Archive for May, 2008

Simplicity of Language

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

A very interesting piece by Steven Greenhalgh. Yet more evidence of the gradual coming together of policy ideas and the vision, at the same time as the Conservatives get ever closer to the mantel of being the party of the broad coalition of right-minded people. (Incidentally, though, I do worry ...

Youth Forum pt2

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I have just been at the second meeting of the nascent North Dorset Youth Forum. It was variously disappointing and inspiring; the disappointment arising mainly from the reduced numbers since we last met, and the inability of those "oldies" amongst us to avoid either our viewpoints or our negative experiences ...

That’s why Dorset is subsidising the North…

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

If you had any doubts as to why it is that we in Dorset receive such a small (relatively) grant from what the tax man has horded centrally, then take a look at this. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/7422181.stm Of course, I thought it was simple gerrymandering and the government funding its own constituencies (remember ...

The nasty party

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

In the fall-out from the Crewe and Nantwich by-election there has been general disapproval of the campaign run by Labour. Much has focused on the return to class war, but even more insidious was the "immigration" card; suggestions that by being anti-ID cards, the Conservatives were somehow putting individuals ...

Young People

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Once again the plaintive cry that I heard at the Youth Forum meeting, that youngsters are fed up with being tarred with the brush of being hooligans, and want to retaliate against the unfair image that the media presents. This time, it's from a study undertaken by V, the ...

Good and Bad Politics, and the “information age”

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I wish I could attribute this to the original author, but I rather like the following argument. Politics is typically about power, and information is power. It therefore stands to reason that those who have information have power, and can wield this politically. Bad politics is when that information advantage ...