Conservative Party Tells Theresa May: Just Go!

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has come under increasing pressure from her own party to resign, following her mishandling of Brexit.

Government ministers are currently holding talks with senior Labour Party members in a bid to thrash out a Brexit deal which would secure the support of MPs across the house, thus cutting out the need for Mrs May to rely on the support of Brexiteer Conservative MPs.

However, the move has angered the pro-Brexit right wing of her party, who have intensified their calls for her to set a clear leaving date.

Mrs May is due to attend a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs this evening, at which the need to set a clear date is likely to be put to her. Sir Graham Brady, chair of the Committee, has already requested “clarity” on her departure.

Leading Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash told the Press Association: “The time has come for her to resign. She needs to be given a date. The sooner the better. But it needs to be done in an orderly manner.”

Mrs May had previously pledged to quit if her Withdrawal Deal gains majority support in Parliament, but with the deadline for Brexit now pushed back to October, it is not clear what plans she has to go if the deal is not passed.

A landslide loss of council seats by the Conservative Party at last week’s local elections has further ratcheted up pressure on Mrs May. Party bosses were quietly touting a figure of 1000 losses as their nightmare scenario – but on the night they shed in excess of 1,300 seats.

The party is expecting similar losses in the upcoming European elections, due to be held on May 23rd. Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the 1922 Committee, has insisted Mrs May announce a “road map” for her resignation following the European elections.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told the Press Association: “I’m amazed she is still there.”

Meanwhile, grassroots Conservatives are planning to vote on a motion of no-confidence in Mrs May on June 15th.

Members of the National Conservative Convention will be asked to vote on a motion stating that “we no longer feel that Mrs May is the right person to continue as Prime Minister to lead us forward in the negotiations” and “therefore with great reluctance ask that she considers her position and resigns”, Conservative Home has reported.

The Battle Fought By Australia’s Soldiers During WW1

By Penny Hoffmann

Through statistics, technology, psychology, citizens reactions, and personal accounts, the reality of World War One is defined. It has been one hundred and four years since its beginning, and throughout those years the truth and of the war in general public conversation has been partially lost.

From April to July 1915, the number of people enlisting to fight in World War One increased exponentially. The monarchy was calling for unification, and patriotism was encouraged as seen in propaganda posters. Too many tried to enlist, thus many were turned back.

The first attempt of legalising conscription was narrowly defeated. Then, after July 1915, enlistment numbers dropped dramatically due to the large scale of casualties from war. This discouraged those initially wanting to enlist and there were less men able to fight because they had died.

Before repatriation, of the 331,000 who served overseas, 61,720 were killed and 155,000 were wounded. Of the 272,000 who returned, 170,000 suffered from wounds or illness from the war. 3,300 returned without arms of limbs.

Then, the second attempt of conscription occurred due to the number of casualties. Australia needed replacements, but conscription was defeated more than the first attempt. 70-80,000 soldiers received a full or part repatriation pension. Over 38,000 ex-servicemen died between 1918 and 1933, and right up to the Second World War, two to three ex-servicemen were dying every day. This is a byproduct of the unhygienic and highly stressful environment in the trenches as their feet were constantly wet, regular sighting of dead or dismembered bodies, the sound of their mates dying, and disease. There are 23,000 missing soldiers.

The war of 1917 resulted in the greatest technological and medical advancements to combat many types of wounds, but specifically head wounds. Because of how quickly someone can die from wounds to such a sensitive area, the medical team were located as close to the war-front as possible.

Teams were efficient with handling approximately twelve severe head wounds during twelve hours on duty that in total, two hundred and twenty to two hundred and fifty patients could be served a day. Confusion, signs of mental and physical exhaustion, acute fears, phobias, amnesia, tremor, deafness, speechlessness, visual defects and others were just some of the other issues the medical team dealt with.

The stressful war environment altered the soldiers for life and reprogrammed many into war machines, even during the repatriation process. Some were more dangerous than others to themselves or other people. Domestic violence, alcohol addictions, suicide or suicidal thoughts, shame, and labels were byproducts of the shift of environment from warzones to normal life, and many of these byproducts were due to the difficult healing process of the transition.

Consulting surgeon Sir William Arbuthnot Lane stated that “nothing was more painful than the sense of loneliness of those mutilated, since these deformities repelled even their wives and children. I understand that many, faced with the horror of the situation, committed suicide.”

An author states that “the peace following a war is worse than the war… when they returned to peace, as when they had gone to war, the soldiers were asked to adapt to accustomed ways. But the war had taught them a new system of values – mateship, the worth of the individual, courage, humor, straightforward action, generosity, determination, integrity and patriotism – which they could not easily apply to peace… it seemed to some that the war in Europe had created ‘a nation within a nation’ in the far antipodes”.

Those who suffered from head injuries and had facial reconstruction arguably felt worse when it came to social stigma; a face is where people look to for communication and feel attraction. Because of this, there were no mirrors in the medical rooms to prevent fainting.

Though not all soldiers faced the same level of difficulty adjusting to their new appearance.