Category Archives: Wales

The Lady in the Lodge

Julia Gillard has been sworn in as Australia’s first female prime minister after a surprise leadership vote in the ruling Labor Party ousted Kevin Rudd. Mr Rudd chose not to take part in the ballot knowing he would suffer an embarrassing defeat to his deputy. Ms Gillard said she believed “a good government was losing […]

Whigs v Tories

Labour may as well not have fronted. If the UK electoral system was fair, this election would be a fight between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Even with its current unfairness, it may still be a fight between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. I wrote that after watching the second Prime Ministerial Debate on […]

Be there, or be the democratic deficit!*

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing to make political history by taking part in Britain’s first ever prime ministerial TV debate. The party leaders have been rehearsing intensively for the 90-minute US-style live broadcast, in which every word and gesture will be analysed. They will answer questions chosen by the audience and […]

Battle of Britain Begins: General Election 2010

Political leaders have headed off on the campaign trail after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the UK general election would be held on 6 May. He said he would seek a “clear” mandate to continue the “road to recovery”, as Labour bids for a fourth term. David Cameron, whose Conservative Party has been ahead in […]

Gay Gareth

Former Wales and Lions captain Gareth Thomas has broken one of the major taboos that surround sport by revealing he is gay. The 35-year-old joins stars like basketball’s John Amaechi and hurling’s Donal Og Cusack who have come out. “Just because you are gay, it doesn’t mean you fancy every man who walks the planet,” […]

David Cameron visits Brasenose

As many people would know, David Cameron is a Brasenose alumnus. 2009 is the college’s 500th anniversary (yes, I attend a college more than double the age of my country), and to that end has been putting on various rather pleasant events. There’s been the usual round of balls, parties, guest speakers and lots of […]

When is a trust not a trust?

Via the Restitution Discussion Group (yes, there really is such a thing), I hear that the Australian High Court has indulged in yet another snark at unjust enrichment. Is it just me, or are these self-righteous little rants getting boring? The case is Bofinger v Kingsway Group Limited [2009] HCA 44. The issue raised is […]