In 1854, Exeter and other towns across Wessex saw civil unrest in what became known as the 'Bread Riots'. In 21st century Wessex, with increasing poverty and severe cuts which are hitting the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities the hardest, could the 'Bread Riots' of the past also be a sign of the future?
The Wessex Regionalists campaign for social justice and a society based on respect and assisting those less fortunate. To put it simply, we campaign for a fairer society. Who can argue against the fact that Westminster is continually letting down the people in laying the path for a fairer society. Today we see a society more divided, with increased greed and a greater sense of self preservation instead of any sense of benefiting the community as a whole.
Although horrified at this downward spiral in society, we are not surprised when we have a Parliament where those we are supposed to trust exploit their position through false expenses claims and a government which is intent on making the rich even richer yet cuts funding to local authorities for vital services. Hardly the house of honesty and fairness!
There needs to be commitment to address this imbalance and a key part of this must be focusing on communities, ensuring their needs are met and efforts to build a sense of community are encouraged. The Westminster village will not provide this, it is too distant and in many ways out of touch. Local authorities are tied to the central funding structure of Westminster, thus having their hands tied. Regional democracy however, via a Wessex Assembly with the same powers as those devolved to Scotland, in addition to further devolution to local councils will provide the foundations to address the social imbalance.
This week's local election results basically showed the Westminster parties treading water. There were no winners or losers amongst them in England (we currently await the result of the Bristol Eastville result where Nick Xylas stood for the Wessex Regionalists. A full report shall appear on this website in due course). But one thing is certain, as the Westminster parties fail to tackle the issues and simply paper over the cracks, we are drifting back to the days of the 'bread riots'. The Wessex Regionalists will not sit by and let that happen and plan to provide an alternative in increased numbers in the ballot box next May.
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