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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. A note of caution about resignation polls: while 62% of voters think Maria Miller should stand down, 52% think the same of Nick Clegg, 47% of Michael Gove and 46% of Ed Miliband
  2. Maria Miller could cost Tories election if she stays, say MPs. A quarter of all Conservative MPs in the most at risk seats at the next election say Maria Miller must resign for the sake of the party’s chances at the next election
  3. A reminder of what moves polls.
  4. Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?
  5. Britain will be best performing of largest economies in 2014, IMF predicts. International Monetary Fund concedes it was overly pessimistic last spring when it warned chancellor to ease austerity measures
  6. Moving power closer to you – Miliband’s £20 billion boost for cities and regions
  7. How Danny Alexander is manoeuvring to succeed Nick Clegg. The ambitious Lib Dem is positioning himself as the “continuity candidate” in a future leadership contest.
  8. If Scotland leaves, we can blame Heath, Letwin, Cameron and Labour 
  9. Lord Robertson is trying to bully Scots into voting no in the referendum. The former defence secretary and Nato chief’s claims that a Scottish break from the union will imperil the west are part of an anti-democratic campaign that is backfiring
  10. The key Brexit question: who will our new pals be? 
  11. Italian Far-Right Lega Nord Activists Almost Drown Attempting Stunt To Prove How ‘Easy’ Illegal Immigration Is
  12. Benefits sanctions show this government at its Kafkaesque worst.Ideological convictions about why people are unemployed have created a bureaucratic nightmare that manufactures injustice and mistakes
  13. House Of Commons’ Champagne Bill In Huge Rise Under Coalition
  14. Windfarms can reduce house prices by up to 12%, says LSE. Findings contrast with earlier study – and will fan homeowners’ demands for compensation when windfarms are approved
  15. How the Liverpool Supporters’ Union proved it’s possible to change football for the better. 
  16. Tomorrow is the 601st anniversary of Henry V being crowned. 
  17. In May 2016, the movie event of all time: Captain America will take on Superman and Batman.


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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Are things really looking that bad for the Lib Dems?
  2. Nick Clegg aims to show emotional side in second debate with Nigel Farage. Deputy PM admits he became bogged down in statistical disputes in first debate, which poll suggests UKIP leader won
  3. Ed Miliband risks losing next election and Unite support, says Len McCluskey. Labour is at a crossroads and may lose union’s financial backing if it offers ‘pale shade of austerity’, general secretary warns
  4. With Douglas Alexander in the firing line, cui bono?
  5. Labour beware: how elite candidates create an opening for UKIP. Stephen Kinnock’s selection for a safe Welsh seat where he has little connection with Labour voters could drive them to UKIP.
  6. 20% more men would like to date Nigel Farage than Nick Clegg
  7. Royal Mail Shares Hurt Taxpayer as Priced Too Cheaply By Vince Cable
  8. Tory fingers point at Michael Fallon over Royal Mail debacle
  9. George Osborne tops conhome’s Cabinet league table for the very first time
  10. George Osborne Praised For A ‘Brilliant Houdini-Style Trick’ On Cuts
  11. Britain holds less foreign currency reserves than Poland, says Deutsche Bank. UK foreign reserves rank 24th in the world at just $70bn, Deutsche Bank research shows
  12. Michael Gove is right — the Conservatives are the party of social justice
  13. Enough complacency. Enough bitching. The No camp needs to fight to save the Union
  14. Amid radical right gains, who will make the non-economic argument for immigration?
  15. Nick Clegg accuses Sheffield council of refusing to take Syrian refugees, Deputy PM is furious that Labour put pressure on government over refugee issue but is refusing to offer help locally
  16. Why aren’t Europe’s young people rioting any more?
  17. Communicating with MPs: Build the relationship
  18. New NHS chief angers unions with praise for private sector innovation. Unite says Simon Stevens’s comments demonstrate his and government’s shared agenda to draw in private providers
  19. Lego is a tool of Satan, warns Polish priest, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa says toy company represents ‘world of death’ and that Zombie and Monster Fighter mini-figures can lead children ‘to the dark side’
  20. Ukraine’s Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side. Sith lord runs for president as candidate of Ukrainian Internet party, vowing to ‘make an empire out of a republic’
  21. The Kashagan Debacle - How four energy giants, 10 man-made islands and nearly $50 billion add up to zero barrels of current oil production
  22. The chosen one? YouGov finds Manchester United fans still behind David Moyes.
  23. How To Survive A Liverpool Title Win.
  24. April Fools’ Day 2014 round-up: Best spoofs and fake articles from around the world
  25. Volcanoes? Meteors? No, the worst mass extinction in history – The Great Dying – could have been caused by microbes having sex
  26. Watch Game of Thrones get spoiled in new hilarious (NSFW) Honest Trailer
  27. Tomorrow is the 32nd anniversary of Argentina invading the Falkland Islands.
  28. Send anyone but Michael Gove, say local Tories - The Education Secretary’s rivalry with Boris Johnson took a new twist when grassroots activists declared who they wanted for a morale-boosting visit

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. End of the Boris Bounce? New YouGov research for Prospect suggests that Boris Johnson leading the Tory party would do little to improve its electability
  2. The five fault lines that divide Ed Miliband’s Labour party.
  3. Nigel Farage: I am proud to have taken a third of the BNPs support
  4. French Socialists humiliated in local elections. Good news for Ukip, bad news for Labour.
  5. One in five Tory Party members want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom
  6. Scotland is already another country. Westminster’s parade of day-trippers fail to grasp that devolution is not a destination but a process
  7. Why transformational politics is meaningless
  8. Unless Labour addresses burgeoning inequality, it will not reclaim the voters it’s losing to UKIP. Hardly any attempts have been made by the party to reconnect with ‘blue-collar’ voters
  9. Ed Miliband poised to pledge £3,000 reduction in university fees
  10. George Osborne makes commitment ‘to fight for full employment’ in Britain. Chancellor repudiates 1991 declaration by Norman Lamont that unemployment was a price worth paying to bring down inflation
  11. Nigel Farage: Vladimir Putin is the world leader I most admire
  12. Vladimir Putin is an oppressor, an enemy of democracy. And Nigel Farage thinks he’s ‘brilliant’
  13. Farage’s admiration for Putin shouldn’t be dismissed as the musings of a clown. Both leaders trade on the politics of resentment – and Britain’s model of capitalism generates the inequality that creates it
  14. Britain should ‘get used’ to more flooding and storms. British academic, speaking at launch of IPCC climate change report, warns that UK should brace itself for an increase in ‘climate change refugees’ 
  15. The state is the worst wicked stepmother of all
  16. Stop scapegoating SPADS – they strengthen our democracy, By supporting the elected Government’s mandate, special advisers are serving the voters, writes a former SPAD.
  17. ‘Other Labour MPs shun me because I DON’T have a regional accent’, says one of Miliband’s rising stars

  18. Hull Council ‘printing its own money’ by paying digital cash for voluntary work. Hull City Council is “printing its own money” by creating a Bitcoin-like digital currency called HullCoin which it will use to pay people for carrying out voluntary work, tax-free and without loss of benefits 
  19. A woman has sued her lawyers on the grounds that they failed to advise her that getting divorced would mean ending her marriage
  20. Tomorrow is the 696th anniversary of the capture of Berwick-upon-Tweed by the Scots from the English.
  21. Michael Gove performs the ‘Wham Rap!’
  22. The most stunning piece of Rugby you will see ever happened at the Sevens this weekend.
  23. To coincide with the release of the latest Muppets movies, check out these hysterical Muppet bloopers.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Budget 2014: the five messages George Osborne needs to deliver
  2. George Osborne’s 7 Broken Promises On The Economy
  3. UK austerity measures likely to hurt society’s poorest, OECD warns. Organisation says pace of cuts likely to intensify over next year and urges government to do more to tackle inequality
  4. Budget 2014: how Osborne can reduce Labour’s poll lead on living standards
  5. When it comes to voting intention, budgets actually matter – but the impact is rarely positive
  6. The Labour Party is calm – it should be deeply anxious
  7. Ukip would not overturn gay marriages. Nigel Farage reverses party’s stance on same-sex marriage legislation, saying he would not annul marriages in government
  8. Why Nadine Dorries said it’s ‘too late’ for Conservatives. Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, says it is ‘too late’ for the Tories to do a deal with Ukip.  EDIT: Nadine Dorries responds.(Hat tip: AnotherDave)
  9. Labour pledges to devolve more powers to Scotland
  10. Scottish independence is winning over uncommitted, says SNP
  11. Michael Gove gets a thrashing, Eton-style 
  12. Stanley Johnson: change Conservative party rules to allow my son to stand
  13. Prisoners say they are not being punished inside. Inmate survey reveals up to half of prisoners do not think life behind bars is hard
  14. Look squirrel! Ministers admit defeat in battle against grey squirrels. Oliver Heald, the solicitor-general, admits defeat in the battle against the grey squirrel and scraps laws intended to protect their red cousins 
  15. George Osborne’s Ridiculous Tie, Tony Blair’s Trousers And 12 Other Political Fashion Faux Pas
  16. Praise Benn – but never forget the damage he did to Labour
  17. A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
  18. 33 years ago, the SDP was launched, read the original Guardian piece.
  19. Star Wars meets Strictly Come Dancing. 
  20. Star Wars: Episode VII set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. The Tory knives are out for Michael Gove – and Boris is leading the assassins
  2. If people wonder why Clegg is loathed by the Labour Party – let today be your answer
  3. Labour still loathe – and feel contempt for – Nick Clegg
  4. “No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time
  5. Miliband’s EU referendum stance shows he is confident of election victory. The very fact that the Labour leader feels secure enough to affront Eurosceptics suggests he believes No.10 is within reach.
  6. The top five ways to rattle a parliamentarian
  7. Nigel Farage ’employs both his wife and mistress at public expense’
  8. Immigrants cost Britain £3,000 a day each, says report
  9. Prince Charles letters: attorney general acted unlawfully, say senior judges. Ruling in the court of appeal backs Guardian campaign to have letters to ministers released under freedom of information law
  10. Scots more likely to think their attitudes are related to where you come from
  11. Scotland’s deficit of £12bn damages Alex Salmond’s case for independence. Fall in North Sea oil revenues last year left Scottish economy with worse annual deficit level than United Kingdom
  12. Crimea shows risks in troop cutbacks, says chief of army
  13. People of all political persuasions say that Bob Crow was an effective union leader – even if they personally did not agree with his approach
  14. Bob Crow knew exactly who the enemy was – the boss class. The right’s efforts to claim Bob Crow as one of their own only highlight the great chasm between us and them
  15. One Direction’s demands to George Osborne: can celebrities ever influence politics? Monty Python, Kings of Leon and One Direction are some of the famous names urging fans to get involved with activism. But do pop stars and celebrities ever make a difference in politics?
  16. The UK’s dwindling R&D spending makes its talk of innovation ring hollow. With a smaller percentage of GDP going on research than was spent in the 1980s, no wonder productivity figures are grim
  17. This website is proving invaluable for those interested in the next election. I recommend checking it out.
  18. This is their twitter feed
  19. MPs denied cat over fears they might overfeed it
  20. 1,476 years ago  Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Byzantine general, Belisarius.


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Monday, March 10th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Ukip faces question about its far-right friends in Europe. Party belongs to Europe for Freedom and Democracy grouping, which has MEPs with extreme views and uses anti-Islam rhetoric
  2. Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage? The Ukip leader must be licking his lips. The Lib Dem leader embodies everything Ukip voters take against. Only Clegg could pick himself as the man to turn them round
  3. The evidence is clear: the Home Secretary and the Conservatives talk nonsense on immigration. There appears to be little association between non-EU immigration and employment
  4. Labour’s jobs guarantee plan creates smart dividing lines with the Tories.
  5. The Tories are on course to become the higher tax party 
  6. 11 Times Labour Have Pledged to Spend Bankers’ Bonuses 
  7. Four reasons why George Osborne should abolish the Budget
  8. Why is local politics still dominated by men? Just 32% of local councillors are women. We must tackle the macho culture in party politics
  9. David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
  10. Sex, drugs and old school ties. Which bits of MPs’ lives really matter? The real scandal can be found on a politican’s CV
  11. Should Britain just accept that it is no longer a major power? 
  12. Details of sanctions against Russia to be finalised in London, David Cameron indicates asset freezes and travel bans will be imposed within days as tensions continue to escalate in Crimea
  13. Scotland’s dirty secret: it has Thatcherites too
  14. A ‘no’ to Scottish independence won’t save the Union
  15. Why Gordon Brown is a threat to Alex Salmond.
  16. A message for rUK – the SNP is a centre-right party
  17. This Edinburgh Pub Knows How To Entice A Crowd
  18. It’s “now acceptable to study zombies seriously.” The rise of zombie academia.
  19. Today is the 2,055th Anniversary of the Battle of the Aegates Islands. This set the long term pattern of the Romans thrashing inept Carthignian military leaders.
  20. Today is the 142nd anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell making the first telephone call in his Boston laboratory.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. White face, blue collar, grey hair: the ‘left behind’ voters only Ukip understands. Farage’s core voters are not EU-obsessed Tories, but working-class men. Labour cannot afford to ignore their real concerns
  2. Tory modernisers’ best hope is an Ed Miliband victory. Being beaten after just one term by a man deemed unelectable would open up space for those who understand the need to reinvent the party.
  3. Unite’s £1.5m funding cut means Labour will need to bargain with McCluskey. The union is prepared to reduce the shortfall but will expect policy concessions in return.
  4. Nick Clegg’s EU debate with Nigel Farage breaks golden rule.
  5. Vince Cable: Teachers know ‘absolutely nothing’ about world of work. Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, enrages unions by saying teachers know ‘absolutely nothing’ about the world of work
  6. Migrant entrepreneurs have created one in every seven UK companies, according to the first comprehensive analysis of official data about founder origins.
  7. Energy renationalisation isn’t going to happen – but the government can still control the energy market
  8. Ukip councillor: let businesses turn away women or gay people if they want
  9. The grassroots love Boris Johnson – but they don’t care for dithering. This most flirtatious practitioner of political brinksmanship might start losing support if he doesn’t make a decision about standing as an MP in 2015
  10. Ukraine crisis: bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers.
  11. Putin is exploiting the legacy of the Soviet Union to further Russia’s ends in Ukraine. Cannily, Moscow has couched the invasion in the same vocabulary of fraternal assistance that the USSR deployed in Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan
  12. The hypocrisy of the Great Powers is on display again in Ukraine. We should look in the mirror before condemning Russian expansionism
  13. The west must act on Ukraine – but nobody wants to pay the price. 
  14. Vladimir Putin is losing the battle for Ukraine
  15. Arab states withdraw ambassadors from Qatar in protest at ‘interference’. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE take steps after Qatar’s failure to uphold agreement on security and stability of GCC
  16. Five years of disastrously low interest rates have left Britain addicted to cheap credit
  17. HS2 Bill won’t be passed by the next election, Transport Secretary admits
  18. Would England Use Force To Stop Scottish Independence?
  19. Could you become an MI6 spy? MI6 has created a simple quiz in which potential candidates can test whether they have what it takes to become a spy
  20. Oscar Pistorius – Only 7% think he is innocent. 64% of the British public say Oscar Pistorius is probably guilty – but 80% think placing bets on the verdict is unacceptable

  21. A lawyer who claims The Wolf of Wall Street mocks his hair loss and portrays him as a cocaine-snorting degenerate is suing the filmmakers for $25 million. 
  22. Thirty-Three Years Ago today the Future Arrived: The Sinclair ZX81
  23. Tomorrow is the 157th Anniversary of the worst decision in the history of the US Supreme Court. The decision would prove to be an indirect catalyst for the American Civil War
  24. The one chart you need to understand why Republicans should be worried about 2016. Only 11% of US Republicans are non-white, compared with about 30% of the American electorate.  Democrats: 44%
  25. The ‘gaydar’ DOES exist: Homosexuals are best at working out people’s sexual orientation (but straight people are better at picking up emotions), claims study

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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The round up of recent events (click on the links below, and it will bring up the relevant link)

  1. Sorry Len, Labour shouldn’t rule out a coalition with the Lib Dems
  2. Miliband rhetoric worries Labour’s business backers
  3. Britain’s main opposition party, Labour, is allegedly looking to offer voters a referendum, on whether the UK should stay part of the European Union, should it win the general election in 2015.
  4. Britain should keep open possibility of joining euro, says Labour frontbencher
  5. The UK’s latest “opt-out” in Europe? Foodbanks…
  6. Tory group Renewal sharpens the case against a Conservative-UKIP pact
  7. Billionaire Tory donor pulls plug on Cameron over equal marriage
  8. The government’s private assessment of Labour’s energy price freeze
  9. Peter Mandelson’s backing for Ed Balls is all for the aid of the party. The oleaginous peer is a Labour partisan who wants it to win, even if it requires burying the hatchet with an enemy
  10. David Cameron cannot admit the Coalition was a mistake, but he knows it must be put out of its misery 
  11. David Cameron’s Only Hope in 2015 Is to Destroy Nick Clegg
  12. Nick Clegg condemns talk of minority government as preposterous, Lib Dem leader condemns Labour and Tory ‘tribal’ talk of ruling without a coalition as destabilising and bad for UK
  13. A threat by Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson to resign over the collapse of the murder case against republican John Downey has brought warnings from his party that politics in Belfast is in crisis.
  14. Peter Hain: Allowing John Downey to walk free was part of our Northern Ireland peace deal. Putting a lid on atrocities such as the Hyde Park bombing of 1982 is never easy. But I make no apologies for how we dealt with ‘on-the-runs’
  15. Prince Charles is a ‘natural’ Conservative environmentalist, Michael Gove suggests
  16. PMQs: Ed Miliband wants belief in climate change to be an article of faith
  17. Alex Salmond: Why should Scotland let itself be ruled by the Tories?
  18. Russia puts military on high alert as Crimea protests leave one man dead. Ukraine acting president draws up new cabinet as Putin orders armed forces drills near border
  19. Angela Merkel has Britain’s future in her hands
  20. The America-Israel lobby must fully back Kerry’s Israel-Palestine initiative
  21. Joe Biden: Hillary Clinton’s decision won’t sway my 2016 plans
  22. Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the rather awkward case of the shadow moustache
  23. After watching this video, no one will support nuclear weapons if this is the effects of them.
  24. How living on one of Britain’s rudest-sounding streets could save home buyers up to £84,000
  25. Tomorrow is the 114th anniversary of the forming of the Labour Party.

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