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More Tory negative campaigning in Colchester

One thing that’s interested me this election is that the Tories appear to not be bothering in the local election in my ward. We haven’t received a single leaflet from them mentioning their local election candidate, but that’s not too much of a…

2015 General Election Day 37: John Thurso’s Huge Manatee chases King Arthur to Land’s End

There’s one question that’s been predominant in my thoughts today: as the leaders set off on their final legs of their great campaign tours, some of them are promising to campaign day and night and go without sleep. So, how exactly do you…

Another stop on the farewell tour

Only a few days left for me as a councillor – I’m not quite sure if my term ends when my replacement is announced on Friday, or if I’m technically still in office over the weekend – but I’ve been chatting with Jason…

Next time Tories complain about negative campaigning, show them this

As in the rest of the country, our local Tories are never averse to screaming ‘dirty Lib Dem negative campaigning’ when anyone says something that’s less-than-positive about them (and those sort of comments are frequent in Colchester when they propose silly ideas like…

Meet the new candidates, same as the old candidates

The Colchester nomination list was published about a minute after I published that last post, and it confirmed that there’d be six candidates (austerity bites with a 33% cut in the number of candidates), but also something else I’ve mentioned before. In 2010,…

Stepping down

Those of you in Colchester likely already know this, but let’s make it official: I won’t be standing for re-election to Colchester Borough Council this year, so my eight years on the Council will be coming to an end in May. It’s been…

New polling evidence: Who is basic income most popular with in the UK?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that a poll had shown 36% of people in the UK supported the idea of a basic income and promised to look in some more detail at the results when ComRes released them. Unfortunately, that slipped my…

New poll: 36% of Britons support a basic income

Here’s something interesting I noticed on Twitter earlier today: Do you support the idea of a #CitizensIncome? 36% Yes. 40% No. (Via @ComResPolls) pic.twitter.com/l9uAiYsLkp — May2015 (@May2015NS) March 6, 2015 It appears to come from a ComRes poll testing support for Green Party…

If everything is better with flags, it will be truly awesome with even more flags

Your starter for 10: Look at the following proposal. Publicly-funded infrastructure projects – including roads, flood defences and broadband cabinets – will be branded with a Union Jack plaque. Is this: A) Something a UKIP MEP pledged to their conference when he lost…

Should we have more interim leaders in British politics?

After my ‘what if Nick Clegg loses his seat?‘ post the other day, I was thinking more about the various party leaderships after the election, given that regardless of how well they do in their constituencies, at least one of Cameron, Clegg and…

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