Monthly Archives: October, 2012

A reason to be glad Donald Trump’s American

There are many obvious reasons to be glad that Donald Trump’s not British, not least the fact that it gives us another reasons to be dismissive of American politics and pretend ours are somehow better, but one specific one occurs to me. Look at it this way: Donald Trump is a rich man who’s involved […]

Worth Reading 73: Binary palindromes

Why you are wrong, by James Delingpole – Actually by Generic Parody, but indistinguishable from the original. He’s Behind You – Adam Curtis looks at the story of Muammar Gaddafi. David Miliband and the Labour art of speaking in code – John Harris on how Labour politicians are in the habit of writing lots while […]

Whatever happened to persuasion?

Hopi Sen has written an interesting blog post on how Labour adopting the policies desired by some of their lost voters would be a disaster for the country. I was thinking about this issue at the weekend, after reading on the SNP voting to change their policy on whether an independent Scotland being a member […]

Rights for shares: Have your say

As the party leadership seems to have decided to acquiesce on the proposed new rules allowing employers to make employees give up employment rights in exchange for shares, it’s time to take some action. The Government has started a consultation on the proposal, and anyone can take part in it and submit their view. If […]

2013 Tour de France route

Eight months before Le Grand Depart in Corsica, we now know the full route for the 2013 Tour de France. It’s the 100th Tour, and the organisers have clearly set out to make it a memorable one. It follows the approach the Tour organisers have taken a lot in recent years of letting the action […]

October Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel meeting

I realised that I used to notify people of upcoming Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAP) meetings on the blog, but as I did it through a lot of posts I’d scheduled a long time in advance, I didn’t notice when the pre-arranged posts ran out. So, this is to let those of you in Castle Ward […]

The effectiveness of elected mayors

Reading Stephen Tall’s Lib Dem Voice post on police commissioners this morning, I found myself thinking about elected mayors and how some of the claims that are made for them and their potential effects. One thought that occurred to me is that while there’s been lots written on elected mayors and the arguments for and […]

When is a Lib Dem not a Lib Dem?

Question: when you see a headline such as ‘Lib Dem Jo Bloggs calls for…’ do you assume that Jo Bloggs is a member of the party? To me, that seems quite a reasonable assumption to make, and appears to be the convention the media follows in most cases. If the person’s not a member, but […]

Worth Reading 72: A pretty good year to be born

Including two from the Telegraph, in what’s probably a first: Drug laws and evidence-based policy: it’s time to start doing experiments on the British people – One day, someone at the Telegraph is going to sack Tom Chivers for injecting sense into their website. The secret US lobbyists behind Police and Crime Commissioner election – […]

James Delingpole sticking a fork into his face

Earlier today, someone linked to this amusing Storify collection of James Delingpole exhibiting his usual debating style of blocking and ignoring anyone who dares criticise him – especially when they commit the ultimate sin of using facts to challenge him. Normally, Delingpole’s someone I ignore – until the final revelation of his role as a […]