27 July 2017 OUR FUTURE
This year has been eventful to say the least, politically, so far, a real battle of human wills constantly fighting for supremacy. Even one of the most catastrophic incidents in London history, with the human disaster that it created was not enough to stop the political in-fighting. What a mess!
Look around yourselves at the carnage there is in the world, the destruction, most of it human, it beggars belief. Our present system is damaged and I think, if we are all honest with ourselves, only we can change it.
I am not afraid of being political with my statements because I refuse to blame any one person for the predicament we are in, and it is down to all of us, the normal, ordinary people to put it right. Believe it or not we are, perhaps it does not make the news, not negative enough, however, here in Scotland at least, there is a revolution going on, not a violent revolution but a change in thought, attitude and action, from the bottom to the top of society. A “NEW ENLIGHTENMENT,” just as important and inspiring as the “Scottish Enlightenment,” of the 1800s. What is happening at this present time will, in the future, be seen as a massive shift in human development that can either destroy us completely, or push us forward to a completely new era. My choice would definitely be the new era and it would be wonderful if the “Indigo Generation” could take us there. If we stop oppressing them, and start passing on our knowledge and experience, that is.
I could shout about how politics would like to see the whole UK become a resort where the rich and famous play, but that would be so short-term and with the silly divisive nonsense we have going on at the moment it is not likely to go anywhere.
Do you realise that both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party have stolen ideas from the Scottish National Party since 2014. Do you remember John Swinney’s ideas with regard to Inheritance Tax? Was it not the Chancellor, George Osborne, who stole the idea and adapted it to what would work for UK law? Did he not do the same thing with the Living Wage, using the same phrase to make the UK minimum wage more palatable for the UK population. What about Labour, does not most of their present manifesto includes ideas from the SNP, just think about it.
Despite what I have outlined in the above paragraph, I think this in-fighting should stop now. If it doesn’t there may not be a country left to fight about or for.
We have so much to do to put everything back in balance. When it comes to Scotland look what we are achieving, positives, not on the side of the major players, but at local level, people getting together to fight things like climate change, creating sustainable communities with eco-friendly living at the heart of them, sharing skills and abilities, with service providers, local councils, and communities working together as a team co-producing what is needed: Safer, better quality child care and education provision; Space and place for social inclusion, peer support, community gatherings; social enterprise, community shares, community assets, community technology and energy; growing spaces and local food production; shared child-care; mental health recovery space together with more education and knowledge around mental health; natural ways rather than synthetic, organic not plastic; innovative ways such as green finance. Everyone included; creativity, more laughter; sharing the pain of not having enough to last, today me, tomorrow you. Outward looking accepting, most of the refugees from the UK quota have come to Scotland; great advances in engineering and joined up health & social care; film production. So much more on top.
Our communities are adapting, as they always have, from the bottom to the top, and we have a Government that stays calm, takes the flack, and keeps going, in general at least, do you realise why that is? Our country is small enough for everyone to have a voice and a part to play in the future, our people at the top are from the people of Scotland and this is true of all parties, here. Come and see for yourself, the positive advances we are achieving. It is not just sound-bites. Come and join us bring us your skills and experience. Share in the future, help us create places that remain forward thinking, outward looking, a solution based country, as it always has been, providing ideas and solutions that could save the planet.
Here are some of our achievements under our present SNP Government:
- Entitlement to free education;
- Committment to Early Years education and increasing nursery places for age 3 upwards, affordable childcare;
- Expanding vocational and apprenticeship training. Excellent Lifelong Learning;
- Experts in technology design, and implementation in all fields;
- Civil, Electronic, Electrical, Marine Engineering Development and Production Projects;
- Advances in Medicine, Scientific research and development (eg., Biotechnology);
- Increase in Small Business and Social Enterprise uptake, More self-employed;
- Increased development of Export markets;
- Big Screen Film production and development in film industry technology and digital design;
- Creation of experimental developing business models, governance and structure for all sorts of organisations from small business and social enterprise to larger SCIO and charity organisations;
- Creating Local Community Assets and Community Shares Scheme;
- Green Energy research and development;
- Local Energy Co-operatives and Technology Hubs;
- Space Industry involvement;
- Less unemployment than the UK as a whole;
- First to implement Scottish advances in health and care development with implementation of local community joint Health & Social Care hubs;
- Well advanced Mental Health and Addictions Recovery help, further development is required but is on the cards;
- Community Bakeries, local organic growing spaces, local food production and sale, community get-togethers and inter-generational working, conversation cafes, community hubs etc;
- Highland Textile and Farming Collaboration, export to the world;
- Highly rated Food and Drink Industry;
- Hydroculture and sustainable farming and fishing;
- Eco-community living. Etc., Etc., Etc.
INVESTMENT IN HUMANITY, NOT JUST MONEY.
You know before the Financial Crash in 2008 Edinburgh was a financial hub and Scotland relied heavily on the Finance Industry just as London.
While London did not suffer as much as the rest of the country, it still has its name for Finance, the Stock Market etc., it is now stuck in a rut and unwilling to let go and change.
The North of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland had no option but to develop new ways, that is the reality and what has happened.
Long after London, unless it too takes the plunge, is a distant memory, the rest of this island will be thriving and developing forwards governed, hopefully federally.
That’s the positive in my view. Let me know what you think!!!
29 May 2017 THE CHALLENGE
The last week has been a mixture as you would expect, not just because of Manchester and what happened there, but yes because of Manchester. The worst and the best of humanity. Yet I do not, I cannot add much more to what has already been said. And Manchester’s poet, Tony Walsh, well no-one could have put it better than he did. My heart is with the people of Manchester, who I know as decent, hard working, very loving, sharing and practical people.
Can I ask a little bit about the future, where we are going? Why is it we seem to be stuck like a broken record going round the same old groove.
IS IT NOT TIME TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
Is the fear of change so strong that it is hindering humanity from being all that it can be?
Are we all so full of fear of a future we will not be able to recognise that we put up with present conditions that are growing steadily worse day by day?
Have we all become so set in our ways that we have forgotten the excitement a surprise or a change can bring?
Or is it simply that positive change is happening but not being reported because we identify more with the unpleasant, the negative?
So here is my challenge to you, on this Bank Holiday Monday when, I believe we have a super storm, the size of Wales hitting us:
Break the routine, do something you have never done before but always wanted to try;
Spend one full day not moaning about anything and being grateful for everything you have;
Make a point of passing the time of day with your neighbours;
Keep a diary for a month and write nothing but the positive things you get up to in it; and
Change your routine one step at a time, making more time for family, a creative activity you enjoy, a weekly exercise routine, a weekend holiday with the one closest to you or to somewhere you have never been before.
Take a note at the beginning of where your mental health and wellbeing is before you start then let me know, at the end of June, how you got on!
Lots of love, Sandra
18 May 2017
MY NAME IS SANDRA MARSHALL, AND TODAY LIFE CHANGES!
TODAY I BECOME A WARRIOR FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, REAL SUPPORT and FACILITATION OF EDUCATION!
THERE IS HOPE, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE, YOU JUST HAVE TO PUT THE EFFORT IN!
NOTHING HAS TO STAY THE SAME FOREVER!
THE WORLD CAN CHANGE, YOU JUST HAVE TO CHANGE IT!
EVERYTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT IS DONE! (NELSON MANDELA)!
WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE EVERYTHING, IT’S TIME!
Yesterday, I heard some very sad news, yesterday a woman Lesley, in her thirties or forties died from an overdose, because, well we will never know the real answer to that. A woman who had suffered trauma and abuse all her adult life. A woman who fought a drug dependency for years and who I saw just two weeks ago, laughing, strong and happy as she graduated from rehab alongside my friend. She had a new flat, was going to a new life, had changed her life and was fighting hard with confidence. JUST WHAT HAPPENED. Within one week of her leaving the Rehab she is dead.
I know I will not wait any more, it is time for action!
DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE IN THREE ADULTS IN THE UK HAVE SUFFERED SOME FORM OF ABUSE BEFORE THE AGE OF 20?
Did you know that it is in the teenage years that the brain decides what is needed for the human body it inhabits to survive. Trauma and abuse at this age mean that the brain will see survival from these acts as the normal way of being for the body at a sub-conscious level. The brain becomes hyper-sensitive and sees danger, even where there is no danger.
IT TAKES AN EXTREMELY LONG TIME TO RE-EDUCATE YOUR BRAIN!
Do you know what we are doing to our teenage children now?
We expose them to NEGATIVE CONDITIONING, they are forced to live with unbelievable pressure and anxiety put on them by our way of living, our present society. It is too easy to brand someone a failure before they have ever had a chance. The unique individual talents and gifts that we all have are smothered under the fear that things might change if everyone is allowed free choice and development. Everyone is judged to be in one box or another because of where they came from or their “abilities”. We are conditioned to be afraid of this group because of where they come from or how they have to live. WHY?
We all belong to different clans and live segregated lives, WHY?
Can we not accept that we are as diverse in knowledge, ability, practicality, etc,
Can we not celebrate and love that diversity instead of being afraid of it.
Can we not negotiate ways of working together instead of being afraid of each other.
Can we give up this mantra of divide and conquer and I need more power and create a sensible decent environment for everyone to live.
Can we not cast our barometer to hope instead of fear.
There is much more to this than you think but it is better let out slowly than all in one outburst, and for the avoidance of doubt I am talking about the brain and not politics.
However, here’s a question for you. JUST ASK YOURSELF, DO I HAVE HOPE?
IN MEMORY OF LESLEY
As a young girl I imagine you playing with your friends
Being the leader, the caring one I see,
At School I imagine the clever shy girl
Loved by everyone
As a teenager, trying hard, A young woman crying in pain
Made to feel worthless, useless, time and again
Looking for love that would mend everything
Caring and loyal, fighting hard to the end
Trying to break free
For your children, for your grand-child,
Putting a brave face on everything, so hard
To find the light at the end of that long dark road.
But you, you are the strong one who succeeded
You did it, with bravery, sensitivity, a lot of laughter and tears.
You broke the devil’s bonds
The joy, strength, love in your heart
Showed through everything on that day 4th May 2017.
Although I only knew you for a few minutes, a few seconds in life
I will always remember that moment and the inspiration that shone in your face.
The shame of shames,
That there was no-one there, to help you through at the end
God bless you always Lesley, I will not forget that smile
With love from Sandra Marshall 18 May 2017
TRUTH IS GOOD 17 MAY 2017
What an interesting morning, yesterday, with a lot of political content!
Watching the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC was definitely different, for a start. We do not get to hear a lot around what and how debates are going in England in respect of the General Election, so yesterday morning was really just to catch up.
The main reason for carrying out this research, actually, was because of the Question Time programme on Thursday 11 May, broadcast from Edinburgh which did not really reflect the arguments I thought were being debated on the ground in Scotland and that disturbed me quite a bit.
I am disturbed because it would appear that realities facing the country are not being debated in any great depth. There appears to be some real confusion, especially among young people, about the whole political system, the different colours and outlooks of each party, misconception and misunderstanding about what historically happened and a general lack of understanding around why voting for what you believe is right is essential if you wish to get the best out of the governance of the country you live in.
Why do I mention governance? I have found myself on the largest learning curve of my life over the last ten years and a lot of what I have had to learn has been about structure and governance of everything from community groups, charities, social enterprises, educational structures, the list goes on.
The simple truth is although we all should have our say and take part in the running of our countries, the most effective and constructive way of ensuring the job gets done properly is to have a committee that will apply their management skills to taking what is being said and delegate action on behalf of everyone. Debates in parliament are meant to decide the best way forward for each action giving equal opportunity to as many points of view that are shared as possible.
That is what our government is supposed to do. They are not there to act independent of those voting for action etc., but to carry out what the majority decision is.
It is a serious bit of mis-communication that puts individuals, families, communities, living within a country at a lesser level and insists that action is being taken on behalf of everyone without consultation of everyone.
My intention, therefore, during the coming days, is to put forward what is actually being stated by each party’s manifesto in a way, hopefully, that will be plain speech to everyone. I will not only put forward the manifesto points (not the whole manifesto – too long), but I will also record what has been achieved by each party to date in terms of benefit, or non-benefit to the people of the UK as a whole from recent (2010 onwards), previous manifesto promises. Please note that I cannot eliminate my viewpoint totally from what I write, however, I will put both sides of the argument as clearly as I can.
The reason I am doing this is not to benefit any particular party but to inform the younger generation properly because they need to make their minds up on real facts, not disinformation or un-clear communication.
I would urge anyone who has a question to comment or get in touch if they think I can answer or someone else reading can answer. I also welcome all feedback because, it keeps everything real, up-front, accountable and honest.
To start with, some points that came up during my research yesterday:
There was a lot of discussion around the Conservative sound-bite about preserving worker’s rights, in fact making them stronger, one point put across several times was the fact that the Conservative Government are introducing a right for carers to take unpaid leave to care for family members etc.
I have to say, from my own personal viewpoint, this is a sound-bite because:
- In 2010 the Conservatives wanted to re-write the Human Rights Act from a UK perspective, partly because they did not understand the European Convention on Human Rights. This party is now planning to make sure the European Convention is complied with fully, which shows that they did not originally understand the European Convention.
- Why would a Conservative Government seek to scrap paternity leave because, in their words, it was not required, then decide that unpaid leave would be given to those caring for a family member. Is there any sense there?
- Why unpaid leave? Are family members worth less? What is the difference between caring for a child and caring for an older family member. You get child benefit for caring for a child. This job is to be unpaid, need I say more?
- If the Conservatives truly believe in strong workers’ rights, why have they been working against this as a party since 2010?
- The Conservative Government have, I have been told, been advised that their Government has actually breached the UN Convention on Human Rights, never mind the EU Convention on Human Rights which came after the UN Convention, with their actions in this country.
I have found, throughout my 33 years’ voting experience, that political parties of every persuasion will create sound-bites in order to get votes. The sad thing is that politicians don’t realise that not everybody follows politics, and this type of electioneering tradition can cause total confusion. At a time where it is essential that as many as possible vote, it is probably extremely unhelpful to any political case to enter into this type of electioneering.
One more point, every government, since I was a young girl, have kept salaries and budgets in public services including police, education and health service low compared with their spending on war and weapons!!
Lastly, one thing we all do from time to time we and our governments blame others for the course we choose. That is not going to solve anything is it!
Don’t we all have to take responsibility for making our communities, the places we live in the best they can be responsibly?
AFTER ALL THE PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERNMENT!!
Sandra Marshall 17 May 2017
Pride, ego, manipulation.
Tortured smiles, forlorn hope.
Just another day
Shared by they
Turned by power; led by greed
Yet knows deep within
That the greatest power
Lays within, the heart, the soul
And the spirit.
And true self shall appear.
Life is Life is Life Scrolls (found Enchantment shop, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh)
Written by The Unconventional Scribbler, Paul Charles 2016.