UKIP and Lessons of Remembrance

As our major political parties fall over themselves trying to win back voters from UKIP – because, presumably, racists and bigots are now seen as being the key demographic needed to secure the balance of power at the next election – our society appears to be suffering from a profound imbalance of values.

The tragedy is that petty prejudices and ill-informed fears somehow always manage to inflame public passions far more easily than – to pluck a few examples entirely at random – protecting the environment; nurturing children; caring for the sick, the elderly and the disabled; or trying to lift the living standards of the impoverished. Alas, fear and hatred are all too easily nourished: simply turning a blind eye enables the spread of their poisonous roots beneath the feet of good people.

In this centenary year, as we take pause to remember those who fought and fell in defence of our cherished values of freedom and tolerance, it is worth remembering how, in that bygone age, downtrodden and dispirited populations were stirred-up by charismatic politicians spouting venomous words and pointing accusing fingers: pitching man against man along lines of allegiance which were based upon little more than accidents of geography or divergent interpretations of ancient texts… Still, at least we have now assuredly learned the lessons of that era – for nothing could be more heart-breaking than to have commemorated those sacrificed lives while stoking the ashes of that same fire into a new conflagration.

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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