Getting to somewhere

I’ve started reading ‘The road to Somewhere, by David Goodhart, which describes the potential causes behind the dramatic shift in politics over the last few years. It talks in terms of people who belong anywhere and those that belong somewhere. May herself gave a nod to such thinking in her ‘citizens of nowhere’ speech. “But, … Continue reading Getting to somewhere

Unproportional representation

Proportional representation is a an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them, rather than our first past the post system where the individual with the most votes, irrespective of the number in relation to the size of the electorate gets into power. It has always … Continue reading Unproportional representation

Rewriting spin

I don’t normally bother with programmes which bring politicians together to argue with each other. It may be entertainment seeing two people who must have opposing views try and avoid answering the questions asked of them but it panders to the polarised nature of politics that this country has fallen in to. Occasionally though I … Continue reading Rewriting spin

The limits of democracy

The sight of the two Vietnamese leaders, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in shaking hands and stepping on each other’s soil was indeed a momentous occasion. Whether this was brought about by military muscle, diplomatic pressure, economic reality or even the weight of social media may never be known but those involved should be congratulated … Continue reading The limits of democracy

Democratic free press

In a recent blog I put forward the idea that, in this country, we pride ourselves that we have a free press and that it fulfills the important role of holding governments and other institutions to account. We convince ourselves that our free press is the cornerstone of our political system. In the mother of … Continue reading Democratic free press

Unfolding plans 175 – Lest we forget

There is some irony that on the day we remember the glorious dead of conflicts around the world that there is a conference in Malta to try and stem the flow of migrants into Europe.  On the day that we are to remember those who have fallen defending our way of life, who have been … Continue reading Unfolding plans 175 – Lest we forget

Unfolding plans 154 – Making some noise

I must admit to listening to Classic FM on the way into work and back home again.  I used to listen to the news on Radio 4 and found that I would get wound up by whatever the main story was that day.  The format of generating an argument between two opposing camps wore me … Continue reading Unfolding plans 154 – Making some noise