I wrote this thinking of Michael Morpurgo’s splendid indignation in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture on the BBC. I doubt he will mind me re-iterating a few of his points.
So here are some things that make me want to drive the moneylenders out of the temple.
1. Disrespect of our planet
- plastic bags in tree tops, in turtle’s stomachs – litter anywhere – ‘someone else will clear it up’
- tampon parts on the beach – the sea doesn’t matter – out of sight, out of mind
- sofas dumped in woodlands – can’t be bothered to recycle
2. Disrespect of teachers
- I needed my identity confirmed.
- The form said my documents could be countersigned by a variety of professionals including JPs, doctors and estate agents.
- Teachers were not mentioned – they are lower than estate agents, apparently.
3. Disrespect of others
- effing and blinding on the bus
- old ‘dears’ on mobility scooters pushing past teenagers who were minding their own business
- people shouting abuse into mobiles
4. Disrespect of opinions
- adversarial politics where point-scoring matters so no-one listens
- management where domination matters so no-one listens
- bureaucracy where creeping up through the system matters and no-one listens
5. Disrespect of children
- cutting back libraries and school music and school trips and visitors to schools and teachers and books
- promoting celebrity culture and junk food and consumerism and promiscuity
- testing them to distraction so they close up with fear
What really enrages you?