Thursday, 2 April 2009

Greener grass or a warning sign?

"Just being there, you sometimes get a sense of being overwhelmed by watching things just go badly and it's very hard to balance observing things going badly and your own personal feelings, and even a bit of anger at seeing things fall apart."

Interesting words from Zimbabwean writer, Brian Chikwava, talking about his home country. Chikwava chose to move to Britain to be able to work creatively and, I acknowledge that, compared to Zimbabwe, it offers more freedom to do so.

On the other hand, I could have written those very words to describe how I feel about Britain today. Certainly, I'm more sensitive to the faults and changes, having been away from the country for a very long time, but I do think things are falling apart.

There is always that element of greener grass, but I'm not blind and I don't have my head in the sand or distracted by shiny things. There are things happening in Britain, laws, restrictions; a general feeling that you don't share opinions here anymore that make one think that we're slipping down a slope to an unlivable situation.

Well, certainly unlivable restrictions to those of us who have brains and opinions and who are not content just to be concerned only with self and the celebrity news. 

And it does overwhelm me. It makes me angry and not a little scared, but more so, it makes me want to leave to go somewhere more creatively and politically friendly.

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