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Thursday, 19 March 2020
What Do We Want?: a rant.
We have a Conservative (ie mostly rather to the right of centre) Government in Britain at the moment. This fact, understandably, annoys Her Majesty's Opposition (the other main party) very much. In fact one of the more left-wing commentators was moved to post this message on Twitter on March 15th:
We need to all unite around 5 demands the government must agree to implement during the coronavirus crisis. What should they be?
Now, the Government is at the moment strongly advising against our getting together in crowds, and this is unfortunate because what we really need now, given this example of thoughtful leadership, is a protest march.
I can just hear the chanting:
WHAT DO WE WANT?
WE HAVEN'T DECIDED YET
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?
Well, that'd make the Establishment shake in its boots, wouldn't it.
Word To Use Today: demand. The Anglo-French form of this word was demaunder. It comes from the Latin dēmandāre, to commit to, from mandāre, to command or entrust.