When I was out on the street leafleting for The Teds yesterday in fine sunny weather, most people took a leaflet willingly enough, many older citizens saying thank you as they received one. Females were highly receptive, young and old. Foreign English like Turks, Bulgarians and so on, now citizens of this country, were especially keen to be included in English politics which so far rather shuns them. They want to be included.
One category of the throng was heavily negative refusing a leaflet using the same words almost every time. Yet young men are the most vulnerable to a military ‘shift’ and an outbreak of open conflict between NATO and Russia. The war ratchet is grinding away at full speed and it might be only two years from now before British men are facing conscription – or draft in American terms.
I will challenge the ‘I’m alright’ leaflet refusal from strong healthy young men, with ‘Let’s keep you alright’ and the suggestion that anti-war politics is a good thing for youth who care about their health and wellbeing.
Here’s a reminder of an earlier anti-war campaigner – Country Joe at Woodstock in 1969, with 300,000 people singing along with his chorus – ‘Don’t give a damn. Next stop is Vietnam.’
His verses nail it. Give him a listen. And boys. Come on now. Wake up. You’re alright for now. But what can happen will happen, so let’s get opposing war while we still can.
Join the Teds.