- I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.
In the UK, we still (despite what we think are problems) sit comfortably while in many countries typhoons and tempests rage and floods are making thousands homeless. Deserts are being created and children are going hungry as much now if not more than they have ever done. Wars are still being fought and the donwtrodden in a number of countries have sprung up to seek justice against their oppressors.
The world's ecology is threatened. Man is at a precipice.
Back home, there have been significant signs of a deep and underlying frustration in the UK.
There is no excuse for rioting, but there are frustrations underlying a rioter’s acts that can be explained. To take the case of the recent demonstration by (essentially) young people, they regard themselves as a ‘no hope’ generation – the world (to them) has left them without hope and yet they have seen respected members of society (bankers, M.P.s etc.) effectively cheat the country for their own advantage. And the general tone of society generated over the last 20 or 30 years is that everyone should be out for themselves.
The rioter’s simple thinking is that there is one law for the rich and another for the poor. Where is the example being set in society that society should expect the rioter to follow the law?
And then the present government comes in with its cuts which adversely affect the poorest 10% in the country, with the roll-on affect being the closure of various establishments and services that have helped to provide a safety valve in the past.
At last, a political leader steps up to the lectern to deliver a speech about moral values and how we as a nation need to revert to an 'all for one and one for all' mentality, not only that we might survive but because it's right that we all should be living that way. Human beings are moral when they recognise their real selves and stop copying the antics of the foolish. There's no such thing as an easy buck. Whatever is achieved in life can only be truly achieved by moral endeavour.
Ed Miliband has laid out his stall. The matters he referred to should have been addressed by preceding Labour leaders. They didn't because Margaret Thatcher had cast her spell - the Fool's Gold mentality that she had created in the '80s had impressed itself even into the Labour Party's ranks. Eldorado seemed to be a reality; Thatcher had done the damage. The very basis on which an economy can survive - in the things it invents and makes - had been virtually removed from the realms of necessity. Blair and Co. were spellbound by her nerve and sought to continue her theme thinking that fairness can be built into an economy that is built on sand.
What works? Only a compassionate government – one that works for integration towards One Nation: for Unity. Also a government that works from the real basics of economic development and not Eldorado pie-in-the-sky. Anything that is coordinated must be based on a real foundation – on rock – for it to work. And for an implementation of appropriate values to be achieved, all the major religious faiths and philosophies must be consulted.
Ed Miliband deserves and needs all the backing he can get. The UK needs his approach.