A political sabbatical

UK Politics is in a dire state just now. We are being ruled by an effectively lame duck government which nevertheless looks as if it will be able to hang on to power for the duration of its term, we look to be heading for a hard Brexit, and the Labour opposition are not capitalising on the undoubted advantage they have now to represent the increasing proportion of our population who regret the Brexit vote outcome. At present the Labour front bench won’t even support Single Market membership.

Last year, after two years in the LibDems in which I helped try to encourage them to pursue a social democratic agenda, I rejoined Labour. The reasons for my decision are given in a previous post and need not be repeated here. I have since joined a couple of groups representing moderate/centre Labour members (Progress and Labour First), but the prospect of them having any serious impact against the hard left group Momentum looks bleak just now. This article summarises the position well.

For the last few years I have put quite a lot of political posts on Twitter, and have sometimes got a response and sometimes not (recently more often not, which suggests I have less impact in this area than I did, say in 2010, possibly because my views are out of line with much current thinking in Labour). I have decided to stop these posts, at least for now. I will be taking a sabbatical from politics in general, at least for the next few busy months at work, and I will review the situation in the Spring. I haven’t lost interest, but I am thoroughly fed up and worn down by everything that is happening politically at present, and I need to concentrate my energies elsewhere.

Of course, I will continue to post on education and science, but no more political tweets for a while!

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