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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 […]

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 […]

Labour must look to the grey vote to win in 2015

by Marrick on November 18, 2012

The latest You Gov / Sun poll has thrown up some interesting strategic conundrums for Labour In Scotland, on the national level, Labour (64) has surged ahead of both the Nationalists (19) and the Tories (11). Effectively, the Tories are finished North of the border and Labour##Q##s "No" stance to independence isn##Q##t affecting their popularity […]

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 […]

An English speaker’s guide to pronouncing Welsh

by Marrick on September 23, 2011

Cymraeg: the language of the Land of Brothers (Cymru)   Welsh is easier to pronounce than an English reader might imagine. There’s an excellent explanation of how to cope with Welsh pronunciation on Linguata’s site: http://www.linguata.com/welsh/welsh-pronunciation.html In short, here are some useful tips: 1) Stress falls on the last syllable by one. There are a […]