This is not a political blog. It’s a blog about my life, my thoughts, my views.
My writing is self-indulgent and I make no apology for that. I write what I need to write.
If my words inspire, entertain or inform then that’s great. But I don’t write to please others. I never have.
My last post about the Migrant Offshore Aid Station charity (MOAS) and the migrant crisis hit a nerve with some and it was rewarding to get some positive comments (thanks to Andrew,Beat,Cate,Greg,Jacques and Paul). But I suspect the subject matter may have pissed a few people off as well.
So if you’re hoping normal service has been resumed and that I’m going to talk about sunshine and sailing again, bad news. I still have things I need to say.
If you’re reading this you probably live in a democracy. If you live in the UK you get to elect a leader and a government tomorrow.
You are free to make your choice.
It should be an informed one.
There’s been a lot of talk about ‘fake news’ since Mr Trump came on the scene. It’s nothing new. Certain elements of the media have been making stuff up for decades. Usually it’s easy to spot. I think most of us have learned to take what we’re told with a healthy dose of distrust.
But there’s another perhaps more dangerous aspect to our consumption of news media. Almost everything we read, hear or see has been edited. Someone somewhere has made a decision about what to include and what to leave out.
The majority of us assume that if it’s important then we’ll be told about it.
Our ‘informed’ choices and our world view are based on what we know. And what we know comes almost exclusively from censored and in some cases bias sources.
So here’s the thing.
There’s a video down below. It’s about MOAS and the migrant crisis in general.
I very much want you to watch it.
Be warned though. It’ll take some effort and it’ll take some courage.
It’s an hour long.
There’s some graphic content.
You’ll likely get emotional. maybe even feel a little nauseous.
It’d be really easy to pass.
You won’t have seen any of this footage on mainstream media. Someone else will have decided it’s not important. Someone else will have decided you shouldn’t see it.
I think you should decide for yourself.
But I hope you decide to watch.
Because afterwards you’ll be better informed. Afterwards your views might be different. Afterwards you might wonder what else you’re not being told. But most importantly you’ll be able to make a better choice.
And we need people to make better choices. Because let’s be honest. Our ‘leaders’ are making some pretty shitty ones right now.