A choice between the politics of hope, or of fear

Brexit was it seems to me, predominantly about fear – fear of losing sovereignty.

This was a major concern of a minority of people. It was not actually a concern that negatively affected people’s lives – most gave it little thought, and indeed polls show that, prior to the referendum, it was very low on the radar amoung voters’ concerns. Those that did regularly think about it, as the voting largely proved, were mostly the middle class and well heeled of Southern England with too much time on their hands.

The Conservative Party leadership race itself is predominantly about fear – fear than Britain will not manage to leave the EU, either on time – or ever.

Is there any Conservative hope? Yes, a bit. But it is basically folorn. The UK will manage to leave after all. But that is the only hope. Such positive hope as there is, is based, not on policy but on the character of a potential leader to magic a rabbit out of a hat, if not immediately then with appropriate pazazz, after a barnstorming election, with still unknown policies, except, we presume on Brexit. The demonstrable flaws of the magician in question must be denting that hope…..

With the possible exception of the tiny band of ‘One Nation’ Conservatives, the raison d’être of those on the right, is to cater for the fear of those who have something, that they might lose it. That is why Conservatives would be so vulnerable in any election – the prospect of continuing austerity, stalemate, bleakness and inactivity is uninspiring at best.

Motivation for Progressives on the other hand is all about hope.

It is positive and it is inspiring.

I agree with Paul Mason’s plan of Remain in Europe, Rebuild Britain. That is an inspiring slogan.

If Caroline Flint’s Doncaster constituents are not inspired by that, then I really wonder what they want in life.

After all, helping our fellow citizens, whether in the UK or Europe, to be educated, healthy and safe benefits us too. For those are the requirements that enable us to get the things done, that we all agree that we want done, both better and faster. In consequence these things are not just in the general interest – they are in everyone’s self-interest.

That is, I suspect, why the next anti-Brexit march on 20 July is not simply for a new vote but a much more positive ‘March for Change’.

 

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