Emptied of expectation. Relax. (tinyjo) wrote,
Emptied of expectation. Relax.

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The rambling byways of my thoughts* have lead me to consider all the things that never get mentioned in this journal, for one reason or another. Some of the things which I do or think about a lot or are very important to me don't ever get in here somehow. They slip through the cracks. So I'm going to try to write a bit about some of them.

So, I'm going to make a start with politics/current affairs. I am fascinated by politics. I used to think at one time that I'd like to be a politician, but I now realise that what I'd like to be is a political correspondent. I also have a reasonable collection of strongly held political beliefs. My leanings are leftward and libertarian (yes, there is more than one axis in British politics, you know). I'm not to far off swisstone I think, but tend more to be resigned than angry at the things the government get up to. I'm suspicious of Foundation hospitals and against tuition fees. I think there are advantages to a chamber where the majority are not elected on a popularity contest basis, but haven't yet come up with a good safe alternative for choosing good people for such a chamber.

Despite getting occasionally frustrated by the predictableness of it all, I am a news junkie. I used to read BBC news religiously, although I've more or less got out of the habit now. I listen to Radio 4 practically every day, generally picking up the end of PM and the 6 o'clock news while I'm cooking at the very least.

I am subject to paradoxical frustration that on the one hand that the government are a slave to public opinion on issues like the Euro (I'm for it) or GM (ambivalent) and refuse to show any leadership, but on the other when they do go against public opinion and show some leadership, it's something I strongly disagree with (the war) and I find myself getting angry that they don't listen to us. What I really wish is that they'd listen to *me*. I'd sort everything out.

*Its that "who are you" question again. I started wondering whether one answer might be to say "Read the archives - follow my life to get a picture of who I am". But then the above thoughts occurred to me. So blame Hg, that's all I'm saying.
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