If you’re into genuine political Alternatives, the place to be last weekend was Rye Bakery in Frome - where the "Accidental Anarchist" Carne Ross met the town's Radicals, in the home of Flatpack Democracy. Carne eventually revealed the steady core of a kind of new political behaviour and structure that is very distinct from the status quo. And one that is already, pretty much, being modelled by the Independents of Frome - but with the limited agency that the current system offers.
If we all have a life-defining quest - mine has been to understand agency. How to make stuff happen. What it means to be human and have limitations, but also how to transcend those limitations, working together with ingenuity. Our planet is burning and millions of people suffer unnecessarily. What is politics if it can't be the way we come together to maximise our agency to meet the challenges? The blog below was written on the anniversary of Jo Cox's death and why it was a turning point for me.