New in Town…generally election special

Sunday, 27th September 2015

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Polling Station Sign
Polling Station Sign

2015 was my first general election in B13. I love an election and love to vote. In a world where not everyone has access to that right I think we owe it to them to turn up. In the build-up I went to  the local hustings. It was lively with a good mix of us there asking questions. The optimist in me dreams that these occasions are so well attended, no room can hold us, that so many voices sound, no building can withstand the volume, and instead we must congregate in the park.

Election night was a big affair. Friends came over; we stocked fridges and loaded ovens in preparation for 12 hours with Dimbleby. Now, whatever you feel about the outcome I wonder whether this election more than others in my lifetime has motivated people to get involved. There are many people locally who are trying change the world, or maybe just Moseley, and that’s great.

It’s what brought me to write for this magazine and what took me to the political song session in the back room of the Prince one Tuesday night. I didn’t know what to expect but I soon learnt it didn’t matter whether you wrote your own song, recited some Dickens, or just came along; joining in was encouraged. I enjoyed singing, and as an aside there’s got to be research that proves singing aloud is good for the soul, it’s clear the regulars love it and have stories to tell. Personally, to make a difference I’d rather write a letter than sing a song but it is great that it exists and I think we all need to find our thing.

Each week I watch the West Wing with two friends. In one episode the President said ’There’s a promise that I ask everyone who works here to make. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Do you know why?’ to which Will Bailey responds ‘Because it’s the only thing that ever has’. Whether in our own living room, the back of a pub, on the street or in parliament we can make a difference.

I intend to continue my mission of finding the new each month, but on this occasion I make a special plea for ideas of the ‘making a difference’ variety. Are you doing something for Moseley? Community action, volunteering, litter-picking…? Get in touch.