Saturday, 22 November 2014

Is Miliband's 'belief' enough?

‘I am willing to put up with whatever is thrown at me in order to fight for you’, Ed Miliband stated, whilst addressing an audience in, what many have suggested, a relaunch speech after a  particularly  dismal few weeks for the Labour leader.

As whispers from Westminster emerge of unrest and dissatisfaction amongst Labour MPs at his leadership, and polls suggesting just 13% of population believe he is ready to be Prime Minister, Miliband  delivered a passionate speech, urging us to believe he is on our side. In a clear and defiant manner, he stated that he, unlike the Tories, would represent the working people on zero hour contracts and affordable housing, would stand up to the banks and energy companies and would tackle immigration ‘fairly’.

Representing the working people is something that the Labour party have always stated they stand for. However, 1 sneering photograph by Labour MP Emily Thornberry this week, has put a rather large spanner in the works of a party in deep trouble. A sneer at the working class from Thornberry, has seen her resign, with many reports suggesting Miliband was absolutely furious - and so he should be. If he isn't already struggling to gain people's confidence in his abilities - with his 'relaunch' speech  a tell tale sign of a man desperate to reconnect with the working people -  the last thing he needs is to now be fighting for the votes of the people that the Labour party have always relied on - the working class. 

Fairness was something that the leader of the Labour party focussed on during his speech, as he told us he wants to become Prime Minister to change a ‘deeply unequal, deeply unfair’ country. It is a deeply unequal country isn't it, especially as the people running it are privately educated and upper class, without a clue of what it is really like to struggle, what it’s like to scrimp together enough money to put food on the table. As Miliband continually urges he is here to stand up for the working class, does he actually have any idea who they are and what it’s like? Is this why so many people are unconvinced he is the right man to lead the opposition party? For at least the Tories admit they haven’t got a clue…

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It is set to be one of closest general elections that there has perhaps ever been, with all 3 of the mainstream political parties in some kind of turmoil. Tory MPs are jumping ship to UKIP as if it’s sinking faster than the Titanic, the Labour leader is as popular as the infamous Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg has about as much chance as becoming Prime Minster as Russell Brand. It’s going to be a tightly fought battle, with perhaps just a defiant speech or popular policy, able to clinch the leadership.

The Labour party have serious problems that they must try to patch up and mend, with less than 6 months until the general election. Miliband has a lot of convincing to do, in order to assure people he is the man to lead our country but surely first, he needs to be honest with himself and with his peers, at exactly why the concern regarding his leadership has grown so significantly. After all, as the saying goes, ‘there’s no smoke without fire’ and is there anyone out there who CANNOT eat a BACON BUTTY properly apart from him? Is this just the media creating another pantomime villain or do the public still see him as the guy who stabbed his brother in the back, in order to fulfil his own ambitious dreams?

He says he’ll fight for ‘us’, he won’t give up or cry or anything. He has belief in himself and what he is doing.

But is he the only one that does?

Charlotte x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

what i'm reading..

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, cosy nights in with a cup of tea and a huge bar of chocolate, along with a good book, are the way forward.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan - I've heard so much about this book and the heartbreaking story that is behind it being created/published. Just 5 days after graduating from Yale in 2012, Marina Keegan died in a car crash, and so in memory of her, Marina's family put together a collection of her essays and stories, both published and unpublished. After all the rave reviews surrounding this book, I can't wait to read it for myself!

These Days Are Ours - Michelle Hainoff - Having just started this, it certainly isn't what I had in mind when I bought it however after reading a review in Company magazine(booo, am I the only one really missing Company?! Plz come back!) This endearing and easy read is about a group of rich 20 somethings, adjusting to life after the horrific 9/11 disaster - an ideal read to switch off your brain after a long day..

How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran - Just finished this and oh my gawd, I love this woman so much. I seriously think every girl should read this and the Lena Dunham book, SO good and shows that every single female out there should be a feminist, with it being nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about at all. Such a fantastic writer and such an brilliant book. Read it, read it!

What books have you been reading recently?

Charlotte x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Experience | Sandman Signature Hotel shopping event

The Sandman Signature Hotel in Newcastle is somewhere that I’ve heard about recently; with people commenting on just how modern and suave it looks. With a gorgeous ‘line’ of fire in the window, it’s been somewhere that has looked way out of budget for a student so when I was invited to a ‘Champagne and Cake’ bloggers event for the launch of fantastic new ‘shop til you drop’ stay package, I was really excited to have a nosey round!

The hotel has joined forces with well known shopping centre, INTU Eldon Square, to provide a winter shopping 'stay and shop tip you drop' package. For any shopping addict out there, it sounds pretty damn perfect, with it including a luxury stay with breakfast, an early check in and a very convenient late check out of 3pm - perfect for a relaxing day with the girls! As well as this, a fab goody bag is all yours, which includes L'Occitane beauty products, £20 Intu Eldon Square shopping voucher, £25 Love Niche voucher and a John Lewis shopping bag filled with vouchers, chocolates and a whole range of other exciting products! From £109, it would be the perfect present for your mum or even a group of girlfriends.

The gorgeously decorated hotel - which boasts a range of fantastic services for customers such as free hot drinks, free wifi and a Waitrose food shopping services - is just minutes from the city centre, as well as the infamous St James' Park football ground just a stones throw away over the road. Despite the close proximity to some of the city's best attractions, the hotel is a relaxing and comfortable space for guests to relax, and with one of the most popular bars in the city, The Shark Bar, right next door, it really is the best of both worlds!

It was so great to have been given the opportunity to have a nosey round the hotel and find out more about it(the glass of bubbly and cake wasn't bad either, mmm!) Thanks so much to Claire at Claire Barber PR for inviting me and to Sarah at the Sandman Signature hotel for showing us around.

For more information regarding the hotel and it's packages, visit 

Charlotte x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Monthly favourites

Before I start gabbling about things I've been loving this month, let's take a moment to appreciate my new blog design - I looove how simple and sleek it is and hopefully it will encourage me to post much more frequently!

1. ELLE magazine; Feminism issue - Technically this is the December edition but I've already made my way through this whacking edition and absolutely loved that it was full of such inspiring women, and men, who all fully support gender equality. Feminism and women's rights are something I feel really passionately about and the fact that such a successful magazine dedicated an entire edition to the topic is just amazing - and hopefully, a big step forward.

2. Estee Lauder double wear foundation - This is holy grail material. With just the smallest amount, it leaves a completely flawless finish, with no blemish, spot or dark circle on show. It does have a thick consistency and would not be ideal for those who like a natural look but for the winter especially, this full coverage foundation is just perfect. Even if you feel like an absolute zombie, at least with this little beauty, you won't look like one!

3. Muller Light greek style; coconut flavour - Holy shit, this is one of the best things I've ever tried.. If you like coconut, get your hands on this, especially as they're currently half price in most supermarkets!

4. Mug; from Paperchase - I have a slight problem when it comes to mugs(all the best saddest people do...). I really didn't need to buy a new one but I JUST NEED ALL THE MUGS ok, no judgement is welcome here.. No idea what it was about this one but I can't seem to leave Paperchase empty handed and without my bank account weeping, life..

What are your favourites of the month?

Charlotte x
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