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Monday, October 20th, 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. Polls can shape reality, not just reflect it. The pollsters and the media have to make decisions based on public opinion – but those decisions can then shape us.
  2. England’s awkward answer to the West Lothian Question
  3. What does history suggest will happen in the polls? Encouragingly for Cameron, since 1979 the party in power has often won support in the year before the election.
  4. Have the Greens really overtaken the Lib Dems in the polls?
  5. You want constitutional change? Fixed-term parliaments have already done the job. Why our politics could be in chaos after the next election
  6. Scottish independence referendum: what we learned about bookies vs pollsters.
  7. The Tories lie about the NHS in Wales to distract us from what they’re doing in England
  8. Middle-class families hit by Labour’s mansion tax. Ed Miliband faces criticism over his plans for a ‘mansion tax’ from Labour MPs in London who say policy is ‘dysfunctional and misconceived’
  9. Why did Britain’s political class buy into the Tories’ economic fairytale?Falling wages, savage cuts and sham employment expose the recovery as bogus. Without a new vision we’re heading for social conflict
  10. Tackling tax avoidance should be a top manifesto issue 
  11. Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding. 
  12. Parliament has more important priorities than this spiffwaddle
  13. Blind defenders of ‘free movement’ sound like US gun nuts
  14. Turkey in Europe? Now there’s a migrant backlash waiting to happen
  15. France to use Britain’s ‘illegal’ plans to cut EU migrant numbers
  16. Prison whistleblowers being threatened with dismissal
  17. ITV News Called Ed Miliband The “Labour Party Lady”
  18. “UKIP Calypso” Might Be The Most Cringeworthy Political Anthem Ever
  19. Yesterday was the 2,216th anniversary of the Battle of Zama, when Hannibal despite outnumbering his opponent, was exposed as the inept and overrated military commander most people knew him to be.
  20. Today is the 41st anniversary of the Saturday Night Massacre.
  21. Tomorrow is the 209th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. 


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Wednesday, September 3rd, 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. Election 2015 is a race neither Labour nor the Tories are fit to win
  2. For every Labour voter who shifts to UKIP, two or three Tories shift too
  3. Miliband’s message to Scottish voters ahead of referendum: Labour will win next year
  4. Why the Scottish Tory leader said it’s unlikely the Conservatives will win the general election
  5. If Scotland votes ‘No’ this month, Labour must move quickly to define the victory
  6. Public: Cameron is safe if Scotland votes ‘yes’. Voters – including many Labour supporters – think David Cameron should remain Tory leader and PM in the event of a ‘yes’ vote…
  7. Scottish ‘Yes’ vote could cause eurozone-style currency crisis, Goldman Sachs warns
  8. Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm. England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?
  9. The SNP is being dishonest when it tries to scare people into voting Yes with warnings about the threat to the health service
  10. UK Economy Stronger Than First Thought After Drugs And Prostitution Boost GDP Figures.
  11. How Clacton could be a crucial watershed in the history of Ukip
  12. The Liberal Democrats will seek an end to first-past-the-post voting in local elections as a condition for forming a future coalition as the party seeks a second stab at electoral reform.
  13. Justine Greening – ‘I know how it feels to be locked out of the system’
  14. Why interest rate rises won’t push voters into Ed Miliband’s arms
  15. Oh, what a night! Mark your calender now for the Lib Dem disco. Just when you thought conference season couldn’t get any more exciting, the Lib Dems unveil plans for what will surely be an evening to remember
  16. I would like to meet the dog that necessitated the putting up of this sign
  17. Does a man’s right hand reveal his FERTILITY? Men with a long ring finger have bigger testicles, study claims
  18. 19 Chat-Up Lines That Would Definitely Work On Northerners
  19. Tomorrow is the 1,538th anniversary of the end of the Western Roman Empire
  20. PM could face calls to postpone UK election if Scots vote for independence. Pressure on Cameron to take unprecedented step amid warnings that ‘constitutional meltdown’ would follow yes vote


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Wednesday, August 27th, 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. YouGov have updated their methodology. 
  2. YouGov have also launched a new polling innovation.
  3. And this is the first result of their new polling innovation.
  4. US poised to ask Britain to join air-strikes in Iraq.
  5. Nigel Farage needs to pick his fights more carefully
  6. Ukip still claim Labour will promise an EU referendum – but what if they’re wrong?
  7. Scottish polls: Full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing?
  8. no campaign’s new ad convinces some to vote yes
  9. Trust in information about the Independence Referendum
  10. A close inspection of the British Social Attitudes Survey shows that racial prejudice is in long-term decline
  11. David Cameron’s Scotland visit presents problem for the no campaign. PM is independence movement’s bogeyman and there’s a risk he’ll drive more waverers to say yes in referendum
  12. 22 Things That Could Only Ever Happen In Cardiff
  13. Today is the 118th anniversary of the Anglo-Zanzibar war. The war lasted 40 minutes, making it the shortest war ever (Hat-tip Sunil)
  14. Saturday will be the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Alam el Halfa 

 



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Tuesday, August 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. A do-it-yourself election prediction kit. What’s going to happen if Labour and the Conservatives are neck-and-neck in May?..
  2. What we can learn from the list of UKIP target seats
  3. Boris Johnson confirms plan to stand as MP in west London
  4. If Boris Johnson is a Westminster outsider, why has he just applied for club membership? 
  5. Nigel Farage selected by Ukip to fight South Thanet constituency in 2015
  6. Labour’s successful summer (the story you won’t read in the papers)
  7. Labour must call for an in/out EU referendum
  8. What will the party conference fringes be worried about this year? Ukip
  9. Why David Cameron has kicked John Bercow in the groin
  10. Dirty Money Funds Tories
  11. Cameron camp confident of beating Scottish independence campaign
  12. Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling put aside differences in fight for UK. The former Prime Minister and his former Chancellor are to share a platform for the first time in the independence referendum debate following Alex Salmond’s damaging TV debate victory. 
  13. The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain.  the political, social and business elites have a stranglehold on the country
  14. Have you heard the one about Isis and the ‘Ebola bomb’?
  15. Ed Miliband Aide Anna Yearley Called Northerners Backwards
  16. That the UK’s counter-terrorism policy relies on flawed polls and survey questions for estimating the number of likely terrorists is truly scary
  17. The Stop the World Coalition
  18. Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat
  19. 400 gnomes disappeared in Austria, and it’s causing a political scandal
  20. British Embassy celebrates burning down of White House in ‘tasteless’ tweet
  21. Neo-Nazi group in Sweden holds rally in town. Town hall responds by playing Schindler’s List theme tune on 80 bells
  22. The. Best. Apology. Ever.
  23. Tomorrow is the 1,604th anniversary of the Sack of Rome by the Visigoths.
  24. Tomorrow is the 86th anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg–Briand Pact which outlawed war, that was signed be 61 countries. The pact was ultimately unsuccessful in its aims.

 



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Tuesday, August 19th, 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. How Harry Potter has influenced the political values of the Millennial generation. Reading the books correlated with higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture.
  2. Boris Johnson wants Westminster return so he can become Tory leader, say voters
  3. Swivel-eyed loons unite. Boris fails the character test for social conservatives
  4. Britain abandons foreign policy. And abandons debates about foreign policy too
  5. Are migrants good for the UK economy?
  6. Not so relaxed about the filthy rich
  7. Inflation down, Osborne up
  8. Kippers’ squeals show we are a more liberal country
  9. Unite leverage squads turn attention to private sector providers in the NHS
  10. John Swinney admits no Bank of England talks over currency union. The Scottish Finance Minister performs an about-turn after the Bank issues a press release denying his claims talks on sharing the pound have taken place. 
  11. John Birt: Scottish independence would have a devastating impact on the BBC
  12. Prison lights-out policy could worsen mental health crisis, campaigners say. Plans by Chris Grayling to turn out lights and televisions in cells at 10.30pm are claimed to be dangerous to young offenders
  13. Labour and transport campaigners step up rail fares fight as prices rise again. Average increase expected to be 3-4%, meaning average ticket price has gone up 25% under coalition government
  14. The Caliphate Delusion: the political construct that bears no relevance in the modern world
  15. Egypt Urges U.S. Restraint Over Missouri Unrest
  16. We can terraform Mars for the same cost as mitigating climate change. Which would you rather? 
  17. Do not tweet when naked, drunk or eating, police warned
  18. For the love of God, someone buy David Cameron a new shirt
  19. Elton John distances himself from UKIP after Nigel Farage claims he ‘got on well’ with singer
  20. Tomorrow is the 1,097th anniversary of The Battle of Acheloos


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Monday, August 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. Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?
  2. Iraq crisis: You can’t win military campaigns without boots on the ground 
  3. The problem with Harriet Harman’s proposed gambling tax
  4. Failing people and the planet – how Greens do politics
  5. If Johnson and Darling return to Labour’s frontbench, two other men are out
  6. Cameron goes back to the future with old-style moral focus on the family. All policies will be assessed for their family-friendly impact as number of ‘troubled families’ rises to 500,000
  7. If we remove prison as an option for drugs possession, savings must go to boost probation service
  8. It’s no longer only Christians who shape UK foreign policy
  9. Alex Salmond: Keeping pound may only be a stopgap. The First Minister says sterlingisation – using the pound without a currency union – is a viable ‘transition option’ for an independent Scotland.
  10. Alex Salmond focuses on NHS in run up to Scotland poll
  11. Humble tastes of the man tipped to be Britain’s first black prime minister
  12. To save the NHS, why not charge those who abuse it? Unless we rethink our approach to the NHS, we are in danger of losing it altogether
  13. Louise Mensch’s Latest Twitter Gaffe Is Her Best Yet (Featuring SeanT)
  14. Why Rick Perry Will Be Convicted
  15. James Alexander Gordon, voice of BBC radio’s football results, dies at 78
  16. Women’s sport is front page news worth cheering about. For once, women know how it feels to have their gender dominating the sports coverage
  17. Disturbed by Ian Botham tweeting a picture of a penis? Let these pictures soothe you
  18. Who’d live in a house like this? Worst estate agent pictures show off homes with Swastikas on the wall, smashed windows and animal trophy heads
  19. Tomorrow is the 269th anniversary of the Second Jacobite Rising.


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Wednesday, August 13th, 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. Second Scottish independence debate to be screened live across UK by BBC. Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond will go head to head on 25 August, as 700,000 postal votes are sent out for the referendum
  2. Why is everything going wrong for the Scottish Yes campaign? The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.
  3. Bank of England has contingency plans for Scotland Yes vote
  4. Two political fundraising successes
  5. Ukip donations overtake Liberal Democrats
  6. Wage growth in shock collapse as unemployment rate continues to fall. Average weekly earnings contract for first time in seven years amid buoyant jobs market
  7. Sanctions against those on sickness benefit up 350 per cent in Government crackdown
  8. Veto of human rights rulings will damage Britain’s stance on Iraq, Dominc Grieve warns
  9. US ground troops land on Iraq’s Mt Sinjar to evacuate trapped Yazidis
  10. 50 years after the last execution in Britain, people still tend to support the reintroduction of the death penalty, by 45-39%
  11. 50 years after the last hanging, the UK has fallen out of love with the death penalty
  12. Tories won’t discipline councillor who “liked” Miliband beheading comment
  13. Need to calibrate your irony meter? Wife of anti-gay group president left him – for another woman
  14. 19 Chat Up Lines That Would Definitely Work In London. These lines will make you hotter than the Central Line in rush hour.
  15. Tomorrow is the 235th anniversary of the ending of the Penobscot Expedition when Britain inflicted the United States’ worst naval defeat prior to Pearl Harbour (Hat-tip Sunil)


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Tuesday, August 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.  Nicky Morgan’s challenge: stop Gove becoming a useful bogeyman
  2. Is the wizardry of Conservative strategist Lynton Crosby a myth?
  3. Boris standing as an MP is the silliest story of the silly season. Although that’s not to say that it won’t help Cameron’s chances in the next election…
  4. Owen Paterson is trolling David Cameron but could he be plotting a run for Tory leader?
  5. Sir John Major: Immigrants are grafters and natural Conservatives
  6. George Osborne plays increasing role in UK foreign policy following William Hague’s departure.
  7. Unlike the Tories, Labour will take climate change seriously
  8. Colorado Republican Randy Baumgardener: Fracking is okay, it’s natural for water to burn. ‘Indians’ used it for warmth
  9. Deny independent Scotland access to warships and fighter jets if they will not share UK debt, influential MP says
  10. Better Together asks people to stop sending small donations. Campaign say they’ve been inundated since Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond’s TV debate
  11. Justice Secretary’s policies ‘responsible for prison suicides’ Chief Inspector of Prisons criticises Chris Grayling for failures on staffing and overcrowding
  12. On Iraq, the public’s conscience stirs but MPs are impotent
  13. The motivations of Theresa May’s attack on Strasbourg
  14. Lord Neuberger, Britain’s most senior judge, admits he doesn’t read all papers in a case
  15. Brits are more likely to help their pet than a man or teenager
  16. Tomorrow is the 310th anniversary of the Battle of Blenheim, when an English led alliance gave the French a good hiding.
  17. Who is winning the betting war: Ladbrokes or William Hill?