Tag Archives: democracy

Government by expert, scientists, and those Platonic Guardians (again) #QEDcon

Over the weekend, I was a guest at this really rather splendid skeptical convention (responsible for the terrific animation above). I and my fellow panellists (three lawyers, one science writer) got to talk about libel and defamation law, and how it relates to social media. This is, I think it’s fair to say, controversial right now. […]

Paging Mr Mander: Mr ‘Gerry’ Mander

As many as 10 million voters, predominantly poor, young or black, and more liable to vote Labour, could fall off the electoral register under government plans, the Electoral Commission, electoral administrators and psephologists warned . The changes will pave the way for a further review of constituency boundaries that will reduce the number of safe […]

When court filing really is a matter of life and death

I’ve said before that I’m not so good with dates. That’s a real problem when you are a litigator, and I found I had to be absolutely scrupulous with diarising dates for filing court documents. Still, even when one misses a date, the mistake can usually be fixed — it’s not a matter of life […]

Trouble in Fiji

They say that a week is a long time in politics, but sometimes the whole state of a nation can change in a remarkably short amount of time. Recent events in Fiji prove the point. Even knowing where to begin the story is difficult. Put shortly, last week, the Fijian Court of Appeal ruled that […]

Elect a new people

Over at LP, Paul Norton outlines some more research indicating that people do best when they have more control over their own lives, with a particular emphasis on heath outcomes. Who knew? No, I’m not being nasty, but this has been one of the most solid findings in social science, and for quite some time. […]