The voting system for the European Parliament elections on Thursday is horrible. The closed-list proportional representation system was one of the less glorious legacies of the golden Blair years. You vote for a party and a phalanx of people, just names listed in the small print on the ballot paper, slope off to Brussels on [...]
This week’s Top 10 in the Independent on Sunday magazine is metatheses, the transposition of sounds in words.
Bird used to be brid (that’s not a misspelling, pictured, that’s etymology), wasp used to be waps and dusk used to be dox.
I could have had a separate category for people’s names. Matthew Bell says that in Nepal [...]
After posting last week’s Top 10 here, “Songs that mean the opposite of what most people think they mean”, I had some late nominations.
Stella Creasy: “In the Summertime”, by Mungo Jerry, as it’s about drink driving and date rape.
Tania Ziegler: “Young Girl”, by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, about underage sex with older man.
The UK Independence Party is heading for victory in next week’s European Parliament election, with the support of 35% of those who say they are “absolutely certain to vote”, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. This equals the record 11-point lead for UKIP reported by [...]
We had a problem with putting stuff from the Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review, online last weekend. While the boffins labour with something mysterious called CMS, I’ll post an image of it here.
We have a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As the European and local election campaigns reach fever pitch, and the Conservatives have taken the lead in some polls for general election voting intention, the results will be interesting.
In addition to asking people how they intend to [...]
I see that Norman Lamont, a once serious politician, has joined the idiot cry of “Blair to The Hague”.
He has written an article for the Daily Mail, most of which rehearses his arguments against the International Criminal Court and how this week’s announcement of a preliminary examination of British abuses in Iraq confirms that he [...]
Everyone knows that the gap between rich and poor in Britain is growing ever wider. After all, a French economist said so. Yet new figures published by the independent Office for National Statistics today, from the Wealth and Assets Survey 2010-12, show that there has been no change in the inequality of wealth since 2006.
I reproduce [...]
Notable outing by the next leader of the Labour Party, Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, in today’s Mirror. Recognising that UKIP is a threat to the Labour vote, there are no histrionics about Farage’s army of racists (unlike yesterday’s strange and strident Liberal Democrat attack video), but a serious attempt to engage with the reasons [...]
An entertaining side show at the start of Prime Minister’s Questions today, when Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (pictured), asked the first question. He asked if David Cameron were, “like Lord Mandelson, intensely relaxed about the filthy rich” – but as he finished his question, “becoming even richer”, a Labour MP [...]
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