At the heart of my politics these days is a distrust of the market. This is personal and theological. From the theological perspective I see in the Old Testament economic system the principle of Jubilee, a correction to the free transfer of property and over indebtedness that can occur in a free market. From a personal point of view I am a member of a profession that the market values lowly despite a high level of responsibility and training. This is not an argument for higher clergy pay, but an acknowledgement that what I consider to be the one of the most valuable jobs on earth is not highly valued by capitalism. I could go in to how other related professions are also not valued highly but let's keep it simple - the market does not accurately acknowledge peoples value in and to society.
Let's make it even more personal. As a highly trained professional I cannot afford the education and healthcare that I enjoyed as a child (my Father was a successful small business man from a working class family), and I am called to a supposedly simple life. So purely from self-interest I am keen on high quality stated funded healthcare and education and I would be very happy to pay more tax to deliver it. Probably another 10% more tax. From another personal selfish point of view I still cant see a practical way to buy a house for retirement - one that I would be unable to live in at present. There are plenty of well paid professionals in the same boat who would be living in their house. Perhaps we need to get over the whole idea of owning property, and adopt a European renting culture - but this must be affordable.
Which brings us finally to One Nation. I have had the pleasure of dining in houses with dining rooms larger than the houses rented by other people I have dined with. In some cases the only thing that these people from different backgrounds shared in common seemed to be me. Our society looks to be becoming more divided and not less. Again a cultural shift is required which I am unsure if any political party can muster, and has traditionally been found in the fires of Christian renewal.
Until then I will stick with my present political party.