Once more into the breech dear friends, Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country, Never in the field of human politics have so many been betrayed so deeply by so few… (…I’ll return to this phrase)
OK so I paraphrased one of these quotes.
We’ve got a General Election happening in 7 weeks, a mere 4 weeks after the Local Authority/Council elections, Whoop-de-f’n-do. I’m scunnered at the games being played by Theresa May and the Tory party. Let’s just remember that it is they – and only they – who created the whole messy environment of Brexit. They chose to use the country as a plaything to try and fix the problems within their party. And they are still doing it. I guess when you are a multi-millionaire, which all members of the Tory Goverment are, real world problems like benefit sanctions and state snooping don’t exist in the reality you live in. So you play games and the rest of country is of no consequence to you at all.
Going back to the point of this post – it’s to encourage the one or two people who read this blog to do something. To go and join a party. But don’t just join. Don’t just salve your conscience by bunging a tenner to the SNP (other parties are available). Step away from the keyboard. Go along to branch meetings, get involved. Actions speak far louder than words. And right now, your country needs actions. Like never before (in my lifetime). Help your chosen party. Deliver leaflets, take your turn on street stalls, write to newspapers, hell, even go on protest marches (I’m about to do that for the first time in my life…)
I’ve always been a supporter of Scottish independence, so it’s natural that I should be a long time members of the SNP isn’t it? Well I’m not. I joined the SNP the day Jo Cox MP was murdered. Something, for me, changed that day. A family lost it’s mum, a husband lost his wife, because of what she believed in and the job she was doing. So I joined the SNP on Thursday 16th June 2016. I joined the SNP because no other party is likely to be able to deliver the goal I fundamentally believe in – that Scotland can easily be a successful, fair and just independent state. Something about her being murdered made me believe it was time to stand up and be counted and be active. Once independence is achieved, then <shrugs> I’ll look around at the parties in the newly restored independent Scotland and join one of them. Or perhaps not join any. I don’t think the SNP are perfect. Far from it. In Nicola Sturgeon they’ve got possibly the best politician on this island, but this party ain’t perfect. Not yet……… But they’ve got the same goal running through them as I think is the only way to make the country I want to be living in. I’m too old to emigrate to Canada.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Yesterday’s roll of the dice by Theresa May was the opening move in her latest grand game. She doesn’t remotely care that she’s now doing something she promised not to do, that she’s, in effect, tearing up laws her party made. That there’s a valid degree of suspicion that she’s running away from potential criminal charges being placed against her party. Nope, none of these matter. She doesn’t care about “Now is not the time”. It’s a game, and th eonly objective is power. Purely that. My bet is that she’ll be gone and the Tories will have another leader within 12 months. Jacob Rees-Mogg? Just remember you read it here first….
So my feeling is that The Battle For Britain is on NOW. The result of the General Election in 7 weeks is going to shape the country for the next 10 years, probably far longer. the future of the NHS, of Education, of environmental regulations of human rights will be decided in the next 7 weeks.
So if you care at all about the country you live in, about the country your children are growing up in, your grandchildren are going to grow up in, get up off your chair and get involved. For me that means I have to do as much as I can to support the SNP. Your decisions may be different.
It used to be said that polite conversation should avoid politics, religion and sport. That was then, this is now. The most important change we could all make is to be openly talking about politics. It’s far too important to be not discussed.
The Battle For Britain is on NOW. What are you going to tell future generations you did during these short seven weeks?
Here’s a handy link 🙂