About me

What do you want to know?

I’m in the Green Party of England and Wales, having joined as part of the 2015 ‘Green Surge’. Some years before that I would have described myself as a ‘revolutionary socialist’. Inevitably then, my posts might end up being as much about untangling my own political history as having anything useful to share with others.

I was born in 1961; which will be relevant for some who have been through similar or parallel personal political histories.

I’m white and hetro, which is relevant because we live in a world plagued by inequalities which I haven’t lived.

The things that have influenced my thinking recently (in no particular order) include;

  • Facebook discussion with other ex-trots who are coming/have come to terms with the fatal flaws inherent in that tradition
  • Reading about Syria
  • Reading John Medhursts’ No Less Than Mystic; A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st-Century Left
  • Actually doing stuff as a member of the Green Party, with some great local members,  and as a Councillor
  • Chewing over ideas with my 19 year old son, who is pretty sharp about this stuff
  • Chewing over ideas with my partner, who comes at things from a usefully different perspective
  • Having dealings with intelligent, likable, mostly positive people from other political traditions and walks of life that had been beyond my ken until the last 5 or 6 years