Monday, September 12, 2011

Moving post-politics into issues

I joined a political party over a year ago but as yet haven't attended a meeting. The most i have done (apart from pay the monthly dues of course) is put a poster in my porch window during the local elections. So why is this? Am i just totally lazy? I think there is an element of laziness in this but the main reason is because nothing has so far engaged me.

Meeting to discuss taxation policy or to group read a socialist tract leaves me cold. I'm starting to come to the realisation that party politics themselves are leaving me a bit cold. I have a great interest in political issues especially foreign policy and the environment but these seem to be above party politics, they are pan-national and outside of the old left-right paradigm.

Lets face facts, the three main political parties are pretty much the same anyway. Their policies do not vary that greatly and the personnel at the top are all cut from the same cloth, often coming from the same schools. None of them really speak for me, but a local campaigner aiming to prevent the tarmacing over of green fields does.

So i am moving post-politics and into political issues. I shall keep my membership of the party active for now but i doubt i will be changing my behaviour towards them much (its nice to get a Christmas card from the leader) for the foreseeable future.

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