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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?


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Wednesday, August 6th, 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. Boris Johnson lays down the gauntlet to David Cameron
  2. For now Cameron will reap the rewards of Boris Johnson’s return. The Tories’ star player can defend the party’s leader against Nigel Farage and will hope to broaden its appeal beyond its southern niche
  3. Boris’s message is more popular than you think. The left must be ready for it
  4. Boris has the moral code of a priapic magpie and the same sense of public service as Lindsay Lohan.
  5. Boris Johnson will stand for Parliament – and Ukip ‘exits right, pursued by a Boris’ 
  6. Ukip need not fear Boris Johnson
  7. Boris Johnson denied at least 17 times that he would return to parliament in 2015
  8. Tessa Jowell drops big hint that she’s running for London Mayor
  9. To watch the UK’s political elite debate,head to Twitter, not Westminster, Twitter, once the preserve of teens and techies, is now the medium of choice for the political establishment too.
  10. The bitter truth: the Tories have done more for Muslims than Labour
  11. Sexist Tory playground bullies have a field day
  12. Hugo Swire, Tory Foreign Office Minister, ‘Considered Quitting Over Gaza’
  13. Personalities, Promises and Policies
  14. Alex Salmond took a beating last night. And his supporters know it.
  15. Scottish independence campaigners try to soften TV debate blow. Scottish independence activists promise huge grassroots campaign
  16. Scottish independence debate was a battle Alex Salmond needed to win. First minister did better than Darling at targeting the undecided but post-debate poll showed no change in intended ‘yes’ votes
  17. The image of the British Tommy is an iconic one, but doesn’t tell the full story. Black, Indian, Chinese, gay, mixed race – all fought for a country at a time when it treated them as second-class citizens
  18. 40,000 Iraqis stranded on mountain as Isis jihadists threaten death
  19. It’s big, clever and funny, Runner uses Nike+ app to draw penises, San Francisco-based runner uses GPS to ‘draw run’ pictures of penises, dogs and Space Invaders aliens on Nike+ map
  20. Welsh rugby dispute threatens to wreck Warren Gatland’s World Cup plans
  21. THE MASTER’S ALIVE - Brian Blessed admits to turning down playing The Doctor.
  22. 69 years ago today, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. 


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Monday, August 4th, 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. David Cameron’s prospects for victory in 2015 can’t be guaranteed. Conservatives are beginning to worry that they are failing to benefit from Britain’s economic recovery
  2. About that Miliband wreath…
  3. Labour MPs reluctant to advertise Ed Miliband online. Just one in five Labour MPs has a picture of Ed Miliband on their website, amid claims they are “reluctant” to be associated with him
  4. Is David Cameron still afraid of Brexit?
  5. Tracking the great divide: Why Cameron and Miliband aren’t taking the centre. New YouGov research shows both party leaders remaining firmly within their comfort zone rather than reaching for the swing vote
  6. Almost two in three Tory members believe Cameron was wrong to move Gove
  7. Doubts cast over David Cameron completing full term if re-elected
  8. Nick Clegg to call for tighter controls on immigration from new EU states. Lib Dem leader’s intervention means all the major parties will be competing to prove they would reduce immigration from EU
  9. Politicians will never please the public on immigration, so they should stop trying. On immigration, we demand that our politicians serve us a dish of fried snowballs and then feign disappointment when they fail to deliver it.
  10. Alex Salmond must leave Alistair Darling ‘on the floor’ in independence TV debate. The First Minister needs to leave Alistair Darling ‘lying on the floor’ if he wants to win the independence referendum, it is claimed.
  11. Presenting one of the best newspaper corrections of recent times
  12. Norman Baker – I want to see the end of all animal testing
  13. East coast mainline pays taxpayers £1bn sparking fresh reprivatisation fury. Franchise returned record £235m in final year as a state company but Department for Transport says decision is final
  14. Ebola has infected public discourse with a new xenophobia
  15. 1914: the Great War has become a nightly pornography of violence. The centenary has been seized as a military propaganda opportunity. So-called lessons learned have been ignored or forgotten
  16. One hundred years ago today  The United Kingdom declared war on Germany, following on from the German invasion of Belgium.