28 Jun 2014
June 28, 2014

An abusive anti-abuse lobby

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As a second (the first is in bold), and I think probably final, update to the post below, it’s worth flagging this morning’s development in the CSA/Exaronews story about child abuse and parliament. The story’s on the front page of every Sunday paper today (6 July), although in each case the handle is the investigation.. read more →

13 Jun 2014
June 13, 2014

Pally Lally

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Who’ll turn out to be the biggest loser in the Claire Lally story? Could it be Campbell Gunn, that nice bloke who retired early as the Sunday Post’s political editor and went to work for the Independence cause? Scottish journos are often pretty derogatory about Scots politicians’ media advisors, yet here’s one trying to move.. read more →

31 May 2014
May 31, 2014

Making sense of ? hic : (

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Politicians, the media and folk who lobby for this product or that cause often accuse each other of misleading the public. And of course it’s true that most people with an angle present  information in a way that helps their case, or cause. People expect that, though, and are pretty good at filtering. If they’re.. read more →

The meeja don’t seem sure what to make of Nigel Evans’ acquittal this week – I presume the ‘Westminster gay predator’ stuff was good to go so they just cracked on with it anyway. Last night, Channel 4 News managed to run a whole piece on the subject of how MPs’ staff don’t have meaningful.. read more →

The story about Maria Miller MP, UK Culture and Media (DCMS) Secretary, has inevitably moved onto Capital Gains Tax today. I’ve found her an exceptional minister when it comes to ministerial replies on constituency issues, actually, and it seems a shame she’s been caught up in the tricky area of the byzantine House of Commons.. read more →

There’s a lot of rain about. We know this because it’s had, er, saturation coverage on the telly.  Many of us saw the Environment Secretary, Owen Patterson, being  boo’ed the other day in Somerset, where the Levels there have had it pretty bad. It can’t be easy for folk there, what with flooded farmland affecting.. read more →

This Financial Times piece is fairly typical of this week’s extensive media coverage of an interesting Policy Exchange report on social class and public appointments. Here’s the Daily Mail’s take, saying, like the FT and everyone else, that the authors have “shown” that there are now only 25 “working-class” MPs compared to lots more in.. read more →

On a really good day this blog gets around 20,000 hits. That’s the same as the WEEKLY circulation of Scotland’s best-selling local, The Falkirk Herald. “Hang on”, say newspaper folk; “yon interwebby hits are a lot different from paid-for newspapers, matey”. Well, I couldn’t agree with that more. So when the same newspaper folk tell.. read more →

23 Nov 2013
November 23, 2013

Slaves to Cliche

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The big South London slavery case isn’t really looking like a slavery case at all, is it?  It’s certainly at the extreme end of strange, and seems to have involved extensive control being exerted over 3 women. But so far there hasn’t been a hint of slavery in any conventional, or even unconventional, sense.  So.. read more →

All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) at the UK Houses of Parliament are formed by MPs and Peers with an interest in a particular country or subject.  Here’s the current list.  In general, the groups lobby for or about the thing which is on their name and some receive funding, usually to cover administration and some.. read more →