This is a question with which I struggle more and more.
I know I shouldn’t but I just can’t help it. Something to do with age and caring, I suppose.
I would actually quite like to get involved with politics. I find politics fascinating and the machinations of government at a theoretical level even more interesting. But I have a problem… actually, I have several but only one is really relevant to this blog.
My problem is this: I dislike all of the political parties in equal measure, for different reasons, and I could never be an MP or even a councillor, party activist or even a party member as a result.
But the second element to my rather large and ever expanding problem is that, although I like the concept of politics I have never met anyone involved in politics yet who is dynamic enough to do ‘stuff’. Even the commentators.
I do recognise that I don’t move in political circles but I got the opportunity to the other week… hence this particular stream of consciousness.
I run an EB business. In fact, my wife and I run three businesses, all based in EB. We get no support from anyone in government (and have never asked for it, to be fair), we don’t borrow money, employ 6 people and pay a shed load of tax.
Part of our marketing involved networking around my home town and the other week I was asked by a lovely lady I met at a networking meeting to join a lobby group.
Ah, thinks I, the chance I’ve been waiting for to get involved in politics and make a difference. I asked for more information. ‘Well, we’re a group trying to put pressure on government ministers to take more notice of small businesses and to put in place policies that will support us.’
Brilliant. Right up my street and it’s something I know at least a little about! Sign me up; I have some thoughts about making it easy to access services and making decision making for EB much more dynamic.
I was duly invited to the group’s next meeting. It was scheduled for between 10am and 4pm. I could only make it for an hour. Oh dear. The talking was incessant and so far removed from what actually would be useful I couldn’t really stand it.
I know I could have joined and influenced the group, but what’s the point? I might as well run my own business and expend my energy developing that.