Sign of the times number one: Samih Kalakeche quit his job as Liverpool鈥檚 adult social care director because he was tired of axing services for the elderly and vulnerable in the city ?then warned that social care services could soon disappear altogether.
Sign of the times number two: director Ken Loach highlighted how the government treats hundreds of thousands of people in this country with 鈥渃allous brutality鈥?while accepting a BAFTA for Best British Film for I, Daniel Blake - and Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, tweeted: 鈥淛ust had a great night at the BAFTAs apart from the usual predictable drivel from Ken Loach in his own La La Land.?/p>
Thank God for Ken Loach, thank God for Samih Kalakeche and thank God for everyone who takes a stand and highlights the injustices in our society.
That sick 鈥渨e鈥檙e all in this together鈥?line still isn鈥檛 funny, but thankfully there have always been good people prepared to put their best feet forward and show solidarity in the face of uncaring governments.
In many cases, these people walk together in solidarity, and in hope. There was, for example, the Jarrow March (aka Crusade) of October 1936, when 200 men marched from the Tyneside town of Jarrow to London, in protest against unemployment and poverty.
And we saw it in May 1981 when the People鈥檚 March for Jobs from Liverpool to London took place ?but not before the 500 marchers received a joint statement of support from the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, David Sheppard, the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool, Derek Worlock, and other religious leaders.
But this April it will be destination Liverpool, and it is at this point that I will declare a family interest: my brother, Guy, the chair of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), will be leading social workers and supporters on a seven-day 鈥淏oot Out Austerity鈥?walk from Birmingham to Liverpool, arriving on April 25, the day before BASW鈥檚 AGM and conference at the Hilton, Liverpool One (boot-out-austerity.co.uk).
We鈥檙e not all in this together, but this will be a good chance for people to show whether they are with Ken Loach and Co or Tim Loughton and Co.
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