Random Thoughts for 2nd February 2013
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 28th January 2013 and 2nd February 2013. This is largely catching up on the political news in January.
I don’t have as much problem with Laws in this role as I know some will have — However, it does demonstrate either a cavalier attitude to party management or a deliberate provocation of parts of the Party by Nick Clegg. Neither of which are good things. Other than that it is a membership far too biased towards Westminster parliamentarians. Radicalism (of the right kind) in the next manifesto may have to come from the conference floor…
Thought I better record the result of this poll as I wrote about my choice here. Not sure I learnt much from this result — other than not to take these things too seriously…..I tell a lie, I did learn who Sam Bowman was. Someone who, despite apparently being “positively prolific across 2012“, I hadn’t heard of until the shortlist was announced.
This is very good news and a critical Liberal Democrat achievement.
There were two comment pieces that I read that I thought nailed the consequences of David Cameron’s recent speech on Europe. The first of these was this one by Andrew Rawnsley.
The second piece I thought worth reading on Cameron’s Europe speech was this from Steve Richards.
Seth Thévoz on the role that the gentleman’s club played in supporting Victorian parliamentarians.
More welcome evidence of the growing assertiveness of parliamentary select committees. The excellent Sir Alan Beith is quoted: “the government does not yet seem to have fully absorbed the extent to which our expectations have changed….We really meant what we said about wanting more effective accountability…”
At the beginning of the month the Labour Party released a list of target seats for the 2015 General Election. No real surprises and all on the old boundaries of course. The only item of local interest is the inclusion of Bedford on the list.