Politics

Updated: July 2021

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 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 visible, including:

Broad Political Views

My dalliance with the UK Green Party, and my subsequentresignation.

That I did at one polit join the Green Party gives a broad indication of where my politics lie.

My Biggest Global Issue – the Environment

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 to have decisions made by a body which represents our society as closely as possible. In the UK, I don’t believe we come even close.

In my own area, the elected representative was backed by just over half of the electorate [2019], and I think the proportion having its view represented should be higher.

I have written a more detailed account of the issue. My ideas for reform cover both lower (decision-making) and upper (sanity-checking) bodies. I have ideas for reforming the lower chamber here and here, and the Upper chamber (which is still very much required) 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 electorate. I have talked about the role of the monarchy in my vision, and also the role of the church.

In terms of our representatives, I believe we 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 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 views, which are that the EU falls short.

A big reason for this view is that different member states are given different voting weights. In that respect, it is similar to the US’s Electoral College system. 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 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 the longest time, there were calls for a re-run of the referendum. The campaign was called the People’s Vote, as if somehow the previous vote had not been a people’s vote, and I was strongly opposed. I believe in using referendums heavily to decide issues, and that each one must be binding. 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 personal. I do not say “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 work directly for a charity, 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, 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.

For this speech Powell was sacked from his role in his party – even they realisede that he went too far.

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

Mixing Sport and Politics

This was 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 the issue of whether it wanted to exist independently of England, effectively breaking up the UK. I believe in self-deternmination, that people should be allowed to decide 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 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.