Monthly Archives: March 2013

1983 election on BBC Parliament tomorrow

BBC Parliament is continuing its bank holiday tradition of giving political geeks the chance to relive elections of their lives. Tomorrow they are broadcasting the 1983 election results. I know Mrs Thatcher being re-elected with a stonking majority is not … Continue reading


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Letter to the Leader: Happy Easter from a very busy Party

Dear Nick Thanks for your letter. You definitely deserve a lovely, peaceful, break with your family and I hope you all have a lovely time. It was good of you to mention the forthcoming Council elections and to recognise the … Continue reading

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George Foulkes was wrong, but all political parties need to do more to tackle rape culture

Yesterday, George Foulkes caused a bit of a stooshie with this tweet: Horsemeat in school dinners,14 year old raped in City bus & Orkney firm in administration yet all we hear from SNP Govt. is more on Indyref!— George Foulkes … Continue reading

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Caron’s Catch-up – Easter special

I decided it was time to start a new mini feature where I could quickly write down all the things I don’t get round to writing proper blog posts about.Where I’ve been: Nowhere very much, a change from most of … Continue reading

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My email to Liberal Democrat peers on secret courts

How I spent my morning: emailing every single Liberal Democrat peer I could find an email for and who wasn’t Jim Wallace, Jonathan Marks or Tom McNally with this email. I then excised the Lib Demmery and did another version … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat Lawyers say secret courts are "an attack on the rule of law"

Last night the Liberal Democrat Lawyers’ Association held a meeting at the National Liberal Club to discuss the Justice and Security Bill and most particularly the provisions allowing secret courts in some civil cases. They later issued a statement condemning … Continue reading

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It may be a good thing that Mark Webber was robbed of Malaysia victory by his team-mate #F1

Like many, I watched the podium ceremony after yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix with more than a little bit of grumpiness.  Mark Webber, who had led from early in the race after passing his pole-sitting team-mate, looked, by the final pit … Continue reading

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In full: Willie Rennie’s speeches in the Iraq debate at Holyrood

Over at Lib Dem Voice yesterday, I put up a summary of Willie Rennie’s speech in the Iraq debate in Holyrood last week. I thought I’d put the whole thing up, and his summation, here because they are worth reading … Continue reading

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Salmond propmises post independence childcare revolution weeks after turning down Rennie’s plans for nursery education

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond  gave his keynote speech to SNP Conference this afternoon. There were three things in it that struck me as a Liberal Democrat. A numbers game Apparently a “yes” vote for independence would be a vote … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, childcare, Independence Referendum, Jo Swinson, Nick Clegg, SNP, Willie Rennie | 5 Comments

Baby Ethan is here!

How gorgeous is my lovely younger nephew, born at 12:20 am today? Unlike the rest of his siblings, we knew his name and what he looked like before his arrival due to the wonders of technology. He may have been … Continue reading

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