(Cynical Chatter From The Underworld)
Cynical Chatter: I’m 42 years old, currently living in Barrow-in-Furness accompanied by my cat Cuffs. Born In Blackpool, I spent most of my first sixteen years of life living in the market town of Ulverston. I joined the Army at sixteen straight from school in 1982, finally leaving the forces in 1999. Five years ago an accident at work left me disabled with constant back pain and problems with my legs. Two years ago I was diagnosed with serious depression and have been taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication since then. I have recently been diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes. Politically I would say I’m on the right and Libertarian. Up until two years ago I had always voted Conservative, but now I’m sick and tired of all three political parties trying to occupy the same political space and most recently have voted for independents in local elections.
What made you decide to start blogging?
I first started blogging about ten years ago on what you could call a specialist website, I used my blogging there as a way of recording my development and experiences in that particular area. My current style of blogging started as a way of occupying myself after an accident at work left me disabled, I wanted to have a say about political issues, blogging was the only way I could see to do that.
What is your best blogging experience?
I think it was being a part of the whole Craig Murray and Usmanov /Schillings experience, all those bloggers coming together to stand up forwhat was right, regardless of their personal politics or even their blog subject matter. I suppose it was a Spartacus moment for bloggers. I hope we can see something similar again in the future.
And your worst?
Losing about 1800 entries when I screwed up my blog last May, I had to start all over again from scratch. I nearly gave up blogging then.
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
This years post for Blogging Against Disabilism Day, for once I managed to express myself in a way that I was happy with, quite often I'm disappointed by my own writing, it is rare that I think it is good enough.
Now that is difficult, There are so many. I would have to say Benefit Scrounging Scum, Devils Kitchen, Diary of a Wordsmith and I also have to mention John Redwood, I may not agree with his politics but I think he writes very well about politics.
Surely if a general election were to be held now, it could cause MP's who deserve to be out on their ear to be returned in the safe seats some of them represent?
I am coming round to that point of view myself. Having said that, why can't all the expenses details be sent direct to constituencies to enable the local parties or associations to make a decision on whether their MP should be deselected? As soon as all MPs had a decision then an election could be called.
At this moment, out of the four candidates you have in mind for Speaker, who would you most like to see in the job?
David Davis, I think he has the stature and ability to do a great job, I also think that he would hold the government to account no matter which party was in power. If the Labour MPs had any sense they would push for him to be speaker because in government he would be formidable.
Do we need electoral reform in this country?
Yes, we need the right to recall MPs. We all need to have a say in which candidates are put forward by the parties. We need fixed terms so that elections take place regardless of the political situation. I would also like to see a system in which the PM is considered to be elected by the whole country and can't step down without triggering a general election.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
That would be a toss up between Russia and New Zealand. Both countries look to have a wide range of things to explore.
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Berlin, I was last there in 1980, hearing the church bells ringing to let everyone know someone had made it across the wall was an eerie experience
Do you have a favourite political figure in history?
Queen Elizabeth, she may have been queen, but she was also a consumate politician.
Which figure has been your greatest inspiration?
I'm stumped, I can't think of anyone who I could call my greatest inspiration, at best I would say I cherry pick from whoever makes sense at the time.
Favourite Bond movie?
Favourite Doctor Who?
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?
Favourite national newspaper?
What would you say your hobbies were?
Photography, music, reading, blogging, whipcracking, and I'm just starting to experiment with a video camera to add videos to my blog.
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
Only three of each? That is hard.
Songs: London Calling - The Clash, Rat Trap - Boomtown Rats, Sonne - Rammstein.
Books: Chickenhawk - Robert Mason, The Star Faction - Ken Macleod, The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks.