Don't take away our post office!
Don't close our hospital!
Here in Walthamstow we are currently fighting to prevent closure of (I kid you not):
- Our local museum
- Our local hospital
- Our local cinema (already closed, we're trying to get it back)
- And our local post office (also already closed, we're trying to get it back)
There's this sorrowful sense that loads of services we love and appreciate are being taken away from us - and this seems to be happening in local communities across the country.
I call this Imbyism. You know, like Nimbyism - Not In My Backyard - which is the phenomenon where people protest the arrival of things they object to.
In My Backyard-ism - Imbyism - is my word for protesting and fighting to keep the things in your neighborhood that you like.
And if I'm right that it is the underlying tenor of politics in the UK right now - then that does not bode well for Labour. They really ought to start giving people some stuff they want. Or at least stop taking it away.