Sunday, 13 October 2013

Think Global Act Local

Guest Article by: Katie Redmond

Katie is a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate and Engineering Consultant specialising in the Defense and Nuclear sectors

I like my politics like I like my sweets, bite sized, neatly wrapped and easy to chew on.

The easiest way to describe conservative politics is minimised taxation and maximised responsibilities. It really is that simple and easy to swallow. We have a shared belief in a small government and a self sufficient society.

There are many different ways to crack the nut or skin the cat, so to speak, but I believe the best person to turn to if you want to change the world is in the mirror.

That's where all your ideas are going to come from, the energy to enthuse others and the vision to work it through. The way to change the world is to change your world. 

And that's what I mean when I say think global act local. You won't get any more local than that. It's more than just a catchy phrase or a fluffy idea. It's your part to play in the theatre of politics and there's no dress rehearsal.

So if you want a small government, low taxes, size 10 jeans, whatever floats your boat, first you have to start the with yourself. 

Even a journey of a hundred miles starts with a single step. And that small step is to ask yourself what small things can be done to chip away at the mountain you're trying to move. If they're small things we can all do, then we can work together to move that mountain pretty fast.

If you're interested in politics and the world around you, you don't need to get elected to start making a difference. There are many things going on around you in your local community that you can lend a hand with, and many hands make light work.

I enjoy spending maybe a couple of evenings a week with local community groups, a couple of hours here and there on a weekend helping out with bits and pieces in my local area. 

Hardly much to mention, but little and often can make a big difference over time. If you can learn something, teach something, fix something or feed something, then you've taken some weight off the state and you're building your own skills at the same time.

When we delegate to the state, we strip ourselves of the fibres that weave the fabric of society. We take out all the goodness, like an over-processed loaf of bread. It satisfies the stomach but it doesn't do us any good.

Start switching to wholesome whole grain, butter up your community and use your loaf. It's been the staple diet of self-sufficient society for civilisations. Let's us shape our future, knead it, bake it, keep it where it works best - in our own hands.

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