27 November, 2007
I know the media love to miss any story that might actually be important especially when you have a defection going on but why is the main story about the European parliament that a yellow tory has decided to defect to be a blue tory?
The real news is that the entire tory group in the European Parliament is tearing itself apart over it’s leader and Camerons pledge to exit the European People’s Party political grouping in the parliament. More on this from our “friends” over at Conservativehome
Also I present for your delectation what Lib Dem Voice and Conservativehome have been saying about the highly principled defector who couldn’t possibly be out to save his seat. No no that’s far to cynical.
26 November, 2007
Just after getting reselected in what he must feel is an unwinnable position for the Lib Dems he has jumped ship. He is moving from the Fibs to the Cons just proves that some people, as in the old irish political joke, can’t tell the shit from the shite.
Heard it about quarter to severn this morning on the radio and seem to remember him saying quite nice things about the Lib Dems, the very people he was stabbing in the back. What a very Fib Dem thing to do. Idiot.
Rupa Huq and Chris Paul seem to have a far greater tolerance threshold for disecting non entities. So go check them out and while your at it try and sort out some better or at least not dank weather. The Soviets managed it for their Mayday parades why on earth can’t we.
20 November, 2007
You would have thought that the world was about to fall in the way some people react to the misdeeds of a minor government functionary. Fortunately when it comes to the fundamentally serious issues like climate change the government is really stepping up to the plate and setting the agenda in a way that it hasn’t done so up until now. See here.
OK we live in a cynical age and what matters above all is delivery, delivery, delivery but I am genuinely very very pleased that we have a Prime Minister who really gets the scale of the problem of climate change and the scale of action that we need to tackle it.
16 November, 2007
16 November, 2007
Just watching the Democratic presidential nominee debate on CNN and I have to say that it is the people you have never heard of that are being the most interesting. Pity its all decided by who raises the most money.
Fortunately our politics isn’t so driven by money but we should have more televised debates in the UK. More scrutiny, more opportunity for people and politics to connect and more reason for politicians to actually have to think through their positions that has to be a good thing
12 November, 2007
We are already out of line with most other comparible democracies. If the police are asking for it and given the very small number of people they have held to 28 days I can’t imagine that they are gagging for it, parliament isn’t compelled to roll over and let the police tickle the parliamentary belly.
We live in parliamentary democracy and not a police state and it would be benefiticial if our elected members payed as much attention to threats to the liberty of the voters as it does to the liberty of business. What did someone mention Agency workers?
Perhaps people should start earning their salaries and get a bit creative. What about post charge questioning? What we don’t want to end up in is a situation where the government goes for 56 days for whatever reason and loses. Thereby looking authoritarian and feeble in one go which is something of an achievement. So sort it.
6 November, 2007
Today the legal advisor to the US secretary of state refuses to say that waterboarding is illegal. Yet 60 years ago America was sentencing Japanese soldiers who used the technique on US soldiers to 15 years for war crimes. Seems grandpa got something right.
Quite what the Americans are hoping to achieve using this form of torture is beyond me. We are engaged in a battle of hearts and minds to win the world to liberal democracy against a medievalist religious fundementalism because this is the best guarantee in the view of western industrialised nations for peoples peace, security and happiness and what does some jackass in the US militelligence complex do?
Start using torture to extract information that is of very dubious value. Torture someone long enough and they will tell you what you want to hear. It also puts the US into the same bracket as every tinpot regime that seeks to torture and makes it alot harder to explain why we are supposed to be the good guys. And in a battle of hearts and minds why would we want to be the good guys?
I think it all comes back to Machiavelli. Is it the wiser course of action for a prince to be loved or feared? Well considering that this prince can’t control even a small part of its troublesome empire with the most advanced military technology in the history of humanity a rule based on fear may not be the most brilliant idea ever. So Dubya you’d better start showing us some of your lurve …
5 November, 2007
Stella Creasy has been selected as the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Walthamstow. I met Stella more than a decade ago at a Fabian summer school along with Derek Draper (more on him later).
It wouldn’t have been a suprise to me then that she would be a future Labour candidate and it certainly isn’t now. I’m sure Stella will be a credit to Walthamstow and the PLP should she receive the electorates endorsement and lets face it if we don’t get that in Walthamstow then we really would be stuffed.
Hattip Luke Akehurst