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Election 2015: the horror

  • May 08, 2015
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I didn’t stay up to watch the nightmare unfold last night.     The exit polls filled me with such shock, outrage, and disgust that I knew my blood pressure wouldn’t be able to cope with it.   After eleven o’clock there was no way I was going to spend any more time in the...

Election: the great day dawneth

  • May 07, 2015
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After six weeks of one of the most tedious, controlled, and stage-managed electoral campaigns in my lifetime, I don’t think I’m the only voter south of the border who will feel more relief than anticipation that it’s finally over.

This has been a campaign driven by the political machines of the three main parties, a campaign...

Liars’ Ball

  • November 24, 2014
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Even within the dizzying race to the bottom that British politics has become, last week’s ‘white van tweet’ marked a new low point in political dishonesty, stupidity and crass opportunism.   The central role in this farce was played by Ed Miliband, whose decision to sack MP Emily Thornberry constituted a political own goal that...

Miliband: Death by Triangulation

  • April 08, 2014
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Reading or listening to Ed Miliband’s speeches has never been good for my health.     Invariably they tend to produce the same responses; first a feeling of instant suffocation accompanied by a spreading numbness through my vital parts as the platitudes mount and words like ‘vision’ and ‘conviction’ and ‘I believe’ echo pointlessly round...

Miliband in Khaki

Miliband in Khaki

  • March 10, 2014
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Last week Ed Miliband visited Afghanistan and promised that a future Labour government would make it illegal to ‘abuse’ and ‘discriminate’ against members of the British armed forces.

The origins of this proposal go back to the 2008 National Recognition of the Armed Forces report commissioned by Gordon Brown and drawn up by Tory defector Quentin...

Of Floods, Gays and Wars

  • February 16, 2014
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National security is not a concept I generally have much respect for.   As we’ve seen more than once over the last decade or so, it’s a term that governments like to use to cow and overawe civil society through the constant invocation of threats and emergencies, that become a justification for domestic repression and...

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