This is a word that Labour Party members often seem to use as a substitute for goodbye – or even hi!
Quite why I don’t understand. But I wish they wouldn’t…
It is certainly true that we need more solidarity in our communities – but in English it is unusual for an abstract noun to be used in everyday parlance.
The French by contrast have a Health Ministry that is shamelessly called The Ministry of Health and Solidarity.
The French are certainly comfortable with abstract notions and by contrast, most Brits are more practical.
That is certainly a cliché but still actually broadly true I’d submit. The trouble is we have an unusual government. It is commprised of faith based ideologues elected on about 29% of the population who have ended up with complete control.
Our government is actually not representative of us.
English generally prefers concrete notions – although the Ministry of Justice was created in 2007 – under a Labour government.
Does this imply that Labour has thoughts – or even, possibly, abstract thoughts?
It certainly surprises me that the practical, concrete notion Tories haven’t abolished this Ministry of Justice – an abstract idea – although many criminal lawyers would say that they have abolished the practical fact.
So Labour certainly have abstract thoughts. (I blame the French Revolution.) Whereas the current Conservatives have few thoughts except ideology, which is of course, faith based.
Still we will probably be clapping tonight – which is certainly ‘solidarity’. But while the emotion of clapping is demonstrative of solidarity you cannot unfortunately either eat clapping or pay the rent with it, and we know that, appallingly, nurses have been referred to food banks.
So perhaps electoral conflict is abstract nouns versus ideology?
I think that we have to vote for reality – not either abstract nouns or ideology. But we must know what reality actually is.
And that is why, I’d suggest, knowing where money comes from, so often used as a substitute for our available resources, is absolutely key.
That would be real solidarity.