Monthly Archives: November, 2012

UKIP may well be beyond satire

They’re riding high(ish) in the polls, they’ve just broken their own recently-set record for their best by-election performance and with the European elections of 2014 on the horizon, it seems UKIP are getting serious: It’s no secret that the Ukip leader Nigel Farage is planning a purge of many, if not most, of the party’s […]

Worth Reading 83: Able Archer

North Korea, Ireland, UKIP, revolutions and the end of the world. Enjoy. Don’t be fooled: UKIP is not a libertarian party – Alex Massie in the Spectator points out what should be obvious, but ‘libertarian’ has been so abused, people sadly think they are. Stand Still for the Apocalypse – Chris Hedges on the latest […]

Castle Ward Day of Action

Today’s the Castle Ward Day of Action, with people from lots of difference agencies (including Essex Police and the Council) carrying out a variety of different tasks around the ward. There’s a lot more information about it here, and if you’re in town there’s an information booth in Culver Street West (outside Halifax) with representatives […]

Why oh why

Reading this, I’m struck by a question or two: Is there any issue the libertarian right think can’t be solved by the supposedly free market? And how many issues can be discussed by them without straw man arguments and ad hominem attacks on those who disagree with them? (I’m considering a longer post on the […]

How to be a leading political commentator

Dan Hodges writes on the Telegraph website today: Ukip are not a political force, but a political curiosity. In years to come many a pub quiz trophy will be won by those who can correctly answer the question: “What was the name of the guy who ran the anti-EU party? Begins with an N.” In […]

Why eight Tory MPs aren’t about to join UKIP

Various people were buzzing this morning thanks to this story in the Telegraph where UKIP treasurer Stuart Wheeler talks about people he’s had lunch with recently. With this, and the bizarre ‘Sarah Teather’s about to join Labour’ rumour that went round last week, it seems we’re in a new silly season, probably caused when everyone […]

Could you fake an MP?

It’s Monday, and so it’s time for a new week of silly proposals from obscure Tory MPs. First there’s Michael Fabricant batting his eyes enticingly at UKIP, and then there’s this as well: (via) For individuals aged under 25 who have not yet paid National Insurance contributions for a certain period, perhaps five years, unemployment […]

Worth Reading 82: Norwegian lead

This week on Question Time, we’re in the ruins of Ancient Mu. The Regeneration of Doctor Who – Some interesting synchronicities between Doctor Who and the KLF. (This is because Bill Drummond is a Time Lord, of course) Argh, plot bunny: free to a good home – Explaining he secret history of Hollywood Rotherham, UKIP, […]

East of England Lib Dem Regional Policy Committee: vote for me!

If you’re a conference representative for the Liberal Democrats in the East of England, you should have received (or be about to receive) the voting pack for members of regional committees. I’m a candidate for Regional Policy Committee, and as we only have a limited space in the manifesto booklet to talk about what we […]

Have I Got News For You gender bias spreadsheet update

I’ve updated the spreadsheet after last night’s show, and it can be downloaded here. After a couple of weeks of all-male lineups, there was actually a female guest last night, so the figures are now that 23.23% of guests have been women, and 22.91% of guest hosts have been. UPDATE: Sorry, got the link wrong […]