Monthly Archives: April 2011

Conservative leaders are not elected by a form of AV

Why on earth do supporters of the Alternative Vote (AV) claim that the Conservative Party uses a form of AV to elect its leader?  Paddy Ashdown was doing it earlier today.  Some also claim that the French elect their  president … Continue reading

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What a journey

I see that the radio programme ‘Any Questions’ was cancelled last night because the panellists could not get to Durham for the programme.  I think I know why. I was speaking yesterday, on the Big Society and universities, at a … Continue reading

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Any guesses?

Any guesses as to what the turnout will be in the referendum on 5 May?  I may offer a prize if any reader gets it more or less spot on…

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Getting old?

Some young people If you are prone to say ‘I remember when..’ you may be getting on a little.  (Mind you, it is when you say ‘I can’t remember…’ that you need to worry.)   Anyway, I thought I would devise a … Continue reading

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That was quick

Biteback Publications show how quickly publishers can publish books: Biteback, for example, published Rob Wilson’s 5 Days to Power and David Laws’ 22 Days in May extremely quickly.  The only downside with such publications is that they lack indexes, though … Continue reading

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The nature of faith

One evening, some weeks ago, as I was walking along Albert Embankment on the way from Westminster to my flat, I began to ponder the meaning of faith (as one does).   It makes a change from thinking what one should … Continue reading

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Not a strong argument

The Deputy Prime Minister is today arguing the case for AV.  Or rather he is making claims without apparently advancing any substantive arguments.  Saying that in future the arguments against AV will appear as nonsensical as those used against giving … Continue reading

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