Many believe; what the media presents us, is just the tip of the ice berg in an everlasting cover up of lies. Although it is hard to separate the lies from the truths, we do know of some exclusive groups, who have supposedly played an important role in history and perhaps to this day. Unknowingly, these groups have had a knock on effect, in some way, on our lives.
The Freemasons, formed in 1717, founded by the four English lodges, in London, with the sole purpose of teaching self-knowledge, by participating in ceremonies. Some famous members consist of; Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Harry Houdini and Mozart. The group features all male members, with around six million throughout the world, being powerful members of society. Famous conspiracy theories include; designing the pyramids, supporting/funding the knights Templar and plotting the French Revolution.
Arguably, the most well-known group, is the Illuminati. Formed in 1776, by Adam Weishaupt in Germany, with the purpose of creating secular societies throughout Europe. Many familiar figures such as; Obama, Beyonce, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, the Weeknd and Madonna are supposedly members of this secret group. A common belief is that the Illuminati have polluted the media, entertainment and music industry with subliminal messages, regarding satanic and evil connotations. It is also rumored the group had been broken down by German Authorities, after the French Revolution. However, conspiracy theorists have argued that group operates as a sinister shadow, deep within the government, involving themselves, with world industry and politics.
The 'Skulls and Bones' formed in 1832 with many founders; Frederick Ellsworth Mather, Phineas Timothy Miller, William Huntington, George Ingersoll Wood and Alphonso Taft. Yale University, is where the group assembled, in a part of the building, known as the 'tomb'. Formation of this secret society was due to arguments, between members of societies at Yale. Possible members of the group include; George Bush and William Taft. The group were also known as the 'bone men', using the wealth from bonds as power to rank their way and up the social ladder, into America Elite. The Skulls and Bones have been blamed for two famous problems; the nuclear bomb and the assisanation of John F Kennedy.
Also, the 'Bohemian Group', formed in 1872, by Henry Edwards, on Bohemian Avenue, situated in Monte Rio, California. The purpose of the group, was the meet of rich and powerful individuals, in order to escape 'frontier culture', which were simplicity the uncivilized interests of the common man. Some famous members include; Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. The members have argued they are there for 'social interests' but many people believe there are more sinister motivates behind closed doors. They are thought to have; planned the Manhattan project, this turned out to be true, as the first nuclear bomb was situated there.
Finally, a more recent society, 'Bilderberg Group', formed in 1954, by the Dutch Royal Family, in Netherlands. The purpose of the group was too celebrate Northern America and European leaders together, promototing relations between the US and Europe, politically, economically and defense wise. Famous alleged members include; Angelea Merkel, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron and Henry Kissinger. Although the group seemed to be nationally beneficial, it also seems peculiar that the media has not interviewed any of the meetings and any journalists who have tried have been arrested. Perhaps; making you wonder what is being hidden and why is it so significant that its worth an arrest or even a crime committed to listen. A well-known conspiracy theory is that the group is run by Nazis, who wanted one world government and supposedly control the republican party.
No matter what, we are living in a population of 7 billion people, with the elite being the top 1% of the population and with: adequate money and power, anything can be controlled, we never know what goes on behind close doors.
An ordinary mother with two children, a husband ben, almost two years of experience in politics and a lib dem candidate; seems like a very unrealistic combination for a winning battle against the almighty Zac Goldsmith, doesn't it ? Wrong... 2 December indeed turned many heads as the shocking announcement of Sarah Olney; winning the majority of votes in Richmond indeed came as a surprise too many.
In fact, she managed to rack in 48% of the vote, whilst Zac Goldsmith gained 45% and labor a horrific 3%. Zac Goldsmith had been a popular candidate for many years in the Richmond area, being a well known, warm-hearted figure, who regularly stood by his word, helping to retain loyalty in his voters.
Born in 1977, Sarah was a simple lady, attending Surrey Comprehensive School and leading onto studying English Literature at Kings College London. Starting as a qualified account, then going onto working in the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) located in Teddington. Not the sort to get into politics ? In fact, it was only after the general election, motivating her to play her part in politics, finding her place in the lib Dems. She commonly, mentioned her interest in politics, was a sudden spark and had not placed much emphasis on it throughout her life, until now.
Many speculations have been airborne throughout the media, unfolding the truth about why she was really chosen. A collective suggestion portrays her cutting edge on her Pro-EU views, a well-known popularity which society, feels the need to correct. Although Brexit won, 17 million to 16 million, there has still been demands, for a 2nd Referduman, Sarah believes she can help, by voting against article 50, in parliament. A common vow, Zac and Sarah share, there opposition on the building of a third runway at Heathrow, however, this can generate jobs and money into the economy. Perhaps Sarah's Pro-EU mindset had given her an advantage that Zac, simply did not provide, previously being a former conservative-now independent candidate and standing with Brexit.
Society is different now. To get a job, you need to go to school, to get a job to pay for school. Recent figures show that the average home buyers first deposit has risen to a staggering £34,000. This is almost double the amount since 2007, and the shocking exponential increase in prices has made it very hard for young people to take out a mortgage. Renting has become expensive as well, some people are better off buying the house rather than rent it out. For graduates in the UK they carry an average student loan debt of £44,000, with medical students rising to almost £75,000; the worst thing is that the loans are charged with interest. This makes life very difficult for young students, political leaders such as Jeremy Corbyn are campaigning for the abolishment of tuition fees, following other European countries such as Sweden, Germany and Norway. Despite the impact of making such a decision, it would no doubt allow graduates to settle after graduating university. Many young scholars are reluctant of the financial problems that would be caused as a result of taking out a student loan, on top of that a maintenance loan would also be needed to suffice, in areas such as London. Universities do offer scholarships and bursaries but it is still immensely difficult for poorer working class families to support their child as he/she goes to university.
Some degrees are hard to match to a certain job. Medicine for example will allow you to become a doctor. International Relations would struggle to puts its finger down. A job is the next step. According to the Graduate Labour Statistics Market there has been a 2.2 decrease in graduate employment. Upon adding the costs of living and mortgage, it would be hard to gain a disposable income, rather you would live from hand to mouth. Currently you need to earn £21,000 a year before you start paying back your loan which would be fixed at £26 a month. In a year it would accumulate to £312. Your student loan will be written off in 30 years but only the higher earns would be able to pay it off in that time period. Figures also show that postgraduates loans are fixed at 4.6% interest, most postgraduates students study medicine, and a few of them will be taking out a second loan which is only adding salt to their wounds. Whilst it would be a dream for free education, brexit will block many of the people hoping to study in the EU as we will no longer be a part of it. For the UK to have free universities would require immense reforms and a lot of money to be spent, but it would no doubt put the students at ease. Many students are moving abroad to study, as they do not wish to endure the burden that a UK university would charge them. The tuition fees could also rise from the current £9,250 a year, and that is the fee alone.
The future looks incredibly bleak for the younger generation as it is become harder for graduates to a be able to pay for tuition fees let alone a mortgage. Students are put off going to Universities for this sole reason, they are afraid they will spend most of their life paying off their debt rather than living their life. Money is now the aim for young people, as they see it as the answer to everything and that with it they can do whatever they want.
"Brexit", is either honoured or hated, in society's eye's. "Br" comes from "Britain" and "Exit", put together to make Britain Exit (the European Union). A historical vote commenced on Thursday 23rd June 2016, marking the future for the United Kingdom. In the past, links with Europe have been a vital asset in order to: Trade, make commissions and create significant influence in the world.
The majority of predictions implied staying would be the tendering result, people believed many reasons this was the best option. 3.5 million jobs in Britain have a connection with the EU, which are a driving factor for the UK economy and market. In other words that is 1/10 of every job having a relation to the EU. Trading is very important, the EU buys 50% of trade from Britain, that being said, (54% is goods and 40% services). Negotiating trade deals separately with countries outside Europe, can be frustrating and unmanageable to a certain extent. However this has proven to be questionable, as negotiations with America have already started uprising, with markets and the pound increasing from Trump's presidency. Also trade deals with India have already started, will Brexit help Britain on a more International level? European holidays are a more common and cheaper option for many UK residents, who enjoy common visits to: Spain, France, Portugal, Ibiza and Italy. The simple fact is that costs are lower by staying: credit card fees, flights, data roaming and compensation abroad. With the economy as it as, people can barely afford to go on holiday, yet pay a higher price for leaving. With epidemics such as; Ebola and Aids/HIV spreading, research is a vital part to help fight an infectious disease. The UK is seen to be the largest beneficiary of EU research funds, being a vital income for research universities and companies. Could this morally atone our efforts for improving health ?
Despite all this, On 23rd June 2016, Britain made a startling decision to leave the European Union, in hopes of an independent country. Many factors were illustrated in the pros and cons of leaving and staying, but with a 52:48 win on leaving, the pros of leaving, were seen to be highly favored upon.
Why did we end up leaving? Well, although there were many good reasons to stay there were also numerous reasons to leave. As mentioned before stronger deals have already been made with America and India, which are two completely different nations with strong economies. Providing more control over the UK's decisions was important in people's opinion, due to the fact it is their country and they should chose the way they run their country. Immigration has been a controversial problem recently, with ISIS and other extremist groups; countries feel the need to control their borders and who enters them. Although jobs may be lost by leaving the EU, many jobs can be generated, independently, where money will recirculate back into the UK economy. Traditionally, the EU has been thought too take away the historical way the country has been run and the change, has seemingly been disliked by the older generations. Currently the UK is spending £350 million a week on EU membership, which could easily be contributed towards, the desperately needed funding for the NHS, especially for the jobs of junior doctors.
UKIP (UK independence party), have smashed the purpose of their party, winning over a majority of labour voters, who lost support from a failure of promises not being delivered. Nigel Farage, played a fundamental role, leading the party, by nationally promoting the benefits of leaving the EU.
Ironically, after brexit many supposed side effects of leaving, have simply not happened, although there have been certain noticeable changes. Corporations such as John Lewis and Easyjet have stated the fact costs have increased for them, as the value of the sterling fell. FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 index, as well as other British based businesses, are recovering from the fall in share prices. Delightfully, the bank of England, has declared that interest rates will fall from 0.5% to 0.25% which will evenhandedly help citizens recover from the 2009 recession. Not to mention the resigning of David Cameron, who has now been replaced by Theresa May.
There has been speculation of when article 50 will be triggered, the delaying has been debatably caused by MP's, but surely in no time we will be officially out of the EU. Whether you choose to vote remain or leave, the decision has been made and we must accept the future fate of the country, for the good of the nation, may the odds be in our favor.