Len Simpson, Why I’ve Joined Twitter

In many ways, social media does not interest me. Some of my reservations are to do with my age and era. Do I really want to learn new skills just so I can involve myself in so much trivia?  Some of it is so offensive, intolerant, and divisive that I want nothing to do with it.

Occasionally, I will look at my wife’s, Marion’s, facebook page, to keep up with some distant relatives and mutual friends.

Then, along came Bryan Barrett. A chance meeting over a football match in the local pub has led to an increasingly committed awareness of what it means to be a socialist

A lifelong commitment to the Labour Party is turning into something much more tangible.

Wherever I have lived, in three completely different geographical parts of the country, I have had to accept complete Tory dominance. When we moved to Norton just three years ago, I was dismayed to discover that this was yet another bastion of callous Toryism. Put a blue rosette round a pig’s neck, and it would win a seat in Parliament.

But now, something is stirring. People from all walks of life are beginning to see that austerity is/was not a necessity; it is a political decision, driven by Tory ideology which always favours the rich at the expense of the poor.

And real people are really suffering, particularly those not lucky enough to be born in the late 40s, early 50s.

Tory policies are increasingly being questioned. Complacent, comfortable MPs like Kevin Hollinrake are finally being held to account, to justify their lack of genuine involvement with their constituents.

And though I am just a novice, I am beginning to realise that Twitter can be a powerful weapon to bring together those of us who seek genuine social change, by shining a light on cruel and unnecessary Tory policies.

At a branch meeting I attended last night, 15 people of widely different ages and life experiences met with renewed hope and enthusiasm for a better future for the many – not the few. Several were there as a direct result of their involvement with Twitter.

Something is stirring;  watch this space….

Len Simpson
#tandmclp Member
Born April 1947

 

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