What Sunak and his far-right allies want to create with their pernicious rhetoric of unity, to which Labour subscribes, is a feeling of inclusion for some in a group from which others are most definitely excluded.
Unity’s Bad, M’Kay?
But perhaps most of all there is the realisation that the need for a new, unifying, narrative within politics is very high.
Unity’s Good, M’Kay?
After that there is my belief that any such narrative has to simultaneously accept the imperative of collective co-existence and the innate requirement that this be fair whilst at the same time recognising that the differences between us have to be accepted and even celebrated because they are what make us unique so that we can stand out in a world where our obvious need for company and mutuality is ever-present.
A wise person once summarised this as loving our neighbours as ourselves, but I am going further than that.
Aren’t we the lucky ones to be treated to the Fifth Gospel?