To those about to be elected, some advice and a warning, should it be required

For they still prefer sheep to thinking men
Ah, but men who think like sheep are even better
(Brian McNeill)

You are about to take part in an election like no other in recent memory. You should be aware that many of the old rules don’t apply. You should be aware that we are watching you, watching you because we are awake, watching you because the power you may gain will be on loan from us, and you had better take heed.

We are on a journey, one that didn’t end on the day of 45%. We did not go back to our homes, our mind-numbing TV or our breakfast cereal and forget. We did not resign ourselves to second best and give up. In our homes, our organisations and communities the dream and the reason for it drives us even stronger.  As the morning after dawns and the numbers come in, which ever way the dice fall, we are still here.

If you think that politics is all about your party, you are wrong. If you think your loyalty is to your fellow MPs, you are wrong. If you think that you election gives you special rights to decide our futures with no regard for us, you are wrong.

To those who enter this lion’s den with the best of intentions, beware. It is designed to sap your strength, your will, your judgement until you play only by its rules. Remember, your power derives from us. Keep that thought foremost. Remember!

To those of a less scrupulous bent, you cannot hide. Our eyes now see into these shadows. We will not rest until we have a true government off the people, for the people and by the people.

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About Grant Buttars

Socialist, trade unionist, RISE, Common Weal Fife.
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