Neil is proudly working class and has turned his hand at many a job and career from digging the dirt to earning a dodgy living helping “his betters” through the tax system and out the other side.
Neil was a founding member of the controversial “Acting Strange Theatre Company” in Northern Ireland, back in the late 80’s, early 90’s which came under fire from the religious right for the issues it covered. He also worked with the production team in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Acting Strange has been re-invigorated in Scotland and produces podcast dramas and outdoor theatre. Visit their blog HERE
After realising what Thatcher and her henchmen were up to, he took voluntary redundancy from a Northern Irish factory and like lots of people of his generation, was given a chance with a free education.
He has worked for BBC Scotland as an adviser for their Education sites.
He learns from those who politely disagree with him.
When Scotland votes Yes in the referendum, I firmly believe this will see the end of nuclear weapons based on the British Isles. Whether or not NATO decides to house them elsewhere on the European mainland is contentious.
I spoke at a Yes (for Scottish Independence) meeting last night and found it really difficult to speak thinking of how that old woman was looked after in the Ritz hotel in her dying days because"it gave the best care," while generations of my family have died in ward beds, in pain, and worrying that they were a burden
The myth the BBC, ITV, Sky etc are pumping out of the huge swathe of broken Britains- lazy and scrounging drainers of state money- flamboyant druggie drunk wasters of your hard earned taxes- are just that... A myth
I don't want a return to Victorian times, a time of certain starvation for those who couldn't find work. I want a return to a tax system that ensures working class people enjoy a decent income, social mobility and empowerment. I want a better world for my children, not a back-breaking struggle.
Slactivism is someone who jumps from cause to cause - each cause being, to the slactivist, as worthy as the next. The term could, at its least dangerous, be given to those who loosely link causes together and change focus regularly.
The statement from the journalist on News 24 brought on a familiar feeling of paralysis. He said to a local commentator amidst the Tottenham/London riots, "It's not the time to be making political points."