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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 · Comments Off on Father Vlad · 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 on Crisis? What Crisis? · 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 on First past the post explained · 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 on Everybody wins · 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 on The Scottish referendum result: a correction · 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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A great success story?

September 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Politics

Remember this story back in May? William Hague was visiting L-3 in Crawley with Henry Smith MP and Howard Bloom, leader of Crawley council. At the time Henry said that L-3 was “a great success story for Crawley industry and a great success story in terms of employment and exports as well”. What was not […]

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Can’t stand me now

September 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Politics

The required number of Southgate voters have called for an election and so there will be a byelection on October 9th. Which is a shame. Southgate was the first place in Crawley where I lived, and where I usually find myself on election days doing knocking up so I might have fancied putting my name […]

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Another one bites the dust

September 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments · Politics

It appears that Crawley is now a UKIP-free zone, as our only UKIP councillor resigned on Friday. To be honest, it doesn’t sound like it will make a big difference as he was rarely spotted in the town hall. I suppose he should be congratulated on doing the right thing, eventually. Having spent several years […]

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