As a one time angry young man growing up in Liverpool in the 70’s and 80’s I have probably always had a bit too much to say for myself. I left school in 1984. It hadn’t yet become Orwell’s nightmare, but it was pretty close as far as I was concerned.
The Thatcher years politicised me and I quickly became immersed in Liverpool Politics. As a supporter of Militant in the late 80’s – early 90’s my politics shifted even further to the left. I even got arrested on a demonstration once. I had sat down in the road in an attempt to block Margaret Thatcher’s car from entering a housing estate near Liverpool’s waterfront.
Much to my annoyance I was release without charge. I think the Sergeant just couldn’t be bothered with the paperwork. However, I wanted the world to know that Liverpool had objected to her visit.
This period taught me a lot about passion, principle and the value of standing up for what you believe, even when the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you. At the heart of my politics was a desire to make the world a better place. Perhaps I was just a youthful cliché, but those feelings linger on.
I still live in the city of my birth. I’m still angry about the world I live in, but these days I mainly talk a good fight. I now work in the National Health Service. Although it gets tougher day by day, I still feel I’m making a difference to people’s lives.
I have many passions aside from politics and work. I am father to four great kids and husband to Angela. I am immensely proud of and love my city. Liverpool runs through my veins and I believe the city, it’s attitude and culture, has shaped the person I have become. It is also home to the Reds; the other great love of my life.
Finally I love writing. As a kid I dreamed of writing fiction, particularly horror. That dream has never left me. I am no Steven King, but I do write with passion and heart. I can only hope that makes up for the typos and grammatical errors.
So thanks to modern media I have an outlet for thoughts an ideas that would otherwise never see the light of day. I take full advantage of this and write about my passions; fiction, politics, life, family, my city and football. Sometimes the lines that separate these will blur.
I also write in other places. You will find my work on ‘This is Anfield’, the largest independent Liverpool F.C. fan site, ‘We are Liverpool’ and ‘The Liverpool Way’ fanzines.
All views expressed are my own and bear no relation to those of my employers. You may love what I have to say. You may not, but if you stick around I hope you are entertained by my ideas and stories; the real and the imagined.
Let me know what you think.