Keith Mothersson

The principal author of this website is Keith Mothersson, with the help and support of others.

 

Keith writes:

 

“I live in Scotland, where I’m a part-time gardener, and try to use a fair bit of the rest of my time to bring about constructive social change.

 

”In 1996/97 I was a committee member of GROT (Get Rid of the Tories) and led a small Galloway-based group calling ourselves the Scottish Tactical Voting Alliance. I learned a lot from this experience and now eight years on I benefit from the advice and encouragement of some of the other GROT activists as I seek to adapt our 1997 tactical voting strategy to the demands of the present day (Hmm, that sounds a bit Blairish!).

 

“I’m grateful for the friendship, advice and excellent work of Frank Pennycook, the webmaster for this site, whom I first met in Congress House at a meeting of the European Social Forum in October 2004.”

 

Keith lives in the marginal constituency of Perth and North Perthshire, where he votes Green in PR elections and will be voting SNP in this Westminster First Past the Post election. He definitely doesn’t see himself as a nationalist, but feels that there have been positive developments in Scotland since devolution which other parts of the UK can learn from.

 

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More about Keith
We’re none of us special but all unique. I find it helps me to understand other people’s initiatives if they explain where they are coming from. So in the interests of transparency in politics, here’s some more background.

 

I’m 56 and a proud grand-dad, mostly at a distance. I’ve made lots of mistakes over the years, but fortunately some really good friends as well.

 

My parents were Christian missionaries, these days I’m a practicing Buddhist with a positive inter-faith orientation.

 

I studied Sociology and Psychology at Keele University, followed by postgraduate work on the history of the ‘alternative’ socialist traditions at Birmingham University Politics Dept.

 

I’ve been involved in several social movements over the years, including men’s anti-sexism, Agenda 21 work for sustainable development, and in the peace movement (Institute for Law and Peace and World Court Project).

 

I think I was a member of the Labour Party Young Socialists for half a term at college, where I was a ‘revolting student’. Since then I haven’t been a member of any political party, and much of that time I’ve been very critical of party politics. I don’t think elections are the be-all and end-all – in fact much of my life I thought voting a waste of time.

 

But these days I feel overwhelmed by a sense of how we all depend on Society and on Mother Nature, so I hope to use whatever opportunity arises (not excluding voting) to express this gratitude and contribute as best I can – however inadequately – to defending and expressing our ‘Motherland’ of peaceful civilian life worldwide.

 

I’m not very high-powered and not very organised. I live remote from centres of political influence. I’ve zero ‘political credibility’ because I will tend to pop in softy stuff like the above paragraph. Basically I’m no threat to anyone, I hope!