I’m not sure whether it is a good idea to write anything here, just as I was unsure whether or not I ought to publish this blog under my own name. Part of me is tempted to assert that it shouldn’t matter who it is that says something, only whether or not it is worthy of being said. But I’m too sceptical to hold with that. Human beings – and their utterances – are artefacts of their histories and not to make explicit the perspective from which you are writing is not the same thing as not writing from a distinct perspective. Readers deserve to be given some biographical information as a context in which to read the statements of the political writer.
I was brought up in a North-Eastern suburb by two politically Conservative parents on a middle household income. I was educated at a private day school from age nine and read history at Trinity College, Cambridge. After graduating in June 2006, I settled in Cambridge, working for DEFRA, the Labour Party and for the University exam board. In July of this year I will be moving to London where current indications suggest that I will be unemployed.
About a year ago I shaved off the goatee beard. It made me look disreputable.