Category Archives: Politics

APPGs – the next Westminster scandal?

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 tabloid press, and the police, […]

Read more

Will no-one free us of these troublesome ghosts?

One of the truly great things about British politics is the depth and breadth of raw talent which can be found at every level of every party and no party. Unfortunately, tired conventions of political discourse are preventing some of that talent from shining through. One symptom of that fact is that political debate is, perversely, becoming ever less authentic […]

Read more

The Incredible Lord Credo

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, deceit, and living under multiple […]

Read more

Professor Tim Jackson on the UK Government's 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review cuts

Last week I filmed a talk and Q&A by Professor Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey. Professor Jackson was the after-dinner speaker at a work dinner, so I probably should stress that the views expressed are his, and not those of my employers! It was a very dark room so apologies if, like me, you’re […]

Read more

What #Trafigura can teach political parties and others

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 number of seats, ten or […]

Read more