John Taylor: The joys of politics

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Oh the joys of politics. And courtesy of a democracy a choice of brands – even if none appear to wash whiter than white.

The dear old Lib Dems, who in the present arrangement seem analogous to the first stage booster rockets of a space launch.

Initially necessary but soon spent and best discarded as soon as possible.

Then there’s the Tories, seemingly dedicated to wealth creation for the few whilst keeping the plebs in their place.

And of course Labour, who often seem ready to appease their fund masters regardless of the general good.

But hey, it’s a free society, and via the vote Joe Public has the option to change the status quo.

As does Josephine Public, with the story of votes for women having been told in a previous article.

Also told was the tale of Emmeline Pankhurst and her hideaway retreat at Ivy Cottage, Stewkley.

In addition there’s a well known photo of Sergeant Rollings, of Stony Stratford, arresting and lifting her off her feet during a protest in London.

As for a protest in Bletchley, when in August 1909 the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, came to Bletchley Park, to speak in support of a parliamentary candidate, several Suffragettes managed to disrupt the meeting.

One even chained herself to a tree and had to be released by the cricket grounds man, James Cox.

Another sister for the cause was Miss Hawkes from Hanslope.

She was a colleague of Mrs. Pankhurst, and during WW1 acted as housekeeper at a hostel for officers children that Mrs. Pankhurst and her friends ran at Tower Crecy in London.

In fact it was the contribution that women made during WW1 that gained them the vote.

So whilst democracy may not be the perfect form of government – being open to chancers, and those adept at ‘winging it’ – the freedom it ensures, paid for by the sacrifice of so many lives during two world wars, makes it a most definite candidate for election.