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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.…

‘We must destroy democracy in order to save it’

It’s still only February, but we may have a winner in the Silliest Idea Proposed In A 2015 Political Column contest. Step forward Australian Herald-Sun columnist Tom Elliott with this: There is a solution. Let’s agree on a set of truly important problems…

Should we directly elect the Prime Minister?

David Cameron’s stomping around the North today, yet again trying to persuade people that having elected mayors is a good idea. I’ve set out before why I don’t like the current system of mayors (and their related ‘democratic’ position, Police and Crime Commissioners).…

Worth Reading 142: The wrong end of the deal

The personal tax statement George Osborne doesn’t want you to see – Some accurate data on where the British Government actually spends its money. Norman Baker, political journalism, and hinterlands – “We expect politicians to be “real” and then lay into them when…

One Member, One Vote: Now Conference has voted, what about the rest of us? #ldconf

As I said before, I couldn’t make it to Liberal Democrat Conference this year, but thanks to BBC Parliament I’ve been able to watch the debates so far, and thanks to Twitter I’ve been able to have some contribution into ongoing debates and…

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