Time To Abolish Political Parties?
Over the years we've extended the right to vote to all our adult citizens in a desire to have a representative democracy, is it now time to take the final, logical step in that process and abolish political parties? Where once they were mass movements they've slowly restricted the influence of their members, driving down membership numbers to become almost wholly reliant on the donations of a few unions and millionaires.
Time for the beauty contest
Now that Gordon Brown has spoken (and spoken, and spoken), it's time for the runners and riders for the succession to sashay down the
Libdemologists: Insufficient Deaths, Too Much Rain
Hot on the heels of bankrupt Liverpool it seems the Lib Con alliance in Birmingham are looking for scapegoats as their budget runs riot. Just as well that the Libdemologists and Con merchants themselves who set the budget are not to blame. If so there could be a rout at the polls next May. So just who are the guilty parties? According to the Birmingham Post the buck passing Lib Cons say main culprits are:
Ahmedinajad - not a nice guy
Mahmoud Ahmedinajad appeared at
Get ready for a short, sharp campaign
Labour 07: Gordon Brown is not a ditherer, and I predict he will announce the election very soon.
Labour lead opinion polls are a load of rubbish.
I have come to the conclusion that the opinion polls that have been published over the last three months are a total and utter load of codswallop. I don't know of anyone who is not annoyed in some way or other with Gordon Brown. If you don't believe me go to the BBC News site and have a look at the Have your say section on Gordon's speech.
A step backwards
Labour 07: The big unions have fallen on their swords; from now on, party conferences can be little more than a media showcase.
Another change in Leadership
This one is in the Green Party: Shiona Baird will no longer be one of the Greens' Co-Conveners. Alison Johnstone has been nominated in her place, pending approval by the party membership. Johnstone is one of the Greens' three Councillors in
How difficult is it to have cleaner hospitals?
One of the Conservatives more memorable lines from 2005 has now been answered. The answer is “very” for some NHS hospitals. Today we will learn that the problem is so worrying the government willl spend more of our money on a new regulator to supervise hospital cleanliness, and on a deep clean for every NHS hospital in the land.
Election on November 1st?! Do me a favour!
Nick Robinson says he has it sound authority that the government will not call an election for October 25th. So, those still gullible enough to be drawn along by this "snap" election nonsense are now looking at November 1st. Do me a favour. It's not going to happen.
Where are the new ideas (on the left)?
It would not have gone unnoticed by many that the Labour Party and the Conservatives increasingly sound the same on many issues.
Avoiding the issue?
Labour 07: Despite debating immigration, Labour seems unwilling to formulate coherent policy.