I agree with Nick

I watched the first ever UK General Election Leader’s debate on TV last night. I was struck by a number of things. The first was that it was actually quite engaging.  There was always a fear that the huge list of rules and guideline that the Parties had come up with to minimise the possibility Read More …

Inspire me… please!

So far the General Election campaign has been about choosing the least bad of who cares. An argument about increasing VAT or National Insurance isn’t motivating me. A thought struck me today about David Cameron’s ‘change’ mantra… Why? Why choose ‘change’ as the theme of the Conservative election campaign? For a start, he’s not a Read More …

wash up white wash

For the last two nights I’ve watched the Digital Economy Bill‘s passage through the House of Commons. The Bill, one of the most controversial for years, was placed in ‘Wash Up’ following the calling of the General Election.  Wash Up truncates the legislative process.  Instead of 2 readings and a committee stage which can last Read More …

and so it begins

This morning the Queen gave permission for Parliament to be dissolved and a General Election to be called for May 6. The way in which Brown and Cameron launched their campaigns has been quite different and I think this campaign will be interesting in a whole range of ways: the leadership debates For the first Read More …

Robin Hood Tax

My employer, The United Reformed Church, has given its full support of the ‘Robin Hood Tax’ campaign launched on 10 February by a broad coalition of domestic charities, aid agencies, unions, faith organisations and green groups. I don’t like the name but I do support the idea. The campaign is calling on the leaders of Read More …

Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

Today Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  He was apparently chosen as the recipient just two weeks into his presidency when he had achieved… nothing.  When he had brought peace to… nowhere.  It seems like this was an award for potential. I like Obama.  I think he has courage and vision and a Read More …