Archive for the ‘Politics’ category

G20: minority of troublemakers on both sides

Sunday, 12 April 2009

One of the protesters taking part in the G20 protests in London claimed yesterday, “The only violence I witnessed that day was police violence.” Clearly he didn’t see the pictures on TV of people smashing the windows of a bank, while crowds of other rioters looked on and cheered. I don’t think the people breaking […]

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America’s 44th white president

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

News sources everywhere are proclaiming that Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States. Yet as Mr Obama is of mixed African-European heritage, one can state just as validly that he is the 44th white president. A similar thing is true for Lewis Hamilton, said to be the first black […]

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SNP bring yet more politics into sport

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Whatever their view of the status of “hero” being given by the press to the British Olympic team, most people would agree that, if we’re considering them to be representing their country as opposed to chasing individual achievement, we should be congratulating the whole team. Equally, we should be proud of British people who excel […]

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Income tax: they took my idea!

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Today the Chancellor finally announced what the measure would be to compensate people who have lost out due to the income tax changes. They are going to give all basic rate taxpayers an extra £120 by raising the personal tax allowance by five times that amount. That was the solution to the problem that I […]

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Income tax and bank charges

Monday, 28 April 2008

Last week the government seemingly did a u-turn over the scrapping of the 10 pence rate of income tax, although it is far from clear what form the compensation will take for people on lower incomes who will lose out under the new tax regime. It’s difficult to see how the government could have thought […]

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In praise of the smoking ban

Monday, 1 October 2007

It is now three months since smoking was banned in enclosed public places in England, bringing it into line with the rest of the UK. I have to say that, while Tony Blair’s government have been unpopular on some issues, and have been criticised for producing too much legislation, the Health Act 2006 is one […]

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Tory’s BNP comments dangerous

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Remarks by the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Community Cohesion in today’s Independent must have left many people feeling incredulous. Sayeeda Warsi, a Muslim woman of Pakistani descent, says that the BNP have “some very legitimate views” on immigration and crime. Unfortunately, it appears that Ms Warsi (who, contrary to the report in The Independent, is […]

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Not sending Harry to Iraq is the right decision

Thursday, 17 May 2007

After all the speculation, it’s finally been announced that Prince Harry will not be serving in Iraq. The military officials who had to make the decision were in a no-win situation – they would have been criticised whichever conclusion they came to. In the end, it seems they have done what was best for all […]

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Ballot combined with intelligence test?

Friday, 4 May 2007

In Scotland, 100,000 ballot papers were spoilt in last night’s elections. This has been blamed on the layout of the ballot papers, and also on the Scottish Parliament and local council elections being held at the same time, each with a different ballot paper and voting system. The ballot paper for the Scottish Parliament looks […]

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An independent Scotland could “free ride”

Monday, 30 April 2007

The BBC’s economics editor, Evan Davis, has a good article in his blog on the economics of Scottish independence. He basically states that the revenue from North Sea oil and gas an independent Scotland would enjoy equals the funding it currently receives from Westminster. So when, in the not too distant future, the oil runs […]

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