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Tory Lords on the way by the boat-load

New Tory Lords Hot on the heels of the Lord Sewel scandal, David Cameron has vowed to create ever more Tory peers to fill the House of Lords. Despite indications that he would curb his use of his powers to elevate supporters to the lords, he seems set on tipping the balance in the upper […]

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“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” – Article 27 part 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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TTIP, EU and democracy

Bring back sovereignty the UK! For long that has been the battle cry of many a crazed eurosceptic (though it’s interesting to note that those same EU-phobes are happy to consolidate power in Westminster and not look to devolve locally towards the public), so where does TTIP fit into this?

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We came across a museum exhibit about the ancient Greeks. It’s an old quotation, being given at the end of the first Peloponnesian war in 404 BC but stirring enough still to repeat an excerpt here.

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Trade Union Bill

The Tories’ new Trade Union Bill has had its first reading in parliament. On the face of it, this is a response to their manifesto promise to “…protect you from disruptive and undemocratic strike action” [Conservative Manifesto, page 18]. However this is really a double-headed attack on two very separate institutions – the Labour party, […]

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Free speech clampdown coming

Politics.co.uk has an interesting article on the government’s increasing rhetoric around free speech. All the right noises in all the right places but as soon as anyone asks for specifics, the facade crumbles like dust. Or is it more like Toto pulling back a curtain…

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Beauty and renting

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” – Article 27 part 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

European_Parliament

TTIP, EU and democracy

Bring back sovereignty the UK! For long that has been the battle cry of many a crazed eurosceptic (though it’s interesting to note that those same EU-phobes are happy to consolidate power in Westminster and not look to devolve locally towards the public), so where does TTIP fit into this?

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Home Batteries

Tesla, who normally make electric cars, have announced a home battery (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-05/01/tesla-powerwall-battery-elon-musk). So what?

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TTIP

There are many things wrong with the meat of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: removing industrial safeguards; the trade rules race to the bottom; the shifting of power from state to corporations. The one key issue with this however is not the content but the way in which the deal is being negotiated.

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Thoughts on Trident

The Trident debate has largely centred around whether the UK should have an independent nuclear arsenal. This is an important question (Green Party policy is to unilaterally disarm – other parties vary on their support for these weapons of mass destruction), but it’s not the only question.