Category Archives: Politics

The UKIP Fox-hunter, or, “How nothing much has changed in British politics in 300 years”

UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has an excellent piece in the Daily Mail on the folly of xenophobia. I was very disappointed that he felt the need to leave the Tory Party and join up with UKIP, so many of whose … Continue reading

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UKIP Holocaust Row Looms As Mr Denny Disappears

I have long had doubts about the suitability of UKIP’s newly-binned prospective Parliamentary candidate for Porstmouth South, Douglas Denny. When I first heard he had been selected by the local party, a quick bit of Googling soon revealed something of … Continue reading

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MPs and the Internet

The Labour MP John Mann secured an adjournment debate in the Commons on Tuesday night, taking as his topic “Internet Abuse of Members of Parliament”. Last week, on Wednesday, he had a series of points of order after PMQs foreshadowing … Continue reading

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Feminism, teeshirts, and PR disasters

I’d been planning to write something quick in response to an article that Gaby Hinsliff wrote for The Guardian. It was a very fair piece on feminism barring one or two quibbles, which I had wanted to contest.  However, then … Continue reading

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Anti-terror Raids in Portsmouth

The aftermath of the “terror arrests” in Hudson Rd in Portsmouth has been all over the front pages of The News for the last few days, so I’ll assume familiarity with the case and dive straight in.  But if you … Continue reading

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Labour Conference – Alexander Amazes the Audience, Keith Gets Confused

I had the Labour Conference on the telly earlier in the background, and caught the speeches on International Development and Foreign Affairs.  To start with, I thought the BBC were televising the wrong event, as the stage has a garish … Continue reading

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Mike Hancock interviewed on Radio Solent 2/9/14

Radio Solent were yesterday trailing an interview with Mike Hancock, which apparently culminated in him hanging up on interviewer Jessica Parker.  Sadly, we didn’t get to hear the full version this morning, which is understandable in one sense as there … Continue reading

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Rotherham

The news about the long-running operation of rape gangs in Rotherham exploded across the media with the force of Krakatoa (which blew up on this day in 1883).  But it’s not the first case of this kind – there have … Continue reading

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St James’ Hospital Consultation

Plans go before the Cabinet tomorrow from PCC officers recommending guideline figures for how much housing could be built at St James’ Hospital. The NHS has started to sell it off for housing development, and it is vital that PCC … Continue reading

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Recalling Parliament

It seemed to me to be idiotic of Parliament to adjourn for the summer on July 22nd just as the crisis in the Middle East escalated to new levels of atrocity.  There were some murmurings from more astute MPs that … Continue reading

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