Badger badgers badgers

Phil Badger is the Parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford, standing on behalf of the Democratic Reform party. Campaign team member Robert wrote this article explaining why he's on team Badger, and since Brock is of course the olde-Englishe word for badger, we're happy to provide a platform for him to share his thoughts. Here you go:

When Phil listened to Marie, he was sad to hear a story that he has heard many times before – one of injustice. Marie suffered abuse at the hands of her husband, who she rightly feared to leave. Having found the bravery to do so, Marie is now homeless, jobless, and opportunity-less. Being of South African origin, she has been denied a visa to stay, but is also of such poor health that she cannot be deported.

Like cutting foreign aid and expecting it not to increase immigration, does it not contradict common sense to deny people like Marie a voice? 

In 2003, a BBC documentary reported two Brockley families living side by side, but separated by an insurmountable gap in wealth and opportunities. Then, Debbie Brett opined to be treated as an individual, and not simply a statistic. Whether they come from polls like IPSOS MORI, official GLA reports, data gathered by local charities and businesses, or even from journalists, the statistics were well known then, and are well known now.

Phillip Badger is campaigning for meaningful relationships, built upon the principle of an inclusive democracy. An inclusive democracy means acting on local demands for affordable housing, food, justice, and the ability to participate not just in politics, but in the workplace too. But more than that, it means reaching out to people and groups throughout the constituency, and ensuring that no-one gets left behind.

Phil is practical in his pursuit of these goals, and it is why a vote for Phil counts for more than it would with anyone else. In an ultra safe seat such as Lewisham Deptford, the winning candidate is already chosen. But especially when that candidate has never stood for election before, your vote has a huge ability to influence. 

To those ends, Phil’s core campaign goals in Lewisham Deptford are to affect:

1. Increased local consultation
2. A shift in the focus of relationships, from MP-Westminster to MP-constituent
3. Introduction of permanent online democratic initiatives
4. Commitments to end injustices such as homelessness and food poverty

These goals are strongly voiced by people up and down the constituency. Moreover, our campaign has good chances of seeing them achieved.

If you don’t agree with us, then use your vote to support someone else. But if you do agree with us that these campaign goals will improve the quality of life, then voting for us will send a strong message of support to whoever wins the election. Most of all, please do not waste your vote. Thanks for reading!


Anon said...

"two Brockley families living side by side, but separated by an insurmountable gap in wealth and opportunities."
The social housing family may have lacked wealth, because the mother took out loans at high interest rates. Both families had opportunities but the social housing family children moaned, "there was nothing to do", yet the wealthier families children found lots to do that was free.

The social housing family regarded it as their right to be subsidised by the wealthier and then bitch about their lot, rather than be inspired to better themselves.

AliAfro said...

Do you read the daily mail by any chance?

Anon said...

No, but I did watch that documentary and heard the social housing children complaining there was nothing to do....when there was clearly lots to do for free as the wealthier children demonstrated.

There was another series about the Z Tower (private) and another tower block (social). People in the social housing tower complained of things being broken as if buttons, door handles, glass panels magically got broken without human intervention.

The tenants in social housing complained about noise and rubbish but it was them causing the noise & rubbish.

Woman of Brockley said...

I don't read the Daily Mail but that documentary was really dispiriting. The family in social housing complained that there was nothing to do - there is a park, said the mother, but it's up a hill. She made it sound as if you would have to hack your way up an ice sheet to get to the park but they lived in Breakspears Road and were talking about Hilly Fields. Meanwhile, the affluent family were talking about how lovely it was to be able to send their children to a free secondary school,as if free education was some wonderful novelty they'd just discovered, because it meant they could afford a second home in France and lots of after-school activities for the children. They lived a few blocks apart and in different worlds.

Robert said...

Hi all, thanks for your comments! Regardless of the example used, I'm sure that you all recognise the factual inequalities existing within the community. Put simply, more resources often translates into a louder voice. Phil's campaign (which is only just starting with this election) is about recognising that if you have a stake in any decision, then you should also have an equivalent voice.

One example of a Democratic Reform initiative is the Open Parliament, which allows all people to have an equal voice in decision making - primarily online, through initiatives such as (not launched yet), but also through face to face conferences. What do you think to initiatives such as this? Would you agree that whoever becomes MP should collaborate in the development of such inclusive decision making processes?

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