Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Abby Milnes

Senior Liberal writer
I am a Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) graduate from the University of Exeter. My
foreseeable future is (hopefully) working and volunteering in developing communities, learning a bit more from their perspective what issues they face and solutions they see, before going into research work. I have become a hobbyist about sustainable living, and my concern for equitable development have constantly motivated my academic choices.
My interest in politics was sparked by an interest in inequality during my GCSEs, where I set myself the task to set a suitable definition of poverty. Oddly enough this turned out to be much more complicated than I had expected. I was quick to realise I would need to further my understanding about how our socioeconomic and sociopolitical institutions work, hence the PPE degree
I had originally aimed to go into law thinking that was the best way to improve the world, but again I continued to realise the multifaceted obstacles we have to a fair society. Interest shifted from how politics works to why politics works in this way? Why are we stuck in this status quo?
PPE has enabled me to have a more holistic perspective on issues leading me to typically take a theoretical stance in debates. I firmly believe the way things are is not the way they have to be, in fact the way they should be at all. It is our generation who need to start the discussion of change and Point of Information is a platform enhancing exactly that, so I’m very excited to be part of the team.
Studying philosophy at university has definitely made me more left wing. Whilst I have always focussed volunteering for organisations that secure basic needs, my philosophy modules have enhanced my understanding of the importance of these institutions. I am particularly interested in the homelessness crisis and what this represents about the current nature of our democracy. I believe that what is best off for society is maximising opportunities – however I currently don’t conflate to economic growth. Feel free to challenge me on this one though.