Local politics

Comrades! Celebrate Labour’s revolutionary delusions

Comrades! You might have seen the invitation on Twitter, but just in case you haven’t the Whitstable Labour Club would like to invite you to celebrate 100 years since the glorious Russian revolution, that peaceful transfer of power that ushered out the Tsar, replacing him with a workers paradise. They’ll be beer, prosecco, and maybe …

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The Left doesn’t get to choose what’s right

The left is on the move again. Not another leadership election (not yet anyhow) but a march; a protest, a demonstration, just like the old days. And these terrifyingly modern days too, come to think of it. Because history is repeating itself, only this time with the distortion and hysteria turned up even more. And …

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Primary colours

My talents for political prediction are terrible. It’s why I have a draw full of Vote 2016 paraphernalia from the US that will never see a relevant light of day. I followed the Republican primaries in detail right up until the point Ted Cruz threw in the towel. As they got under way Chris Christie …

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If we Vote Remain

. My heart hasn’t really been in politics since the events of last week. So with less than a week left to go this will (hopefully) be the last thing I say as a Vote Leave supporter on the EU referendum. I’ve no idea who will win, but if it’s the Remain argument, then so …

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With thanks to Roger Scruton

I joined the Conservative Party in early 2010 (having officially cut ties with the Greens a few years earlier), but I didn’t really come to think of myself as conservative until two years later, and that was because of Roger Scruton. Scruton, who received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list, is one of the …

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Politics on its head in the EU Referendum

I’m now hanging on just hoping things don’t get any worse. Each side of the EU referendum campaignhas barked so much nonsense and misinformation across the airwaves that anyone not now holding their hands over their ears making la-la-la sounds should have their head examined. This queasy feeling I have is because politics has been turned …

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The day John Prescott punched my (TV) lights out

On Tuesday this week it’s 15 years since one of the iconic moments of the 2001 election, which also happened to coincide with my first appearance on television. In the 2001 General Election, I was a candidate for the Green Party in the Cardiff Central constituency. At 24 I was convinced I knew the solution …

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Convictions unchanged at the EU Referendum debate?

The short version Bees are the most important issue in this entire EU referendum debate. We’re going to lose them all, it will be the end of the world, and someone has to take the blame dammit. The long version Simon Warley (Labour) was a very good, likable speaker. He was generally positive, and pointed out all the funding …

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Daffodils

These are the daffodils outside my grandmother’s house. She died a little more than a week ago now and my wife and I went north, to Yorkshire, for her funeral last week. Stories were told and memories shared, all of which helped soften our loss a little. The most familiar recollections were of my Gran’s …

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I’m for democracy. So I stand with Israel

I’m currently on the fourth draft of an email in reply to someone who wrote to me about a national issue relating to local government (pensions, and where they can be invested). It’s normally when I get to draft seventh or eighth draft that I calm down a bit. That’s when I find a polite …

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