Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Crossing the floor

From a comment on Lib Dem Voice: It is my expectation that, when the Tory right seeks to exert their power and to remove Cameron as leader, that many would give serious consideration to leaving the Tory party and joining the more moderate Liberal Democrats. To borrow a phrase: sadly, no. I’ve been following and […]

Nanowrimo 2012

November starts tomorrow, having settled into its new role as the month where you do something a bit different in order to give you something to talk about on the internet. As I already have facial hair, I can’t take part in Movember, so instead it’ll be another attempt at National Novel Writing Month. Amazingly, […]

Castle Ward Day of Action

Castle Ward will be the location for Colchester Council’s next Day of Action on Thursday 29th November. This is where the Borough Council gets together with a whole host of other agencies to deal with problems in the area that have been identified by residents. People have been out yesterday and today knocking on doors […]

Worth Reading 76: Independence Year

Andrew Gilligan and Matthew Brown – Continuing the story of the PCC candidate linked to American neocons I linked to last week, here’s the tale of how a Daily Telegraph journalist based a story entirely on the proclamations of a fantasist. Jill Dando, John Yates and Operation Oxborough – Was Jill Dando’s privacy being invaded […]

Mikhail Gorbachev, Liberal Democrat MP

I was looking up something about Nick Harvey for my previous post and noticed that he’s started to show a display a resemblance to a former Soviet leader… Is Stavropol Krai in North Devon following the boundary review? I think we should be told.

Process stories

Two bits of news about the business of Government that have caught my attention over the last few days. The quad has become the sextet – As we’ve come to see over the past couple of years, a lot of the real decisions about the direction of the Government are being taken by the ‘quad’: […]

Worth Reading 75: I was your sorry ever after

Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right – I don’t know how much it’s emphasised for the story, or if it seems worse than it is because of the focus on one angle, but Greece sounds like a country with some major problems right now. Stephen becomes first […]

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 26th October

121741: Listed building application for internal alterations, Lexden Road. 121859: Enclosure of courtyard for guest seating area, North Hill. 121860: Listed building consent for 121859. 121902: Enlarged and refurbished store including part demolition and rebuild, remodelling of external elevations and internal alterations, High Street. 121905: Conservation Area approval for 121902 Please note that I am […]

Worth Reading 74: I was the one that let you know

Transcript of all news programmes – Love and Garbage saves you from having to watch them. But they’ll no doubt have a special report to examine why you’re not watching them. Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling – review – David Edgar reviews what sounds like a fascinating book about the far-right in Britain, but […]

As it’s follow Friday, who should I be following?

As part of my realisation that it’s been nearly ten years since I started blogging (along with the whole ‘Has it really been that long? God, I’m getting old…’ thoughts) it occurs to me that I don’t follow as many British political blogs as I used to. Part of this is for the very good […]