Monthly Archives: February 2013

Irony and the Tory MP #eastleigh

One of the funniest moments of yesterday was listening to Tory MP George Hollingberry talk about how refreshing it was to have politicians who spoke their mind. “Do you want to have robocandidate?” he said. And he said it without … Continue reading

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Skype an MP – Mike Crockart launches e-surgeries

Way back in the mists of time, my first awareness of an MP making themselves available to their constituents came through the pages of the John O’Groat Journal. Robert Maclennan, then a Labour MP but soon to join the SDP, … Continue reading

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The power of the first hour – Nick Clegg and Lynne Featherstone, are you listening? #firsthour

So, it looks like my post yesterday about the importance of breastfeeding and a missed opportunity for Nick Clegg during his African visit was part of a cleverly crafted plan to build up to the launch of Save the Children’s … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg in Africa – a missed opportunity?

Nick Clegg and Lynne Featherstone went to Africa this week. Shortly after he picked up every banana skin left for him at Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions by Labour and the incomparable Peter Bone, and lobbed them back with vigour, he … Continue reading

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It’s a lot warmer than 10 years ago

Today is bright and sunny but the morning doesn’t have the intense, crisp coldness of 15th February 2003. How would I know? That’s the day our family discovered its inner peace activist and headed for Glasgow Green to protest against … Continue reading

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In memory of Reeva Steenkamp

Yesterday, in South Africa, a young woman was fatally shot. 29 year old Reeva Steenkamp had a successful career as a model, most notably with FHM magazine. Her Twitter account speaks of someone not only enjoying life, but also aware … Continue reading

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Who’s been messing with my blog?

Yes, I know it’s been a while – over a week since I last wrote anything here. Trust me, it’s been no fun. I thought I was coming down with a cold last Thursday. By Friday lunchtime,I was in bed, … Continue reading

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Call Clegg: The one where Boris agreed with Nick

Yes, you couldn’t make it up. “Boris from Islington” put a recorded question to Nick Clegg on his LBC phone-in this morning. Apparently the London Mayor will be in the hotseat next week during the recess. Anyway, this was also … Continue reading

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William Hague offers me £2 million

Look what I found in my junk email this morning. The thought of William Hague handing out £2 million to a selection of random individuals via a Hotmail account appealed to my sense of the absurd.  All I have to … Continue reading

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So that’s why 9th February was picked for the Fair Tax Action Day..

This is a really good broadcast – practical and sensitive to the squeeze people feel on their finances at the moment. And it’s a good kick off to the Fair Tax Day of Action on Saturday. Are you going to … Continue reading

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