Monthly Archives: December 2013


As many of you will know, I’ve been a fan of Michael Schumacher ever since he came on the Formula 1 scene in 1991. You can imagine  how I’m feeling this morning as the news from Grenoble sounds ever grimmer. … Continue reading

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Alison McInnes: Scots law is not safe in the hands of the SNP

As the Scottish Parliament continues to debate the removal of corroboration from our legal system, I thought it would be a good idea to publish Alison McInnes MSP’s speech to Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in September which gives a good … Continue reading


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Here be many spoilers, so if you haven’t watched The Time of the Doctor, do not read any further

I’ve watched it twice now. And I think I probably need to watch it a few more times before I properly understand it. I can’t come out and say that I loved last night’s Doctor Who Christmas special. That was … Continue reading

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So this is what being a floating voter feels like…

I’ve never gone into a polling booth wondering how I’d vote. Even that time in 90s Edwinstowe when my choices were Labour and the Tories. There was no way I could ever vote Tory so I crossed my fingers behind … Continue reading

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Federal Executive report 9 December 2013

This week’s meeting of the Federal Executive could have been a fractious affair as we were discussing both the future of Spring Conference and the future of the interim peers’ panel. In the end, it was very consensual and amicable. … Continue reading

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Did Government misrepresent Professor Harrington’s view on Employment and Support Allowance rollout?

I’ve written many times about the problems with the Government’s Work Capability Assessment, the tool, implemented by ATOS, used to decide who qualifies for Employment and Support Allowance. The WCA was first introduced by Labour for new ESA claimants in … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement – 5 quick thoughts from me

I don’t pretend to be an economist so don’t expect any commentary on debts or deficits from me. I want to take a very quick look at some of the practical aspects of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. I’m not taking … Continue reading

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