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Random Thoughts for 19th November 2012

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 9th November 2012 and 19th November 2012:

David who? Bowles beats Cameron in poll of EU’s most influential Britons

Sharon Bowles makes it onto shortlist for Bank of England Governor

More news on Sharon Bowles MEP. Not only does she make it on to the shortlist for Governor of the Bank of England but she’s rated the most influential Brit in Europe. She seems to be having a good couple of months..

Slate Magazine: What happens when a protest candidate wins an election?

I loved this story about how a dead British naturalist got 4,000 write-in votes against a Georgia congressman who denounced evolution and other scientific theories as “lies straight from the pit of hell.” However, I am a bit shocked at how many seats, at both the state and the federal level, were uncontested in the recent US elections.

Liberator magazine now has a blog

A welcome edition to the range of Lib Dem bloggers. I liked Jennie’s description of the Liberator collective; “Liberator are the grumpy old men of the Lib Dems. They can be a bit blokey, but they’re generally amusing and their Liberal instincts are dead on.”

The liberalism of the long-distance runner

Chris Davies MEP is the “over-50 ultra-distance champion for 2012 in the national Runfurther championships”.

Think-tanks RSS feed from Stephen Tall

I wanted to give this good idea from Stephen a quick plug. An aggregator of the RSS feeds from the websites of 20 UK think tanks.

Sarah Teather: Asylum through a child’s eyes

I recently highlighted the cross-party inquiry into whether the current asylum support system provided by the Home Office for those seeking protection in the UK meets the needs of children and families which is to be led by former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather MP. Here Sarah writes for PoliticsHome about the inquiry.

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