Monthly Archives: April 2013

There is a radical idea doing the rounds. So radical in fact that in years gone by, earlier forms of the idea have brought down governments, destroyed political parties, even brought the country to the brink of civil war. It’s explosive stuff.  Political dynamite. Being too technical to fit into an abusive UKIP tweet means it has passed the local elections by. But if the Kippers only knew it was about a… Read More

It has been a tough week for democrats. In Europe, the European Parliament rejected a simple measure to help support the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). In the US, the Senate rejected a simple measure to make gun ownership a little bit more difficult. It is hard to understand either vote – both proposals made sense by every logical measure.  They also attracted support from a broad cross-section of the… Read More

David Cameron’s visit to Glasgow recently was important for two reasons: (i) an old Etonian has not been seen in Scotland outside grouse season since Wee Willy Wales went to St Andrews; (ii) it highlighted the difficulty of having nuclear bombs based somewhere that might be a foreign country within 18 months. The sensible solution to (ii) may be to decommission the nuclear submarines altogether.  Cameron does not appear to favour that… Read More

BBC political editor Nick Robinson characteristically signed off his report on the death of Margaret Thatcher today by trying to sum up the Iron Lady with one word. I, perhaps simplistically, had expected him to say ‘Thatcherism’.   But Nick has too much brainpower trapped inside his encyclopaedic-earthworm head to waste licence-fee payer’s money by stating the bleeding obvious. He chose instead to encapsulate Thatcher with the word ‘belief’. My only complaint with… Read More

During today’s bout of engine-revving by Westminster and Cardiff over the possibility of a new relief road in South Wales the main casualty seems to be WG’s sustainability credentials. While arguments rage about whether a toll can or can not be imposed from London, it’s disappointing to see the Welsh Government pushing for a huge new road-building scheme while cutting bus services to rural areas.  It begs the question as to whether… Read More

The resounding view from around my family’s Easter Sunday lunch table was that Boris Johnson remains the most popular politician in the UK. After a week that saw the London Mayor under the microscope, first in Eddie Mair’s interview mauling, and then Michael Cockerill’s Bullingdon-and-the-Beast documentary, Johnson has emerged with credit for being ‘human’, ‘interesting’ and ‘not towing the party line’. The debate about whether the cuddly bear of British politics could… Read More

Originally posted on Inside track:
This post is a version of a longer essay which first appeared in Making it mutual: the ownership revolution that Britain needs, recently published by ResPublica. I’m standing on the beach at Hvide Sande, in the northern reaches of Denmark, on a cold October morning. Strong gusts of wind pick up sand and throw it straight at my face. It’s not a good day for a picnic.…