One of the most famous British myths is the story of Robin Hood, the man who gave up his lands and titles in order to help people. He stole from the rich and gave to the poor. He kept the people of Nottingham and the surrounding area going as their king fought a useless crusade and left his incompetent brother on the throne.
I’ve posted on here before about the problems facing Britain at the moment. We have a cabinet of millionaires and a millionaire prime minister who are seriously out of touch with their electorate. In the pockets of banks and big business, they constantly pass (or try to pass) legislation which takes from the poor and gives to the rich. They demonise the poorest in our society and put the rich on pedestals. All of this is common knowledge.
And now they don’t want us to challenge them. This morning, I wrote a letter to Chloe Smith MP about her scandalous “Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill” (you can read it here). In its current form, it threatens to stop campaigning groups and charities, such as 38 Degrees and HOPE not Hate, from campaigning at all in the run up to elections: and not just national ones, but European and local elections too. I’m sure I don’t need to explain to my readers why this would be disastrous for the country. Yet again, it would leave ordinary people voiceless and open the door for extremist parties such as the BNP.*
These campaign groups are so precious because they allow us to be a modern Robin Hood. In these days of big corporations, reams of political red tape and a seemingly unreachable government, a modern Robin Hood needs more than a bow and arrow. He needs to be multi-voiced and super-organised. He needs the voices of ordinary citizens who see through the spin and are prepared to fight for our rights and the rights of others.
So, today, I am urging you to take up your bow and arrow and fight alongside us. Join campaigning groups, support charities, volunteer, blog, speak out, demonstrate. Be a modern Robin Hood.
*To write a letter to Chloe Smith MP yourself, click here.