Tag Archives

Archive of posts published in the tag: democracy

No, polling companies aren’t trying to turn us into fascists

There was a minor social media storm yesterday evening when some people shared a question that YouGov are currently asking in one of their surveys. People were asked on a scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree how much they agreed with the…

2017 General Election Diary Day 1: Can we survive 52 days of this?

Until this morning, the biggest surprise news I might have expected to hear this week was who the new Doctor is, then there came news that Theresa May was going to be making an announcement at 11.15. 'I have spent the weekend in…

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 The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting was a pretty light one- the one big contentious motion had been withdrawn from the agenda, so the…

Making Colchester Council meetings better for the public

One of my roles on Colchester Council is being deputy chair of the Governance and Audit Committee, which is almost as thrilling a role as it sounds. It’s one of those jobs – checking that the council’s operations are running correctly, and that…

Worth Reading 180: Turn around, treble treble

When Labour lost its soul, and the next election – Simon Wren-Lewis on Labour’s mistakes in abstaining on the welfare reform bill. I gave up Ayn Rand for Bernie Sanders – An interesting perspective from the US on how the concerns that drive…

“The democratic will of the British people”

Today’s shock political news is that a member of a political party has said that party will vote against the Queen’s Speech of a party it generally disagrees with should it be in a position to do so. This should be something so…

The Liberal Democrat peer who wants to get rid of democracy

What happens if you subtract politics from itself? That might sound like a particularly difficult question from a Taoist political theory exam, but it’s something James Palumbo would like us to discover from the inside. (Yes, that’s Baron Palumbo of Southwark, appointed such…

Worth Reading 158: The memory of Regional Railways

The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman – Marilyn Vos Savant solved the Monty Hall Problem, even if a lot of people wanted to tell her that she hadn’t. Is Work Good? – “the problem that comes with this one-eyed focus on…

Buying justice, and why democracy is about more than elections

One thing that surprised me when I first lived in the US, and continues to stand out as an oddity to me is the election of judges. It confuses John Oliver too, leading to this segment on Last Week Tonight: For me, it’s…

Worth Reading 156: Gongs per day

Anti-Business – Chris Dillow on why being ‘anti-business’ isn’t a bad thing, and the difference between business and markets. Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century – An interesting new way of thinking about the idea of basic income.…