Is the traditional affair over?

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What has happened to the traditional affair? One that happens organically, maybe with a colleague at work, or a chance encounter with a stranger in a bar.

Not one conducted via a website like Ashley Madison; where as long as you have an email address and a credit card you can order an affair. Plus, the old way, meant that if your partner did find out you could always say, you didn’t mean it to happen. This may be harder to believe when you’ve signed up to a site that specialises in affairs.

Having said that, these days people date online, so why shouldn’t they conduct their affairs this way? In these more technological times it’s conceivable that the whole arc of your relationship could be played out online. You could for example, meet your partner online, meet your affairee (not sure that’s a word) online, sort your divorce online, sell the marital home online, arrange access to the kids online etc… etc…

The author of this blog is the co-author of How To Dump Your Girlfriend

Ps. Marriage is a serious business and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly.

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Why Tony Blair makes me feel like a teenager

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People said we’d have a hung parliament. (spoiler alert) We don’t.

People said Jeremy Corbyn was only in theĀ  Labour leadership race to widen the debate, he’s currently leading that race.

Now people are saying he’s unelectable.

Who knows if Jeremy Corbyn can or can’t connect with the electorate? What we do know, is that Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall are struggling to connect with supporters of their own party.

It’s probably telling that whilst Corbyn has sparked excitement amongst young people, the ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ campaign is being led by politicians from the New Labour era.

Leading to odd situations, like Tony Blair predicting a Corbyn led Labour will split the party. That’s Tony Blair the most divisive figure in the party. Or Gordon Brown explaining what it takes for Labour to be electable. It’s just a shame he’s never had a chance to put these ideas into practice.

It’s not just Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, it seems like every day someoneĀ  from that era is telling Labour supporters not to vote for Jeremy Corbyn. They don’t seem as forthcoming when it comes to saying why we should vote for the other contenders.

I can’t help thinking that this approach, like a parent forbidding a teenager from doing something, is just making Corbyn appear that little bit more desirable.

Til next time, be nice to each other.

@anunknowncomic

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Home the heroes?

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I struggle a bit with factual books but occasionally I dip into one. The other week I read some of Hope and Glory by Stuart Maconie.

There’s a section in the book where he writes about the Battle of the Somme, where more than 19 000 British Soldiers died on the first day alone. One soldier who survived the Somme was William Towers, but in so doing, lost a leg. On his return to England, he recalls how a man in the street looked him up and down and said, “I suppose you’ll be living off other people’s generosity for the rest of your life”.

A few pages later, Maconie references how immediately after the end of the First World War, the ‘wounded and damaged men’ were having trouble surviving financially and without jobs and with no welfare system, many ex soldiers were forced to beg on the street.

In 2013, it was revealed that 9000 ex soldiers were homeless (they also made up 10% of the prison population). In 2014 Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent and London Evening Standard, set up a charity Homeless Veterans to help those ex serviceman that have fallen on hard times.

Whatever you think of war and military intervention, (it should be the very last option) does it not seem odd that we are relying on charity to help people who have fought in the name of this country? You might think the government would have some provisions in place to help them.

Apparently not because in Nov 2014 David Cameron, gave his backing to the charity. Unless I’m mistaken he’s the Prime Minister, is he not in a position to do more than merely backing a charity. After all some of these ex service people will have gone into conflict on his say so.

Til next time, be nice to each other.

@anunknowncomic

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