Tag Archives: transparency

Facts – and what they mean

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that one of the things I care about is using facts and interpreting them in a meaningful way; using numbers and putting them into context. This week (first week in April 2018) … Continue reading

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UK-US TRADE DEAL TO BE SHROUDED IN SECRECY

This is the morning’s front page that greeted me on 21 December 2017. Several things immediately spring to the forefront of my mind: We weren’t supposed to start trade negotiations until after we’ve left the EU; so what is the … Continue reading

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How Low Have we Sunk?

Standards in public life are perceived to be at an all-time low. This is a problem. It is a problem because it means that people don’t trust politicians and all those associated with politics (and that includes many public servants). … Continue reading

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Democratic Deficit

I’ve written before about the antiquated and unfair voting system in the UK. But here, I’m going to widen this to look at the democratic system in the UK more broadly. We’ve just been subjected to weeks of rhetoric about … Continue reading

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TTIP – the discussion rolls on

The campaigns to stop the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue apace. And the same holds true for the Canada EU Trade Agreement (CETA). And we can’t afford to sit back and hope for the best, because our own … Continue reading

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Backbench Business in the House of Commons – What it does and doesn’t mean

Palestine vote: MPs take historic decision to recognise Palestinian state. That headline is from the Independent on 13 October 2014, the day the vote took place. I applaud this decision; indeed, think this is an immensely important moment. As other … Continue reading

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Data integrity – a clear imperative for all

So often you read stuff in the papers or hear data reported/analysed/ speculated on and when you think about the numbers you hear you wonder: do they make sense? Just today, I read an article saying that the UK was … Continue reading

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