What makes an activist?

What makes an activist? Do you have to chain yourself to a tree or go on a march? You can but you don’t have to. Activism can take many forms and each of them are as important as each other. Not everyone has the time and the means to be as active an activist as some but as long as you utilise what you have, that’s all that matters. If you can chain yourself to a tree or go on a march, all power to you! If you can’t, that’s fine too.

March in Great Yarmouth

So what is activism? To quote the fount of knowledge Wikipedia:

Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental reform or stasis with the desire to make improvements in society.

To do this I would say that there are many avenues:

  • Protests and marches are a great exhibition of people power and it really gets a message across. It shows that there are many people out there who want the same change.
  • Campaigning with posters and leaflets can get more information across too that can spread whatever message is in more detail.
  • Social media is an effective way to spread a message as people are happy to share and retweet things. It could be seen by literally thousands of people very quickly.

The truth of the matter is that people have different strengths and abilities. Protests, marches and chaining yourself to a tree may show how you feel but it’s not for everyone. As long as we spread whatever message we believe in, be it through posters, leaflets, Facebook or Twitter, we are activists.

Boris Johnson needs to be sacked

Sitting down to watch the news it soon becomes clear that politicians are excellent at not answering direct questions.

At the moment it’s a question whether Prime Minister Theresa May should step down (by choice or forcibly) or if Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should be sacked. Sack the man who is allegedly organising a mutiny or let the alleged mutiny take place?

It’s not something the Conservative party wants to deal with hot on the heels of their Party Conference. They’re having to wheel out various Conservative MPs to publicly support Theresa May and not say anything too bad about Boris Johnson and dodge questions about all of this usually by bringing up Jeremy Corbyn or by reciting policy.

Viewers of the “The Thick Of It” will see straight through all of this.

What would be the best situation? I’d probably say getting rid of Boris Johnson. The man is a joke and honestly does more harm than good. The man is a clown without make-up. Without fail, anybody I speak to Boris Johnson about (left or right leaning) thinks he is a joke and doesn’t take him seriously. I mean, there’s a real chance that he could become Prime Minister. Shit, he’s already Foreign Secretary.

Theresa May needs to get rid of Boris. He’s embarrassing.