The BBC show Sunday Politics has launched a manifesto tracker, looking at the 161 Tory manifesto commitments, and assigned a RAG status next to each of them. It’s broken out by manifesto area (Taxation, the Economy, Law and Order etc), and not consolidated in a summary table, and we have to remember this is barely the […]

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Clean Energy Investment Bill Gates has invested another $1bn in clean energy. His blog explains why he did this, and why it’s imperative that mankind makes the investments now to power the breakthroughs that will make the difference in the next half century. This is commendable. A powerful, public figure – recognised by nerds and non-nerds alike […]

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Calculations on the house In his writeup in the Guardian’s Comment is Free, Billy Bragg does a spot of mathematics to calculate just how many new peers would be necessary for David Cameron to get the Lords to “represent the voter’s wishes”. The Billy Bragg-onomics proves that we’d need a house of 1,509 lords to […]

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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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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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