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June 10, 2017

Hope

Filed under: hope,politics — bitchontheblog @ 09:45
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This is what the Angel wrote on Thursday, the eve of the election, on the social media he uses. I feel compelled to publish this here for many reasons – most of which I’ll probably best keep to myself. Please do me, or rather the Angel  the courtesy to read this properly. Yes, you too, Cro. Don’t just skim it. This is written from the heart, from reason, on the spur of the moment, unadulterated. With hope in my heart, here goes the Angel (he is twenty five):

“It’s time to vote with hope, hope for a more equal and compassionate society – not a society which marches mindlessly to the drum of austerity and uses it as an excuse for endless cuts and heartlessness affecting the most vulnerable.

I want to vote for a country which isn’t the 2nd biggest arms dealer in the world funding terrorism and war through Saudi Arabia whilst claiming to promote peace. One which confronts the corporate elite and clamps down on corporate tax evasion, protects the NHS and doesn’t push people into poverty and 1 million people to foodbanks.

The tories would have you believe that this is the best we as a country are capable of and that all of the injustice and inequality is inevitable and can’t be helped. They’ll have you believe we should go forward without hoping for better, but without hope there is nothing. I believe regardless of what happens tomorrow the momentum and awareness Corbyn has gathered will only continue to grow stronger.

Cheers!”

 

U

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31 Comments »

  1. I think we all believe what he says, but then reality must kick-in. All this has to be paid for, and we all know the history of Socialist over spending. It has always taken Conservative ‘good housekeeping’ to repair their damage. This time Corbyn was promising just about everything to everyone, it doesn’t add up.

    And, by the way, the Labour party isn’t just Corbyn; it’s also Abbott, Tom Watson, Len McCluskey, et al. Would you really want that lot running the world’s fifth largest economy?

    Comment by Cro Magnon — June 10, 2017 @ 10:59 | Reply

    • Cro, I don’t know much about the names you mention. I don’t follow politics as closely as the Angel does.

      This was Corbyn’s “election”; he created a momentum and carried the moment. And, yes, I’d rather Keir Starmer do the EU talks than lap dogs Fox and Davies. Ably led by the loss leader Boris Johnson as foreign minister. Foreign being the operative world.

      You, like many others, mention that the UK are the world’s fifth largest economy. All the more reason for them to be able to balance the books in favour of those who do need a leg up. All the more reason to invest, like any good business does, in the future. Namely, our youngsters’ education. It’s pretty rich, don’t you think, for members of your generation who had it all for “free”, took Uni for granted, to now accuse the young of being “greedy”?

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 15:39 | Reply

      • I was listening to a radio discussion last night about why so many 18 to 15 year olds voted Labour. Most agreed that it was down to free university education, and most agreed that had Corbyn been elected, it probably would have been ‘side-lined’ due to lack of funds.

        Comment by Cro Magnon — June 12, 2017 @ 04:14 | Reply

        • 18 to 25 year olds. Not as written.

          Comment by Cro Magnon — June 12, 2017 @ 12:20 | Reply

        • The idea that youngsters turned out in droves and voted in order to secure “free” education is simplistic. Many (including my son and his friends) are way past university age. So that carrot was lost on them. Yet they still voted in favour of a less than dismal future. As to costing/financing: It’s not pie in the sky. Where there is a will there is a way. Why is it, and yes this does sound a bit basic and naive, that there is always money to, say, fund weapons and involve the country in wars that have nothing to do with the UK? Stoking flames when we should look after our home fires?

          And what of the promise, namely that EU citizen, having made life for themselves in the UK, were guaranteed to remain here? Doesn’t cost a penny. Sure would have swung me if only I were allowed to vote here.

          Talking of Britain heading for EU exit – and to show you that I am not uncritical. I found it very hard to swallow and didn’t like it one bit, indeed I was dead disappointed in Corbyn, when he used three line whip to give his MPs their marching orders. He, more or less, lost me there. Still, the good outweighs the questionable. Another issue I am not too happy with: Why did he rule out a progressive alliance from the word go? It shows admirable principle. But sometimes compromise is the only way forward. I shan’t comment on May now sidling with the DUP. It’s too painful – give me a stubbed toe instead.

          We’ll see, Cro. Main thing is to never lose perspective. Something you, as an artiste, will know better than most. Keep horizons open. You know, in some utopia of mine, I envisage politics as one of those old fashioned sweet shops where you could buy liquorice and a Bourbon (sweet) by the piece and the pennies in your paw. Mix and match – to your taste. Or maybe that’s anarchy – with a bad tummy afterwards.

          U

          Comment by bitchontheblog — June 13, 2017 @ 09:56 | Reply

  2. Ha, good old politics. Its amazing how there is a changing dynamic not just the UK, but all over the world. Upsets and political power swings.
    Greetings!

    Comment by blogoratti — June 10, 2017 @ 11:16 | Reply

    • Greetings back, Blogoratti. Your name reminds me of the not so appetizing image of Svengali. Nah, you ain’t no Svengali. For that you are too friendly.

      Yes, “good old politics”. The battle fields of history are littered with corpses (literally and metaphorically)..

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 16:22 | Reply

  3. On Friday I suddenly thought of so many of (not all) my teacher colleagues who used to offer sweeties to the children in their class. Didn’t make them any better teachers and the jar used to end up empty, eventually.

    I met an ex colleague in Sainsbury yesterday, school caretaker, ” I live in Islington and have been Labour all my working life. I remember Corbyn standing on the roof shouting support for the IRA murderers. I’m not going to worry about it today. It’s my Birthday.”

    Pesonally I used to have to deal with many of his type as a Student…..

    Mrs may, it has to be said and to use a vernacular, screwed up big time……silly woman.

    Comment by magpie11 — June 10, 2017 @ 11:48 | Reply

    • I don’t follow your “sweetie” analogy. Please do see my reply to Cro.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 15:41 | Reply

      • It’s simple really. Labour have always offered some sort of bribe to people and that is what they have done for young people(and others) this time. Don’t forget that they have also hinted that they will wipe out debts already accrued….

        By the way the £40,000 debt idea is interesting…. interstfree and only payable when you hit a certain level of pay and then repayments are taken at source and , as eldest points out, you don’t actually notice that it has gone……

        Comment by magpie11 — June 13, 2017 @ 20:06 | Reply

  4. Love the optimism of the young, and would love to see a new world dawning. It happened in part, a swing to the left and the conservatives are looking tacky (to those who could not see). Luckily the young are coming out and fighting for their future but it is a complicated old world.

    Comment by mullien — June 10, 2017 @ 11:49 | Reply

    • Yes, Mullien, my sentiment entirely. As you say “it is a complicated old world”. Always has been. Main thing is to not clip future generations’ wings before we have a chance to teach them how to fly.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 15:44 | Reply

  5. As a non Brit, it is best that I don’t add my two bits about the politics. For India, a stable UK is very important for more than one reason but the UK is changing very fast and quite where it will end up in the next five years is anybody’s guess.

    Comment by rummuser — June 10, 2017 @ 12:13 | Reply

    • If I hear the word “stable” one more time I’ll bolt.

      Of course, as you say, our world is such that we all depend on each other in varying degrees – even the insular (UK).

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 15:46 | Reply

  6. Over from Cro’s blog. Hope of course is what we expect from the young, I am so pleased to see young people engaging in politics for whatever reason. I also expect them to align themselves to “causes” as did the likes of Cro and I when we were students. When we were at college we didn’t have to think about leaving college with a £40,000 debt. My major concern was, could I afford the materials?(as my parents were working class folk in council housing, not middle class comfortably off home owners). The young people in my life are a credit to their parents and are our “hope” for the future. I suspect Angel (who is the same age as my grandson) would have been on the CND marches back in the day! Good Luck Angel. keep hoping and don’t let us old fogeys get you down!.

    Comment by frugalinderbyshire — June 10, 2017 @ 12:57 | Reply

    • Thank you, Frugal in Derbyshire, for your heartening comment. “Old fogeys” will not get the likes of the Angel “down”. That’s the beauty of the switched on young – their spirit soars. And with a bit of luck, even when age catches up with them as it will, rather than whither they’ll stay motivated to make the world a good place, rather than just resigning to a status quo.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 15:53 | Reply

  7. Interesting – it all sounds very similar to the tussle between Clinton and Bernie Sanders over here last year. Bernie motivated the young and they turned out in droves but ultimately cheating by the old guard stifled his campaign. The differences in our political systems allowed Corbyn to have a bigger impact. It will be interesting to watch the impact of the election unfold. Maybe not as entertaining in a scary movie kind of way like ours but interesting none the less.

    You have done right by the Angel – based upon this example he is a thoughtful, literate fellow stepping into the world with enthusiasm and hope.

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — June 10, 2017 @ 13:38 | Reply

    • Indeed, Chuck. You and the Angel could have many good exchanges of views if only the opportunity would present itself. I firmly believe in the exchange of thoughts between the young and the not so young. A mutual fertilizing exercise. As long as both sides keep their minds open and receptive. But then that is how I perceive you – open, perceptive, receptive.

      As an aside: I sometimes wonder what moment in time/when people cross the Jordan from being “young” and vilified by some of the old for they joy of life and hope of the future to joining the throng of the old and jaded.

      I ain’t no sitting duck,

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 16:04 | Reply

  8. It is a luxury for the young to imagine that “hope” can be realized through voting.

    Comment by Looney — June 10, 2017 @ 14:54 | Reply

    • Your reply surprises me. Luxury? What luxury? Hope can be realized in many ways. In the case of an election you express “hope” by voting for the future you envisage a party may offer.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 16:07 | Reply

      • A “Luxury” is something that gives you a form of hope that is usually followed by a let down shortly after receiving it. Exciting “Hope” is a perennial with politicians that rarely has a happy ending, thus the “Hope” is very much like a “Luxury”. What I don’t understand (actually I do understand) is how the young having just completed their education should not have learned that politicians are almost invariably a sorry lot who stir up the Hopes of a people only for the most self-serving of purposes and then throw the people to the wolves when they aren’t needed any more. Voting is simply the process of choosing the greatest evil. But perhaps it is mentally healthier for them to imagine that things aren’t so bad.

        Comment by Looney — June 11, 2017 @ 21:50 | Reply

        • Well, Looney. I think you need to make time for reading Plato.

          U

          Comment by bitchontheblog — June 13, 2017 @ 10:00 | Reply

          • But Plato was so negative! Since you asked for something classical, I will leave you with Polybius’ (203-120BC) and his shorter observation on how Democracy must end:

            “Aristocracy by its very nature degenerates into oligarchy, and when the populace rises in anger to avenge the injustices committed by its rules, democracy is born; then in due course, out of the license and lawlessness which are generated by this type of regime, mob rule comes into being and completes the cycle.” – The Rise of the Roman Empire, VI.4

            The other descriptions of what happens as Democracy commits suicide are rather rude and lengthier. History must repeat herself, so I am going to sit back and enjoy the ride!

            Comment by Looney — June 13, 2017 @ 13:01 | Reply

  9. My sentiments entirely. As for “where will the money come from?”, the UK is the fifth wealthiest country in the world and there’s plenty of money – it’s just being squirreled away by the millionaires and billionaires. And if there’s no extra money available for the NHS, how come we can afford a multi-billion pound nuclear power station (which we don’t need anyway because we have renewable energy).

    Comment by nick — June 10, 2017 @ 20:38 | Reply

    • Exactly, Nick. Please do see my reply to Cro where I pick up on “investment in the future”. And If the UK (as you say the fifth wealthiest country in the world ) isn’t able to offer “free” education to our youngsters (the future) then who can?

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 16:11 | Reply

  10. I love the hope beating in the brave wee chests of the young. As it beat in mine. Until the dawn of my cynical age when I woke up to the myth of democracy and the reality of the oligarchy.

    XO
    WWW

    Comment by wisewebwoman — June 10, 2017 @ 21:03 | Reply

    • Yes, WWW. That’s the painful part, the need to “wake up” to some realities. And, unfortunately, a lot of people in their dotage, even if they do have children who should keep them on their toes, have gone to snooze. Without having pressed the button to keep them alert at intervals.

      You strike me as someone who will need to be hit with a shovel to keep you six foot under. Your light flickers undiminished. Sure, as time marches on one may find oneself vaguely disillusioned; but that’s not the same as turning off the lights and settling for an arbitrary status quo.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 11, 2017 @ 16:18 | Reply

      • It’s very cynical to talk about the myth of democracy. Sure, there’s no such thing as pure democracy anywhere in the world, but there’s a big difference between tyrannical, repressive regimes where democracy is non-existent and more tolerant, supportive societies where the government listens to the people and tries to give them what they want and need. Which may not be paradise but surely is some sort of democracy.

        Comment by nick — June 12, 2017 @ 20:58 | Reply

        • Well said, Nick. Underwritten by yours truly. Can’t remember now who brought this to my attention the other day, well worth thinking about: Are we for supporting and building a solid society or are we just out to line already bulging individual pockets at bargain basement prices on the back of underlings? I’d say that is the difference between current Labour and current Conservatives. One endeavours to work for the good of the many; the others protect the few and themselves.

          Other than that: Let’s keep those stables free of excrement not fit to make manure.

          U

          Comment by bitchontheblog — June 13, 2017 @ 10:16 | Reply

          • The idea that it was actually Corbyn’s election always amuses me. Much more that he has been taken as a figurehead for this new version of Militant going by the name Momentum…….. herself asked the same question everytime she heard Corbyn or some other lefty spokesperson make a new expensive promise: “Where is the money coming from?”

            I too hear the constant cry that we have the 5th largest economy in the world and I find myself wondering where that idea comes from. Especially as I saw a list if economies in order of size last week and the UK was number 13 for some reason.

            My generation was indeed lucky to have grants and the like…. not that it went very far, even back in the 1960s…… the student body back then was a lot smaller than today and to keep my self clothed and fed and to pay my keep I had to work every vacation… my oldest friend’s children, living in Canada, have had to work their way through University, three of them by lecturing at their own university as well as waiting tables. When I first saw this, back in the mid 90s, I realised that it would not be too long before a simialr syatem could well be in place int he UK.

            One thing that I do find interesting is that, since about 1968, when I read Jones and Barnes, Britain on Borrowed Time, I have espoused the German(and Swiss and Belgian) attitude to the education of workers, engneers and so on. For too long in the UK we have assumed that the only education worthy of the name is academic….. the interesting thing is that “experts” (British experts) are now looking to the German system as an example to be followed…. I cannot help but feel that it will go the way of the worship of Scandinavian Priamry education… If it does then we will have let future generations of young people down.

            I agree that we should be able to balance the books…. unfortunately Labour always promise too many sweeties and eventually the jar is found to be empty…. and so to fill it up again it goes and borrows or buys the sweeties on the “never never”.

            Comment by magpie11 — June 13, 2017 @ 20:00 | Reply

  11. Sometimes I become so despairing of humanity that I start to think nobody cares about anything or anyone but themselves. It is heartening to see such an impassioned and unselfish call to altruism and hope.
    Congratulations on raising such a person, Ursula.

    Comment by kylie — June 14, 2017 @ 12:42 | Reply


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