The Sheffield Green Spaces Forum

Hope for the Future

Achieving  power in this month of June brings with it not just tenure in Downing Street but great responsibilities
Here in the UK over centuries of hard won battles for democracy, we have much to be proud of and much at stake to lose
Whatever party holds the reins of Great Britain should remember this and honour by their actions the sacrifices that women and men have made that allows them to sit in their House of Westminster seats as elected representatives of the people
We have much to celebrate that should not be dismantled ,least of all our nurseries and schools; our colleges and universities; our NHS; our Free Press, our Police , Fire and other emergency services to name but a few of these fabulous services that makes our Britain stand out amongst nations
Daily, our public servants , public authority workers and those in the charity and voluntary sectors go about their business underpinning the infrastructure of our society, improving, safeguarding and enriching people’s and communities lives.

They and we all deserve to have these integral provisions  protected, maintained and further developed , for without them,  the vast majority of us outside of the highest earners would be at a loss and our society and nation would be a poorer place
To often in the drive to secure cuts we heard our hardworking medical staff, teachers, police officers etc being berated and misrepresented in regard to the sterling work they do by those seeking to justify reductions in resources by so-called ‘efficiency’ savings.
We have also had times were some politicians have promised the world during an election but when these promises have come to be translated into reality they have faded away, no excuses for misleading us are given but rather we are told ‘ everyone misleads in seeking votes, that’s just how it is, what matters is going forward from here, that’s all that matters’
Integrity in politics should always matter and carrying through on promises to sustain and protect our public services matter not only because we the electorate deserve better but because it’s the right thing to do

Politicians need empathy and compassion in all they do building vital unity and strengthening community cohesion in the challenging times to come.
We here in Sheffield have been streets ahead in doing this, long may it continue!