Things in my view this week….2

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Question Time is pointless. All we ever learn from Question Time is how good at avoiding answering questions directly politicians can be, the ‘winners’ being the ones that appear to answer the question best without actually answering it. The fact that when celebrities go on, without the ties of political affiliation, often give better, and more honest replies to questions, making a mockery of the whole exercise. All Question Time does is show politicians in their worst light; tribal, evasive, out of touch and full of blame.

Ticket touts

Ticket touts do my head in. When attempting to buy Noel Gallagher tickets last year I made sure I was up on time, logged into the website, and ready with my credit card in hand, about five minutes later, it was sold out and I had no tickets, unlucky. But then I looked on re-sale websites, such as Stub Hub and Viagogo, which were immediately advertising tickets to the event, the thing is they were being sold well over the face value of the ticket. Now I have no problem with people selling tickets to events they can no longer attend, or if they’ve changed their mind, but when people buy four tickets and immediately sell two on for a profit, that does my head in. They are stopping people getting tickets that they really want, just to make a few quid, it’s touting, and it needs to stop. Re-sale websites should not offer tickets at a price higher than face value, this would stop the problem immediately, and people who want to attend events can, at a fair price. 

Cricket World Cup

Cricket is a funny game. England, one of the games major players, have just been unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup, having been demolished by Australia, humiliated by New Zealand, walloped by Sri Lanka and finished off by Bangladesh. For much of the tournament they have looked like they are playing a different game to the rest of the teams there, the thing is that cricket IS different games within a game. T20 and ODI’s aren’t the same game as test cricket, yes there is a skill set common to all three, but each has it’s own set of skills that are unique to that format. England’s problem? They don’t seem to be able to grasp this. Peter Moores is, I’m sure, a very competent coach, he wouldn’t have the job if he wasn’t, but to give him the job of coaching all three formats is ridiculous, I mean you don’t see Roy Hodgson coaching the England 5-a-side team do you? Get a coach for each format of the game, pick a team for each format and go from there, simple. 

All hope is not lost…

The people of this country have been written off in terms of politics, the vast majority don’t care and would rather vote for their favourite Karaoke singer on the X Factor than vote in a general election, or so we’re led to believe. This is the opposite of  what I’ve encountered this year whilst canvassing however, people do care, do have an interest and definitely have their own opinions, they just feel for too long no one has listened to them. If we want people to engage with politics, maybe politics has to engage better with people, for me, to make politics more relevant to everyday lives then make it more local. Politicians  often refer to the British Public like its one group of people, it’s not, in every different part of the UK there are different issues and different attitudes. Have discussions with people about the things that actually bother them and you will get interaction, as long as you listen to them that is. 

Things in my view this week….1

Second hand trains

I’m no expert on trains, far from it, but I think I have quite a good sense of when someone is trying to pull the wool over. Northern Rail is set to inherit a bunch of old London Underground trains that will be converted to replace the current set of crap trains running on the network. These cast offs are something like 30 years old, and we’re meant to believe this is an upgrade. Are you kidding me? When this was reported on Look North the question was asked ‘why don’t we make some new ones?’ and the answer was ‘well unlike London our transport needs are funded differently, and we can’t afford them’. So here we are, London gets its shiny new trains, and we’re left with the hand me downs they don’t want anymore, typical, once again London first, everywhere else, never. 

Whatever happened to Hull?

Talking about Look North, I sometimes feel like I’m watching a strange Orwellian version of reality, in which parts of Yorkshire don’t exist. Harry and the team bring us the days news from around Yorkshire, but not all of it, has Hull disappeared? The east coast hasn’t, Scarborough and Bridlington still appear on the show, but not Hull, does the BBC not want us to know what is going on there? It’s very strange indeed. When the sport section is introduced, and we hear about the exploits of our region’s clubs, where are Hull City? Or Hull FC and Hull KR? Hull City got to the final of the FA Cup last year, a great reason for Yorkshire to celebrate, but from Look North, silence. 

Calm down dear, it’s only a tweet

Why is Twitter so angry? The more I use Twitter the more worried for the human race I become, even the most innocent and innocuous tweets are often met with absolute rage. Twitter can be a really fun thing to use, and can also be a force for good, but more often than not, it shows up the bad side of our nature. It’s almost like people use Twitter to behave in a way that normal society doesn’t allow, threats, racism, homophobia, and general angry behaviour are everywhere. The hope is that it stays there and doesn’t permeate into wider society, a world where people behaved in real life as they do on twitter would be unbearable. 

Football’s ugly problem

This week was a bad week for football. Two of Europe’s most beautiful cities have witnessed mob behaviour at its absolute worst, first, scumbags in Chelsea colours brought shame upon Chelsea FC, football and themselves when they racially abused a black  Paris metro goer before the PSG match and then PSV fans rioted in Rome causing millions of pounds worth of damage and again sullying the name of football. Being a moron and liking football are unfortunately not mutually exclusive things, and this week shows us how far we have yet to go to rid the beautiful game of such ugly nonsense.