Tag Archives: democracy

Worth Reading 95: Nailed to the door

About Teather’s “explanation” of voting against equality – Lee Griffin points out the problems with Sarah Teather’s reasons for voting against the same-sex marriage bill. The Other 11 Doctors – What if the Doctor had always been played by a woman? Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church – Megan Phelps-Roper, one of the […]

Fearing for the future

Jennie Rigg and James Graham have both written posts recently that have touched on issues that have been concerning me. To quote Jennie: And because people are just generally pissed off with politicians, political media, and elections this feeds into the perception that there is a lack of meaningful choice – if all politicians are […]

Thoughts on police commissioners

As today’s the day when England and Wales go to the polls to elect police commissioners, I thought it was about time I set out my thoughts on them, if only so I don’t look too far behind the curve. I’m not going to give you any advice on how to vote, or whether to […]

Worth Reading 63: Welcome to Glastonbury

It seems the internet wrote many good things while I was away on holiday: Dudes, Relax: The Rise Of Women Does Not Mean the Fall of Men – Jezebel’s Lindy West dissects a piece of male whining. How To Get Doping Out Of Sports – A very frank piece from Jonathan Vaughters, boss of the […]

Worth Reading 23: There is no conspiracy

The instalment you’ve all been waiting for. Somewhere within these links lies the final secret of the Illuminati. Probably. The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article – Jay Rosen notes a trend in the press Conservative coffers boosted in “sale of opportunities” to kids of the super rich – Not really the image you want to […]

The party left him

I was reading some of the comments on Conservative Home (it was quiet night) about Edward McMillan-Scott being expelled from the Conservative Party and noticed that many were demanding that he should resign as an MEP. The reasoning behind this is that he was elected as a Conservative MEP from the party list, and as […]

Mayors and Super-Leaders

I was reminded by this post from Chris and Glynis Abbott that like most other Councils, we have to make the decision soon as to what structure Colchester Borough Council should take in the future. Of course, while we have a choice, to me it appears to be akin to being asked whether you want […]

Democracy happens more than once every four years

Thanks to Chris Black for linking to me yesterday and reminding me to write about this story (also covered in the press here). It’s stories like this that make me realise that, for all David Cameron’s cosmetic changes on the surface, the Tories haven’t changed underneath. Maybe they’re good at presenting their caring, sharing face […]

“How dare they seek to communicate with people!”

As we’re on the subject of Council meetings, I should begin this post by declaring a personal interest in that I know both the Councillors mentioned in this story, and indeed have campaigned for both of them to be elected – though I would stress that Rene was a Liberal Democrat at the time I […]

Representational memeage

MarkReckons wonders if people can remember all their MPs. Mostly from memory, with a little nudge from Wikipedia, mine are: Hal Miller (Bromsgrove and Redditch, 1972-1983) Eric Forth (Mid-Worcestershire, 1983-1990) Marcy Kaptur (Ohio 9th Congressional district, US House of Representatives, 1990-91) Alan Williams (Swansea West, 1991-1996) Bernard Jenkin (Colchester North, 1996-1997) Bob Russell (Colchester, 1997-) […]