Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

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

5 January 2013
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Cereal killers

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There’s been much activity in the Twittersphere regarding the suggestion by the Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, that food manufacturers should be prohibited from selling foods with too much sugar. A lot of these are breakfast foods, giving rise to … Continue reading

18 February 2010
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Empowerment, and other ways in which nanny knows best

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There was an article in yesterday’s Times by former cabinet minister James Purnell in which he sets out his vision for what he calls the “empowerment” of the British people. Quite apart from the fact that, as The Guardian points … Continue reading