Impartiality, QT, and the BBC

Posted on February 24, 2020

I tend to play cricket on Thursday nights, so I don’t generally have the misfortune of stumbling upon BBC Question Time. Even without that, I have tended to avoid it after it turned into a bear pit last year when Diane Abbott was on the show. I am pretty much ambivalent when it comes to Diane Abbott. She is obviously a thousand times more intelligent than those who, without prompting, angrily request you don’t get them started on her. ...

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Trying to Understand Populism!

Posted on January 27, 2020

I have been trying to fully understand populism recently; it is a fascinating ideology. However, it is hard to be defined fully, as examples of it are often confused. Populism can also affect both the far right and far left of the political spectrum. For example, Boris Johnson’s new government is often described as right-wing populist. Whilst this may well be the case, there are many contradictions. Right Wing Populism is supposedly a rage ...

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The Need for Strong Opposition to Johnson’s Populists

Posted on January 14, 2020

Forget your political persuasion for a minute and imagine this. Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as Prime Minister, but John McDonnell has lost his seat. Now imagine that to save McDonnell’s bacon, Corbyn offered him a peerage to keep him in his cabinet. Then on top of that, he did the same for another individual who had resigned after saying being an MP was not what she wanted to be anymore. Then, to cap it off, he made a woman who had ...

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Where do Labour Go From Here?

Posted on December 18, 2019

After a period of reflection, I thought I might be able to work out why Labour’s election defeat had been so catastrophic. I also thought that I might be able to understand how the party can re-emerge as a viable opposition. The fact is I can’t. I can see how Labour lost, but I can’t figure out how the north turned conservative in such high numbers. It’s not like Boris Johnson offered a masterplan to make the Conservatives the party ...

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The Australian Points System!

Posted on December 8, 2019

I am not sure if anyone has noticed but you may have seen Boris Johnson getting terribly excited about an ‘Australian style immigration points system’ lately. I have a couple of Australian people who work for me and I am fortunate enough to have couple of friends who live out there. Asking about their immigration system is quite interesting stuff because in many aspects it is not all that Boris Johnson makes it out to be. Could this be ...

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