I’d like you to know that I really have tried. Whenever the Deputy Prime Minister’s head sticks above the parapet, I do my best to listen to what he’s saying with an open mind, as I would any real politician. But this is often a mistake, for his words are rarely fit for human consumption.
I have a comment at Independent Voices on Ed Miliband’s curious decision to repeat his Observer interview of 10 days ago in the form of six questions to the Prime Minister in the Commons today.
His charge against David Cameron on both occasions is that he “cannot answer the question about whether people need to believe [...]
Daniel Finkelstein in The Times (pay wall) does not think much of the idea of a Tory manifesto promise to refuse to continue the coalition:
Yesterday it was being suggested that David Cameron was contemplating fighting the next election on a pledge not to form a coalition whatever the result. The suggestion was further being made that [...]
Depression Diary, Part 5
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Last week saw a couple of quiet but significant personal milestones. Firstly, my 25th consecutive post on this blog went up, a point I never expected to reach. Come to think of it, I may have had more published in the last couple of [...]
The League for the Defence of the English Language has been distracted by its attempt to promote the use of “whom” from its core mission of banning things. But the banning orders have been piling up in the in-tray and it is time we pinned some of them to the front door:
1 Demonise, to mean [...]
After musing on how Julian Assange rewards those who see their cause in him with his hatred, David Aaronovitch turns this fine paragraph in his Notebook in The Times (pay wall) this morning:
In his famous essay on “radical chic” in America, Tom Wolfe depicted, in the encounter over canapés between the Black Panthers and the [...]
I have predicted in The Independent on Sunday today that the televised leaders’ debates, which took place for the first time in the last general election campaign, will not happen next time.
The Labour Party tried to get the TV debates story going over the quiet news period of Christmas and New Year, as The Guardian reported, but [...]
David Hayes of Inside Story returns to British politics to “dig deep” into Ed Miliband as a possible prime minister, and then “stand back”.
Hayes quotes from father Ralph Miliband’s unpublished autobiography, “I have moved within a rather narrow spectrum, in some ways very narrow indeed,” and says: “The observation is even more true of his younger [...]
On a rough estimate, the UK needs an additional 250,000 new homes each year to meet rising demand, as the population grows and more people choose to live alone. That works out as around 62,500 a quarter. Yet we’re still well short of that target.
Yesterday’s post was given over to the latest Depression Diary instalment, so I didn’t get a chance to write about our visit to the SodaStream factory. Yes, that SodaStream factory, the one inside the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
Some people will need to hear no more. We all know what those settlers are like, [...]
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