News - and Views!

in out, in out, shake it all about. The EU Referendum campaign, on both sides, has been like a game of Okey-Cokey. But without the fun element.

 

 Like so many people, I have struggled to separate facts from fiction, hyperbole from sound logic. I haven't found it easy to trust any of the so-called "leaders" on either side of the Big Divide because none of them seems to speak for me.

 

Then I read an opinion piece written by Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. (Incidentally - but tragically - how dreadful always to be defined in that way.) Doreen now sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Lawrence and her article in the New Statesman resonated with me as no other opinion piece has. Here is just part of what she said - but, if you can (and want to) try to read it all:

 

"The EU is not perfect but it is the best expression of a powerful idea - the unity of purpose across a continent that has often been torn asunder by violence and conflict. Turning our back on this idea, this dream based so heavily on British Values, would be a huge mistake. On June 23rd we should stand united with our neighbours, resolute in our belief that together we can achieve more than we ever can alone."

 

Thank you, Doreen Lawrence. I am voting REMAIN tomorrow....

"She was a human being. And she was perfect." So said Jo Cox's sister, Kim, bravely struggling to voice the feelings of a broken family. Since Thursday's tragic events, floral tributes have arrived by the arm-fulls, while MPs united in Parliament today to pay tribute to a woman whose record on human rights, on fighting for the vulnerable, on standing up for the interests of her constituents was truly inspirational. As a nation mourned and as politicians paraded, Jo's husband Brendan took their two precious children on a Father's Day camping trip so that they would wake up to bird song. I did not know Jo - but I rather think she would have been glad that her husband's first thoughts were to keep those little ones focused on the beauty of our world - not its darker side.

A dear friend and former colleague died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. We hear so many stories of survivors these days and that has to be good - it shows that this horrid, horrid disease can be beaten.

 

However, my friend Lynn's untimely death shows how far we still have to come. Please take time to read these beautiful words by another friend, who held Lynn's hand and helped her over her final hurdle.

 

It's called The Fight We Must Win - for Lynn

 

http://bit.ly/MnS7BH

 

RIP Lynn xx

A few weeks before Christmas a friend of mine gave birth to a much-wanted baby son. Sadly, her little lad was "born sleeping." While the rest of us were getting ready for the joys of Christmas and the festive season, she and her partner were organising their precious baby's funeral. 

 

Did you know that seventeen women every single day will experience the tragedy of discovering that the lovingly prepared cot in the nursery at home will not be slept in, that the future that beckoned so brightly is not to be. An organisation called The Seventeen is calling for a review into current care systems to reduce pregnancy and infant mortality rates.  I've just signed a petition to call for change - I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a baby, but I do know the joy of giving birth to my own beautiful babies and recent events have made me realise afresh how fortunate I have been. My heart goes out to those seventeen mothers who are suffering a tragic loss today - and tomorrow, and the next day...

 

If you would like to sign the petition too, here is the link:


http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-of-health-review-current-care-systems-in-place-in-the-uk-to-reduce-pregnancy-and-infant-mortality-rates?share_id=FTmBEyOdZL&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_

Ever since the news came through about the death of Nelson Mandela, I have been wondering what to write. Every tribute I have read makes me feel humble about even attempting to put my own thoughts into words. In the end I decided to leave it to Mandela. These are his own words which I have had on display in my house for many years - my daughter, Hilary, wrote them out in her beautiful script and had them framed for me. I try my hardest to live up to them.

 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

 

"We were all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

 

Neson Mandela, the man who liberated a nation, who shone as children do, who demonstrated like no other, the power of forgiveness. RIP.

Latest comments

26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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