Where’s the Passion? – Personal Musings
I have attended the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival today for the very first time. I am aware of their wrong doings – albeit for what turned out to be the absolute right reasons. It was the same with the Suffragettes. Both took a stand, broke the law and suffered the consequences for what became a huge benefit to others. They instigated a change in the law. When I walked around today’s festival there were a number of things that struck me. But before I explore those you need to know three things:
I am liberal (small l). In principle I have an open mind that can be easily swung.
I am also really curious. I want to know why. I think I have a green agenda.
I wandered around the stalls which included Cubism, Communist, Transition Towns, Marxism, Green Party, War on Want, Green Peace, to name but a few, and have been bombarded with brochures. Brochures that to be honest will probably end up in the recycle bin in a couple of month’s time. What a Waste! And so much for being ‘green’.
What I want to know is where were the passionate speakers prepared to take the floor and persuade me that their cause is worth my time, effort and possible pound to support? Only once did I hear someone prophet his passion. His was that memorable that I have lent the words to the opening paragraph of this Blog. But to be fair this was a ‘right to respond’ comment and not what I would suggest was a call to action. Where are those advocates offering their view on society and how they would make it better?
When the marketing copy said there was a Speaker’s Corner that was what I was expecting. Not tables stuffed with brochures full of information I can obtain from the Internet, but people who are passionate about their cause. Maybe Britain, having recently elected two British National Party representatives to be European Members of Parliament, will encourage other minority parties to speak up now.
Jim Knight (our local Labour MP) is a nice guy. Met him on many occasions BUT he is involved in middle of the road politics. This makes him pleasant but not passionate. Where are the challengers, what of the competitors, who are the contenders? It seemed to me that all the passion was stuffed behind the brochures and leaflets and the advocates were only prepared to ‘sell’ to those who ask the questions, who essentially are already on side.
Will I see the others tomorrow perhaps?