On burning £20 notes and drunken antics

So, first off, I’m going to let you in on an open secret in society- we all do really silly and stupid stuff when we’re drunk at some point. Myself, I have thousands of funny stories. Myself, and one of my best friends once rode home in an abandoned little tykes car for #Bants, but we’d gone through about 12 pints of beer each beforehand. Nowadays, as a sober person, I wouldn’t dream of doing it, but at the time in our drunken stupors, the idea seemed fun.

I imagine this must have been the sort of thing going through Ronald Coyne’s mind when he decided to burn a £20 note in front of a homeless person and film it. To be honest, this sort of drunken behaviour is why the Brits are reviled when they go for holidays in Europe, but on the face of it, that’s all this seems to be.

This sort of behaviour only seems to be darker when you add the context around the incident. Coyne was a Cambridge University student, and part of the Cambridge University Conservative Association. Now, I know I “bash” the Conservative Party in Great Britain a lot, but to be fair, I could do just the same for the Labour Party under Tony Blair or Gordon Brown. The reason the Tories are receiving a share of my ire at the moment is due to the fact that since the coalition government, this government has tried to destroy my country.

The ideology, when pushed to the extreme is elitist, and one of the initiation ceremonies for the now infamous Bullingdon club was setting alight to a £50 note in front of a homeless person, buying into the myth that all homeless people are poor (they aren’t always).

So you can view this piece of news as a bad-taste university hi-jink, or do what the rest of the media is currently doing and vilify him. Take your pick.

On generation differences and anger at silly posts on facebook.

In yet another analysis point today, I want to point out something. All of my grandparents fought in the Second World War, and on both sides of it.

My generation is one of the most vilified in our society. We’re generally stereotyped as being either a) overly-sensitive, technology addicted idiots or b) violent, ignorant yobbos. Either way, whilst there are some in my generation who match that particular description, there are far more who don’t.

This is why I got a bit angry earlier when I read a debate between a person of my age and obviously someone much older. My generation have been promised the earth and given next-to-nothing, and yet the older person had the gall to call us ungrateful and treacherous. So, if you’re one of these people and you happen to make a comment either in public or on social media like this, there are some things you should know.

  1. My generation often feel trapped, as we’re rarely given jobs because we have no experience and yet, we can’t gain any experience without a job in the first place.
  2. My generation was told that we could all go to university, before being whopped with £9,000 a year tuition fees, and yet we didn’t even have a say in this.
  3. My generation was more-or-less banned from having a voice when the collective arse-gravy I call “rent-a-mob” hijacked our protest against the tuition fee rise and used violence, taking away any credibility my generation had about making a point.
  4. And of course, today’s students are tomorrow’s politicians, so it’s not like the privileged of my generation can even stand for politics.
  5. The poorest of us were given help to buy materials for education, called the Educational Maintenance Allowance, but that was taken from us without our consent.

So if you’re angry at us, and you happen to be older than 28, don’t be angry at my generation for what we do. We have made our mistakes due to the generation that have figuratively shafted us.

An open letter to Jack Buckby

Dear Jack,

It’s a funny old world, isn’t it? You can’t be that much older than me, and yet, you have become one of the symbols of what I fight against: extremism in every sort of kind. Admittedly, I am somewhat politically left-of-centre, which puts me into direct conflict with the views you have, but until last year, you remained on my list marked “troublesome but harmless”. That was until the aftermath of Jo Cox’s murder, when you tried to stand for her seat, mistakenly in the name of liberty and justice. That’s when you first appeared as someone I thought I might have to shame and slam on my blog, which by the way, has 30,000 regular readers on here from the UK.

I am writing to you to hereby give you notice of something. As per the Bushido code, which I follow in the rules of combat, if I intend to fight against you either with words or fists, it’s my duty to let you know. So hopefully, you’ll end up reading this.

I saw your stunt on Channel 4 News last night (08/02/2017), where you implied that Syrian refugees were rapists and I quote yourself here: “Take in a Syrian Refugee. I hope you don’t get raped.”. To demonstrate to you how disgusting that phrase is (although frankly, it should be plainly fucking obvious), let’s replace “Syrian refugee” with “Jewish refugee”. Seeing as you’re a fellow history fanatic and Yorkshireman, I want to point out that Jewish and Irish immigrants rebuilt Leeds after the war. You also admire Winston Churchill, which is ironic and funny (not ironically funny), as you represent fascism, the thing he dedicated his life to fighting against.

If you can’t see where you’re going wrong, let’s replace “a Syrian Refugee” with “Jack Buckby”. Now, I realise there are more than just you with that name, but that’s the point: the speaker is automatically assuming you could be a rapist. How do you feel? Do you feel offended? Disgusted, ashamed, appalled? Great, because that’s how approximately eight million people felt watching what you said last night.

To conclude though, as I tend to tangent off a bit: this letter is a declaration of intent. I am going to do whatever I can to oppose you wherever you go- be it on social media, on my blog, using whatever non-violent means I can. You can strike me, call me any name you want, do whatever you want, but I will still oppose you. You have been warned.

Yours most faithfully and incredibly sincerely,

Davey John Seamus Ryuzaki

Aquaman

I’m gonna admit this to you now, my fellow comic-book fans, and probably end up being the perennial butt of everyone’s joke for a while, but I have a secret love of a DC character about to be brought to the mainstream thanks to the new Justice League film: Aquaman.

Yes, I’m a fan of Arthur Curry and his ability to talk to fish, if that’s all you think he can do. The truth is though, that AC can do so much more than that. His physiology means that he is more-or-less bulletproof, insanely strong, and able to breathe underwater. He’s stupidly durable due to the fact that his body can withstand stupid amounts of pressure around him, and he can, for short amounts of time, fly.

The problem is that Aquaman is often seen by comic book readers as an Adam West relic: He’s got unusual powers, he’s not very well understood, and to be honest, it didn’t surprise me that DC have recently rebooted the character. Before Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo to any Game Of Thrones fans) takes on the role for the big screen, we need to take his character seriously, so, taking most of this from the reboot, let me put Aquaman in a serious context to you.

There’s a foreign power threatening national security in the USA. A nation with an elite army of super-soldiers: Stronger, more agile and with the ability to move things with their minds. They’re very much the rising superpower, and at the heart of this nation is their once-most cherished, now deposed warrior. A mixed-race warrior with very little care for international relations.

As Atlantis move their embassy ever closer to the coast of Massachusetts, the tension between two nations gets ever stronger. If this is having any sort of reminders of current situations, that’s because AC couldn’t be anymore relevant.

Now, seeing as Jason Momoa is currently playing him in the upcoming JL film, I guess we can get excited. I know I am.