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The Quarter Quell: October-December 2015

I’ve already looked back on my most popular posts of 2015, but what were the top posts of the last quarter of it? 5) Taking student politics far too seriously – People get riled up about the inanities of student politics look as…

2015: A year in blogging

Thanks to all of you have visited here over the year. There were either a lot of you, or a few of you who came here very regularly to read what I had to write, and if you’d all paid a pound for…

Martin Hunt

It’s been a sad Christmas for me because it started with the news that my friend and former Colchester Council colleague Martin Hunt died on Christmas Eve. I’d known Martin for around ten years, going back to when I was first a candidate…

Not quite new year, but a new look anyway

Finally had a chance to sit down and repair the site after this weekend’s hacking, and decided to take the opportunity to give it a whole new look. Hopefully all the problems have been fixed now, but please let me know if you…

Hacked

If you’re wondering why there’s a new (and slightly shonky) look to the site right now, it’s because I’m fixing the damage caused by a hacker. There doesn’t appear to be any malicious code, but I’ve had to swap to an old theme…

Tories show why skipping democratic reform was New Labour’s big mistake

Today’s Observer has articles from Peter Hyman and Andrew Rawnsley that possess an interesting joint theme, even if one of them is unaware of it. Hyman’s critique of Corbyn’s Labour through defence of New Labour and Rawnsley’s warning about the Tory attempts to…

Worth Reading 187: Californian murder

Workplace coercion – “Why are people who profess to be classical liberals apparently so indifferent to workplace tyranny?” asks Chris Dillow. Why the 2016 Election Will Be One of the Most Pivotal Moments of Our Time – It’s fun to laugh at the…

After 50 series, Have I Got News For You still only manages 25% of women guests

Have I Got News For You recently finished it’s landmark 50th series, and I’ve updated my spreadsheet on the gender balance of guests to include it. The good news is that the show has continued with the BBC’s policy of having at least…

Basic Income is the key to creating a liberal society

Mark Pack has written about his thoughts on whether Basic Income (or Citizen’s Income, as it was called when it was party policy in the 90s) should be Liberal Democrat policy again. He’s going off the idea of it, because he thinks you…

New academic research project on political party members

Here’s an interesting new academic research project: the ESRC Party Members Project. Their description of the project is: By collecting original quantitative and qualitative data, the project explores party membership’s supply side (the members themselves and what they do and think) and its…

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