I don’t like to get political with this blog, but I am often shocked at how badly the Green Party (the biggest party in the UK who seem to actually give a damn about the environment) get ignored and overlooked by voters and it seems I am not the only one.

This article by Yorkshireman ‘Another Angry Voice’ seems to suggest that I am not the only one.

Read it here: http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/green-party-best-policies.html

In a blind “tasting” the Greens romped to victory, and a small minority of people picked the UKIP policies as the best. However in the 2014 European elections the pattern was reversed and UKIP were the ones that romped to victory, whilst the Green party came in 4th, marginally ahead of the politically toxic Lib Dems.

This huge disparity between the quality of policies and the performances in elections is very interesting, and it raises an important question. If people aren’t voting for political parties based on the quality of their policies, what are the reasons they are voting for them?

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Taking A Break

PBP2014bSome of you might have noticed that I missed yesterday’s deadline for the Pagan Blog Project. Sadly, yesterday was not the last time it’ll happen. Life got hectic and I needed to choose between the blog and my work.

 

For the moment, I think I’ll just have to take a leave of absence from the project. Maybe I will be able to pick up later, but it’ll be August before I can definitely get back into the project.

Sorry about that…

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Belief

PBP2014bBelieve it or not, I consider myself a skeptic. I know that might sound like an impressive bit of self-denial to some people, but it’s true.

I find faith difficult, a stretch which often lies beyond my abilities. When people talk about ‘belief’, they usually mean ‘faith’ and ‘faith’ to me means accepting a fact without proof.

That’s just not me. For me, my beliefs are a working model, a theory to serve as a starting point for working out all the other stuff in my life, like love and taxes and the platypus.

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Absent Gods / Absent Believers

PBP2014bIt’s something I got thinking about while listening to a song. For a while, the pagan gods did not have many believers. I mean, pagans are outnumbered by Christians, Muslims and Hindus right even now, but most of our faiths were pretty much falling off the metaphysical radar from the day Rome turned Christian until Gardner turned up with his ‘reborn’ faith of Wicca.

So what did this mean for the gods? I suppose there’s a metaphysical question there about the nature of the divine, one I might even come back to later, but that’s not what I want to discuss.

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Again

PBP2014bFor those of you following this blog in 2013, I welcome you back for a new batch of random discussions. Last year’s offerings ran the gamut; from grumpy rants to genuine expressions of wonder and from insightful (or at least I hope they were insightful) discussions of pagan culture to tangential wanderings that started out pagan and then just turned weird, I think I gave a fairly good view of the inside of my head.

This year, I am back for more. Or maybe it is you who have come back for more. Either way, this is the Pagan Blog Project 2014 and my slightly-chaotic offering for the new year.

So… I seem to be going with ‘again’ as my theme… Yes, I can work with that…

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Zealotry

pbp3Ugh… I’m late, I’m ill and trying to look after my daughter while writing this, but I will get the last post in before the end of 2013 if it kills me.

I recently saw a bumper-sticker on a battered old camper-van thing which read ‘Nobody ever fought a war in the name of Wicca’ and I smiled to myself. It’s a good point, I suppose. Only, it’s not…

Wicca, like Druidry and Heathenry and every other religion, has its fair share of zealots. Oh, some of you will be mortally insulted by that statement, but only because you are not thinking.

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Zeus

pbp3Before I start, I should say that I am not a follower of the Hellenic pantheon. I have never had dealings with Zeus or Hera or anyone who would have coloured my opinion. So, take what I say as twenty-five years of hearing stories and trying to make sense of them.

I’m a bard, who heard from a bard, who heard from a bard. What you get at the end of the process, you should take cum grano salis.

So… Zeus…

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