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Category Archives: Democracy – the End

Labour policy: does the House of Lords need to go?

by Marrick on January 22, 2015

Ed Miliband announced in a speech to the Labour North West regional conference late last year that he plans not just to reform the House of Lords, but to abolish it altogether, replacing it with a fully elected “Senate”. Critics claim the House of Lords represents a unique resource of expertise which has been instrumental […]

I did not have lobbying with that Australian, says pudgy-faced Prime Minister

by Marrick on July 20, 2013

So, why won’t David Cameron confirm or deny that he discussed fracking with Lynton Crosby? I’m not suggesting any impropriety, despite Crosby’s close association with the fracking industry and the sudden and unexpected tax breaks offered to them. Neither am I suggesting that fracking is dangerous and likely to cause damage to the environment including […]

Are there parallels between Thatcher and Cameron?

by Marrick on April 8, 2013

“Thatcher is dead, long live Thatcherism” is the toast in a thousand London clubs as hard faced bankers get all dewy-eyed and sentimental about the late Tory leader and the most divisive Prime Minister of the second half of the twentieth century. In common with her acolytes, Cameron and Osborne, Thatcher was quick to give […]

Why Labour died a little bit yesterday

by Marrick on March 20, 2013

Bad move, Ed. Owen Jones MP puts it perfectly: Utterly disgraceful that the Labour leadership ordered their MPs to abstain on the Tory workfare bill today. It was an attack on the idea of a honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, and on the supposed rule of law. Kudos to the 40 or […]

It really, really is us versus them now

by Marrick on January 29, 2013

Governments don’t really pay back debt. They just roll it over. Economic growth, can reduce the % of debt to GDP, making previous borrowings increasingly less significant. The UK has debt exceeding 100% of GDP in 81 of the last 170 years, there has never been a crunch time, when it suddenly all had to […]

Why we should increase the number of MPs, not decrease them

by Marrick on October 15, 2012

We should be increasing the number of MPs, not decreasing them. As things stand the variable size of the constituencies means that some MPs represent more constituents than others, so something has to be done, but reducing them will decrease their availability to constituents. This increases what has become known as the democratic deficit. Reducing […]

Are you having a street party?

by Marrick on June 1, 2012

I really couldn##Q##t give a toss. Different strokes for different folks, but I do take exception to the enthusiasts trying to shove it down my throat when I say, “no I##Q##m not going to a Jubilee party”. I have made a point of not saying that I would prefer to line the ffwcers up in […]

Do millionaires pay enough tax?

by Marrick on April 23, 2012

The Office for National Statistics have issued some "facts". Their spin is that "while some multi-millionaires pay less tax than the rest of us, it seems most cough up their share." Official government figures show that 72% of those who earned £10m-plus in 010/11 paid tax at a rate of 40%. 12% paid tax at […]

Why has Labour taken a significant lead in the polls and can they sustain it?

by Marrick on March 28, 2012

Has Ed got it right? Can the man who the Conservative media are at great pains to paint as a poor leader be manoeuvring Labour into a winning position? Or are the Tories shooting themselves in the foot now, then hoping they can reap the benefits later?  As of today Labour are ten points clear […]

Shut it, fatty–this is an intelligent debate

by Marrick on March 6, 2012

I don’t very often rage at the telly: living-room rage is even worse for the heart than its road equivalent. This is mostly because there are far more opportunities for outrage coming from the goggle-box than anything my fellow motorists ever do. Last night, however, I had a little tantrum at an incident broadcast on […]