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Wednesday 29 July 2009
Part 1 of an occasional series. First, everyone, apart from elected representatives, agrees that all elected representatives are lying, thieving and cheating scumbags.
Tuesday 16 June 2009
The public relations guru who helped rescue the Royal Family's reputation after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales is to become Gordon Brown's new director of communications, Downing Street said today.
Saturday 30 May 2009
Wednesday 27 May 2009
In the wake of the expenses scandal, we are living in potentially revolutionary times. After decades of growing disenchantment with our political system, many voters are restless and seeking genuine change to the way in which this nation is governed.
Wednesday 29 April 2009
The 7 July bombings were the largest peacetime attack in mainland Britain and we are still feeling the effects. The verdicts make dealing with Laura's death more difficult from the point of view of wanting answers, wanting to know why people did what they did, and wanting to see some form of justice being done. It makes it hard. But we have to respect that we have due process, and don't assume someone is guilty.
Thursday 22 January 2009
Westminister was the stage for a political farce yesterday. In the morning, the Prime Minister's spokesman announced that a Commons vote on exempting MPs expenses from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act would go ahead as planned. But by noon, the line from Downing Street had changed and it said there would be further consultation on the matter. Shortly afterwards, Gordon Brown sought to pin the blame for the reversal on the Opposition, although quite why the Prime Minister needs the approval of the Tories to hold a Commons vote went unexplained.
Tuesday 30 December 2008
An alliance led by Bangladesh's former prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken an early lead in unofficial results from yesterday's parliamentary polls, election officials said.
Thursday 11 December 2008
<a href="http://angela-harris.livejournal.com/620.html">Angela Harris: Lord Russell-Johnston's defence of democracy</a>
Thursday 27 November 2008
I want to pay a special tribute to the late Lord Russell-Johnston, a proud defender of the Liberal way and a man who in many ways brought Scotland to Europe. For anyone to hold a seat in Parliament for 33 years is a remarkable achievement, but Lord Russell-Johnston was more importantly a man of political passion and ethics.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/the-life-browser-democratic-choices.html">The Life Browser: Democratic choices</a>
Monday 24 November 2008
On the web today...
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/keen_on_new_media-1/">Andrew Keen: Interactivism</a>
Friday 31 October 2008
Thanks to the Guardian's digital supremo Emily Bell, direct electronic democracy now has a name. It's called interactivism.
Wednesday 24 September 2008
In the early 1990s, before he was president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki predicted the ruling African National Congress would split when the country's politics had normalised.
Monday 15 September 2008
Political blog sites are growing like topsy. But which site is the most influential? Nigel Morris chooses his 10 favourites.
Sunday 27 July 2008
Democracy is in crisis, suggests Paul Ginsborg. Although, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been an increase in the number of countries belonging to the United Nations which can be "broadly defined as democratic" (120 out of 192 by 2000), he argues that the quality of democracy has sharply declined and the nature of politics has changed. This book, which uses the work of Karl Marx and John Stuart Mill as a backdrop, feels more in tune with the kind of active, engaged political process people are increasingly being deprived of.
Tuesday 25 March 2008
By Simon Denyer in Thimpu
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
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