I went to hear Selena Godden and Hannah Jane Walker in the Women Take The Fitz event at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Selena read a poem where she refused to be shushed. I am inspired. I refuse to be shushed.
This is what I want to say.
First what we all need to do right away is turn our attention and our power toward supporting the Extinction Rebellion. This has the potential to transcend Occupy and ignite swift change in the UK government. God knows we need swift and sweeping reforms with the global implementation of the IPCC recommendations first and foremost. The UN has given us twelve years to be kinder to the earth or face extinction-level backlash. What are we going to do? Recently I heard in school debate tournament that while the UK’s carbon footprint is small compared to our more giant fellow nations, we have an outsized influence on the rest of the world, for good or for ill. We export culture.If we work this Brexit thing from the right angles we can fold in the Extinction Rebellion. We can show the world how to follow the IPCC recommendations. It starts on November 17 with people going to jail to get the government to listen. Support them. Give them a voice. It is clear that this government is incapable of implementing Brexit. Indeed this government is basically unable to formulate a plan that serves humans and not corporations. It is full of arrogant, stupid, blind white men and it needs to be disciplined. (They will secretly love it) It is up to us to provide them the plan. We can make Brexit into something good – push it right through out the other side back into the EU for one thing – or honor the vote and leave the EU in name only. The bigger fight now is to save the earth. We have a new Dunkirk now.
We are not powerless. This is the inescapable evidence of British history. We can peacefully subversively push back now.
There is some low-hanging fruit here to go after. The derivatives tax and an overhauling of corporate law: both theoretically on the Conservative agenda but flailing miserably. The budget for courts and access to justice generally: that could easily be enlarged and swell a tide of justice in consumer law. Local courts could oversee the appointment on every board of every private company a Guardian, as required by Clause 4 of the Magna Carta, who preserves the land without undue destruction for the heirs whose land they hold. Every river needs a guardian too. The air needs a guardian. The homeless need a guardian. The oppressed need a guardian. That’s the fucking law from the Magna Carta and I’m Stephen Langton sidling up to Barons on the steps of St Paul’s saying hey – it’s already all written down. Why isn’t anyone mentioning it? Deals were cut in the Magna Carta for the wellbeing of the land and we have let those deals slip away. We have tolerated privatisation of our common wealth. We have tolerated – god forgive us – fracking. Fracking! No more torturing the earth! I mean it! I will not be shushed.
Boom – look – the new Brexit law for you. You should be able to take it from here.
Britain’s regulatory structure is a disaster and is in desperate need of deep and swift reform to aid humans and all living things and the earth itself. Derivatives should have been taxed ten years ago, this is nuts that this tax can’t pass. The austerity agenda was unforgiveable. We should not forgive. All these stupid little regulatory piss ass monarchs and vicious inbred fiefdoms of power. What time you waste justifying your existence and to no other ends. Woe unto you, Home Office. Woe unto you County Councils. Woe unto you Virgin Media. Woe unto you British Gas. That’s what Jesus meant in that verse in Luke – this is an actual verse in the Bible: woe unto the lawyers for you give the people burdens hard to bear and lift not a finger to help them. He said that. And I think what he had to be talking about was this sort of blind capitalism eating itself situation. And like Thomas Paine said, what is not questioned takes on a thin veneer of being right. It’s crazy how consumerist our thoughts and actions are. Our souls are being eaten alive. Our allegiance is to dead institutions. A revolution is a personal revolution. It is a personal decision. But the choice of the believers and the nonbelievers, the activists and bankers and elders and poets and scientists – the choice should be the same. Let’s just pull together long enough to pull this plane out of its tailspin. Then we can all go back to hating each other. I promise.
Let’s start with the Extinction Rebellion. Let’s help them get some Guardians to help the earth. Let’s bring back the Magna Carta! Who could be against the Magna Carta??