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2 February 1931 John Clynes (Lab), Home Secretary (right):
It is not claimed for the alternative vote that it is an absolutely accurate method. Even in this matter, as in so many other matters, a Labour Government must fall short of absolute perfection. It does, however, prevent the election of a candidate against the wishes of [...]
Number 510 in the never-ending series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Antony Green, an Australian elections pundit.
It recalls the contribution made to the debate in the House of Commons on 4 March 1931 by Captain Anthony Eden (right):
I happened to be in Australia in 1925 when, by the working of this [...]
A civil war seems to have broken out among David Cameron’s Big Society advisers. I noted last week that Philip Blond took a swipe at the Treasury for jeopardising the project with its “Thatcherism redux”.
Now the Thatcherites have struck back.
A curious juxtaposition. This is David Cameron, speaking yesterday on the Big Society:
“Too many people have stopped taking responsibility for their lives and for the people around them. Why?
Now I don’t think this has happened because we’ve somehow become bad people. I think at its core, it’s the consequence of years and years of Big [...]
I promised not to write any more about the Alternative Vote in the newspaper, but I am still allowed to go on about it here. I am in favour of AV in principle, and opposed to proportional representation. It is not the most important thing, but it is a simple change that would give everyone [...]
In the second of our five-part series profiling the developers who have helped put the UK on the videogame map, David Crookes interviews adventure game stalwart Charles Cecil.
On Sunday I had a lie in. With my newspaper and cup of tea in bed it had all the hallmarks of an enjoyable, lazy Sunday morning. Except it wasn’t. Because instead of reading about the Egyptian situation and the latest film reviews, I should have been lined up to start a half marathon race.
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Dan Hodges. Wrong on AV. Right about the Big Society. His post at Labour Uncut is excellent:
The prime minister announced, with a flourish, his ‘big idea’. ‘Our purse is empty. But do not worry. The voluntary sector will shoulder the burden.’ The volunteers looked up with a start. ‘But we can’t. You’ve taken all our [...]
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