Politics

Updated: October 2021

I take a keen interest in current affairs, so don’t be surprised to find political posts here. Furthermore, don’t be surprised if you disagree with me, as a lot of my politics comes from a green direction.

I did indeed dabble with the UK’s Green Party, but found myself disagreeing with them on a critical issue so ceaseed my involvement. I’m not a member of any political party now, I speak for myself.

I tend not to write much about politics any more, but have explored, and written essays on, several specific issues, including:

Broad Political Views

My dalliance with the UK Green Party, and my subsequent resignation.

My Biggest Global Issue – the Environment

As in, this is existential. Really, nothing else matters in comparison. I have written 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 simple. 51% of votes equals 51% of the decision-making power.

Typically, even the largest of parties only gain ~30% of the vote, so that means that opposing politicians would need to work together. But so what? I’ve been able to work with people I don’t necessarily agree with, my whole working life! We’ve done so, for the good of the companies we’ve been working for.

In terms of the UK’s electoral system, I’m concerned that it is not as representative as it might be. In my own area, the member was backed by just over half of the electorate [2019], and in other areas this number can be as low as a third. I think those numbers should be far higher.

I have written a more detailed account of the issue, including a solution which represents 90% of views. I still se a need for two chambers, but think that the UK’s current model should be reformed. For the lower chamber, I discuss this here and here, while I discuss ideas for the upper chamber here.

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

I am a committed republican, and believe fundamentally that a country’s Head of State should be selected by its people. I have talked about the role of the monarchy in my vision, and also the role of the church, which is linked.

Our representatives should have a clear view of where their allegiance should lie. I also feel that we should be able to replace an under-performing MP, exactly as we might replace an under-performing employee.

Brexit

The issue of Brexit dominated the UK political landscape since long before it came to a head in 2016, and rumbled on for several years after. As it coincided with the period of this blog, it is mentioned and I share my broad view, which are that the EU falls short.

A big reason for this is that different member states are given different voting weights – one person’s vote is often worth more than another’s. In that respect, it is similar to the US Electoral College, which I think is also flawed. At one stage, I posted about the Maltese Anomaly.

However, I was strongly in favour a close relationship with the EU, and I talk about how a future might have looked, 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 the longest time, there were calls for a re-run of the referendum. The campaign was called the People’s Vote, as if the previous vote had not been a people’s vote. I was strongly opposed. I believe in using referendums heavily to decide issues, and that each one must be binding. So I think it was correct that the Brexit vote was carried through. We cannot just ignore referendums which go against us.

Gun Control 

I have always opposed guns, and have many American friends, so the issue is more than just academic. I do not come from the viewpoint “how sad”, but rather “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.

Charities

Especially as I now volunteer, I have a personal interest in 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 approaching the fiftieth anniversary, I wrote this link to, and analysis of, Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech. To non-UK readers, this is 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.

He did not say it was his view, but his tone was clear. As a result, Powell was sacked from his role in his political party – even his allies realised that he went too far.

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

Mixing Sport and Politics

A more recent essay, triggered by professional football players in the USA going down on one knee during their national anthem.

In my essay I argue that politics takes precedence, every time.

The United Kingdom

In 2015, Scotland had a referendum on independence. While I have no real view on this issue, I believe strongly in self-deternmination, and wrote on Scottish independence from this viewpoint.

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

International

The blogging community is international, and I have dabbled in politics in both Ireland and the USA. Whilst I don’t pretend to understand their politics fully, the core issues tend to be similar to those faced by the UK.