20-year-old Member of Parliament Mhairi Black attacks benefit cuts in first speech.
After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing.
By Libby Brooks

Mhairi Black, the youngest person to be elected to parliament since at least the 19th century, used a barnstorming first speech in the House of Commons to mount a withering attack on the chancellor for cutting housing benefit to young people.

To laughter in the Commons, Black declared that she was the only 20-year-old in the country whom George Osborne was helping with her housing bill.

“My housing [in London] is subsidised by the state … but in this budget the chancellor abolished any housing benefit for anyone under the age of 21,” she said. “We are now in the ridiculous situation whereby, because I am an MP, not only am I the youngest, but I am also the only 20-year-old in the whole of the UK who the chancellor is prepared to help with housing.”

“Food banks are not part of the welfare state, they are a symbol that the welfare state is failing.” THIS SPEECH IS DAMN GOOD.

a quick guide to stick and pokes

  • a pen
  • ink - india ink will be the best for stick and poking
  • an ink basin - i’ve used the top of an empty pill bottle but just about anything will work to hold the ink. change the ink for each new person.
  • needle(s) - i’ve had the most success with individually packaged tattoo needles because they are the most sterile and you don’t need to wrap them in thread because they hold the ink in the needle part. You can buy them on Amazon or something. whatever you do, DO NOT SHARE NEEDLES
  • gloves - to make sure you don’t get random hand germs in your tat.
  • rubbing alcohol - to clean your stick and poke and to wipe the ink, water will also work during the poking process
  • cotton balls - what you put the rubbing alcohol on
  • bandage - make sure to clean the tattoo before you bandage it. band aids are great (especially the avengers ones)
  • unscented ointment - apply every day after your stick and poke is finished, but only once a day. more can make it fade faster. i also read that neosporin can draw out the ink, but i’m not sure on that.

when you start, you want to disinfect the skin with rubbing alcohol, wait until it dries, and then draw your design with a pen. if you don’t like how it turns out, you can rub some rubbing alcohol on it and it’ll come right off and you can start again. you want to make sure you like your design because it is permanent. remember that stick and pokes hurt more than getting tattoos professionally done, and some places will hurt like a bitch. the one on the inside of my foot hurt really really badly but the ones on my ribcage and hip didn’t hurt too badly. also remember that places that are exposed to the sun or are rubbed on more will fade more quickly. my feet tattoos are practically gone because of shoes but my other two are still looking brand new. now you’re ready to start poking. do a quick outline around all the lines before you wipe the ink off for the first time (you can wipe with water or alcohol). this way you will be able to see the original design while going over the lines again. you want to poke until your needle enters the top part of the skin. it’s almost like it’s popping. don’t go too deep. go over the lines a few times until you get the look that you’re going for, then sanitize and bandaid. after a few hours you can take the bandaid off. Moisture can breed bacteria so don’t keep it covered and let it breathe. don’t submerge your tattoo in water for a few days until it seems more or less healed. that means no baths or swimming in the pool. short showers are ok. i generally put on some ointment right after i got out of the shower every day. there you go! you have your new stick and poke tattoo! be sure to watch out for signs of infection and if you suspect one, go to a doctor immediately! good luck and be safe.


Mhairi Black: SNP MP’s maiden speech in full

“I am the only 20 year old in the UK that the Chancellor is prepared to help with housing.”

  • me:uses sewing needles and dodgy indian ink, never properly sterilizes anything, does my tattoos with no reference or outline, tattoos myself sitting on my bed in the dark, wipes excess ink off with dirty washcloth, never moisturizes tattoos, always touches healing tattoos, pokes either too shallow or way too deep
  • also me:keep your stick and pokes clean guys! makes sure to always use tattoo needles and ink! hit it with some unscented lotion multiple times a day :) id recommend getting a proper tattoo topical ointment! stay safe and have fun :)

Ah, the Daily Mail and it’s never ending bashing of the SNP. So, one of our countries top breast cancer surgeons covered five days over the Christmas period when a colleague was ill. Where is the problem here? Her patients needed medical surgery and she provided it. Should she not be paid for working five days over Christmas? Let’s say the Daily Mail’s printers went down over Christmas… (personally, I’d laugh and wish that they’d never get printed again) and they have to call out someone with some kind of technical expertise. It’s the holidays, of course they’re going to have to pay more to get that service.

But that’s not really the issue here. It’s the Daily Mail. A despicable, horrible newspaper that

  1. had an owner who was good friends with Hitler. (Source: Rothermere said Hitler’s work was superhuman).
  2. has a rather disturbing interest in young girls. (Source: “all grown up”)

I’m so glad that we live in this age of digital and social media, where articles like this can be discussed and disproved.

Remember, if you are hated by the Daily Mail, there’s a good chance that you’re doing something right with your life.