Now for something completely different…

At the risk of being political I have to say this. I cannot stand by… literally I cannot stand by. I can only sit or lay down. So I cannot stand by and be silent. Anyone who knows me will realise that I can’t be silent for long. We are at a critical time, standing or in my case sitting in a hallway full of doors wondering which one to enter. It wouldn’t be so bad if they all just held rooms. Even if they all had similar rooms. But this is a time of extraordinary significance. Some of those doors lead nowhere, some lead to disaster, some to hope and some to despair. The choice is important.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all agreed which door was which? But for some crazy reason we are at a moment in history when everyone seems to have a different view. This must be one of the biggest tests of the notion that all ideas are equally valid.

If you have grown up in the last 40-50 years then you have grown up in a world of grey, no, not 50 shades of grey, but a myriad shades of grey. A world where every opinion is equally valid. If it’s right for you, then that’s OK. The old certainties, the idea of right and wrong, black and white have long gone. But if that notion were ever to be tested, then it is about to be. Is it really the case that all ideas are equally valid?

Can we all be right? Can all the doors ahead of us lead to somewhere good? Or is my statement correct? Will some doors lead to disaster and despair and some go nowhere, while only some, or maybe only one give us hope.

What are these doors? Where is this hallway? The hallway is the time and place we are in. The doorways represent the choices we in the UK all now face. Who do we elect to govern us and do we leave Europe. Much as we all want to be right, that cannot be true, can it? Surely there must be winners and losers. There has to be a right and a wrong choice in this.

When you are deciding how to vote and whether to leave Europe remember. Yes, the two are linked. It’s easy to justify looking after ourselves above anyone else. We have become a self centred nation. Selfishness doesn’t sound bad if we call it national pride, but it is. Xenophobia sounds better dressed up as fear of terrorism or disguised as protecting jobs, but it is still a terrible thing, I’m sure that the ordinary German citizens didn’t see what Hitler did in the 1930’s as a bad thing. After all, he was stopping the Jews from taking their jobs, and corrupting their society. They believed the propaganda. Are you believing the propaganda about immigration, about the EU? How will the future judge us?

Also know this, real people have suffered real hardship and real harm as a result of the changes to disability benefits carried out by this government. Many have committed suicide. Not everyone has visible, well documented conditions like myself. In the early days of many diseases a person can be very ill, but evidence is still being collected. Some mental health issues are very real and destructive. Such people need protection and help, not condemnation and hounding. We have a cynical government that is dishonest and yet distracts attention from its own dishonesty towards needy people. If you can in all faith vote for such people do so with your eyes open.

This is a very political blog,  because politics matter. The people who govern us affect our lives, we have a choice who they are. Make that choice wisely. They think it is a foregone conclusion who will win; prove them wrong. In case you are wondering, I will be voting Labour. I want a fair and just society. Jeremy Corbyn has been maligned by the right wing press, but he is only guilty of being a little boring and of passion for justice.

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Author: Mike Nevin

I decided to write about the funny side of being cared for. I am a full time wheelchair user with daily carers. It's my experiences with my carers that inspired this blog.

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