So the Digital Economy  Bill (#debill) got through its second reading without a vote.  Nobody doubts there’s a lot of good stuff in it.  But, equally, no-one doubts either that it’s flawed and that thousands and thousands of folk have said exactly why. Obviously it’s a Labour Bill, and obviously the govt and Tories have.. read more →

The next working day  at the House of Commons, Tuesday, will see the DE Bill passed unamended, passed amended or put off until the next parliament.  I’ve blogposted about his below, and it’s obviously the case that the Bill should ideally be fully exposed to the formal scrutiny of the Committee Stage and then a.. read more →

Following my last, I’ve had a few calls so I thought I’d make a short update. IPSA has announced that staff pensions and one or two other things, like childcare vouchers, will now come directly from MP’s staffing allowances, but the allowances won’t be increased to take this into account.  This seems to mean a.. read more →

Sir Ian Kennedy, chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) announced the rules on parliamentary allowances on Monday.  There was much media comment and various aspects of the new arrangements.  Sir Ian, and Sir Christopher Kelly who put Sir Ian’s template together, have made much of how the total cost of MPs will be.. read more →

The Digital Economy (DE) Bill, #debill on Twitter,  will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 6 April.  Second readings are general debates, always followed by a detailed committee stage attended by a representative sample of nominated MPs and which, in the case of the DE Bill, might reasonably be allocated 40 or more.. read more →

20 Mar 2010
March 20, 2010



A lot of people got in touch after my last blogpost, about John’s death.  Thanks; it was sweet and moving. Isn’t social media a marvel? Just to neutralise the karma, though, I thought I’d post on the lighter side of death.  So what I’m thinking is how important The Dead vote will be at the.. read more →

18 Mar 2010
March 18, 2010

My Friend John


Came back a little while ago from a Rosary vigil.  I’m not RC and had no idea what that was until tonight, really. I knew, too little and too late, this lovely man called John.  It’s his real name and he died last week of, pretty much, old age. He was 45.  John lived alone.. read more →

14 Mar 2010
March 14, 2010

All women candidate selelections


Pamela Nash has just been selected as Labour candidate for Airdrie and Coatbridge. She beat Jo Milligan, whom I worked with for years (don’t think she’s spilling the beans quite yet, but obv I have to keep on her good side!) and Cathy Dick, a former local councillor.  Pamela is a young woman of unusual.. read more →

14 Mar 2010
March 14, 2010

More on the Lib Dems, I’m afraid

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The Tory MP for Lancaster and Wyre is quoted on the front page of today’s Scottish edition of the Sunday Times today as the Scottish spokesperson for the Conservatives. Under a Tory administration, he’d be the minister for Scotland. Nick Clegg’s proposition is that Lib Dem voters in Scotland are unconcerned whether he would support.. read more →

I’ve just been lounging about reading the Guardian. The best bit of the Saturday Guardian, I think, is The Guide. And the best bit of The Guide is often  The Hard Sell, on p.3, which is a usually-hilarious take on a telly advert.  It’s been a funny old week, for me anyway, so I thought.. read more →