Politics. Surely that is for other people, a refuge for tired arguments and deep rooted positions, a tribal approach to delivering outcomes, many of which few would agree with in their entirety, but go along with just because of allegiance.
I have never contemplated joining a political party before. My underlying beliefs tended towards the right, and I have a distrust of organised small L labour movements from early years working in heavily unionised workplaces. However, I also can’t align with the more England centric elements of the right in the UK. For me, jingoism is perhaps the least appealing part of public expression.
More than that, the fact free nature of politics has become truly oppressive; all sides appear to have lost any form of rational discourse, and instead rely on opinions with little or limited substance behind them. Worse than that, the concept of approaching the management of a large economy and the country which propels it through ad hominem attacks and the inability to reach a working compromise has become steadily worse.
Crashing into all of this political discourse has been Brexit; a once in a generation event, which has cut across political boundaries and paralysed an entire system of government which has weathered so much before. The inability of the main factions to recognise that this is a genuinely cross party issue has crippled their ability to deal with it.
The reasons for the effect of Brexit on our long standing democracy are linked to the underlying challenge: what is Brexit, and what does it mean in a world which is made up of arrangements between different countries, however they are termed? The lack of any clarity on this, on the impacts of any different model might have, and the net result on how the UK operates in the future, including the possibilities for a fundamental change in the UK as a nation, suggest strongly to me that the fundamentals of the decision to leave are so flawed that it is not possible to support that approach.
This led me to a simple analysis: what can I do in this election cycle which supports the concept of ‘Remain’ which doesn’t make me compromise in other areas?
The answer appears simple: support the Liberal Democrats.
Here is an unambiguous statement about testing the Brexit outcome as it stands with another referendum. There are also a set of policies which, in the vast majority of cases, I am either happy to support, or can reach an easy compromise with. There is a group of politicians who do not appear driven by historical or far-anything positions. People who appear to be driven by a conviction for a well debated, well established centre ground that loses little of the good in the other extremes, but seems to discard much that is futile.
Bringing people together to support a strong country, rather than throwing rocks at each other seems a far better and more productive approach to running a country, and addressing many of the concerns that we all have.
I have found the last few years, watching politics, to be a real challenge. However, my decision to support a more reasoned approach has been surprisingly simple and has provided a far more balanced perspective.
Visit https://www.libdems.org.uk to find out more, to build a brighter future.