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How many female MPs and MSPs should there be?

I. A House of Commons committee proposes changes to increase the number of women MPs: The government has rejected all six proposals to give parliament more equal female representation, prepared by the Commons’ women and equalities committee, including fines for … Continue reading

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Explanation of workfare

Here’s a cartoon explaining the government’s policy on workfare (via Reddit):

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6-8 inches of snow?

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Contra Munroe on Free Speech

There’s a popular xkcd cartoon explaining free speech: I think Randall Munroe (who writes xkcd) is wrong here, or at least not entirely right. Munroe thinks of free speech in terms of laws: you have free speech if the government … Continue reading

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Ha! Anal!

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Effective vs. Harmful Anti-war Activism

This: A lot of activism comes too late to be productive Stopping adaptation at the bottom of an adaptive valley is bad Activism which is not deeply intellectual and versed in real politics is a blunt instrument which may take … Continue reading

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The Young Vote

Whatever the result of the election — and the BBC are currently forecasting a Tory minority government with 322 seats — is it looks like young people have turned out in greater numbers in this election that they have done … Continue reading

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