Archive for the ‘Politics’ category

Benefits should not pay for luxuries

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Today the BBC carried an article about a family who live on benefits who would be affected by the government’s proposed cap on payments. I hardly need to write this article now, as more than a thousand people have commented saying much the same thing, but here goes anyway. The man, an unemployed father of […]

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Keeping our heads after Royal Mail privatisation

Sunday, 19 December 2010

A row is emerging over whether the Queen’s head will remain on postage stamps when the Royal Mail is privatised as per the government’s plans. Ever since the first ever stamp, the Penny Black, British stamps have featured the head of the monarch. In the ’60s, the then Postmaster-General Tony Benn, a well-known republican, proposed […]

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A new marquess in the House

Sunday, 28 November 2010

In 1999, the House of Lords Act barred most hereditary peers from sitting in the upper house of Parliament, meaning a departure of members with such colourful titles: dukes, marquesses, earls and viscounts. Most members of the House of Lords are now appointed for life with the rank of baron, meaning they are referred to […]

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Tuition fees proposal almost a graduate tax

Sunday, 17 October 2010

I should start by saying I disagree with the whole idea of university tuition fees, and believe university education should be free as it used to be. The trouble is, that only worked when a smaller number of people attended university. Many people now go to university when it does little for their careers, and […]

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Charge Americans for visas!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Today it was announced that the US is going to start charging £9 for an ESTA travel form. So what’s the difference between a visa and a visa waiver? When tourists from western countries visit even a country such as China, the visa application process is fairly simple and can be completed by post. The […]

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None for the road

Monday, 21 June 2010

Last week it was reported that a review of drink-driving laws in the UK has recommended a reduction in the allowed blood alcohol level for drivers. The government must now decide whether to act on the report. Over at Lords of the Blog, Baroness Deech asks for comments, suggesting that a balance has to be […]

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Two and a half weeks on, the first scandal

Saturday, 29 May 2010

It didn’t take long for our new government to face its first scandal and resignation of a minister. What’s more, after all the promise of a clean break with a new parliament, the MPs’ expenses saga has reared its ugly head again. David Laws, a treasury minister, claimed £40,000 in rent for a second home […]

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Advisers are there to advise

Monday, 2 November 2009

I have to say I find myself broadly on the side of the government in the recent row over the sacking of the government’s drug adviser. Scientific advisers are there to advise, but ultimately it’s the politicians whom we have elected to take the decisions. If we don’t like the decisions they take, we can […]

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The BNP are idiots – in case we didn’t know

Friday, 23 October 2009

Like many people I was in two minds about whether the BNP‘s leader should appear on the BBC’s Question Time. Free speech is important, but you have to draw the line somewhere. However, after seeing Nick Griffin’s performance, I think his appearance has only made him look a fool. I came as little surprise to […]

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Ban cigarette displays

Saturday, 2 May 2009

When I go into any shop, I rarely buy anything on impulse. I go in to buy what I wanted. However, I can’t be typical. Shops spend a lot of time and effort making attractive displays to entice customers into buying things they didn’t know they needed, and they wouldn’t bother if it had no […]

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