Counter-culture icon Alan Moore has announced that he is to vote for the first time since 1979 – for Labour – because “a world we love is counting on us”.
Mr Moore is considered one of the greatest ever graphic novelists (that’s a writer of comics, for those who don’t know the lingo). His early work V For Vendetta depicted a Britain in the grip of a fascist dictatorship that treated ordinary people as a commodity to be exploited and subjected people from ethnic and social minorities, the sick and disabled to medical experimentation that most commonly resulted in their deaths.
Some may see terrifying similarities with the current Conservative government in such a situation.
Mr Moore’s statement runs as follows:
“Here’s something you don’t see every day: an internet-averse anarchist announcing on social media that he’ll be voting Labour in the December elections. But these are unprecedented times.
“I’ve voted only once in my life, more than forty years ago, being convinced that leaders are mostly of benefit to no one save themselves. That said, SOME leaders are so unbelievably malevolent and catastrophic that they must be strenuously opposed by any means available. Put simply, I do not believe that four more years of these rapacious, smirking right-wing parasites will leave us with a culture, a society, or an environment in which we have the luxury of even imagining alternatives.
“The wretched world we’re living in at present was not an unlucky turn of fate; it was an economic and political decision, made without consulting the enormous human population that it would most drastically affect. If we would have it otherwise, if we’d prefer a future that we can call home, then we must stop supporting – even passively – this ravenous, insatiable Conservative agenda before it devours us with our kids as a dessert.
“Although my vote is principally against the Tories rather than for Labour, I’d observe that Labour’s current manifesto is the most encouraging set of proposals that I’ve ever seen from any major British party. Though these are immensely complicated times and we are all uncertain as to which course we should take, I’d say the one that steers us furthest from the glaringly apparent iceberg is the safest bet.
“If my work has meant anything to you over the years, if the way that modern life is going makes you fear for all the things you value, then please get out there on polling day and make your voice heard with a vote against this heartless trampling of everybody’s safety, dignity and dreams.
“A world we love is counting on us.”
The possible irony of Mr Moore saying that “leaders are mostly of benefit to no one save themselves”, while making a statement that can only be interpreted as an act of leadership itself – an encouragement to follow his example – is not lost on This Writer. The difference is that Mr Moore does not stand to gain personally from his decision; he is already a very wealthy man and Labour’s taxation policy will probably mean he ends up paying more.
Clearly he considers this to be a price worth paying for an end to the current government.
Note what he said about Labour’s manifesto: “The most encouraging set of proposals that I’ve ever seen from any major British party. Though these are immensely complicated times and we are all uncertain as to which course we should take, I’d say the one that steers us furthest from the glaringly apparent iceberg is the safest bet.”
I would strongly support that sentiment.
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