Since last I wrote I have mostly been being angry, which is okay because there’s been an awful lot for me to be getting angry about not least the outcome of the general election.
I feel I should stick up a signpost: this post is about politics, which isn’t exactly my usual fodder. I appreciate that, and understand that it’s not going to be for everyone. That said I’m hoping my readers will stick with me, or if not, at least forgive me for taking the opportunity to vent my spleen on matters close to my heart. In advance, I apologise to any readers outside the UK. I don’t imagine what follows is going to make a whole lot of sense to you. What can I say? I live on a small island….
I’ll start by setting out my stall: my name is WeeGee and when it comes to politics I’m a liberal. I believe in all kinds of unpopular things like freedom, and justice, and civil liberties and the rule of law. I’m even partial to a spot of equality. I’m used to finding myself on the wrong side of political arguments – those on the left distrust me because I am broadly in favour of a small state and those on the right because my notion of social justice doesn’t render the state small enough for their liking. The court of ‘public opinion’ tends to find me wanting because I’m a bleeding heart, an apologist for whichever evil the Daily Mail is most up in arms about at any given moment, and, of course, an all round loony*
I suppose I should confess to being a fully paid up member of the Liberal Democrat party, you know, in the interests of transparency and all. The Liberal Democrats are the only party I have ever voted for (with the exception of a London mayoral election in which I could not, in good conscience, put my cross next to the name of our candidate and abstained instead**) and as things stand, the only party I am ever likely to support. It’s difficult to be a Liberal Democrat without offering up some kind of explanation about the tuition fees fiasco. Sadly, there is only one explanation and it is far from satisfactory. I don’t attempt to defend the indefensible, although as someone who makes a living in the higher education sector I can’t help thinking that the issue of funding is a little more complicated than most people are willing to accept. That said if you make a big song and dance about promising not to do something it isn’t acceptable to go ahead and do it. The moral of the story? Promise in haste and repent at leisure. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
And that’s the background to it all. WeeGee – loony liberal and member of a political party all but annihilated at the ballot box. Safe to say I usually find myself firmly on the outside in these matters. Nevertheless I’m angry. Sour grapes it may be but I really do believe that it’s PRINCIPLED sour grapes. It’s all about PRINCIPLES for me you see. Mostly because I think PRINCIPLES will go further than tax breaks when it comes to the furtherance of the human race
[WeeGee come over all loony-liberal and gives a fuck about the human race]
So here’s the thing. A little over a week ago the British people had the opportunity to vote for change, and they did in HUGE numbers. They (we) voted for less freedom, less justice, and less respect for the rule of law. We voted against the interests of civil liberties and, and this is the thing that makes me most despondent of all, we voted TO LIMIT HUMAN RIGHTS. Apparently, if you belong to the Conservative party in the UK human rights can be limited. We are all human but some of us are less human than the rest… That’s their take on it. I don’t accept it.
For me the worst thing that’s going to happen in the next five years is a limit on human rights. Other people see it differently. Under a Conservative majority, which is pretty slim*** we need to fear all kinds of other things: the future of the NHS, the way our children are educated, the plight of the poorest and most vulnerable people we know. Look – whichever way I look I look at it, it isn’t going to be good and it makes me sad, frightened, and angry.
I come back to my anger at the start of my post. As it stands I’m angry about so much of what the government that seeks to represent me stands for. I’m more angry, however, about the things that the government that seeks to represents me stands against. Like freedom, justice, civil liberties and the rule of law.
And don’t get me started on equality. I do believe we’re all going to hell in a handcart…. sad face.
Lots of love WeeGee xoxo
*I am perfectly prepared to concede this point
**But that’s a whole other story
***That’ll be 12. TWELVE.