Politics blog posts

  • In conversation with Brighton station about CCTV

    A couple of days ago I was stuck at Brighton railway station, watching trains get delayed and eventually cancelled. While sat on the concourse I noticed the sheer amount of CCTV and various surveillance devices in plain view all around the station.

  • Shortbread finger

    Help save BBC 6 Music by getting Joy Division Oven Gloves to number 6 in the singles charts.

  • Against the Digital Economy Bill

    The House of Lords recently passed the Digital Economy Bill. The bill panders to big players in the music industry is being hurried through without due democratic process before the election. This is what I wrote to my MP.

  • Say “No” to Starbucks on St James’s Street

    Starbucks has opened a branch in Brighton by disregarding planning permission, ignoring planning laws, and by asserting is not in fact a café or coffee shop but a retail outlet.

  • St Paul’s

    So thanks then, terrorists. You’ve just succeeded in bringing the families of millions of Londoners that bit closer together, giving them an increased love of their city and an enhanced appreciation of their way of life.

  • London bomb blasts

    As you’ve probably heard by now, a number of explosions have gone off in the London Underground system and on a number of buses. Tony Blair has just confirmed it was a terrorist attack. Thanks to those of you IMing to see if I’m OK.

  • VE Day and the US D-Day Museum

    Today is the 60th anniversary of VE Day, yet World War II was not completely over until four months later and VJ Day. This reminded me of my trip to New Orleans earlier this year where my good friend Dave took me to the National D-Day Museum.

  • Vote

    And so election fever has swept through the nation like a tickly cough, and the day has finally arrived to put your best cross next to the best candidate. But who and why?

  • And they’re off

    So the election has been announced. This, Election Blog, and other simple choices.

  • Vancouver calling

    Lance Arthur tries to persuade his fellow Americans not to move to Canada.

  • Hospital food

    Some weeks ago my Dad told me he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This week he had a radical prostatectomy; I visited him today and had some thoughts I wanted to share.

  • Salam

    Salam Pax writes a blog from Baghdad. He’s currently explaining how everyday Iraqis like himself are preparing for war: Other ‘normal’ stuff we did this week: Finished taping all the windows in the house, actually a very relaxing exercise if you forget why…

  • Democracy strikes

    With the world on edge, nervously scratching its head, a heartening blow was struck for democracy in Parliament last night. Tony Blair’s Iraqi war strategy was shaken to the core when 121 Labour backbenchers joined a cross-party revolt to tell the prime minister that…

  • History repeating

    I was just glancing through a journal Jeffrey Veen wrote in 1991, whilst he was studying theatre in London. Almost exactly twelve years later, he could have lifted an entry straight from this week’s papers: The U.S. declared war and attacked Iraq tonight. Bush will…

  • Holding hands

    I thought it appropriate to point to a post I added to the {fray} this time last year: The day the earth stood still.

  • Softly softly

    I don’t usually get political on these pages, and I’m not about to make a habit of it, but this whole Bush v Saddam thing is starting to get on my nerves. Now, of course I realize that Saddam Hussein can quite reasonably be described as a dangerous evil dictator…

  • ’Ello, ’ello, ’ello

    Here in the UK, Home Secretary Blunkett is pushing through proposals (“opening up a discussion”) for national identity (“social security entitlement”) cards. Let’s just state here and now that this is flawed thinking and just plain wrong. George…