Okay, so Burns night was nearly a month ago , but The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley applies to me at the moment. Just when I though it was safe to go back into the blogger the jaws of life start snapping at my toes. Some causes are even more important than photography and so it is taking a back seat at the moment.
We have a general election soon in the UK. Like the politics in many countries, big-business funding dominates policy making in the UK . Consequently, the three major parties have ended up being clones of one another, with politicians serving just themselves and the huge corporations that sponsor them. Meanwhile, the gap between the rich and everyone else gets wider and wider. We live in a world where 50% of the wealth is held by 1% on the population.
The political atmosphere has become one of aggressive negative campaigning and angry conflict, Years of sleaze, corruption, oppression of the weak, dismantling of public services, wars, austerity for the less well off, destruction of the environment and false expenses claims have turned people off politics.
Of course, it is in the interests of these big political parties to have fewer people voting as those who don’t vote are the ones most let down by society. As people become disenchanted they also become disenfranchised, with nobody to vote for.
That is, until now.
I’ve been helping out a small and rapidly growing political party that is funded by donations and run by volunteers. Not having the huge financial backing that the big parties have it is fighting uphill on policies like 100% employment with a ‘living wage’, investment in clean energy, the restoration of our excellent public services like the NHS and the railways, laws against tax avoidance and moving away from sausage-factory schools.
I’ve never kept a secret my concerns for the environment and the damage we are doing, so now I am actively supporting The Green Party in our local constituency. This does mean that I may be posting a bit less between now and May. I hope that when I do, you won’t object to my reflections on how things are going.
Oh, I don’t expect you to agree with what I believe in. Even if you disagree you are still welcome to see my pictures.
p.s. I initially added the following picture and then removed it for use later, but Facebook has decided to publish it anyway. So I’m putting it back again.
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