Monday, 31 May 2010

The Real World

Not inspired to rant about politics (too) much today after a trip there and back again from one end of England to another to sojourn in the land of my fathers amongst various Welsh-descended life forms and one northern Celt and then to sally forth to spend a not-too-bad time-considering-she’s-a-teenager with Tiny Northwester.

The bluebells are still out around the edges and sunlit outer shades of jewel-green woodlands, and May blossom dots the landscape like so much clotted cream before high summer adds the pink of what will be autumn’s berries.

And is it still Britain, will it still be England when she’s grown?

Hard to say.

She lives in what seems like an Enid Blyton paradise where children can innocently cycle down cream-hedges country lanes to visit friends with little fear of cars and none at all of savage strangers in a rural time warp like some Conservative-survivalist commune in some valley far from muggings, hoodies, drugs and the inevitable illiteracy brought about by progressive education. Her school, expensively, teaches subjects that Cecil Rhodes and William Wordsworth would have recognised and valued, if not William of Occam or Thomas Hobbes, and natural rights and how they might limit power and the war of all against all are still distant, sixth form subject choice possibilities in a time when pets and ponies and camping and even church are the realities she lives with daily.

I’m grateful that chance (and easy divorce, alas) have together brought her to a better place materially - and possibly emotionally - than her mother and I could have realistically provided for her together.

What her high, clean, pure hopes and principles will do when they hit the world beyond Merry England’s lowland Brig o’ Doon I do not know. Will she be a mighty warrior for the right and the Right that she seems to have absorbed from saddle soap and gymkhanas if you listen to her few choice words about the recent election, or will she reject it all with hormonal anti-magnetism and come to view her privileges as the products of a lie; her gentle upbringing a bubble of false tranquillity and plenty brought about by the lies and economic injustices of her parents and step family?

Which is real: the England of those young thugs running past my Castle City house last night and threatening their womenfolk with violence, or the England of Church fetes and tenderly schooled decency and a crisp new piety and patriotism with which her mother, her stepfather and I are trying to equip her? Arm her? Armour her? Delude her?

Will her inner strength (if any) be added to her always affectionate heart and produce a cherisher and defender of what is good and true, or will she reject it all as the chains and delusions of a privileged and exploitative class?

And how the hell will she survive in the cities policed by the servants of Blair (A), Blair (Sir Ian), and Brown, Cameron and Clegg?

And what’s a father to do about it?

Picture from here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have seen the world you describe; that your offspring inhabits, which causes you to write down your concerns because it seems too good to be true. It is a very nice world for her at the moment - it will end, of course.

I was born on a council estate, a poor boy from a poor family. My schooling was barely adequate but a few miles from me there was excellance, a private school, just like the one you describe.

I'm not jealous, we get the cards we're dealt and just get on with it. I left school at 15 and went to work in a factory and I was lucky, I got an apprenticeship and was able learn a trade.

The only thing that makes me angry is the ruling elite. They have destroyed England, the land of my ancestors. I come from peasant stock, folk who spoke the Wessaxen dialect - which is virtually extinct.

When you are poor your culture sustains you. When that goes you are finished. The term Multi-culture is a euphemism, what it does is eradicate mono-culture. We have little time remaining.

Be sad by all means.



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