Category Archives: Democracy

Burka Burks

According to a YouGov Survey, 57% of British people want a ban on burkas in public places. Here’s the thing: we live in a free country – something which we rather value – but that means that it has to be … Continue reading

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Political Effrontery

Only 37% of the votes cast at the general election were for the Conservatives and yet somehow they now hold 51% of the seats. That cannot be right. In effect, we are being governed by a party that was opposed … Continue reading

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A Ballot in the Brain

I see that David Cameron is proposing to pass a law banning any increases in tax during the next parliament. This is clearly no more than grandstanding, since such a law is clearly unnecessary, but were a law limiting the … Continue reading

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The Debate of the Debates

I find myself at a something of a loss: at what point did we accept that television companies would be able to set the frame for political debate in this country? Furthermore, on whose authority is Ofcom vested with the … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for a Jolly

On Wednesday, the Evening Standard revealed the menu of the Christmas lunch being laid on for MEPs in the European Parliament’s restaurant in Brussels. They also printed an outraged reaction from UKIP’s deputy leader, MEP Paul Nuttall, who commented: “It sounds … Continue reading

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The Politics of Fear

In 2010, when he felt that his electoral chances were being threatened by a party of protest, David Cameron claimed that a vote for Nick Clegg and the LibDems would let Labour in. We ended up with a Conservative/LibDem coalition … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Phooey

While our government continues to fall over itself trying to encourage rich Chinese tourists and business-people to come and spend their money on our shores, it’s worth remembering that the wealth of these few privileged individuals is partly the product … Continue reading

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Liberty Ex

It was already outrageous that GCHQ believed it was entitled to spy on British citizens because our communications were being carried over foreign servers, now our government is trying to change the law so that we can be subjected to … Continue reading

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Splash Happy

It is an outrage that Boris Johnson has elected to purchase water cannon without first gaining government approval – thus exceeding the authority democratically conferred upon him. I wish I could say that I was surprised at this but he made … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Blame

So, after years of complaints that Atos was making poorly judged assessments of people’s fitness to work, it now seems they are to be stripped of their role in 2015. It is, of course, entirely fair that Atos be singled-out … Continue reading

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