Politicians need to lead by example

Is the MP expense row over, do you think?  I’ve been following it with great interest.  It’s unbelievable to see how many of us are struggling to cope with the recession, being unemployed, trying to just get by, finding ways to save money here and there, while those who are much better off are abusing public money.  It’s no surprise that the public is outraged.  And for some to say that the media has blown it out of proportion is completely unfeeling.

Of course, the well-off are probably not going to care much, but you have over two million unemployed people who are frustrated and they will be extremely upset by the paper’s revelations.  I’m glad the politicians finally realise how shallow they are.  Some of them need to go back to their constituents and learn to live like them.

Mr. Cameron suggests that we enter a new era of thrift.  So, can they lead by example and show us how to save?  The car scrappage scheme won’t work for many of us.  We have our beat up rust-buckets that we can barely maintain with the rising fuel costs.  But it’s better that we pay the fuel only, rather than take on a new car loan when we don’t have a job to pay for the loan.  Please, how else can you help us poor constituents?  You’ll need to be very creative to get our votes in the next election.

Mooncup – the menstrual cup: have we gone too far?

The European Union is completely obsessed with being green. This emphasis is brought home very adamantly in the UK. Everywhere you turn, there are signs advertising different ways to make the environment greener. Advice on reducing carbon emission can be found practically anywhere. Imagine my surprise when I used a public toilet to find advertisements on the new Mooncup, designed to eliminate the need for tampons or pads.
What is this? It is a reusable menstrual cup made from silicone rubber. Come again? That’s right. A reusable menstrual cup. No longer will you need to use pads or tampons, which are not biodegradable; therefore, the amount of rubbish produced will be significantly reduced. The cup is designed to fit around the cervix and can hold up to 30ml. Once full, it can be removed and washed and reapplied. According to their advertisement, it is completely safe, without risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. The silicone rubber is supposed to be extremely comfortable and durable. It is also cost-effective. With all this to recommend it, I am surprised more women have not rushed to buy it.

I, for one, am not in a rush. I question how comfortable such a device could be, not to mention the concern that it is fitting on properly. And what happens while I am washing the cup? Will I need to wear a pad or something? What about allergic reactions? How can one be certain there is no risk of infections associated with use of a device that is inserted and reinserted internally, over time? Sorry, this goes a little too far for the green campaign.