Tag Archives: UK

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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Vote for Policies Take 2

In January 2014, I came across a website called ‘Vote for Policies’ and I wrote about it here. Then, the basis of the survey and analysis were the 2010 manifestos of six political parties. Vote for Policies has just launched … Continue reading

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Participation, Politics and Constitutional Reform

I thought I’d write about something light for a change! No, seriously, the reason I’m writing this blog is three-fold – I care about electoral systems and about electoral reform in the UK because I firmly believe an intrinsically unfair … Continue reading

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Cameron’s approach to European Commission Presidency – a failed strategy based on wilful ignorance

Ever since the European Parliament elections, David Cameron has been in the headlines on the subject of who should, and shouldn’t be the next European Commission President. Of course, Cameron was and is playing to the UKIP gallery; a failed … Continue reading

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Welfare cuts – some hard but essential truths behind the hype

This will be a very short post. I have just come across a report by the Centre for Welfare Reform called ‘Counting the Costs’; this assesses in significant detail (and using government figures) the impact on different groups in society … Continue reading

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Immigration – does the government have it all wrong?

Two different stories have been in the headlines recently. I haven’t seen them connected anywhere. So I thought I would draw some lines between them and see what they have to do with each other. Immigration Cases Backlog hits half … Continue reading

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