• The Government have announced some reforms for Lobbying. People are not particularly happy about said lobbying reforms. Why? Because they don’t go far enough. They have a point. According to Guido Fawkes only 1% of lobbyists will be covered by this new reform. In house lobbyists won’t need to be registered as long as the people the primary activity of the people they work for isn’t lobbying*, thus meaning the big bad bogey-men of the corporate world will be able to lobby to their hearts content. Throw in the fact that this register only applies to Members of Government and not SPAD’s and Civil servants and you have a load...
  • Guido Fawkes is reporting that Labour are going to abstain on the Wharton private Members Bill calling for a referendum vote. Now, I could spend a thousand words talking about Europe and what this means for the political situation in the UK but instead I’m going to focus on something else. One part of the leaked memo reads: “The PM has been forced into supporting this Private Members’ Bill because he’s a weak leader and in hoc to his Eurosceptic backbenchers. He’s conned his backbenchers into believing that this will become law and we will dismiss this as a political stunt that it is, saying it is quite wrong to use...
  • In this podcast, Steve Haynes and I discuss the local election results. We discuss whether General Petraeus is behind the UKIP surge, what David Cameron’s fruitcake policy should be, and whether the Tories (and voters) could benefit by changing the voting system. We also applaud the Electoral Reform Society for their marvellous campaign into Rotten Boroughs. Mainly though, this podcast is Steve going into full soapbox-cum-West-Wing-inspirational-speech mode when talking about how to combat UKIP, and me making lots of jokes. Hope you enjoy it!   Direct mp3 link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/democracyasp/democracyasp14.mp3
  • Former Prime Ministers have been in the news this week. Yep, Tony Blair has written for the New Statesman. In this podcast we discuss the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Cory calls her a very dangerous moderate in a remark that will undoubtedly be taken out of context in the future. Also, Steve tries to remain ambivalent and instead wonders why people don’t hate Eden more than Thatcher. As is custom, we also finish on a song. Direct mp3 link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/democracyasp/thatcher.mp3
  • The Scottish Independence Referendum has, to put it mildly, the ability to totally re-shape the British constitution. However, even if the Scots reject independence we’re going to see a shake-up of the British constitution as Devo-Max become a thing which people start looking at for Scotland, and probably Wales. But what about poor old England? To say that England has been left out when it comes to devolution is a bit of an understatement.  When Scotland and Wales started getting devolved powers England stood there in her pretty dress as fair Britannia waved goodbye to  her Celtic Children as they all left home to be semi-independent and only came home...