Perhaps if we remembered that in this bleak world of ours Britain shines like a beacon of freedom, tolerance and compassion then we can be proud of ourselves, proud to help others and proud to push the international community to do its best. If we can rally round a positive patriotism about the place we're lucky enough to call home then we can drown-out the anti-British naysayers as well as helping those who sincerely need our help.
Jeremy Corbyn secured the backing of 35 fellow parliamentarians for the Labour party leadership contest on Monday, in what was a nail-biting race to get his nomination in on time. Or at least, nail-biting for anyone who cared whether his name appears on the ballot sheet - of which there are few enough.
On a more positive note, the Left has been in disarray before and it has come back from the brink before. What it takes is leftwing people to work as a cohesive group, supporting one another in their quest for a more just society, not driven by profit but driven by humanity. But, most of all, what it needs is strong leadership. Where that is going to come from I do not know but someone will emerge - they always do.
Monbiot is speaking to those of us who have, for some time, become disillusioned about the fact that any kind of drastic political reform (dare I say "revolution"?) seems impossible in this country. By pointing to reform of governmental bodies, tax reforms to a local-authority system, and the prevention on money-creation by private banks, Monbiot cooks up some tasty, Green morsels for the disillusioned left to digest.
The anti-establishment nature of the student movement has also been a permanent, seemingly uncompromising fixture. Some of the major issues facing students too - rising rents and the day-to-day costs of living for example - could arguably be fixed by implementing a series of interventionist policies than by relying on the free market.
The fact is that maddening fatuous narcissist left wing zealots run student unions, societies, groups, and the whole activism complex. For them, the primary duty isn't to represent students' interests, rather contrary, it's to ensure that their interests are in tact since it's "for the greater good."
Youth membership has doubled since the European elections. National membership is up 28% since the start of the year, at a time when Labour and the Tories memberships are declining. Polling close to a junior member of government...For too long there has been a void in British politics, but it is now filled. The British Left has just come roaring back, and politics is about to get interesting.
When prime minister Miliband walks into Downing Street on 8 May 2015, he will inherit a foreign and security policy machine that needs fixing. The country can't afford to support its ambitions for world leadership; new alliances are needed with the private sector; investment is needed in systems capacity - especially technological and linguistic...