My politics writing has grown out of other work. Elsewhere I make reference to the strands of my writing being entwined like the DNA double-helix. A glance at the articles below will quickly show the truth of this. I write of politics and history, politics and psychology, politics and nature. Politics as an idea is probably as old as human civilisation. But the idea of politics as we know it stems from the Greek city-states. It is from the Greeks that we take the word ‘polis‘ meaning ‘city’.

I have never liked politics or the idea of politics. While friends would vigorously debate the pros and cons of such-and-such a system, my attention would drift into fantasy. These days I have become more political. I see more clearly now how politics has entered into every aspect of life. I have a better understanding of how large numbers of people can be manipulated into certain beliefs. Indeed, people can come to think of a political idea as their own, so fully immersed are they in the propaganda. A basic grounding in politics would be a valuable part of education. But the teaching must have psychological insight! Surely populist manipulation would be far less effective if people had a working knowledge of Thucydides.

I hope you find my politics writing enlightening and interesting. I have also written many pieces about psychology, nature, places and music. There’s poetry too. Politics runs through them all.

Boris Johnson, COVID-19 and Oedipus Rex – part 1

The 2,500-year-old tragedy of Oedipus continues to be played out: Boris Johnson’s literal and unimaginative response to COVID-19 has not moved on.

Donald Trump and narcissism

Ironically, it is compassion for himself that could help President Donald Trump out of his narcissism and self-loathing. But it’s probably too late.

Zombies, Neoliberalism and Nature

Zombies: the rotten intestines of living corpses as metaphor for human greed. Mindless zombies mirror our manic consumerism and our dissociation from earth.

Sark and the Barclays – a psychological perspective

A psychological view of Sark politics and the actions of the Barclay brothers ends with a lyrical and ecstatic walk around Sark.