Changing the State

Analysing Starmerism as new Fabianism is becoming popular, at least at least at a very public sociologist | all that is solid. I recently debated with one of Starmer’s supporters who among other things argued that grass roots campaigning didn’t help achieve power. In the attached video, Ed Miliband explains why so-called single issue campaigning is essential to making an effective Labour Govt. Enjoy! Continue reading “Changing the State”

NEC blogs, an aggregator

I made an aggregation of the NEC blogs I could find, it’s not finished as I need to install some margins, make it responsive and possibly reposition the meta panels. I looked at my snip, Planet (Venus) themes (CSS) and revised it slightly, otherwise here are my notes. … Continue reading “NEC blogs, an aggregator”

The NI protocol

The Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement signed by Boris Johnson after a partisan vote in the House of Commons, introduces a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Great Britian. Now that the Unionists have caught up with what the deal means, they are mightily unhappy; the problem is that many of them are armed and lethal violence was only expunged as a regular tactic in 1998. Here are my notes on the NI protocol. Continue reading “The NI protocol”

What is to be done? (About Brexit)

It’s turning pear shaped, that Brexit, not as easy as they thought, and maybe worse than Remainers predicted. Here are some notes that I made for the AEIP National Committee meeting. I quote from blog articles of mine and other sources, and will try and turn this into a blog article later in the week. Anyway, as they say on Youtube, let’s get to it … Continue reading “What is to be done? (About Brexit)”

Brexit, Month One

The post brexit deal, one month on. It’s not going well, both trade, which is down, some say by 68%, due to the economic consequences of non-tariff barriers to entry, mainly paper work, and the consequences of agreeing a border in the Irish Sea are placing massive strains on the Good Friday agreement. Here are some notes. Continue reading “Brexit, Month One”

Starmer vs Johnson, Winter 2020/1

I wrote a piece on my blog, about Boris and Starmer’s polling numbers. I observe that the score seems to be different depending if one’s seeking to determine approval or suitability for the top job. I made a charts  from yougov data but didn’t use it in my part II, and so I present them here. Johnson is thought of less well than Starmer but seems to be closing the gap. Continue reading “Starmer vs Johnson, Winter 2020/1”

The EU’s democratic deficit.

Some notes based on the ERS’ document, “Close the Gap: Tackling Europe’s Democratic Deficit”. They have 12 proposals, seven of which suggest actions for the UK Parliament, two for political parties (other than Labour) and one each for the Council, Commission and Parliament. So not so much an EU deficit, more a UK paying attention problem. Mind you, they could pay more attention to what HMG is doing too. I read it once, and made some diigo notes, which I reproduce below/overleaf. … Continue reading “The EU’s democratic deficit.”