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 […]

A second opinion

A couple of tools have emerged in the run-up to the European elections. They aim to help people decide who they should vote for. This is nothing new — nowadays every election comes with its own similar tools. They are the cousins of Political Compass and the like. While they may not be totally scientific, […]

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 […]

The greatest argument against representative democracy

No, it’s not a five minute chat with an average member of the public. It’s a cursory glance at the blog of your representatives. Scottish bloggers continue, even after all these weeks, to stare at Councillor Terry Kelly’s blog with astonishment. If anybody wants to know what I mean when I say parts of Scotland […]

Setting the record straight

I have found, via Will P, that Councillor Terry Kelly has responded to the latest post I wrote at Scottish Blogging Roundup. He claims that he tried to leave a comment but couldn’t work out how to. (It’s dead easy by the way, just follow the ‘Comments’ link and type your comment and hit ‘Submit […]

Bob Piper isn’t a racist. He’s just a loud-mouthed boor

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging over these past few days. I haven’t even been reading blogs — at all. Just in preparation for my last exam tomorrow, then I will start up again. I had been completely missing the whole Bob Piper hoo-ha that was going on over the weekend. The […]

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 […]

Anti-Americanism

I was going to post about this yesterday but I forgot due to my Formula 1 fume (which is still going on today). Third Avenue has another great post at The Sharpener, about what “anti-Americanism” is supposed to be exactly. I have often felt that it is just an attempt by those on the right […]