Ah….here it is …click below to see a copy of the bogus leaflet I mentioned …the language and tone playing right into the hands of those who are dominated by fear …creating division which is the very antithesis of what Jo OR Tracy are about …and ok yes ..they advocated to ‘remain’ in the UK referendum on Europe ..as did 48% of the population myself included …the referendum had remain and leave voters across the political spectrum…Jo and Tracy were/are about healing divisions and bringing folk together ….local politicians doing their best for the area and all it’s members ….hopefully
Well …..in and among the usual this week I have also been one of those irritating callers canvassing on behalf of a political party ….yes I joined an eclectic but very nice bunch of people giving up their evenings for the cause:D:D:D
It IS a cause worth it tho under the circumstances …..no’one expected or wanted a local bi-election at this time ….we tragically lost a remarkable MP which has left many in the community reeling with shock and overwhelming sadness BUT fortunately there is another very suitable and able candidate stepping up
SO …to the phones it was ….but get this …I took one call to a chap who said…. ‘Well I’m not voting for YOU lot after THAT leaflet’ …..which puzzled me as I’ve been leafleting also …nothing untoward about the leaflets I thought …just a little about the candidate, her views on priorities in the area and an e’mail address for folk to contact if they so wished.
As I was talking to this chap tho, one of my colleagues opposite started waving his arms to attract my attention saying there was a bogus leaflet going round ….I relayed this to the chap I was speaking to and put my colleague on to explain further and see if he could get any additional information.
Afterwards he told me they had been informed earlier in the day that a leaflet was being posted around the district, alleging to be from the Labour Party and being inflammatory in content and tone.
‘SICK’ was my response, as I’m sure you will agree ….not only had our MP ( and I cannot overestimate her qualities as both a person and future political figure) been murdered BUT someone …..presumably one of the other 9 contestants, had gone to the trouble of printing fake leaflets to undermine her successor and the party as a whole
The other mainstream UK political parties have stood back and not contested the seat in a wonderful gesture of respect for Jo and the special circumstances …but THIS!!!??
It was on reading that the new candidate Tracy had 9 fringe groups ( some particularly nasty ones) putting up people for election that I decided to help out …didn’t expect anyone would stoop SO low though.
ANYWAY ….on the whole the telephone canvassing has proved a positive experience …I ( and others) have even managed to persuade Tory voters to vote for Tracy in the bi-election on the 20th October.
So I’m feeling heartened …which I must confess I wasn’t after leafleting the other weekend ….I also witnessed and broke up a fight between 2 groups of lads on Tuesday …broad daylight at the side of a busy road near the college about 12 around Matts age 2 of them REALLY going at each other whilst the rest looked on …and yes the group was split on racial lines ..one group Asian and the other white …it took me back to behaviour of football hooligans when I was a kid …I swear I haven’t seen stuff like this for YEARS and thought all that was history and we had all moved on
However …despite all this I DO remain heartened …we are SO lucky to have another really strong candidate ..
Oh …and apparantly Jezza himself has been in town today …missed him tho as too buzy ..never mind perhaps it’s just as well ….wouldn’t want to behave like a sycophantic teenager with a pop idol :D:D:D …..no …no …just kidding
Anyway fingers crossed and watch this space:)
Now you may remember I posted a link to good ole Marvins 1972 track of the same name last Sunday ….if you didn’t listen do so …it’s a beautiful track and maybe even more pertinant ….sadly ….today
But things kind of ‘evolve’ over time don’t they? …..There is usually some kind of catalyst that kicks off a chain reaction that maybe only becomes apparant after the event ..BUT thanks to today’s technology things seem to be gathering pace …people are maybe better ‘informed’ …..or can be if they look beneath the veneer of what they are being served:)
SO …it just so happens that on Fri …The 17th Conference in memory of Steve Beko took place in South Africa …for those who don’t know …Steve was a student and antipartheid campaigner …whose imprisonment kicked off the mass movement which became unstoppable …leading to the fall of apartheid ….black people given the vote …full democracy AT LAST ( and it’s not THAT long ago)
It’s really sad isn’t it …because …maybe I’m naive …but certainly up untill the war on Iraq …it felt here as tho things WERE changing for the better in terms of race relations and Britain becoming a multicultural society ….a kind of blending …a slooooooooow process admittedly….
Anyway ….what I think started a backward change here was the HUGE protests against the war on Iraq which were ignored by our prime minister …as Mr Blair went scurrying off after Ole Dubya as he appeared to IMEDIATELY stick on his cowboy hat and hype up the war talk within HOURS of the twin towers attack in New York
Now I’m not belittling that attack in ANY way …it was a gross atrocity that killed thousands of innocent people ….but we STILL don’t know who was behind that attack …the US and UK going to war was based on Iraq having weapons of mass destruction which turned out not to be the case ….but too late …Dubya an arrogant man who had never travelled beyond US borders before ignored the UN ….declaring WAR …and Blair ……against most people at the time’s wishes …threw us all in too …causing great tension in communities here and possibly …probably …increased radicalisation of some British Muslims.
The Blair Labour Goverment proved to be a bit of a disappointment really ….yes most of us accepted the Labour Party needed to change to get elected way back in 1997 ….become more ‘press and big business savvy’ but it ended up being not too dissimilar to the Tory’s
Of course we all remember the Global Financial Markets going into free fall in 2008 …when corruption at the great Leaman Brothers bank was exposed …..and ping …ping ….ping …the dots were joined and the whole capitalist system exposed as a house of cards …a numbers game …which employed people to work in a corporate vacuum …a dog eat dog world …a game of monopoly where the winner takes all because they DESERVE it …’Buggar the rest ..as who gives a shit ANYWAY?’
All this was JUST before Obama became president of the US ….a moment of joy that resonated around the world ….here was a man of integrity …not a businessman but someone who was well educated …had been a public servant in downtown Chicago ….the Americans saw him as Black ….in this household he was seen as a product of the future …his heritage drawing things together ….Black African Father of Muslim background ….White American Mother of Chritian background …and brought up in Hawaii where its a RIGHT mixed bunch:D:D:D
For a moment it seemed something NEW was going to happen ….the banks held to account and a more considered …even approach to world affairs
Now I personally STILL love Obama …I think he did his best under the circumstances …and let’s face it he has to be the ‘coolest’ world leader there has EVER been …plus he and Michelle seem solid as a rock ….been thro thick and thin ….an example to us all ….BUT ….I think what has come to light now is that ‘democracy’ is a sham ….it is the Global Corporate Elite who hold the power …the banks and large financial/business institutions have come out of all this unscathed and it is us ordinary people AROUND THE WORLD who are suffering …..in the richer countries like the US and UK whole areas are being desimated …..investment to maintain infrastructures like health, education, housing and transport being ‘cut’ and businesses folding or pulling out of the poorer areas ….you might argue that even some whole countries are being held to ransom ….
Remember Venezuala anyone?
Yep ….that country in South America that produced all those wonderful and dynamic musicians ….yes it is still on the map if you would care to look ….although you may be forgiven for not thinking so
So here we are …..we’ve had the recent referendum on European membership here in the UK ….the result being to pull out and draw up the drawbridge ( by a whisker of a majority 52% v 48%) this has caused rifts in communities with increases in racist crime …not to mention the murder of a local MP and upcoming politician who had the potential to be a great reforming figure on the world stage ( I for one am STILL struggling with this)
And across the pond ..as they say …we have an ABSOLUTE madman ( and uber rich one) who is blatantly stirring things up!!!
And as for the Saudi’s? ……god knows what part they are playing ….the paranoid Chinese and Russian governments too …WHAT A MESS!!!
I tell you it’s a good job I meditated with Mr Modi this morning ….ok ….NO’ONE is perfect but you can usually ‘trust’ a yoga practitioner …..at least you can usually have a TWO way conversation with one
ANYWAY ….back to my initial reference …I suppose to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the US during the 60’s
RiGHT NOW we seem to be moving backward on ALL fronts don’t we? ….with all the rifts going on in the US and the shooting of 2 innocent boys we now have the ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ movement
Also on Friday there was the 17th annual Steve Beko memorial lecture in South Africa ….the guest speaker being Angela Davis who was a leading figure in the ORIGINAL Civil Rights movement in the US …I would urge anyone looking in to watch this speech in its ENTIRETY and really LISTEN ( it starts about 1/4 way thro the film …but you can sit thro all the intro’s if you want)
As I was listening it took me back to Youbi in Nigeria’s post earlier this year ..where the students had been peacefully protesting about student fee hikes …one of her friends got shot …the crowd dispersed and the college closed down for a month
My mind then went to the student protests in Venezuela which again started peacefully …turned violent and led to the total communication shut down
Zip …Zip …back to the Arab Spring of 2012
Zip …Zip …Zip to the student protests here in the UK and the ‘Occupy movent’
The thing is …as Angela says in her speech …yes things seem to have gone backward in terms of ‘Black Lives’just now …we don’t want to loose the momentum since the Black Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s ….not let it be blurred
RIGHT at this moment tho …’freedom’ is being dictated by a Capitalist Elite on Racial, Class and Gender lines …a very rich and minority ‘elite’ dictating to the majority and CREATING division and a culture of fear
As I said in one of my previous posts …you don’t have to be female to support feminism …feminists are NOT anti men nor do we want to BE men …it’s about equalising the balance
Therefore you don’t have to be black to support ‘Black lives matter’ …it’s about resetting the ‘balance’ from the historical ( and current) white supremacy model ….there IS recognition that white folk in poor areas are ALSO being treated as badly
It’s interesting that Angela states that ‘Education should NOT be a commodity’ …and that is ABSOLUTELY true ….what constitutes ‘education’ tho? …………Maybe we ALL need to wake up and shake up ….find ‘time’ to sift thro the crap to find that which is important …it CANNOT be ‘business as usual’ ….
WE are not ‘commodities’ either ..to be bought, sold or left to flounder …rubbed off the map
To quote AGAIN the wonderful if very brief Labour MP from MY home area … ‘We have more in common than that which divides us’
Sometimes we get crushes on folk we KNOW we just shouldn’t right? ……we kind of can’t help it :D:D …..and Ok when he’s having a harmless bit of fun chairing ‘Have I Got News For You’ it’s one thing
And it has to be said that the 2012 Olympic Games DID lift the countries spirits …..(the Olympic torch LITERALLY covered almost every inch of the British Isles and was even carried past the end of our street!!!! PLUS the opening ceremony when watched in its entirety was ….was….I don’t know how the rest of the world viewed it but we were open mouthed and thought it FABULOUS!!! …AND it all apparantly came in well under budget showing it’s not about how much you spend when laying on a good party ( and OK it cost something like £300 million ….but that’s pretty good by ‘Olympic’ standards I understand)
The clip below OF the opening ceremony is for posterity for my grandchildren ( do blogs last that long I wonder? ……will WE last that long I wonder….ANYWAY) I wouldn’t expect anyone else to watch as it IS long:D:D:D
BUT for Boris to be given serious responsibility in parliament, playing on the world stage???? I tell you folks it’s going to be VERY entertaining if nothing else ….and actually lets NOT reign in his character …let Boris be Boris …..it will liven up any boring old international meetings for sure:D:D:D
Oh and don’t worry ….there’s always JC still stoically hanging on in there having been betrayed by the disciples, now carrying the cross all alone and being ridiculed ( as ever)……and yes I STILL have a crush on HIM ……folk just don’t ‘get’ him and what he is about ( oh THAT old chestnut :D:D )
And yes …yes …am well aware that there are bombings and shootings and atrocities going on ALLOVER the place
BUT ……you know what? …..For now I’m just going to put my feet up on the coffee table …chill back with hands clasped behind my head and continue my current bemusement with it all …… at least I’m not in any kind of position where I can do any damage:D:D:D
Day 8 of the detox
Here is a REMARKABLE woman ……one that I WISH could have been around MUCH longer ….she had only just got started in terms of meeting her potential ….she really COULD have been a world leader …… in her short time as an MP here in her home area she was ALREADY making her mark …..I hope people from around the world look at and remember her beautiful face …..she could have been a ‘celebrity’ with such a face and such charisma but NO she was FAR from ‘manufactured’ …..in no’ones pocket …a woman of great intellect and compassion yet down to earth ….walked the walk as well as talked the talk …..authentic and sincere …lived on a boat on the Thames with her family (Well c’mon …are you aware of the rent costs in London?) ….let her life be a TRUE inspiration.
And maybe ‘education’ is the key ….the generation coming up are ready for a New Wave of Politics around the world I feel …they’re FAR from stupid …they’re ‘global citizens’ see beyond narrow minded boundaries …thanks to technology they don’t even HAVE to physically travel …..although it’s always healthy to and emmerse in the culture whilst doing so if given the opportunity ….but even if they can’t … they’re still’connected’ …depends how they CHOOSE to use it ….yep you have to get on with your life wherever you are but also keep your eye on the bigger picture …….we function on a day to day basis on the little patch of this earth we find ourselves on but are also very much part of the interrelating WHOLE …..mutual respect and collaboration ……. keep moving in a sustaining and sustainable direction …one that carries with it ALL of us as human beings and the welfare of the planet at large hopefully
Jo Cox …tiny in stature but HUGE in terms of what she did and stood for..one of the worlds GREATEST women that we had but STARTED getting to know ……RESPECT:)
Because this afternoon when driving to pick up Sam heard on local radio that one of our local MPs Jo Cox had been shot outside one of her constituency offices and was in critical condition.
Now Jo wasn’t just any old MP …..actually I shouldn’t say that …..restart …..OK …..Jo was a local girl who was the first one of her family to go to ‘grammar school’ and then University …..and not any old University ……maybe I shouldn’t say that either but what the hell …..no ….she went to CAMBRIDGE university ….TOP LEAGUE ….and then came back ……….not untill she’d done loads of other stuff including travelling various parts of the world working for Oxfam etc …..but no …she recognised …that with the privelage of her education and experiences the best way to make a difference was to get into politics ….she KNEW the challenges facing this area and others like it and came back to try to do something about it
Now I didn’t know her personally ….had spoken to her on the phone a couple of times and thought YES!!! …..and I was aware of the reputation she was gathering which was ALL good!!!
And now the boys are in bed and have just heard the news and she has DIED!!! ….and am GUTTED!!! ….and I can’t stop crying which probably sounds ridiculous …because I am …ridiculous ….BUT I REALLY feel we have lost one of the good guys ….a rising star that was SURELY sending out sparkles but has not had chance to shine …not fully anyway …JO COX IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT POLITICS SHOULD BE ABOUT!!! …..it’s not about power and status for the sake of it ….that power and status is placed on the shoulders of politicians by US ….it’s called DEMOCRACY not an old boy network ….or a network of dictators corporate or religious …..those days are OVER ……….and if you ask me Jo represented a NEW WAVE OF POLITICS!!! ….working locally but with a nod to the global and the bigger issues facing us ALL today ….and she hasn’t been given a chance!!!
Blimey ..she’s only been an MP a year!!!
I understand that the guy who shot her is a 52 year old white male ….my guess is he’s one of the few bigots that still exist who is not happy with change ……….probably living in fear and self loathing ….maybe not too dissimilar to the guy who carried out the shootings in the US ….hate is hate ….tragedy is tragedy ….and I might be being a little over emotional here ..but to me the death of Jo Cox has in effect wiped out a potential future Prime Minister who would have done things VERY differently to the status quo
When I have said governments, corporations and world leaders should maybe take a good hard look at themselves …they should then take a good hard look at Jo Cox and what she stood for!!!
And if I sound bloody righteous I don’t give a SHIT!!!
And in and among all this …yes …in and among …she was just a normal working mum getting on with her day ……and NOW there is a guy left widowed with 2 little kids to support ….how the HELL is he dealing with this right now I wonder?
ANYWAY ….need to sleep as its a school day tomorrow …..
and have just tried uploading to WordPress some really lovely pictures of her and they haven’t uploaded….am all cried out and feel GUTTED!!!