So we had an election here last week in the UK. An election called by our Prime Minister because she thought it would mean an increased majority – a majority she told us she wanted as a mandate to pursue a ‘hard’ Brexit. The woman who was a supporter of remaining in the European Union at some point had a Damascus Road moment when she suddenly became an enthusiastic supporter of Brexit. Aye right!

The Prime Minister also assumed that the British people would not vote for a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn. He was old school labour. A man that didn’t play the media game. There was no way people would vote for the labour party. Aye right!

In Scotland the battle lines were drawn around the possibility of a second referendum on Independence for Scotland. But with the SNP holding almost all the seats with strong majorities in most of them, their hold on Scotland’s politics was unassailable. Aye Right!

This was an election that took all the rules and chucked them out the window. In the closing days, it became clear that the gamble our PM took – which in fairness looked like a dead cert at the beginning of the campaign – was in danger of backfiring. And this is just what happened. This was an election that no one won. This helpful graphic tries its best to explain:

Election Result image
At the beginning of the campaign I did something I never thought I would do. I resigned my membership of the Labour Party. I was furious at Jeremy Corbyn on two counts a) his failure to fight Brexit and b) his failure to vote against having, in my and many others view, an unnecessary election. I had also never seen him as a strong leader. But you know what? I was wrong. There, I said it. I was wrong. He may not have led the Labour Party to victory but he led a campaign of hope. He didn’t get embroiled in negative campaigning. Instead he and his party produced a manifesto that was full of good policies (in my opinion) and he went around the country speaking to people and in return they turned out in huge numbers to hear him. He has also succeeded where many have failed before – he inspired a new generation of voters to come out and vote. He has restored some of the faith in politicians that has been sadly lacking of late. He has also shown that people will vote for policies that are not self-centred but have compassion and love for your neighbour at the heart of them.

British politics has been changed. Hope has gained ground on fear. If the twitteratti are correct it will not be too long before we head to the polls again. And we can only pray that this time hope will trump fear. (see what I did there?) Because we all need more hope don’t we? And goodness only knows the world needs more love. And something to put our faith in. Now if only there was somewhere we could find faith, hope and love, somewhere we could turn to for helpful, inspiring words. Someone we could turn to in our hour of need. And yet there is.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed
    and announce that the time has come
    when the Lord will save his people.”

There is another JC and he has an inspiring manifesto too!

PS if you click on no other link from this article – click on the link for Jeremy Corbyn. It takes you to a magnificent piece of writing that sums up the whole election. Hang it, to save you scrolling here it is: Jeremy Corbyn

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Rev Shuna Dicks is a Church of Scotland minister in the North East of Scotland, where she ministers to a rural congregation in the heart of the Speyside Malt Whisky area.

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One thought on “Pastoral is Political: JC and His manifesto

  1. yes!!! I as you know have moved from LibDem to SNP – but all through this year I have become more and more enthused by the Labour Party having a real Socialist at the helm; I know other politicians cannot stand him – but the people – the voters get him and see signs of hope as you so rightly point out.
    I wrote about it too … https://darkthreadsandgolden.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/when-in-doubt-procrastinate/

    not quite so direct – but nevertheless… hope is in the air

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