Why a Conservative—Lib Dem coalition may not be a bad thing

No doubt, election night was a very disappointing one for me. I was involved in the Liberal Democrat campaign in Dunfermline, and I attended the count. There was disappointment in Dunfermline — but we always expected it to be very difficult to hang on there. So while it was very disappointing to lose in Dunfermline, […]

The man-made climate guilt trip

For the past couple of weeks, many big-wigs are meeting in Copenhagen for a chit-chat about climate change. This happens against the backdrop of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit email hacking. This is said by some to offer evidence that climate scientists have manipulated data in order to boost the case that […]

Product placement — contributing to The Pod Delusion

I’ve been thinking about getting involved in podcasting for a while now. So when I saw a favourite blogger of mine asking for contributors to a new podcast he was setting up, I thought it was the ideal opportunity to dip my toe in the water. The podcast is the idea of James O’Malley, a […]

Aftermath of the European Parliamentary election

The Europe-wide picture The consensus seems to be that, Europe-wide, it was a good election for the centre-right. It certainly seems as though the governing centre-left parties have taken a bit of a battering, while voters seem content with centre-right governments. Those of a socialist persuasion may well feel disgruntled. In the midst of an […]

Rebels turning to the Tories

Erk. I had a big pile of things I wanted to write about. But a lack of time and a mild bout of blog depression have meant I haven’t been updating. I didn’t realise my last post was as long ago as last Wednesday, but there we go. Anyway, before I can get motivated enough […]

The people who want control of the blogosphere

Last week I was in the pub talking to a friend and we were talking about blogging. This person doesn’t know much about it, but he knows that I’m heavily interested in it. (NB. This person is a Labour Party supporter, which explains a lot.) He asked me a really strange question. “So, who is […]

A brief thought on income tax

A mini debate was launched in the blogosphere earlier this week when the fledgling (Devil’s Kitchen-guided) Libertarian Party’s first policy was unveiled: abolish income tax. Mr Eugenides modestly claims that he inspired the policy. He also notes Iain Dale’s hostile, seemingly hypocritical, reaction. Iain Dale is right that the probability of doing away with income […]

I’m so lonely on this chart

I am in the run-up to a set of exams. And you know what that means. Lots of procrastination, although very little actual blogging. I have just retaken the Political Compass test. I have come out as: Economic Left/Right: 1.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21 This is the first time I have appeared on the right on […]

Adrw

Last week there was a good post at Stumbling and Mumbling. I didn’t link to it at the time as it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone that “left” and “right” are nothing more than meaningless bogey-terms. We all love to wear hats though, so the usual response to this is to create […]

Flat tax

The left and flat taxes. You hear more and more discussion about flat taxes every week now. I’m still to make up my mind, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.