Wednesday, 21 November 2007


One thing that annoys me about being politically conscious or aware in British (and probably Western) society is that there are basically only two 'packages', sort of like different set menus in a Chinese restaurant, with everybody subscribing to one or the other. So, either you read the Guardian, like contemporary art, are pro-choice, pro-Palestinian, anti-Iraq war, vote Labour or Lib Dem if at all, care strongly about climate change and organic foods, put faith in Big Government, and believe immigration is to be welcomed. Or else you read the Telegraph, vote Tory, are skeptical about climate-change, hate the EU, worry about crime and pensions, want to see less tax, mistrust Government generally, are dubious about the benefits of immigration, and use the phrase, "Not in my day!" quite a lot.

I hate this, because I've always believed in a common sense approach to politics: believe what you think is right, not just what has been decided for you by the political ground you have chosen for yourself. What especially irks me is that because I have strong beliefs which are on either side of the left-right divide, there is basically no home for me in either half and I tend to be castigated by those on both sides.

See, I'm quite strongly pro-life, and very strongly pro-Israel, which basically makes it impossible for me to associate myself with the Left in Britain, who if anything these days define themselves less by their stance on labour relations and more by being "feminist" (in their own eyes) and anti-Zionist. But on the other hand, I'm extremely dubious about the claims of libertarians and anti-EU types, am broadly pro-immigration, and have rather authoritarian views on a lot of issues - all of which prevent me from becoming a card-carrying Conservative.

So what am I? I'm someone who has his own opinions. Unfortunately, there is no party for people like me in the UK - nor in any country whose politics I know much about.


zero_zero_one said...

No place for me either... How much would it cost to buy our own island or something, start our own community? We could start again, a post-modern utopia!

Hmm, because things like that always go well...

Bilbo said...

We appear to share the same problem: here in the Colonies, you're expected to be either a "Republican" (conservative) or a "Democrat" (liberal)...there's no real place for a principled "Independent," which is how I think of myself. I tend to be conservative on some (mainly fiscal and defense) issues, liberal on others (mainly social justice issues), and utterly undecided on others. I'm as willing to vote for a Democratic candidate as a Republican one, depending on my perception of their stand on key issues. But you have to accept a label, and I don't think that's right. So when we buy our island and start our own community, who gets to be president? It all goes downhill from there! Happy Thanksgiving from here in the USA!