Essex Road Revolution – Manifesto
by Kay Scorah
I want to feel proud to be English.
I want us to be revered for the intelligence and thoughtfulness of all of our people, thanks to excellent education, free to everyone, designed to benefit all types of intelligence.
I long for us to be admired for our inventiveness and productivity, for our craft and creativity, for our willingness to listen and to learn.
I want England to be known throughout the world for the good health and vitality of all its people thanks to a well-funded National Health Service, “free at the point of delivery, based on clinical need, not the ability to pay”.
I crave home-grown, thought-provoking, ground-breaking, soul-nourishing literature, visual art, music, cinema and theatre. Something made by everyone. Something for everyone.
I dream of a time when our business and political leaders will be sought out to help those in need and find peaceful means to resolve conflict throughout the world.
I want “inclusive, open, welcoming and compassionate” to be the adjectives that others most associate with English people.
In my newly reborn country, I never, ever want to see a homeless person sleeping rough outside an empty, unused building.
I want a parliament with no “sides”, in which all representatives are there to serve their constituents, and to work alongside their colleagues to make the country and the world a more harmonious, equal place.
This is what I call taking my country back.