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First past the post explained

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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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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The circus comes to Clacton

August 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

Today’s ‘shock’ announcement of a Tory MP defecting to UKIP has been a bit of fun for all the non-Tories, but not entirely a shock in some respects. OK, so it wasn’t expected or even hinted at, but once you saw the headline, the identity of the MP in question was far from a shock. […]

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Voting selfies

June 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

This is where I eat my own words a little bit, even though I didn’t actually say them aloud at the time. Just before the elections there was an article on the BBC website about voters being told not to take selfies while voting. At the time I thought this was all a bit officious. […]

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The morning after the day before

May 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

Today was the local election count in Crawley. Finally all that walking up and down knocking on doors and delivering leaflets was over, and to avoid withdrawal symptoms I found myself doing a lot more walking. I had a feeling it would be a good day. It was Friday and there was a long bank […]

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Dundeliverin

May 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

Polling day tomorrow, so that means no more delivering leaflets for a while, which is handy now that it has started tipping down outside.

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Why do the Tories have to do it?

May 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

What is it with the Tories? They appear to be pathologically incapable of resisting the urge to lie, even when they don’t need to.

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Ready for the count

May 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Life, Politics

I received my letter today, the one that gets me into the local elections count on Friday, so it must be time for my traditional pre-election rant about that… Why can’t they just let anybody in? If anybody is really interested and engaged enough to want to go to the count and see democracy in […]

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