I awoke this morning to find social media full of pictures and stories of the anti austerity protest in London and Cardiff. I searched the mainstream media and found that largely these were minimally reported, and any mentions focused on the aggressive nature of a small number of protesters. Police statemeñts made it clear these were a minority, yet anyone relying on the ‘truthful’ word of the press, would see pictures depicting only angry hateful people. Because that’s what we are, right?
As in all walks of life, there will always be good and bad people. There is no political ideology, race, religion, age, gender or otherwise that makes you inherently bad, so when you have large groups of people, there is a fair chance an element will step over a line that would not be crossed by the majority. That line for me is violence. No matter how mad you feel, becoming aggressive is never the answer, and does a serious disservice to the majority.
The point becomes lost when someone graffiti s a war memorial, or throws something at a police officer. We all should know our media well enough to expect a sensationalised version of events, so these kinds of actions will seriously undermine any progress being made. The right will once again begin the fear mongering, this time aimed at the antiestablishment , destructive, aggressive and bonkers left wing citizens, instead of Immigrants.
We are going to become the biggest thing to fear in Britain, mark my words.
When only 37% of a population vote in a majority government, there is an inherent vulnerability in that number. The perception of other 63% must be carefully managed to maintain the status quo and enable the conservative government to go about its business unchallenged.
The battle for Britain will be won or lost in the media.
I’m all for activism; petitioning, engaging the apathetic in politics, protesting, but it has to be done within the restrictions of common decency. Without holding onto that principle at all times, you become the beast that you are trying to fight. The left must unite in peace to stand any chance of pushing through Electoral reform, which will in turn bring balance back to British politics. It is more evident that ever how unhappy the majority of the population are. Change is undoubtedly on the agenda for a large proportion of Britain, and forcing this to happen is of the upmost importance.
To avoid being demonised and consequently ignored, this must be an organised, peaceful, persistent, protest. I feel very strongly that sharing stories, petitions ,and Information is a great place to start. Boycott business that avoids tax. Write letters and emails to your local mp. Share how the cuts and current government effect you, so people understand why this is such a huge deal, to so many people. Join up with other like minded people in your area to stand up against fascism in your community wherever it occurs. Act like, and treat others like human beings. Stand up for the oppressed whether you know them or not. These are all peaceful ways to let your voice be heard, that take minutes of your time.
The battle for Britain has begun, which side will you be on?