Welcome to the 21st century! According to the Star Trek universe, we should be meeting aliens soon, 2063 to be precise. Actually, according to most Sci-fi shows, we should be entering a new age of enlightenment, where logic and reason rule the world. So why, nearly years into this century are we still battling with each other for religious rights and equal treatment?
Schools across the UK are facing massive budget cuts which are threatening our children’s education. But after reports of mismanaged budgets, teachers abusing pupils, and simple communication being an issue, it begs the question- is it worth saving our public schools?
If if you have no plans to start a war, it’s always good for the other guys to know that you have the bigger guns and the stronger troops. In this part of Top Armies, we look at the final selection of armed forces. You can also read part one, part two, and part three.
Every country in the world has an army, even the smallest country. In part one we saw the biggest and best forces in the world. Part two looked at the guys in the top twenty. In this section, we look at some more of the finest forces in the world.
The Army is one of a country’s first lines of defence from invaders and it has been that way for centuries. But some of these forces are stronger than others. Across the world, different countries are trying to ensure that their country is the best with high-tech weaponry and soldier training. This is the second part of this series and you can read part one here.
Since the result of the EU referendum was announced on Friday that just over half the UK wanted to leave the EU, the country has been in uproar. The pound fell 13% and the UK went from the 5th largest economy in the world to the 6th overnight. France has threatened to throw British border control out of Calise, leaving the UK open to thousands of migrants entering every year. And on Sunday morning, when I was expecting to get stuck into the ironing and mop the floors, I heard that nearly half the shadow cabinet had walked out on the Labour party. The only silver lining I heard was that Donald Trump will still trade with the UK regardless of our position in Europe. Yep, the silver lining is that if Donald Trump becomes President, the UK will not get shafted in trade agreements with the USA.
Before we get started, I should clear some things up about myself.
I have Aspergers Syndrome, for those who are not in the know, it’s a form of high functioning Autism which, in my case leads to difficulties in communication, social anxiety and a whole litany of other completely brilliant differences between me and the average, or “neurotypical” person.
That last part was sarcasm by the way, another thing that people with Aspergers sometimes have difficulty with.
The last time I went to see my mother-in-law she was stressed. When I walked into the house, she didn’t look up from the mountain of paperwork which lay around her. She flicked between different bits of paper, muttering under her breath, completely consumed with the task at hand. When she did finally look up, it was not to say hello to me or give her grandchildren cuddles, she looked to her husband and said “How far can Matthew walk?”
Thirty years ago, my country was classed as war-torn. Soldiers marched the streets, bombs exploded, and people lived in fear. You could be pulled from a busy street and shot for being the wrong religion. Schools were targeted and places of worship were blown up. But I didn’t grow up in Syria or Iraq. It was Northern Ireland. Within the last thirty years, the entire country has done a u-turn and is finally at peace with itself. Today anyone can walk the streets freely, without fearing for their safety. We hosted the MTV awards, pop stars make music videos in our fields, and it provides the back drop for “Game of Thrones” TV series. Now it is the place to be. Religious extremism was the back bone of Northern Irish society, making it no different from other countries like Iraq or any other nation where religion is the excuse for killing.
I was so excited to hear that you are taking such a pro-active approach to fix “Broken Britain”, especially seeing as you want to make children spend time with their absent parents. I wish you could hear the sarcasm in voice because that is by far the stupidest idea I have ever heard. Let me explain the harsh simple truth behind this problem- most of these “absent parents” are absent for a reason, because their kids don’t want to see them. For most people it has nothing to do with denying access, sure it happens, but if you ask most of these children why they don’t see the other parent, it boils down to not wanting to see them. And now you want to force children like my daughter to spend “quality time” with someone they hate. Nice one.