Monthly Archives: December 2012

So, how did I do with my 2012 predictions?

Oh dear. It’s time to dust off the predictions I made for 2012 and see how well my crystal ball was functioning this time last year. So, how did I do? 1. The SNP will wimp out on full equal … Continue reading

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"On Message, In Volume, Over Time" – horrible phrasing, but a step in the right direction

So, tell me, why would a random floating voter put their cross next to the name of a Liberal Democrat next time they go to the polls? I can think of a few reasons: they like the candidate, who may … Continue reading

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My 2012 top 12

It’s that time of year for retrospectives, so I thought I’d share with you my 12 most read blog posts of 2012. There’s a bit on welfare reform, quite a lot on Scottish politics and issues to do with the … Continue reading

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Vigil for woman raped in Delhi outside Indian High Commission in London tonight at 5:30 pm

If I didn’t live 400 miles away, I’d be with Maelo Manning outside the Indian High Commission at 5:30 this evening. She’s holding a vigil for the woman who was gang raped on a bus in Delhi a week ago … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

So, I’ve been up for two hours getting intimate with the poultry and phase one of Operation Christmas Dinner has been successfully completed. Anna and Bob are still in bed, so I have resorted to playing Christmas music (currently Last … Continue reading

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Scottish Liberal Democrats mourn John Morrison

This is one of those blog posts you never, ever want to write. Reporting the news of the death of a colleague is horrible. This is the post I published on Liberal Democrat Voice yesterday. The only thing to add … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s Christmas message: Enjoy Christmas with the people you love

That actually brought a tear to my eye. I know I’m as soft as anything, but it was a very human message with absolutely no politics whatsoever. I know there are many people who aren’t looking forward to Christmas for … Continue reading

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Letter from the Leader: Lib Dems protected young people and larger families from Tories’ welfare cuts

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader sensibly flags up the speech he made this week to mark his five years as leader, giving people the chance to watch it on video. He emphasises the role the Liberal Democrats played in … Continue reading

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Call this a Scottish breakfast, John Lewis? What are you thinking?

So, it’s the first day in post apocalyptic Britain. We all seem to have survived the end of the world, so we can now look forward to a bright future, where we’re all nice to each other, live in peace … Continue reading

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Reflections on Starfury’s Midnight Doctor Who convention

I’ve just about recovered now from the fabulous weekend Anna and I spent in Birmingham at the Starfury Midnight Doctor Who convention. The first 24 hours involved prize pooches and daleks with handbags, as I wrote the other day. My convention … Continue reading


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