The Nolan principles

This is a new one for me. One of the local candidates for ChangeUk brought the work of the Committee on Standards in Public Life to my attention, especially the seven Nolan principles. These are there to guide people who are in public service and commit them to the highest standards. You can find them … Continue reading The Nolan principles

Harmonic politics

There is not much uplifting entertainment in politics, a lot of interest, cut and thrust and intrigue perhaps, but not much entertainment. It has taken a special kind of perseverance to have sat through the comings and goings of the last few months. Every so often however, there is a bright spot in the otherwise … Continue reading Harmonic politics

Who are you going to vote for?

I’ve seen this a lot lately, especially on social media. With all the furore about a possible upcoming general or european election people are asking the question ‘Who are you going to vote for?’ Quite often this is done by a poll and, due to the limitations of the software, not all possible parties are … Continue reading Who are you going to vote for?

The Government has responded

I don’t know why I bother really. Another day goes by and I have received yet another email from the Government responding to a petition that I have signed. Whatever the worthy cause, in my opinion, the answer is always the same. No, basically. The problem I have though is that the email is always … Continue reading The Government has responded

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

First past the post

In our form of democracy, a first past the post system is used. In a general election, votes are held at constituency level with the person enjoying the most votes, of those placed and counted, getting the job of representing the people in Westminster. The reason given for using such an approach is that it … Continue reading First past the post

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