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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 […]

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 […]

Book review: The Summer Isles by Ian R MacLeod

by Marrick on September 10, 2012

I read this over the last week and heartily recommend it to everyone, whether they are fans of "alternative" fiction or not. MacLeod writes well enough for this wonderful novel to be categorised as "literary fiction", and for me it was one of those non-stop reads: I just couldn##Q##t put down. Unfortunately, the asking price […]

Direct Democracy: you makes your choice and you pays your money…

by Marrick on June 7, 2012

Direct democracy. What a wonderful phrase. Just roll it around on your tongue for a little while and savour the warm, juicy flavours of the brew. Direct democracy. Mmmm, if Nescafé could capture that aroma, they’d make a mint. So, what is this heady mixture? Here’s what Wikipedia says: Direct democracy (or pure democracy) is […]

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 […]

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 […]