Image thanks to Prospect magazine We’re at war! Nobody told me, when was it declared? Who are we fighting and why? It’s a culture war apparently, where society splits into two based upon some arbitrary and random issue. It’s a bit like a civil war but without guns. Yet! We’ve had them before. They’re meant … Continue reading A culture war
Now that the dust has settled, I can say that I was the one who didn’t watch it. On Sunday night rather than sitting in front of the football, I went to bed. I couldn't stand the tension. I think some of it was the hype and hubris that surrounded the team as it progressed … Continue reading Football!
Image thanks to Sky News Quite rightly, our newspapers are filled with stories of political and human rights abuses from around the world. We may well worry how the Chinese government continues to tighten its grip on the people of Hong Kong and is determined to quash any pro-democracy movement as we see it. We … Continue reading How loud?
Photo thanks to: Danny Lawson/PA Wire, iNews I must admit that when it comes to proportional representation, by elections are a fly in the ointment. Yes, it is easy to define a system of PR that would work for a single seat, such as the Single Transferable Vote, but it would be impossible to reflect … Continue reading Batley and Spen, a case for PR?
Another week has passed in the soap opera that is our government. The oddly timed release of Hancock’s indiscretion is just the latest in a long line of illegal, immoral or downright disturbing things that have happened. It is like watching Soap, the TV series that ran for four years in the late seventies, with … Continue reading Soap
Image thanks to Irish Times Five years on and the Brexit bandwagon still rumbles on. Despite the Prime MInister's protestations that the B word should not be used it is still on the lips of many of us. Indeed a poll out this week puts the country as divided as ever over the issue with … Continue reading A frosty reception
Image thanks to Blasting News How Orwellian has this government become? The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has written to publicly funded museums to make it clear that he expected their ‘approach to issues of contested heritage to be consistent with the government’s position.’ A threat of the unveiled kind. It … Continue reading Singlespeak
Image thanks to Evening Standard The latest fad for taking photographs with ministers at suspected crime scenes is cringeworthingly wrong. The Home Secretary has been at the vanguard but there are others. I understand what they are trying to do. The images flashed across the media imply (ironically) that the Conservatives are the party of … Continue reading Nothing to see here
I try to keep an open mind but it’s hard. Apparently it is harder the better read and better educated you are, paradoxically and so perhaps the more I read and try to educate myself about different opinions the more closed I become to my own. For this purpose, and to get a better understanding … Continue reading Time for Reform?
Image thanks to Joseph Rowntree Foundation Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 elections, the government is proposing to clamp down on voter fraud with the suggested introduction of photo ID. I wonder why? After all it was a good day for the Conservative party, at least in my neck of the woods. … Continue reading Where have all the voters gone?