Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

when you are told there are 70 million Turks

lining up, like the Zulus in the Stanley Baker

film, coming over the hill, set on seizing our

jobs, our homes, our lives.

But hats off to the TV coverage that

accompanied the story, showing us

what that ancient and wondrous Turkish

civilisation was all about. They found shots

of the most amazing kebabs, laden with

spices and dripping with juices over flaming

charcoal, just so we could understand what

the Turkish threat might mean. What it

achieved in our house was a resounding:

“Bring it on”

Frankly, the current state of politics is pants

in this debate. Politics are there to serve the

people and not the other way round. So,

why don’t we simply short-circuit the daily

threats and angry squabbles, and from

now on engage in some proper grownup,

joined-up thinking, about the real issues?

What each of us is being asked to do is cast

a vote that will affect not just our lives, but

the future of generations to come. Each of

us must reflect quietly and independently

about this vote. What shapes my own vision

of things is this: almost imperceptibly (but

then again, perhaps also staring us in the

face) is that the world, whether we like it or

not, is slowly beginning to become a global

community. And this, while it may or may

not take centuries to achieve, simply has to

be the future.

With the advent of high-speed travel,

communications technology, satellites and

the rest, we are already living in much

closer proximity to one another than we

could previously have imagined. Young

people hop from country to country

exploring, experiencing other cultures,

forming friendships across the globe, and

this gives them a far greater sense than

previous generations of being comfortable

belonging to the much wider human family,

a completely diverse but nonetheless

enriching collection of democratic nations.

The results are plain as day for all to see.

Why have we now achieved so much

in science or in say, space exploration?

Because scientists from groups of nations

work closely together. The same with

advances in medicine and practically any

other field of invention and progress. The

global village is not some romantic dream,

it’s a reality.

No, I’m not a naive optimist and yes, I

know only too well about the bureaucratic

challenges of different nations attempting

to work alongside each other. I may well

be mocked for my views but again, bring

it on! I believe passionately in the human

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June 2016

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