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The Palestinian [Non-] Authority…, Notebook

The Palestinian [Non-] Authority…

Is it only me who finds something strange about the following sequence of events?

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 3:44 pm

1931 And All That, Part II, Eagle Eye

1931 And All That, Part II

3 February 1931 The Prime Minister (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald) (right):
Then we come to the point made by the right hon. Member for Chelsea (Sir S. Hoare) yesterday. He said that in the case of candidates A, B and C, that when C is eliminated and his second votes are added to the first votes of A [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 3:12 pm

1931 And All That, Part I, Eagle Eye

1931 And All That, Part I

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 2:37 pm

Does the Alternative Vote Bring Tyranny to Australia?, Eagle Eye

Does the Alternative Vote Bring Tyranny to Australia?

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 2:07 pm

The war for Cameron’s ear, Eagle Eye

The war for Cameron’s ear

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.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 1:56 pm

To Big Govern or not to Big Govern?, McSmith

To Big Govern or not to Big Govern?

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 [...]

By | McSmith, Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 1:43 pm

Vote Yes to AV for Mass Unemployment, Eagle Eye

Vote Yes to AV for Mass Unemployment

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 1:35 pm

Best of British gaming: Charles Cecil, Notebook

Best of British gaming: Charles Cecil

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.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 12:37 pm

In it for the long run: not running, Sport

In it for the long run: not running

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.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 11:44 am

Caught & Social: King of the after party, Notebook

Caught & Social: King of the after party

Gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 11:40 am

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