Tug’s Guide for Politics: 99 Quotes about Politics, Economics and our broken system of Democracy today

I remember a conversation with someone back last summer, when I mentioned my interest in politics. Their face crunched up as they exclaimed ‘there are better ways to get things done in the world’.

Politics is of course an emotive subject. It’s about our tastes, how we appear to others and therefore who we really believe we and the world to be. And that’s why subjects such as which side of the ‘Brexit debate’ that you may or may not be on, have resulted in people quite literally viewing others as it being a defining focus or reference point to who they really are.

It isn’t. And to make someone else wrong, simply because you have heard or seen something that gives you just a snapshot of their point of view, and then take it as way to stereotype everything about them and who they really are, is just lazy. If you’ve every done that, I’m afraid it says much more about who you are!

‘Leave politics for the politicians’ is a very enlightened way of looking at politics. But few would now disagree that these are far from being enlightened times.

Like the person I mentioned above, the reality that we will all have to face, sooner or later, is that if we really want things to change in any meaningful kind of way, democracy – and therefore politics, and how we then govern everything, is the only genuine method to find and implement a better way.

The fundamental problem with politics, is the people who are in politics today.

To be clear, those people are not just the representatives of one of the political parties that we have to choose from. They are the representatives of them all.

The inherent problem with changing politics, is that most of us are happy to wait for someone else to do the changing for us.

What we don’t see is that someone else will certainly change things, but the change will only be on the basis of what works best for them – no matter what they say or what they lead us all to think.

The reality is that we all have to accept the need for change and when we have, we then need to accept that we all have to take part and have a role to play too.

Understanding how different or specific parts of our political and economic system work often begins a process of peeling away the layers of the onion for a lot of people. Call it a watershed or eureka moment if you like.

Politically awake since I was a teenager, I was a Town Councillor for 4 years, a Parish Councillor for 3 years and a Borough Councillor for 8 years, where I was also the Chair of Licensing for 4 of those. I was also a local government officer too.

Whilst I’ve been blogging and writing books about politics in a detailed way for over a decade, I appreciate that the best way for anyone to see those different perspectives or variations on what they already know, is to present a succinct view. Then wait and see what they think.

Following on from my two very recent Books of 99 Quotes, ‘TUG’S GUIDE LINES’ and ‘TUG’S GUIDE LINES FOR BUSINESS’, ‘TUG’S GUIDE LINES FOR POLITICS’ offers 99 Quotes covering the broken state of the political and economic system, how they work, and how or what we will have to do to change things so that The System genuinely works for everyone, and everyone can find happiness in life, no matter what they have, who they are, or what they do.

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Tug’s Guide Lines for Business: 99 Quotes about starting and developing a business that could save you money, time and a lot of heartache too

Although I never knew my Dad as a younger child, the world of business, the do’s and plenty of the don’ts walked right in with him at the same time as he did when I was a teenager.

Up to six different businesses on the go at any one time gave me early insight and understanding of what entrepreneurship is really all about. It helped me not only with my own start-ups and businesses, but also opened a door to being an effective operations and project manager for charities, local government and in other employed roles too.

Tasting the successes, failures and frustrations of what really happens in business from the moment that an idea begins, and taking away the invaluable lessons and currency of experience along the way has given me the opportunity to share the understanding and the insights I have, and this is what TUG’S GUIDE LINES for business is really all about.

Wherever I’ve been able, I’ve sought to help others and give something back in the form of business advice, coaching & mentoring and even tutoring business planning at a university business school. But what has been clear from many of the conversations about business and management that I’ve had, is that there’s no better lesson that can be shared than the ones that make any of us really think.

So, in the second of my TUG’S GUIDE LINES books, here are 99 quotes on managing your own business, start-up or thinking about what being in business, for you, really could mean.

Whatever your interest, I wish you well in your venture. Whatever happens, it will enrich your life!

TUG’S GUIDE LINES: 99 Quotes about Life that will probably make your head hurt | NEW BOOK

As both a blogger and a writer, my most annoying habit for the reader is likely to be the default setting I have for writing more than I should when trying to explain something that otherwise might fail to make sense.

With a view of the world and the subjects that I most often write about that currently sits outside the norm, I find myself doing this a lot.

But when it comes to lessons, guidelines or even rules for life, I absolutely accept that we all have to get to the top of the mountain that is every step in understanding the bigger picture, at precisely the moment that we are supposed to – and that means in our own sweet time.

TUG’S GUIDE LINES was going to be the structure of another e-book, right up until the moment that a good friend said that the titles or quotes I had read out to them word-for-word, were more than enough, just on their own.

So here we are. A deviation from guidebooks, collections of blogs, the proposal of new political philosophies and just sharing the basic nuts and bolts, wrapped up in 99 quotes that represent some of the key things that I have learned and understand about life.

The chances are that most, if not all of these quotes will make you really think – and that’s what they are there for.

I don’t expect you to agree with all of them. But that’s what the different journeys that we are all on are there for – and overlapping and finding commonality can be so much fun!

If you want to comment or talk about any of them constructively, please get in touch or comment online wherever you might see them.