prediction: Gordon Brown will be the ‘next’ PM

I posted on twitter earlier today that I’m going to make an election prediction. I’ve been pretty sure about this since the Tories launched their moronic ‘I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS’ poster – or, as I like to call it, the ‘will we cut the NHS? won’t we? How lucky do you feel?”. [...]

A Tory Atlas, juggling human rights…

This is a cross post from our friend over at Lallands Peat Worrier “To protect our freedoms from state encroachment and encourage greater social responsibility, we will replace the Human Rights Act with a UK Bill of Rights.” That is the only reference in the 130-odd pages of the Conservative manifesto to their policy on [...]

Why we should be talking about Land Value Tax

The landlord who happens to own a plot of land on the outskirts of a great city … watches the busy population around him making the city larger, richer, more convenient. .. and all the while sits and does nothing. Roads are made … services are improved … water is brought from reservoirs one hundred [...]

Some (not entirely original) thoughts on immigration.

I have spent the last 2 weekends canvassing council estates. As you find in lots of places, many people, when asked to list their main worries, include “immigration”. Immigration is an extraordinarily abstract concept in this context. Almost every other answer you get is either local (that wall there is crumbling) or national but directly [...]

Memorandum to Mr David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, in advance of the Leaders Debate on foreign policy.

1) This time, please try not to risk war with a security council member. 1b) If you must ignore this advice, at least choose a small one. Gabon is a nice place to send our boys at this time of year. Or Uganda – they recently discovered oil there! But please don’t declare war on [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Labour’s new ad

Yesterday’s debate’s biggest gaffe was undoubtedly David Cameron’s hamfisted ‘Axis of Evil’ speech, citing China (along with Iran) as the reason we need nuclear missiles. “Are we really happy to say that we’d give up our independent nuclear deterrent when we don’t know what is going to happen with Iran, we can’t be certain of [...]

Why you should care about Norwich South

So, I’d better ‘fes up from the start. I am a Green Party activist. I’ve been a party member for nearly a decade. It’s not surprising that I am writing about why one of the top target seats for the party is significant. But give me a chance. The election in Norwich South is unique [...]

Why I’m no Longer Listening to Spotify

Last week saw the passage of the Digital Economy Bill, now the Digital Economy Act. As parliament was winding down before dissolution the government forced through the bill, which had had no proper debate in the commons, during what’s known as it’s wash up period. Though 236 MPs voted at the third reading only around [...]

The Labour Manifesto – sponsored by BUPA

It was presumably concern about whether party political events were allowed on NHS property that led Labour’s media team to tell BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that the “Hospital site where Lab manifesto is being launched is still owned by the firm that built it so the party is not breaking any rules.” But of course that [...]

In defence of Stuart MacLennan

I didn’t ever expect to be writing this. For my 5 years of Edinburgh student politics, Stuart MacLennan was almost always on the other side. Little surpise our other contemporary Harry “Tory Bear” Cole described him as “resonable” on Sky today. Stuart was the top trending topic on Twitter in the UK today. Why? Well, [...]