Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

27 March 2017
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Necessary hashtags and the art of detecting media bias

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Twitter (or, at least, my particular Twitter bubble) has been busy this last 24 hours pouring scorn on the Home Secretary’s apparent admission in the Andrew Marr show on BBC1 (and later, in conversation with Sophy Ridge on Sky News) … Continue reading

4 August 2016
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Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign pledges. Some of this will shock you.

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These are the ten pledges launched today by Jeremy Corbyn as part of his campaign to retain control of the Labour Party. I thought they’re worth a few comments. 1. A decent job for all, in a decent economy This … Continue reading

4 July 2016
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Our next Prime Minister – time for Conservatives to decide

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Unlike my position on the EU referendum itself, where I deliberately avoided participating in either campaign, I have decided to publicly state who – of the five candidates on offer – I want as the next leader of the Conservative … Continue reading

28 June 2016
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The next Prime Minister

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Nominations for the Conservative Party leadership election – and, by extension, the internal election for the next Prime Minister – open today and close on Friday. Conservative MPs will whittle down the contenders to a final two, who will then … Continue reading

27 June 2016
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Two tribes go to work

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Following the EU referendum, there are, broadly speaking, four groups of people in the UK: Group A – Hardcore Remain voters, who are not only unhappy with the result but are unwilling to accept the outcome and insist on either … Continue reading

22 June 2016
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After the referendum

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This time tomorrow morning, we will be voting in the EU referendum. By this time the day after that, we should know the result. So, what happens next? Obviously, that depends on what the result is. But this is what … Continue reading

15 June 2016
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Referendum musings

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It’s just over a week to go to the EU referendum, so I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts. To begin with, let me say what this post is not. I will not tell you how to vote, or … Continue reading

6 October 2015
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An unpleasant encounter

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I’ve been at the Conservative party conference this week. As you may have seen reported by the media, there’s been a group of protesters outside the venue most of the time, although they tend not to be there earlier in … Continue reading

23 May 2015
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Election reflections

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The elections seem a long time ago already, even though it’s only just over a couple of weeks. But I can still feel the sense of exhilaration when, firstly, the exit polls confounded the pre-election predictions and then the real … Continue reading

23 March 2015
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Why you can’t just vote for policies

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As we approach the general election in May, a number of websites have sprung up (and more will probably follow) where you can compare the various policies of the parties competing for your vote. The idea is that you can … Continue reading

20 January 2015
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Judge David Cameron on his record

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The Huffington Post published a graphic attacking David Cameron which has become something of an Internet meme. So, let’s look at what Cameron’s record actually is on the things it mentions… “One million people using food banks” – because the … Continue reading

21 October 2014
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Auf Wiedersehen, Ukip

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Economic migrants leaving their homes in a poorer country to find work in a richer one. If, like me, your musical memories consist of the likes of Duran Duran, Blondie, The Human League, The Sex Pistols and Bon Jovi, then … Continue reading

6 June 2014
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A few random thoughts about the Newark by-election

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Reading the runes from a by-election result is always problematic. The local nature of the event means that it’s hard to draw national trends, while protest votes and tightly focussed campaigns by all parties have an effect that won’t be … Continue reading

26 May 2014
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Euro dance

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The music has stopped and we’ve all got off the Euro dance floor. The ’kippers are smokin’, the Tories are blue, Labour isn’t quite working and the future isn’t bright for Lib Dem orange. But what does it all mean? … Continue reading

24 May 2014
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Are UKIP up or down?

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There has been much media coverage of how well UKIP have done in the local authority elections that took place at the same time as the European elections on Thursday. If you listen to the BBC, it’s been a triumph … Continue reading

27 April 2013
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Let’s give racism a kicking in Evesham

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On Thursday, we’ll be voting in the county council elections. In the Evesham South division, where I live, we have a candidate from the BNP – the only one from that party in our area. I’m confident that the BNP … Continue reading

17 February 2013
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Why Theresa May is wrong

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It’s not often that I find myself writing a blog post which attacks someone on my own side of the political divide, but, in this case, I think it needs to be said. And what needs to be said is … Continue reading

5 February 2013
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Nationalising marriage – a few extra comments

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As a brief follow-up to my post on Sunday about the same-sex marriage debate, these are a few more, mostly random, thoughts. I should add that, approximately 12 hours after writing that article, I was struck down by norovirus (and … Continue reading

14 January 2013
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There’s nothing wrong with a bit of urban sprawl

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That’s a contentious statement, of course. Planning applications and decisions always arouse a lot of feeling, on all sides. And some of the strongest feelings are found in those who don’t want anything to be built anywhere near them. Equally, … Continue reading

20 December 2012
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Prime Minister promises porn block, fools newspaper editors

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Online porn has cropped up in the news today, with an article in the Daily Mail by the Prime Minister that’s now being picked up and reported elsewhere. The article is about changes to make it harder for children to … Continue reading