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Week 27: Prat – the IMF

July 6, 2015

Last Week’s Prat of the Week goes to the International Monetary Fund for belatedly accepting that Greece needs debt relief if it is to recover The Syriza government in Greece was elected in January. Its mandate from the Greek people was to renegotiate the terms of the bail out package with the Troika. This is […]

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If Scotland Votes ‘Yes’ on Thursday, What Next? #1 The Rest of the United Kingdom

September 16, 2014

  As I wrote last week my own view is that Thursday night’s vote is likely to return a narrow No win. Nothing has happened since I wrote that post, to change my mind.  Indeed save for one ICM on-line poll at the weekend with a smaller than usual sample size, every poll, since the […]

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Week 37: Prat – Jim Sillars

September 14, 2014

The debate in the Scottish Referendum campaign has turned a little nasty over the last week, with accusations of scaremongering and conspiracy against the Better Together campaign (including bias on the part of the BBC) and divisive comments on the part of the ‘Yes’ campaign, insinuating some how that those voters who oppose Scottish independence […]

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Five Reasons Why No Will Win on 18th September

September 9, 2014

There is little doubt that the ‘No’ campaign and the pro-Unionist parties have descended into a panicked farce, in the face of the very real possibility of a vote for Scottish independence in 9 days. The last minute offer of  Devo-Max, the cancelling of PM’s questions tomorrow so that the leaders of the three main […]

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Devo-Max Would Have Stopped Independence In Its Tracks

September 8, 2014

As the entire pro-unionist Westminster establishment scrabbles  desperately around in an almost open state of panic having suddenly woken up on Saturday night (when the Yougov poll placing ‘Yes’ in the lead for the first time was published) to the fact that Scotland might actually vote to break away from the rest of the UK, […]

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Europe: Phobic, Sceptic, Schizo, Phile?

November 1, 2012

I was brought up in a deeply pro-European house. My father, born just before the war, had been profoundly affected by what he saw being unearthed at Belsen and Treblinka, Auschwitz etc and was rightly persuaded by the pro-European politicians of the 1950’s and 1960’s who made the very persuasive argument that in order to […]

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Greek Debt Crisis: Papandreou Is Right To Call A Referendum

November 1, 2011

As I write this blog post it appears that things in the Eurozone may be beginning to unravel.   After 14 summits in less than 2 years, to much fanfare last Wednesday in Brussels, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy announced that a ‘credible and ambitious’ deal had been done between the Eurozone countries which would see […]

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Europe and the Tories: The Bastards Won

October 25, 2011

It is hard to know which is the correct response to last night’s outbreak of the crazy in the Conservative Party – Ray North’s despair, or my raucous laughter.   81 Tory MPs rebelled against a three line whip and a rather pitiful pleading Davey Cam speech after a cancelled Prime Ministerial trip.  A further 14 […]

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Should we have a referendum on the EU?

October 24, 2011

Let’s not beat around the bush – the Tories who have engineered a debate on a referendum on our membership of the EU have one agenda, and that is to leave the European Union: they don’t like Europeans telling us how to protect our employers; they don’t like Europeans implementing laws about free trade; and […]

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Will the SNP dream be a nightmare for the rest of UK?

May 9, 2011

I predicted a week or so ago that the election on the 5th May would be monumental. It was, but not for the reasons I predicted. I predicted that the failure to secure AV and the hammering that the Lib-Dems would take in the local elections and in Wales and Scotland would lead to a […]

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Chris Huhne: madman on the rampage?

May 5, 2011

Chris Huhne is irked. In fact he is more than irked he is downright cross – the Tories, surprise, surprise have turned out to be a bunch of devious, two-faced, self-serving bastards. Chris, apparently didn’t see it coming, which is why, seemingly, when Osborne, Cameron, Warsi and the rest picked up arms and blew the […]

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Tim Farron’s Cognitive Dissonance

April 28, 2011

As the shockingly bad AV campaign enters its last week, things have been getting a bit testy and a bit desperate amongst the Lib Dems who gambled their principles and reputation on a positive outcome in the referendum.   This has led to hissy fits on the parts of senior Lib Dems like Chris Huhne which […]

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Why The Left Must Vote Yes!

April 23, 2011

I agree with my Allthatsleft compadres there has been very little in the ‘Yes’ campaign that would make you skip to the polling station on the 5th May to confidently place your X in the ‘Yes’ box. But, regardless of the lacklustre ‘Yes’ campaign there remains one absolutely compelling argument, and, in fairness, Vince Cable […]

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Fourteen massive days between now and May 5th

April 20, 2011

May 5th has the potential to be monumental day in British politics – depending on the vagaries of an extremely restless electorate we may or may not have a new voting system; we may or may not have a dominant confident David Cameron; we may or may not have a destroyed Nick Clegg; and we […]

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Gideon shows his colours

April 19, 2011

I have to declare an filial interest in the Electoral Reform Services Ltd – but still when I read that Gideon Osborne was moaning because the ERS had offered financial support for the ‘Yes to AV’ campaign I wanted to scream out loud – you stupid hypocritical bastard, in fact I did scream out you […]

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Today’s Two Polls On AV

April 18, 2011

With less than three weeks to go until the referendum, there are two surveys to report on today on AV, one a bit more official and scientific than the other. The first is ICM’s poll for The Guardian, which shows a significant shift towards a ‘No’ vote.   On a straight voting intention, the support for […]

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Latest AV Poll Shows Shift To No

April 5, 2011

UK Polling Report has posted the recent Populus poll for The Times shows a shift towards ‘No’ in the forthcoming referendum on the Alternative Vote.  The graph below shows the result for two questions on the issue taken in February and now.  The first question is the one that will be used in the referendum, […]

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A Vote For AV May Just Require A Blind Leap Of Faith

March 16, 2011

My mate George East is a clever fellah – there is no doubt about that, and his forensic dismemberment of Polly Toynbee’s pro-PR article shows him at his scalpel bladed best. Reading between the lines however, I feel that deep down he wants to vote for a change in the electoral system but he just […]

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AV: Will Someone Please Make The Case

March 15, 2011

We are now a mere 7 weeks away from the referendum on whether First Past The Post should be replaced by the Alternative Vote for Westminster elections, and yet I am still to hear a coherent argument for the new voting system on offer.    In February Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer set out his […]

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Vote ‘yes’ in Wales, but with reservations

February 22, 2011

On March 3rd the people of Wales will have the chance to vote in a referendum to make the Welsh Assembly more powerful. If you’ve not heard about it, I’m not surprised – it has received about as much coverage in the national press as the annual Littleton-on-Sea Boys Brigade village fete. If you have […]

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You’re AV-ing a Laugh!

February 15, 2011

The government thinks it is unfair that constituencies have different-sized electorates, and that they should all have 76,000 voters (give or take 5%). Unless you live in the Outer Hebrides (SNP): then you can have one for 22,000.  Or you live in Lib Dem Orkney & Shetland (32,000), or Lib Dem Ross, Skye & Lochaber (50,000), […]

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