This week came the news that our supposed representatives in Parliament are to have increased personal security in case those they offend attack them. Here’s a question: if MPs represent us as opposed to using their election to represent themselves, would they then need heavy protection?

Richard Drax and Jeremy Corbyn

The two MPs above are about as opposite in character and views as is possible in Parliament. I’ve run into Mr. Corbyn so often that he might even recognise my face (though I’ve never been the sort to speak to him or get a selfie). He’s always been in the crowd, talking to one of thousands of acquaintances. Even at the height of the antisemitism row that ended his leadership of the Labour Party, he was never physically attacked.

Richard Drax takes his voters for granted. Put a stuffed dummy with a blue rosette in South Dorset, and he’ll be elected. Richard Drax has a few more brain cells than that—just about. Want to meet him? After vetting, you will be invited behind the heavily policed walls of the Winfrith nuclear research facility to have an audience/surgery with Milord. Why? He only cares about his own views and runs scared of the public. Many of those whom he supposedly represents are among the poorest in the UK, so they may be hungry enough to eat him.

Fidel Castro and Keir Starmer

Another pair of polar opposites! Prior to the US government trying to murder him, Fidel Castro used to freely walk among his people. These were the days before mobile phones, but I’m sure the Cuban public would have filled Facebook with selfies of their president and saviour.

Keir Starmer? You never see the man without minders. There may even be one standing between him and his wife over breakfast, for all I know. Yes, the Leader of the Opposition fears the public, and rightly so. There have been all too frequent (non-violent) ambushes by members of the left of his party, driven to do so out of frustration at his Stalinist approach to leading it. Needless to say, they will soon be expelled for questioning their dear leader.

Men of the People Fear None

Where Keir and Richard may even fear their wives, Fidel and Jeremy never had to fear anyone in their positions of power. They were both such threats to the global establishment that they were unfairly treated in their times. But both had and have one thing in common – they are and were men of the people who listened to their constituents and tried hard to help. People of all stripes in Jeremy’s constituency – Jew and Arab, gay and straight, wealthy and not so wealthy know that he will give them a listening ear should they need him. Once more, if there is a view he, as an MP, needs to represent in Parliament, Jeremy will do that.

What has this to do with the Politics of Hopelessness?

You guessed it. Heavily protected non-representatives representing their own views have more people to fear than those who represent. The majority of those in Parliament today do not represent the people, but rather represent the politics of hopelessness. If hopelessness is the core of your ideology, what do people do? They get angry. Some of us are lucky enough to take out our frustrations by writing simmering blogs. Others?

I know I’m on dodgy ground here. I in no way condone violence toward anyone. But I do understand desperation and despair—the feeling that nothing and no one will help. Perhaps those taking our votes should represent us and not represent the politics of hopelessness. You never know—you might be overwhelmingly loved and have thousands chanting your name when they know you’re among them!

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