Today, the Primeminister, Theresa May, said that if Brexit doesn’t happen….and let’s face it, no one really knows what’s going to happen anymore…people will lose faith in our democracy….
Are you losing faith in our democracy? I hope so! It’s high time we woke up to the fact that we don’t actually live in a participatory democracy, and the views of the UK are not fairly represented in the first-past-the-post 2 party system. Our political system is broken – both in the UK and in the EU. It is simply unable to help us create what we now need in society. It is built on multiplied sovereignty, simply the child of empire, and needs to be completely reimagined for a future that is more socially just and environmentally sustainable.
Here is a poem I wrote, after hearing an amazing head teacher, called Jill Wood speaking about why she had taken the decision for her Year 6 Students not to take their SATS tests (compulsory exams for our 11 year old in England). She was giving her “enough now” to the detrimental effects testing can have on children. Here is what she inspired in me: