As you may have guessed, I’m Jo. I’m a 22-year-old Social Policy Graduate from the University of Birmingham, and I am also Brummie born and raised. I am a Public Sector worker and until I started employment I was an active volunteer and completed and unpaid internship for a big City Council. I am currently trying to work out what to do with my life now that I have finished University and thought a blog would be a good way of keeping up to date with social policy as well as ensuring my brain doesn’t rot.
I guess you can call my personal views socialist and green, however this does not necessarily mean I am pro- big state, rather I would say I’m more pro communities and pro co-production. I have a strong sense of social justice and a positive view on liberty.
I come from a working class background and live in an area which is within (so I am told) the top 5% of most deprived areas in the UK and characterised by a number of “social problems”. I was at one point in my teens under the illusion that because I had gained good GCSE grades and was going to go to college and had aspirations of University that others around me must just choose to live such lives as “I had managed, so why couldn’t they?”. This therefore led me to identifying with Cameron and falling for his charm. I however came to my senses and realised I was in fact naive and ignorant, and became aware that actually not everyone has had the great opportunities I have had, and not everyone has the freedom to make ‘good’ choices. And it isn’t fair. And this was the beginning of my move to the left.
I don’t affiliate strongly with any political party in the UK as I don’t feel that any truly represent my ideas and values, so when it comes to voting I usually read through party manifestos and make a fair judgement based on policy rather than ideology. If anything I would describe myself as ‘Old Labour’ and sometimes wish ‘New Labour’ would have the guts to return to its old socialist roots, as I’m sure many like me would also like.
Despite being described by some as ‘extreme left’ I am realistic about policy and will always seek to gain as much information before making an informed judgement. I take a more pragmatic, evidence based approach to policy and I will never just disregard/support a policy because it was from a certain party.
“From each according to his ability to each according to his need”
My political compass graph wouldn’t work at the time but here are my stats:
Economic Left/Right: -6.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.08
They put me too the left economically, and south (libertarian) socially.