I’m Christina, a woman in her early 50s with Bipolar Disorder. I have started this blog as a way to dump ideas and issues going round my brain so that I do not ruminate about them. It’s meant as a creative outlet. I am not an artist who can express my thoughts and emotions through drawing or painting, but I may have the creative ability to write well about current affairs, UK politics, bipolar disorder, spiritual and philosophical ideas.
At this time of writing we have two women contesting for the leadership of the Conservative Party, here in the UK. Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom represent the centre ground and centre right of the Conservative Party, respectively. At first I was in favour of Andrea Leadsom winning because I liked the way she presented her arguments during the EU Referendum Campaign. I have been pro leaving the EU for a few years now because I believe membership results in citizens being robbed of their democratic right to sack their political leaders. Whether immigration goes up or down is not the point of the argument, as many believe. The point is that the UK Government should be able to control numbers, whether big or small according to need.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party has argued that the problem does not lie with numbers of immigrants, but with the Conservative Government cutting services as part of their austerity policy. While I have sympathy with his argument I view it as simplistic. For Government to plan its spending to accommodate future needs of a changing population, it needs to be able to control numbers of people coming in. Financial projections need to be made for local government to provide services for the people they serve, but if they have no idea of how many people they will be serving, how can they with any accuracy?
I changed my mind about Andrea Leadsom because her inexperience has shown to me that she won’t be able to do a good job as Prime Minister, especially at this time where the UK has to negotiate trade deals while leaving the EU. Although Theresa May was on the Remain side of the EU debate, she has stated that she will carry on with the task of taking us out of the EU. Leading Conservatives on the Brexit side: David Davis, Liam Fox, Chris Graying, Priti Patel and James Cleverly have backed Theresa May, so I rest assured she will keep her word.
On a personal note, I feel better having typed these thoughts here.