Hello once again, everyone. So yes, it’s definitely been a while, and I’m not really happy about it either. Frankly there has been too much going on over the past few months and I haven’t been able to simply sit down and write an entry. My course has gone from challenging to “how far can we push these kids before they break?”, curling has seemingly taken over much of my life that was left, and the holidays consisted of chasing around after family and friends going from one thing to another.
Don’t get me wrong, I have had a good few months in general, and seeing friends and family, some after quite a wee while, others for the first time, was a great way to spend the festive period. Curling so much has been great fun, it’s also been great for my game in general and I have got a greater wealth of experience in these past number of weeks that in any other season to date. But pile it all on top of my university course and then everything else that happens in between, and you have a pretty full diary.
However, I am not here to natter on about my holidays or make excuses for the long period of silence, rather I am wanting to talk about parties. No, not those parties, the holidays saw quite enough of those, I can tell you. I am talking of political parties, because regarding them, there has been quite a bit going on in the past few months. For those of you who are clued in, I was a member of the Contemporary Marxist Party until quite recently, I use the past tense because it is no longer a party; a near unanimous decision at the last meeting saw the party dissolved and reformed into a “think tank” or discussion group to be known as the “Contemporary Left”.
I was also a member of the Scottish Socialist Party for a number of months, however I chose to leave as I felt that some of the party’s ideas were perhaps not entirely sound and well enough thought through. Whilst the SSP has many good ideas, it is perhaps not the party for me, however I wish them all the best in the future and I do hope to see them do well at the next Holyrood elections.
I have spent quite a while wondering whether a political party is really the way I want to go, and if so, what do I do with that party? Work in admin and PR as I did with the CMP? Take a more front-line role such as a candidate? Or do I simply step back and move into the mire of political commentary? The latter would require me to write fairly regularly, and we’ve seen what happens when I try that. So the question now remains, what do I do, where do I go?
Well, as it happens I found another group; young, new to the political scene, still a little unsure of exactly where they need to be going, but with a real burning passion to change things for the better. It was a group that caught my eye quite quickly, a party that had one goal – to redistribute the wealth of this country and help those who need it most. Fair Equity is a very new party with a view to fielding candidates in the 2015 General Election. The main goals are to introduce a truly proportionate income tax, to nationalise key industries privatised under Thatcher and now Cameron and to end huge inheritances. One key point that sparked my interest was that all candidates would be standing for a reduced salary of £40’000 pa plus basic expenses to run a constituency office.
Whilst it is a very new party, roughly seven months old, it already has fifty members agreed to stand as candidates with well over a thousand followers on facebook. The policies may not be well developed yet, but the parties aims are good and the members simply want to make things better. So, I know find myself in the Fair Equity party, over the next wee while, I will be working with other members to help focus on some key policy areas and hopefully be a part of a real movement for change.
Well that’s about all for now, I think. I shall try and write some more stuff this year, maybe even get on top of that vlog, however having lost the cable for my camera, I may now have to use my webcam, still we’ll see how that goes. Twitter should also be a bit more lively… I really do need to get on top of this, thank god I don’t have to worry about facebook.
Anyway, as usual thanks for reading. Oh, and I’ll leave a Fair Equity poster below for you.