Category Archives: Big Society

Professional politics needs to stop being patronising

“The choice is between a one-nation Labour Party that knows we rebuild Britain by standing up for the many and a Conservative-led government that only stands up for the few.” This is a generic Ed Miliband quote. It doesn’t matter … Continue reading

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Politics and Digital: Can do better

When I got home last night there was a letter waiting for me from my Council. Would I like to vote in local referendum on Heathrow Expansion? Why not. Offer the politico a polling booth and he will vote.  Would … Continue reading

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So what does actually work?

There has been much back and forth in the last few weeks about manion taxes, reintroduction of the 10p tax rate, capital gains tax and the economy generally. YouGov polled on the introduction of a mansion tax specifically, and found … Continue reading

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Big Society in Swedish: stora samhället

I have a great fondness for empty, snowy mountains, and a deep keenness to go and see the Northern Lights for myself. I’ve become properly hooked on Scandinavian dramas (Borgen is the least of it – The Killing, The Bridge, … Continue reading

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Ministers should be the People’s Champions

I originally thought I might have been imagining this, but there has been a very noticeable shift in the way much of the Cabinet talk about the institutions they run. The most marked has been in how Jeremy Hunt talks … Continue reading

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