State of the Nation

A blog post usually covers one subject. An opinion that can be summed up in a few short paragraphs. With recent world events of such biblical proportions, it seems that no blog, conversation or published work can do justice to the issues that the world is currently facing. Even I have been lost for words, and that is saying something.

With 24 hour media, we have witnessed the plight of the Japanese people who have endured a magnitude 9 earthquake, 40 foot high tsunami and nuclear fallout all in the same day. A week later Britain took it upon itself to go to war with another oil rich Muslim country under the guise of a UN peace mission, and as the media would have it, diverting attention away from coverage of the Japanese disaster, which three weeks on barely gets a mention.

Amongst all this, the British people found time to raise £74 million for Comic Relief charities, and our Chancellor has delivered a recession busting budget, saving motorists a penny on the price of petrol, despite his 2.5% VAT increase in January.

I’ve always found solace in a fresh perspective. Looking upon the world as an entire planet can make our individual problems appear trivial against the backdrop of the bigger picture. But these last few weeks have been exceptional. I’ve found it increasingly difficult to relocate my perspective, when from all angles the world experiencing unprecedented turbulence.

Closer to home, and in the wake of violence after a TUC protest march where 140,000 public sector workers demonstrated in London against Government cuts, the city that I love so much was, in places, smashed to pieces. The Leader of the Opposition tried to jump on the bandwagon comparing the march with that of the Suffragettes, whilst professional anarchist groups compromised the very process of democracy by sabotaging a peaceful event with their own misinformed self congratulatory ideology.

It’s fair to say that March 2011 will be a month noted in history as one not to be repeated. I feel that Britain is ready for some good news, and unlike the destructive power of nature, it is the collective strength of people that will overcome the current temperament of our nation. We must find the confidence to celebrate the creativity, spirit and good humour of every citizen who is prepared to step forward, speak up and play their part.

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2 thoughts on “State of the Nation

  1. It was awful to watch the destruction of the Tsunami. However much man tries to protect itself against nature, there are events beyond are means to protect ourselves against. The Japanese people will recover from this but maybe this time their government will be honest in making sure they protect them adequately and say what else can go wrong.

    Some may disagree about helping Libyan to be free of Gaddafi but there was a city of a million people about to be attacked. I think there was no choice but to intervene and save thousands of lives

    Londoners may feel sad about their city centre being damaged . but some of the businesses who got a broken window aren’t exactly the innocent parties they like to portray. I think they can fix their glass but a tarnished reputation may change how people see them now. Sadly with harder times ahead for the UK there will be more angry people and protests to come.

    Keep on with your tweets and blog Ant.

  2. None of us will ever forget those devastating pictures from Japan and as you say Anthony, words seem inadequate. There are so many other worrying events happening around the world which we can only hope and pray will be resolved without too much pain and suffering for all involved.

    London, being the capital, means that not only are we the focus of the good times but also the bad. London has suffered far worse than the recent damage caused by a few mindless individuals and survived, and will continue to survive. Even with a few scars it is still a great city.

    As individuals we often feel quite helpless at such times. We may not be able to stop such devastating natural disasters or it seems, Politicians leading us into conflicts that we may not agree with but as a Nation, aren’t we great at joining together and raising money to help those less fortunate, even when times are financially difficult for many of us?

    Those who organized, took part and gave their time and money so generously for Comic Relief this year are the ones we should focus on and celebrate. These are the kind of people I feel, who put the Great in Britain and will ensure the future of our Nation.

    Good to have you back Anthony.

    x

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