Why do we still have a Queen? I’m not a Peasant

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The United Kingdom is the opposite of the United States. Think about it. Briefly disregard the fact that we share the same noxious economic system of enriching the already rich and growing inequality and poverty. Also forget the shared legacy of military adventures in warm, sunny places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya etc.

No. Briefly disregard those ugly similarities and come to the same sudden realisation that I did. Only in the United Kingdom can one be both a Republican and a Democrat simultaneously. Taken in the American context, both are polar opposites, one party is led by a racist, sexist, extremist ignoramus and the other party somehow lost to that individual.

In Britain, one can believe in a system wherein government derives its legitimacy and authority from the people and whether through referenda or elections, at the end of the day the government is ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ A (small-d) democrat. Likewise, that same believer can also believe in the necessity of a republic, a system where there is no unelected or hereditary head of state. A (small-R) republican.

Any reasonable person who doesn’t believe in unaccountable and undeserved power, privilege and wealth should be both republican and democrat. Here are 4, and 1 bonus one, reasons why we need referendum on the abolition of the British Royal Family Now.

1: Fairness and Equity

I’m already biased. I admit to being disgusted when I see extravagance and ridiculous wealth, especially in these times where homelessness has risen by 134% since 2010, with 60% of people in poverty in work, and millions STILL using foodbanks even with our ‘growing economy’. Now, I won’t blame the Conservative government for their failed austerity economic project, but I will blame the Queen for picking these troublesome times for young, poor and brown/black communities, to receive a ‘jackpot’ revenue of £19.2m from the Duchy of Lancaster (the monarch’s ancestral estate and private income source) in 2016-17, which is an increase of 7.9% from the previous year. Let’s accept for a moment the premise that she benefits the taxpayer through tourism yada yada. Is this just?

During a time when Brexit and crazy house prices mean normal, working people will be much poorer in the near future, why on Earth should the person who no one decided should rule the country be enjoying wealth so effortlessly attained? What happened to the idea that we’re all in this together, are we a ‘United Kingdom’ or a divided one where the younger royals can pretend they’re Kardashians, the Queen can buy a cheeky helicopter for £8m and Princes Andrew and Edward can live lavish on the people’s money. Revolting

2: Symbolism

Modern Britain espouses the values of democracy, equality under the law, justice and openness. That is incompatible with an unelected head of state. Why? Simply because in a country where these values are held in high esteem by our leaders and institutions is incompatible with a someone holding power and influence over society through bloodline and hereditary privilege.

What does it symbolise in a modern society that our Queen cannot be prosecuted for any crime on her part, that unlike us peasants she can drive out and about without a driving license and when she’s taking one of fancy trips to some hot country ‘cos Britain’s pissing with rain she needs no passport, she does all of this with taxpayers’ money and even though we subsidise her lavish lifestyle her income is not transparent nor accountable. She could very well spend millions on calling and voting on Love Island Couples. No one knows but her. In one of 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace she might have been laughing at Kem with the rest of us.

3. The Cost!

I won’t fault you for believing the monarchy is financially viable, I mean love her or hate her, Lizzy does bring the tourists and their valuable money in…Right? Wrong. The stats usually point to the Sovereign Grant to calculate the expenditure on the Queen, that is 25% surplus revenue from the Crown Estate, a publicly owned property portfolio, and this added up to £76m for her in 2016. The real cost of the Queen and the Monarchy more generally is £350 million annually, with just £106m spent on security.

Since Boris Johnson isn’t going to whip out the £350 million he promised our NHS from Brexit, let’s spend Lizzy’s money instead. Bad enough we pay for the lavish lifestyle of her cousins and kids who are rich enough to pay for their own mansions, we must also pay for the repairs of Buckingham Palace. Unlike the White House and Parliament, Buckingham Palace is only open 2 months a year when taxpayers could make a much larger profit by kicking the royals out and letting its impressive art collection become an accessible national museum.

4. Traditions are Pointless

In 21st Century Britain, we are a nation trapped by dead (and living) relics of the past. Whether it is the collapsing Houses of Parliament who require urgent renovations but cannot due to tradition, the Lords within them who are unelected and unaccountable to the people of the country or even the fact that our MPs do not even swear an oath to democracy or their constituents but instead proclaim their allegiance to the Queen.

Tradition is a vital link to a rich heritage and appreciation of the past, but it cannot be allowed to control the future.

The monarchy is trash and when it is cancelled, perhaps finally the opportunity for wholesale constitutional reform will be on the table. An elected house of lords? True federalisation of the ‘United Republic’? A democratic nation where the privileged by birth need not also be privileged in wealth?

That’s what is at stake in abolishing the monarchy.

For People of Colour

The same monarchy that oversaw imperialism, genocide, grand thievery and conquest in their name, still hold their title in Britain. It does no justice to Britain’s victims that the instigators of empire are still dishing out OBEs like it’s the 1740s. If Britain is truly the multi-cultural, modern, diverse and just country it claims, then no Queen whose stolen crown jewels and wealth are abhorrent to Asian, far eastern, indigenous and aboriginal and black people worldwide should sleep content.

 

 

 

 

 

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If your reaction to being called racist, is racism, then the accusation was correct.

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Cambridge African-Caribbean Society

 

The most ironic aspect of calling out white supremacy and racism is always the reaction. No matter how polite and logically articulated, or brash and vengeful the Black person voices their discontent, the reaction seems to follow the same lines.

Disbelief, denial, disrespect and racism itself. There’s nothing so guaranteed to ignite accusations of ‘race-baiting’ whatever that is, and unleash abuse and intolerance from the usual suspects of Twitter trolls and the Daily Mail, and even white liberals and ‘allies’ as just calling it out. The story of 20-year-old, Black Cambridge student Jason Osamede exemplifies this. Rashan Charles, a black man, was murdered by the police last week, whether he was a drug dealer or a drug user, a criminal or a law-abiding citizen, like Edson Da Costa, a few weeks earlier, all the Metropolitan police saw was their blackness and exercised an illegal role of judge, jury and executioner that does not exist in any British legal framework that I know about. While I don’t know Jason’s thought process, I know his rage too well, tweeting “ALL white people are racist. White middle class, white working class, white men, white women, white gays, white children they can ALL geddit”.  When the news and social media are a constant stream of anti-immigrant vitriol and videos of police brutality against black men and women have a sickening regularity, when the political climate has both major parties committing to the harshest possible Brexit and tearing from Europe in a xenophobic, isolationist political project, when racist acid attacks are scarring people of colour and the culprits are not being apprehended immediately and when racial tensions are rising so quickly, it is easy to understand and accept the premise of the controversial tweet without condoning it’s message.

Jason Osamede is not a bad person, and given racism requires both power and prejudice, he is not racist either. Rather in a fit of rage, he has uttered a fundamental truth in this country, that white supremacy still exists in Britain and that this is undeniable.

Let’s look at recent events. Protesters in Dalston, fighting their own cathartic battle for justice against police brutality and unaccountability have been painted as the villains, the ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ in their own neighbourhoods. Whilst the police who stand across the road from them are the white knights of law and order, and gentrifying middle-class visitors plaster their shock and horror on social media that ‘they never knew it was so bad here’. Why is the media, which is overwhelmingly white and middle-class so quick to attack the protestors but never to address the institutional racism and brutality of the police. Once again, one need not condone the violent actions of protestors in damaging their own neighbourhoods and businesses to accept and understand the causes of their behavior. Likewise, when one looks at the reaction to Jason’s tweet, it is hard to find any sympathy or support for the same white people he blanketed as racists. Apparently, Jason is a ‘cunt’, a ‘racist’, an ‘illiterate’ it doesn’t matter that he attained 4 A*s at A level, his enrolment was a ‘quota’, and his presence was somehow a politically correct conspiracy. Never mind, that bias does exist in higher education, and this is towards aristocrats, royals, white applicants and those with white sounding-names, privileged backgrounds and connections; Cambridge is hardly a hotspot of black and underprivileged students. But also, where said positive discrimination exists, it is entirely justified to redress the imbalance of black students and voices in academia. Those were the less overtly anti-black comments I saw.

 But beyond that, I am slightly surprised and really disappointed, just as the seemingly friendly guy who appears nice to pull a girl and then calls her a ‘slut’, ‘ugly’ or a ‘hoe’ after he is rejected reveals his true misogynist colours. White Britain has revealed that being called racist is a license to question our intelligence, to abuse, ridicule and hate us and to plaster our face on the Daily Mail with the intent of destroying one of Britain’s best minds for his sin of unapologetic blackness.

Contrary to Popular Belief, White is not always Right.

I have always tried to call out racism where I have seen it, I am a black man and these negative experiences have not spared me either, despite my relative privilege in terms of British citizenship and being articulate, defying much of the stereotypes and fodder used to demean black men by media and society. Of recent, Britain has developed a climate of racism, xenophobia, fear and tension. This is not to purport that racism was non-existent during the last decade, but the overwhelming narrative was to pretend that it was, that multi-culturalism and tolerance of diversity had succeeded. That immigration was accepted for its social and economic benefits. That movement/parties like the BNP or Ukip or the EDL, were anomalies and that the great majority of British people, of white people were on our side at the end of the day.

But I cannot say with confidence, that this is still the case. Whether, it was Brexit, racial hate crimes, Trump, and the hard-right narrative on immigration as some sort of social ill, I was still willing to believe in the pleasant illusion until I was impudent enough to lay a comment on the Stormzy-Lukaku debacle. This was a stupid incident where two iconic, successful and most importantly distinctive black men were muddled in The Herald, a national Irish paper. This is entirely not uncommon, wherein black people or people of colour more generally are seen as the same person. Despite our height, weight, accent, shade or all of our respective individual features, somehow to the average white man or women, we all look the same. That was what annoyed me and seemingly Stormzy too, who tweeted ‘I don’t find none of this funny btw don’t wanna sound like the party pooper who missed the joke’.  He’s right it’s not funny, it’s racist.

I can’t list the backlash against my tweet, there were far too many older white men enraged (not confined to just that demographic though) but all were along the lines of typical white-privileged ignorance, being told that ‘my ignorant cries of racism is pathetic, not to mention wrong’ and I was exacerbating ‘problems with your victimhood’. Is there a genuine belief that the people who challenge racism or call it out, aggravate the situation? Would slavery, segregation, police brutality and hate crimes be better tackled by a pact of silence? Obviously not.

Whiteness does not like to be corrected. Just as with all forms of privilege, be it male, wealth or straightness, it rues the day that one of its victims raises a challenge. The defensiveness of tone and aggression exemplify a feeling of victimhood when said privilege is called out. Despite the fact that Grime emerges from a very much black British experience, contextualised in the poverty and marginalised communities in this country, it has achieved against all odds, mainstream appeal. Whilst this isn’t necessarily  negative, it does however raise the issue of whether the new white, middle-class who flock to see Skepta at wireless, and who bust out the lyrics to Stormzy’s ‘Shut Up’ are our allies, or do they see black culture for a trend and the people themselves as the enemy.

I don’t know, I do know however, that politicians are individuals entrusted with the fate of our country, and that they rise from our communities with a duty of responsibility to defend the interests of all segments of society. That’s why the words of the Conservative MP for Newton Abbott, Anne Marie Morris hurt so much, on the same day as the Stormzy issue. Words carry great weight, and ‘Nigger’ with such a history of malice, pain and wretchedness has no place in the mouths of our parliamentarians. Particularly, if those parliamentarians look the same as their forefathers who brought such misery to black people. But I am not annoyed so much by Anne. Rather I do not blame her as an individual, racism in Britain is insidious and polite, it brings with itself tea and scones and delights itself in creating a climate of fear and intimidation through covert means. Did the Tory MPs who sat beside her, John Redwood for example, not know the inappropriate nature of the word? Or did they resign themselves to knowing that no matter the hurtfulness, this scandal would blow over, it was simply an accident and no harm intended. Same as with Stormzy.

Whiteness is not always rightness. It is also not always wrongness mind you. But as a society, as a country and as a nation, we must come together and that means a conversation about the troubled direction Britain is going down. It also means, the voices of colour and the voices of whiteness must be heard and justice served for all communities.

Institutional Sexism got you down? According to the Tories, just get an apprenticeship!

WASPI  campaign

The plight of women and structural sexism is one that as a society we are only beginning to fully overhaul, but less well-known is the particular plight of women born in the 1950s, who face the travesty of being denied their rightful pensions by a sharp rise in the state pension age from 60 years old to 66 years old with little to no notice. This is dishonourable not just because it treats the hard work and endeavours of women over a lifetime, with cruel disdain not just once with the original Major Government 1995 State Pension Law Act which put forward this ill-planned legislation aimed at equalisation of the State Pension Age for women and men, but twice with the Cameron Government’s own 2011 State Pension Law Act. This Act actually accelerated the timetable so women’s state pension age would hit 65 by 2018 and both men and women would have a retirement age of 66 by 2020, meaning some women would have to wait an extra 18 months to receive their state pension.

This is already a bad situation which penalises older women unfairly, and is symptomatic of the Conservative government’s approach to women who disproportionately suffer the consequences of austerity Britain in employment and living conditions but also older women who seem to be so disrespected that the pensions minister, Guy Opperman actually suggested rather than reform these laws that cut one of society’s most vulnerable constituency’s, affected women should just take up apprenticeships as a route to re-employment. In all seriousness, these older women many of whom are educated, have had tough working lives ad careers and are on the brink of retirement, are supposed to be sated by the “extended apprenticeship opportunities” offered by the Conservative government.

This is wrong.

Fortunately, WASPI (Women against State Pension Inequality) have been a resolute campaign group in highlighting the inadequacies of the government in providing justice for older women and have managed to engage thousands of members and acquire the support of 180 Members of Parliament. Their position for the transitional arrangement of a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income from age 60 until State Pension Age for all women affected is fair and just, and would bring long awaited equity to the pensions of these women. A petition filed by WASPI Voice, a sub-grouping of WASPI, calling for immediate access to their state pension at a reduced rate and earlier, was able to receive over 20,000 signatures in support and necessitated  a response from government outlining the somewhat baffling position that “Working longer can improve and maintain physical and mental health – evidence shows that making adjustments and changing working patterns can help older workers to manage health issues and stay in work,”

A society where one can work their whole lives and never receive requital is unfair and as much as the Conservative government believes sexism and inequality is either non-existent or justifiable, the WASPI campaign and that of their prominent supporters in parliament such as Mhairi Black, Graham Jones, Keith Simpson and Paul Flynn will bring justice to those being denied it.

 

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Who declares war inspired by faith, says human life is worthless before God or rotting ideals of waste,

I will not question injustice anymore, rogue souls, terror and horror have eyes of just ice.

This land has never been colder than when the melting pot of diversity became a crematorium of blackened poverty.

A baby falls from the 9th floor, a beast on instinct, reaches, grabs, saves, who is he?

Who was tossed to oblivion?  Man, child or  your God who watched?

The truth must come out about Grenfell Tower, the truth must be heard, is there now no one who speaks power to truth?

We know what happened, murder, contemporary, recent, prescient but also the murder of us all,

’cause if you murder my heart and love, then your celestial dictator will cast aside to hellfire,

like the flames of that tower rose higher, higher, higher.

Thinking Unusually

My Mama is a Prophet,

She Gave to the Future,

She put prophecy before profits see, she had a baby, a nine month gamble on me,

I am so grateful that I repay her love and affection not being a lawyer as her or a businessman like my father but by writing poetry. My dreams border nothingness so I fuck up commas like Future.

Stare at me, start from my eyes and pree my dimple, my smile and my mind  oh no amount of mainstream media or colonial education or demo-crazy that elects capitalists can kill me. I am not Kenny.

I’m Unorthodox and in me, you can feel the essence of an African, a man who’s ancestors were born free, a free man, hair untamed like Huey. Newton or Boondocks,

You cannot televise me.

You cannot control though you can call me a loony.

Though I was a white male, I would be a George Clooney.

Passionate and Political, This society would rise and applaud, with charisma like mine you could never be bored.

If I was a white male, no woman could reject me, if I was a white male, Britain would elect me.

Maybe, in this May-hem, I have become confused. It could be the case that my optimism would be abused, if I was a radical and indomitable, with black skin and a white mask,

the police would still shoot to kill me.

Britain still has a race problem, Acid Attacks are the latest proof of that

This country has never been a safe space for people who look different, act different, speak different or embody characteristics different from the white, male, wealthy establishment. Terrorism is political violence and particularly when targeted at innocent people just trying to make the most of our short lives is utterly despicable. Terror attacks in recent years have made this native Londoner fear for his safety in his own home; the uncontrollable sense of unease when a package is around and the owner is indeterminate is something all city dwellers and especially Londoners can relate to, given the recent horrors of London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester.

But attacks on the marginalised and vulnerable communities of immigrants and people of colour more widely, as well as, the visibly religious minorities of Islam and others are different. They are different not in pain, agony and the sick sense of dread they impose within us. No, they are different because they for one particular moment, the idea that we are all in this together, Black, White and Brown, Rich and Poor, Native and Immigrant is disbanded and an ugliness rises from the depths of the society we have embraced that makes us feel alien, neither stranger nor native in the supposedly ‘United’ Kingdom. Though there has been a rise in racist violence, hate crime and general racial tensions, there has always been such injustice present beneath the illusion that a post-racial peace had dawned in our ‘multi-cultural’ nation. The truth is, even London, emblematic of cosmpolitanism and diversity, with over 300 languages spoken in its schools is an imperfect society. Living in East London, though I had always been cursorily aware of islamophobia and racist currents, particularly in my borough of Barking and Dagenham given a history with the BNP, a strong Ukip and Leave vote and generally a lot of socially conservative, old white men I was more shocked and bewildered to see that acid attacks were, or rather, are so numerous. I had always thought it was a fringe act of cruelty.

But no, Newham and Barking and Dagenham are the collective acid attack capital of the UK. Acid attacks are not ‘normal’, for lack of a better term, violence aimed at causing physical pain and fleeting discomfort, their aim is to disfigure and to instill mental trauma and terror over a lifetime. The resurgence of knife crime in the capital, and the fact that of the 11 deaths via a knife so far in London, all were black has meaningful implications for the political and social climate which has produced such ignorance and violence within which even schoolchildren like Quamari Barnes are not safe to wait at the bus stop after a school-day. There are deep and painful implications for black community, who are disproportionately the victims of underrepresentation, the economic violence of austerity Britain, unemployment or low pay, discriminatory trends in education at all levels and perennial victims of a prejudiced police force as highlighted in ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. How these factors may have played a part, I don’t know but it is important to critically evaluate structural factors before strictly the individual.

But acid attacks. They are one of the worst methods of violence simply because acid is so readily available as a weapon and its usage is never accidental; without excusing knife violence it can often be seen as either an item of self-defence in the roughest, poorest parts of our country or a tool of death whirled out in a blind rage to cause pain. Acid attacks are not like that. Acid attacks are premeditated and carefully planned avenues to inflicting horrifying lifelong pain, Resham Khan, was one victim of an attack aimed at ruining her beauty and confidence as a brown woman and dehumanising her. Her bravery is tweeting about it just 3 days after the attack on her 21st birthday shows that no racist attacks can succeed where hundreds of years of white supremacy have failed. 

I have no solutions or answers but I thought it was heartbreaking to read that this small irrelevant borough where I call my home could be second highest nationally for something so horrific. My heart goes out to the other brown and black people who must now bear a new burden on our minds fearing that the next white male we see may be so contorted with hatred, they would cause us lifelong agony, and I fear for the young people of my generation who will never complete their dreams or fulfil their passions due to the brutality of a knife or the people scarred and traumatised by the cruelty of acid.

 

 

Labour is in Power, but not in Government

The Left, both within the Labour party and in the social movements, new media and activism more generally, have conquered the battlefield of ideas. The respected annual British Social Attitudes survey published earlier this week had a few surprising revelations for those of us who consume the popular media outlets. Firstly, Austerity as an idea embraced even reluctantly by the people, is dead. Redistribution of wealth and Government Spending on health, education and are the new Black. 83% of people want more spending on our woefully cash-starved NHS, likewise with 71% on our schools that were bad when I was in secondary education and have just declined moreso, and 57% on police, who like them or not, when terrorists are rampaging round your city, are a very welcome face.

The manifestation of seven years of a Conservative regime is that more people agree than disagree  that government should redistribute income from the better off to those who are less well-off. This marks a progression from pre-2008 when the opposite was true. Thatcher advisor and David Cameron Ideologue, Oliver Letwin, stated “a large number of people will have to pay a little more tax…’ This is not a minor matter, one of the architects of the British economic calamity of Austerity has come out and in principle embraced the Left position of marginally taxation to fund quality and crucial public services. That’s not a joke.

Feels like decades of turmoil have passed, but let’s just remember that it was May when articles like this in the ‘lefty’ Guardian were commonplace, ‘Will Corbyn remain Labour leader come what may? First, he must match Milliband’s vote share’. These times, Corbyn actually matched Blair’s Landslide victory of ’97 on a 40% vote share. The narrative being shoved by a aggressive small ‘c’ and large ‘c’ media was Labour was on a one-way street to oblivion, if not a historic loss. That Corbyn and by extension, any radical, progressive, transformative vision for this country was unpatriotic, incompetent and unelectable. That was nonsense. And so is the propaganda that some war criminal, hyper-capitalist, racist form of politics would actually appeal to anyone. That was categorical nonsense. The 8th proved that. We didn’t win, of course, but we acquired power without government, the capacity to liberate women denied access to abortions in Northern Ireland to have them free on the English NHS, to force an inquiry into the atrocity of Grenfell and the resignation of Kensington and Chelsea Council Leader Nicholas Paget-Brown and to challenge and shape Theresa May’s agenda for society, the economy and Brexit knowing full well that if another snap election was called to rectify her threadbare coalition with the DUP, then no amount of millionaire Tory donors or Lynton Crosbyism will save her from a Labour victory.

There’s a wave of progressive sentiment in this nation that the Labour Party and activists, radicals and liberals of all stripes must utilise to reform our broken status quo. I doubt 100% that any move to the centre and conciliatory leadership within Labour will maintain, much less, expand the votes gotten in June. Victory in these times has no easy precedent. I firmly believe, a Labour Party and progressive movement with a pinpoint focus on an economy for the ‘many, not the few’ is a start but an over-arching vision of constitutional and social reform will light a spark of optimism in this country. Does anyone really think our political class and institutions are fit for purpose. I know least of all Corbyn does, but in the interests of election victory he remains quiet. That’s a mistake, the next Labour manifesto needs to put an elected house of lords, proportional representation, Trident, votes at 16, the monarchy and an English parliament on the agenda, otherwise the left will have immeasurably failed in leaving a legacy of advancement. Love them or loathe them, the most iconic Prime Minister’s Britain has had made their mark in history; the NHS, Thatcherism, Decriminalising Homosexuality and Abortion, Victory in the Second World War, Devolution.

If Corbyn is to stand at the next election and win Power and Government, his own legacy must be Revolution.

Dear MP, The Future of British Politics is here

Hello, to the Member of Parliament Class of 2017, you were duly elected to serve Her Royal Majesty and provide an uncompromising voice in defence of the people. With recent political events, there may be another election very soon so don’t yet put down your campaigning gear, strength and stability seem to be in rather short supply recently.

This is an address from a visionary, young man to the latest class of my political leaders and representatives. If I am honest, many of you disgust me while some of you are heroes to be lauded and praised. I simply wish to articulate a resentment that we, the youth, of this country have felt ; an antagonism to the ease with which Nick Clegg turned his back on the mandate we, students, granted his party to abolish tuition fees in 2010; that betrayal hurt but more painful was the clear expedience of his apology. 7 years is long time in politics, but for the duration of these years, repetitive soundbites and electioneering slogans like ‘long term plan’ and ‘strong and stable’ and ‘take back control’ alongside the outright lies of 350 million for the NHS had discredited politics for many young people, myself included. Despite these, I remain hopeful that some of our politicians will fight for justice and equity. Watching the inclusiveness, optimism and vibrancy of Corbyn’s quest for political upheaval was genuinely very powerful. For a campaign to transcend a polling deficit of 17 points vis-a-vis the Conservatives, according to Survation on May 8th to a lead of 3 points as of a June 17th, Survation poll, shows that once a compassionate, radical vision is put towards the electorate, we embrace it wholeheartedly.

The future of British politics does not leave much room for politicians who don’t speak like, look like, act like or bother to understand the ordinary people of this country. We, the people, but particularly the youth, have no faith in elected officials who take our votes for granted, who only engage with our voices when election time swings round, and unquestionably support an economic system that marginalises us and prioritises the interests of the privileged and older social groups. I’m talking about neoliberal economics and austerity for the poor and tax cuts for the rich.

But no longer, politics is changing, and it’s changing rapidly.

Those who said young people would never turn out in significant enough numbers to swing an election should hold their tongues, because we have shown that when our future is at stake, we care.  Those who thought the politics of austerity, of a remote political establishment, of xenophobia and isolationism would hold some sort of appeal to the aspirational, diverse and open people of Britain stand astounded by our progress.

I want my Member of Parliament to be unique, diverse and grounded in our constituency. An MP is not a class of their own but a representative of their communities. Be principled, brave and unapologetically radical in fighting against racism, inequality and the broken status quo.

Honesty is Dishonesty

All souls are brought into life by their mother,
All people are ourselves either a sister or a brother,
Average souls, untouched by passion exist without bother,
Curiosity and adversity create aspirations which hover,
Dreams and ideals so unique they withstand any weather,
The individuals who seek change, surrendering never,
Celestial wisdom wedded human hearts with an earthly tether,
Beauty and hope fall to Earth, a rare feather.

Trump Has Won Already, Pay More Attention

Trump won the 2016 election last year, when the party of Abraham Lincoln refused to repudiate his unprecedented white nationalist campaign. Trump leads an authoritarian revolution, centred around the dehumanisation of women to brainless sex objects, and the legitimisation of outright racist sentiment against Brown and Black people and embodies every negative stereotype of American ignorance. Winning the Republican nomination was simply taken for entertainment by the American populace whilst the media raked up profits sensationalising his every move.

Trump polls ahead with White Men .And 50–60% of whites believe this raging extremist is a reasonable choice for the world’s most powerful man. His lowest polls still project for him at least a third of the overall electorate despite scandal, ignorance and controversy. These core supporters are the angry individuals who sanction and perpetrate the state murder of minorities via law enforcement and perpetuate covert discrimination in education, health and work.

This man has a 50/50 shot at being the next President of the United States. The nation lauded for progressiveness in electing a Liberal Black Man as President twice, is also capable of regressing and electing a white supremacist. The fear and anger of the American electorate was evidenced the rise of Occupy Wall St, the Tea Party and Bernie Sanders, but none has come as close to power as the Presidential Candidacy of Donald J Trump.

When you are highly educated,urban, middle-class and avowedly liberal, the concept of wrongness becomes alien and remote. Indeed, your rational, informed outlook leads you to believe that logic, justice and tolerance either own or will conquer the hearts and minds of the masses. Within this mindset, it is impossible that a vulgar, white supremacist, serial misogynist like Trump to even dream of power. It’s masterful self-deception, akin to Les Miserables’ vaunted revolutionaries or white people who believe the police aren’t institutionally racist. I applaud the effort, but as always you were wrong. I even fell for the media narrative in Britain that Brexit was an impossibility, and yet on the 23rd of June, we emphatically voted ‘Out’ of the E.U suprastate. Conventional logic has been abandoned by voters, fed up with hyper-capitalism, the growth of inequality and the remoteness of representative democracy from the people.

The people are dissatisfied with the Status Quo. When Trump rails against special interests, unfair trade, the stagnancy of Washington, he diagnoses the failures of our society. However, his wrecking ball vision of destroying the political orthodoxy and racial and class harmony, is not the answer, but a tempting vision nonetheless. Win or Lose on November 9th, that vision is firmly and perniciously entrenched in the American Psyche.