Also had some conversations with the Something New lot about alliances and such… very interesting it was too! Join us.
Finally, I think I got the seats data for the 2015 general election sorted out!
I worked on it yesterday so tonight (day 23) I need to test it and make sure it’s validating properly.
Also, I had a chance encounter with a friend and had a chat about this little experiment of mine 🙂 as well as a bit broadly about the current political climate (sigh).
Yesterday I started to read The Great Divide by Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.
Years ago on a whim I picked up Globalisation and its Discontents and really enjoyed it, so when I heard about Stiglitz’s new book I quickly grabbed a copy. It’s great timing and I’m really looking forward to making my way through it.
I also did some bits on the Manifesto (as usual) and had a couple of chats about politics with friends (which is unusual for me).
“A little bit each day”, I thought to myself, “that’ll be easy.”
Well it turns out I have a job, I’m a dad, I have hobbies and friends. Not to mention a house and car to take reasonable care of. Sometimes, even just sitting at the laptop for a few minutes to do some clicktivism isn’t particularly thrilling, especially after a day chasing a two-year old around a farm.
Which is all my way of saying, life got in the way of #365daysofpolitics over the last few days.
That doesn’t mean I’ve been completely devoid of political action. In the last few days I’ve;
- Kept abreast of the main political goings on (as I do every morning as soon as I wake up),
- Made some contributions to debate on the OpenPolitics Manifesto,
- Read and shared (within Something New) some interesting articles that talk about the new kind of politics that we’re trying to create,
- Taken part in some discussion with Something New generally about how we’re building that movement,
- I’ve also put all upcoming local council meetings into my calendar and I plan to attend as many as possible – I figure that I should be more aware of what my local council is up to and the work councillors do, so what better way to watch them,
- And since the #UnlockMagnaCarta event on Friday, I’ve been having flashes of ideas that I’ve been jotting down, which at some point will turn into proposals for the Manifesto.
Yesterday I drove to Nottingham University to take part in a discussion about politics in the digital age.
While the name might be a bit suspect, the event was interesting. We heard from three speakers about their thoughts on democracy, and how the internet and digital tools effect it. I tweeted some of the more interesting tidbits, which I’ve collated in this Storify:
As part of the event we came up with some proposals for a new ‘charter’ and I was glad to contribute an idea from the Manifesto of access to the internet as a right, rather than a privilege.
I’m really taking my time over this data wrangling…
More of yesterday’s data wrangling tonight.
I’ve started work today on a script to automatically generated the seats data needed for the election data project. With that done, future elections should be easier to put together.
Today was the first time I actually met my fellow party officers.
It sounds – and feels – weird that only today, after a general election, I met with the guys that stood for parliament under the manifesto that I helped to build with them.
Paul and James were exactly as I’d envisaged and more. We joked and had serious discussions about the future of Something New.
It was also a delight to meet Anna from Populace and talk about how we might build a new political movement together.
Today was a good day for progressive politics 🙂
You may have noticed day 10 went missing. My excuse is a camping trip with friends, although we did chat a bit about politics so it wasn’t a completely politics-free day.
That brings me nicely on to something I’ve been thinking about. I feel guilty if I don’t have much to show for a day. But maybe that’s okay, and maybe a little bit each day is what I should be aiming for rather than big strides.