Category Archives: politics

2011: a year of change in a decade of change

2011 was a year of change in a decade of change. The UK It’s been obvious since before the 2010 general election that the coming decade was likely to involve big constitutional changes in Britain: Scotland might leave the UK, … Continue reading

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Why I’m not a Labour supporter

I recently said why I’m not a Tory. In the interests of balance, I’ll say why I’m not a Labour supporter. On Liberal Conspiracy I recently posted that: Public spending went up from 36% of GDP in 2000 to 48% … Continue reading

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Libyan militias fight each other

CNN: The Libyan war may be over, but rivalries rage on among some regional militias, leading to a mutual distrust that poses a challenge to the new leadership. Earlier this week, the rivalry was evident when dozens of fighters clashed … Continue reading

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Democracy is tolerated until it threatens the 1%

From Charles Hugh Smith (my emphasis): Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s call for a citizens’ referendum to decide the future of Greece is direct participatory democracy in action. Yet the European leadership and the Elites who need global markets to … Continue reading

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Should Britain have a referendum on withdrawal from the EU?

So, should we? In the general case, the people should have a referendum on whatever policies they want to. These will typically be ones that the people conside important and where the government is perceived to be thwarting the will … Continue reading

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Should Occupy Join Forces with Pirate Parties?

Max Keiser says that Occupy should team up with Pirate Parties.

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Similarities between the Occupy movement and the Pirate movement

Adrianne Jeffries of Betabeat, regarding Occupy Wall Street, says: Occupy Wall Street is nothing if not tech-savvy. (One of the earliest criticisms was the preponderence of Macbooks among the protesters.) The protest has had a near-constant Livestream from the headquarters at … Continue reading

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What the Occupy movement should demand

Some people have criticised the Occupy movement for having vague or no demands. In this post I’ll make some suggestions as to what they should demand; bearing in mind the need to have demands that (i) lots of people can … Continue reading

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Greens adopt Pirate policies

Back in 2009, when I co-founded Pirate Party UK, it was part of my game-plan that we would win in part by persuading other parties to our point of view. I didn’t expect it to happen this quickly. The Green/EFA … Continue reading

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Pirate Party UK launches an open policy consultation

Britain’s branch of the worldwide Pirate Party movement, Pirate Party UK, has launched a policy consultation. Unlike other parties who only care what corporations and big donors think, Pirate Party UK cares about what you think. To that end we’ve … Continue reading

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