It has never been more important to understand the seismic changes that are happening across British politics.
Unfortunately, politics is often, amongst other things:
- Or terrifying.
Politics is about as unwelcoming to people who have no prior understanding of it as trying to get into Game of Thrones at Series 6: there are too many names to remember, they each belong to different Houses that are all falling apart and everyone seems to hate one another and you don’t know why.
Between the Lines aims to change that.
Between the Lines is the creation and passion of its Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Matt.
Me, in fact!
I studied politics for five years at both school and university and have obsessively followed political events since. I love legislation debates, I geek out over government, and I treasure Treasury reports – to me, politics is fascinating.
However, it is also clear that modern politics has largely become a game of ‘Whoever shouts the loudest wins the argument,’ rather than reasoned, factual debate.
This is, unfortunately, perpetuated by the mainstream media – some of the primary sources that people turn to for politics are openly biased. Major newspapers like the Daily Mail push forward a right-wing agenda, while the Guardian does the opposite. Bloggers, YouTube channels, Twitter personalities and a multitude of other mediums allow anyone and everyone the chance to find a point of view that agrees with theirs.
This creates a society of “Us vs. Them.” We are all predisposed to pick a tribe and then pledge allegiance, regardless of the direction they head in. When we are challenged, our natural response is to turn to those in our tribe for validation and find an argument, factual or not, that agrees with our chosen world-view and further cements our conviction. Anyone who disagrees with us is the enemy, and their points of view are irrelevant.
This, more than anything else, is why Brexit has been such a steaming clanger. Something urgently needs to change.
There is a desperate need for an unbiased, fact-based, accessible form of journalism that someone with no prior experience in politics can understand. We need a voice that isn’t being paid by the word, isn’t being sponsored by a major employer with their own political leaning, and that actively encourages readers to see things from both points of view. This way, constructive, fact-based dialogue can blossom, rather than the aggressive, unproductive shouting matches that our current political debate consists of.
This is the ethos behind Between the Lines.
While I, like everyone else, have my own personal views on political events, I proactively engage in the complete opposite viewpoints to my own to try and see both sides of the argument, and my writing reflects both sides with equal standing. I champion those who are voices of common sense and reason and I call out those who aren’t. I voice my own opinions based on fact, not belief, but encourage readers to form their own opinions too.
Debate and discussion (especially challenging my own opinions in articles) is actively encouraged here. Without it, we cannot understand one another and move forward together.
In short, Between the Lines will always be as impartial as humanly possible and content will be based on fact-based reasoning.
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Thank you so much for reading – we look forward to seeing where we can take this with your help!