Our land, if not our country

In year two of Druid College UK, we cover the topic of leadership: what it means, how you can achieve ethical leadership, and what makes a good leader. Today, our country is voting on who it wants to have as a leader for the next five years; basically it’s a two-person contest between the current Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.

It’s very telling simply in the language that they are using as to what they think leadership is about. Theresa May want us to vote for her in order to “strengthen her hand”. Jeremy Corbyn wants us to vote for him in order to give power “for the many, not the few”.

Leadership is about empowering others. Leadership is about using your wit, intelligence and resources to make something better, not just for yourself, but for everyone. Yes, you can certainly benefit from your own leadership, but that shouldn’t be the goal of leading; that is simply the ego talking. We lead from a place where we want to help others, to bring harmony to the majority involved. Yes, there might be a revolution in the meantime, and peace might certainly not be on the cards, however sometimes this is necessary in order for things to change.

Here in the UK, things are very tense as we await the election results. We have a real chance to turn from the brink of something destructive and harmful to many, to turn away from a Prime Minister who wants to repeal human rights for goodness sake. In a reflection of the turbulent world around us, this tiny little island nation has a chance to say “no” to tax breaks for the wealthy (and their businesses), to taking away fuel allowance for the elderly, to zero contract working hours, to selling off assets of our National Health Service, to dementia tax (other conditions, such as cancer, as funded by our healthcare service, whereas dementia falls under social care, not healthcare). We have a chance to make a statement to the world as to what we want our future to be. And we’re terribly worried about what is at stake, and the misinformation that people have been fed by a right-wing Conservative-led media (most newspapers, for example).

We have a chance to change politics, to make it fairer. We have a chance to elect a leader who doesn’t do personal attacks, and who focuses on the policies, not the power. We have a chance to really change the way we do things. I had hoped that our last election would be influenced by what happened in Canada, with the Conservatives being thrown out of power by the Liberal Justin Trudeau. But no, that wasn’t the case at all. There is a slim chance that this might happen today. That’s the very best that we can hope for. The more practical are hoping for a Conservative minority.

Today, as I walk the land, the bell heather coming into bloom, the oak trees in their full glory, the adders basking in the sun and the deer dreaming in the shade I hope for the best for this country. Like many others today, we are holding our breath, for there is so much at stake.

And even if things turn out for the worst, we know that this is still our land, even if it is no longer our country.


7 thoughts on “Our land, if not our country

  1. Well said Joanna. Very tense times. I have my fingers and toes crossed but as you say if the worst happens we will have to take refuge in nature and sniff the fresh air like the deer do….

  2. ‘still our land even if it is no longer our country’ …and of course, Druids historically know exactly what this feels like. But we know how to endure. Thank you for your strengthening words. May there be blessings on our land and in our lives. /l\

  3. May the Force be with You All…..one can only hope that the results of electing someone who only has the interests of the rich ie: trump, will provide enough stimulus for the majority of Britons to not go down that path. Be well

  4. Yes…I wonder what news tomorrow will bring. There will be no change here in East Yorkshire where Sir Greg Knight is the sitting MP….I’m sure he’s not a bad man but he is known around these parts as silent night because he holds a government post and is hardly ever seen here.
    I wrote in response to Nimue Brown’s latest blog that we desperately need a form of proportional representation in this country because the first past the post system doesn’t allow for a wider range of opinions to not only be heard but also to have the opportunity to be acted upon…John /l\

  5. I’m a UK citizen, born in London, grew up,in Essex, college in Lincolnshire and lived as an adult in Hampshire. Now though I’m an expat and have been for too long to have a vote. It no longer feels like my county and that is not because I have been away for a while. Talking to family who are still there they all say the same. I am holding on to the hope that people have woken up and the country which is still mine by birth and citizenship, turns back from the brink.

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