Democracy is our best weapon

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
Mahatma Gandhi

I was still half sleep when I first heard about the latest attack in London. My youngest decided that he did not want to sleep anymore and while he was crying in my arms I switched on the TV ready for a long night catching up with EastEnders. The horror soon unveiled in front of my eyes, now wide awake and filling up quickly with tears. This is crazy I repeated to myself going up and down the living room trying to soothe my boy as much I was trying to calm myself. There is no comfort I can offer to the victims and the relatives. As much as we rally to offer support I do not think we will ever get close to understanding what they are going through. Even in fear we need to stay strong and carry on as normal. It is the least we can do for all those who have lost their lives, the ones who are in hospital and the ordinary people who confronted them. It does take some balls and gives hope. They won’t defeat us. We, united in our democratic ways, will beat this horrible heartless monster. However long it takes, we have stick to the values they are so keen to destroy. Prevention is denying them the use of more fatal weapons. They are left with vans and knifes. I know, It is only a tiny glimpse of hope but let me grab onto something.

Strangely enough hours before I had had a heated discussion with my partner. I was still going on about Brexit and May. I was angry. The issue, it is so close to the bone that I get really mad. You can call it being Spanish and passionate but believe me, it is not the best state of mind for having an adult conversation. So fair enough my partner ended the bickering until I calmed down but before doing so added in an extremely cool and composed tone of voice the following: this is not only affecting you, Brexit, the future of this country, affects me, the kids well really all of us, so stop just thinking about yourself and your 3 million EU citizens here and start looking at the bigger picture. Well mi amor, you are right. I keep ignoring the fact that Brexit was won only by a fine margin. I keep forgetting all the people I know that are not happy at all with the direction this country is taking. I haven’t thanked enough all the people that do not tolerate any abuse at all that is directed at immigrants. I just haven’t taking into consideration your feelings as much as mine, and truth is it is your country after all. I do apologise, it is so easy to put your blinkers on when you are living in a certain amount of despair over your situation.

One thing I have learned about the UK is that you are a resilient nation. Your history proves this quality of your people. You overcome difficulties and you will do it again, of that I have no doubt. Your first step is voting this Thursday. Please do vote. Exercise your democratic right of having an input on the future of your country. I would vote Labour if I could and I tell you why. I could not vote for a party that use democracy at their leisure. Ms May wanted this election to reaffirm the Brexit mandate and her position towards the negotiations with the EU. You voted Brexit to regain control of your sovereignty but your PM is asking for your vote so she can interpret your mandate the way she pleases. Power just simply passes from hands to hands but god forbid to let it get back to us. I found that at least paradoxical. After all Brexit was all about regaining sovereignty, wasn’t it? Labour are the only party able to stop Ms May to retain her seat and her despotic intents to decide what is best for a country. For those who think voting is not going to make any difference remember what Churchill said: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Let’s vote on Thursday, for democracy, for the future but most of all for those who cannot vote because they were murdered by the ones who want to shatter our progress and our peace. They won’t win.

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