A letter a day to number 10. No 1,518
Wednesday 10 August 2016.
Dear Mrs May,
There is a seismic political change happening in this country and not before time.
For myself, I am tired of besuited political demagogues and stateswomen and men talking down to us, prepared to press the nuclear button without a seeming shudder of horror and serving the interests of money over people.
It is interesting to note that Jeremy Corbyn and Mhairi Black have much in common and it is their plain speaking, unpretentious, humanity which resonates and holds. The point is, ‘they get it’, it is obvious and it stands out in a way that establishment figures cannot begin to emulate or even understand.
To much hilarity, it seems that the charm school numpties employed by your party suggested that standing with legs splayed somehow displayed statesmanship and competence when it did exactly the opposite. Wherever the idea came from, it was clear that they just didn’t ‘get it’.
It is not possible to fake up our essential humanity, humility, empathy and respect. If you’re not living it, you don’t have it. When Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” he was saying something so profound that it can never be reduced to a sound bite or a catch phrase. He was talking about the politics of being: engaged, committed and sincere. No spin doctor in the world can offer that, they can only play act it. Children have an innate sense of who’s being sincere and who’s turning on the smarm charm, they may be young but they are not stupid, stupidity is pretty much the exclusive domain of adults.
What this country needs, and why people are flocking to Corbyn rallies and supporting him, is a politics which relates to ordinary people’s lives, yet we are reviled and insulted by the media and politicians alike. Jeremy Corbyn represents the greatest threat to the self interest and greed of those in power since WWII and the post war consensus. It is time for politicians to shape up or ship out. The people have been milked dry by the greed of the bankers, by companies exploiting their workers for profit whilst paying poverty wages, by self interested politicians more concerned with their expenses than serving the nation and by a jeering, sneering, media which denigrates us. The gravy train is headed for the buffers, the planet is groaning under the pressure of corporate greed and resource grabbing, not from the modest lives of ordinary people. There is enough for the many, just not ever enough for the rapacious, grasping, few.