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March for the Alternative

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Meet the Big Society: [swfobj src=”” height=”500″ width=”640″] The March for the Alternative, as viewed from the Royal Festival Hall as it set off around midday. Move mouse over image to pan. So yesterday I went to protest the Government’s agenda of public sector and welfare cuts. About 400,000 of us marched slowly and peacefully through London to Hyde Park, although from reading the papers today you’d think that we all took part in some […]

Cameron’s “complicated AV” con

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fuckwittery / politics

David Cameron, today, on the AV system: Yes, there’s a superficial simplicity in getting people to rank candidates in an order of preference… …and redistributing votes until someone gets fifty percent. But it’s a lot more complicated than that. Here’s a passage from a book detailing how the Alternative Vote system works: “As the process continues the preferences allocated to the remaining candidates may not be the second choices of those electors whose first-choice candidates […]

Eric Pickles declares war on the War on Christmas. Also, Narnia..

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Eric Pickles is the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. He is also, it seems, prone to parroting any old bullshit from the Daily Mail. Viz: “Councils should take pride in Christmas celebrations“. “The War on Christmas is over, and likes of Winterval, Winter Lights and Luminous deserve to be in the dustbin of history. Mr Pickles explained that the Christian festival has previously been ambushed by those intent on re-branding Christmas as […]

Lewisham East Candidate Expenses

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You’ve probably seen Channel 4’s report on campaigning expenses, and Zac Goldsmith’s rather bizarre attempt to ignore every rule of media training in addressing the allegations made against his campaign. In any case, once he did finally turn to the matter at hand, one of Mr Goldsmith’s key arguments seems to be that the methods he used in his campaign – apportioning a percentage of costs for signs bearing his name and face to council […]