As was the case for just about everyone else in the UK, a lot of my recent attention went to political developments and the many tensions in British society as I am based in Britain.
What that means changed profoundly on 12 December 2019. I am an EU citizen and Boris Johnson has stated that he does not want EU citizens to feel at home in the UK and that we’ve been receiving preferential treatment relative to Brits, and relative to for example Commonwealth citizens (which is yet another lie). I’ve been living in southern England’s coastal area since the end of 2004. I have previously lived in balmy Florida as well as in Amsterdam.
I ended up feeling immensely proud of, immensely grateful for and ridiculously emotional about the fact that my own constituency voted Labour. It ends one street to the north and that constituency immediately to the north of where I am helped vote Boris Johnson into five more years of power.
That is the same Boris Johnson who has openly been preaching intolerance and violence, not only with regard to EU citizens but also with regard to British citizens who don’t agree with his views and who don’t like his abrasive manner and feel embarrassed by the figure he cuts.
That is the same Boris Johnson who treated Parliament, and indirectly the Queen, with contempt and ridicule as he did with the British courts and their judges, as well as with many other hard-working decent Brits and Commonwealth citizens. The same Boris Johnson who relies on the support of people like Jacob Rees-Mogg who literally came within an inch of dropping his pants in Parliament and mooning his fellow MPs.
I noticed very few people with happy faces when I went to the supermarket two days ago and I felt so sad for them. Most people gave off an impression of worry and of bracing themselves.
The UK has a staggering extent of deep poverty as a result of its massive inequality and a crazy little thing called the British class system, which essentially divides people into worthy humans and lesser humans.
The Tories have been harming the lowest socioeconomic class, even making fun of people’s severe hardship, for nearly a decade. These people can take no more. There have been enough deaths already as a direct result of Tory measures that forced many people to live in Victorian conditions, measures that have been called “mean-spirited” by UN inspector and New York law professor Philip Alston and “blatantly discriminatory” by British judges. No wonder many people are highly concerned right now.
Folks, you can do this! Together, standing firmly on your own feet and making your own decision to take the lead, you can make things better for everyone. If you have enough power to hang on to a non-Tory MP in this constituency, you have enough power for a lot more.
The above video offers a wonderful example of the beauty that you can create if you cooperate across borders. English singer, American saxophonist, French drummer, and French percussionist.
What on earth could be wrong with that?