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A byelection autopsy: the Labour Party and Copeland

Mar
09

In my first ever post for Backbench, I wrote about how the Labour Party faced an extremely perilous position in its northern seats, seats which had previously been safe for the party for years.

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If the justification for freedom of expression is that it results in truth, what to do if newspapers print lies?

Nov
19

(This piece was originally published on Backbench UK here, you can find my profile here)

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US Election 2016

Nov
08

Because I am sad, and also interested in these things, I'm liveblogging the US Election tonight. Feel free to keep up with it through the night if you want, or just check in tomorrow morning for the results.

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Labour's Northern Electoral Slaughterhouse

Oct
03

(This post was initially published on Backbench UK here, you can find my profile here)

Most things in the media since June 23rd have been grim viewing for those associated with the Labour party, but poll results of Labour leave voters are especially alarming.

A new survey conducted by YouGov polled 2015 Labour voters who also voted against the party line by voting leave three months ago. And, it’s not good.

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Power of Proximity

May
25

The NFL offseason is currently in its final stage with reconstructed rosters getting together for the first time as part of a series of ‘Organised Training Activities’ (OTAs) for all 32 teams. And accompanying it is one of the more bizarre attempts at media censorship I’ve seen in recent years. Enter the Buffalo Bills.

Media policy for beat writers is the prerogative of each individual franchise, and the Bills decided on a new one for these practices that would make Alastair Campbell blush.

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The Greg Hardy situation shows we don't understand domestic violence

Apr
09

The National Football League is no stranger to controversy, both on and off the field.

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Why I'm not celebrating Obama's Cuba deal just yet

Mar
19

A year and a half on from ending the United States’ 54 year embargo with Cuba, President Obama is set to make another piece of history when he arrives in the country tomorrow. He’ll be the first sitting US President to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Oh, and the Rolling Stones are going later this year too, presumably as part of their continuing battle to persuade everyone they’re still relevant. Too bad the Manic Street Preachers did it first, and before it was mainstream.

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A bridge (or tunnel) too far?

Mar
15

So last Tuesday I attended a cabinet meeting of Medway Council, during which they thoroughly rejected Highways England’s ‘Eastern Southern Link’ option for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, and wholeheartedly threw their support behind the ‘Western Southern Link’*.

*They didn’t really. Medway Labour leader Cllr Vince Maple called it the “least worst option” while Regeneration portfolio holder Cllr Rodney Chambers, who insisted that he did not agree with Cllr Maple’s view, then called it the “least damaging option”.

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