Friday, 13 December 2019

The UK Election

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.

- Frederick Douglass

The Conservative Government have been testing those waters, and found out how far the people of the UK are willing to go. The Prime Minister, returning, Boris Johnson said he doesn't not 'want migrants treating the UK as their home.'

This is the tidemark. This was the test. Will you agree to see others who are not *you* as outsiders? As those who do not belong? The resounding answer to this question in the election on 12th December 2019 from the *English* electorate was yes. The English, not the Scottish, not the Welsh. 

I cannot in good conscience allow the electorate, the people, the benefit of the doubt. Whether blinded to the media bias, whether misinformed, whether willing collaborators to the rising tide of hate in this country, the England where I was born, the result is the same. Whether it's a collaborator or an idiot kicking you to death in a dark side street does not matter. The result is the same. 

Only three days ago, December 9th, I heard the open use of the 'N' word in Morrisons superstore for the first time ever. Hate is emboldened. 

We have the tidemark. 

My voice is small, inconsequential perhaps. I cannot shout, I can only speak. This is my statement on the Election of 2019, when England gave in to hate, and doomed millions to despair and fear. 

To those, my love, my thoughts, my energy and my endless support is committed. It is to those who do not fit with this bigoted majority to whom my love goes.

I don't fear for the country. A country is a collection of laws. I have long known what the overwhelming thoughts of this country are. And yet, there is wonder and wonderful people here, too. I don't care about the amorphous concept of nationality. I care painfully about people, and their right to live unencumbered, freely, live well and the betterment of humanity. 

Please also remember, that despite the rise and growing 'popularity' of figures like Farage, Hopkins, Robinson, there are also huge - vast - sections of the populus who hate them, who look forward, who do want inclusion, and friendship, and safe and thriving communities. The right is rising, all across the US, Europe. It's easy to see, but it doesn't own us. We still need to be watchful, always. 

Look out for yourselves, and look out for each other. That is all we can do, because we do not have the luxury of flight, or relocation. So many have already fled from horrors, and hide from horrors each day. It is tiring. I am tired. But whether you fight, or submit, or hide, please, speak out however you are able. Do not go quietly into the night. 

I love you. 

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