All dressed up and no-one to vote for – the plight of the voter disengaged from politics

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It’s not us, it’s you – one of the things the Scottish independence referendum conclusively proved is that, when offered a real choice, people will engage with politics. For years politicians bemoaned voter apathy in a way that clearly implied it was the voter at fault – in recent years they are beginning to understand that… Read more »

APPGs – the next Westminster scandal?

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Be it the hacking scandal, the expenses debacle, or the furore surrounding botched police investigations, a relentless tide of trust-destroying stories is washing from Westminster to Wapping sweeping away reputations and careers, and leaving bloggers like me increasingly devoid of new synonyms for “almighty fuck-up”. As it stands in the three-way battle between politics, the… Read more »

Have the Liberal Democrats lost their senses?

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Have the Lib Dem leadership lost their senses?. They can’t see or hear supporters who have turned their backs on the party. They can’t smell the putrid stink of seemingly inevitable electoral punishment in 2015, and they’re certainly out of touch with public perception. I split my vote across a broadly progressive ticket in the… Read more »

The Incredible Lord Credo

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Last weekend the Twitter user Lord Credo, the self-proclaimed Westminster insider, former Downing Street press officer, even right-hand man to David Cameron, deleted his Twitter account. So far, so dull. The creator of the account had been outed as an imposter by Suffolk blogger Peter Ede in this blog post. Credo also stood accused of theft,… Read more »

An appeal on behalf of Vincent

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You may know a little boy like Vincent. Kept silent for most of the week, his parents only let him out to play on Sunday. He’s not allowed to go far – just to one playground, here in Westminster. Vincent can be boisterous with his friends, and plays a bit rough. He thinks that as… Read more »

What #Trafigura can teach political parties and others

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It comes round so regularly you could set an incredibly slow clock by it – the question “will the next election be the Internet election?” It’s impossible to answer that question without first defining what an “Internet election” is. Traditionally to my mind there have been two possible definitions: An election where a stasticically significant… Read more »