I noted that No Minister seemed short of authors after losing the inestimable skills of FFM and Spondre to higher callings a few weeks ago and asked Adolf how desperate he was for new talent. Adolf and the lads accepted my half hearted suggesting of becoming an author with alacrity so you can guess how desperate they must be. Theres hope for you yet red. I have never met any of them face to face. They only know me from the old days at my sagenz.typepad.com and Sir Humphry's comments.
Blogging. Its what you do when you want to get something off your chest but nobody wants to listen to you. I have not been able to talk politics with my sister in about 25 years. She is now a councillor down south and once worked for helen clark. We all have skeletons in the family closet and I am most definitely hers. I left New Zealand shortly after the 99 election, having been a campaign manager in a marginal National electorate and being simply unable to understand how so many people could indulge in mass stupidity.
Dad on the other hand was involved in founding ACT. So the family is reasonably political but they have enough of me on Skype.
I am now based near Runneymede in the UK. I have 3 daughters of which 2 teenage and am a strong believer in the Meat Loaf school of daughter management (insist the boy picks her up when she reaches dating age and then sit outside with a shotgun across the lap.) I tell the oldest when she asks that 26 seems reasonable for her first date. I tell myself it is consistent to believe in the individualist concepts of libertarianism but practice authoritarianism with your kids so they understand how bad it can be. The UK is no better under Brown but there is more opportunity.
My family go back through 5 generations of New Zealand Waikato and Taranaki farming but Dad was born on the mainland. My wife and my children were all born in Hungary so expect some Eastern European references. I have a slightly different opinion on collectivism and the human spirit after experiences out there. We were in Romania a few weeks ago and some farmers were hand scything grass. Mum grew up on a farm 80 odd years ago and New Zealand farmers had got past that even then. Romania is in the EU. Think about efficient farming practices for a second there.
We have cows for neighbours but I can be in Trafalgar Square in less than an hour. I help an energy company bring forward peak oil but my personal political views and my professional path do not cross.
I dont intend to engage in tinker blogging, troll fishing or posting soft porn. I believe and defend the right to open unmoderated robust comment. But I am not obliged to respond. I dont see myself posting frequently and will try to follow up on informed comment even if days later.