If you detect a political slant to this blog, I must admit to being a member of the Green Party. This pre-dates my stroke slightly (by a couple of months), but is really quite recent in terms of the length of time I have been politically aware.
I've always leaned slightly to the left, I suppose, and I decided that the British Labour Party was (depending mostly on it's leader) either too right-wing on certain issues, or too eager to bring internal disagreements into public. I still think this - I think that the parliamentary party has it's knives out for Jeremy Corbyn, they will launch a coup just as soon as they feel they can succeed. And I think electoral reform is a biggie. So I was attracted by the Green message. I must admit, however, that I don't really find that any political glove truly fits my hand perfectly. For example, the Greens are very pro-EU, whereas I supported Brexit on the grounds that the EU is not very democratic. I think as a basis, even before we start building on it, that the EU organisation itself needs to be something which is transparent and citizen-centric - how, for example, would I get rid of someone who's pretty useless? And so, I reserve the right to disagree with the Greens.
But I'll try to keep things on here rational - I was always pretty good at logic, although my wife may disagree! I suppose it is helpful to support a party which is known the world over, rather than the international reader having to work out whereabouts on the spectrum that I sit.
BEFORE YOU START: Please note that although I currently volunteer for both the Stroke Association and Age UK, the views expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a spokesperson for either (or, indeed, for any) organisation, and I accept complete responsibility for the views expressed herein. As indicated by the domain name, I am based in the UK and the blog therefore has a UK bias - I've tried to use the Glossary to explain any ambiguous terms, but if you think there is anything I've missed, please message me.