2. About the author


The Animals - Misunderstood

The Animals

Contrary to what I suspect many people will say about me, I’m not a dyed in the wool member of any political party, and never have been. I’ve never been in a trade union, or a political party, (although I was in my teenage years a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Anti-Apartheid Movement – so I’m not afraid to get up and shout about what I don’t think is right).

I’ve always enjoyed discussion and debate.  Always asked the questions that people avoided, or taken the unpopular side in an argument. And never shirked from discussing politics or religion, even though I know it occasionally annoys and aggravates some of the people around me.  Moreover, I can’t see to help it. I can’t bear to sit back and see people ignore issues rather than try and address them. Who want it to be someone else’s responsibility to sort out.  I like to shake the tree.  Make people feel uncomfortable, push them out their comfort zones, make them put some effort into backing up their opinions rather than just repeat them parrot-like, from whatever source they have picked them up from. I also like to solve problems – be creative, throw ideas into the ring, and see which fly.  And, believe it or not, I don’t mind being found out to be wrong, or that someone else’s idea is better than mine, as long as the result is an improvement on the status quo.

I’ve been very fortunate to have enjoyed a very varied, and reasonably successful, career to date.  I’ve had employment of one type or another since I was 11, been on welfare, gone through university gaining both a degree and PhD, worked in the corporate world of management consultancy (for a number of blue chip firms in a range of industries) and for financial institutions in the City of London, owned my own business, and taught at University.  Plus I managed to squeeze in some experience in the reserve armed forces, as well as having worked in the UK, US and now Australia.  So I like to think I’ve got a range of experience to draw on.

But when I look at politics today, what I see ain’t pretty.  The world has a number of very significant problems that need to be resolved, but those with the power to do so, very clearly either do not have the skills, or the appropriate processes, to make that happen.  Moreover vested interests appear to have an inordinate influence in policy making, as well as influencing elections.  But like it or not, if change is going to occur, it has to be within these institutions. Anything too radical will probably never fly.

 

And as it happens, I’ve currently got some time on my hands to try and pull some ideas together, propose what I hope will be a realistic alternative to the current paradigm, and even a means of transition to get from this state to a future one.  Evolution, not revolution.

 

 


About Steve Laing

Political observer, free thinker and problem solver, Steve contends that the current democratic processes have neither kept up to date with globalisation nor modern business practices, resulting in increasing dissatisfaction with modern politics. However, new technology could be used to not only reconfigure our system, but give the electorate even greater representation than was previously the case. For more background information on Steve, please check his LinkedIn profile.

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