Laura-Jasmin Nuttall (Mama L)
Hey hey! My name is Laura, and I like to write about things people don't want to write about.
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Welcome to Broken Britain
Welcome to Broken Britain, a shattered nation that is indeed far from a United Kingdom. In a space of a week, we have had a new Head of State King Charles, and a new Prime Minister Liz Truss; all without a single say from the people. Not one vote. Now our period of forced mourning is over, and the clouds on our volatile independent sea are starting to clear what we can now see ahead is concerning, but ultimately certain. Britain isn't United. It is a myth:
Democracy is Dead
Democracy in Britain has been dying for some time, however over the past few days as some of us are forced into mourning, it is clear that democracy is officially dead. It all started with a 22-year-old woman in Edinburgh who has been arrested for holding a sign that reads: 'F*** Imperialism - Abolish the Monarchy,' and as you can imagine it has sparked great debates online. The recent death of Queen Elizabeth has opened up the idea of removing the monarchy altogether. Charles is unpopular, Camilia even more, and Andrew even greater. I recently wrote an article about it which you can read here: Saying Goodbye to the Crown.
I Want to Die, So That I Can Live
I want to die, so I can live. It sounds strange I know but I have my reasons, and depending on your beliefs, death can signify re-birth; another chance in a new life. For those reading and do not know, I have Cerebral Palsy, and all my life I had the unfortunte pleasure of hearing heard the old ablesit remark of "Well you must have done something bad in your past life." You would have thought after 3500 years of ableism that people would come up with something new, but alas no-one is creative enough.
Saying Goodbye to the Crown
Just three months ago we Brits were celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign, the longest reigning monarch our country has ever seen. Today is the last day of Her Majesty's reign and it's time to say goodbye to the crown. Britain has been divided for a very long time, the 2016 European Union Referendum only revealed these cracks. Over the past six years, tensions have got considerably worse. Civil unrest is beginning to break out, our government is not even hiding how corrupt they are, and people are struggling to put food on the table (and we are talking millions in a population of 67.2 million), Britain is in a transition of change. For better or worse, I can not say for sure, but I sense an opportunity to make a change for the good of the people. A nation of the people, not of the wealthy. I have said this before but we must measure the greatness of a nation based on the absence of poverty not how many billionaires live there.
You Can't Spell Healthcare without THC
Mary-Jane is my favourite name. I'm not ashamed in saying I LOVE smoking cannabis, but not for recreational purposes. I live in England, so it is completely illegal. Nevertheless, as of 2018, the medical use of cannabis through the NHS was legalised. The smell of cannabis in England is not an uncommon one. 98% of cannabis in Britain is homegrown, and we now have more cannabis in our country than in The Netherlands. When they announced the changes and started selling CBD oil in shops, for people like me (disabled) this was hope that one day we wouldn't have to separate ourselves and feel bad for wanting to be out of pain just to go about our day.
How to Conquer Writers Block
For nearly two years I had writer's block. It sucked. I just couldn't write. No matter how many new ideas, or regurgitated old ones I had I just couldn't pick up the pen to write. The pandemic had just begun and while everyone was discovering new hobbies, I was rebuilding my life from the bottom of the barrel up. It was rough as you can imagine, and as such, I just didn't have the energy, or time to write. I became so depressed, and I felt like I had just spent six years studying the craft of writing for absolutely no reason whatsoever. It was an awful feeling that I wouldn't wish upon anyone, because when you lose passion for something you genuinely love, it is heartbreaking, and to fall in love again is even harder.
It's Time to Open the Gates and Say Goodbye to the Keepers
It's time to open the gates and forget the idea that 'gatekeeping' as we know it today. Although art is subjective, it is there for all to interpret. How one perceives and consumes art is all based on interpretation. I like things others don't, and vice versa, but I will not tell that person they are wrong in doing so, or that they didn't understand it right because we have different perspectives; different interpretations. This is why we relate to different characters, and see ourselves in others, while others we do not. Art is there for a reaction, a reply, an effect. It is for conversations, some controversial, are taboo and perhaps necessary, while others are plain, simple and maybe a little bit dull. Art may carry meaning, but sometimes it may not. It is all dependent on you, the receiver.
Why It's Time to Delete TikTok
Okay, everyone, I hate to ruin your day but it is time to delete TikTok and downgrade our time spent on social media altogether. I miss the days TikTok was just a Ke$ha song, or better still, the days before I was born with that weird robot general thing from Return to Oz (1985). Needless to say, social media is the bane of my life, and I think I speak for my generation when I say, it has ruined us entirely. I don't know anyone who doesn't have some sort of mental health problem, from mild to major. It's as if it's contagious, and perhaps it is. Cancel culture is a poison, micro-narcissism exists everywhere spreading its toxicity to every corner of the inernet. Oh, and our privacy has been sacrificed in the name of security, but this sacrifice has been in vain. The terms and conditions have made us all willingly exchange both our privacy and security for the sake of funny videos.
The People’s Manifesto
The Peoples’ Manifesto: A Unified Defiance L.J. NUTTALL I am writing this manifesto in the hope someone with a bit of power and influence may read this, and just by chance maybe, save humanity. I am deeply concerned for the future. When I look upon our dystopian present, I cannot help but see the treacherous path ahead. A terrifying, uncertain path which is divided, cracked, and is quickly falling apart. Our planet is dying, our systems are broken, and our government is blatantly corrupt. We all live under their iron sky of greed, lies and deceit. Forced to comply with a system that robs us of our very being. The Tories are thieves of our time and money. I am not proclaiming to be an expert but after studying the discipline of International Relations and European Politics. I want to present to you, the reader, plausible and achievable solutions to our current problems.