are other things on the horizon, which I’ll get back to later.

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Some Time Later…

I’m always quiet in the early months of the year, it seems. It doesn’t help that I try and bury myself in the work that I do, or just end up curling up in my flat on the weeks that I have off. I’m terrible for taking regular holiday, so I end up with almost a month of time for me to take and I end up taking it all off before April hits. It also means that my creativity takes a backseat as well.

This year seems particularly bad when it comes to this, but this is the first winter that I have been off my antidepressants. Couple that with not being able to enjoy my motorcycle thanks to the temperatures, I get very unenthusiastic with a lot of things. I think my friends are picking up on that but they haven’t said anything. The weather is warming up, and I hope that since I’m not working Sundays again for a bit that I will be able to go out and just ride again. I use my motorcycle as a way to block out everything else in the world and focus on the road; it was therapeutic and helped me. It wouldn’t hurt to gain some of my confidence back, either.

Cyrus has been helping, with us delving into Conan: Exiles on our private server. Redh is probably going to tweak some of the XP requirements today if there’s no objections. For me, it means that levelling will be a steady pace even though I’m about halfway through the levels now. Having bought ARK through Humble Monthly, but never really able to sit down and enjoy it because I didn’t ‘get’ it, Conan was the first in a new genre to me (aside from Minecraft), and playing it on the new PC is awesome. Most of the games that I was playing before it were optimised for less powerful specs as well as top-end machines so I didn’t really see the benefit, like Warframe or Rocket League. But Conan puts my PC through it’s paces and the end result is gorgeous. It, along with DOOM, has sold me on the fact that I made the right decision in getting a high-end machine. I also put the SSD from my old machine into the new one to give it more space for games. I remember when 250MB was enough, let alone 250GB!

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Where am I?

…I’m right here!

I’ve been quiet on the blog front for a couple of reasons. First, is that I’m having to buckle down hard on the job. Doing nearly fifty hours a week in five days is not a pretty thought, nor is what it does to me a pretty sight. The main issue that has stopped me being creative lies about fifteen paces from where I sit and type now; my neighbours.

I’ve been dealing with a noise issue since the 9th of October, and things are finally starting to settle back down. I don’t know who is doing it, but I know what the source of the sound is and hearing it for (on some days) fifteen hours makes it a problem. It’s that really bad, chavvy music that just makes me want to punch the wall. If it was melodic dubstep, or metal, or anything that doesn’t feel like techno or garage then I wouldn’t be so aggravated by it. By feel, by the way, I mean feel the bass throughout my flat to the other damn side of it. It really got me down, and it’s really easy to get me to that place now that the days are getting shorter.

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