Category Archives: Tories

Shares for rights, cash for seats…what’s next?

You can tell that Tories are in Government – suddenly, everything has a price and nothing has a value. After last week’s discussions over the ‘trade your employment rights away for a handful of magic beans shares’ proposal, we now have reports that Nick Clegg has been offered a deal over state funding of political […]

Why Nick Clegg should be copying Michael Gove

One of the distinguishing traits of a senior politician is to be in possession of a circle of loquacious friends, always ready to talk to the press about things they don’t feel ready to talk about personally in public. Michael Gove’s friends have been talkative this weekend, telling the Daily Mail all about his views […]

A few thoughts on Cameron’s speech

Just some ragged thoughts, some on the specifics, some general ones on political speeches. I was speaking to someone who told me that they’re sick of unsourced anecdotes being used to make points. Cameron’s infamous for this, of course – ‘I met a black man’ – but it seems everyone has always recently met someone […]

Bad Tory electoral ideas, numbers 23 and 24

It’s a well-documented phenomenon in British politics that the Conservative Party Conference is where some of the oddest ideas in British politics go to get an airing. As Political Scrapbook points out, there are many made ideas getting out into the open this week, but I wanted to highlight a couple. First up, we have […]

A worrying silence on rights for shares

Today’s seen George Osborne give his speech to the Conservative Party Conference. As you might expect, there are many things in it that concern me, but I want to highlight two of them. First we have the heavily trailed announcement that he wants to cut another £10bn off welfare costs by introducing more cuts and […]

On ending coalitions

Earlier this week, I linked to James Graham’s piece on Clegg and the coalition, in which he mentioned my post on ending the coalition. This isn’t just incestuous blogging back-patting – James made some points about my post which I promised to think over and respond to. He wrote: But Lib Dems who imagine that […]

It’s time to end the Coalition

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while, but today’s announcement of the Government reshuffle has finally tipped me off the fence and into writing it. Back in June, I wrote a post questioning whether it was in the national interest for the Liberal Democrats to remain as part of the coalition government, […]

No tributes, just insults – this is our democracy

A couple of weeks ago I linked to this piece by Desmond Swayne MP, explaining a Christian perspective in favour of equal marriage. Swayne’s back in the news today, but this time not doing anything worth praising. Instead, he’s been revealed as the chief orchestrator of idiots within Parliament. Yes, it turns out that Tory […]

Worth Reading 23: There is no conspiracy

The instalment you’ve all been waiting for. Somewhere within these links lies the final secret of the Illuminati. Probably. The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article – Jay Rosen notes a trend in the press Conservative coffers boosted in “sale of opportunities” to kids of the super rich – Not really the image you want to […]

Worth Reading 22: One more, then skiddoo

For those of you bored on a Saturday night: Prisoners’ voting rights: Britain’s mounting fury over sovereignty – “The ECHR is very far from perfect. But a country lucky enough to enjoy the rule of law, like Britain, should think long and hard before flouting international treaties which offer perhaps the only hope of legal […]