4th December 2020
The end of WW2 was a game changer, offering a new dawn for the many. But it was short lived. The postWW2, jittery fears of the few, long since overcome. The wall separating the two, having returned with emboldened confidence – encouraged in no short measure by the short-sighted passivity of the many. A passivity that, in effect, encourages the few. Allowing them free rein to extend the boundaries of their control over the many.
Time is for change. For true democracy to replace the quasi democracy that has been inflicted upon society for far too long.
Only then can the many throw off the shackles of Right-wing ideology, as imposed by the wealth and associated power of the few. Replacing a status quo rooted and locked in a bygone age, with that more befitting the values, senses and morality of the 21st century.
Such that, instead of handing politicians what amounts to a blank cheque every five years, we, the people, must be able to intervene and take Government to task on a more frequent basis. Especially on issues concerning the essential fabric of a fair and decent society and their far-reaching effects on the lives of the many. Issues that bring people together, bridging the politics of Left and Right and embracing a moral vision of shared government that works for everyone.
I am talking about a system that puts people centre stage. Their needs, put above the demands of big business. Big business the servant, not the master. A level playing field and a levelling of society. Bottom, up. Top, down.
As the beating heart of society, the many have the power to bring it about. All it needs to rid society of the heinous iniquity of Right-wing ideology is self-belief, steadfast courage and the steely determination to have the present status quo cast into the bin of history. And for the few be made to release their restrictive grip on the lives of the many.
Until such time, society will remain locked in the status quo of a bygone age.
Succeeding generations, subject to the rules and restrictions imposed by Right-wing ideology – the self-sustaining philosophy of the few.
Generation after generation of the many, forever trapped in the nightmare of their very own ‘Groundhog Day’.
15th February 2021
Systemic barriers: Time was when social barriers were the accepted norm, confining so called ‘ordinary people’ to a life dictated by the circumstances they were born into. Attempts to breach such, dealt with in ways commensurate with the times. Involving various degrees of extreme brutality and harsh, restrictive laws, effectively crushing and tying the hands of resistance.
Sadly, shamefully, such barriers remain – even to this day; having become systemic. Attempts to breach them, still subject to brutality, harsh laws and stringent constraint. Employers made able to take advantage of trade union weakness which, in effect, translates into society’s weakness. Such intended weakness, at the heart of Right-wing ideology. Unfairness, inequality, poverty and deprivation, still the key factors.
Re: The Trade Disputes and Trade Union Act of 1927. Trade unionism did not recover from it until after the Second World War when the Labour Government relaxed the laws. Even so, that did not prevent the brutality and questionable tactics of the Tory Government during the 1984/5 miners’ strike. Requests for an enquiry, repeatedly denied. Preventing any amount of light being shone on the disputed involvement of the Government of the time.
Thankfully, although constantly subject to misleading representations by the powerful Right-wing press, trade unionism – although weakened, still is a force to be reckoned with. Without it, the many, truly at the mercy of the whims and edicts of the few.
17th March 2021
Democracy turned on its head: General Elections are about giving power to shape lives and society to, what are for most, a small bunch of strangers that comprise the ‘Cabinet’ – little more than 20 or so. Elections which, although fought over the issues of the day, the winners then take as carte blanch, the right to impose whatever their future plans for society – without society’s prior approval.
Society, apparently blind to democracy being turned upon its head?
Which, in the case of Right-wing ideology, has resulted in the mass privatisation of the essential services so deeply dependent upon by society. Water, gas, electricity, Royal Mail, rail and local transport, etc. all snapped up at knock-down, bargain basement prices. Control of them, gifted to global investors. The long-term impact and consequences, falling well short of assertions – with dire consequences for millions.
As the saying goes – ‘there’s no smoke without fire’. A more discerning examination of Right-wing ideology, revealing an awful lot of smoke swirling through its corridors. Not least, a mindset steeped in an ‘us and them’ mentality. The few, devoid of any sense of being, ‘all in it together’.
The status quo of a bygone age, truly at odds with the values, senses and morality of the 21st century.
TIME TO STOP THE TAIL FROM WAGGING THE DOG!
For ever mindful and alert: In the modern world, the thin line between Right-wing ideology and fascism has become increasingly blurred, restrictive laws being of particular concern. More so when passed off as protecting freedom. The wily few having become particularly adept at introducing restrictive law that, in effect, can be used to protect themselves from society’s ability to protest and effectively challenge the more objectional ways and means of Right-wing ideology.
Begging the question – ‘Who’s freedom – who’s protection’?
A stark reminder that society always must remain alert to the possible consequences of restrictive laws – and mindful of what they can lead to.
– watch this space.
Clipart used with permission from Microsoft