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A Brief Explanation of What’s Been Happening in UK Politics For Those Who Don’t Understand

This is primarily aimed at my North American friends, many of whom want to know why every single person in the UK has been screaming about political stuff for several weeks. The first thing you need to understand is that … Continue reading

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On “Progressive Alliances” and Lib-Labbery

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how what is needed to defeat the Tories is a “progressive alliance”, between Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens, the SNP, and presumably the Monster Raving Loony Party and anyone else who … Continue reading

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Lib Dem Misconceptions: The Alliance Parties

This is number one of what may or may not be an occasional series of posts, about what people outside the party get completely wrong about the Lib Dems. In this case, I want to talk about the pat summary … Continue reading

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Highlights of the Lib Dem Manifesto

I’ve had a look through the Lib Dem manifesto today, because of course I have. It’s long — something like three times as long as the larger parties’ — and full of detail (as someone — I’m afraid I can’t … Continue reading

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Against Primaries

One of the things I’ve been seeing a lot recently is the repetition by people who should know better of the idea that what we need in British politics is primary elections. It started with the Tories, who are more … Continue reading

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The Liberal Future: Direct Democracy vs Representative Democracy

This is something I’ve talked about here before, but only in comments, and it’s a subject that keeps coming up, so I thought I’d better make it a main post. My single biggest political issue, the one I care about … Continue reading

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If Compulsory Voting Is The Answer, You’re Asking The Wrong Question

Last week’s election raised a lot of questions, including “should Nick Clegg resign?”, “should people calling for Nick Clegg to resign shut up?” and “why didn’t you vote for me? Is it because I smell?” (that last one mostly being … Continue reading

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