As you may have established by now, my name is Liam Rhodes.
Since my teenage years, I have been endlessly fascinated by the ways in which the world works, and accordingly developed interests – which many of my friends would call obsessions – in politics, economics, social sciences and business.
As a rather shy and retiring teenager who enjoyed spending too much time in front of a computer, I started a very small web hosting and IT consulting operation with a business partner at the age of fifteen. This made me the youngest managing director in Britain at the time. We sold the company in 2010.
Throughout this time, I always had in my mind that one day I would work in my primary passion: politics. After completing a degree in Counselling Psychology (an interesting choice, but one which led me to develop a greater understanding of how we all work), I was lucky enough to be taken on by a Derbyshire Member of Parliament. I worked as his researcher, largely handling press, constituency casework and research, for five years (2010-2015). I was proud to serve in my own small way delivering the changes that I continue to believe as necessary at that time.
Since March 2017, after leaving the Conservative Party due to the party abandoning my principles, I have worked as Trustee for Online Communications for First Steps ED, the East Midlands’ leading eating disorders charity. This is work which is close to my heart: my closest and dearest friend, Will, suffered from anorexia and bulimia in his teens. When I resigned from the Conservative Party, I was approached to join the board, and I can say that since then, I have made strong movements to build on the successes of the organisation and ensure that our online presence is maximising the charity’s potential for expansion.
I used to blog as One Nation Tory, but I realised that this domain had become free, and I’m a pretty open guy about my opinions. The purpose of this blog is quite straightforward: I’m about to start an MA in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and accordingly, I would like to start writing again.
I hope you enjoy my musings – of which I hope there will be plenty.
For those of you who, like me, still have faith in Myers-Briggs personality typology, I’m an INTJ. I say that reluctantly, because I’m uncertain of the pigeon-hole, and I deliberately try to be as warm as I can be – nowadays.
Thanks for visiting,