As we inch towards the end of polling, here’s a very pertinent, poignant comment from Vox Political reader Tracie Wayling.
Tracie is a person of enormous compassion – she was the one who asked this blog to run a piece on ‘Homeless Dean’, back in January.
So her words are worthy of attention. Here they are:
“Everywhere I look, I see and feel endless amounts of people who are quite literally terrified today.
“This may be for many, many reasons, from bedroom tax and being close to being made homeless, to the mere thought of freedom of speech and rights, to justice no longer existing for many and heading down roads that lead to nowhere fast.
“I am one of those people, because I see and feel the hurt that others feel.
“I have always been one mass, raw, magnet of an empath. I see and feel what lies ahead. As a woman who has fought to help right the wrongs for many over my lifetime, I hate seeing people hurt. It is both a blessing and a curse ‘feeling’ people’s hurt. I hate seeing people in pain. I hate that so many suffer in silence, never even giving a clue to the outside world how they’re feeling until it’s too late.
“I don’t hate that I ‘feel’, I hate that there is such hurt and fear in so many to feel. Such suffering is so unnecessary and so completely, utterly avoidable and pointless in this day and age, in a world that has way more than plenty.
“I see people who could have the most awesome and satisfying of lives, with skills in humanity, in writing and so many talents that Mother Nature’s laws long for people to use, in helping others to make changes and live the lives they were born to live – but who are being suppressed from putting these skills to use because they are battling to keep their own heads above water.
“I see, everywhere, humans not being respected or appreciated for the amazing individuals they are.
“I see people who, with a realistic helping hand, could climb to great heights – but the lower ladder rungs have been removed and they have no way to reach the nearest one when there’s a large boot waiting to send them flying back down again.
“The world is a mess. This country is a mess. You know things have gone very, very wrong when so many people are petrified of their own Government.
“The Government that is supposed to represent them.”
The last government – of Tories and ‘Tory’ Democrats – never represented anything other than its own greed. The last five years have been about funnelling money to private corporations, who in turn donated some of it to their favoured party of government – the Tories more often than the Lib Dems.
Today has been our opportunity to change that – by the simple act of putting a cross in a box.
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