Category Archives: politics

Well, well

My pessimism last night was ill founded (still you can’t blame me for having pessimism as default mode). What a strange night – my constituency went back to labour overturning a 2k Tory majority, with a 77% turnout.

It’s the hope that kills

When the election was called I was resigned to a Tory landslide but since then labour have improved & May has gone into a tail spin. For a moment you think a progressive alliance might be possible – we could be a forward looking country. But the latest polls suggest it’ll come out similar to now – but even worse as May has now been weakened and so will do anything to placate the hard right and the Tory press, so things are going to get much, much worse. But hey, it ain’t over till it’s over

Vote for me

Got a “letter” from Teresa May today as I live in a marginal seat. I’m a realist, I understand people will have reasons to vote Tory. But the pitch they’re making that they’re the party to be trusted over Brexit beggars belief. It’s as if it is a force of nature rather than something they needlessly created. And have then gone on to do the worst job imaginable in managing it. But in a post truth world you claim the positives for yourself that are actually your faults, as Trump did.

Love Trumps Hate

On Inauguration Day daughter and I went to an anti Trump rally in Cardiff. That’s her holding the E umbrella that spelled out Love Trumps Hate.
I know a small gathering protesting about a US president is not going to have any effect. Partly I think it’s to make ourselves feel better. But also for my daughter (the youngest person there) I like to think it shows that people care and want to resist.
Anyway it was bloody freezing.

Stand up to racism rally

Daughter and I went to a stand up to racism rally at Cardiff uni tonight. I sometimes feel these events are more about making ourselves feel better than actually achieving anything. But it was good, all the speakers were articulate and daughter came away inspired. It did feel like being back in the 70s, with rock against racism and the like. This is where we are now.