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Fact of the day

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Politics

Did you know that if you hold a large seashell to your ear you can hear the deafening silence of UKIP complaining about the London Ambulance Service bringing 175 foreigners into the country to be paramedics, with plans to have another overseas recruitment drive in September.

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Thumbs down

January 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

At tonight’s council meeting, to the surprise of nobody, the council effectively voted in favour of an extra runway at Heathrow. The vote was 25 to 11.  Presumably the reason why that only adds up to 36 is because of the very public declaration by one councillor that he wouldn’t vote on something that wasn’t […]

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Decision time

January 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

Tomorrow night the local council will be having a special meeting about airport expansion and deciding whether to support an extra runway at Gatwick, oppose it, or not offer an opinion. It is a strange one because the topic is just about the most significant one locally for a long time, and yet the decision […]

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Permutations

January 20th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Politics

All the so-called experts are poring over sets of inconsistent polls, trying to work out what might happen in the general election. Will the Lib Dems still be in a coalition with the Tories or would the Tories combine with UKIP? Might Labour have to form a coalition with the Greens and SNP and maybe […]

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Father Vlad

December 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Politics

All that business in Ukraine earlier in the year – I just realised that in Father Ted terms, Putin was basically kicking Bishop Brennan up the arse.

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Crisis? What Crisis?

November 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

I finally finished reading Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn Turner. It took a while. I would probably have read two or three novels in the time it took me to read it, even though it is a much shorter book than many other history books that often weigh in at 700 […]

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Cast the net wider

November 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life, Politics

To adapt Oscar Wilde a little: To lose one chair of an inquiry into historical child abuse, Mr. Cameron, may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness. People have been asking whether the failure of the government to find somebody to chair this inquiry who doesn’t have some sort of personal […]

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First past the post explained

October 29th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

This is a bit annoying, because I happen to think that proportional representation would be a good thing, but I thought of a good analogy to explain how first past the post isn’t necessarily unfair if a party gets fewer votes but wins more seats. I should throw in the caveat that by ‘good’ I […]

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Everybody wins

October 27th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

With all the doom and gloom around, it was nice to see some good news this week -  that one of our Tory councillors has been selected as a parliamentary candidate in Stoke-on-Trent. This really is one of those times when everybody wins.

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The Scottish referendum result: a correction

October 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

I missed all the fun of the Scotish referendum the other week because I was away on holiday, which for me means no internet news sites, no newspapers, no Facebook, no TV news, no Twitter, not even any RSS feeds. I did actually find out the result on the Saturday afterwards when I suddenly remembered […]

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