I have been blogging for a few years now and I must admit I still enjoy it. I have learned and tried to inform in my own small way. This blog has always been about expressing an opinion on a variety of subjects, but mainly politics.
That so many people have read this blog is very flattering that I’m not sure I can even begin to really explain how flattering that feels, readers who comment have not only informed me but have also encouraged me to learn more and in many ways to improve my writing, although while grammatically not the best, I have tried to make this blog accessible to anyone.
However, I do sometimes think what is the point. I watch parliament, I try to keep informed, to learn , to grow and to share. I look at politicians in all parties and despair at a system that seems to turn people with ideals into drones, and it depresses me. I see unionists with a different view to my own, which is fine lol, but their views validate unionist politicians hurting people less able than themselves, and that’s not ok, but too many accept it.
I hear that we have to be nice, polite, stick to the rules for fear of upsetting the soft no voter, when what I see around me are people at the bottom losing ground everyday.
The powerless live in fear in so many ways, and those with the power refuse to share it, an established opposition in Westminster, and a Government in Holyrood, as much a part of that establishment that I despise, and whom have in many ways created the problem of powerlessness that I and so many live with.
From all parties they talk about representing the views of the voters when the reality is they talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, and it pisses me off. The powerlessness I feel has often resulted in my wanting to stop blogging, or has led me down a path of ridiculing unionists and the very cynicism that I profess to hate.
Politicians stand up in Holyrood to talk about the horrible division that another referendum will cause but that is a smokescreen to the misery that our system of government facilitates everyday, and the SNP playing the game are complicit in that process.
You might be asking what does that have to do with this blog, where is the Why?
The Why is that I blog because I need to express my opinion, an opinion, because the reality is that no party, and the current system of political discourse doesn’t really care about what I have to say, they only really care about my vote once every few years. They will care a little more in May of course but the reality is they don’t.
This blog does at least allow me to express that opinion so I will continue to blog as a way to express myself and would encourage as many of you to blog also, to comment if you want to, but the next referendum will demand more than blogging and I am happy to do more.
What I won’t do is placate Unionists and be nice if it means compromising my honesty, I won’t toe the politically correct line if it means compromising my beliefs.
Being nice and towing the line has got us nowhere, it has gotten us Tories of all colours and it has seen the many gains we have made being eroded before our eyes.
This is why I blog, this is why I express an opinion because to not express an opinion is to give in, to give up.
I appreciate this blog today has been a bit of a ramble but I am trying to explain why I do it in the hope that more people will blog also, will express their opinion, become critical thinkers and become informed. I do feel powerless today, listening to the awful standard of debate in Holyrood hasn’t helped to be honest , but I suppose to do nothing is worse.