There was a time, many moons ago, when ‘eyes right’ would only mean one thing: I would have been on parade in the Navy and an important person would be stood/sat to the right of us.
Over the last few months I have heard the phrase many times, but in the political sense of it! Thank heaven the election is over.
While I won’t say who I voted for I will share some of my political views with you…
When I was young, possibly from the age of around 15 to 19 I sympathised with the Communist party. I wanted everyone to be equal and community was a big thing to me. It is possibly one of the reasons I joined up; living in the Naval community was fantastic. Wearing uniform meant you had no idea who was rich or who was poor. We were equal in work – no ‘favours’ from relations to help you move up the ladder; friendship/support was a 24/7 thing; we shared tasks such as cleaning the windows in our mess (4 girls living in one room was actually great fun), we shared ups and downs with boyfriends and bosses (I had one particularly grumpy Petty Officer boss, then one particularly lovely RAF Sergeant – who let us get away with murder).
I was way too naive during those teenage years to really understand communism and the freedom it constraints – meeting people who grew up under Communism in Eastern Europe whilst travelling a few years back was ‘enlightening’. Imagine not even being allowed to learn a foreign language (English) in the 1960 and 70’s???? Imagine not being allowed up to date toys just 40 years back??
After an ‘incident’ with some Italian communists in 1975 (one was actually a boyfriend of mine – ‘U.C’) I changed my views and aligned myself with the Liberal party for many, many years. I am pretty liberal in my views on life: to this day I will always argue the case of who I perceive to be the underdog.
However, my maternal family were always very vocal and very strong Labour supporters (mum did lots of voluntary work for the Labour Party and the Trade Union) so that had an influence on my political views too.
Finally, Conservatism has played a part. Now, I dislike austerity for austerities sake – those who know me will (I hope) agree I am a generous person (financially and with my friendship and time). I will give time to anyone in need; I will give money (even when I am broke) to those whose need is more than mine – but when you don’t have the money you surely cannot spend it? The conservatives has taken us through austerity and I hope we are now in a better position to review the finances of the country, stop using the A word and balance the books. I don’t want the government to do a ‘Viv Nichols’ but I do believe we need to spend urgently on healthcare to enable us to get true waiting times down and get treatment fast to those who are sick.
This sort of takes me full circle to my upbringing. My parents would never, never, never have anything other than a mortgage via a loan. Anything ‘on tick’ (HP as many call it) is just not the way forward. You save money, you then spend it. That’s it! Hence, although I am affected, and angered by, the ‘stealing of my pension’ I would not want any government to borrow the money to pay me back. Country comes first.
In my perfect world when money is short it has to be spent on healthcare and education.
In my perfect world we people should help each other – time costs nothing and unless you never watch TV you really do have spare time to volunteer to help others.
In my perfect world Labour, Conservative, Green, Independant, Liberal and all would curb their language and listen to each other. We can all agree to disagree – that’s what debates are about (or so I was taught at school).
In my perfect world we would understand that we actually need capitalists – many are good people and create labour for others.
What would your perfect world exist of? I would love to hear your comments…
Thinking, debating, changing views…It’s this Girls Thing.