Monday, April 20, 2009

Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part CII: Shane Greer

Shane Greer is a Conservative Party activist, blogger, and Executive Editor of Total Politics magazine. As well as being a former presenter on 18 Doughty Street, he regularly appears as a Pundit on radio and television.


What made you decide to start blogging?


Good question, basically I’ve always enjoyed writing but wasn’t always interested in politics. When I finally did get interested in politics it just seemed to make sense (although I’m sure the fact that I got into politics by reading blogs had something to do with it!).


What is your best blogging experience?


Hmm, I’m honestly not sure. I can’t really think of a specific thing, but seeing some of my posts/extracts from my posts published elsewhere is always cool.


And your worst?


Again, I can’t really think of one. Although dealing with certain individuals who float around the blogosphere is rarely any fun…



What do you regard as your best blog entry?


I’ll leave that up to others


Favourite blogs?


Iain Dale

Guido Fawkes

Dizzy Thinks

Tory Bear


What inspired you to go into politics?


A fundamental belief in the importance of individual liberty, a distrust of collectivism in all its forms, and disdain for way Labour policies have destroyed working class communities.


Doughty Street, Total Politics, occasional pieces for The Daily Telegraph. You say your career turns take you by surprise, but do you have any personal ambitions, if they can be called that?


I have a great job, and my focus at the moment is on growing the Total Politics project. As for the long term, who knows...


David Cameron recently talked about the need for morality in the markets. A sentiment politicans of all parties can agree on! Surely any form of regulation will upset those on the right, plus what sort of regulation, and in what areas, does Cameron have in mind?


The assumption that those on the right will naturally oppose any form of regulation is misguided. Regulation isn’t in and of itself a bad thing; over-regulation and ineffective regulation is a bad thing. Just consider the law of contract, where would we be with that particular regulatory regime?


Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?


Thailand


Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?


I always enjoy going back to Washington DC


Who, excluding the present leader, do you regard as the best Conservative Party leader, and if different, the best Prime Minister?


William Hague


Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?


Margaret Thatcher


Favourite Bond movie?


Not sure


Favourite Doctor Who?


Never watched it


Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?


Mint


Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?


Queen


In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?


Tallahassee, Florida (where my fiancée lives)


Favourite national newspaper?


Daily Telegraph


What would you say your hobbies were?


Reading, muay thai


And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?


Songs:

NoFX – Lori Meyers

Distillers – Red Carpet and Rebellion

Flogging Molly – If I Ever Leave This World Alive

Books:

Raymond E. Feist – Magician

Albert Camus – The Outsider

Friedrich Hayek – The Road to Serfdom

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