Today I was taken in by what, in hindsight, I am hoping was a practical joke. I can’t be sure yet as the radio station sharing the new story has not admitted whether or not this is a genuine story and as the pretense was a stupid idea from the counsel…well need I say more?
One woman, who may or may not have been in on the joke, rang up the station in anger and claimed that she was so annoyed with this idea that she was going to protest by chaining herself to the railings of a local bakery. (See why I’m not sure if she was in on the joke or not?!) Anyway during her slightly out-there rant she said “people in this country do not protest enough” and I have to say that struck a chord with me. As a country, hell as individuals, do we stand up for our rights and protest or do we just bend over and take it?
I have a friend who is a teacher and last week she went out on strike. She spent the morning protesting and then the afternoon at a rally. I have never been in the position where striking was an option, but I don’t know if I would have the balls to strike even if I was in that position. I don’t know if it’s because I hear strike and think back to the minor strikes. The images of men from both sides, civilian and police, covered and blood and being carried away….. a rant for another time!
I am aware of current strikes within the emergency services and I must say I have hear very little support for those people who have gone out on strike. People seemed more concerned as to how this is inconvenience will affect their day to day lives. They seem to forget that a strike indicates people standing up to the big guns and saying “this is not good enough, listen to us”.
I’m not going to get political, but I do worry that taking away some of the powers of the union has left us weaker as a society and the fact that there was a slow news day where world wide protests against governments were not reported by the press leaves me cold. I worry about where out future is going as a country….. I worry about what the world is going to be like for the next generations.
There is famous quote which says “The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing” are we as a society guilty of doing nothing? Should we stand up and be accountable?
I’m afraid I don’t have a wise bombshell to end with. I don’t even know how to sum up…..
I’d love to know what you think!!