Last year’s Scottish Independence Referendum (raised numerously in the pages that follow) was widely perceived as being a poor moment for large sections of the media. The prevailing stain of a mutually beneficial closeness between much of that industry and a political establishment in abject panic has not, despite several washes, come out.
So primarily, we would like this paper to provoke and hopefully inspire those physical recipients: the British media. In this regard, contributors from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines were asked to respond to and interpret the following prompt:
Project yourself 28 days into the future, to 7 May 2015.
Describe the detail of that day just as you choose. A unique collective activity has been generated. What form, if any, will your participation take and why?
Many of the contributions in the pages that follow reflect concerns born from a selection of salient facts and popular perceptions: the NHS is being broken up; a rich minority is ripping off a poormajority; a low turnout for the election will be misunderstood; and perhaps most toxically, that ulti-mate victors David Cameron and Ed Miliband are, in effect, management consultants pitching to run the same family firm.
The contributions also talk of the hope of politics from below, of communities coming together spon-taneously, of the seeds of hope that continue to grow despite the virulent presence of a horribly dys-functional economic model, havens of excess and dismantled humanity.
There is no manifesto, other than the conveyance of a defiant political will to reveal vital engagements out beyond the stale arguments of voting or not voting – and to disrupt the idea that no one really cares or holds out any hope. There is a battle of ideas, but it is being fought beyond Fleet Street and beyond Westminster.