Don't worry, this isn't a long depressing rant. I sat down with Tom last night and talked about the world and politics and where are we all going and it got me thinking. I warn you some of what I am about to say may seem a little controversial but I am not a raving right winger or commie for that matter.
Right, lets start with the point that politics in this country has now become very narrow. The big issues have been settled for the most part with the middle ground, surprise surprise, being what the majority of British people agree with... How did that not get spotted earlier. The problem with all the political parties in the country agreeing broadly with each other means that what you get left with is politicians having to argue over percentages and wording. Everyone agrees we need to improve the health service and everyone knows that good schools need to be provided for everyone, the problem is in the how we get there and who pays. but lets face it, so long as they do not end up taxing us white or destroy these corner stone institutions that make up the bedrock of our country we really are not going to tune in or care about these shades of grey differences.
What I think I want, and I suspect many others in this country do too is an idea of what are we actually working hard and raising our children for. What world are we building. Before 1990 it was all linked to fighting communism. It might not have invaded every aspect of our lives but it was there as a touchstone of what we are doing in the world. Since then sadly, all we have had is the pursuit of wealth for self aggrandisement and satisfaction. Now, don't get me wrong. I worship the mighty pound as much as the next man and wouldn't say no to a lottery win but even with a really great lifestyle and no money worries and no need to go to work anymore I would still, or perhaps to an even greater degree, want to know what is it all for?
What I think this country could really use is an idea of where we are actually trying to go. What is Britain actually trying to do in the modern world? How would we like to be seen in modern world, what are we trying to achieve and how the hell can we get there? No-one asks these questions really. Gordon brown proposes Britain day assuming that the brand will create the substance of the day but unless people believe or even understand the in principles behind the event it will become just another public holiday with a few fly passes and maybe some fireworks.
Now if you have made it this far, (yes, thats you Tom and Lindsay, though I imagine one of you has your head in your hands at the number of typos while the other is now wondering what typos) and congrats if you have, I would love it if you could post a few lines on what you think Britain could be in the modern world. I have ideas of my own but I actually would love to see what other people out there think. And if, god forbid you found this at all interesting please invite your friends to have a read too so they can post. If I get a response I may at some point write what I think we could being doing.
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