I’m sorry, son. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to keep the bad guys out. The ones that have elbowed their way to the top, and continue to stand on the heads of the triers beneath them. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to separate, fold, condense, and ship our rubbish off to the right places, only for it to be dumped, ignored, and thrown into the sea by the powers that be. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to shush the bigger voices, if only for a moment, so that the Gretas and Davids of the world could be heard. But people preferred to bury their heads and ridicule them. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to keep the national health service that you were born into at the forefront of people’s minds. But the people’s minds were too clouded with promises that might never be kept. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to promote kindness, and dignity, and unity, and strength, and fairness. But the people think it should be every man for himself. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to cut the numbers of people going hungry. Whether through food bank donations, or ridding evil from power. But it seemed evil prevailed. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to help your school, and thousands of others, to cut class sizes, to fund a thorough education, and to stop the teachers being let go. Two, so far, at your school alone, including one for additional needs. You’re only four and you needed her. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to lend a helping hand to the planet we live on, so that it’s healthy for you to grow into it. It’s getting hotter and hotter. But the powerful men? They love oil money and don’t believe in all that climate change nonsense. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried to get more roofs over heads, but it wasn’t the priority of many people. Your innate kindness will soon question why that lady is asleep in the doorway, and why that man needs a spare pound. We tried.

I’m sorry, son. We tried, we craved: a lot of us still want peace. But there’s something called ‘divide and conquer.’ You see, the name-calling between Brits and the scowls from EU citizens – rightly so – are just the tip of the iceberg. They want to dig deeper than that. Hack at society. Get to its core. The ones that think I’m being melodramatic? They got to them, first. But we tried.

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