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5 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Kate Dommett and Sam P... · 0 replies · +1 points

Adrienne Mole, still aged 13 3/4.

5 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Kate Dommett and Sam P... · 0 replies · +1 points

The Electoral Commission has shown itself to be entirely unfit for purpose. It has never shown any ability to tackle issues other than on a wholly partisan basis. There is no possible defence for retaining it: it has become part of the problem. Recommending the BBC's pet regulator be the censor for elections is just an attempt to put forward the views of the BBC Party, which already has far too great a say.

To some extent this appears to be a case of "Look there - a squirrel!" The evidence for foreign interference in our elections, beyond Mirpur postal votes, is slight, and of its effectiveness, even less. Our own media interfere in lots of ways. But probably the biggest interference is within the parties themselves, with candidate selection carefully controlled by narrow cliques in place of broad church politics, and a system that ensures that only certain choices and issues get put before the electorate. The electoral reform that is most needed is in the process of candidate selection.

8 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Kate Dommett and Sam P... · 0 replies · +1 points

I suspect their main motivation is protection from assassination. Unfortunately it doesn't always work. Time was when Russian influence was all about support for the Communists. They don't need Russian support when the BBC is full of Marxists, and the Russians don't do Communism any more.

14 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Simon Clark: How local... · 0 replies · +1 points

Correct. There are jobs where it would clearly be very hazardous to have smokers working. Clean rooms in microchip factories, oil refineries for example. Other situations where it is clearly undesirable. Yet there is no logic for preventing an office full of smokers from allowing them to smoke. After all, their lifetime burden on health care and pensions will be lower than non smokers on average.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Simon Clark: How local... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's a very novel idea. You don't get to stand unless you do what your Party wants. Voters are largely immaterial, as they won't be allowed to hear about anyone who might actually do what they want. They can only choose between party positions. In local elections, most people show their disdain by not voting at all.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Simon Clark: How local... · 0 replies · +1 points

On the other hand, meetings round the water cooler and cappuccino dispenser are great for the interchange of creative ideas.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: We all want... · 0 replies · +1 points

He's a real nowhere man
Sitting in his nowhere land...

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: We all want... · 1 reply · +1 points

There is actually much less understanding of nature among townies who never get into the countryside properly or at all. They take their cues from animal rights extremists like Packham who have no balanced concept of nature at all.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: We all want... · 0 replies · +1 points

Denmark now has record case numbers, far higher than in the spring. Many more of the population remain susceptible.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The full list of 41 Co... · 0 replies · +1 points

Perhaps there is finally some pressure on PHE and its successors, and on SAGE to do a better job. We still have inadequate operation of protocols to prevent spread in care homes (rapidly rising outbreaks) or hospitals.