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Madge's Opinions

Subject: Islamophobia in the UK

I believe in my inherent right to form my preferences and opinions regarding anything and anyone. It's important to clarify that having reservations about Islam, or any religion for that matter, isn't inherently criminal in UK law. Muslims in the UK need to acknowledge that certain aspects of their faith and culture may differ from traditional British norms. Criticising or attempting to dictate my thoughts is unjust and disrespectful to the principles of individual autonomy and free expression.

Subject: The quality of our parliamentary candidates

It's time to examine parliamentary hopefuls with greater scrutiny, given the recent controversy surrounding Labour's Azhar Ali.

Given the substantial number of candidates hoping for selection in parliamentary elections, there is likely an element of corruption or cronyism, resulting in a diversity of 'bad eggs'. Candidates need no qualifications or experience to stand, and you would at least expect the major political parties to 'filter out' those without the aptitude or ability.  Read the full article.

Subject: Pay more attention to balance of trade

The balance of payments is a record of a country’s economic transactions with the rest of the world. It comprises the current account, capital account, and financial account. The current account includes trade in goods and services, while the capital and financial accounts track capital flows.

A positive balance of trade occurs when a country exports more goods and services than it imports. For Britain, this implies that it is selling more abroad, leading to a surplus. This surplus contributes to a positive current account balance, bolstering the overall balance of payments.

Benefits of a positive balance of trade for Britain include increased foreign exchange reserves, which can stabilize the currency, lower interest rates, and foster economic growth. It also indicates international competitiveness and can enhance the nation’s economic stability.

Spending less on foreign holidays and cars and buying British helps the balance of trade. 

Subject: Who do you "LEND" your vote to?

Lending your vote is a way to vote that helps people make smart choices based on specific issues during an election, regardless of political allegiances.

It may be necessary to adopt a more flexible approach to political decision-making to influence voting choices that transcend traditional party loyalty.
Neither of the two main parties OWN your vote — it is yours to use freely.