The Burden

It’s the normalisation of the base; a place
Made coarse, clothed with the crass.
It’s the lowbrow certainty; the sweep
Of false memory and a collective pride‬
That adds mass to need
In the voluntary stripping away of dignity
And a will to be less without becoming lighter.

 

[#notacult]

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A world that fits

In the lands of my imagination
There exists a nation, wise,
That’s built on ethical foundations
For to see its people – all its people
Meaningfully thrive

With Integrity and Honesty,
Equality and Liberty,
Its cornerstones on which
All other bricks look and rely.

There, the atmosphere is friendly
And the population wild but kind
For they have made Society’s priority
Achieving peace of mind.
They recognise you cannot
Put a price on individuals
Who see themselves fulfilled
Through their own eyes;
That a populace that’s confident,
Is not inclined to rush
To crush each other;
Even less to jump to judge
And moralize.

For they have learned a treasure
Through the measurement of time:
They understand true freedom starts
In one’s own heart and mind.
And no one dreams to mess with it
Because their own shoes, comfy, fit;
There, everyone’s a valued peer
And so respect and trust exists
Among them in all spheres.

They care and share
They take and give;
With love to spare,
Can dare to live,
For they have grown
To know the things of common need
And sown the staples, stable, rich
To leave them plenty time and space
In which to be
And nourish their own precious gifts.

There, they have built a world that fits
The people who must live in it.

[2014]

Parity glimpses
Light dancing in harmony,
Wise of consonance.

May we find our balance. Good Equinox.

#PressforProgress

Gender parity
Be taken as a given
Push in and push on

International Women’s Day 2018: “Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity – #PressforProgress” 🌹

Right to Remain

Most Remainers would like to be wrong about Brexit. Wouldn’t they? Much as Brexit voters might find this a difficult notion to absorb. For all the scorn and horror and bitter resentment, most Remainers did not become so out of any great fondness for the European Union. Their lack of positivity and inability to make an enthusiastic, emotional case to stay in, during the referendum campaign, is often remarked upon. The official Remain campaign was dull, inadequate and complacent but Remainers, generally, were pragmatic about their EU-scepticism when they voted to stay in. They weren’t sold on the EU but they certainly weren’t buying the snake oil of Leave.

Not only was the EU not an important issue to Remainers but Leavers’ reasons were not even logical, unless they were framed as disconnected factors which, of course, is impossible. As is being borne out, Sovereignty, Democracy, Law, money, security, border control, etc, etc cannot be thought of and managed in isolation, as though they were simply independent of each other.

Project fear was and still is Leave’s automatic call and response to any awkward question and inconvenient analysis. And here, Leavers continue to miss the point: that Remainers’ lack of enthusiasm for the EU paired with a pragmatism that supports the EU would strongly indicate that Remainers were much more capable than Leave of being objective when interpreting the devilish details, choices and consequences. They still are. Remainers simply were not attached to an ideological outcome sought by tribal agendas. They were more attached to practical wisdom in a real-world setting. They still are.

If Remainers seem fond of the European Union, now, it is because, over the last two years, they have learned more about it and come to appreciate, value and respect its purpose and its import, not just to this silly little island outcrop but to the shifting body politic of the entire shrinking world.

If Remainers are wrong and Brexit really does become the huge success it was peddled as, it will be the result of a quite undeserved luck, being as far away from good sound judgement as it is possible to get. It will be a flaming miracle, in fact but, rest assured: most Remainers will breathe as big a sigh of relief and cheer as loudly as Brexit’s most prolifically vacuous leaders.

Road to Brexit

The Road to Brexit
Is lined with speeches
By tall-tale preachers
And good will leeches.

Bit late to be “concerned about constitutional integrity” you flaming interminable Brexit bozos.

Shit. Sorry, I forgot: we’re supposed to be kind and patient and show respect for and understanding of the collective of numpties who still insist that they knew perfectly well what they were voting for and that they completely understood the national self-harm they were inflicting on everyone as they hurled their vacuous vitriol at Remainers and confused their own ignorant treachery for actual patriotism…

In contrast to the EU’s emphasis on process, the UK government’s emphasis has been on publicity.

All the EU is doing is presenting the legal reality of the UK’s own demands.

Understanding why Britain has been so regularly and comprehensively outplayed