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The debate platforms of the future: twitter and facebook (?)

As many of you may be aware, Australia’s leading left-leaning blog, Larvatus Prodeo, is closing down. Its last post went up today (I think, remember I’m in the UK and so should allow for time differences). Leaving everything else aside, Mark made the following observation: There’s no longer the same need for a hub for […]

I always feel like, somebody’s watching me…

The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. The Home Office says the move is key to tackling […]

Cash for Canapes

Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has resigned after secretly filmed footage showed him apparently offering access to the prime minister for a donation of £250,000 a year. He made the claim to Sunday Times reporters posing as potential donors. He said £250,000 gave “premier league” access, including dinner with David Cameron and possibly the chance […]

Back to the Future

The government’s controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords. The bill introduces an annual cap on benefits and overhauls many payments within the welfare system. David Cameron has said it marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in more than 60 years. But a report from […]

Some food for thought: Reist v Wilson

Various people wrote thoughtful responses to my piece on the distinction between principled and means-end limits to law in the context of the ongoing Melinda Tankard Reist v Jennifer Wilson dust-up. I was rather busy last week and so didn’t respond; I figured I ought to respond, so here are some comments and thoughts (still, […]

Smart Alec

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has insisted his government has a mandate to hold a referendum on independence in the autumn of 2014. It comes after ministers in London said such a move would be unlawful without Westminster’s approval. But a spokesman for Mr Salmond said Scottish National Party ministers were “entirely confident” of their […]

It’s Just Not Cricket

In an interview this weekend, PM David Cameron has revealed that he’s hoping for a new kind of fairness in the coming year. While emphasising there will be no let up in dealing with the deficit, Mr Cameron clearly wants 2012 to be different. He wants to establish a new “fairness” agenda that will, he […]

Cameron’s First Law of Twitter Personified

Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott has apologised for any offence caused by comments she made on Twitter, after claims they were racist. She said she had not meant to generalise when she wrote: ”White people love playing ‘divide & rule’” … In a statement, Ms Abbott said: “I apologise for any offence caused. I understand people have interpreted […]

Bloody Brothers

David Cameron has said he has “no bad blood” towards Conservatives who defied orders to oppose a call for a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. Ministers won the vote but 81 Tories backed the call, the biggest rebellion on Europe against a Conservative PM. The prime minister said he knew people felt “strongly” about […]

We’re on the radio…

This week, we published Lorenzo’s cracker of a guest post on the slow demise of the Euro, and someone at ‘Aunty’ ABC must have noticed, because he’s been interviewed on the strength of it. The show in question is called ‘Counterpoint‘, and airs on Monday October 17th. The show itself starts at 16:05; Lorenzo’s segment […]