Jenny Tonge and Political Reality

28 11 2010

Category: Politics, Middle East, Anti-Semitism

It’s hard to feel sorry for a man because he’s been elevated to the House of Lords, but I do.

That man is Monroe PalmerĀ – click here for a profile. The reason I feel sorry for him is that I can’t help wondering whether his elevation is an act of enormous cynicism by his party, the Liberal Democrats: That they have installed him as a counterbalance to Baroness Jenny Tonge. Read the rest of this entry »

Clean up the mess

20 05 2010

Category: Politics, Law

The British Deputy Prime Minister has announced that some of the thousands of laws created by the last government will be scaled back.

Good thing too. There are plenty that can be got rid of, but in terms of criminal law it’s the absurd complexity that needs to be addressed head on.

I’ve devoted several posts on this blog to someone who was charged with the most minor criminal offence possible. That case was interesting for other reasons, but the procedures highlight what an unwieldy monster the criminal justice system has become.

I’ll try and break down the case so you can see what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »

Fewer votes; more power

9 05 2010

Category; Politics

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a third party in possession of good electoral fortune, must be in want of proportional representation…

The desire Britain’s Liberal Democrats have for PR goes unquestioned; its reasons are obvious – a fairer voting system that will lead to a fair allocation of seats reflecting the wish of the electorate.

They won 23% of the vote in the 2010 election but took less than 9% of the seats in the House of Commons; sounds very unfair, and it is.

But there is a false assumption at the heart of the Liberal Democrat arguments for PR. It doesn’t necessarily undermine the argument but it does put another spin on Liberal Democrats’ advocacy of reform…

If Britain had PR, the Liberal Democrats share of the vote would shrivel… Read the rest of this entry »