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.
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.