I was found earlier, as I hid under the quilt. I wasn’t hiding from a girl in particular, but from the world in general. A world that requires me to engage. To pay bills and write notes to school, to transport dancers and consider meals. Imagine how I’d be if I had to consider a job as well. Some days getting out of bed is an achievement: pity any company that relied on me.
Some days hiding from the world, avoiding interaction, is the only way to go. I don’t understand other people. Half the time I don’t understand myself.
The general election returned a Conservative majority. Many, many people voted in hope for a better life under a Conservative government. I hope they’re right.
I hope the poor, vulnerable and disabled receive the support they need, and social security to be able to have safe, warm homes with adequate food and clothing.
I hope all people have opportunities to learn, flourish and contribute to wider society.
I hope the National Health Service is valued, and kept in public hands, for all of us, if and when we need it, regardless of our ability to pay.
I hope the UK remains part of the European Union.
I hope that education and educators are supported and respected.
I hope that there is a strong voluntary sector to target services for those in most need.
I hope that the issues arising for all of us out of climate change are addressed seriously.
I hope that agreed international standards of Human Rights remain enshrined in law, and are supported by all government activities.
I hope that the politics of fear and ‘othering’ is replaced by collective vision and partnership.
I hope that consideration of social justice and equality underpins the government world view.
I may be living in a fantasy world, under my quilt, but what’s wrong with that? There’s money to make it happen, but instead there’ll be another £12 Billion cuts to social security, hitting the most vulnerable, and favourable tax arrangements for the very wealthy. Dave and his mates will still make money out of companies he sells national resources to. Those on benefits, non nationals, the EU, and asylum seekers will still get the blame for whatever is ‘wrong’.
Maybe the Conservative voters are right to seek solace with the familiar. A shiny future awaits, despite all the evidence? I hope so.
I’d really love to be wrong.
In the meantime, I feel like this guy.