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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 […]

Sometimes… they ARE all the same

by Marrick on January 25, 2014

UKIP voters often cite amongst their reasons: "I’m fed up with politicians, they’re all the same". So instead they vote for a former Conservative Party member, who is the son of an alcoholic stock broker, went to public school and became a commodity broker for Drexel Burnham Lambert, then Credit Lyonnais Rouse. In his first […]

Republicans need to get real–the Queen ain’t going anywhere

by Marrick on June 5, 2012

I hold the view that Britain would be better off as a republic. To my regret, that isn’t going to happen any time soon. This is because the British public hold the view that we are better off under a Monarchy than we would be as a fully democratic state. This is something the republican […]

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 […]

What a long way we’ve come

by Marrick on January 17, 2012

This is a newspaper advertisement from the 1960s. The open and naked prejudice of it is staggering in this day and age, but it was still only forty odd years ago. Today, of course, the modern Conservative Party has moved on from this and now embraces a non-discriminatory stance. I’m glad about that, not just […]