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North Lanarkshire Update

What does North Lanarkshire Council and our European neighbour Spain have in common? Well, for both of them December 2015 was a very important month. Spain had a national election in December (before Christmas) and its politicians have...Show More Summary

Foot-Dragging Councils

Lots of readers have been in touch to ask if I think the recent press statement from Nicola Sturgeon on 'getting tough with council bosses is really serious. Now I know there's an election in the offing and it's easy to take the view...Show More Summary

Next Thursday could start to restore our confidence in the polls

Alastair Meeks on the importance of the London, Scottish & Welsh surveys The 2015 general election was a disaster for the polling companies. On the eve of the election, all the pollsters were predicting a hung Parliament with the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck. In the event, the Conservatives were 6% ahead of Labour […]

Prevention and Cure

David Aaronovitch has a thoughtful and so bering piece on events surrounding the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people lost their lives at a football match and a further 766 were injured. One of the comments on the article describes it as a 'brave piece writing' which I agree with wholeheartedly. Show More Summary

Mormon Targets

I don't have much truck with the Mormon religion, but crazy as many of its beliefs and traditions are, if yours me, they are no better or worse than those of other religious faiths. Now if I remember correctly, Mormons believe that their...Show More Summary

Too Jewish?

The Labour Party's problem with anti-Semitism continues unabated with one of its councillors, Aysegul Gurbuz, a local councillor from Luton, being accused of referring to Adolf Hitler as the "greatest man in history". Ms Gurbuz (20)Show More Summary

This week’s TV show: The Obama EURef effect, the fight to be his replacement, & the battle to win Wales

ThePB/Polling Matters TV Show and Podcast This week in the TV studio Keiran Pedley and I were joined by pollster Rob Vance and, via Skype, by the leading Welsh political expert, Professor Roger Scully of Cardiff University. (apologies for one or two sound issues) The latter was particularly interesting given the Tata Steel decision and […]

Immigration looks set to be Leave’s last card

Alastair Meeks looks at the outers The Remain side has started the fight at a furious pace, leaving Leave gasping for air after two blows to its solar plexus.  First, it got hit by a Treasury report claiming that by 2030 each British household could be £4,300 worse off if it voted to leave the […]

More Thoughts on that Very Odd Election Result in May

There is much wisdom to be found in the letters pages of newspapers. Some of you will recall how some months ago I wondered if the election was that much of a Tory victory, or if the majority reflected a...

The Tories’ Return: New poll puts Ruth Davidson ahead of Labour in Scotland

At the 1997 general election the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party won 17.5 percent of the vote and lost its… The post The Tories’ Return: New poll puts Ruth Davidson ahead of Labour in Scotland appeared first on Coffee House...

Two Interviews of PH

The first is an e-mail interview I gave to a Polish website, so conservative it makes me look like a liberal And this a filmed interview with the Student Post

Emergency Cover

I've been involved in lots of strikes in my time, more than I care to remember as a NUPE and Unison official, but never once did I support industrial action which led to the withdrawal of emergency cover. The BMA union announced theShow More Summary

Readers' Comments

I've received lots of comments on the late-running job evaluation review in North Lanarkshire Council and other topical posts on the blog site. Here is a selection of what readers have had to say via Facebook, Twitter and by email. Now...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Here are the thirteen Factor Levels which are used to assess all of the jobs covered by North Lanarkshire Council's job evaluation scheme (JES). Every job is awarded a score under each of the Factor Levels (which are weighted) and this produces a points total that, in turn, determines the grade of the job being evaluated. Show More Summary

A Case Study

Here is a comparison of the Factor Level scores for the jobs of Classroom Assistant and Gardener (2) in North Lanarkshire Council. Working Environment (WE) - 1 Physical Coordination (PC) - 2 Physical Effort (PE) - 2 Mental Skills (MS)...Show More Summary

Has the BBC reduced its coverage of the migrant crisis?

Do you remember the migrants? All those people coming here across land and sea, from North Africa and Arabia and… The post Has the BBC reduced its coverage of the migrant crisis? appeared first on Coffee House.

Sweeping victories across the board for Trump while Hillary wins all the Dem races

The overnight results Real Clear Politics The Republican nomination Winner 2016 White House Race

Pulpstar previews tonight’s US primaries “North East Tuesday”

Pulpstar on the White House Race Dems On the Democrat side, expect Hillary to add to her total – the question for Sanders will be whether he can keep the damage to under 300 pledged delegates and perhaps scrape out a win in Rhode Island – which looks his best shot. The contest was over […]

The ‘Luxleaks’ whistleblowers trial should concern us all

The trial of Antoine Deltour, Raphael Halet, and Edouard Perrin opens today in Luxembourg. Reporters should mob the courtroom. Camera… The post The ‘Luxleaks’ whistleblowers trial should concern us all appeared first on Coffee House...

Why pretend that female footballers are as good as male ones?

Yay – Izzy Christiansen! Yay – Beth Mead! I daresay you were as thrilled as I was to see that… The post Why pretend that female footballers are as good as male ones? appeared first on Coffee House.

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