Politics

Updated: October 2020

Current Affairs have been an interest of mine since childhood, and since so many current affairs are shaped by politicians…

Although I am not a part of any political party (I was, briefly, a member of the Green Party) I have maintained an interest and have used the blog to write essays on a variety of topics.

I tend not to write much about politics and more, but those essays are still viewable, including:

Broad Political Views

My dalliance with the UK Green Party, and my subsequentresignation

My Biggest Global Issue – the Environment

I have blogged many times on this issue, including about Heathrow Airport, our carefree consumption of limited resounces and my own attempts at downsizing

My Biggest UK Issue – Electoral Reform

My desire is to have decisions made by a body which represents our society as closely as possible. In my own area, the elected representative speaks for just 56% of electorate [2019], and I think that numbershould be higher.

I have written a more detailed account of the issue. My My ideas for reform cover both lower (decision-making) and upper (sanity-checking) bodies and I discuss my ideas for reforming the lower chamber here and here.

Whilst I accept that an upper chamber is necessary, I do not think that the UK’s is democratic because it is largely made up of appointees. While I naturally favour the idea of representatives being elected, I feel that there should be some distinction between the composition of upper and lower chanbers. I therefore discuss the idea of an upper chamber where people would qualify to attend here.

I am a big fan of direct democracy, and I discuss an increased use of referendums as a means of achieving this.

I have also, at times, talked about the role of the monarchy in my vision, plus the role of the church.

I have also posted about our representatives, including who their allegiance should be to and how to replacing an under-performing MP, exactly as we would an under-performing employee.

Brexit

The issue of Brexit dominated the UK political landscape from before 2016, to the General Election in 2019. After that election, it remained as an issue but is less dominant. I discuss my broad views.

One of my reasons for disliking the EU is that different member states are given different weights. It is very like the Electoral College system in the USA. At one stage, I posted about the Maltese Anomaly.

I was strongly in favour of maintaining a close relationship with the EU, and I talk about how a future might look, including posts about a possible customs union and the UK’s ongoing deal with the EU, and about how my idea would sideline the need for an Irish Backstop.

For a long time, there were extremely loud calls from politiciand to have a re-run of the referendum. The campaign was called the People’s Vote, although it was never clear that a majority of “people” wanted this vote. I was strongly opposed to the idea, I believe that we should have far more referendums and that each one should be binding. We cannot just ignore referendums which go against us.

This campaign exemplified that just a few people, making a lot of noise, can trick the media (and therefore the viewing public) into thinking that an idea has far more of a following than it actually does.

Gun Control 

I have always taken a view on guns, and now that I have a blog and have many American friends, the issue has become personal. I am not really one to say “how sad”. but rather, to say “how can we stop this from happening”. I have mooted some ideas (and here).

The Role of the State

I once wrote an essay on the subject of Public Ownership.

Anti-Semitism

During the Jeremy Corbyn tenure, various allegations were made about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party within the UK’s Labour Party. To an extent, I think that these stories were amplified by the media, who were generally looking for ways to discredit Corbyn, but whilst they might have been exaggerated, I do not think that they were untrue. I think that the Labour Party as a whole did not grasp the scale of problem in the minds of the public, and I think this counted against them.

Charities

Especially as I now work directly for charities, I have a personal interest in the field, and I once wrote an essay exploring the role of charities.

Positive Discrimination

I often see positive discrimination employed. I disagree with it and set my view out in an essay.

Racism

Largely because it was coming uo to a significant anniversary, and I had never before heard it, I wrote this link to, and analysis of, Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech. To non-UK readers, this is probably meaningless, but Powell was a UK politician who was expressing a view on the immigration of West Indians into the UK in order to take unfilled jobs. For this speech Powell was sacked from his formal role within his party.

Another subject close to my heart is the UK’s colonial past.

Mixing Sport and Politics

This was a more recent essay, written in response to another blogger’s post criticising the act of professional football players in the USA going down on one knee during their national anthem. In my essay I argue that politics trumps sport, every time.

The United Kingdom

In 2015, Scotland had a referendum on the issue of whether Scotland wanted to exist independently of England, effectively breaking up the UK. My belief is firmly that people should be allowed to determine their future for themselves, and so I wrote on the issue of Scottish independence from this viewpoint.

There has also been major upheaval of Northern Ireland in my own lifetime, and I wrote on this topic.

International

The blogging community has a very international flavour, and I have dabbled in politics in both Ireland and the USA. Whilst I don’t pretend to understand their politics as well as the UK, the core issues tend to be similar.