Di­vide and con­quer? No way, let’s stick to­gether

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

MR F and I have just about dried off after yet another wet Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. Is this rain fol­low­ing us around? The mud on our boots this time is from Shrews­bury Folk Fes­ti­val, where we spent four days see­ing head­line bands like Bel­low­head and The Full English, the lat­ter noth­ing to do with ba­con and eggs.

Ac­tu­ally, the food was mainly veg­gie, which was fine by me, as I gave up meat decades ago; but Mr F was not im­pressed when I pre­sented him with a pal­lid, ve­gan hot dog.

A Welsh con­tin­gent of dancers started their act by wel­com­ing us to ‘their coun­try’ even though it is now in Eng­land; a stroppy ref­er­ence to the land from Hale­sowen to Aberys­t­wyth which used to be part of Wales.

Later, Scot­tish singer Karine Pol­wart’s pro­mo­tion of Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence was met with (mostly) stony si­lence in the main tent.

This is di­vi­sory stuff and is not helped by the lack of fire in the Bet­ter To­gether camp, which should be em­pha­sis­ing our shared kin­ship rather than what di­vides us.

Once, trav­el­ling on a packed train from Holy­head to Llan­dudno, I got chat­ting to two men and dis­cov­ered we were from three dif­fer­ent coun­tries. “Oh,” said one, “an Ir­ish­man, a Welsh­man and an English­woman? There’s got to be a joke there some­where.”

While re­spect­ing the var­i­ous cul­tural iden­ti­ties that make up the UK, we re­ally do need to keep our sense of hu­mour. More im­por­tantly, at such a pre­car­i­ous time in his­tory, we need to con­tinue to nur­ture and pro­tect our small is­land – to­gether.

This year’s Beck The­atre Sum­mer Youth Project, Grease, was a fab­u­lous show: en­er­getic, pol­ished and pro­fes­sional. Well done to all in­volved, es­pe­cially Han­nah Mar­ram as Sandy and Jonathan Carl­ton as Danny.

Talk­ing of Grease, there’s a re­union for any­one who worked for West Dray­ton company Power Plant Gears, which closed in 1984. For­mer em­ploy­ees, their fam­i­lies and any­one who played sport there, are wel­come on Septem­ber 27 at the Con­ser­va­tive Club in Uxbridge. Con­tact Des­mond Webb on desmondwebb@blueyon­der.co.uk.

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