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So I haven’t blogged in over a month. Tut tut. My excuse: Final year university. Crunch time and this first semester has been intense. I actually wake up and fall asleep thinking of new ideas for different projects.

Anyway, I’m diverting and the main point of this post is to introduce you to a charity by the name of The Forgiveness Project. A collection of stories, the Forgiveness Project helps both victims and perpetrators of crime. Giving them the platform to express their feelings, it quickly becomes clear that both need help. Both require time and patience to re-integrate with society. The Forgiveness Project gives them this canvas and now has a collection of stories.

I discovered them through a workshop entitled ‘What is Forgiveness?’ Primarily I was attending for research purposes but I soon found myself in deep waters. These issues affect us all. Not just the few direct characters. I realised the press, in enhance, publish the front cover of a story. Though the inside, is often left untouched, it holds emotions, memories, experiences, motives and much more.

With one story, I actually scared myself. I believe a girl who planned and paid for the murder of her husband is innocent and shouldn’t be serving a life sentence. It’s surreal feeling and from reading her story, I’m sure it will pull on some of your strings too.

Uncovering more stories found by the Forgiveness Projects was an emotional experience and really opened my eyes. My definition of justice has now transformed. To what, I’m not yet sure, but it has changed.

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So I’m supposed to be working on my Structure of Government essay at the moment, but just came across a story which some what angered me.

So I thought it was only fair to share it with you, and perhaps get a few different opinions.

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Boris wants to change laws. He wants to make it legal for cyclists to pass through red lights.

The mayor has written of the department of Transport, key word being TRANSPORT, saying we should scrap the £30 fine and let cyclists go through red lights at junctions.

Now to me, this seems like a very silly idea. Cycles are a mode of transport and should follow the general Highway Code. Changing rules here and there will only confuse drivers and pedestrians creating more dangers scenarios and a higher risk of accidents.

As a pedestrian there are some crossings, including zebra crossings where I’m scared that if I’m not going to get hit by a car, then a cyclist will hit me. Can you imagine what the new rules will do?

Now I understand that accidents can never be blamed on a single individual but I feel that existing rules and regulation need to be made clearer to ensure a safer environment.

Perhaps Boris should focus his attention on making more cycle lanes in Central London, making cyclists feel integrated in traffic. This way it will clear for drivers and give cyclists their own space.

Sorry Boris, but this is a bad idea.

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