There is a fairly wide-spread view that the country has “had enough of coalitions” and does not want to see another bout of post-election coalition negotiation.
Yet most parties are themselves coalitions where the negotiation is done out of sight – usually by party elites and pay-masters. Not exactly transparent and rather lacking in accountability.
Most parties see it as a disaster if the veil is lifted and we “the voters” are allowed to see what is going on inside. Read more…
I don’t support UKIP or its attitude to foreigners (expressed or implicit), but (logically) I can’t see how Mark Reckless “misspoke” last night.
Twice last night Mark Reckless was asked whether a Polish plumber who lives in Rochester would be able to stay in the country if Britain decided to leave the EU.
First he said the Polish plumber might be allowed to stay for a fixed period then he said UKIP would look sympathetically at the cases of people who’d been here for a long time.
BBC News Website 19 November 2014 : UKIP: Should Polish plumbers be deported? (Nick Robinson’s blog)
How is that view at variance with UKIP’s desire to leave the EU and reduce immigration “because the country is full up”? Read more…
Cameron tells us that the red light on the dashboard is flashing warning that we are about to go into another global recession.
writing in the [Guardian], Mr Cameron said “red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy” – six years on from the crash that “brought the world to its knees”.
BBC News Website 17 November 2014 : Global economy warning lights are flashing, says PM
So who is to blame? The voters of Rochester deserve to know before Thursday. Read more…
It is difficult when the country won’t divide into two warring tribes. But, on the other hand, if you look at politics in the United States of America, perhaps not.
Without just two warring tribes and the associated bi-polar politics we (the UK) need to seriously consider multi-party politics and its implications. The fact that we have not really done so is part of the reason for the politics of the last five years generating so much heat and venom yet so little light and progress.
For the first and second parties in a multi-party system, the basic strategy is fairly easy and unchanged. You “campaign to win”.
If successful you either:
If you lose, you are spared the responsibility of governing and you are free to be chief critic – as long as you do not lose so badly that you cease to be the second party.
If you are not the first or second party, the situation is more difficult. Read more…
Andy Parsons expressed surprise (BBC2 Mock the Week, 1 October 2014) about Mark Reckless defecting to UKIP because:
They don’t like outsiders coming in and taking their jobs
I am sure that Douglas Carswell’s predecessor as UKIP candidate for Clacton must agree with that sentiment.
Tory Douglas Carswell has defected to UKIP and quit as MP for Clacton, saying he will contest the subsequent by-election for Nigel Farage’s party.
BBC News Website 28 August 2014 : Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP and forces by-election
This raises some interesting questions about Mr Carswell, UKIP and politics in general. Read more…
In choosing a week to bury excruciating news, the Liberal Democrats have excelled at an ugly art. Westminster slumbers in recess, voters are on holiday or reeling from the latest horrors of Isis – and Nick Clegg tersely announces Lord Rennard has been reinstated as a party member, all disciplinary action miraculously evaporated.
The Guardian 21 August 2014 : Lord Rennard’s return to the Lib Dem fold caps a sorry saga of mistakes
It’s a typical bind that a party like the Lib Dems would get caught up in. In holding them up for criticism and ridicule, a part of me feels sorry for the injured little critters.
John Curtice writing today (16 July 2014) on Democratic Audit says:
The fascinating thing about UKIP supporters is that some of its obvious position,; such as its anti-European, anti-immigration stance, are issues on which it is frankly impossible for the Conservatives to match the UKIP offer. But the other characteristic of UKIP supporters which is really important in my view is that they are economic pessimists. Actually in many opinion polls these days you will find that UKIP supporters are more pessimistic about what’s going to happen to the economy in general or their own personal finances in particular over the course of the next 12 months.
Democratic Audit 16 July 2014 : Five minutes with John Curtice: “The problem facing the Conservatives is that so far this is a voteless recovery”
Which is confirmed and boosted by the UKIP refrain that we no longer govern ourselves but are ruled by faceless bureaucrats in Brussels. In trying to counter UKIP, the Conservatives have not contradicted this refrain – thereby seeming to confirm it. Read more…