The song is Billy Bragg’s ‘Between the Wars’. Lyrics here.

Very appropriate today, as we vote in the UK. Many of us are desperately hoping for change, for a fairer society, for a government that will act in the interests of the many, not the few.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

35 thoughts on “#ForTheMany”

  1. My thoughts are with all you UK friends. The Change is a global dream so let’s hope some for some good news.

    Great message from David. Lyrics means a lot to me.

    Bless you

  2. O wow, o wow, o wow, is he bloody wonderful or what!
    And I wish I could vote over there; I’m afraid you’re gonna need all the help you can get.

  3. Good luck with the elections today. Outside the UK we’re quite worried about the situation over there, specially those who still believe in the European Union, despite all the faults and cracks it has.

    To second David’s message, whatever your ideology is, please go and cast your vote.

    Together we stand, divided we fall!

  4. Thank you David ! 😀

    I’m off out today to drive people to the polling station, to drive activists to door knocking sites, or to man the phones to remind people to go out and vote.

    Anyone reading who would like to help get Labour, the party whose slogan is, “for the many, not the few”, elected as our next government, can find their local Labour party activities to get out the vote at events.labour.org.uk.

    Find out what’s going on where you live and go help for an hour or any time you can spare.


    1. Good luck with that, Ash. Let’s hope this terrible rain doesn’t deter voters from getting to the polling stations.

  5. Wishing you all in the UK a high voter turnout. I’m not in favour of compulsory voting, everyone is free, but I wish more people in the world would consider voting not only a right, but also a responsibility.

  6. Nice that David is so engaged with this.

    Good luck to all of you in Britain for the election!

  7. Hi FEd,

    A nice rendition from David to get the message across in his beautiful musical way!

    Jeremy got a big X from me and hope Labour can rattle a few locks today and ruffle Theresa’s wig!

    Shine on……
    John 🙂

  8. We just went out and voted. Feeling a bit sick at the thought the Tories may get in for another 5 years. It honestly gives hope seeing someone like David and Polly standing up for the little people, and proud.


  9. This is why we ADORE this man! Good luck to all of you whichever way it goes.

  10. “MAYDAY”……”MAYDAY”…..Theresa’ wig well and truly ruffled……The arrogant and fascist Tory ship is sinking fast!

    I must point out that these are my own views and sadly not necessarily those of the many! However, the tide is turning and a big boat lies waiting for an imminent, future and speedy return to social democracy, equality and fairness #ForTheMany!

    Shine on……
    John 🙂

  11. Just back from walking the dogs and can confirm that the grass is most definitely greener this morning.

    1. Even with all that nasty Tory blue on the map? (Scotland, what happened?)

      You’re right, though. There are plenty of positives to take out of it.

      1. Scottish Labour’s vote for anyone to keep the SNP out and Indy Ref 2, that’s what happened.

    2. Did Tessa get ‘more running around and extra carrots’ this morning? 🙂

  12. Call me old fashioned but………….

    That election was Labour’s for the taking. They should have won it by a mile.

    However, like with Trump, like with Brexit, I can’t help but think those ‘in support’ of Labour, and who put some pretty childish posts up on various social media sites, let the side down. I appreciate they meant well but……..

    For the third time in a year, deeply disappointed.

    1. I share your disappointment, Pete. If only the SNP had held those seats or lost them to Labour rather than the Tories. What a shock that was.

      1. Never in a million years, did I expect the Scots to save a Tory Government. Never saw that coming, I’m really dumbfounded. Still really proud of our youth coming out, and it did put my faith back in this country.


      2. Don’t be disappointed ! Labour made huge gains and in marginal seats they increased their majorities. They came through spectacularly well taking more than 40% of the vote compared to the conservatives 42% of the vote.

        May won’t last long I think and another election will be called long before the term is up. People who share the vision “For the many, not the few”, should join the Labour party, join the local activists and/or Momentum so that when the next election is called we will be ready to campaign for who we want. Get excited about change this is only the beginning. 🙂

        Just my tuppence ha’penny worth. 🙂

        1. Have a look from this perspective too. Scotland has a population of 5.3 million, the West Midlands has a population of 5.7 million. Now have a look at this map.

          The West Midlands is the three red blotches to the right of central Wales.

        2. Trying to find positives and, although I agree to a point, I also think that they are only back to where they were in 2010 when that was considered as a heavy defeat.

          Think my problem is that I watch too much football where you concentrate on your own positives and never play on your opponent’s negatives.

          Social media does not bring you out in a very good light if you all you can do is slag off the opposition.

          1. I thought Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign was a lot kinder than others in recent memory, but there is far too much personal and petty abuse thrown around. How they dress, how they walk, stand, speak, eat, etc. We all enjoy a good joke, but I don’t think we need to focus on these things all the time.

            Heck, I’m even feeling some sympathy for Theresa May at the moment. You need a very thick skin to be a politician, that’s for sure.

            1. Totally agree. I wouldn’t, or even couldn’t, be a politician.

              And there are deffo times when you feel yourself getting frustrated with the tittle tattle.

              But I really am convinced that social media, in some way helped Brexit, Trump and the Tories win. But not in the obvious way that they used it better.

              Anyhows, history now.

        3. I was a Labour activist in the past, I was also a union rep when I was a civil servant. Maybe I should start again.


    2. I don’t think it was there for the taking. Corbyn did remarkably well to gain 30 seats given the sheer amount of anti-Corbyn sentiment in the media. To win he would have had to gain at least another 30 from the Tories and that just wouldn’t have happened. Not in one snap election with 7 weeks of campaigning. It’s something to build on. Yes, we’re stuck with a Tory government for now, but it won’t last long. Hopefully it will all fall apart before it destroys the peace agreement in Northern Ireland!

  13. Congrats to Labour, and thank you for sharing the video of David playing Billy Bragg.

  14. The SNP had it coming but I did not expect a political wasting like that. The SNP and Nicola Sturgeon pushed too hard with the Referendum Agenda, thought she had lots of support and authority and had plumbs. She got too mouthy publicly with May and caused too much fuss in the months before the General Election. I’ve said it for a long time now: All Sturgeon’s motive was to be the person who finally freed Scotland from the English and to go down as the person who got Scotland independence. She’s admitted it’s been a goal since she was a teen, she had next to no chance, no matter what figures they want to create or the polls show. The main Independence antagonists, the most outspoken ones, got politically destroyed. Angus Robertson, another Pro-Independence Scottish MSP, lost his seat. He was very outspoken in the House of Commons, and Alex Salmond, that’s basically the Referendum crew laid to rest.

    Theresa May has been crushed too, she got way out her depth and will now know what it feels like to be a “Real politician” serving the people and the country and not serving “One’s self” and “Political Party”. I bet David Cameron was laughing when he heard about it, she can’t do a “Cameron” now she’s in till the end.

    Corbyn more or less got so much support mainly cos people were so sick of politics, it was more a knock on effect imo. Politicians seem to forget they are employed by the people, to serve the people, and country, we’re not working for and serving them. They got too complacent and their true agendas and motivations (all self seeking) were exposed and cut down. Politicians have had the wake up call they need and maybe now they will remember it’s a job not a right, and you can and will be sacked like any other person who’s unable to do their job.

    Politics by nature starts off wrong, it’s a rigged system, by design that creates more social problems than it solves. First we must have two opposing sides with conflicting policies, once we divide a nation/country then they can break it down and divide people right down to the colour of their skin, the rest falls into place. It’s very contradictory even hypocritical. Two parties divide a country or nation, cause lots of problems and hate etc (politicians created) then stand and ask those very people they have played against each other to stand and unite and put all the differences aside. Sounds like total madness to me.

    This age old Political system has to change, we can’t expect much more than scraps until it does.

    1. Beautifully put Scott and you sound in fine fettle! Your election analysis is put so succinctly and if I may say so; I think you should chuck your hat in the ring and have a go for the many? Either that or stick P.U.L.S.E on and have a few pints of heavy, supplemented with Irn-Bru and choice of scotch, whilst you contemplate your political dilemmas; over the sublime music, show and copious amounts of drink!

      Food for thought…..I’d vote for you!

      Shine on…..
      John 🙂

  15. The DUP, WTF? Hates Catholics, hates the Gay folk man, and women. Anti-abortion, they think the world is flat and it’s only 4000BC. And they are linked to terrorist organisations. Dodgy fuel. I could go on. Surely this is illegal.


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