I am a retired Master Mariner and spent more than 50 years in the service of shipping industry. I have lived with my family on four continents and have paid a visit to most countries in the world. Over the years I have noticed widespread mismanagement at state government levels as well as unfair treatment of small nations and peoples.
I have had an interest in the concept of the Regions of Europe as a means to revitalise grass root democracy. I have published two books on the subject - “EU and the Regions” (1994) and “Regionalism for the 21st Century” (1999).
I have never been directly involved in party politics nor have I ever been a member of any political party. I have voted in general elections since 1960. I am at most a concerned citizen.
There must be a better way of organising politics. My hope is that the ongoing Conference for the Future of Europe will find that “better way”.