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Armchair Activism

May 9, 2011 1 comment

I don’t come from a political background, my parents weren’t particularly politically minded, wasn’t part of a conversation that I grew up with.

My development as an armchair activist, came from reading really, exposure to things like the Mark Thomas Comedy Product

and well, yeah watching the West Wing.

As well as the works of John Pilger, George Monbiot and Naomi Klein.

I read and I questioned and I created my own political leanings. Didn’t I?

Did I watch and read this stuff because I’m a socialist liberal or am I a Socialist Liberal because I read these things?

I remember the Daily Mail has a really good TV guide, and felt bad even reading that part of the paper.

I’m fairly certain I voted in every General Election. Being eligible to vote in 1997 I assume I voted Labour and looking back I am glad to have done so. Turning my vote to the Liberal democrats as issues like Civil Liberties became a greater issue.

There was no clear epiphany moment. I didn’t study politics at school, not sure it was an option. I went to Bournemouth University, not exactly a political hotbed. I didn’t march.

Can I blame it on the movie Taking Liberties?

The answer is I can no longer remember and will continue with this blog, and in conversation to develop these ideas, maybe even change my mind.