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In company with many who seek to fight against injustice, I feel impotent, when it comes to doing so effectively. I was therefore greatly encouraged to read that Toby Young had resigned, following a 220,000 signature, online petition calling for his dismissal. The first phrase that came to mind was: ‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’

Apparently, these words were written by playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton, to be spoken by King Louis XIII’s chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu. They are spoken, after Richelieu, realising that as a priest he is unable to take up arms against his enemies, discovers a plot to kill him.

Maybe, the most effective weapon in our battle is the pen? Writing to the local press is a thrust many could make. Signing a petition is another option for having a stab. Then of course, a cross on a ballot paper could be the coup de grâce, locally or nationally!

The secret though is in numbers. On change.org more than 320,000 people backed a two-year campaign to end the EU tax on all sanitary products. To date, almost 1.5 million signatures boost efforts to free Nazanin Ratcliffe, whilst nearly 18,000 people have indicated their support for an eight-year boy with muscular dystrophy (and many others like him), to get the drugs they need speedily. There are even 10,500 people trying to get windsurfing kept in the 2024 Olympics.

So, how about a petition?

“We the people are saying, in regard to cuts to public services, which disproportionally affect the poor, the marginalised, the disadvantaged and the defenceless: ‘Enough is enough!’ We call on Government to reverse these cuts and to initiate uni-partisan support for finding more creative, innovative, just and fair solutions, which reflect the priorities of the majority of people in this country and the values for which so many of our forebears gave their lives.”

What a fitting way to mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War – starting a great war against poverty and injustice!



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