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The demise of the Backbencher?

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Two weeks have passed since The Backbencher announced it was for sale. Signs of decline had been perceptible for some time, low comment counts, a slow decline in the rate of new postings, the sunny weather marking passage of its student contributors to exam time, graduation, and the careers they have rightfully earned.   The…

Good news, everyone!

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From right-wing news site, Breitbart London: The free movement of people within the European Union is “extensively exploited by organised criminals to bring illicit commodities including drugs, human trafficking victims, illegal immigrants and counterfeit goods to Britain”, according to a government report. Drugs, yeah? So what? Human trafficking and “illegal” immigrants? Taking people over imaginary…

The NHS should not be the only option for the middle class

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Guido is covering punch and counterpunch in a party political puppet show involving Cameron, Harriet Harman and Ed Milliband. Cameron is trying to make Labour look like a silly high-tax party (while not exactly promising to be a sensible low tax one). Harman, perhaps cleverly, seeks to justify progressive taxation and side step the argument…

The men who make us groan

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I didn’t watch the first part of that French dude going on about “The Men Who Made Us Spend“, but I bet it went pretty much exactly like this: There’s these rich guys, yeah? And they use, like, nice pictures and that as a way of totally tricking you into buying stuff that you don’t…

Mood turns against Obama

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The Financial Times was strongly in favour of Obama and dismissive of the Benghazi embassy controversy. Now their skyline comment placement – in bright colours above the headline – notes a change of mood against him “from hope to cynicism”. The piece itself is defensive from the outset but, or should I say “and”, makes…

ORG action seems to be backfiring

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Guido is carrying an unsourced quote by the Open Rights Group which frankly makes them sound terrible: “The government knows that since the CJEU ruling, there is no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed. The…

Lawmakers, heartbreakers and mucky pic takers

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As a libertarian who is unable to maintain an erection unless I think my partner is either, a) currently in emotional distress or, b) likely to be at some point in the future, all this talk about “revenge porn” has got me all hot and bothered. By which I mean that not only has it…

Party or die? Neither, thanks.

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Last week campaigners went to court, man, they didn’t wanna go on living. They asked the judges, “Please”, but they still said, “No”. Man, being terminally ill and/or paralysed is such a drag! And now the court has thrown out the best case the campaigners had. But they shouldn’t fight… for the “right… to die”.…

Blogging may be light

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My son James Jai Gibbs was born 24th June at 1708 weighing 3.69kg. Devika was amazing thoughout. I am sure you’ll all want to say hello to James and congratulations etc but since this a political blog let’s do something on a bigger scale. I have already heard of an acquaintance having her child on…

By conviction or by dire need

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Former Bogpaper columnist, James Delingpole, wrote two thoughtful pieces, voicing his worries that Ukip lacks an overarching ideology. He fears that, without any such firm commitment, Ukip, too, will succumb to political pressure from interest groups. But comrade Delingpole’s concerns are misplaced. Democracy trumps ideology every time. A preliminary question. What makes Ukip so special?…