I think it's true, for some time now I've considered joining a political party only I've never done anything about it. I write letters and emails and I vote, but more often than not I complain. It's not terribly influential.
So maybe The West Wing is to blame for inspiring me again that politics can possibly, sometimes, in its better moments actually make a difference but I've decided to join a party, only at the moment I'm not sure who. I'm going to commit myself to researching each of the parties, their values and aims and their Christian sub-groups before making a choice.
Here's my political background so far. I grew up in a Conservative home, but as I grew up I began to care about the poor and that was something in the 80s and 90s that the Tories weren't very good at. Not sure they still are but I do respect some of what The Centre for Social Justice has to say. I've had trouble relating myself to a bunch of posh people but that's prejudice, its policies that matter.
So I've voted in three elections in 1997, 2001, 2005 and have voted Labour each time. I'm unlikely to do so next time even if I choose to join their party. I think our country needs a change.
But before then I decide I need to become clear about the things that matter most to me, so I can evaluate each of the parties (including the Greens and excluding the BNP) on merit before we have all the hullabaloo of a general election next year. Let me know your thoughts