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Where Do We Draw The Line Between A balanced Immigration Debate And Xenophobia?

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United Kingdom: stamp (Photo credit: Sem Paradeiro)

It has been interesting to watch how the debate on immigration in the United Kingdom has developed over the past few months.  It is fair to say that most of the headlines have been full of emotive language aimed at evoking a reaction from the public. There is no doubt that issues pertaining to immigration need to be discussed openly but one can not refute the fact that the language being used by some in the media is borderline xenophobic. Individuals who complain about this are often seen as disruptive and stifling honest debate on immigration. This has sent a message to some sections of society that it is perfectly fine to post racist and xenophobic comments on social media sites.

It is astounding that in the 21st Century  in a globalised world, with increasing economic intergration people still have unjustified fear of being swamped particularly in industrialised countries. A policy that was recently unveiled in some parts of London where vans with posters telling people who had allegedly over stayed in the United Kingdom to “GO HOME OR FACE ARREST”, was not well received by a good number of citizens particularly people of colour, who were born and raised in United Kingdom. This campaign was condemned by a number of public figures such as Yvette Cooper who referred to it as “divisive” and “a complete gimmick which should never have been approved by the Home Secretary“.

It is certainly true that divisive politics is at play and this is seen in the way immigrants are being blamed for the current economic woes. For some reason, the global economic crisis that affected a industrialised countries seems to have been forgotten. No one wants to admit that the real reason for the current economic problems are down to bad management and dishonest politics.


Inequality : Watch “BBC World Debate Why Poverty?”

This video offers an interesting view as to why we must never be fatigued by issues regarding poverty. One of the panelists suggests that the key theme of the discussion should centre on the fact that poverty is linked to the grabbing of resources. In most countries only 1% of the population enjoy 80% of the resources extracted from mineral resource rich countries.

Large corporations continue to extract resources and engage in tax evasions schemes. Efforts by international organisations such transparency international to highlight the scale of this problem are ignored. The myth perpetuated by the middle class in developing countries – Africa in particular – that African is rising, is not really reflected in the daily struggles of the average person at street level.

In short “inequality is being created in the heart of affluence”.


Are Lawyers Squandering Billable Hours On Blogging?

Blogging Heroes

Blogging Heroes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know that blogging is has become very popular as an outlet of choice for a large number of individuals – recording their day to day happenings for therapeutic reasons or simply to amuse their friends and family. What’s even more interesting is the rising number of legal professionals blogging on a wide range of platforms from micro blogging on twitter right down to well presented blogs which look more like company websites.

The question is why would a well paid attorney squander billable hours to blog? Why would they tread on a legal mine field by  breaching their clients confidentiality and opening themselves up to litigation? Why would a serious lawyer dealing with work that is demanding in terms of time, attention and mental effort waste time on a blog?

A good number of lawyers find that blogging provides them an opportunity to disgorge in a safe and acceptable way without breaching the confidentiality of their clients. After a frantic day of dealing with tears, tempers and  tantrums from clients, it feels natural to let off stem via a blog instead of reaching for a bottle of prozac to calm the nerves.

Very little has been written about the emotional stress that litigators go through particularly those dealing with criminal and family law cases.  Cases of vicarious trauma are actually quite high amongst people in the legal profession who often handle material which can be disturbing. Most people in this line of work do not admit to being under serious pressure for fear of being seen as professionally weak and incompetent and so the emotional pressure continues to fester until they reach breaking point.

Therapists who work with individuals  affected by vicarious trauma often encourage creative pursuits such as painting, singing, sculpting, poetry writing and story writing. Legal professionals who engage a “creative kind of expression” such as blogging can over come vicarious trauma brought on by the demands of  handling  highly stressful material on a regular basis. It’s far better than  reaching for a bottle of prozac on a daily basis and getting addicted in the process.


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