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The British press has lost it – POLITICO
Even the broadsheets don't bother to hide the fact that they're rooting for the Tories because their oligarch owners told them to (except the Graun, of course). No one in my liberal bubble actually reads print newspapers, they just share links to the Graun's "Comment is Dumb" section on Facebook. Still, I might not be typical, so it's all a bit worrying.
press  newspapers  journalism  politics  britain  election 
may 2015 by pw201
A fixed-term hung Parliament? | British Government and the Constitution
Prof Adam Tomkins explains the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Points out that, while a defeat which is not a motion of no confidence does not allow an early election, nothing compels a Prime Minister to stay in office: Labour could hold the threat of Milliband's resignation (and the Tories being invited to form a government) over the SNP in order to pass a budget, for example.
constitution  government  politics  election  confidence 
may 2015 by pw201
Whig Party | Britain's original progressive political party is back
Crikey. It's like a Neal Stephenson novel: "The Whigs are returning to British politics. We are going into the 2015 General Election to provide a fresh choice to the British people, and to show that everyone can get involved in politics. Our campaign will be positive and optimistic, both online and in the streets. The Whigs are back. Come and join the party."
whig  politics  election  history  uk  general-election 
may 2015 by pw201
Armando Iannucci: It’s time for a very British revolution
"I call it Rump Politics, because it is so clearly marked by an admission that it is for the few." "In the last election, the three main parties succeeded so magnificently in drawing a curtain of silence around their future plans for government, that the dominating policies of the past five years have all been ones that simply were not discussed in the election campaign or mentioned in the party manifestos. These policies were: £9,000 university tuition fees, the bedroom tax, the total reorganisation of the NHS and 40 per cent cuts in local government. Put together, it’s a stark programme. Not an iota of it was mentioned during the 2010 campaign. This time round, both the main TV debates were conducted before the parties published their manifestos. No wonder they felt like talks about nothing. Is it any wonder that people feel disconnected from Westminster?"
politics  election  rump  labour  conservatives  armando-iannucci 
april 2015 by pw201
Not two UKIPs, three UKIPs. | The Yorkshire Ranter
"So, basically, we have a ramshackle coalition of the grumpy. The biggest single group in it would like to vent intestinal gas, and wants its NHS and its BBC and its institutions in general. The second-biggest group either wants to sell all of those, or doesn’t care as long as they get to be an MEP. The smallest group is either obsessed by the EU, or else by Alan Clark diary fantasies, and has the most seniority in the party’s organisation, but also the least professionalism."
ukip  politics  election 
may 2014 by pw201
Liberal Conspiracy » Cameron’s Tory critics are deluded beyond belief
"They cannot see that Cameron had to run the party like that so as to distract attention away from the unreconstructed Thatcherite, homophobic, xenophobic, intensely Euro-sceptic, callous, Christian-fundamentalist loon contingents that make up huge chunks of the Tory grass-roots and Parliamentary party." Spot on, and why I didn't want to vote Conservative despite finding Cameron more impressive than any previous Tory leader: despite the TV debates, it wasn't a US Presidential election, but a vote for a party.
politics  liberal-democrats  conservatives  election 
may 2010 by pw201
They Work For The BPI
Who voted for the Digital Economy Bill, coloured by party affiliation. A sea of red. Oh well, they'll be gone soon, with any luck (though of course, most of the Tories didn't even turn up).
politics  bpi  debill  digitalbritain  election 
april 2010 by pw201
Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly
OBAMA: "My friends, I am a totally unoriginal grizzled character class stereotype. I should lead the party because I have more testicular damage than that one."
MCCAIN: Yeah, well, you pal around with dark elves.
politics  d&d  dungeons-and-dragons  election  funny 
october 2008 by pw201

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