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Early morning thoughts after Richmond Park

In a year of waking up to so much bad news, today has finally brought some cheer to 2016 with the news that Sarah Olney has defeated Zac Goldsmith to become the new Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park. Congratulations to her and…

Elsewhere

I’ve written a piece for the Mile End Institute on the Richmond Park by-election and how it might change British politics. At some point I may write a generic companion piece to that and many other bits of writing by me and others…

Now That’s What I Call Songs About Fascism

Deciding that my reading about the prospects for the Trump presidency wasn’t scary enough this morning, Spotify decided to troll me with a incipient fascism soundtrack, going from First We Take Manhattan through The Man Comes Around to Under The God. Now, some…

We need to stand together – so how do we do it?

Two pieces from the post-Trump cacophony that have me thinking. First, Charles Stross reminds us that playtime is over: A few years ago, wandering around the net, I stumbled on a page titled “Why Japan lost the Second World War”. (Sorry, I can’t…

Straight talking. Honest politics. Terrible negotiation skills.

Let’s assume that you’re looking to buy a car. You go to a car dealer who has a variety of cars available, some of which have the features you want, some of which don’t, some of which are in your price range, some…

New US Presidential trivia

Because I’m still sorting out my serious thoughts since the US election, here’s a couple of bits of new Presidential trivia that Trump will create: Trump will be the seventh US President to have not held any elected office before winning a national…

On democracy and dull politics

Walking home from the Council meeting on Thursday night I was struck with the initial idea for this blog post. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting was a pretty light one- the one big contentious motion had been withdrawn from the agenda, so the…

Richmond Park: Don’t write off working with other parties

One thing I wanted to write about after being at Lib Dem Conference in September were the fringe meetings about working with other parties. One was Caroline Lucas, Lisa Nandy and Chris Bowers, talking about their book The Alternative, while the other featured…

Questions after seeing Gisela Stuart

Last night I was at the Mile End Institute‘s first ‘In Conversation With’ where Professor Philip Cowley was talking to Gisela Stuart MP. It was an interesting discussion, though I did find a lot of her answers to direct questions annoyingly evasive and…

What I would have said in the Europe debate at Conference

Although I did get to make my first speech at a Federal party conference this year (you can see it here, amidst the other interventions, at around 1:55 into the broadcast) I’d also put in a speaker’s card for the debate on Europe,…

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