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If not now, when? Protesting the Muslim ban

As a parent, I strive to instil certain values in my child which should see him right and hopefully make him a not terrible adult. Kindness is the main one, tolerance, understanding, empathy, good manners, elbows off the table, don’t eat with your mouth open, don’t use my sofa as a trampoline etc etc.

Kindness is at the heart of almost every life lesson we share with him. Having had people be unkind to me all of my life, I completely understand how simple acts of kindness can make a big difference and I am kind, almost to a fault. It doesn’t make me a pushover, and when I see unkindness or injustice I try and speak up, or do something to help. Often quietly, because the best acts of kindness are often the quiet ones.

Tonight we sat around the dinner table and I thought I’d talk to my six year old son about Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. It wasn’t an easy conversation, but as he’d been asking about Syria last week, it felt like a good time to have that discussion. I know some of his friends at school will talk about it, so it’s best he has a little grasp of the situation.

We talked in very simple terms about families escaping from the Syrian bombs and trying to find somewhere safe to live. We talked about what if it were us and how we might feel. We talked about how kind people might offer to help these people, who just want somewhere safe to live and go to school. And we talked about some of the families who had found a safe place, but when they arrived they were detained or sent back.

Then I told him I would be going on a protest, to show that I disagreed with the Muslim ban, that it was an unkind thing to do. I told my husband I’d had enough and he nodded his head in agreement. And I said “if not now, when?” and he squeezed my hand.

If not now, when? Protesting the Muslim ban

There are protests up and down the country against Donald Trump and the Muslim ban. I’ll be going to this one in Manchester, but you can find more events on Facebook. If you feel moved to stand up in support of this issue, please do. If not now, when?

EU Referendum – We have to make the best of it

I’ve seriously hated the EU Referendum campaign. It’s been incredibly divisive and damaging as a whole and it’s inspired tensions and vitriol on both sides. I voted to remain, I believe that being part of a bigger thing is the best thing for the country and for my family and our future. I am incredibly saddened to be part of the minority of 48.1% who voted to remain part of the EU.

I do not profess to be an expert. I am not an economist, nor a lawyer. My background is in journalism. As I sit and write this the value of the pound has dropped alarmingly and the stock market is experiencing a significant slump. The Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned and it looks like Boris Johnson is likely to take his place. Everything inside of me is screaming End. Of. Days. but we have to make the best of it.

Since the EU Referendum result was announced there’s been a lot of wailing and gnashing on social media, some gloating, some nastiness, but to what end? These are the cards we’ve been dealt so we need to play them. Complaining about them and finger pointing isn’t going to do anything practical to make things less tempestuous.  

For me I’ll be knuckling down doing practical things. A recession seems likely, so I’ll once again start recession-proofing our family finances, looking for small household economies and cutting back even further on expenditure. I’ve always said that despite my disability I’m too proud to apply for the benefits I’m entitled to, but I just can’t afford not to any more. I’m trying not to think about the future for my son. It’s hard to speculate without becoming maudlin about it all. 

We have to make the best of it. Whatever happens this is going to be a turbulent few years and as a nation we’re all going to have to work harder and smarter than ever and we’re going to have to try and do it together. 

However you voted, at least you voted. That’s democracy. Now let’s go and do this thing.

EU Referendum