If you’ve arrived at this blog looking for the next award winning political writer, then toddle on along. There’s a barrel load of those out there all competing for that cup.
If instead, curiosity or even a wee random google search has led you here, then this is possibly for you. That is, unless you’re expecting a regularly updated blog…you know, fresh musings every day and a’ that. What can I say? I’ve been a tad busy.
I’m a political anorak, there is no doubt. In fact, in recent times, I’ve watched the eyes of friends visibly glaze over during one of my passionate political mutterings.
However, despite these tendencies, I have become conscious that all us political anoraks spend most of our time talking to all the other political anoraks in a kind of political anorak bubble kind of way. Even worse, there are different bubbles, all bumping against each other, and leaving all the ‘normal’ people outside the bubbles kind of wondering…well, what the hell to believe any more!
So I declare it from the outset. I’m in the SNP bubble. And I’m Yes. But more importantly, I’m a lover of grassroots politics and getting ordinary folks interested.
Be prepared though. This blog may well fail in that mission. You see, it’s hard to leave those anorak ways behind. But I’m at least trying to stray away from the political jargon and those boring old statistics, focussing instead on the daily experiences of life and using them as a springboard for some political thoughts. Politics is life, isn’t it?
I’ll shut up now. If you’ve stayed with me to this point…there’s more below!
Political-Al or rather Alison Dickie…
I’m a teacher…of the Primary 7 kind. If you have any understanding of the profession, you’ll not be daft enough to mention the ‘holiday’ word! Rather, you’ll stand up, this instant, and set off a Mexican wave for all those nights of marking and planning. Otherwise it’s the naughty corner!
In my previous career, I was an ‘impartial’ official (Think civil servant!) in the Scottish Parliament for ten years. If you haven’t switched off by now, my roles included Private Secretary and Speechwriter to two Presiding Officers, International Relations Officer, Co-ordinator of the Holyrood Opening Ceremony, European Officer and a secondment as the First Minister’s Senior Visits and Events Manager. Really, you stayed through that?
Last year, I was also the SNP candidate for Edinburgh Central in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. If you have any decency, you’ll brush over the fact that I lost to Ruth Davidson, chief Scottish Tory, by 610 votes, courtesy of some first past the post Green votes…and a tank load of mainstream media. Seriously, it was not good!
Now, I’m the Convener of SNP Edinburgh Central. Oops, forgot about the jargon there. Basically, I work with a team of 1200 plus SNP members here in Edinburgh Central, all fantastically diverse but all sharing the same political beliefs, especially… that Scotland’s people are best placed to make Scotland’s decisions. Why would they not be?
I was, still am, and always will be passionate about social justice and a fairer Scotland. If you think there is another kind of Scotland, expect me to question your politics!