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Semi-Partisan Politics is a political blog by me, Samuel Hooper – a British born former management consultant turned political journalist and blogger, currently studying law in Washington, DC.
This blog offers a running commentary on British and American politics, culture and current affairs. I retrained in journalism with London-based social enterprise Poached Creative and can usually be found somewhere online, droning on about free speech, civil liberties, identity politics and preserving democracy in the age of globalization.
I also regularly write for Country Squire Magazine, The Daily Globe, Conservatives for Liberty and Guerrilla Policy, debate on London Live TV and have appeared as a guest on the BBC’s flagship Daily Politics.
TRIGGER WARNING (TW): Unapologetically conservatarian views and ideas expressed here. This is not a Safe Space.
More about the author
I primarily write about politics, especially stories which touch on freedom of speech, civil liberties, identity politics, the conflict of global regulation with local democracy and the broader impact of globalization on democracy within nation states.
I am a practicing Roman Catholic, having converted from the Church of England as a late teenager, and my political views have evolved from staunch but naïve left-wingery and ardent pro-EU euro-federalism during my student days through a rather glib libertarian phase, to finally settle in a kind of pragmatic conservatism. In contrast to those who were born into their political worldview with every intention to leave this world intellectually unchanged, I believe that my political journey (and first-hand knowledge of how others think) adds weight to my better arguments and beliefs.
In Britain, this makes me a small-C conservative voter who doesn’t subscribe to the most authoritarian or statist aspects of the Tory and UKIP platforms, though I supported and campaigned for the Conservatives in the 2010 general election, (after much soul-searching) voted UKIP in 2015 and (despairingly) Conservative again in 2017.
In the United States this makes me politically homeless, though when confronted with Sarah Palin’s Republican Party I supported Barack Obama in 2008 and again, reluctantly, in 2012. The unhinged candidacy of Donald Trump forced me to favour Hillary Clinton in 2016, though this blog has consistently argued that the complaints of many Trump supporters are valid and need to be taken far more seriously by the political class.
I have travelled extensively in the United States, spending much of my time in the Mid-West, including a year living in Chicago, as well as extended time with my wife’s family in south Texas. Having become a US permanent resident in 2018, we now reside in Washington D.C. where I am studying for my Juris Doctor law degree.
I never tire of discovering new differences and similarities between Brits and Americans, two cultures which have so much in common but also so much to distinguish themselves from one another. While cross-cultural pollination is undoubtedly a good thing, I believe firmly in the American melting pot model rather than unbridled, extreme multiculturalism. Societal cohesion requires that we celebrate that which unites us rather than continually emphasising our differences, which is why I view the metastasizing spread of identity politics through our culture as a dangerous, even existential threat.
I am a Brit in America, an Englishman in Washington DC, proud of my homeland but eager to embrace the culture and norms of my new chosen country. And so despite my love of traditional British roast dinners and Rowntree’s Fruit Gums I will also never tire of Chicago deep dish pizza, Kansas City barbecue, properly made cheeseburgers and authentic Tex-Mex food from the Rio Grande Valley.
Semi-Partisan Politics has built an audience and a reputation by campaigning – often very loudly and unapologetically – for the following goals and ideals:
Brexit: British independence from the European Union
Safeguarding democracy in the age of globalization
Constitutional reform and a federal UK
The future of the nation state
Opposing the Cult of Social Justice And Identity Politics
Healthcare reform, not NHS worship
Smaller, smarter and more local government
Free speech, without restriction
Fighting timid centrism on the Right
Fighting empty virtue-signalling on the Left
If you agree with these objectives and enjoy this blog’s coverage and commentary, please do consider using the PayPal tip jar to make a small contribution to my work:
Top Cartoon Image: Drawn by Andy Roper, used here by kind permission