More of a prosecco girl, myself

On Saturday I was one of 250 citizens who met at the Queens Street statue of Aneurin Bevan, to protest the Tories’ austerity measures, with the Cardiff People’s Assembly. Thankfully, it’s my democratic right to do so.

Whilst I was aware that my presence at the rally could attract the media, I’m sure that you’ll be shocked to hear that I didn’t do it for some self-aggrandising purpose. As I’ve stated in my previous piece, I have no wish to be trolled and abused. It would be much easier for me not to engage. I’m not promoting a record or a tv show. My only motivation for attending was to try to make a difference; to further political discourse in my community; to draw attention to a cause that is more than valid, it is vital.

Many people I know (myself included) received the news that the Tories had won a majority (and that UKIP got so many votes!) with bewilderment. It wasn’t at all what was expected, especially considering that the political conversation, that we’d seen on social media for the past 6 months, had been overwhelmingly in support of the left-wing parties. There can only be one conclusion: we’ve been preaching to the converted.

It’s all very well for me to sit in my cosy leftie bubble with my baja-sporting friends, spending our free time attending vegan popup barbecues and meeting in art centres to have a bit of a moan about UKIP; we missed the changing climate of British politics. We dismissed the growing support for the rightwing as just a few comedy racists, underestimated the momentum they were gaining, and thought that by retweeting the latest Owen Jones article, we were doing our bit. Wrong!

We need to take the action we should’ve taken before, now! Just because the piratical Conservative party now have a majority doesn’t mean that we’ve lost. On the contrary, it mean we’ve got to fight harder. Personally, I feel I haven’t done enough, and I’m going to change that.

For Andrew R.T Davies, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, to describe my exercising of democratic freedom, as “unbecoming”, really says more than I ever could. Perhaps Andrew thinks I should get back to the ironing and stop babbling on about air-headed notions such as protecting the NHS (a system that Mr. Davies himself has been most mobile in attacking), fighting for a fairer society (a concept that entirely eludes his party), and championing the plight of those in society who are less privileged than me. Perhaps he wants to quiet me because I threaten his status as a wealthy, privately educated, white male.

As for him, and others, denigrating me as a “champagne socialist”, I have to say I’m more of a Prosecco girl, myself. I was born in a working-class family who have for generations been active in political protest. I was 9 years old when I was first taken to a demonstration by my mother, who at the time was working as a housing officer for Cardiff council. That was three years before my career as a singer began. I have earned a lot of money from creating music, but I’ve stayed in Cardiff, where my family are, where the people I grew up with are, where my roots are. I could have sacked them all off and moved to LA. I could have made a lot more money by investing in arms and oil, rather than ethically. I could have voted Tory.

Christopher Hart for the Daily Mail decried protestors as “enemies of democracy”. Democracy doesn’t just end because we’ve had an election. Trying to silence the dissenting voice is far more anti-democratic. Mr. Davies sees me carrying a placard as an insult to the electorate, “who have just spoken”. But while he spends his time criticising me, he ignores the fact that there are serious legitimacy issues with David Cameron’s government. Only 24% of those eligible to vote, voted Tory. That’s staggeringly low. And in my opinion it is completely unacceptable. I am no fan of UKIP, but if I had voted for them I’d be seriously pissed off.

The situation, though, is far from hopeless. If you feel at all like me, I beg you to get involved. Find out when a rally is happening in your area. Turn up. As it happens those who set up these marches are, in my experience, lovely people, who care about their communities; not hooligan, memorial desecrating, chodes. If we pull together then we can’t be ignored. We need to be organised, but most of all we need numbers.

There’s a march in London on 20th June outside the Bank of England. Here’s the link: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/calendar

Hope to see you there.

Love and cyber-hugs,

Charlotte xxx

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More of a prosecco girl, myself

207 thoughts on “More of a prosecco girl, myself

  1. crwydryny says:

    for months I’ve been saying that there’s going to be trouble after this election due to how much support people like UKIP have been getting. then I hear not 48 hours after the results there’s violent protests in london.
    then this morninng I hear that the government plan to repeal the human rights act and leave the european commission on human rights so that they can “more easily throw out those who shouldn’t be here”
    yep I definatly see trouble brewing on the horrizon.

    I think charlie chaplin’s imortal words ring true now more than ever

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  2. Christopher Hart says:

    Dear Charlotte, I certainly didn’t mean to imply that simply by marching in Cardiff, you were an enemy of democracy, and I don’t think my article in the Daily Mail reads like this. This was a description directed only at those who defaced a World War Two monument in Whitehall during protests, and of course everyone has a right to protest in any free society, loudly and frequently. The point of the article was meant to be that there is something unpleasant about Labour supporters in general suddenly sounding much more intolerant than they used to, and full of hatred for their ideological opposites on the right – slogans like “F*** Tory Scum” or “Kill the Tories” – rather than full of passionate and articulate disagreement with their views and policies – which would surely be a more impressive vote-winner. At the moment, many on the Left seem intent on portraying people of right-wing views as simply evil, in a sort of cartoon-villain way, that does nobody any good and is particularly bad for political debate. The English left needs a new Nye Bevan! Best wishes, Christopher Hart

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    1. Barbara says:

      Well done Charlotte, did not know you were so politically active.

      Regarding Christopher Hart’s Comment – “The point of the article was meant to be that there is something unpleasant about Labour supporters in general suddenly sounding much more intolerant than they used to, and full of hatred for their ideological opposites on the right – slogans like “F*** Tory Scum” or “Kill the Tories” – rather than full of passionate and articulate disagreement with their views and policies” People are Angry Mr Hart…don’t you GET IT!

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    2. It may be reasonable for an individual with right wing views to get upset that the right wing is portrayed by more reasonable people as being evil, but the fact is that if you are a member of a collective, then you will be judged by the actions of that collective.
      Of course, it may help if we define “evil”. I suggest that Timothy 6:10 is a good starting point: the love of money is the root of all evil.
      So what do we find if we judge the government’s actions in terms of how they were rooted in the love of money?
      I think it would get tedious if I were to list the things they did which were so rooted and I am coming up dry on anything that was not.

      In conclusion, why shouldn’t people describe the right as simply evil, when complex comes out with the same result?

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    3. I have to wonder why Mr. Hart condems these haters as Labour supporters. Don’t hooligans go along to football matches to cause trouble although they have no affiliation to either team?
      Could it be the same scenario here? Is it even a possibility?
      If so please do not condem a group of genuinely concerned peole because of your own preconceived ideas of Labour supporters.

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  3. Darvit Wendy says:

    I am so middle aged, middle class and middle England it sometimes hurts. I am a Picpoul Socialist and Proud.
    The labour party needs to embrace us. We, who are happy to pay taxes because, frankly, we have enough money already.
    I aspire to be well paid, but I aspire to pay my taxes to have good public services.
    Let those of us who can afford it, pay for a less divided, fairer, happier society.
    Science has proved that those who have most, want even more and, disturbingly, those who have most have the greatest sense of entitlement,
    Champagne/Picpoul/Pinor Noir Socialists of the world unite.
    We have nothing to lose but our wine…

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  4. I think if people involved themselves with something like watching hot air balloons, they could spend hours just enjoying the joyous togetherness of sending balloons with people in, high into the air, people would find a common interest all around the world. There would be some kind of colourful contentment and sense of unified happiness for everyone at all ages to partake in, should they wish to. It amazes me you moaned about the pressure of the press in the past, considering recently you’ve tried to use them for your own ends in politics!!!

    “The only people who cry for freedom from the press are those who wish to abuse it!”
    Goethe ( 1749 – 1832 )
    German Poet and Polymath.
    The most intelligent person of all time!!!

    Conservatives will be in power for about 12 years, then someone else for about 12 years, then the Conservatives or someone different to the previous holders of the post, and so on and so forth!!! The polices are all similar anyway!!!

    With Best Wishes!!!
    Keep Truckin’

    Cheers – Mike

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    1. SORRY!!! Charlotte!!! I was feeling a bit p****d off in the comments above!!! I think there is a fine line between what celebrities should apply or try to apply their popularity to do!!! Maybe in this case it wouldn’t be a bad idea, like to a greater extent Brian Eno campaigning against the war in Iraq. I always forget that everyone should be involved in politics!!! I prefer concentrate on the happiness and contentment of the mind first as a primary need, politics comes after that in priority in my opinion. I feel sorry for a family supported mainly or completely by a minor when the near by mine has been closed down under Thatcher in the 80’s!!! When there kids need a good education, birthday and Christmas presents, and to have a bit of the expensive gifts they see their friends have and the toys and clothes for example that are advertised on television!!! I know nothing about politics!!! I have a high I.Q. though. If I watch ‘The Ascent Of Man’ it is about 150! If I watch ‘Coronation Street’ it is about 75, and if I watch a party political broadcast by the conservative party is about minus 20!!! After Thatcher had been in hell for 15 minutes she had already closed down 2 furnaces!!!

      With LOVE and Best Wishes!!!
      Be careful!!
      Keep Truckin’

      Cheers – Mike

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      1. John Baker-Rabe says:

        I love that last bit, Mike! I’m sitting here, in gloomy Upper Silesia, waiting for the rain to stop bucketing down, so it really made my day!

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