I was catching up on blogs this morning and came across a question asked by the ever brilliant Tom Pride (i), who wondered whether we are so afraid of the rich, we fail to call them to account; then there was an excellent post by Jim Grundy in Think Left (ii) who wrote about responsibility and denial and the need for honesty and equality.
Both posts caused me to suddenly realise just how overwhelmed I feel; not only by an ever growing amount of evidence, that both demonstrates the appalling state of affairs we find ourselves in, thanks to the Government, and the apparent futility of the numerous campaigns against the majority of the current Government’s Policies.
There were several Comments on Tom’s blog and a much greater number of shares to Facebook & Twitter but interestingly, notwithstanding the 4 fellow bloggers covering the same topic, no one had responded to his question! After my immediate thoughts, that the omission, indicated the response, I began to wonder why this was.
It was then I realised just how feel bombarded I feel with the escalation of evidence revealing the truly revolting nature of the rich & powerful; and that I had in reality become almost immune from further shock.
Further when this saturation of evidence is coupled with the real threats of potential homelessness, decreasing health, total poverty and worse that so many of us are faced with; I’ve become stupefied, and I don’t think I’m alone?
It was Jim’s post that offered me a light, a way to re-focus on what matters, we need a Leader, someone we can rally round; because I believe without such a Leader we have a Country whose people are felled into believing they are powerless; and this is just not true.
So this is what I’m going to do, I will continue to Lobby the Party Leader of my choice (and no prizes for guessing who that is), to raise awareness of the way I feel and where appropriate share the feelings of others. I’m most immediately affected by the Welfare Reform Act, so I’m refocussing on this; I can collect the evidence and ensure it does not get lost in this maelstrom and I can present this to support my argument This is something I can do, I can take back my personal power and use it constructively; and in this way I also regain my personal value and can honestly answer Tom – No; I’m not going give in