Monthly Archives: January 2015

In recent years panel shows and stand-up comics have turned banter into an art form.  It even has its own dedicated broadcaster – Dave.  The trouble is, it looks easy, but good banter amongst a panel of quick wits is difficult to pull off, especially on live TV.  For that reason, most politicians usually adopt the first rule of PR self-preservation – I am a serious person and therefore can not and… Read More

Yesterday saw a historic victory for Syriza, the far-left anti-austerity party in the Greek general elections.  Though much expected, it is an exciting moment in European politics – there are claims it is the first significant electoral victory for the hard left in Europe in over 40 years.    With all the wide-eyed fantacism that is weaved into the DNA of socialists, some will inevitably see this is the beginning of the end… Read More

Britain is good at pomp.  Our conventions and traditions are important threads that bind our nation together and add cherished ‘colour’ to Britain’s public life.  Whether it’s a Royal Wedding, Remembrance Sunday or the Olympic Opening Ceremony, at a local and national level we know how to mark an occasion properly. The fact that we often get it so right, makes it particularly striking when we get it wrong.  The ‘guidance’ from… Read More

It would be uncharitable to be too disparaging about South Oxfordshire DC and Vale of White Horse DC’s combined electoral services department when they have just suffered a major arson attack.   I will therefore start by saying that I’m sure that our local authority is no worse than anywhere else. However I have heard a story recently about a local man’s attempts to register to vote which was very disappointing. Firstly, some… Read More

I was selected as the Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wantage last week.  I’m very grateful to the discerning and supportive members of Wantage Lib Dems for their white-hot grilling, and for putting their faith in me. Standing as a candidate is a big step and I’ll say more on why I’m doing it below.  But if you are in the mood for resolutions, whether you are interested in politics or not, please… Read More