Sarah Teather MP is the latest MP to break ranks! A piece in today’s Observer describes how she was sacked from her post as minister for families in September. She had voted against the government and had to be punished and sidelined. She followed her heart and voted for what she believed to be right.
What she voted against was the £500 weekly benefit cap for families. She describes how this will demonise the poor, many of which she represents. Interestingly, she is very present in her Brent constituency and holds surgeries 5 days a week.
As minister, she was on the inside of the government power machine. She describes how they routinely publicise a true story caricature, a blown up exaggerated picture, of a poor family to create hatred of the poor. To “deliberately stoke up envy and division between people to gain popularity at the expense of children’s lives is immoral. It has no good intent”.
She has witnessed how the government know full well that these caps do not save money, but actually cost more, and concluded that the real purpose is not cost cutting at all, but playing political games using real people’s lives.
“I think it was conceived as a political device to demonstrate whose side you are on”, she says.
It is slightly troubling that she still thinks Nick Clegg and Barrack Obama are people to be admired, but then so did I, once upon a time. It’s not that obvious until you see it. Despite that, she has, by her actions, contributed towards pulling the world towards a better place.
I will find a way to get a message of support to her. She will need it. If we focus our support and energy on the MPs that are acting for good intent, we can grow their power. Where focus goes, energy flows.
There is another MP, Tom Watson, who has bravely spoken out about the high level paedophilia network. It does not matter which party these MPs are from. It matters that they are following their heart and their truth as their guide.
I am reminded of a story of the North American Indians about the good wolf of love and compassion and all things good, and the bad wolf of hate, war, and all things evil. The two wolves are inside ourselves and are in battle. The wolf that wins is the one we feed.
(See earlier posts: Light and Dark)