New Labour editor Daniel Orchard: Another editor joining the team at POI

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Yes, another editor is joining and one that we are very excited about. Daniel Orchard is a little more left than our current editors and we can’t wait to hear what he thinks about the big political questions we are asking here at POI. He will be joining our new Wednesday team, and we can’t wait for our new editors to get started.

Read more about Daniel below and follow his twitter @orchardpoi :

My journey into politics is pretty different to what most people experience. I can’t claim to have watched PMQ’s obsessively since a young age nor did I pour over the broadsheets for every political factoid I could muster. Rather I spent my formative years in the U.A.E, a constitutional monarchy. One of the old-fashioned sorts, where no one votes and a few families rule all aspects of life. Major political events like the Coalition and Scottish referendum were barely even a blip on my radar. I would probably have continued down this blissfully unaware path, had life not hurled me back to my home in Croydon, into the local grammar school. Due to my lack of vision in life and A level choices, i found myself in a politics class. I didn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for me I did what many people do when they haven’t a clue what’s going on in politics; I asked my dad for advice. I was quickly a young conservative without any real ideological coherence talking about things I hadn’t the foggiest idea about. I didn’t think austerity was that bad, I thought billionaires deserved all their hard earned wealth and I wasn’t that bothered by the endless wars we seemed to be part of. Mostly, I disliked that Jezza fella without ever really asking myself why?

The next five years can be described as a gradual, then rapid, lurch leftwards. I passed by the center of our political spectrum with the wind in my face and ended up somewhere a notch or two right of Corbyn, my former adversary. My list of views are too long to list here but I now, somewhat more coherently, believe in a strong state with public services well-funded by some level of distribution, an anti-imperialist foreign policy and a domestic culture of work that doesn’t tie your very existence and value to it. The latter I think is crucially important as automation is coming for us all and if we do not plan accordingly, disaster will come with it.

I am a second year Politics and International Relations (BSc) student at the University of Exeter

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