Following the TUC the right wing press has engaged in a predictable round of hysterical union bashing. “Who Governs?” is the now pretty much bog standard attack on Trade Unions any time they oppose something the Government of the day is doing.
This represents a profound misrepresentation of the kind of political system we live in. Constitutionally only the Government can pass laws (well Parliament if you want to be a stickler for accuracy) but we live in a Liberal Democratic system. That means we have something called “pluralism”, different groups
Continue reading Britain, Democracy not Dictatorship
My recent blog on why I think it is a mistake for the left to be focussing so much on the Liberal Democrats generated some interesting debate, on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Much of this debate focussed on the need to attack the coalition to try and bring it down as quickly as possible. Now I cant say that this would be anything other than a hot damn good thang! But I feel the need to write a couple of quick blogs about firstly how likely I think
Continue reading 5 reasons why the Coalition will last.
This morning the Council for the Misuse of Drugs was once again thrown into disarray when one of it’s members Dr Polly Taylor resigned. It appears that her resignation means that the Council cannot be properly consulted as required by the Misuse of Drugs Act; meaning that the banning of Mephedrone will seemingly have to be put off.
Effectively Dr Taylor resigned over the issue of how the government propose to treat their Scientific advisers. To simplify and distil the issues effectively what the government want the relationship to be about
Continue reading Banning Mephedrone would be a mistake.