Valid non-vote

May 3, 2012
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There are a lot of comments doing the rounds about lack of democratic mandate that results from low turnout (It appears that the recent council elections will come in somewhere around 30%). This analysis is however flawed. UK wide electors have the right to vote or not. Why they choose not to is a whole…

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New Politics

April 20, 2012
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There was an article in Friday’s Telegraph in which Peter Osborne asked is Politics on the verge of a breakdown? He goes on to say that one of the main reasons for voters turning away from the main parties is, to use George Galloway’s vernacular, that the big 3 mainstream parties are three cheeks of…

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Kick Scotland, Kick the SNP- so say the Unionists

April 14, 2012
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The Economist certainly grabbed attention with its cover page- yes everyone is talking about it. Personally I saw it as adolescent humour- and not worthy of a serious publication. Granted their cartoon covers are often intended to raise a smile, but I think that this one did miss the mark, and I believe that many…

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Trimble off course

March 24, 2012
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While David Trimble came out of the cessation of violence in Northern Ireland fairly well, his foray into the question of Scottish independence is misguided. Scottish nationalists do a “violence” to their identity in seeking independence claims Trimble – although obviously he never used the “I” word – The unionists, (a company by the way…

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Cross border

March 20, 2012
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Amongst the Scare stories, the impenetrable border and the prospect of Jack-booted border patrols make an appearance every couple of weeks. A vast army beating back the Scottish hordes clamouring to leave the newly established third world nation. They will be implementing tartan controls and seizing contraband whisky by the tanker load. On the stroke…

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Flipping positions

March 12, 2012
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As it stands just now the Nationalists control many of the key issues – primarily the timing of a vote. We can see the groundwork being prepared by the UK government to establish their negotiating tokens in case the process goes beyond a referendum and approval is given by the electorate to negotiate terms for…

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