…everything we say, everything we do
The political and ruling establishment don’t seem to get it; we, the people, are actually important deserving something better than contempt, abuse and manipulation. Yet to hear William Hague, even a substantial ex-Tory donor, Arron Banks, is a ‘nobody’. Are we anything else than all nobodies in their eyes? Our Prime Minister’s conference speech mentioned, ‘proud to call Britain home’, but what about the people, us, who have throughout the ages made this country, are we not something to be really proud of and inspired by, to be mentioned by name and story?
Alas, the PM doesn’t even know who wrote Rule Britannia (James Thomson, Scottish) or the music (Thomas Arne, English). And Ed Miliband has a vague idea called ‘together’, presumably about proletariat masses, rather than real flesh and blood persons. Is it any wonder that Labour local government failed in Rotherham, Rochdale and Stafford to protect vulnerable children, women and older people?
So, here are the words of a few nobodies:
From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men… And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come… in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty. (John Ball, Sermon, and the Peasants Revolt, 1381)
Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interest, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions. (Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the American Revolution, 1776)
Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget. For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet. (The Secret People by G.K. Chesterton)
What makes our country, heritage, way of life and achievements great is the people. We deserve that recognition including government of the people, for the people and by the people. We need a new relationship or dispensation between our government and us; a partnership of mutual respect where each values the other and by working together, in a situation of goodwill, trust, shared responsibilities and openness where we can achieve so much more, more efficiently, for the benefit of all.
It is hard to see how the existing ruling establishment, being part of the problem, can ever become part of the solution; it is not in their DNA and they stumble when trying to connect. Did you see the party political broadcast that evening (following Dave’s speech) to celebrate achievements of his government? The much vaunted new jobs, for us, are shown to be serving in shops, hairdressing, welding or learning how to handle printed papers (presumably whilst lowly paid). Is this a vision for the future for good, honest, hard-working people?
What a refreshing change to see yet again people who get it: everything we say, everything we do, UKIP begins with YOU! Just to mention two examples, Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless putting their jobs on the line in the service of constituents and the rest of us; their eloquent, open and sincere reasons for joining UKIP are an inspiring example of how much they value and respect us. And the feeling is so obviously mutual. This isn’t a political party like the others, this is a community drawn from across society with a common purpose to defend our common heritage, liberty, and country. Until we reach our vision… a prosperous, free, democratic and peaceful country for all people governed by the people and a beacon of hope to everyone.
So with apologies to another nobody, Ernest Jones, Song of the future and the Chartist Movement, 1850s:
The coming hope, the future day,
When wrong to right shall bow,
And but a little courage, Ukippers!
To make that future—NOW!