Breastfeeding is healthy, both nutritionally and psychologically, and Nigel Farage is right.

Posted 6 Dec 2014 by Walaa Idris

We know breastfeeding is best for babies. As a mother I nursed both my daughters for six months each. I did it out of belief and conviction that it was the best thing for them heath wise. Breastfeeding boosts babies’ immunity system and strengthens the bond between them and their mothers, plus it’s safe, hygienic and easy.

A natural thing; breastfeeding requires little work and comes easy to most mothers. But it is a private affair, or so it should be. I understand many women have little issues with showing flesh in public, and with the likes of page three and women of all ages walking around half naked, many might be desensitised to exposed breasts. But still some people feel uneasy and nursing still remains and should be a private time between mother and child.

Here is where Farage is right. Nursing mothers should be allowed to feed their babies publicly but it should be done tastefully, discreetly and by agreement.

Most people have no problem knowing if a mother is nursing her chid, but they don’t want to see it happening — just as those mothers who want to nurse publicly ‘have the right to do so’ those who don’t want an exposed breast with a baby suckling on it forced on them, also have the right to not have to see it. Public establishment also have rights, they have the right to decide how to run their business and the freedom to allow mothers to nurse publicly or not.

Rights and freedoms work both ways.

And no, it is not a case of avert your eyes if you don’t want to see, it’s more a matter of respect. Respect for ones’ own self and respect to others and their feelings. Surely that’s a good thing?

Listening to Farage’s LBC radio clip that was exactly what he meant before the media hijacked his comment and turned it into something else.


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The devil, fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists

Posted 7 Jan 2013 by Walaa Idris

It’s pretty obvious; Parliament is back this week, New Year, new term and no doubt new resolutions. Judging by the headlines, each party is setting out their stall and giving us a recap of what they achieved so far. Tories are making sure their achievements don’t go unnoticed or get drowned under the Lib Dems super loud cries of ‘we’re the party of fairness’ while Labour is looking around for the next Conservative idea to recycle as their own. I always said, at the rate Labour is going before the end of this parliament, they will adopt and relaunch the Big Society as their next big thing!

But, the surprise must be Nigel Farage and UKIP. They are this term cool kids. Besides the Prime Minster on Marr Show, Nigel Farage is the only party leader who went live on every news station yesterday.

As cool kids go he is witty and smart. Getting his party to where they are today is a testament to him and his resolve. Farage is not just cool, he is also tough. This is a man who walked away from a plane crash with only a few scratches then capitalized on what the left dubbed as Omnishambles. So much so, now some fear UKIP might cost the Conservatives over fifty seats in 2015. That cannot be good news for David Cameron, who once called them ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’. Not at all nice because many organisations have members who qualify as fruitcakes, loonies and are closet racists, we just don’t mention it.

Nonetheless, the relationship between these two is one to watch. Especially as Farage keeps repeating he will do a deal with the devil if it gets him what he wants! And since, I can’t see him in ‘coalition’ or any sort of electoral deal with either Labour or the Lib Dems, both parties love Europe and will never consider leaving it….

Farage’s devil might be…., and Cameron might just have to hold his nose and ….


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