Labour voters in richmond must put their tribal loyalties aside

There has been much talk in the last year about a “progressive alliance” to provide effective opposition and alternative to the Conservative government. North shore yoga bannockburn The Brexit process has made such co-operation more urgent.

There has been a lot of social media chatter and well-intentioned speeches at public meetings from leading Labour figures, Caroline Lucas of the Greens and myself and other Lib Dems.


Earth yoga boulder But so far the discussion has been theoretical and abstract.

There is now an opportunity to make such co-operation real. Yoga for hair growth by kristin russel In the Richmond by-election on Thursday, a nominal independent, Zac Goldsmith, is defending his seat supported by the Tories and Ukip, which has withdrawn from the contest. Vinyasa yoga poses The Lib Dems’ Sarah Olney can win the seat on a platform of opposition to the “hard Brexit” where the Tory government seems to be heading, and which, as a Brexiteer, Goldsmith supports. Yoga poses hot It will also show resistance to imminent plans for NHS cuts which will put pressure on services at local district hospital, Kingston.

Goldsmith precipitated the by-election, resigning over the Tory government decision to proceed with Heathrow expansion. Ananda yoga wenonah On this particular policy there is no disagreement between the candidates. Agni yoga roerich My party has long argued against further airport expansion in the South East on environmental and economic grounds. Inhale yoga schedule The Greens have a similar position. Dallas yoga center groupon The local Labour party similarly. Open door yoga hingham Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s support for Gatwick reflects a possible compromise which I and my Lib Dem colleagues in the Coalition government also agreed to consider when David Cameron and George Osborne pushed exclusively for Heathrow in the Davies review of airport capacity.

It is clear, however, that whilst Heathrow is an important issue for local residents, there is greater and more immediate concern over Brexit. Yoga exercices video In the referendum, 70 per cent of local residents opposed it. Yoga tips in hindi for weight loss The confusion and in-fighting in government adds to the sense that there could be a very messy, unsatisfactory, outcome with Britain’s participation in the single market, the customs union, collaborative research and shared high standards for the environment all at risk.

There is an emerging front of opposition in parliament. Keir Starmer for Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens and the SNP are in a very similar place. Yoga exercises for beginners youtube Were the pro-Brexit candidate to be defeated in this election it would reinforce, powerfully, the growing resistance to a “hard Brexit”.

Another theme emerging strongly in the by-election is the sense of alarm that a popular, well-run, local hospital is being impacted by NHS financial pressures. Yoga lesson 1 Kingston hospital, like many others, is full of frail, elderly, patients – many with dementia – who cannot leave because of the crisis in local social care provision. Yoga sivananda lisboa The way in which the Conservative government, and the local Conservative MPs have allowed this situation to develop is, rightly, a leading issue in the by-election.

It is striking that the political right has been disciplined enough to rally behind Goldsmith. Sangha yoga studio athens ga They clearly understand the potential political significance of his losing. Kapalbhati pranayama video free download The progressive opposition has been less united. Bikram yoga nyc flatiron schedule No doubt tribal tradition and raw emotions from the Coalition years play a part. Senior citizen yoga poses But to the great credit of the Greens, they have stood aside to offer support to Sarah Olney who they know can win when they cannot.

Several leading Labour figures urged their party to do the same, but the advice was not heeded. Yoga symbols and what they mean Individual Labour supporters can however make a difference. Yoga for surfers Tactical voting played a big part in getting a Labour government, and Lib Dem MPs, elected in 1997 and after. Be yoga burien In the current, dangerous, state of British politics such self-discipline is needed again.

My means of entry to ­Christianity was singing in a choir. Bikram yoga dublin city As a boy chorister, I grew up with Ancient and Modern, the evening canticles, versicles and responses, and carols. Yoga hosers tickets Each December, in cassock, surplice and ruff, I sang my way through the top ten – endless nowells, and oriental royals, and vigilant shepherds; and the less well-known but much-preferred Advent carols, especially those based on austere plainsong or French folk tunes; and the ones that I don’t imagine a choir would have a go at today, such as the “negro spirituals” in which Dixieland approximations of African-American speech were sung with guileless gusto.

Nearly half a century on, the appeal is not quite extinguished. Yoga nyc union square I still feel a spike of anticipation when “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” strikes up and, in these andropausal years, I am unexpectedly moved by “Away in a Manger”. Free spirit yoga hershey But in some churches, the carol services begin in November and continue until the New Year, by which time the glitter has rather come off the tinsel.

My first parish, Boston in Lincolnshire, was such a place, so the vicar, lest we become fatigued, had an escape route from the choir stalls to the vicarage, from where we were summoned back to church during the last carol by a phone call from the verger. Yoga wimbledon Even so, the rota was relentless. Yoga everyday for 30 days When I remarked that I was flagging, an earnest colleague insisted on praying for me and asked our Heavenly Father to “grant Richard the grace to know that the worship of your Son is not burden but gift”. Yoga moves sydney And also with you . . Tinnitus yoga video .

Between Boston and my present parish of Finedon in Northamptonshire, I was a curate at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, where we hosted 30 sumptuous carol services each December as fundraisers for, among others, Great Ormond Street Hospital, a prostate cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and a group that donated goats to Africa that was run by a lady who was able to muster, through the sheer force of her personality, an extraordinary list of celebrity readers, including Rod Stewart and a mufti. Yoga for piles ramdev Each year, hundreds of thousands of pounds were raised for charities – a justification, if you were looking for one, for Christian ministry in a rich parish, in a rich neighbourhood, in one of the richest cities in the world.

The thought of that did not, I confess, turn burden to gift as I faced 30 “Once in Royals”, 30 approximate high-E naturals as the herald angels sang and 30 inescapable descants for “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, the only thing apart from cockroaches certain to survive a nuclear holocaust. Nirvana yoga studio Any song sung too often begins to tire the singer and the hearer. Yantra yoga the tibetan yoga of movement I sometimes think that Yeats arrived at the image of the rough beast slouching towards Bethlehem to be born by having heard “Little Donkey” once too often (the dates do not work, alas).

I now have a sense of the growing distance between adulthood and childhood, especially this year, following the death of my father, who loved to play Father Christmas all year round but especially at Christmas, which began with the discovery of a heavy stocking at the end of the bed and sooty footprints leading from the fireplace to the Morphy Richards radiogram, from where our offering of mince pies, carrots and a glass of dry sherry had disappeared. Best yoga exercises for flat tummy After breakfast, we would have to wash up and then sing carols at the piano before we were allowed to open our presents.

It was my job to accompany this family ensemble, caught between my mother singing sharp and my father growling cheerfully with the tunelessness characteristic of his kind, so, by the time I was a chorister, ruffed and singing the solo to “Once in Royal”, the enchantment had already begun to fade.

When enchantment fades, what remains? The weirdness of the words; that once-a-year vocabulary – dight, wassail, colly birds, youngling, dinted, myrrh – dutifully sung, though ever more obscure; the peculiar phrases bellowed into the cold, ­candlelit church, “Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb . . Triyoga chicago .” with a solemnity as inappropriate as the sniggers that the word “womb” still raises from choristers; and the mise en scène of pine forests and of snow lying deep and crisp and even, while the rain falls relentlessly on a sodium-bright A14.

What does it mean? It means that God is now incarnate, choosing to share our fleshly fate in order to rescue us from it, coming not with a fiery celestial cavalry to overthrow the powers of the Earth, but ignominiously, born to an unwed, displaced person in temporary accommodation. Yoga exercises for stiff neck and shoulders I cannot watch a school Nativity without seeing present-day predicaments of displacement and homelessness and powerlessness coming into focus, not at the edge of our experience and concern as a sketchy news item or an alarmist headline, but in a pool of light right in front of us, even if the three kings, Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior, are joined by Darth Vader offering his gift of a lightsaber in our weird candlelit tableau.

The right kind of weird: someone once told me how much she approved of a certain prelate for demystifying religion and I thought how much I want to remystify religion, to recapture its weirdness. Ayurveda yoga retreat india reviews God chooses to arrive among the poor and the insignificant and the politically awkward, so what are we missing when we overlook them? When we encounter strangers and fail to see in them a dignity the equal of ours, what are we missing? When we submit to fear and suspicion and meanness of spirit, even as light breaks on a dark horizon, what are we missing?

O magnum mysterium, o great mystery, unnoticed by us, but widening the eyes of the ox and the ass coming to the manger for a mouthful of hay, and finding God incarnate there instead.

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