Thursday, May 19, 2016
Olga and I found this shimmery Union Jack hat yesterday morning on our walk. It looks like a remnant from someone's party. My guess is when the owner stumbled home from the pub their hat didn't quite make it!
Speaking of patriotic themes, I have an acquaintance on Facebook -- someone I went to high school with -- who recently posted a news item from a far-right political party here in the U.K. This friend lives in the American South, is ex-military and often posts anti-Obama rhetoric, so I'm never surprised when he distributes items with a conservative bent. But I found it interesting that he'd latched on to a bit of propaganda based here in the U.K. Why does he care about U.K. politics?
To me, it illustrates how far-right and anti-immigrant movements are interlaced -- paradoxically, across international lines -- as well as inherently racist. My friend dislikes Obama, supports Trump (apparently) and now he's latched on to a political movement in a foreign country that preaches the evils of multiculturalism. To the best of my knowledge -- and admittedly I don't know him well -- he has no real interest in the U.K.'s internal affairs. But he's invested in the discriminatory ideology.
Maybe this connection is obvious, but frankly, I was surprised he even knows the U.K. exists.
Olga is sitting next to me watching starlings on our bird feeder. The starlings love the mealworms we put out, and they swarm the feeder en masse, the adults pulling out dried worms and feeding them to their nearly-grown chicks. Every once in a while a squirrel will dive into the mix and try to climb the feeder, sending everyone flapping. Our back yard is a hive of activity, and Olga is shaking -- she can barely stand the excitement!