OPINION: 3-year pay freeze for Public Sector roles

If claps were currency, Tories would be the most generous government in power.

Frugality and pragmatism are great for a good sweep on the Monopoly board but, in real life, these economic decisions, like proposing a 3-year pay freeze for public sector roles, have devastating consequences. Morale is already low: people are either furloughed, jobless (as of recently) or overworked as essential staff in hospitals, schools and retail.

After spending the duration of the first lockdown celebrating the bravery of NHS staff at this time of adversity, we’re now in this familiar situation where our government is considering basically changing absolutely NOTHING for the people who need change the most. People who are literally putting their lives on the line day after day are being reminded, once again, of how undervalued they really are in the eyes of our government.

I wish that they’d come after the tax-evading multinationals, like Amazon and Google, with the same ferocity that they do the working class. Or that they’d consider their pay rises, which never seem to be at stake regardless of the situation, as an insult during an era where the figures are rising for relative child poverty and reliance on food banks all across the country. But, you know, as long as they’re living comfortably/in excess while the rest of the people are drowning.

The gap grows. Fuck the Tories.

OPINION: Sainsbury’s ad controversy

My favourite comment from the gammon-thread in this post is, “Where are the British people? What fresh hell is this?”

Imagine being a grown-ass person and not knowing the actual difference between nationality and ethnicity? 🤷🏾‍♀️

Let’s spell it out: You don’t have to be WHITE to be BRITISH.

Britain stopped being exclusively WHITE when WHITE people stole BLACK and BROWN people from their native homes and brought them back to Britain as their property, their slaves.

If you’re more outraged over a photo of a black family in a supermarket chain’s marketing campaign than you are by the legacy of systemic racism, you’re a racist BELLEND.

It’s 2020, lad. If you are still pining for the All-White vision of immigrants locked up in shackles and doing white people’s dirty bidding, and you genuinely believe that anybody who isn’t white is subordinate, you are a white supremacist, racist BELLEND.

If you’re more concerned about defending the rights of those who are outraged than you are of challenging the blatant RACIAL, SOCIOECONOMIC and GENDERED inequities that exist in this world you’re living in, you are an ignorant BELLEND.

No ifs or buts about it. If you judge people simply by the colour of their skin, you’re a reductionist RACIST.

I am sick to death of listening to people defend their right to view other people as lesser than them because of their skin colour. I am sick to death of hearing racial slurs thrown about because people are from “a different time”. If you are aware that something you are saying or doing is perceived as offensive or hurtful to another person, but it matters more to you that you have the freedom to express yourself than it does that your actions and words are directly hurting people, you are a selfish BELLEND.

There is only one group of people in this world that I actively discriminate against, and that is BELLENDS.

This is because there are no reasonable discussions to be had with bellends.

Zero-tolerance policy here: I don’t want justifications, or attempts at conversion. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN VIEW SOMEBODY TO BE LESSER THAN YOU ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR ETHNIC BACKGROUND OR SKIN COLOUR.

I do not see the world in these terms and I don’t ever want to, so please take your hate-speech and shove it up your arse!

Thanks! 👋🏾