'Everyone has a choice'
An interesting statement - but is it true. The media tell us such. The government implore us to extend our choice. But what choice is there really?
When a number of people came together to purchase a small plot of land upon which to live an alternative lifestyle, Mr Hesletine used his Ministerial powers to stop them, giving rise to the summer of the Convoy and ending in the battle of beanfield, where these people were beaten and had their property destroyed by the State. What about the mirage called choice?
The reality of our society is conform or suffer. There is not true choice, simply the 'right' to choose from the options permitted. This is not a question of legal or illegal choice, it is simply retaining one's 'place' and only choosing within that cast.
Even those who have purchased choice through home ownership - do they really have choice. Could they choose to live where they prefered, in the property they wished, at the price they could pay without it limiting their 'fre-time' options. And if the government opted to bring in any of the sarcastic proposals that started this discussion, would people have any choice to stop them?
When there was not mass unemployment people had more choice about the sort of work they did, where they did it, what they earned. When their was collective strength the State could not limit choice to the same degree. When people did not have to worry that if they dared not conform that they would become homeless then control of the people was harder.
Year by year choice has been ever restricted - given away by a people distracted by the latest glitzy consumer trend and lulled by the ironically named reality entertainment. The wonderful thing about the human spirit though is that it will not be repressed. There feels as if there is almost a tangible electricity, a frision in the air that suggest even in this most conservative of nations that the spirit is awakening. Now, why do some find that a fearful notion?