Friday, August 20, 2010

Election Thoughts

As we contemplate another Election I can't help returning to the songs of Billy Bragg and at present the wonderful From Red to Blue

The lyrics and sentiment resonate incredibly.

Contemplating the possibilities.

A chance to re-elect a female Prime Minister

Inconsistent policies from the major parties that seem only half-formed, and pandering to fear and discrimination. Both focused on slinging mud and talking each other down.

A campaign where policies have been mixed and the performance of the politicians at times apalling.

An inexperienced but long-running party who has fully formed policies that are based on humanitarian and environmental values and a vision for the future.

The question do I vote Red for my class or Green for my children (Our future?).

Another day dawns grey, its enough to make me spit
But we go on our way, just putting up with it
And when I try to make my feelings known to you
You sound like you have changed from red to blue

You're a father now, you see things in different ways
For every parent will gain perspective on their wilder days
But that alone does not explain the changes I see in you
The way you've drifted off from red to blue

Sometimes I think to myself
Should I vote red for my class or green for our children?
But whatever choice I make
I will not forsake

So you bought it all, the best your money could buy
And I watched you sell your soul for their bright shining lie
Where are the principles of the friend I thought I knew
I guess you let them fade from red to blue

I hate the compromises that life forces us to make
We must all bend a little if we are not to break
But the ideals you've opted out of,
I still hold them to be true
I guess they weren't so firmly held by you

Some music for your thoughts.

1 comment:

Bells said...

i'm going to put this song on before I walk to the local PS for voting tomorrow. It'll give me the right frame of mind.