My pet human had the following to say about this story:
About time! Labour going back to what I thought Labour was about when I was young. I assumed they were a party for Labourers – normal people, the every day man. By the time I could start to have a say in terms of voting, the head of the Labour party was someone who didn’t appear to be any different to the Conservative party members. The Labour party was now “new labour”, Tony grinning Blair who I couldn’t stand led Labour to victory, but he was not someone I could vote for.
For the first time in my life I see someone at the helm of the Labour party, who is not as pretencious, who really does actually seem to care about people. That man is Jeremy Corbyn.
Politics & human views on things seem rather odd to this Unicorn. I have seen & heard much from the Tory party about austerity, I have to say I’m a tad confused. They seem to like the poor people to be really poor, but the rich people to be very rich. I asked my pet human about this, here is what it had to say:
It seems strange to me too Unicorn the way things have gone almost full circle.
I always remember my Dad sitting watching the news at 6. I did not care much for the news back then, I was a kid, & everything on it always seemed so miserable & soul destroying. One of my Dads favourite sayings was that the Government were like Robin Hood in reverse, they stole from the poor to give to the rich. I know he absolutely hated Margaret That her because of what she did to the miners, & I have some memories of riots about poll tax. When she was no longer Prime Minister I remember it was John someone – John Major I think. My Dad hated him too, & I have to say that I didn’t much like the look of him, he always seemed to be smiling at you, not with you. My Dad & I were pretty divided on a lot of topics, he didn’t like Tony Blair either, but he supported Margaret Thatcher & Tony Blair when it came to war. I loved my Dad very much & always will, but he was also a man who didn’t like a lot of things. He didn’t like Europe, women being able to drive let alone fly planes, same sex relationships, immigrants, anyone who was in any way different to him, & what he knew. Most of all he hated the Tories, & New Labour because they were not true Labour. He was a member of the RAF, & understandably in many ways he despised Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, & the IRA.
Had my Dad still been with us now I’m not sure what he would have thought about the politicians on offer. I am fairly certain he would not be a fan of Corbyn, despite him being in most ways all the things my Dad wanted in a Prime minister. I know he would have hated the Tories attacking the sick & disabled, but would have voted to leave the EU – I have absolutely no doubt in that because my Dad was racist, & Zenophobic. The young me never really knew how to feel when he would say ‘All gays should be shot at birth’. From a very young age I knew that I liked men & women, & a part of me always wondered if he wanted me dead then? He was extremely proud of our British history, WWI, WWII & being victorious in defeating Hitler. I can’t say I was fully aware back then of just how awful Hitler & the Nazi party were. I am also surprised to realise that my Dad would have been one of the people online now who get called bigots. Despite his hatred for the Tories, Thatcher, Germany even decades later, Blair, Elitism, the class divide in Britain, the IRA & so on, my Dad would have been one of the people who fell for the tactics used by the likes of Nigel Farage, & the Tories to blame everything on immigration, & the EU. I can’t say I know what he would think about the American President who is in power right now. He would not have liked him because he is rich, because of the obvious links to Russia, for many things, but in other ways he would be behind him – bombing Syria, & his views on Muslims for example.
The older I have become, the more I actually feel pity for my Dad. I don’t believe he was a bad person, I think he was doing the best he could. There were many things which made him afraid, & his own upbringing probably played a massive role in how he was shaped as a person. I inherited his love for Rock, Heavy metal, & real music, as did my brother. I think my Dad for the most part missed many of the messages in music though. He loved Black Sabbath, partly because they came from a humble, working class area, & that his own Dad was from Birmingham – where Ozzy & Co came from. I don’t think he ever got the concept behind the song war pigs for example. He most definitely didn’t understand the Wall album by Pink Floyd, he thought some of the lyrics in that album were used in the way he used the same sort of words & insults. I have to wonder if he would be able to see what is happening in the world right now, how peoples minds are being messed around with. For for all intents & purposes, in a realm of fantasy, my Dad would have been himself as Hitler, fighting himself as Jeremy Corbyn.
So I while I do find things right now odd, & I don’t like the way my Dad or those of the same kind of that mindset think, I can feel some empathy for some of those people. Not everyone who is alt-right or whatever we are calling it this week are bad people, just like all those who are lefties are good people. Most people are just not very well informed, & in some cases I think it can be beneficial not to be, for your own peace of mind if nothing else.
I definitely see through the mind games & propaganda these parties use, & I’m grateful that growing up as I did, being surrounded by the views held by my Dad (& my Mum, she has mellowed more now, but sadly she still falls for the likes of Britain First & UKIP). The views he had helped make me to the mostly grounded, well rounded, & open minded person I am today.
That is the hardest thing to overcome for many people though. They are brought up hearing hate, & they never bother to challenge that in their own minds. They are quite happy to allow to be proud of defeating people who believed we should all be the same, yet support people who for personal gain prefer us to dislike those who are not the same as us. If anyone truly believes that Nigel Farage hates the EU so much, perhaps you should have a look at where his current wife, & ex-wife came from. If you think he was interested in the working classes, & that leaving Europe is the right thing for the ordinary citizens, go back & re-read what he promised, read again what Mr Cameron said, it was extremely telling that Davey Boy said he would remain prime minister whatever the results of the referendum, how many hours he intended to stay if the vote was leave, was the part he should have told you all. I invite you to have a look at individual MPs, what seems to unite most of them, & Britain with America – nothing like a good real life game of Thunderbirds to further strengthen that special relationship! The last time an English prime minister & an American president played battleships they succeeded in making a small group of Muslims so angry at seeing their friends, family, Country being ripped apart by missiles, they went on to create a group to stand up for what they believe in. You may have heard of them, they’re called ISIS. Go do some research, look at where the most money is made – there is no weapons are us shops, but we sell more of those than we do toys in this Country.
This Unicorn thinks the line from a song my pet human likes is a good way to sum this up:
‘As popular war advances, peace is closer’
A Unicorn From Mars would like to thank The Skwawkbox for the original story.