Big Society vs Proportional Representation

This will be my last post on the subject of politics for some time. Tomorrow is election day and even though blogging is not yet subject to the oversight of Ofcom the convention of not campaigning on election day seems like a good one to follow. The campaign has taken a certain negative turn, a …

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The story is around the world before the rebuttal gets it’s boots on

Sometimes I feel quite sorry for Gordon Brown. I have plenty of fundamental problems with his politics but sometimes he just can’t catch a break. Thankfully I’m rational enough not to base my vote on how lucky the candidates seem to be. Brown has joined a long line of politicians caught saying things in private …

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Interesting Times

The election race in my constituency just got a lot more interesting. The suspension of the local Labour candidate offers up some interesting options for the voters. While the Tory incumbent has a fairly healthy majority he does benefit from a splitting of the opposition vote. Despite kicking the candidate out (who would never win …

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Seconds out, round two

The knives are well and truly out for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats ahead of tonight’s debate. They can’t exactly complain now they have been propelled from third party to potential front-runners (modulo electoral effects). While the “scrutiny” offered by the British press is predictably smear-like I’m hoping it’s policies that will come under …

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Almost

Reading through the bullet summary of the Lib Dems manifesto I was struck at how well it aligned with the Tory proposals on political reform (smaller House of Commons). There are a number of other good proposals including per-flight instead of per-passenger flight tax, local income tax, shared parental leave (similar to Tory proposals). There …

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Dirty Election

It looks like it’s shaping up to be a very dirty election. The latest scare tactic involving cancer treatment also raised question about how the leaflets were targeted. The Labour party seem to be working very hard to promote the image of posh Tories waxing their moustaches between looking for puppies to kick. Health care …

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