October 2020 Update to the About Page

I’ve updated the About page:

After a five year hiatus, I’ve decided to dust off my blog and see whether it is something worth doing still.

Over the last five years I have considered different ways to make the blog relevant, noting that the age of blogging has largely given way to social media commenting. I’m going to trial a few approaches here, however my basic idea is this:

  • To be a ‘go to’ site for news about Bermuda’s municipalities and quangos.
  • To be a ‘go to’ site for news about all public tenders and consultations.
  • To be a site of political education for Bermudians in terms of explaining/exploring our constitution, the mysteries of our parliamentary system and Acts as tabled (and sometimes I’ll look to review existing Acts).
  • To be a site looking at union issues in Bermuda and elsewhere.
  • To be a site where I discuss theoretical political and economic issues.
  • To be a site where I discuss issues related to cooperatives.
  • Considering some economic analyses, especially around banking matters and global economics.

What I am not looking at doing is offering opinion about local politics. I know that’s a massive draw historically. And I know I could write about it. I’m just choosing not too. My discussion of local politics and Acts will be as non-opinionated as possible – I’ll consider things like election results, political appointments and seek to explain what this or that Act will do, just without really offering an opinion one way or the other. The closest I’d get to offering opinion might be my engagement with local union issues, though my focus there will be on union matters themselves.

Of course, I don’t live in a vacuum, and what catches my fancy from week to week will no doubt be influenced by local politics. What I decide to focus on as regards political theory, for example, will likely be influenced by what is happening in Bermudian politics.

For example, writing in mid-October 2020 as I am, I am interested in how a dominant political party with little to no parliamentary opposition is able to transcend electoral politics to realise transformative politics, or ward off against losing touch with the grassroots. However, I’ll be approaching that in theory only, only touching on Bermudian politics when and where I feel it will illuminate aspects of my theoretical investigation.

So, we’ll see.

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