Usual Canine Feminist Collective transmission is suspended while our human says something wise.........
Like boglin I had always been Labour, but I today I also voted Lib Dem. Because I can't get these words out of my head.
"Yesterday I was shot ... please ... yesterday I was shot over there - and talked to all of you on camera - I am one of the guys from this whole group. I gave you information. Do you speak Arabic? I want to give you information."
I have never heard anyone plead for their life before. I have heard the old, sick and dying, bargain & fret, but not beg in utter despair and degradation. The man had just seen a defenceless colleague shot at point blank range.
I am doing alright under this government but the ugly years of Tory government showed me what selfish, self centred, "I,m alright Jack" capitalism does to people and to society. It was ugly back then - but its even uglier now. I can not forgive Blair for Iraq. I can not forgive his muppets for not standing up to him.
Over the last few years I have watched the quiet and unnoticed erosion of Social Care. Basic rights have been put out of reach of vulnerable older people - such as having a bath, having clean clothes, having company, a hot meal, someone to get the lid off the cat food and help with shopping. Only those with a severe medical condition, with family and carers at breaking point, come to our services now. We wait for the break down. Those older people who just need a little bit of support to make their existance bearable are sitting alone in piss and squalor. Silent voices.
Personal Care and Social Care should be free and without prejudice.
Have I let the Tories in by the back door? I doubt I will see a Lib Dem government any time soon - but then women didn't get a full equal vote till 1928, Emiline Pankhurst started the movement in 1903. From little acorns.......