Category Politics

It’s The Little Words Which Make All The Difference

Today the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss MP, was summoned to the House of Commons to answer an Urgent Question tabled by Crispin Blunt MP. This followed her written statement on Gender Recognition Act reform on Tuesday 22 September. Using a written statement means that the Government Minister tabling it doesn’t […]

It’s Women’s Problem Now

I have just written to my MP regarding the apparent proposal on the front page of today’s Sunday Times – that “protections will be offered to safeguard female-only spaces, including refuges and public lavatories, to stop them being used by those with male anatomy.” I also copied in Marsha de Cordova, Anne McLaughlin and Christine […]

Look What You Could Have Won (2019 version)

As in 2015 and 2017, I’ve done a little thought exercise about what would have potentially happened in the recent General Election had the single transferable vote method been used to elect MPs. The usual caveats apply, especially as the number of tactical voters this time is supposed to have been much higher than normal […]

The Decision is Made

The medium term repercussions for the union of the United Kingdom also look terminal.

Tiggers

People join political parties for all sorts of reasons. They could be inspired by a vision, angry about a particular issue, motivated by the faint whiff of power, out of loyalty to a friend. And presumably people leave political parties for a similar number of reasons. This week has seen 12 MPs resign from their […]

The Multiheaded Hydra that is Brexit

The level of government and political instability has reached such a point that I’m now asked if there will be a General Election on a daily basis. This post is an attempt to lay out what I think the main options are going forwards, and discuss the issues which arise from each one. Undoubtably there […]

Stopping Brexit – Referendum or General Election?

Over recent months the People’s Vote campaign has gained some considerable momentum, with polls in August and September indicating that slightly more people now want a referendum on the final Brexit deal than don’t. The talk today has been whether the Labour Party will swing behind this (some of the unions already have) or whether […]

And I Would Walk With One Hundred Thousand

Today I was with well over 100,000 others marching to protest for a People’s Vote on the EU. Photo from ITN News website As it becomes ever more clear that labeling the facts as Project Fear was a diversionary tactic, and businesses are assessing whether they can continue in the UK, people from across the […]

PRESS RELEASE – Helen Belcher re-selected by Chippenham Lib Dems

F FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday 13 April 2018 Helen Belcher was re-selected as the Liberal Democrats’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham at a packed meeting in Melksham on Thursday evening. Over 100 party members crowded into the pavilion in King George V Park to hear three strong candidates express their views on international relations, local […]

A Tale of Two Countries

Britain seems like two countries right now. I don’t mean England and Scotland (apologies to Wales – and Northern Ireland, assuming you take a liberal interpretation of “Britain”). Rather we seem to be divided into two tribes, those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain. And, like the UK and the USA, we are […]