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On election day 2010 the betting markets had CON with a 100 seat lead – it finished up at 49 seats

Actual seats won: CON 306, LAB 257, LD 57 One thing that really annoys me is when people start suggesting that betting prices are the best guide to what is going to happen. If this were the case then favourites would always win. They don’t. In the two TV debates during this campaign the betting […]

Cameron pledges public money for Stadium. What does Scott Mann say?

David Cameron has today promised public money to fund a Stadium for Cornwall. Speaking to Tamsin Melville on BBC Radio Cornwall, he said:"If it takes some extra money, I'd make that money available"On the one hand this is a pretty blatant election bribe. Show More Summary

General Election Hustings in Launceston

If you want a chance to quiz the candidates standing in North Cornwall in the general election, there will be a hustings event at Central Methodist Church in Launceston next Tuesday- 28th April at 7pm Tweet

The polls could decide the fate of the Lib Dems

A Lib Dem West Country MP told me at the start of the year that he thought his party would keep his seat if the Tories were broadly ahead in… Continue reading The post The polls could decide the fate of the Lib Dems appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Patriotism isn’t uncivilised – it’s what makes civilisation possible

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers of sentiment about history and hymns, Shakespeare and lawn clippings,… Continue reading The post Patriotism isn’t uncivilised – it’s what makes civilisation possible appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is Ukip painting itself as the SNP of the south?

Ukip kicked off St George’s Day by pledging to make today a national holiday. Although early morning press conferences have been abandoned by the other political parties, Ukip turned out… Continue reading The post Is Ukip painting itself as the SNP of the south? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Image from Islington: Lib Dems troll Emily Thornberry

It’s St George’s Day today, and presumably Labour’s Emily Thornberry is out looking for ‘amazing’ houses draped in English flags. To help her out (in a way), her Lib Dem… Continue reading The post Image from Islington: Lib Dems troll Emily Thornberry appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Boris is being careful with his dinner invitations

One of the main risks of wheeling Boris out this week was that he was never just going to be asked about this election in interviews. The Mayor and candidate… Continue reading The post Boris is being careful with his dinner invitations appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

George Osborne’s identikit answers lack the common touch

This morning when George Osborne defended the way the Tories were fighting the election campaign, there was something slightly odd about what he said in response to John Humphrys’ first… Continue reading The post George Osborne’s identikit answers lack the common touch appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Thanks, A4ES

I've started sharing Action 4 Equality Scotland posts on Facebook which resulted in this kind message from a reader.Thanks, Action 4 Equality Scotland Sometimes people say the nicest things, you know.

NLC Update (21/04/15)

Still no word from North Lanarkshire as to when exactly the Council will complete the process of checking and verifying the information which will allow individual letters to be sent out to equal pay claimants. As regular readers know...Show More Summary

NLC EV Claimants (21/04/15)

A further hearing of the equal pay cases involving the Action 4 Equality Scotland 'equal value' claimants from North Lanarkshire (NLC) was held yesterday at the Employment Tribunal in Glasgow. A number of NLC claimants attended the hearing...Show More Summary

NLC Update (20/04/15)

I've also heard from the SNP candidate, Neil Gray, who is contesting the Airdrie & Shotts seat in the Westminster general election which takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015.Here's what Neil had to say on the ongoing situation in North...Show More Summary

NLC Update (19/04/15)

I've been contacted by lots of people from North Lanarkshire over the latest 'logjam' in resolving the Council's outstanding equal pay claims including enquiries from local politicians. Alex Neil, the MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, hasShow More Summary

NLC Update (18/04/15)

I wonder if the chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council is putting in a extra shift this weekend to help process the outstanding equal pay claims for thousands of council workers. Because while the lowest paid NLC workers have been...Show More Summary

Women on Top

I don't agree with everything that Yasmin Alibhai Brown has to say in this opinion piece for The Independent, but whatever your politics the 'group hug' following the challengers' debate is a great advert for democracy in the UK. I imagine...Show More Summary

Driving Bans (01/03/15)

Saudi Arabia continues to make itself look completely ridiculous when establishment figures like Dr Saleh al-Saadoon, an educated historian allegedly, try to justify the country's ban on Saudi women being allowed to drive. Talk about...Show More Summary

Reforming Islam

Here's an interesting piece from The Guardian which features an interview with an American professor, Amina Wadud, who is challenging the various stereotypes that continue to bedevil Islam. Now if you ask me Muslim women around the world...Show More Summary

Avoiding the Issue

The following article which appeared in The Daily Record seems to involve a high degree of co-ordination between the newspaper, the Labour Party and the Scottish TUC. Now I'm not sure how many agency workers have been employed by the...Show More Summary

Making the Weather

Janan Ganesh is for me one of the top political commentators in the country: sharp, fair and bullshit-free in his regular columns for The Financial Times. In this election special Janan highlights the fact that Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP...Show More Summary

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