Saturday, 9 May 2015

Post-Election

I, like many others stayed up all night watching the election result unfold. It was like some sort of twisted nightmare - the majority victory for the Tories being the worst possible outcome. At first I was angry - very angry. Why have people voted them? Why didn't Labour do more to stop this? What will happen now? Then I was overcome with an incredible sadness. Such a dark sadness and fear for what might happen.

I am scared and worried for the future and the next five years.

This helps nothing. Moaning and then sitting around on social media doing nothing helps no-one.

So I have decided, in my own little way to say no. Small though it may be, I have decided to get more involved with my community, to lift my head out of the sand and to make this community our community. The election is over and done with. Five years of a Conservative government is here. Austerity measures are here. So here is what I plan:

* Food bank donations - I'm going to get more involved and donate once a week with whatever we have spare.

* Anti-Austerity protests in Liverpool - I am keen to show my support

* NHS protests - to continue to demonstrate in this way

Save our NHS campaign in Kirkby - earlier this year


They helped us hand out leaflets and collect signatures


* Local businesses - we're going to try to start shopping locally more often

* Strikes - supporting workers strikes wherever we can

* Charity - donating to local charities as much as we can

NUT Strike, Alice with her flag!

Teacher's NUT Strike 2014

One person can't change the world, but many can. I have a voice, we all have voices. I care about other people and I care about what happens in my community. I plan on doing everything I can to support it, and remain positive about people and the future.

Action not apathy.



“Protest is when I say I don't like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don't like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too.” 
― Ulrike Marie Meinhof

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3 comments:

  1. This is a fab post, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this and all the ways you plan on trying to create change and support others.

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  2. Agree wholeheartedly with ideas. Others would be to boycott companies that donate or benefit from Tories, hit them where hurts money. Sky TV & broadband, Boots chemist, Carphone Warehouse, Glaxosmithkline products, the list is endless. Only 30 odd % voted tory, if we all boycott it will make difference

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  3. I spent much of Thursday night through until Friday night alternating between fear, anger, upset and the odd restless sleep, it was exhausting. Until Saturday morning and I resigned myself to the fact that this is what we have for the next five years and that those of us who are in the position to do so should help those less fortunate. There are, of course, other big issues too such as the state of the UK, whether it will get broken up, whether we remain a part of the EU. All these, together with the austerity measures we have to come make for worrying times ahead.

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