Week four of my return to blogland and I need to tell you that I am going offline completely again for at least a couple of weeks. I just need to get away from all the noise on the internet.
The past month has been quite challenging on a national and global scale: there was the UK referendum, I was devastated by the result. I know that I was in the minority and accept that we will be leaving the EU, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I know that everyone voted for the best of reasons so all I can do is hope that I’m wrong and things won’t get as bad as I feel they will.
After the referendum it got even crazier with David Cameron, our PM, resigning and other crazy things going on. So now we have a new PM, Theresa May, I have to say I hate her politics, but I do have a grudging admiration for her, she’s a strong woman and, let’s face it, slightly better than any of the alternatives – Andrea Leadsom, a woman I’d never heard of before but came across as a right-wing loon – Boris Johnson, professional buffoon and lier – Michael Gove, who went against his word and stabbed his friend in the back in order to further his own political career (fortunately it backfired on him). I’m really not sure why Thersa May has put Boris Johnson in as Foreign Secretary and made us a laughing stock of the world though! It might have something to do with the fact that she didn’t want us to leave the EU and he lied to persaude people to vote Brexit, so he can deal with the consequences, I don’t know.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party, the main party of opposition in the UK is pulling itself apart because the vast majority of the membership elected Jeremy Corbyn, a progressive socialist, as leader last year. Most of the Labour MPs don’t like him or his policies, and rather than accepting that they should be representing the views of the membership have tried their hardest to get him to resign or oust him by other means. This means there will be another leadership election in September. There have been all sorts of shenanigans going on in their attempt to rig the election. I am really hoping they fail because Corbyn is the first politician in many years who has made me think that change for the better might actually be possible. I joined the Labour Party in July to support Corbyn, but a few days later the National Executive Committee changed the rules saying that only people who had already been members for 6 months could vote unless people registered and paid £25 in order to be able to vote in the election. After thinking long and hard about this I paid the £25 and it’s just been confirmed that I can now vote.
Of course between now and the election ‘they’ are going to try and discredit Corbyn by any means, but he is such a dignified, calm and reasoned man, he refuses to get involved in personal mud-slinging and just states his case quietly and calmly – that it’s about people. ‘They’ keep saying he is not electable and he’s too left wing but maybe that’s what we need right now? For the past 20 years or so it has been difficult to vote in general elections for me because I couldn’t see much difference between the two main parties, but I think Corbyn could provide me with the choice I’ve been looking for. We’ll see.
There is other madness going on in the world too – Trump being nominated as the Republican candidate for the US president against Hilary Clinton for the Democrats! And all sorts of attacks on ordinary people going on in Nice, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, etc. etc. It’s all getting a bit too much to bear, so I just need to get away from the noise and calm myself down for a while. I’m going to be off-line for another couple of weeks or so, but I will be back.
In the meantime I’m sharing another page from my small 6″ by 9″ journal. This page was finished between April and June last year.
And here is a comparison between the ‘just collage’ stage with the completed page:
That’s all for now folks, enjoy your summer and I’ll see you in a few weeks time. In the meantime take good care of yourselves.
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