Left wing vs right wing
The political social worker has long gone out of fashion, with the rise of managerialism in the 90’s. But politics is as relevant today as it was to the “radicalised” and “activists” social workers of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Politics talks about the “systems” that affect the wider environment and community in which we all live, but most especially has the power to impact on those with the least voice: the poorest, most disadvantaged and deprived among our societies. As social workers we have a moral and professional duty to understand and, dare I say it, speak up on behalf of those who cannot.
For a starter, on the differences between left-wing and right-wing, this writer suggests, the debate is often less about left and right wing views than the positions of the informed and the misinformed.
“I always agree with William Blake”
I’m getting very tired of the division of the world into “right wing” and “left wing”. It seems to me to be a false dichotomy.
In fact if you listen to the average person, they usually hold a wide variety of views reaching right across the political spectrum.
Often they are anti-immigration (a right wing position) but at the same time they are also quite likely to be sceptical of government propaganda and as vehemently opposed to British participation in foreign adventures in the Middle East as any member of the SWP.
In fact it is entirely possible to hold two entirely contradictory ideas in your head at the same time.
William Blake said: “Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made of contradiction.”
I always agree with William Blake.
The reason people are against large numbers of people from…
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