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Green Party policy would hit the poor

by Marrick on January 28, 2015

It seems that the flagship policy of a Citizen’s Income is in tatters. See the Guardian article for more details, but in a nutshell: the Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT), a much cited body by the Greens has modelled the policy. The net result is more than one in three households would be losers. “The trust’s […]

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 […]

Going nuclear

by Marrick on October 22, 2013

So, we’re handing billions to France and China to build something we used to build ourselves, then guaranteeing them a huge profit on the deal for 35 years. We will pick up the tab. Three thoughts on this: hasn’t privatisation worked well eh? (answer = no). What has happened to the Tory’s free market principles? […]

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 […]

Wrong time, wrong message, just plain wrong

by Marrick on July 1, 2013

"Ministers yesterday admitted they are powerless to stop any rise ordered by Ipsa, and party leaders may have to shame their MPs to turn down any inflation–busting pay increase." Francis Maude speaking on Sky News: "It’s not in my control, it’s in the control of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. It isn’t even in the […]

Ed: now is the moment

by Marrick on June 27, 2013

The Spending Review has not gone well with the public. After weeks of Labour slipping in the polls, and the gap narrowing between Labour and the Tories to 38/32 in one case, the overnight poll from You Gov has come up with this startling reversal: From today’s Sun/YouGov poll: Labour 42 Conservatives 31 Lib Dems […]

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 […]

Why Orange’s price hike isn’t as fair as it seems

by Marrick on March 11, 2013

I’ve just had notification from Orange that my two accounts with them (mine and my son’s) are going up from April “because of inflation” by just over 3%. On the surface this seems fine – that’s roughly the rate of inflation, but if you consider that a large element of the bill goes to paying […]

Eastleigh Blues

by Marrick on February 28, 2013

The press have been working hard to undermine the Liberal Democrats in the run up to the by-election, but the anti-Tory feeling is running high. The electorate seems to have turned against the government and their divisive and failing economic policies and it may well be that despite a massive amount of money being pumped […]