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Why I have voted for Labour

How the corruption works: the Royal Mail example

I have now had a chance to vote in 4 general elections (2001, 2005, 2010 and now in 2014).

My constituency is a labour safeseat where my vote mostly likely will not matter.

Yet (as far as I can recall) this is the first time I am voting in a General election.

One of the reasons is that watching the polling, it seems that the conservative campaign based on fears and hate is starting to vote with the Conservatives carrying a slight lead over labour which may increase and give us 5 more years of a government that will marginalise and alienate people like me.

I have voted Labour - something I could not bring myself to do earlier, mainly because of their betrayals including the Iraq War.

£1 a day food challenge.

No, im not going to do it.

But I don't think most people realise how cheap potatoes are. Especially in the sack form (supermaket potatoes and small quantities are probably marked up to hell.)

I think most of us can have them on a daily basis.

Then again I probably use more than a weeks "budget" on a daily basis.

Our responsibility to Libya

Map showing Libya

Today another tragedy is in the news - - estimated at upto 700 - have drowned to death when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean sea.

These people were escaping the chaos of Libya trying to get to the stability of Europe. This is not the first such incident, but many Libyans have made the calculation tha the situation in Libya is so dangerous, these risks are worth taking.

The news reports will treat this latest even as a tragedy, but those who read about it won't get a sense of what is happening or our responsibility.

Can you solve this maths question posed to children in Singapore?

Maths question posed in an exam paper to weed out the top students aged 14/15

This question has gone viral, but unlike the myth, it was not in an exam paper for primary school children, but one of the last questions in a paper for 14/15 year olds.

Itst a logic problem and its quite intriguing:

Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates.

May 15 May 16 May 19

June 17 June 18

July 14 July 16

August 14 August 15 August 17

Cheryl then tells Albert and Bernard separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively.

Albert: I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know that Bernard does not know too.

Bernard: At first I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know now.

On Yemen...

It seems that the Arab nations can unite for a cause... but not a good one.

This is the old guard of repressive regimes fighting for the world they recognise - it is ironic when General Sisi and the Saudi's use terms such as legitimacy.

The rebels in Yemen may be Shia, but that doesn't mean they dont deserve their rights.

I suspect the plot linking them to Iranian influence has more to do with Arab uncertainties over the American negotiations with Iran that could potentially work out.

I doubt that will happen and I suspect in the long run the Iranians will regret trusting the Americans, but right now atleast it is surprising to see arab nations allied with Israel against Iran.

It's like they learnt nothing from someone called Lawrence.

The Battle for Number 10 - 2015 Edition

Tonight is the night of the BIG non-debate - from 9PM on Channel 4 and Sky News.

David Cameron chickened out from a proper head to head debate, so we get something that has an awkward format.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband will face the audience and Jeremy Paxman, but not head to head, at the same time or debate each other.

David Cameron will go first, Ed Miliband second.

There has already been an election event featuring, George Osborne and Ed Balls - something that was mostly invisible.

This debate may get better attention as it involves the leaders and not the prospective chancellors.

David Cameron is more salesman like while Ed Miliband is more cerebral.

Signs that the devil is winning

There are many signs over whether we are losing the duel with the devil that may be easily ignored, or readily apparent. This list has no real order and is more something to think about.

For a short period of time some flaws and issues may seem normal and not destructive but eventually if left unchecked the only people we hurt are ourselves and those around us.

Not trying to improve

As Muslims every day we should strive to be better than we were yesterday. If we are not doing this, at best it is a score draw, but more likely a sign of losing.

Phone contract prices?

Is it me or have they gone ludicrously high?

The last time I got a phone (HTC One X in 2012), my contract was for £25 a month. Way more than what I needed.

Now for the latest phones (HTC One M9/Samsung Galaxy S) the contract prices seem closer to £40 - and often with way way less data.

Then again since my phone is often a glorified watch, I should invest in a smart watch instead... it'll last til midday atleast.

Israel's elections: Netanyahu's predicament does not matter

Israel is going to elections on 17 March 2015.

Recent news reports suggest that Netanyahu's campaign has started to falter recently. But it doesn't matter.

Left or right, "peaceniks" or hawks, it does not matter- none of them are willing to negotiate for peace with the Palestinians.

It was the "moderate doves" that started this new tradition of pummeling Gaza for political gain in 2009. If they return to power, nothing stops them from acting in line with their past performance.

The only glimmer from either side is that Netanyahu's bellicose performances help deligitimise Israel actions.

Israeli Arab citizens? Behead them! says Avigdor Lieberman

Threat to behead Arab israeli politician Hanin Zoabi following Lieberman's call to behead arabs

Those are the current foreign Minister of Israel.

He wants to cleanse the nation of those who did not pack up and leave in 1948, 1967 or since.

Now if this guy had a name that sounded like Ahmedinejad, he wouldnt even have to have said what he did to have it plastered over the world's newspapers and news sites.

But since it doesn't, even though he did ask for the murder of Israeli arabs "opposed to us", it wont be reported, especially in the occupied territories of BBC News.

Online, this threat has been turned into an ISIS style threat to behead Israeli arab politician Hanin Zoabi