Here Comes the Sun

As the UK election approaches, a recent comment on The Guardian seems worth sharing. Zadie Smith’s evocative reflection, “Here comes the sun,” delves into the hope and trepidation surrounding the possibility of rebirth after 14 years under Conservative rule. You may remember Zadie Smith’s short story „The Embassy of Cambodia“ from your English class.

Smith’s narrative is not just a nostalgic trip down memory lane but a potent reminder of what a socially just society once looked like and could potentially be again. She contrasts her past experiences of free education and healthcare with the current state of public services, painting a stark picture of the decline. Her metaphorical journey from an “Ancient Mariner” to a Rip Van Winkle highlights the dramatic changes she observed after returning to a Britain she barely recognised.

Her insights resonate deeply, especially her encounters with diverse groups of people expressing frustration over housing, education, and healthcare. The striking imagery of a government official promoting conscription as a means of community integration underscores the dystopian reality many fear.

Smith’s commentary raises compelling questions: Can the Labour party reignite the radical principles it was founded on? Will the electorate’s collective weariness with the current state of affairs lead to significant change? As the sun rises on a new political landscape, the nation watches with bated breath.

Cover image: Ben Tallon / The Guardian

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