The first time I heard this song was in the BBC production The Glasgow Girls, which tells the story of the teenage activists from Glasgow who, with the support of their teacher, fought against the deportations of asylum seeker children back to war zones.
You can see the Glasgow Girls film via the link above until 5th Feb. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest finding an hour to do so!
I loved this show, and I love the true story, at the same time as being dismayed by its necessity. I am appalled that this country thought that sending children back to war zones was a necessity, or even an option. But I was inspired by the girls who decided to stand up and say ‘No, not any more’ and fight like tigers for the few rights which they did have. It’s a reminder to me how powerful and persuasive and effective anyone can be, even someone as powerless as a displaced teenage girl, once they decide that failure is not an option.
It’s also a reminder to me about how much a teacher can achieve if they believe in the cause of their students and put the full weight of their authority behind it. These girls wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if they hadn’t decided for themselves to take action, but they also might not have gotten as far without an idealistic and optimistic voice shouting loudly behind them.
This song stood out from the BBC production and has joined my collection. It’s a reminder to me not only to refuse to give up, but also to not be put off starting things because other people are uninvolved, unenthused or predisposed to dissuading you.
This time, I’m gonna be stronger I’m not giving in,
This time, I’m gonna be stronger I’m not giving in.
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