Can confidence in the historic child abuse inquiry be restored?

Can confidence in the historic child abuse inquiry be restored?

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May you live in interesting times…

It has become something of a cliché to say you can’t believe everything (or, indeed, anything) that you read in the papers. Increasingly the same is true of Twitter, unfiltered as it is and accessible to anyone with a digit to type with and an axe to grind. All clichés contain some degree of truth,… Continue reading May you live in interesting times…

The Tories and housing: A history of violence.

The following was written by Steve Topple | @MrTopple On Monday, the much-maligned “Housing and Planning Bill” gets its second reading in Parliament. While the detail of the bill has been well publicised (extending “Right to Buy” to housing association properties, forcing local authorities to sell off their most valuable stock), the drip-drip of information… Continue reading The Tories and housing: A history of violence.

Disenfranchised and disconnected; isn’t this exactly how the Tories would like us to feel?

The following was written by T J D | @elephantlass    Joining the Dots… It is often remarked upon how disconnected many voters feel from the ‘political elite’ in Westminster. The usual reason given for this is that MPs are part of a self serving and self enriching government elite: they represent no one but… Continue reading Disenfranchised and disconnected; isn’t this exactly how the Tories would like us to feel?

Seven, or is it eight million people have ‘dropped off’ the electoral register in Britain?

The following was written by Paula Sharratt    World population 7 billion (source, United States Census Bureau) Now if seven, or eight million people had drowned… But like migrants fleeing war becoming numbers and ‘quotas’, so the excoriatingly slow process of disenfranchisement has been creeping up on us all in Britain. And we’re all the… Continue reading Seven, or is it eight million people have ‘dropped off’ the electoral register in Britain?

Do we have to wait until 2020 to get rid of the Tories?

Petition: Repeal the Fixed-Term Parliament Act 2011 The following is from Chris Blackmore @RebetikoWalrus   https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/108447/ In 2011, the coalition made up of the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrat Party passed the Fixed Length Parliaments Act 2011. The effect of this is that there can only be General Elections every five years, and that means… Continue reading Do we have to wait until 2020 to get rid of the Tories?