Here’s a fun game for anyone mad about politics. Cross reference anti-Jeremy Corbyn Labour MPs (including those in the shadow cabinet) with constituencies which nominated him as leader. If an anti-Corbyn MP is presented in the media as a serious player but his or her Constituency Labour Party (CLP) voted for Corbyn then the MP.. read more →

Today’s Sunday Times contains (paywall) an article about the UK Union by three decent, semi-retired politicians: Peter Hain, Menzies Campbell and Robert Salisbury. The chums are kicking off a new ‘Constitution Reform Group’ which will bring various experts together to save Scotland. It’s a bit blah, to be honest, but at the true core of the piece.. read more →

11 Sep 2015
September 11, 2015

Sgt Blackman

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I once sat as a member of a 7-officer General Court Martial which convicted a serving soldier of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment (unlike jury members, court martial members decide on the sentence too). At the appeal, the judges noted: “We do not know whether the verdict of the Court Martial was unamimous.. read more →

10 Sep 2015
September 10, 2015

Why Cooper overtook Burnham

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A week or so ago, a few folk noticed the bookies’ odds putting Yvette Cooper in second place in the Labour leadership stakes, in front of Andy Burnham, and wondered if maybe this meant she could catch Jeremy Corbyn. This very movement might well have encouraged some to have a punt on Yvette, so the odds.. read more →

UK Chancellor (Finance Minister) George Osborne, seeking to cement his position as UK prime-minister-in-waiting, has suggested that the UK should bomb both sides (insofar as there are only two) in the Syrian conflict. Perhaps he feels that a bit more bombing will help reduce the flow of refugees running away from all the bombing that’s going.. read more →