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Putting the Government back in its place

Tuesday. So the Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead. This of course doesn’t change the (in my opinion, flawed) result of last summer’s referendum, but it is a reassuring reality-check to the Government and our unelected Prime…

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Observing with interest

Observing with interest

So Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said some things to today that have confused me. He’s come out and said that Britain doesn’t necessary need free movement of workers and access to the single market. He’s also said that there should…

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Wherein I defend Amazon

There’s been a lot of fuss in the news about Amazon (and Google, Starbucks and the like) not paying their taxes and even calls for a boycott. I don’t see what the problem is. Yes, morally, they are probably being…

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Fuming!

I’ve just got back from a public exhibition at the Littlebury Hotel in Bicester by some developers calling themselves Albion Land, who are proposing to build what is essentially an industrial estate/distribution centre on greenfield land that is laughably earmarked…

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The Open Web

It’s good to see the father of the internet Tim Berners-Lee urging the government to stop the snooping bill. I really hope they listen. What I don’t understand is why the government think that it’s going to make the world…

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Never knowingly under-educated

I really thought I had the slipped through some wormhole in time and ended up on April Fool’s Day when I read this article on how the conservative Policy Exchange thinktank thinks that teachers should run John Lewis-style schools for…

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Confused over film funding

I am confused by Cameron’s latest call for film funding to only go to commercially successful films in the future. Many have already raised the issue better than I can that you can’t predict what is going to become a…

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Non-event political announcements

So, David Cameron plans to curb ‘fat cat’ pay with people power? Or rather, when you look into it, he plans to allow shareholders to be able to veto the pay awards of chief executives. I guess, shareholders may include…

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Tax Shouldn’t Be Taxing

I’ve had this idea mulling around in my head for a few years now. I have no idea if its an original thought, or if I heard it somewhere, but it does seem to be an excellent idea – if…

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So Mr President…

With the news the Lisbon treaty has now been ratified by all 27 European states it looks likely (nothing is absolutely certain when it comes to Europe it seems) that we will be getting a new president now, but not…

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Super or Shrove

Tuesday. For our American friends, today is Super Tuesday and 19 states are voting for in this years presidential primaries. Go Obama! Meanwhile here in the UK we will be stirring up the batter and squeezing lemons over sugar ……

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The Nuclear Debate

And about time too! Yes, I know it seems like an unpopular thing to say, but the truth is, if we are stand any chance of stopping the planet rise in temperature by the crucial 2 degrees (as it is,…

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The end of the Flash Gordon references

So we won’t be getting any parodies of titanic fights between (Flash) Gordon Brown and (Ming) Menzies the Merciless at the next election. Amusing though to reflect on David Cameron saying, in response to the news, that ‘he was a…

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Sheltering under bus stops

1. At about 3.30 this afternoon it absolutely pissed it down with rain, and my heart sank. By 4 o’clock though it had cleared up to a mild drizzle, and there was even a wee bit of blue sky visible…

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Democracy R.I.P.

So Greg Dyke has resigned as Director General of the BBC. So the BBC was wrong, and the Government were right over the intelligence evidence of WMD and the reasons to go war? What next then? Government appoints a new…

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