Monthly Archives: November 2011

Electoral Reform Referendum – the Sensible Kiwi Way

What is it about New Zealand and the debate about electoral reform? Why are they so sensible when we in the UK don’t seem to manage to conduct constitutional debates properly? New Zealand has just conducted a referendum on its electoral system, but serious … Continue reading

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The Word of Gove – or: a King James Bible for Every School?

On Friday, the Guardian reported that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has decided to send a King James Bible to every state school in England. This has triggered a strong critical reaction from some quarters, and I find that I disagree with Michael Gove … Continue reading

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The Welsh Budget and Political Perceptions

Welsh Labour has just managed to agree a deal with the Welsh Liberal Democrats (BBC Report), which will allow them to get their budget through the Assembly. The negotiations have gone on for weeks; all three opposition parties set conditions for … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Populist Right (part 2)

Part 1 - Immigration and Integration – why not? The rise of the right in continental Europe clearly has a lot to do with a failure of politics – but it is also closely linked to immigration, and I believe that … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Populist Right* (part 1)

Part 2 – Two weeks ago, Demos  published a pamphlet on populist movements in Europe, The New Face of Digital Populism (a summary can be found at the Guardian website, here, with a handy interactive page provided here). I started … Continue reading

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A Bankers’ Gospel?

This morning at mass I experienced a remarkable example of how a well-known story can change its meaning when its historical context changes. This week’s Gospel was Matthew 25.13-30, the story of the talents. Here it is in full: 13 “Therefore … Continue reading

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Labour’s Proposal for Electoral Reform for Wales

Welsh Labour has finally made a decision about its response to the changes in parliamentary constituency boundaries which will be introduced for 2015 (BBC report). They consider these changes unfair, which is hardly surprising. As a response - who’d have thought it … Continue reading

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