So who am I? How do I identify myself? I guess first and foremost would be a British citizen. I love the United Kingdom and everything it stands for and looking forward to returning after fifteen years on the outside. I imagine home as a perfect place but that could be a form of naivety of looking into the glass house but not having to experience it first hand, only time will tell if it will live up to my expectations.
Second would come my profession, as a doctor I feel I have a different outlook on life than the average citizen possibly due to the close relationship we have with life and death on a daily basis. One of the reasons I’m so proud to be British is the NHS which many back home take for granted, but having experienced the health care profession in two continents it’s something I hold very dear. The feeling of explaining to a patient the cost of his treatment and seeing him mentally calculate how it will fundamentally affect his life and his dependants is not an experience I would wish on any individual. Free Healthcare is not a fundamental right for the majority of the world's population and we should cherish our system. Not that it is without flaws and in need of change from time to time but the idea that every person no matter their nationality, colour, religion or any other distinguishing feature has the right to free treatment is a principle at the very heart of British society and one that I hope will never be compromised no matter the circumstances.
Thirdly I guess I would identify myself based on my political beliefs. I would classify myself as liberal with centre-left ideals and a diehard labour party supporter. It was a disappointment not being able to vote in the last elections but having left the UK for 15 years I am ineligible to do so, something I hope to remedy very soon. Something else I need to remedy is my membership to the Labour party or lack of rather and will be one of the first things I do once moving back home along with a red rose bumper sticker to let the world know I'm Labour and proud.
Lastly but not least, I would identify with my religion. I am a practicing Muslim but will not get into what branch, sect or group as frankly it’s no one's business. For me religion is a connection with you and God and everything else is irrelevant. You do not answer to your friends, family or even religious clerics you answer only to a higher being for judgment. I have no intentions to discuss my religion or anyone else’s for that matter in this blog, unless it's to discuss an injustice acted upon any one group.
All that being said why and what am I exactly blogging about? I guess it’s to get my message and ideas out there to the world, everyone invariably believes their opinion is the correct one and everyone else is a moron and I probably suffer from the same delusions. Of course there is the thought in the back of my mind of becoming a celebrity and earning six figure salary from typing thoughts onto the Internet. What I plan to say is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, no topic is taboo. Generally a lot of what I do type here will go along the lines with how I identify myself with a special emphasis on all things British and world politics.