Bringing us to our feet

and not to our knees.

Euro elections and some local councils:  6.6% of those who voted fell for the bnp line. And the Labour Party is at its lowest for 100 years. But I have to remember this feeling from 1979 when the Tories swept in. It may have taken 18 years to get back into Downing Street, but meanwhile local politics was where it was at, with truly radical and (oh please) irreversible changes happening at Town Hall level – all those equalities issues that are now ordinary, came through the shifting democracies in local government.

When we arrived at work that 1979 day, the sense of doom prevailed. But  older-and-wiser Liz Cooper – where are you Liz? – snapped at us, get over this wallowing. This should bring us to our feet, not to our knees. I’m trying.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.” — Mahatma Gandhi



2 Responses to “Bringing us to our feet”

  1. London Elf Says:

    “The ways of truth and love” – long may they endure. But I was talking to a black woman a couple of days ago who said she did not vote becasue she was not interested and felt it had nothing to do wiht her. I pointed out that if the BNP got powerful they would be going for her.

    Vigilance always and especially now …

  2. Pam I Says:

    The bnp vote actually went down. Glass half full response… They won the two seats because the Labour Party vote had evaporated.

    They will not achieve power but they encourage bigots to think they are normal.

    I feel ashamed to be part of a nation that votes 6.3% (of those who voted) for fascists. (Down from 6.6% now Scots and N.Irish votes are included.)

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