Everyday Politics
Posted on 25 Sep 2019

I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling fed up with politics. Many of us will no doubt have sympathy with Brenda from Bristol.


The last time an election was called, in 2017, Brenda was stopped in the street by a local TV reporter and asked for her reaction to the news that Theresa May had called a general election. She was taken aback. “You’re joking,” was her immediate reaction. “Not another one? Honestly, I can’t stand this. There’s too much politics going on at the moment.”


With the neverending Brexit debate and endless arguments serving the political parties’ self-interests, we can all be forgiven for declaring that politics isn't for us. If, like me, you're a Remoaner, then you aren't happy because parliament has been suspended and we appear to be heading for a no-deal Brexit. And if you're a Brexiteer, you’re unhappy because we’re still in the EU and haven't ‘taken back control’.



But just because we’re fed up with the goings on in parliament doesn't mean we should be anti-politics. It’s  political to take issue with Boris Johnson for calling gay men "tank-topped bum boys". And it’s political to criticise Jeremy Corbyn for failing to get to grips with anti-semitism in the Labour Party.


But politics isn't just about party conferences, left and right and leave and remain. Everyday-politics is important too. It’s about improving the places we live in, volunteering for a charity, helping the homeless and marching in Pride parades. It's about supporting LGBT-inclusive education in schools, signing petitions and campaigning to stop property developers threatening our gay villages. And it's about debating things that matter with friends and family around the dinner table, in the pub or online.



The 650 MPs at Westminster don't have a monopoly on politics. It's the daily  discussions and actions of our everyday-politics that shape our communities and, hopefully, change things for the better.

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