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Mrs May’s deal with the DUP threatens 20 years hard work in Ireland
Interesting opinion piece on how the Tory-DUP coalition could break things in Northern Ireland
politics  comment  Northern-Ireland  Conservatives  Westminster  history 
june 2017 by FearMeForIAmPink
Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack - BBC News
Content warning: news about a violent death.

Same link as previous, but BBC had updated the story after her death, didn't want anyone to click through without knowing.
politics  crime  death  violence  UK  Westminster 
june 2016 by FearMeForIAmPink
Human Rights Act to be replaced with Warhammer rulebook
"If you are claiming a right to privacy, for example, we roll two twenty-sided dice to determine your score, take away any debuffs – low income, being foreign – and measure it against the government’s own total."
amusing  parody  The-Daily-Mash  silly  Westminster  human-rights  Warhamster  Gaming  minature-wargames 
may 2015 by FearMeForIAmPink
David Cameron appoints anti-gay marriage MP to be minister for equalities
'who previously said the state had “no right” to redefine marriage, and who voted against same-sex marriage'
LGBT  Westminster  another-horror-from-the-Tories  Conservatives  UK  bigotry  homophobia  people-suck 
may 2015 by FearMeForIAmPink
Thousands sign letter dismissing David Cameron as a ‘meat hamper-faced gobshite’
Seems a fair response to the other letter 'the signatories dismiss Conservative economic plans and say that the Tories are “an assortment of git-brained wank hammers with about as much compassion as a hookworm”.'
amusing  NewsThump  parody  relates-to-another-of-today's-links  Westminster  politics  swearing 
april 2015 by FearMeForIAmPink
Small Business letter to the Telegraph; an attempt to defraud the electorate?
Names repeated, people that are retired, not small business owners, people (and charities) that didn't sign it. Quite an impressive set of inaccuracies, all told.
lies-damn-lies-and-statistics  politics  business  Westminster  lies  General-Election-2015  economy  Conservatives  fuck-you-fucking-fuckers 
april 2015 by FearMeForIAmPink
Understanding is a three edged sword: Part two
The rebuttal to the rebuttal.
"Understanding is a three edged sword: your side, their side, and the truth." But who knows the truth, in a matter of opinion, perception, and presentation.
relates-to-another-of-today's-links  Interesting  social-media  memes  lies  politics  Westminster 
december 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Understanding is a three edged sword: Part one
MPs don't turn up to help people but do to help themselves? A rebuttal to a meme. Have been meaning to post this for a while, but seeing a rebuttal to this rebuttal reminded me.
Interesting  politics  Westminster  memes  social-media  lies  image  relates-to-another-of-today's-links 
december 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Where next for the Human Rights Act? | Second reading
I find the comment 'The suggestion that you’ve got to apply the human rights convention even on the battle-fields of Helmand' flabbergasting. THE ENTIRE POINT of Human Rights is that they apply everywhere.
WTF  Westminster  politics  human-rights  Xandar;our-reign-has-gone-on-long-enough.Indeed;summon-the-meteors  what-the-everliving-fuck  Conservatives 
october 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to make emergency visit to Scotland
It deeply irritates me that Miliband feels the need to tell people that he's not *travelling* with Cameron. All three are going up to Scotland, agreeing to miss PMQs, and all are working to the same aim there.

But gods forbid anyone worry they might be liftsharing.
Scottish-independence  politics  people-suck  Westminster  Scotland  WTF 
september 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
All-male interview panels scrapped as Whitehall’s ‘macho culture' is tackled
'The long-standing gender imbalance at the top of the civil service that has proved remarkably resistant to change'
Interesting  politics  UK  Westminster  discrimination  sexism  Civil-Service  government  jobs 
september 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
New Statesman | Tactical voting against Ukip is bad news for Farage
The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters hold their noses and back the Tories to stop Ukip. 
politics  Westminster  by-elections  UKIP  tactical-voting  democracy  UK  Interesting  New-Statesman 
june 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Strip public of the vote says Ukip candidate
Minutes since the last time a UKIP candidate said something shockingly stupid…
WTF  UKIP  politics  Westminster  people-suck 
may 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Zero-hours crackdown plan unveiled by Labour leader - BBC News
Reading the tenses of a story going into a future speech's contents in exacting detail gets rather confusing. "[Blah] would be harder" he will say, adding "…"
employment  UK  politics  Westminster  Labour  Interesting  business  rights 
april 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Suspension of Lord Rennard
He'll be back in if he apologises, I think, but it's some action at least.
politics  Westminster  House-of-Lords  Lib-Dems 
january 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Parliament still has a long way to go if it is to be considered ‘family friendly’ : Democratic Audit UK
'many MPs are still finding it difficult to achieve a healthy life/work balance, putting off prospective candidates in the process'
politics  UK  Westminster  culture  family 
december 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Can young people influence Government policy by voting? | ampp3d
Politicians woo the grey vote, because it makes a difference. They shit on the young people, because they don't vote.
voting  democracy  UK  westminster  benefits  age 
december 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Affordable homes facing demolition because of bedroom tax | Society | The Observer
There isn't the spare housing for people to move around like the bedroom tax wants them to. And it's not a bad thing for people to have spare rooms. But the government keeps on pushing this, because it's a way to punish people on benefits.
politics  epic-fail  fail  housing  money  westminster  UK  benefits  bedroom-tax 
november 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
New MPs need training on lobbyists, says committee | Politics | theguardian.com
They're turning MPs into gamers! 'role-playing exercises could help MPs and peers learn how to deal with lobbyists'
politics  lobbying  UK  westminster  interesting  culture  rpgs 
november 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Press regulation: Papers lose Privy Council injunction bid
'two judges refused them an injunction and said there were no grounds for a judicial review;
law  journalism  politics  westminster  UK  media 
october 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Under-25s would not be able to claim benefits under all-Conservative government, David Cameron says - Telegraph
What's that, you have a bad relationship with your parents, a need to live somewhere else, or they're just not able to support you? Well, fuck you then, says the Tories.
politics  Conservative-party  discrimination  ageism  money  economy  westminster  UK  benefits  wtf 
october 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
A £5,000 cap on donations?
'Manifesto at 2015 general election expected to include pledge to 'take the big money out of politics' - but it has yet to reach a consensus with Tories and Lib Dems'
party-funding  politics  posttofacebook  money  westminster  UK  interesting  Labour-party 
september 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Call to broaden register of lobbyists as new figures show extent of meetings | Politics | The Guardian
'Business ministers held 988 meetings with outside organisations in 2012, and just two with a formally defined lobbying company' To put it another way, the members of the PRCA (lobbying industry body) would be covered by the register, but if the PRCA itself lobbied, it wouldn't be.
posttofacebook  lobbying  fail  Freedom-of-Information  corruption  UK  westminster  government  sousveilance 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
MPs' pay rise: the proposal explained | Politics | guardian.co.uk
'£10,000 is the headline figure but the actual proposed increase in MPs' incomes is more complex.'
politics  posttofacebook  money  UK  westminster  interesting  expenses 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Political parties shelve funding reform talks
"Labour would not move on trade union funding, while the Conservatives would not make concessions on big donations" Liberal Democrats stood in front of a small china pig and growled at anyone who came near.
party-funding  politics  fail  with-added-wit-shamelessly-stolen-from-Aquarion  corruption  UK  westminster 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Conservative MPs launch attempt to bring back death penalty, privatise the BBC and ban burka - Telegraph
'also include legislation to scrap wind farm subsidies, end the ringfence for foreign aid spending and rename the late August Bank Holiday “Margaret Thatcher Day”.'
politics  Conservative-party  discrimination  posttofacebook  westminster  UK  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
june 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Tory MP Patrick Mercer resigns
'has resigned the Tory whip to "save my party embarrassment" over a BBC Panorama programme alleging he had broken lobbying rules.'
politics  lobbying  news  corruption  conservatives  westminster  interesting 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Nick Clegg: we will strike a balance on 'snoopers charter' after Woolwich attack - Telegraph
'work is already under way within the civil service to resurrect some of the proposals without the need for legislation, meaning the Liberal Democrats would not be able to vote it down in parliament.'
politics  surveilance  privacy  UK  westminster  the-coalition  Lib-Dems 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Incapacity benefit test claims 'conflated figures' - watchdog
'Suggestions that 878,300 benefit claimants dropped their claims rather than take a medical test have been challenged by the statistics watchdog.'
politics  posttofacebook  fail  lies  disability  westminster  benefits  lies-damn-lies-and-statistics 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Legal recognition of humanist marriages blocked in Commons
Gits. IIRC the real reason is more about stopping more non-religious marriages, and other groups such as pagans getting in on the act.
equality  marriage  politics  posttofacebook  religion  via-James-Graham  Westminster 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Ludicrous medieval pantomime may explain UK’s problems
'the bizarre 17th century pantomime could indicate a desire to live in a comfortingly demented fantasy world.'
silly  politics  posttofacebook  parody  amusing  monarchy  westminster 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
UKIP Analysis
The electoral analysis behind the Telegraph story
westminster  UK  interesting  democracy  voting  statistics 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - European Court upholds UK political advert ban
'An attempt to allow US-style political advertising on British TV has failed after European judges ruled the UK's blanket ban did not breach free speech.'
thank-fuck-for-that  politics  news  advertising  money  UK  westminster  democracy 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette
'When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms.'
history  politics  posttofacebook  image  westminster  UK  conservatives  interesting 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
South Shields: Why bother with a by-election?
It's been Labour since 1935, and in that time, only one MP there has had a local connection, he was the only one from there to not become a cabinet minster.
posttofacebook  safe-seats  elections  UK  westminster  electoral-reform  interesting  democracy 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Ed Miliband to join Scooby Doo Gang
'admitted last night that his brother David becoming the head of International Rescue is more impressive than him becoming prime minister. But he now believes he can leapfrog his brother by joining an organisation that has a much better 'hit-rate' in apprehending evil-doers'
politics  silly  posttofacebook  parody  amusing  westminster  The-Daily-Mash  cartoons 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Planning minister’s war on the countryside - Telegraph
'Property developers have been privately promised that planning laws will be liberalised again within weeks to allow them to begin a house-building boom backed by this week’s Budget.'
politics  building  planning-laws  news  money  westminster  UK 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
MPs profits on taxpayer-funded second homes stay secret for now - Telegraph
'Profits made by scores of MPs on their taxpayer-funded second homes have not been published after a legal challenge' (which sources believe was paid for by a millionaire potential Tory leadership candidate.
expenses-scandal  politics  money  conservatives  westminster  interesting  expenses 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Labour abstention on workfare bill prompts party infighting
Quite why Labour is helping the government cover their arse with retroactive legislation to make the illegal become legal, I'm not sure.
benefits  fail  fairness  labour  law  money  politics  posttofacebook  uk  westminster 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Train Wi-Fi and mobile access expected to be in Osborne's budget giveaway | Politics | The Guardian
Some 12 out of 25 rail franchise operators still don't have Wi-Fi – chancellor expected to offer an inducement to them to install it
budget  politics  technology  transport  money  westminster  UK  interesting  internet  trains 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
All-women shortlists save Labour from near-total male domination
'Party will use female-only lists in choosing 52 parliamentary candidates – after men win 17 out of 18 open contests'
democracy  elections  labour  politics  sexism  uk  westminster 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Tory MP defiant over Twitter 'ban'
Complain about the lack of diversity in the cabinet? Get told to shut up.
conservatives  diversity  fail  politics  posttofacebook  uk  westminster 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
David Cameron in peril as discontent in Tory ranks rises - Telegraph
'Up to 25 Conservative MPs are planning to oust David Cameron if the party’s fortunes do not improve within the next two months'
conservatives  interesting  politics  uk  westminster 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Head of economic watchdog rebukes Cameron for misrepresenting its position - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
'it in fact believed there was a short-term effect and that "fiscal consolidation measures have reduced economic growth over the past couple of years".'
politics  posttofacebook  lies  financial-crisis  news  Conservatives  money  economics  lies-damn-lies-and-statistics  Westminster 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Lib Dems want new rules to sack Nick Clegg - Telegraph
'A party conference this week will week vote on new rules that would allow grassroots members to force a leadership contest.'
politics  posttofacebook  interesting  rules  Westminster  Lib-Dems 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
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