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Welcome to my world of disconnected environmental, community and family projects.
I have been working in the renewable energy field for a number of years and this web site has been set up to give you a flavour of some of the projects that I have been involved in both professionally and as a keen, but slightly mad, DIY fanatic.
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On Thursday we have the, hard won right, to take part in our democratic process. I am so fearful that a huge number of our people look like they are choosing not to take part in that process. We can all quote marginally corrupt politicians, who seem to be more intent on lining their own pockets than they do pursuing public good. Fortunately they are, believe it or not, rare exceptions and the vast majority of people involved in the political process, in the UK, do so because of high moral principles. Luckily we live in a modern democracy were generally corruption is outlawed and does not play a significant part in most of our politics. I don't claim that all politicians are angels but I do believe that the vast majority of politicians stand for what they passionately believe in, even if you can't agree with their passion. We are all driven to a certain extent by elements of self-interest but the extent of that self-interest is often outweighed by other social norms.
I have always had a passion and involvement in politics and have been a member of a political party for most of my adult life. I am exceptional in this regard but to take part in the democratic process some people have to give up and sacrifice significant parts of their life; fighting for what they believe. Compared to the times of my youth in the nineteen sixties and seventies the majority of us live much busier lives and perhaps one of the failures of the modern democratic process is the disengagement from politics of the majority. We have all heard the saying that voting changes nothing: or if voting changed anything they would have banned it years ago. Democracy is the only system of change that we've got and recalling Churchill's famous dictum: "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." (from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947).
My grandmother, who was born just after the turn of the century, could recall in her lifetime women did not have the right to vote. She passionately believed and upheld her duty to vote in every election. On many many occasions I took her to vote probably negating my own choice but I was proud of her commitment.
We live in a time of complex issues, some of which we may feel better informed on that others. We perhaps ask too much of our politicians; who we expect to have all the answers never do anything wrong. But democracy is all we have and people are literally dying to get it. If only with a single gram of your being you believe that the world can change, please, please use your right to vote. If you can't support any of the candidates standing in your constituency or can't make up your mind, you can still express your protests by marking your ballot paper “none of the above”. You will have fulfilled democratic duty and have won the right to criticise, whoever forms the next government. If you don't vote I can't really see how you can possibly criticise the government, regardless of colour over the next 4 years.
There are some interesting campaigns about none of the above links to 38° and none of the above are included. Just give up a few moments of your time and be proud that you played your part in the 2015 election.