Take two leaders. One didn’t sing the national anthem. One did something unmentionable to a pigs head. Now while I know which of the two offends me less, do either of those things really matter?
The national anthem is a bit daft and outdated isn’t it? (Not to mention offensive to the Scots). And singing it or not shouldn’t be a massive deal. Pulling faces or obscene hand gestures throughout would be frowned upon, but respectful silence, a moment of reflection for those who were being honoured – not so bad if you ask me.
Putting your genitals in a dead pigs mouth? Well. It really wouldn’t float my boat, but you know what – I am not bothered about that really. We all did stupid stuff when we were young – admittedly none of my youthful misadventures involved carcasses, but you know, I had some questionable hairstyles and a cassette by the Fields of the Nephilim – and I wouldn’t want to be judged for that now.
When it comes down to it I will judge them on their actions in their roles as politicians. What they stand for, who they stand up for and how they would like to shape our society.
I am far more offended by taking money from working people, the gradual destruction of the welfare state and the NHS and the disregard for anyone not part of the 1% than I could be by anything Cameron has done with a pig.
And I am given hope and possibility by the words Corbyn speaks – talk of fairness, a society that cares and peace – these words stir me far more than the National Anthem ever has.
These sideshows (while admittedly entertaining in the case of piggate) distract us from the real issues. Government isn’t a soap opera, there are no cliffhanger, tune in next week moments – they are on a daily basis making decision and taking actions that will effect the world we and our children wake up in tomorrow and next year and in twenty years.
Don’t get sucked in to the nonsense, don’t miss the big stories of what the Conservatives are actually doing today that is scandalous because you are laughing at a Peppa Pig meme. (Funny as they are!). And listen to what Corbyn IS saying rather than focussing on what he didn’t sing.
If I take anything from these two stories, it is that they have allegorical value. While Cameron is doing to the country much as he did to the pig, Corbyn is quietly treating us with respect. I know who I would rather have in the role of PM.
Love Miss Cisco XXX