Thursday, May 26, 2022

Where it will go

I'm supposing to be recording my radio talk but George is lying in the hall barking. I took him in the garden and he had a wee but now he's just woofing. So I've given up for now.

I made the mistake of getting into a discussion on Facebook with a Conservative supporter about Johnson, the Prime Minister. I came away feeling literally sick. I resolved initially to take a Facebook break but it's my main source of contact with Nuora in Italy so I am reluctant. I very rarely do political posts - I'm not, as I've said many times, a political animal - but some things just force their way out.*

I'm torn between saying, "There's nothing I can do so I should just ignore all news sources," and "This is so terrible there must be something I can do." Common sense tells me the former is true though.

Then when I was dressing I was thinking about anti-Semitism via the "I remember Michael Foot who was Jeremy Corbyn without the anti-Semitism stains." (Michael Foot was leader of the Labour party for a few years in the 1980s. He was a man of principle but was never going to get into power because of his shambling stance and too much integrity.)

Anyway, I have a problem with anti-Semitism. Not the thing, the word. Every time I hear it I have to stop and think: is it good or bad?

I think my logic is twofold:
a) it ends in -ism. Racism is bad, sexism is bad;
b) it begins with anti- which is usually good. Anti-racism, anti-sexism.

Do you see where I'm coming from?

It's okay; I'm just trying to stop my mind from wandering where it will go, where it will go-o.

* Postscript
After resisting for as long as I could I finally answered back and felt much better for having put up a bit of a fight.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your comments on my blog today made me laugh, Liz! What do you call Kegel exercises in Britain?

Liz Hinds said...

Pelvic floor I think. As far as I know there isn't a particular exercise class routine. After having babies we were always to clench as you do the washing up or whatever!