I read this eloquent post this morning and it brought to mind the politically naive people who comment on, indeed laugh at and insult my principled belief system when it comes to politics…I must admit, I couldn’t express my views as eloquently as the person who wrote this piece so I took the easy way out and re blogged the whole article. To my mind, no person with a gram of ‘social conscience’ or an ounce of compassion can put forward any firm argument against the principles that Mr Corbyn and Socialists around the world hold dear….me included.
I have got my Tin hat on ready for the Tory driven, media supported drivel that will surely follow these words…so bring it on brethren …the word “commie’ will bounce of my tin hat without injury to my brain and the words, ‘looney left’ will just make me laugh at your naivety …Anyway enjoy this read and ‘Keep the red flag flying High’…Comrades.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, it was perfectly respectable to call oneself a socialist. It was a badge that one might wear with pride alongside the likes of Albert Einstein, George Orwell and Bertrand Russell. Nowadays, for reasons we’ll come to in a moment, to call oneself a socialist is to risk being perceived as some sort of cartoon amalgam of Arthur Scargill, Wolfie Smith, Derek Hatton, and Rik from The Young Ones. I have a neighbour who thinks it hilarious to tell people as a matter of routine that I am a fan of Joseph Stalin. Happily, I know that you’re not that stupid, so here goes.
I am a socialist. By that I mean that I believe in the socialism of Bevan and Beveridge, the socialism that gave us nationalised utilities, the NHS and the welfare state. Over the past couple of decades, since…
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Great post, Patrick! You’ll get no arguments from me about the “s” word – it’s an important part of my heritage.
Thank you Carol…great minds think alike … And your heritage is one to be very proud of
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WoW !!! Thanks a bunch !!! an award nomination !!! My head is spinning, thanks so much for your words of encouragement.
Have you got a spare tin hat I could use? As an American–well, you probably know what happens when you use the S-word in the U [letter deleted for the sake of political safety] of A. So a hat like that would come in handy.
Hahahaha … I’m sure I could find one if you need one … It’s always amused me how Americans confuse Socialism with the Stalin regime type of Communism, I mean , what’s scary about a fair society with free health care and nobody ripping the money out of your pocket for utilities which you need to survive?? …. If you go back , let me know and I’ll give you mine 🌹🌹
I don’t know quite what got into Americans about the word socialism. Maybe it’s something in the water. But, in general, all you have to do is lob it into a conversation to make the whole thing blow sky high.
Which reminds me that a tin hat may not be enough.
You have a way with words Ellen … Next time you are up in Sheffield, give me a call and I’ll happily take you to lunch … Or at least ‘Put t’kettle on for you ‘
Sounds great. First I have to figure out where Sheffield is.
I shouldn’t admit that, should I?