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There isn’t a ‘different’


I put this on Twitter final evening:

What Sunak and his far-right allies need to create with their pernicious rhetoric of unity, to which Labour subscribes, is a sense of inclusion for some in a group from which others are most undoubtedly excluded.

To beat this politics constructed on hate, austerity and the denial of rights we have to construct a politics based mostly on generosity of spirit and materials wellbeing coupled with an embrace of the variations that make the distinctive peculiarities that every of us possess into the those that we’re, and want to be accepted as. Is that an not possible dream?

It was not a perfect Tweet. As an alternative it was extra like a placeholder for an concept based mostly on quite a few themes.

One is the ever-growing consciousness of how terrible the Tories are.

One other is a deep-seated notion of their embrace of the fascist concept of there being an ‘different’ who should be vilified.

Then there may be Labour’s lack of prepared to name this out.

However maybe most of all there may be the realisation that the necessity for a brand new, unifying, narrative inside politics could be very excessive.

After that there’s my perception that any such narrative has to concurrently settle for the crucial of collective co-existence and the innate requirement that this be truthful while on the similar time recognising that the variations between us need to be accepted and even celebrated as a result of they’re what make us distinctive in order that we are able to stand out in a world the place our apparent want for firm and mutuality is ever-present.

A smart particular person as soon as summarised this as loving our neighbours as ourselves, however I’m going additional than that.




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