Inevitably, following a triumphant “summer of sporting success”, inches of newspaper are being devoted to this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Nominations though for a hypothetical Political Personality of the Year are somewhat thinner on the ground. The hands-down winner to date is one Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson commonly known as Boris or by the portmanteau ‘BoJo’.
The general perception of a politically active young person is that they have been “politicized” by their parents. Never would the average teenager wish to engage in anything that even resembles political debate. Those who do are not only uncool, they wear blazers and they feature in BBC documentaries.
This year has seen a string of catastrophic events, including significant errors made by government ministers, piling more pressure on Cameron – as with each occasion the buck ultimately stops with him – and once again his judgment is under the spotlight.
At the weekend we splashed on how 26 per cent of Tory voters would “seriously consider” voting for UKIP, after 10 per cent have already made the switch. I went back to ComRes to find out where the other parties vote has gone. This is what the results show – and they make grim reading for Nick Clegg.
Last night, I sat in City Hall as Ken Livingstone’s political career ended; bizarrely, my parents were there as it was beginning. Back in the early 1970s, they were all members of Norwood Labour party’s insurgent left, battling the party’s right together following the perceived disappointments and betrayals of Harold Wilson’s Government. And so began a two-pronged struggle that would mark the rest of Ken’s career: against the Tories on the one hand, and the right-wing flank of his own party.
The Conservatives’ passion for the Big Society chimes with a deep human desire to be an esteemed and popular part of a social group – whether it be a family, a peer group or a neighbourhood. Indeed, psychologists report that even the most ambitious people – doggedly independent, seemingly – are actually motivated by a longing to achieve membership of some exclusive grouping.
There’s no love lost between many Labour activists and George Galloway: but hatred has a tendency to blind, and it is the overriding reason that a man widely ridiculed for posturing as a cat on Celebrity Big Brother is underestimated again and again.
The electorate punished the Liberal Democrats in the local elections. But the UK is becoming more liberal. And this is why the Tories, despite calls for Cameron to go the polls now, should stay in coalition with the Liberals.
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 [...]
The news that two gay asylum seekers fighting deportation have been given leave to stay in UK by the Supreme Court, is a welcome one.
The men, from Cameroon and Iran respectively, sought to challenge the previous government’s contention that they had no grounds for asylum as they could move “elsewhere” in their home states and [...]
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