From the daily archives:

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Secret MP #4 – Andy Murray and Human Rights

July 12, 2013

You can call me Keith, And I am a Liberal Democrat MP. It was Monday morning. Just gone. Mrs Secret MP was driving me to the train station to see me off to Westminster for another week at the coal face of the coalition. The radio was on, telling us that the brand new Wimbledon […]

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#719: 1971, Nina Simone, Here Comes the Sun

July 12, 2013

The next selection for our current theme week of great summer songs comes from the wonderful Nina Simone, with one of the greatest cover versions of all time – her version of the George Harrison penned Beatles classic – Here Comes the Sun. I have always loved the original version of this song, but Nina […]

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MPs’ pay rise: How to win public support

July 12, 2013

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) recommends raising MPs’ pay from £66,396 to £74,000. This amounts to an increase of almost 10% for our MPs. While this is about three times the value of average earnings, it is on a par with MP salaries in the majority of EU countries. IPSA has also recommended a […]

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#718: 1976, Roy Ayers, Everybody Loves the Sunshine

July 12, 2013

We are taking a cool, laid-back approach to our summer heatwave theme week (laid back enough to stretch well into a second week at this rate). So what could be more appropriate than this ultimately blissed out piece of jazzy-funky-soul from South Central LA’s Mr Roy Ayers? This is a song that just feels like […]

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