The Awakening Of The Mum by Michelle Dorrell

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    When people ask me, why did you become involved in politics?
    That’s when I remind them that I am a mum…and my most basic instinct is to ensure I do everything possible to make sure that not only do my children grow up to become good citizens but that they can go on to have a bright future ahead of them.
    But everything I am doing as a mum, I feel is being undermined by my own government; and that’s a scary prospect.
    I’m raising my children so they work hard for what they want to achieve, that they abide laws and play fair so they have a bright future ahead of them…. but currently I’m watching them facing a worse outcome than I, or even my parents and grandparents had. That terrified me into action, and I started by expanding my reading habits. I read a book called The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Robert Tressell. It was written over 100 years ago, but as you read through the pages you find yourself drawing parallels between then and now, to the point where you can imagine the characters in modern society, as if the scenes of the book are playing out in 2018. When I’m looking at my children’s future health care prospects, I see the ever increasing possibility of them facing the same system as our American Cousins. Private Health Care providers and Insurance schemes taking over the system, looking towards the outcome being determined by the amount of cover you can afford or the financial prospects you have; the judge and jury for the treatment you receive. Our NHS won’t survive another 3 years of this current government, look around your GP surgeries and hospitals now (that’s if they haven’t been closed or centralised). So I know they won’t have the same opportunities we’ve enjoyed since 1948.
    What do we say to our children when they attend school? We tell them to “do their best, listen to the teachers and get a good education” but how on earth can we expect them to stand a chance, when they’re being pushed into ever larger classrooms, with less resources, less teaching staff and assistants available to help and encourage their progress? It’s like your fighting a losing battle; and it should never be a case of parents having to move to a new house because of ever decreasing numbers of “good and outstanding” school places for the best prospects, because all children should have the right to a decent education no matter who they are or where they live.  And then what hope for their future housing? Where will they be able to live…will they be able to earn enough to rent or buy somewhere?
    Will they be able to stay local or be forced to move miles away from their family and community? What will the prospects for them be, when you look at the prospects for people now?
    I am a socialist……I always was, I just didn’t know it. Years of main stream media and print press conflating socialism with communism was enough for me in my former years never to bother looking it up or learning its true meaning. But when you come to realise the actual meaning, it smacks you in the face.
    It’s about sharing! You know that thing most parents teach their children to do from a young age. The idea that everyone, no matter who they are should have a decent house to live, somewhere they can call home, lay roots and build a community.
    The idea that everyone should have the right to good and decent education to maximise their potential.
    The idea that everyone should be paying taxes; if they have more, they pay a little more and if they have less they pay a little less. None of this cutting back on public spending, leaving the elderly and vulnerable in precarious states.
    No more allowing large corporations and businesses to avoid paying tax on earnings just because they’re registered offshore. You earn here, you pay here; We have to!
    No more working for a measly minimum wage and with Zero hour contracts, unable to budget for living expenses because you don’t know how many hours work you’ll get.
    No more homelessness rising at alarming rate and people dying on the streets. No changes in school funding, so that many face losing teachers, teaching assistants, bigger classrooms and less resources.
    What happened to us as a society to start normalising the existence of Food Banks? What next WORK HOUSES?? That’s just some of the reasons I’m now more than just “Chelle the Nail Lady.
    I was inspired to throw off my chains, wake from my slumber and rise.
    Not just for my children, but for yours too.
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    Written by Michelle Dorrell
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