Went to my school this morning, well I say my school it’s not really my school but the establishment I’ve taught at for many years, although I’m sure there are some who would question my use of the word ‘taught’, I did get the book ‘Bluffer’s Guide to Teaching’ twice in my first 3 years there for my secret santa. Anyway, spoke with George in the office who’s retiring tomorrow then joined my class for the morning routine. It was a lovely reception with most of the students coming up to greet me and say their different things. Jo’s kept things going well and it was great to see how things have developed in my absence but mainly the very tangible feeling that the students appeared happy and confident. I liked the way Jo asked them a provocative question about Barb’s birthday celebrations, shows how out of practice I am as I immediately blurted answer out not waiting for the students! Tom, Barb and Sharon all supporting Jo brilliantly and it really moved me to witness.
Then had chat with Sophie, the head, spoke of my returning and other stuff, there was much heartfelt greetings from many and it really touched me (Suzie, Simon, Lesley, Tania amongst others). Felt quite weird being there but glad I’d been.
It’s now gone 6 and I’ve been asleep all afternoon, seems like that little visit this morning has really wiped me out and there was I talking about going back to work full time, will need a tad more energy than my battered body has currently.
So George Monbiot writes a piece following on from my thoughts a week or so ago and the possibility of not voting labour and going green as the Green Party are the closest we have to a left wing party at the moment. Unfortunately they are a party born out of environmental concerns, which of course is vital, but what they are not is a party in the mould of Syriza or Podemos which are unashamedly left wing. As Suzanne Moore suggests, despite the Greens claims about being anti-austerity, they are not essentially a party of the left.
Just listening to Hozier, love his voice and ‘take me to church’ is a fine song.
Anyway, conflicted Duncan re-reads both Monbiot and Moore and has sympathy with both but continuing disillusionment with what the kleptos and bbs are doing and how our homegrown politicos are so sadly lacking in oh so many ways. Wonder why I suddenly shift to the third person? But reading the comments in response to Suzanne Moore I come across a very fulsome reply by someone calls themselves Iruka who thinks that the Greens are at least attempting a different approach. They do try to develop policy from the bottom up, in the Andrew Neil interview with Natalie Bennet (Green’s president) that many think was a disaster for her and the Greens, Ms Bennet made frequent reference to how they develop policy through discussions of the members not the top down crap of other parties (and the corporations).
Also that our binary system (i.e. tory/labour) does not allow for full and proper discussion and debate, just witness many of the ‘for public consumption’ shows they put on for us like prime minister’s questions in parliament or question time on telly. Although I have to say that parliamentary committees do do some good work, Margaret Hodge for example and her public accounts committee. Iruka goes on to decry nationalism and it’s anti-democratic hierarchies, the corporations and ‘financial enforcers’ and their ’empty market-spun simulcra’ which goes against our common humanity. He finishes with: “The first step towards getting out from under their thumb is to recognise the ugly falsity of their claims to be the embodiments of anything remotely like solidarity.” I think this is what we have to do, it’s why I bang on about the kleptos and bb’s, that Syriza and the Greeks have made their first step and, whilst I agree with Suzanne, a massive Green vote might be a first step for us.
Unless Ed suddenly does the right thing and goes left.
There is no campaign against chelsea jose, just recognition of your twattishness.
Aren’t we all pleased for apple and their massive profits, can’t resist putting in today’s Grauniad cartoon about this by Martin Rowson:
- from Grace, my daughter: reduce or get rid of university fees.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.