Well, look at that news. If you have been living under an apathetic rock for the last couple of days you will undoubtedly have noticed a tonal shift in UK politics.
Far right, anti-immigration, anti-EU, super-Torys UKIP made massive gains, at the expense of the already pretty rightwing Tory Government and mostly as a cost to the disenfranchised Liberal Democrats. I can’t say I’m surprised. Driving North a few weeks back there were UKIP posters lining the roads, UKIP billboards placed in the most multicultural of areas, begging for defacement and almost a constant chant of Farrage, Farrage, Farrage from all points of the media.
A protest vote.
A protest against what exactly? I’m not sure I understand. As what someone described me as, a ‘bleeding heart liberal’ (note the small ‘L’), I am struggling to see what people are rallying against, other than throwing up a large banner to say ‘No Foreigners’.
The world is a changing place, changing faster than many of us can comprehend. I struggle with it too. The weather is changing, wars are happening, hate is rising, food is becoming more expensive, the currents shifting, the poor become poorer, the rich richer. Fear is rising, fear fuelled by the unknown.
What I see is a nation that is a afraid. And we are afraid. We are afraid that our children might be worse off than we are now. That our once ‘glorious’ empire we built on theft and technology is long behind us, and that we are being invaded culturally from all sides.
Is shutting our eyes and ears going to stop the world from turning? Can we really protest the endless consumption of the ground we stand on by simply saying ‘no’?
I, as a ‘bleeding heart’ liberal, care about these things. The spinning, the greed, the consumption of our planet, our neighbours, our fellow humans, our families… But I don’t protest against these things. I understand that change is happening and rather than fear it, we must, as a country, as a people, as a species, continue to work as one to push ourselves to better ourselves, to make the world not just better for our children, but for their children and such forth. We cannot achieve that through blind hate of our neighbours.
I do protest that my voice, is not represented, because I feel that other voices that sing in the same key as me, are not being heard, not even by each other. The Liberal Democrats sold out whatever gains they had made, then who can I turn to? We need a single, clear, left-wing voice in this country, yes the Green Party made some gains (and yes, I voted for them) but where were the banners, the adverts, the media, the billboards? Nowhere. So take it as a giving that money has been invested in the Right, all money is, really, is energy. It gives itself form in the physical. If the left does not have money, then we, We, have to capture our own energy, in whatever form that is, and use it, as one.
For 5-6 years the Left wing has not had one voice, but several, smaller, quieter tones. This is not what is needed. Not over the energy of money, not over the people who would steer us to isolation and fear. These are mistakes we have tumbled down before. We cannot afford to do it again.
So, I am saying, in a long, round about way, that the left needs to wake up, tune its orchestra to the same key and express itself as one. What we don’t need is Liberal Democrats, The Green Party, Socialist parties… stumbling over each other, we need one. That will be the only way, money, or otherwise, to muster a loud enough sound to be heard over the clattering of the Middle and the Right.