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So Nick, how goes the PhD?

Very well, and thank you for asking, interrogative construct of a title. What? You want some more detail than that? OK then… I’m now about 4 1/2 months into doing a PhD. During that time, I’ve been doing a hell of a lot…

My best prediction for 2016 was not predicting anything

Back in January, I explained why I wasn’t going to try and predict what happened politically in 2016 because things were just so chaotic as to make predictions pointless: My only prediction is that all your predictions will be wrong. Of course, my…

Three party constituency tri-points

Following the forthcoming resignation of Jamie Reed from the Commons, there’ll be a by-election coming soon in the Copeland constituency. As someone who regularly visits the Lake District I was curious about what the full boundaries of the constituency were, both to scope…

Stuck in the middle with who?

It’s been interesting watching the reaction from some to the Liberal Democrat victory in the Richmond Park by-election. One trend I’ve noticed is people (generally from the left) pointing out that Tim Farron hasn’t said that the party would never be in a…

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…

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…

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