Category Archives: Politics

The nuclear scientist, the Cabinet member, and the wannabe councillor

I noted recently how local Green Party councillor Andrew Cooper posted a response on his blog to a letter, published by the Huddersfield Examiner, from a Dr David Hill. Dr Hill intends to stand as an independent candidate for the … Continue reading

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Labour shouldn’t be too smug about Oldham East and Saddleworth

So, it has been announced that Labour’s Debbie Abrahams has won the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. Labour unsurpisingly seem quick to try to describe this as some great victory. It isn’t. Labour would be very foolish to consider this … Continue reading

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Debbie Abrahams: I used to live in Newhey

Debbie Abrahams is the Labour candidate for the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. She also stood in the Colne Valley constituency at the general election in May. Answering questions on the Examiner website at the time, Abrahams said: I live … Continue reading

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Student fees: The debt distortion

As tuition fees seem set to increase, the impact higher fees may have on putting off potential students from applying to university has been one of the concerns raised. Indeed, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests there is … Continue reading

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Labour’s 1997 tuition fees con

In April 1997, when asked about tuition fees, Tony Blair said that “Labour has no plans to introduce tuition fees for higher education”. I would suggest that was misleading at best. On the same day in July 1997 that the … Continue reading

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The Wikileaks D-Notice That Wasn’t

There seems to have been a lot of excitement recently following the apparent issuing of a “D-Notice” relating to Wikileaks by the Government. Strictly speaking however, no D-Notice has been issued, not least because D-Notices have been known as DA-Notices … Continue reading

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NO2AV thinks the public can’t be trusted

For anyone wondering, I don’t intend to only write about AV. The NO2AV campaign offer some interesting reasons for opposing AV. One of them is that it might help the BNP’s election performance. They say “A no vote stops minority … Continue reading

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