Archive | February, 2015

The 3 most important responsibilities in the House of Commons

26 Feb

In the House of Commons we find the members of parliament (MPs). There are 650 members, each representing their own constituencies. The House of Commons has a lot of different tasks and responsibilities and I am going to list the 3 I think is the most important.

Firstly, the House of Commons are often described as the heart of the parliament and democracy. This is where new bills are read out for the first time and worked with. When the  House of Commons have made a refreshed outline of the bill they send it over to the House of Lords who makes corrections as well. When they think the bill looks about right they send it back to the House of Commons. When they get it back, they go over what this bill really means and when they are happy with the bill it gets presented to the Queen who will make the law official. New laws is one of the most important responsibilities the House of Commons have.

The public is also allowed into the chamber to watch the House when they have meetings. They can see their elected MP in action and can control their work. The press is also allowed in and that way they have a certain control of the MPs as well as the government. Sometimes they also have question time where it’s possible to ask the government and the prime minister questions. By having the House of Commons where you have the government on the one side and the opposition on the other it also makes it easier to question and  scrutinize the government.

It is also very important to remember that the members of the House of Commons are working for you. They are members of parliament elected by the people and they are obligated to do what the people living in their constituencies think is right, at least they should if they want to be re-elected. As a member of a constituency you have the right to be in touch with your MP. You could either call, e-mail, write a letter or see him or her in person when they are back at their local office. By being elected by the people they are referred to as the heart of democracy in the UK.



Lions for Lambs

12 Feb

Today we watched “Lions for Lambs”, a american drama film from 2007 about the war in Afghanistan. The movie includes two soldiers in Afghanistan, a college professor and one of his students, a journalist and an American senator.

The two soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting Taliban. They are a part of a new military operation set to life by the American senator Irving. The plan behind the new operation is that they are going to work in smaller groups and try to occupy specific areas who will give them benefits in the war. They has their eye on an important mountain who will give them an 360 degree outlook of the wally, and needs to get this under american control before the Taliban gets there. Meanwhile, back in the US senator Irving has made an appointment with an well known journalist. He gives her a whole hour and there is no one to stop her from asking certain questions. The Senator wants to get a proper story out to the people about this new plan to end the war against terror and the Afghan War. The journalist is asking a lot of questions, trying to fully understand the sanity behind it all and drags a couple of conclusions of her-self. Through the film, we also get to know a college professor at an university in California, he has called one of his students in to his office to talk about his future. The student is a young, bright man called Todd. He used to be really enthusiastic in class, but has not showed up to any reason lectures. The professor wants to talk to him because he has seen his potential and wants to get him to realize that he has the ability to make an impact on the world and become someone important.  They are connected to the others in the film because the two soldiers in Afghanistan used to be the professors students before they enlisted in the army.

Moreover, during the conversation between Professor Malley and Todd, the professor is asking Todd to get involved. He can either choose to get an B in his course, and the only condition is that he will not show up to any more of the professors lectures. Or he could get involved, read his assigned papers and use the ability he has to become something great. He tells him that the only person who can make decisions that will impact his life later is himself. And there is not going to be anyone to watch over him, he can of course make decisions today and get the easy way out, but he will most likely spend several years to make up for it later in life. And that will take a lot of hard work.

When a country is involved in a war, it will always impact other aspects in that country even though the war is fought somewhere else in the world. We saw in the movie that both of the students who had later become soldiers, whose names were Arian and Ernest both came from poor areas in the US. The only reason that they had the opportunity to attend college was that they had a baseball scholarship and was playing sports next to studying other subjects. Even though they had not had the best up-bring in the US, they still wanted to fight for their country. The US also uses billions of dollars on war every year, this is money that could had been spent on other parts of society.

Very resent, Obama has asked the Congress about support to put American boots on forging soil in the war against ISIL. ISIL is a big threat against America and a lot of other western countries. The war against terrorism is definitely not over, and what we saw in the movie might happen in real life. It is also interesting to see Obama decide this after declaring that he does not want american soldiers in other countries risking their lives, but is also gives us an insight of how important it is to fight against such horrid actions.