Those who know me will have noticed that until very recently I rarely made overtly political statements on social media and my Facebook feed was focused on, shall we say, thought-provoking snippets and tidbits.
However, the very act of living and learning in the world is political and in personal conversations issues of government, media-bias and concern over the state of the world and humanity were never avoided. The recent elections in the UK have brought into focus that we need to discuss, debate and so allow our voices to be heard.
The Brexit Campaign last year was a campaign of rhetoric with very little real debate and information from any party. Ok, so hard facts were by the nature of the issue, going to be lacking but the ‘fear’ based dis-information that we were presented with split the country almost in half. The will of the people was taken by all of the parties and of course, the arguments have been about “how” this divorce from Europe would occur.
This year’s General Election was not that much better…
Labour presented a Manifesto of ‘Hope’ and the hubris of the Conservative party led to a manifesto of … well not that much really. The calling of the election was, as far as I can see, a cynical gamble based upon opinion poll positions. Think about it, the challenge of running an election
The calling of the election was, as far as I can see, a cynical gamble based upon opinion poll positions. Think about it, the challenge of running an election campaign, forming a new cabinet whilst the conversation should have been on the ‘how’ of Brexit did not make that much sense. Ok, you want the election to get a better mandate, then don’t trigger Article 50.
Ok, you want the election to get a better mandate, then don’t trigger Article 50.
As it turns out Article 50 was triggered, a schedule proposed and then, if that wasn’t enough ‘a general election was called’. Was it needed?
Well in some ways it’s good it was called, as now we have a genuine opposition party – one whose politics are clearly of a different colour and shape. Now there are discussions to be had – real discussions about Human/Society issues. Hopefully no more hiding behind personal attacks on the way a politician dresses, but upon the ‘cut of their jib’ in terms of policies, ambitions and aspirations.
Be honest we all know that political manifestoes are about ambitions that often need to be revised in the light of the ebb and flow of world economics. It is, however, the degree of transparency about the required changes in the promises that become important. How many of us have made plans, set goals and then found that we have had to modify them as we move forward?
The point is the ‘intention’ behind our plans and how we value and work towards those goals.
So why vocal now …
Well, there does come a point when if you simply talk about change and do not engage in a broader conversation then it can seem more than a little disingenuous.
To adapt Edmund Burke, “for disharmony to prosper all that is required is for the choir to keep silent.”