Earliest political memory of the day #38


The first activism about unfairness I can remember was at age 6 having an argument with the Headteacher about which parts of the playground should be in or out of bounds to my year. The earliest political process I can recall is the 1959 UK general election and the contest between Macmillan and Gaitskell. The political issue I remember is the fuss about possible contamination of school milk by testing H bombs and trying to organise a boycott by fellow 10-year olds. Emotional engagement came with opposition to US involvement in Vietnam at about 13…after that I took a more integrated view of activism, issues and process to try and change the status quo.


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