Free speech

Ancient history

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As we know, many people have their political opinions frozen in time when they’re young, and it’s almost impossible to change them. A case in point is Tom Harris: How on earth did we get to a point where the fight for freedom of expression is one that is owned entirely by the Right-wing of […]

Labour Party

What the ghost of Labour’s past tells us about Labour’s future

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Look at leaders of the Labour party since the sixties: Harold Wilson: 1963-1976 James Callaghan: 1976-80 Michael Foot: 1980-83 Neil Kinnock: 1983-92 John Smith: 1992-94 Tony Blair: 1994-2007 Gordon Brown: 2007-10 Ed Miliband: 2010-15 Jeremy Corbyn: 2015-present What this tells us is that Labour is naturally a left-wing, social engineering, highly statist party. A party […]

Brexit

TiVo politics

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TiVo, or Sky+ in the UK, allows you to bypass the crap that TV channels mostly offer up, and create your own channel. It must be twenty years since anyone sat down and watched the same channel all night. (Personally, I never did that, but I remember that plenty of people used to.) Everyone now […]

Boris Johnson

A new election should empower Boris… to wimp out

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I think that if we get an election, and the Conservatives (or a Conservative-Brexit Party coalition) win a clear majority, then we should rip up Johnson’s deal and start again. Tell the EU that’s everything’s changed, their deal – because it’s mostly been written by them – wasn’t acceptable to the British people, and if […]

Brexit

LibDem mania?

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The LibDems, until recently as useless as ever, will be getting all excited about this poll: Westminster voting intention: LDem: 24% (+6)Brex: 22% (+4)Con: 19% (-5)Lab: 19% (-5)Grn: 8% (+2) via @YouGovChgs. w/ 17 May — Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 30, 2019 They may be thinking that they can replace Labour as the prime left-of-centre […]

Brexit

Did the LibDems win the locals?

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This post extends on Sam Duncan’s point made in the comments: looking at the raw numbers (that is, without the context of the previous local elections) it’s basically a pretty solid Tory win. Not a landslide by any means – at a 28% vote share they were neck-and-neck with Labour – but 3,562 seats is […]

Brexit

The flipping point

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For a long time now now various pundits have been predicting the death of the Conservatives and Labour, or at least the death of the Conservatives. Years of PC policies and sucking up to the Guardian have alienated most of the Conservative voters, so it seemed a reasonable prediction. Alternative right-wing parties, and alternative left-wing […]