I'm going to keep this piece blunt, because no-one likes a pity party. (Although if anyone wants to throw me one, I think you can work out the name of the new cocktail that could be served by the end of this post. Or indeed this paragraph,) This is an account of the unexpected blow that was landed on me in my early days of becoming a city councillor - the nasty, misogynistic lie of my supposedly being 'caught' doing Sex-In-The-Men's-Toilets of the civic offices with a male councillor - a lie promulgated by some of my own Liberal Democrat colleagues. I was, effectively, falsely accused of committing an indictable offence by colleagues - actual city councillors - attempting to strip me of my dignity. I'd not experienced behaviour like this ever before in my professional life. Smearing. Lying. Objectifying. Isolating. I want to tackle it head on in this piece. It's time.Read More
Politics does attract good people who want to choose to do good things, but it also provides an undeservedly comfortable home for the toxic and the devoid of conscience - those with all the hallmarks of the sociopath and the narcissist.
There are some Grade A Toxins in politics who manage to hide in plain sight. Charming and charismatic when they choose to be, they volunteer and steer themselves and their followers into influential positions. All the while, the background soundtracks of their brains and their internal documentary-makers are congratulating themselves on their powers of persuasion whilst helping themselves to everything - and everyone - that they feel entitled to claim.Read More
My major diversion away from archaeology and into politics not only lasted longer than I expected (2002-2015) but ended very differently than I expected, with a media gaze upon me because of my resignation from a job that I valued immensely. This narrative blog has been a fair while in the making, given that I resigned on the 25th January 2014 from the Liberal Democrat Group and Cabinet in Portsmouth over the Mike Hancock saga, but sometimes it takes a while to build up to catharsis, for all sorts of reasons.Read More