Saving Grace

I’m learning a lot this week.

It has only been a week.

Holy crap, what a week.

Not only am I learning every day about what the NHS does and doesn’t do, I’m learning about what people do and don’t do.

What I’m learning, is, I am absolutely delighted to say, what I suspected all along.

What I’m learning is that the real capacity for change comes from the bottom up, not the top down.

Take note, you people who talk to me about how much voting matters.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Voting only matters if, when you’ve finished ticking the box in the polling station, you get up off your arse, and you do something about what you believe in.

Do not, not for a single second, think that those that hold the power are going to do one, solitary thing for you if you don’t ask them, write to them, make them.

Make an example of them.

What I’m learning is that ordinary people, ordinary people like me, like you, can do extraordinary things.

We are doing extraordinary things.

We have come together as a community to not just protest, but to effect change, to focus our energies, to shape an agenda and bring it onto a stage where people who don’t want to listen, who want to push what we have to say under the carpet, have to pay attention to us.

We have taken a tiny, local story, a story that is just like stories all over the country, and in one week, we have managed to put it on a national stage.

We have rallied together. This weekend, people in our community, the people who make the word community real and meaningful, are spending their weekend pounding the pavements, delivering flyers to thousands and thousands of houses in our GP’s catchment area.  We have spoken to teachers, priests, vicars, politicians, journalists, shop keepers, families. We have spoken up and we have spoken out. We have shared our stories and our anger, and our hope that things can be different.

Things are already different.

It is times like these, things like these, that make us pull together, speak to each other, look each other in the eye instead of pass each other in the street. These are the times that test the mettle of the person you are and the people you surround yourself with. We are doing more than trying to save our doctor. We are saving ourselves, and it is good.

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