My brother just called. I was about to get an early night before the end of yet another busy week and now, I cannot. He's just told me about The Findhorn Community in Scotland, because it fits in with the amazing hyperlocal, sustainable project that Phil Campbell, Steve Hamilton at Conkers and I are working on – more very soon, I promise. However, you really ought to take a look at Findhorn:
Incredible isn't it? I mean from a group of people who had conversations with God in a public lavatory to a UN recognised charity with exemplar sustainable living over a period of 40 years, that's green shoots of recovery and then some!
I believe that Findhorn demonstrates precisely the kind of creativity and innovation upon which all of our futures depend: call it blue sky thinking or thinking outside of the box, whichever. I say this because we've swung left, right and back again for 40 odd years and all we are being offered, even now, is more of the same – a clamp down on benefit scroungers, inefficiency cuts and electoral boundary changes to put the kybosh on meaningful opposition. I mean, do you really believe that the ten per cent reduction in MPs will be democratic? Come on – that's vote rigging.
Manifestos seem less defined by politics than simply not being the party in power and wanting to be so. Is your vote worth so little that you are prepared to compromise your beliefs in the quagmire of tactical voting which prolongs this suffocating stranglehold?
Answer me this, too: if a group of unusual hippies in a remote part of Scotland can lead the world in sustainable living, how on earth can it not be possible that someone who has no experience of Government will do a half decent job?
Add to my reasoning a recent mailshot asking me whether I was going to vote “Conservative, Labour or Don't Know”, and the assumption that I have no choice seems malevolent to say the least. In fact, the only alternative cited with any regularity by the “main parties” appears to be the BNP – undoubtedly because they're considered so beyond the pale, that we shall willingly fall back into the ranks of the bipartisan voting masses.
Now, do not for one minute assume that I'll be voting BNP, for I can give them a fine lesson in Welsh Nationality and the reasons why none of them should be here. And do not expect me to have decided how I shall vote yet either, for I want to hear real discourse and debate, ideas and beliefs before I make my decision. All I do ask is that you too, have the courage of your convictions and vote this time for someone or something you truly believe in.
Posted @ 21:36:13 on 08 October 2009