Tag: uk_politics

June 9, 2012

Earlier, I mentioned that South Kestevan had started charging for collection of garden waste. I wasn’t completely right, in that I said that the charge was applied from April. In fact, they only applied it from this week. However, lack of communication from South Kestevan…

May 23, 2012

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/22/prisoners-right-to-vote-echr?newsfeed=true The European Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed its decision that the UK must comply with ruling that prisoners cannot be arbitarally disenfranchised. Of course, it means the comments section of the Daily Mail (and, surprisingly, The Guardian) are full of ravings about giving…

May 16, 2012

South Kestevan, my district council, has a fairly good record for recycling; both of plastics/paper, and of garden waste and green kitchen waste. Up until this year, you could leave garden/kitchen waste for collection either by purchasing authorised bags (which cost 50p per bag), or…

May 7, 2012

There’s been much in the papers recently about David Cameron’s ideas for “saving our children” from porn. This is not a new idea on his part, but he’s recently raised it again, presumably to distract people from the drubbing his party has just got in…

February 23, 2012

On BBC Question Time tonight, Ed Vaizey was asserting that RBS shares were up. David Dimbleby disagreed – “They are 40% down on last year.” This is where Ed Vaizey, grasping at straws, actually said “Well they are up on their lowest point”. Well, duh.

January 9, 2012

Further to my earlier post on this subject. Following ‘s comment, I followed up my email to my MP with similar emails to my MEPs, also using http://www.writetothem.com/. I’ve had an acknowledgement from my MP’s office, but I know a reply will normally take a…

December 18, 2011
November 1, 2011

Just browsing Google News at lunchtime let me to read these two articles in succession. http://news.sky.com/home/politics/article/16100911 ‘Suppressing social networks or mobile phones at times of unrest is “unacceptable”, the Foreign Secretary has told a global summit on cyber-crime.’ ‘Human rights such as privacy and freedom…

January 29, 2011

A remark on the News Quiz today regarding the proposed selling off of publicly owned Forestry Commision woodlands intrigued me. The comment was made by show host Sandy Toksvig: “…the first tranche of the forests, if they sell them off, is going to raise a…

January 10, 2011

Interesting to hear the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, on the Today programme this morning. Not that much information was imparted that was of interest, but more the manner in which he spoke: a) Wherever possible, in answering a questions, mention how it’s all Labour’s…

January 8, 2011

So there is justice in the world, after all. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/jan/07/mps-expenses-david-chaytor-jailed. Hopefully the first of many, who fiddled their expenses while supposedly representing us in parliament. In particular, I liked the part where the judge refused to give him the usual 33% discount on his sentance…

September 26, 2010

I realise that blogging about politics is always dangerous, but here goes. Ed Milliband is now leader of the Labour party and has declared that New Labour is dead, although there are no plans for a “lurch to the left”. This is promising news to…