Politics

April 17, 2016

Marcus East’s TEDx Talk on Dark Technology

Last night I gave my first TEDx talk on what I have labelled ‘Dark Technology’ at the TEDx event at the University of Manchester. It was an honour to be part of such an interesting and stimulating event, and a privilege to have been given an opportunity to share some of my thoughts on things that are so important to me! I wanted to share my thoughts on how humanity is struggling to cope with the pace of technological change that is being driven by commercial and scientific advances in technology, and the possible dangers that could exist in a […]
December 22, 2015

The staggering scale of the loss of human life in WWII

The staggering scale of the loss of human life in WWII This brilliant infographic video highlights just how many millions of lives were lost in World War II; it is truly staggering: Watching this video serves to remind us just how devastating war can be; let’s hope that it was a war to end all wars and that we never see a loss of life on this scale ever again.
August 10, 2014

Is Humanity really any more civilized today than 1000 years ago?

Is Humanity civilized? When I hear religious group A say that all of religious group B are bad, and then religious group B in return say that all of religious group A is evil, it is a reminder that despite smelling better, living longer better and having more shiny things, humanity really hasn’t come that far since the Dark Ages. Today, millions of people are displaced on every continent – struggles in Syria, Ukraine, Thailand and all over Africa only help to underline the extent of human suffering caused by other humans. Something must be done to take humanity to […]
June 7, 2014

Seeing NYC’s recovery from 9/11 has moved me!

After my meeting this morning in Wall Street, I spent a couple of hours in the World Trade Center area, visiting the 9/11 Memorial Center where there are some incredibly powerful recordings, photos and artifacts from that fateful day in 2001. I think that what happened then in NYC, and the determined response from New Yorkers serves a potent symbol of the failure of terrorism and extremist ideologies. Despite the tragic loss of life, and the scars left on this truly great city, New York was not defeated that day; the attack seems only to have made the people of New […]
May 17, 2014

Arsenal – FA Cup 2014 Winners!

Today I was reminded why I’m an Arsenal fan… I was reminded why I have sat in the wind, rain and snow losing my voice through screaming at players who cannot hear me – and rejoicing in their genius when not despairing of their failings. I was reminded why I’m proud to wear the crest, even when we crumble under the brilliance of our competitors and the brutality of poor refereeing. I was reminded what it means to face down adversity and to look deep into ones soul to find the resolve the carry on, only to prevail at the […]
June 23, 2010

George Osborne; The Economic Enforcer

JUNE 23, 2010 For too many years, the Labour Government under the guidance of Gordon Brown ran the British economy at a deficit, using borrowed money to create jobs in the public sector as part of the the largest programme of gerrymandering ever undertaken; Today, our new Chancellor, George Osborne, took the initiative and introduced the toughest Budget for nearly a century. He has rightly been dubbed ‘The Enforcer’ by the British press. Like many, I will be analysing the impact of the budget on my finances and those of my family, but what has struck me most so far […]
May 19, 2010

The ‘Special Relationship’ is back. Hopefully!

MAY 19, 2010 The Conservatives are the natural allies of America – our Atlanticism and Eurosceptism always play well in Washington DC, and Prime Minister Cameron’s compassionate conservatism fits well with President Obama’s focus on individual responsibility and social liberalism. Labour has traditionally had a difficult relationship with the United States, shunning the world’s largest capitalist economy in favour of its socialist-leaning European neighbours, and Prime Minister Blair was the first Labour leader to break the mould, forging a strong relationship with President Bush Jr. His close relationship with George Bush sometimes led to accusations that Blair was acting like […]
May 13, 2010

Britain’s new government hits the ground running!

MAY 13, 2010 It really is an incredible day for British politics, as the new Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister demonstrate genuine chemistry and respect for each other in their first press conference. The way in which the potential stumbling blocks in a Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition have been ironed-out is impressive, and whilst I’m sure that the relationship will be difficult, there is no doubt that these two dynamic leaders are committed to putting Britain back on track and dealing with problems left by a wasteful and misguided Labour administration. The focus on enhancing civil liberties and […]
May 11, 2010

David Cameron is Prime Minister: now the hard work starts!

MAY 11, 2010 Today was another historic day in London – Conservative leader, David Cameron, secured his place in history by becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland after securing an agreement with Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, to form a coalition government. The Conservative Party won the most seats in the General Election, and came close to securing an overall majority in the face of an electoral system that is massively biased towards the Labour Party, but only by securing a deal with the Liberal Democrats could we have achieved power. The way […]
May 9, 2010

A Con-Lib pact: Marriage of convenience or a match made in Heaven?

MAY 9, 2010 Within the next few hours, there is a strong likelihood that David Cameron will announce that he is able to form a government with the support of the Liberal Democrats, providing us with some stability and certainty after what has been a tumultuous few days in Britain politics. Conservatives such as myself will be delighted to see David Cameron in Number 10 as our new Prime Minister, although we are obviously upset that we were not able to secure a working majority. The arithmetic certainly works; together the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will command 363 seats, […]
May 8, 2010

The bittersweet taste of success…

Friday 7 May 2010 will stay in my mind for a long time to come… The euphoria that I felt after learning that Nick de Bois had finally removed Joan Ryan to become the member of parliament for Enfield North – and when it was announced that I had been elected as a councillor for Chase ward – soon subsided when I realised that we had lost control of the council to Labour. It is many years since Labour has controlled Enfield and it is disturbing to think that the financial mismanagement and class-oriented social policies employed by them previously […]
May 8, 2010

Nick de Bois’s acceptance speech on winning Enfield North

MAY 8, 2010 This (rather poor quality) video was made by me on the morning of May 7 2010 as Nick made a most gracious speech following the announcement of his 1,700 majority following a very tough election campaign. Well done, Nick! A great day for him, and for Enfield North…
May 6, 2010

The polling stations are now open!

I woke just after 04:00 this morning – partly through excitement, and partly because Tom had arranged for us to go out and do a ‘Dawn Raid’ delivering leaflets to our supporters. It’s an incredibly important day, and I was in high spirits as I drove across Enfield to the ENCA offices and was greeted by Simon, Tom, Nick de Bois and his lovely family. By 06:30 we had delivered hundreds of leaflets, and I went over to the Brigadier Hill Free Church which is one of the polling stations in my ward (Chase) and I got an enormous buzz […]
May 4, 2010

It’s one of the most important weeks in the history of Britain…

MAY 4, 2010 Britain faces one of the most important weeks in its history as millions of voters up and down the country go to the polls to vote for their local and national representatives – choosing their Local Council and the next Government. After 13 years of a wasteful Labour government that has lost control of both our economy and our borders whilst ensuring that the gap between rich and poor is greater than at any time in the post-war period, the British people have an opportunity to elect a new, dynamic and compassionate team with the energy and […]