Today I’m blue but I still stand, wearing red

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TODAY I was going to write about style.

That was my big plan.

But then the General Election happened and I’m sat here finding myself unable to do it. To write about something seemingly so trivial at a time when what is happening to this country is so much more important.

And so apologies to those who would rather I wrote about pretty things today, but today I am about to get political and have my say.

Because I need to get some things off my chest. And because the need to express my woe at the news that we are heading for a Tory government is too great to ignore.

Firstly, before I begin, let me just say this post is not a pop at Tory voters. As my husband wisely said this morning; “whether we like it or not, the people have spoken.” 

So wise and so true. And this of course has to be respected. And I do.

A democracy is all about people having their say, voicing their opinions and voting for what they believe in. And no one can deny this is a beautiful thing even if today’s result appears ugly to me.

But I’m afraid I cannot help but be sad and fearful about what the future holds for all of us. I’m afraid I cannot rejoice with you, Tory readers and voters. I wish I could but I cannot.

Because personally, I am sad that the majority of the country has voted for a Tory majority.

Because personally, I am devastated that my daughter will have to grow up under a Tory government.

Because personally, I’m astonished that so many people think the Tories are the only answer to our country’s prayers.

And this is why.

I am not the greatest political mind, sadly. Neither do I know all the ins and outs of every manifesto. (Although as the last coalition proved manifestos are just promises that can be easily broken.)

And nope, I surely do not know it all. Damn.

But I can tell you what I do know. I can tell you THIS.

Where I live, the last coalition Government has made life much more difficult for people. And that we have a food bank here now because people are too poor to buy food for their families.

Where I live, when a Tory Government was in power in the eighties, people in my town had their livelihoods destroyed and their communities obliterated, with not a thought for their future or the future of their families.

Where I live, this town has taken almost 30 years to get back on its feet since Maggie Thatcher. Three whole decades.

And THIS.

The town I grew up in, no longer has a hospital with an A&E department, thanks to the Tory-led Coalition Government and it is not alone.

The friends I know who work with the sick and injured are terrified of the future of the NHS with a Tory Government in power. They are also overstretched, undervalued and of course, underpaid.

The teachers I know – my Husband included – who know education inside and out, have been ignored by the Tories who think only they know what is best for our children. They are given little say, yet every day they see more children coming to school hungry and poorly treated.

The people I know who are have suffered misfortune, be that through unemployment or sickness, are struggling to survive thanks to the Government that has ruled for the past five years.

And THIS.

As a self employed woman, the Tory led coalition Government – which was all for people like me apparently- did nothing for me, NOTHING.

They haven’t – as I always hear from Tory millionaires – made it easier for me to stay in business or become more successful sadly.

And as a mother? Well life for my family has only been made harder.

My husband and I are fortunate enough to earn good salaries, to own our own family home and to enjoy many of the fruits of our labour.

But even we have been squeezed. Even we have looked at our finances, shaked our heads at the rising cost of living and said to each other numerous times, “how the hell do other people – who aren’t as financially fortunate as us – survive?!”

So I’m afraid I cannot be happy about the future today, I just cannot.

Perhaps I will be wrong.

Perhaps the Tories will be the best thing to ever happen to this country.

Perhaps I will eat my words.

Perhaps.

But my gut instinct and the unshakeable feeling in the pit of my stomach is that life for many, many people in this beautiful country of ours is only getting to worse.

I do hope, truly hope, that in a few years time I will be telling you all I made a huge mistake and that life will be rosier for all of us under the Tories. (Not just the privileged few.)

And I hope that the only reason we will all ever be blue is because of who is in power, not because of what they will do.

But right now, I find it hard to believe it will ever happen.

So right now, I remain and stand, defiantly and proudly red.

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With love,

Kate

Lips

 

 

 

 

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51 Discussions on
“Today I’m blue but I still stand, wearing red”
  • You have made your point beautifully. I think what strikes me today is that all over my social media feeds and the people I’ve spoken to in real life not one person has raised their voice in celebration of this situation. Perhaps this speaks volumes of the people I choose to be friends with. I voted neither Labour nor Conservative and perhaps in that sense my vote was “wasted” perhaps I should have been more tactical however I voted with my heart. Your husband is right that the people have spoken and we now have to swallow that bitter pill I guess. As a teacher and a mother I am horrified.

    • Thanks Colette. I don’t think your vote was wasted at all, with such important matters like this, you have to go with the party that speaks to you and your heart. It does feel like a bitter pill to us, but I’m trying to remember that many, many people think they are the perfect tonic. Difficult for me to accept but I really want to try and understand why x

  • Great post! But the election doesn’t mean that you have to accept everything the tories do in the next 5 years – the more people who get involved and hold them to account the better!

  • The people have indeed spoken, but don’t for one minute think that the issue is settled. Without boring everyone with the detail, this is a real crossroads moment. The Tories’ likely majority is so slim that they will still struggle to govern – and that includes pandering to some of the more rebellious elements in his own party.

    What worries me more is that so many Tory voters (and I’m not a Tory voter) are quiet on social media because they fear a backlash from others. That just isn’t right. They’re entitled to express their views free from badgering even if we disagree with them.

    Anyhow, we are where we are, but we’re still a long way from where we’re going to end up and the road ahead is uncertain. The story’s just beginning. Wear your colours with pride.

    • Thanks Tim, I surely will. Really interesting points you make too about the future and what is to come. I guess we’ve just got to fasten our seatbelts in the short term and see what happens.

      Agree with you on the Tory voter thing too. So many people have kept quiet about voting for them, really does make you wonder why?

    • Indeed Leigh, indeed. Think I will need a stiff drink tonight but I remain hopeful. (Just) x

    • Well I think it is but many people will be happy today. I just truly hope I am proven wrong. Here’s hoping x

  • Completely agree, not happy at all today. I’m a SAHM, self employed, living just about(!), who home educates her son with autism – the Tories will not be good for us at all.

  • Very eloquent and sad. I agree completely. Don’t apologise for not being “the greatest political mind”; the electorate is made of people like us, who didn’t study politics but are truly affected by the policies, and know what we were promised and didn’t get. It’s important we stand up and be counted, not just at the polling stations but in public, like you have done. Much respect.

    (By the way, I’m one of the other bloggers Fiona “Free Range Chick” tagged on Twitter with you today! (@robynjankel) I just came to check your blog and from this post alone, I like what I see :) )

    • Thank you Robyn, really appreciate you saying that! And yes you’re absolutely right. It’s so important to be counted and to voice your opinions, I just wish more people would do the same. And thanks for popping by! I will return the favour ;-) x

  • I have never read one of you posts before and I am delighted this was the first one I have come across.

    I resonate with these sentiments so much. I feel genuinely sad and a little worried today. You capture the reasons for this wonderfully and write with a beautiful tone (think mine would have been a little more spiteful and childish)

    Wonderful picture too.

    From a new fan,
    Sarah K

    • Ah thank you so much Sarah and welcome! :) So lovely of you to say. I have to say, it was probably one of the easiest posts I’ve ever written. The words just flowed on this occasion, such was my sadness and disappointment. Let’s hope we are proven wrong x

  • Couldn’t agree more. I must admit I’m more frustrated than anything – really thought this was the end of the blues. I just hope that we are both wrong!

    • Sadly Terrie, I think it is just the beginning of the blue reign however yes, let’s hope we’re both wrong. I’ll happily eat my words if it means life gets better for ALL in the future.

  • I think the reason lots of voters (Tory or otherwise) have remained quiet is because for many (and historically so) voting is a private affair. I don’t think there’s anything suspicious in it. I’ve mostly avoided SM today because it hasn’t been a very pleasant place to be. I’m not the only one that feels like this. I do wonder if we reaped so much from the Labour government before coalition, that we have *that* much to fear with a Tory one? That we can be so sure of what’s coming? I think we have to remain open-minded. Hopeful. And work together to bring unity back to the United Kingdom. Naive? Perhaps. But what’s the alternative?

    Lovely dress by the way ;0)

    • We can be hopeful Amy I agree however as someone who doesn’t agree with the Tory party or their policies, I for one am certainly wary about them and fearful of the future. Their track record speaks volumes, in my opinion.

      I have no problem with people being quiet about voting, who people vote for is entirely their choice (And thank goodness for that!) but nor do I have a problem with people voicing other opinions to my own. I think it’s important to have debate, it’s important to hear other sides, it is the only way we learn and grow. Glad to hear you’re hopeful and longing for unity. Time wil tell, no doub :) x

  • I was raised in a rural community and have seen first hand the legacy of slow growth after an 80s Tory government. I rode a wave of excitement with the lib dens at the last election. Their progressive promises offered me something that had been lacking in previous political leaders. This year I spent a lot of time thinking about what I needed from a government. I read manifestos. I knew that despite my feelings towards some party members, red, was for me. As a qualified nurse I was sad today. As a self employed woman currently expecting her first child, I despaired. I too hope that my views will change over the next 5 years but I for one will be far more vocal about issues that matter & hope that is a lesson many people take from this. Great post x

    • Thank you Ceri. And I’m with you. If anything yesterday’s results has made me realise that I want to do more, to bring about change. And whilst I’m certainly not after a future political career, this woman is sure going to become more political and vocal. x

    • Thank you darling. It’s important isn’t it? I was so worried about publishing it but I had to do it. x

  • Stunning dress and yes I was so surprised by yesterday’s result. It seems my Twitter feed is no representative of the country. Better than UKIP, but I fear for out NHS and education system. The amount of people that are using food banks is appalling. Don’t get me started on tuition fees – but it is a majority and that is what democracy is about.

  • We’re a green and red household. I hovered hard between Labour and Green, and then decided on Green. Ian voted Labour. I usually do. Our local Labour MP retained her seat, so that is something. However, we are not rolling in it and are not going to do particularly well from the results.

    I guess that time will tell. I have a lot in common with Ceri – a qualified nurse, self-employed with two children. This isn’t the end. There is still time to encourage a change in people’s thinking and consequent voting habits… x

    • There is. I guess we just need to watch this space, observe and force change if we have to. x

  • Very well put Kate, I think this a difficult one to write about for fear of offending someone but I think you have been very reasonable. The truth is that there are some areas where the cuts show more than others. My husband is also a teacher and I we often talk about education and the future, I worry for my boys in school as I hate how teachers are pushed to reach unrealistic targets, pushing the children and devaluing their jobs. The things he tells me about the children in his school break my heart. It makes me sad but as you say the country has spoken! I just hope people show extra compassion to each other in a time that will be difficult for so many xxx

  • From what you have said about your husband in the past, I can say with some surety that Andrew and I don’t earn out together what he brings home every month (and that’s without even considering your contribution too). So I’m sure you can imagine that, being those people you mentioned in your post who aren’t as well-off as you, we have more than enough reasons to be downhearted without even taking Thursday’s result into consideration!!!! Like Jamie said, “the people have spoken” and I respect that. But what I’m hearing is that they have said children like Gwenn, who come from “low income” families, don’t deserve – and will struggle to access – anything better in the future. We are very lucky that both my and Andrew’s parents are what you would call “well off” and we got help buying our flat, and we made shedloads of money on it when we sold it, which meant we could buy this house, and this house has a lot of equity in it, and that’s a nice feeling and it makes me feel secure. I never truly worry about Gwenn because I know nobody in our family would ever let her go without. But if I was earning what I’m earning, and Andrew was earning what he’s earning, and our families didn’t have any money to help us out, then I would be terrified. x

    #sundaystars

    • Yep it’s frightening stuff isn’t it. I’m incredibly grateful for the live we have and just cannot comprehend how god damn awful it must be for so many people, most of whom will be working so hard and trying their best to make ends meet. Awful stuff. x

  • I have to agree with you, I am not into politics that much I do follow it though and have my opinions – I think hard working families will be hit the most and I am not looking forward to feeling the pinch even more than we already do. It brings such stress on families I hope we are both wrong and they work wonders on the country I really do! Thanks for linking up so #sundaystars

    • I agree with you Amy and that’s what really bothers me. I guess we can but hope that things improve and if not, do our bit to try and ensure they do x

  • I love that photo of you! Such a great styling – toys in the background and all.

    I do not love the election result. I am worried about the future, and I really don’t understand how so many people thought the conservatives were the best choice for our country! I work in local government, in a job that hasn’t been covered while I’m on maternity leave.
    I heard Cameron on the radio before the election saying that local government needs to be even more efficient. I can see easily where some more savings can be made, but that leaves me without a job!

    It’s really difficult, and I don’t know how things can improve without some sucking it up and carrying on regardless.

    Great post.

    • Haha! Thank you so much. Toys and frocks – they’re what I live for ;-) Glad you enjoyed the post and fingers crossed things improve for all of us ey? x

  • Reading this article has reminded me of the frustrations of watching, then hearing the results later on Friday morning. I am not a Tory supporter either, so I am also frustrated by the election results. Non of the politician seeking re-election, were listening to the people for what they wanted. They neglected the issues the people thought were important to them. Sadly a they all thought the other way round and a lot of politician lost their jobs. I guess thats a lesson to the politicians next time round.

    • I think there will be much soul searching and party searching in the weeks and months to come, certainly by Labour and the Lib Dems. Hopefully it will be a wake up call for them. Fingers crossed!

  • Well done for speaking your mind! I didn’t vote blue or red as actually I have worked under both governments as a teacher and labour ruined teaching for me. Tory didn’t improve it and I left. Both parties are as bad as each other in my mind as none live normal lives and no matter the party none can appreciate hardship, none have been teachers or nurses etc and so none will make a real difference. Real change needs to happen, I don’t know how or when but government, the leaders and their mps all need to change and be real people who will truly speak for the people. x

    • I hear ya Katy – totally with you on the real change thing too. I’m also now of the belief, that if we want things to change, we have to be part of the change. x

  • Powerful post Kate! And I agree with a lot of what you have to say. For me, politics and economics are very much affected by the each other. Yes, I’m scared for the NHS over the next few years but I honestly don’t think it would have made much difference if Labour had got in. The economy is now recovering from a slump that was inevitable and global. I remember feeling very sad for Labour five years ago when they decided to go with the wrong brother, for me the die was cast back then. Lets see what happens in the next five years and lets hope it’s not as bad as we fear! Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday Stars.

  • Oh Kate I am so with you on this one. I felt so depressed and discouraged when I woke up last Friday to the election results. The situation with food banks and the NHS have made me very concerned about what is going to happen under this new government. I keep reminding myself that people power does not end at the general election but that we can still make a difference through protests and positions and hopefully make the politicians listen. Thank you for sharing your thoughts too x

    • Thanks Louise. Thank YOU for your super comment. You’re absolute right about the reminder, people power does not end at the general election and we can still make a difference. I’m already looking at getting involved locally too x

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