Children In Politics

I read an opinion piece today (over on the New York Times Website, check it out here) about Children attending the rallies of President Donald Trump. Whilst I would never take my child to a massive Trump rally (or any size trump rally to be frank), a lot of the comments I read were pretty negative about children attending political events regardless of where they were on the political spectrum, which hit home pretty close because I can’t count the number of political and civic events that my daughter has attended either with myself or with her mother.

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Marianna Campaigning For Me 2017

The comments ranged from calling it abuse, to brainwashing, neglect and indoctrination? But is exposing your child to your political beliefs bad? I certainly don’t think so. Getting a child involved with politics from a young age is a good thing, at least to my mind. From a few months old, my daughter has been attending council meetings, and came with us to literally hundreds of civic events during her mothers tenure as Deputy Mayor, and then as Mayor, and continues to come with me in my role as Vice Chairman of Cwmbran Council.

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Marianna At The Mon And Brec Canal Consultation Event

Marianna has attended Gay Rights Campaign Days, Military Parades, museum openings, Mayor Makings, Holocaust Memorial Services and disability support groups, countless shop openings and prize evenings, and all because her Mother and Myself are both councillors. And she loved it, I’m not saying she wasn’t bored, and in some instances didn’t know what was going on, (at the age of 3 or 4 months old she attended the selection of the  candidate to be our local Member of Parliament), but all this involvement with the political world has actually helped with her development, over the past year, shes gone from a shy and timid girl, to the point where she’ll actually engage with and contribute to conversations with Members of Parliament and the House of Lords.

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Marianna Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Voting Rights

Her engagement with politics, especially at the local level, has given her a sense of civic duty and a good helping of community spirit, she often makes complaints about the state of litter and dog fouling in the local area, and has been helpful in doing her bit to improve our local community.

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Marianna Standing Up For Trans Rights

I think though, my favourite moment of Marianna’s political involvement , is the during the 2017 general election, when she came with me to the polling station and then after casting my vote, she then decided to have a screaming fit because she couldn’t vote herself.

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Marianna and I Attending 2018 Armed Serviced Day Celebration at Cwmbran Community Council.

And from my own point of view, I love being able to share this part of my life with my daughter, how many parents out there would love to be able to involve their children in more aspects of their life, I get to take my daughter to work, and hopefully she takes in both her parents trying to make their corner of the world a better place to live in.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Its been pointed out to me that Fathers Day is less than two weeks away, so I thought that I would put together a little guide to give my daughter some idea about the sort of thing she should be spending her pocket money on, especially as she spent all afternoon telling me how much she loves me, although a fair portion of my brain is telling me that this was because there is more than a fair size chunk of chocolate stashed away on the top shelf, and not really down to any genuine feelings of affection that my daughter may or may not have for me.

The Punisher By Garth Ennis Omnibus 

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The Punisher is one of those Marvel characters that most definitely was not a hero, whilst he does go around dispensing justice, he does so committing mass murder. Garth Ennis initial run on the Punisher is one of those true defining moments for the character, in a way that no other writer has actually managed to capture, before or after.  £57.97 from Amazon.

Xposed Red on Blue Check Three Piece Suit

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As you may have guessed from previous blog posts, or if you’ve ever met me, I am what you may call a modern dandy, I like nice clothes, and I like things that are a little bit on the colourful side, so when I saw this suit, it went straight on the wish list. I want it as a 48 inch chest, find it for £96.99 on Fashion Xposed.

A Case of Berry Bros. & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret

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I like a nice drop of the old vino rosso, and whilst its sometimes nice to have a complex bouquet full of crisp dryness and fruity whatever hell and scintillating who gives a crap, sometimes its nice to have some Good Ordinary Claret, and Berry Bros and Rudd are a name (or names) that has always been synonymous with excellent wine. A case of six will set you back £53.70 direct from the Berry Bros and Rudd website, Although Marianna may have to get her mother to buy this one.

Samuel Windsor Summer Blazer – Torbay Boating Jacket 

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For some time now I’ve wanted a boating blazer, with a few outdoor events set for the coming summer months I think one of these would be ideal for a slightly natty formal look that stands out from the usual rain cloud grey, jet black, or cheap looking navy blue that seems to be dominating men’s fashion of late, this bad boy from Samuel Windsor cashes in at £99 so I better increase Marianna’s pocket money if I want one of these blazers for myself come fathers day.

Gotham Central Omnibus

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Gotham Central looks at the police force and the officers that make up the GCPD, the thin blue line that stands between Gotham City’s Underworld, Bat Masked Vigilantes and utter chaos. This volume collects the whole series and is available on amazon for £51.43

 

Dobell 3D- Genuine Crown Three Pence Cufflinks 

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I like cufflinks, I have loads, but always want more, and I quite like the eye catching and antique nature of these cufflinks. I’m always on the lookout for unique pieces that would add a little bit of flair and panache to some of my still pretty outlandish sartorial choices.  I found these on the Dobell website, and are probably the only things price wise (£24.99) that I have a hope in hell of being gifted this fathers day, especially as I know how much pocket money my daughter actually gets

 

100 Years Of Voting

100 Years ago today, women were granted the right to vote by act of parliament, this entitled them to both vote in and stand for all elections in the country. 100 years later my daughter (aged 3) has campaigned in 4 elections and 1 referendum, she regularly attends civic functions and community events. And to be completely honest as the child of two elected politicians, I really hope that, in the future, she goes into the family business.

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The Mini Mayor Of Torfaen, involved in yet another campaign

30 Before Thirty (Comics & Graphic Novels)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the Comics and Graphic Novels that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days

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Camelot 3000

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Miracle Man: A Dream Of Flying

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All Star Superman 

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Preacher: Gone To Texas

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The Crow

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Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes

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Alan Moore’s: Saga of The Swamp Thing

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Marvel 1602

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Saga: Volume 1

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 The Order: Die Mensch Machine

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The Complete Scarlet Traces 

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Button Man

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Ronin 

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Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow 

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The Infinity Gauntlet 

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Amazing Spider-man: Kravens Last Hunt

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Promethea Book 1 

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Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus 

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Multiversity 

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Son Of Superman 

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Hellblazer: Original Sins 

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The Authority: Relentless 

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Hellboy: Seed Of Destruction 

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Doctor Who: Emperor Of The Daleks

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Death: The High Cost Of Living  

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JSA The Liberty Files 

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Alice In Sunderland 

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Daredevil Yellow

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The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

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How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?

30 Before I’m Thirty (Films)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the films that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

How Green Was My Valley 

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Gentleman’s Agreement

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From Here to Eternity

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Gone With The Wind

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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West Side Story

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Lawrence of Arabia

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

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Funny Girl

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Fiddler On The Roof

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All The Presidents Men

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Milk

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Kramer Vs Kramer

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Terms of Endearment 

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The Cider House Rules

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An Education

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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Moonrise Kingdom

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Saving Private Ryan

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Going In Style 

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Wall Street

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King Ralph

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Planes Trains and Automobiles

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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The Monuments Men

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Good Will Hunting

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Good Morning Vietnam 

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This Is Spinal Tap

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How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?

Daddy Daughter Day Out

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Today I got to spend the day with my absolute favourite person in the entire world, my daughter Marianna. Now how is this different to any other day you ask? Well in truth it wasn’t that different, I spend most days with my daughter, but today, rather than just be sat around the house all day with her entertaining herself and me busying myself with housework or actual work, Marianna and I put on our outdoor clothes and hopped on a bus to my home town of Newport.

Whilst in Newport we took in the sights of the High Street and the still new looking Friars Walk, before adorning to Greggs Bakery where we had a sandwich and Marianna had a gingerbread man. We then rounded the trip off with a rather expensive visit to Sin City Comics where I picked up my almost 10 month backlog of comics, and because Marianna was such a good girl I let her pick a toy for herself, she chose a Funko Pop Dalek, because she really is my child.

We then got the bus back, seeing some cows in a field on the way back Marianna then recited a list of the various dairy and meat products that come from cows. When we got home we found that my new hat had arrived, then Marianna had a nap whilst I did a lot of housework, before my parents came to pay us a visit this evening. After that Marianna helped (well she didn’t hinder which is almost the same thing) me to make a chicken stir fry for dinner, we then played  bit before I put her to bed and resumed binge watching the new series of House Of Cards.

Government Policy As Understood By My Two Year Old

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Sometimes government can seem like several factions of warring children, and policy itself seems to have been thought up by preschoolers, so here is my daughter Marianna’s thoughts on some policy areas from the current government.

The NHS

The Lady [Theresa May] wanted to shut all the hospitals”

Fox Hunting

“The nasty lady [Theresa May] wants the doggies to hurt the foxes, its bad” 

Brexit

“The Silly Man [Boris Johnson] doesn’t like all the other people” 

Child Poverty

“The Scary Lady [I assume Theresa May] doesn’t want the babas to have food or toys, when they want pizza and dolly’s and we should give them some books” 

Immigration 

” I like the other people” 

Trident 

“[Bombs] are bad, because they blow up peoples houses and the poor baba’s”

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Marianna is no stranger to political activism, she was an active campaigner in the reccent local government elections. 

NB: Neither I nor Marianna’s mother have ever taught her to refer to Theresa May as nasty or scary, this is just a conclusion she has drawn for herself, along with calling Boris Johnson the silly man.