Many people say the world would be a better place without poverty, or without war, or without cancer, but Paul was convinced that none of these issues matched the suffering that he felt having to live with her.

Every mannerism, every action, every sound that rolled from her venomous tongue made Paul want to place a screwdriver in each nostril and then slam his face into a table.

The pain and suffering would be over and the living hell which he had persisted with for so long would come to a bloody and spontaneous end.

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Labour and Green Unite to End Homelessness in Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove City Council have today unveiled ambitious plans to tackle homelessness in the area by housing residents in vacant buildings.

Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Danielle Stewart, the leader of the Labour councillors, announced that a deal had been struck with the Greens that would see a united effort to combat the issue of homelessness in Brighton and Hove.

“Both the Labour councillors and the Green councillors have agreed to urgent action to put an end to homelessness in Brighton and Hove”, she said. “By working together, we will ensure that every one of the local residents has a roof over their head at night.”

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Without A No Fly Zone, The Syrian Refugee Crisis Will Only Get Worse

This past week Europe, its media, and its people have finally awoken to the refugee crisis. I am pleased to see that everyone has had their peaceful lives interrupted, but I am disappointed that it has taken so long for this to be so.

The heartbreaking images of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Kurdish refugee who drowned whilst trying to reach Turkey, have rocked the world and seemingly shattered public apathy towards refugees and migrants. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been forced to U-turn on his disgusting attitude to deny helping those trying to reach the shores of the UK, and it seems that in every city and every community ordinary people are mobilising to do what they can to help those fleeing countries in the Middle East and north Africa.

The grassroots response has been phenomenal. It is a beacon of hope for humanity in what may well be its darkest hour since World War Two. Taking matters into their own hands, people have gathered, organised, and mobilised, often in direct conflict with the policies of their government, in order to help the desperate people in need of our support.

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Be The Change You Want To See In The World

The title of this piece is a quote often wrongly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, and though Gandhi never said such words, the message remains true enough.

I am a firm believer in the idea that if you are not an activist, you are an inactivist. If you do not actively pursue a life that attempts to change the system, then you are ultimately a part of the system itself. Complaining is not enough to redeem yourself, neither is voicing dissatisfaction online, and neither is voting once every five years. It is your actions, not your thoughts or opinions, who define who you are. And actions are conducted every hour of every day.

It is the widely held belief that we are unable to change anything that prevents many of us from trying. This belief provides a shield to those we would hope to usurp and a reassuring comfort to those of us who have thought the thought, but then shied away from acting. By telling ourselves that it would have made no difference anyway, we let ourselves off the hook. The guilt and perhaps even shame is removed and we can continue our day-to-day lives.

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The End Is Now

Trigger warning; what follows may leave you feeling a little disheartened and apathetic.

Let’s cut to the chase, civilisation as we know it is coming to an end. In all honesty I believe that we are doomed and that our time on this planet is rapidly approaching its endgame.

The structures of society, and the foundations that our systems and our way of life are built on, are completely unsustainable. And with the base beginning to collapse it is only a matter of time before the rest follows suit.

Not to be the prophet of doom, but we are blindly and seemingly willingly accelerating towards our own self-destruction. You may think that this is an exaggeration, and that me being the grumpy cynic that I am what I write here is less an inevitable conclusion and more a depressive dystopian look to the future, but you would be wrong.

Nothing in this piece is speculation, nothing is hyperbole, and nothing in this piece is anything less than a known and proven fact. When these facts are connected it can lead to only one diagnosis, and that is that human civilisation is on its deathbed.

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