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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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

  1. Vince Cable will lose his economy job with the Lib Dems tomorrow
  2. The chart that explains how the Conservatives will approach the election. If the conversation is in the top right-hand corner, the Conservatives win. If the conversation is anywhere else, they probably won’t
  3. Dear London Mayoral candidates – the Mansion Tax isn’t a “tax on London”
  4. Trust and doubt swing the spending battle in Osborne’s favour
  5. Power without purpose: the tragic rule of David Cameron, The prime minister rose without ideological trace. Whatever the election result, he seems likely to disappear the same way
  6. Some gloomy general election predictions
  7. Conservatives will win May general election, predicts Goldman Sachs
  8. Follow every prediction – and make your own – with May2015’s election-forecasting machine
  9. In every crisis, an opportunity: How minority government could pave the way to a realignment of British party politics
  10. Michael Gove might not be preparing for another coalition. But other Tories are
  11. Who is the real Ed Miliband?
  12. Labour accused of bragging over pledge to keep £83m of arts funding cuts, Party admits it cannot commit to reversing many cuts as author Neil Gaiman and Green party criticise response to Tory dossier
  13. This Canadian Is Patiently Dealing With Twitter Abuse From People Who Think He’s Jim Murphy MP. Jim from Ontario is not Jim from Glasgow.
  14. 16 Political Lessons We Can Learn From Cats
  15. Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be a cosy home for alien life
  16. Nazi super cows: British farmer forced to destroy half his murderous herd of bio-engineered Heck cows after they try to kill staff
  17. Archaeologists May Have Uncovered the Site of Jesus’s Trial
  18. 405 years ago tomorrow, Galileo Galilei discovered the Galilean moons


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Monday, January 5th, 2015

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

  1. Fewer than two thirds want either side to win an absolute majority
  2. Ed Miliband can make an argument, but can he make voters listen? The Labour leader’s election launch may be the turning point when his attacks on the Tories start to connect with voters
  3. If Miliband wants to win “the big argument” he’ll need to enthuse electorate and activists alike
  4. The trap the Tories have set for Labour on cuts
  5. Now the economy is finally recovering, 2015 could well be the year of the left. A new study gives hope to progressives who have been disheartened by a shift to the right in recent years
  6. The political posters that backfired – and why you can’t fool the internet. A Conservative ad showcases the German countryside. Is it possible to avoid visual gaffes in the run up to an election?
  7. Opportunity for the Tories as Ukip swings Left.
  8. Stalemate? The legal mechanics of having two general elections this year. What are the legal and constitutional impediments on there being, as some commentators have suggested, two general elections this year?
  9. Would Labour consider scrapping Trident to make way for a deal with the SNP? The Labour leader hints he could water down his stance on Trident.
  10. Nick Clegg’s new year pitch for eternal power
  11. Labour wins more seats. The Conservatives win more votes. What price electoral reform?
  12. Scotland: No Country for Free Speech
  13. Politicians trusted less than estate agents, bankers and journalists
  14. David Cameron spent New Year’s Eve ‘dad dancing’ with Blur’s Alex James
  15. The Mathematics Of Pixar Movies
  16. 949 years ago tomorrow, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England was crowned.


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Tuesday, December 9th, 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. Why 2015 is about marginal seats more than national stats
  2. Reasons to be careful about new analysis suggesting Lib Dems “set to lose several more seats than national polls with uniform swing would predict”
  3. Lord Mandelson: Labour risks ‘great self-destruction’ by depending on current supporters
  4. Conservatives should form a minority Government to avoid ‘complicated’ coalition, David Cameron’s election strategist says. Lord Andrew Cooper says the polls indicate that the Conservatives are unlikely to win an outright majority and that a “tidal wave” of support for parties such as Ukip will lead to a messy hung parliament
  5. Tory Party members aren’t really cooling towards the Coalition as the election approaches
  6. Social democrats face irrelevance at best, extinction at worse. Labour could find itself in office come May, but without the power to act. Social democrats everywhere need to understand the crisis they are in and how much they need to change.
  7. The Labour Party: white, middle class and stuck in a gastropub
  8. Labour’s Harriet Harman says women will take on Tory party’s ‘reigning men’. Female candidates contest 54% of key constituencies as Powell and Cooper take big role in 2015 general election campaign
  9. Ignore the flaws. For only Labour can beat the Tories, Osborne’s strategy will bring ideological shrink-the-state brutality. We need to stop this however we can
  10. Ukip’s high command remains confused about the NHS
  11. Revealed: the cringeworthy horror of Ukip chat-up lines
  12. ‘Brummie’ is the least attractive accent
  13. FBI was shaken and stirred by James Bond portrayal, files reveal. A memo was sent ordering FBI agents to halt any mention of the Bureau in the 1964 film Goldfinger
  14. 78 years ago tomorrow, King-Emperor Edward VIII signed his instrument of abdication.


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Tuesday, November 25th, 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 spiral of silence in polling
  2. Has Theresa May just declared war on Downing Street? The Home Secretary no longer seems to fear the PM’s wrath
  3. The Conservatives won’t win by banging on. And on. And on. And on. And on and on and on about Europe.
  4. Liverpool must back Rodgers and Labour must back Miliband
  5. Labour neglects English marginal seats at its peril – it can’t just appeal to its “heartlands. Labour does best in places worst hit by the recession, but it has to branch out to enlarge its electoral base.
  6. Our political landscape is not changing anywhere near as much as we assume it is. With the Ukip rise, the Green surge, and the soaring of the SNP, it’s easy to get carried away and think we’re heading towards some sort of revolution
  7. Iain Duncan-Smith’s Universal Credit failure explained in one simple chart
  8. Two charts that explain why old people keep getting free stuff. Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers yet more billions. Here’s why
  9. Ukip and the hard-Left are both blinded by Tory hatred. The Left’s rhetoric has become as toxic as that of the hard-Right
  10. Will Northern Ireland’s culture wars kill power-sharing? Westminster’s general indifference to what goes on in Northern Ireland is blinding it to the fact that the political process there is rapidly losing momentum.
  11. Head of Tristram Hunt’s old school criticises Labour’s ‘bigoted’ attack on private education, says Labour must spend more time raising standards in state education rather than relying on the fee-paying sector
  12. How can we tackle the “social apartheid” in Britain’s education system?
  13. When conspiracy theories enter the mainstream, it’s time to worry. Secret oil fields in the North Sea, ‘powerful forces’ conspiring against Ed Miliband, the EU to blame for Russia pouring arms into Ukraine. Enough already
  14. Save the Children staff furious over ‘global legacy’ award for Tony Blair
  15. Pope Francis calls Europe an ‘elderly and haggard’ grandmother
  16. Frenchman develops pills to make flatulence smell of roses. 65-year-old inventor says he came up with his range of indigestion tablets after he was “nearly suffocated” by the smell of farts
  17. YouGov polling on orgasms finds Most women have faked it – and so have 1 in 5 men
  18. 12 German Proverbs, Translated Literally. Remember: “Only the hard come in the garden”
  19. 2,057 years ago, the Second Triumvirate was formed

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Wednesday, November 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. Nigel Farage reinforces David Cameron’s own anti-Ukip squeeze message
  2. Is the Blairite group Progress plotting to back Chuka Umunna in a leadership bid?
  3. The limits of Hashtag Loyalty
  4. Ed Miliband might make you cringe, but if you care about inequality then he’s the only option you have. Rampant and unjustifiable inequality is the biggest issue Britain faces, and he gets it
  5. Voter patience is wearing thin – which spells danger ahead. As voter turnouts decline, so does the legitimacy of any new government
  6. Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett: Ukip voters are “simply lashing out” like “a small child”
  7. Rochester byelection: a civil war on the right fuelled by immigration and elitism
  8. Five Questions for Anyone Who Says ‘It’s Not Racist to Talk About Immigration’
  9. Iain Duncan Smith to meet Universal Credit target in 700 years time
  10. Exploring a tra… defector’s dilemmas 
  11. Evidence Britain is becoming more socially liberal
  12. Watch: Fox host Megyn Kelly makes awkward slip introducing anti-gay Republican Mike Huckabee as Mike F*ckabee
  13. Marriage of Ancient and Modern Makes Rosetta Mission a True Space Odyssey
  14. Tomorrow is  the 1,012th anniversary of the Saint Brice’s Day massacre, when King Æthelred the Unready ordered the killing of every Dane in the Kingdom of England.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 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. Most Tories now expect a party schism over Europe. After the ructions over the EU arrest warrant, the only question is whether the split can be postponed till after the 2015 election
  2. Amid increased uncertainty, Labour remains the favourite. The Labour party could still win a majority in 2015.
  3. Why Labour is going to pay the “British Nate Silver” almost as handsomely as Ukip did. General elections are now won far less by ideas than by algorithms
  4. Polling shows support for Ed Miliband in target seats – but are they really targets?
  5. David Lammy: Ed Miliband Won’t Win A Majority In 2015
  6. Our duty is to tell the truth about the real Ed Miliband, not to undermine him
  7. Labour’s Mili-madness is over. Now what?
  8. Next May’s election may resemble that of October 1974
  9. Antifrank puts the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that is the constituency markets together. 
  10. Does anyone actually want to win the next election?
  11. NHS will ‘crash’ without emergency £1.5billion funding next month, says health minister
  12. Ipsos MORI’s poll for BBC News shows decreasing trust in government as it gets less local.
  13. ‘Ruthless George’ Osborne can miss all his targets and still win. Voters are unconvinced by the Tory chancellor’s credibility. But they also doubt the alternatives
  14. There are already calls for Juncker to resign. I hate to say ‘I told you so’… 
  15. Do Your Sexual Fantasies Affect the Way You Vote? Possibly NSFW
  16. Don’t believe in tribal politics? Take a look at how people respond to Downing Street’s cats
  17. George W. Bush cracks jokes about dad, urges Jeb to run at book launch
  18. Jehovah’s Witnesses boss: Don’t wear tight trousers, they’re designed by homosexuals
  19. Scientists recreate ‘Luke Skywalker’ thought control
  20. Drone tour of Tower of London poppies
  21. Army chaplain who took the Unknown Warrior’s secret to his grave
  22. From plastic, to prisons, to lapel: How Canada’s millions of poppies get made

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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