The politics of change

It’s Friday, we made it through another working week, for most of us.

What a week, though. We’ve had media filled with heavy events which again rock the nation and boy, some people are angry. I can see the reaction when it’s something shocking, like the Manchester bombing where children were targeted, but I see emotion aimed at a horrible celebrity mouthpiece who was sacked from her radio station for comments made recently.

Don’t get me wrong, she’s vile. She’s a problem as she stirs up people for the hell of it and trades off the division we experience in this country but she’s a symptom (a rather annoying and nasty one), not the root cause.

We have had several years of hardening values and moving to the right in the west. I believe it all started around 2000, when Bush & Blair were in power. The War on Terror, that great buzz phrase that means very little when you look at it, was their baby and it has rattled down the years bringing a lot more instability.

I posted a video yesterday of a politician in 2003 stating that this action would bring more instability, more conflict, more depression for future generations to deal with. In this, he has been proved correct. People attack the messenger and not his words, as they are opposed to him, which shows conditioning is working well, as he has been victim to extreme media bias which people take in but miss the point.

There has also been a rise in depression and anxiety, which in my view has to be linked to the environment created by these politics, but that’s another point for another day.

We are now at a point where politics is changing, the neo-liberalism (I hate that tag) of the past thirty years is coming to an end but the only people to steal a march are the right. That’s what’s happened with Brexit, with Trump and the shift in the UK to accept less humane policies which we’d never have thought would happen in 2000.

There’s good reason why it’s happening. People want change away from the old order and have chosen a radical path, which is a leap towards the right as they have created situations to claim they are the only people that can provide the solution. To a situation they created in the first place.

Take the NHS in the UK. Run down over the past seven years, with more regions showing deficit in budget to critical levels as the budgets have been cut, staff pay in relative terms has decreased and up pop the politicians who caused the mess to say the answer is more privitisation. Surely the answer has to be reform and effective investment but people swallow this as an answer and don’t blame the people who caused it, which is a master stroke in deception.

If we want radical change, I don’t see why we have to throw out human values and vilify others who are in need, to sacrifice them on the bonfire of finance, which ultimately stays with those who have more. Such is the divisive politics we are facing in the world right now and it is a worrying trend.

I’d like to see a new way of thinking, a new approach with the majority back in the spotlight, not divided, categorised, vilified in parts and put against each other to fuel hate which serves as a diversion for those in power. Stop, think and imagine what world we would really like, what vision of the future we’d like for our kids, our grand kids.

Surely a more peaceful, secure, socially conscious and less angry place is a better world in which to live and we can get there but it will take time. We’ve had nearly twenty years of divisive politics, where people are divided and angry, and it’s not worked, nowhere near.

Time for positive change.

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