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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Aftermath of The Stinking Election

The most stinking election in living memory is at last over.

I dedicate this poem by John Gay to all the participants in the mudfight, whether they won or lost their seats:

'The Politician'

I see him mad and drunk with power
Stand tott'ring on ambition's tower,
Sometimes in speeches vain and proud,
His boasts insult the nether crowd,
Now seized with giddiness and fear,
He trembles lest his fall is near.

One rather scandalous story for an election in 2005 was the problems Stephen Pritchard of Tarleton in Lancashire had in voting. Stephen is a company director of an organisation that arranges accessible travel and accomodation for tourists and business travellers with disabilities.

It was therefore highly ironic that he should arrive at his polling station yesterday morning, only to find that there was no wheelchair access, and that in order to get in to vote, he needed 3 men to lift him up the steps.

To add insult to injury, when he tried to vote, the polling booth collapsed.

Clearly the concept of 'Universal Suffrage' has been lost on the election officials at Tarleton!

Despite all my attempts to get to sleep, and avoid the election coverage, I ended up watching the results coming in.

I was very moved to see Reg Keys get such a large vote in Sedgefield, and to listen to his speech. Reg Keys' son was killed in Iraq, so Reg stood in Tony Blair's constituency as a protest against the war.

Blair stood stony faced, shuffling uncomfortably behind him as Reg suggested that one day Blair might apologise to the people for engaging in the Iraq war, and be able to visit wounded soldiers face to face.

Across the country, Labour suffered the public's anger at the way they have been lied to about Iraq. George Galloway defeated Blairite Oona King, in what could be a highly significant development. I think Galloway could go one of two ways, either using his position in parliament to build a New working class party in oppositon to New Labour and their war, or he could spend all his time trying to get back in to the Labour Party, as Ken Livingstone did in a similar situation, which I feel would be a waste of all the immense efforts his supporters put in against the Labour Party machine to get him elected.

Blair's majority has been significantly reduced. This means that if he wants to carry on with his programme of creeping privatisation in the Health Service and Education, he is likely to find it much more difficult, particularly if all the people who value these public services take action to defend them: If you value it, Stand up for it!


At 5:42 PM, Blogger d said...

Hey, on a lighter note, it's Nurse's Day here in the US. Much respect to all the nurses out there who keep us alive. As the general decline of social democracy proceeds apace, we will all need your comfort and care in the years to come...

Sorry about the war.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger GOPranos watcher said...

I made the mistake over the past couple of years thinking that Blair's future as PM would be toast for joining sides with our Lil' Dictator.

Yesterday is much like November of 2000 and November of 2004. And this is not so bad for the U.K. and the U.S. as it is the WORLD.

Hang in there, TN. I know what it is like when the lunatics take over the asylum, believe me.

At 1:53 AM, Blogger Richard K said...

Hi, your blog is fantastic! Well done!

I have a travel planning site/blog. It pretty much covers travel planning related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)


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