Saturday, February 03, 2007

 

Politics Index

This blog is one year old today, and this is my 200th post. You expect a wildly controversial topic in celebration? Nah. I’m now so tragically middle-aged that I just thought ‘Ooh, it needs a tidy-up’. I’m pottering about making some small changes, and have started this thrilling index. It’ll help you find any of my articles on politics, should you peculiarly not wish to scroll through two hundred lengthy archived articles. It’ll be updated regularly, and when I update the Previously… Politics set of my favourite old articles in the sidebar (hmm… September), I’ll peg it at the top.

Gosh, I can barely contain my excitement!

Update note: this isn’t updated as often as the Doctor Who one - because, I’m afraid, I write a lot more about politics than Doctor Who, so keeping that up to date is much easier! So you’ll find irregular patches of a few months covered, then the next few not, and so on. Test your luck…


Blogging

Lib Dem Voice Participation Up 100%!
Somewhat sarcastic about The Golden Dozen. Plus Mitt Romney and John McCain.

Happy Birthday, Liberal Democrats!
The Lib Dems’ twentieth birthday, and the bloggers’ interviews.

That Cowardly Norfolk Blogger Tantrum In Full
Nothing to see here, move along…
The Tortoise, the Hare and the Witchfinder General

No Ming, Polls, Defections, Selections, Outrageous Confections, and Definitely No Iain Dale… Just a Bit of Radio
I’m on the Simon Mayo Show.

Delayedblogging
Stephen Tall liveblogs Question Time. I don’t, quite.

Come On In, the Water’s Lovely
Welcoming fellow Lib Dem bloggers.

Speechblogging: Me Again
Making a speech at Lib Dem Conference, and my tips on doing so.

‘Reassuringly Extensive’
Making a speech at the Lib Dem Blogger of the Year Awards 2006, and my rather unwise tips on blogging.

Raising Your Voice
Welcoming Lib Dem Voice.


The Conservative Party

Tories: ‘Lesbians Are Fine As Long As They’re In a Relationship With A Man’
Tory homophobia, 2008; with a bonus Labour Minister making a prat of himself.

Cocaine Boris Gets Confused On Drugs
The Mayor of London (to be). Doesn’t it make you proud?

Tory Economics: 1150% Inflation. In a Day.
Boris Johnson. He wasn’t very good at running the tuck shop.

Did the Tories Win Because of Howards’ Way?
The Tories’ narrative in the ’80s and the sailing soap.

Nasty ‘Nice’ Tories’ Latest: Back to the Workhouse
Tories kicking the poor and sick. I took this quite personally.

David Davis on a Sunday Morning

“Shaaaappps!” (Thunk)
Tory MP Grant Shapps and the most risible character from The Armageddon Factor; separated at birth.

Tory Party Unveils Its Soul: Children and Small Animals Flee
Michael Ancram stands up for Tory values.

‘Mr Balloon’ Gets Back to Blandness
David Cameron is bossy, stupid but not disastrous on the Today Programme.

David Cameron on Today: How I Long For Yesterday
David Cameron is disastrous on the Today Programme.

Five Unkind Ways to Mock Poor Mr Cameron
You can probably guess what this one’s about.

Mr Balloon: A Political Heavyweight
A cartoon that you’re welcome to borrow.

The Tories – Just a Blip, or Self-Destructing?
Not William Hague’s finest hour.


Fairness

Tories: ‘Lesbians Are Fine As Long As They’re In a Relationship With A Man’
Tory homophobia, 2008; with a bonus Labour Minister making a prat of himself.

It’s All Because…
The gays are getting married.

Jack Straw Is My Darling
Labour’s very, very belated gay rights legislation after opposing it, and the Liberal Democrats’ far better record.

What I Think of Jim Davidson’s Whingeing ‘Victim’ Act (go on, guess)
A homophobic git bleats for sympathy.

Why Should I Want a Bigot to Smile Politely?
Why should we have anti-discrimination laws anyway?

Church Latest: Protect Hate, Hate Love
Churches justify homophobic bigotry and dumping kids (dog bites man, bears are Catholic, etc).

Compromised
A satirical look at the Prime Minister’s wish to find a compromise with bigots.

Some Motions Are More Equal Than Others
The Lib Dems make a bit of a mess of equality too.


Freedom

Happy Birthday, Magna Carta (now lock it away)!
Labour, locking people up without trial, bribing coroners and what the Magna Carta was really about.

Crooked Coroners Corruption Latest: Legalise Bribery!
Labour’s utter abuse of power.

Mind-Boggling Labour Government Corruption: Unlimited Power To Make Cover-Ups and Fix Trials
I’m really quite cross. So should you be.

Banning Things Is Insane, Except When Not Banning Them Is Insane – BBC
The BBC continues to turn into the Daily Mail.

Blogging, Gambling and the Perils of Delivering Leaflets
I ramble about other bloggers again in a vaguely philosophical way.

If Labour Does It, It Can’t Be Wrong
Labour and the Rule of Law. One of the pieces I’ve written that’s closest to my heart.

Unwise Things To Do Of A Morning…
Wondering if the abortion piece was a brilliant idea.

Family Guy
Thinking about abortion law and other family policies.


History

Happy Birthday, Magna Carta (now lock it away)!
Labour, locking people up without trial, bribing coroners and what the Magna Carta was really about.

Doctor Who and the ‘Celebrity Historical’
Doctor Who and other fictional adventures in history.

Missing the Boat
Defending the Cutty Sark (against Laurence Boyce).

Present: One Small Blog For Me, One Giant Blog With Everyone Else

Past: History Matters

The Ruin of Two ‘Glamorous’ Prime Ministers, Fifty Years Apart
Anthony Blair and Anthony Eden.

Making America Infamous in History
President Bush bulldozes Babylon.


Iraq

‘Tried in His Absence’
On the execution of Saddam Hussein.

The Ruin of Two ‘Glamorous’ Prime Ministers, Fifty Years Apart
Anthony Blair and Anthony Eden.

Making America Infamous in History
President Bush bulldozes Babylon.


The Labour Party

MPs’ Luxuries: Labour Can’t Get Enough; Lib Dems Against; Tories Split
A vote in Parliament to, er, further discredit Parliament.

Want BNP? Vote Labour
Labour’s disgusting foreigner-bashing leaflets for the Crewe and Nantwich by-election.

New Logo Says What We All Think of the Labour Government
Priceless.

‘D’oh! Conned Again!’ Say the World’s Stupidest MPs
Gordon Brown’s 10p tax con gets fixed. If you’re very, very credulous.

Were They Counting On Their Fingers?
How it took Labour MPs (and Tories, and thinktanks) over a year to spot Gordon Brown’s 10p tax con. I know it’s not endearing to say ‘I told you so’…

A Government of High-Quality Fantasists?
Andy Burnham declares opera for all on fifteen quid a year, bless him. And why Labour shouldn’t be trusted to write a written constitution.

Crooked Coroners Corruption Latest: Legalise Bribery!
Labour’s utter abuse of power.

History Repeats Itself: First As Farce, Then As, Er, More Farce
Hilarious socialist squabbles between Labour and its splinters.

Mind-Boggling Labour Government Corruption: Unlimited Power To Make Cover-Ups and Fix Trials
I’m really quite cross. So should you be.

Lost in the Post: Why Postal Services May Prove Fatal For Gordon Brown
Labour delivers the worst data disaster in the history of the world and the Election That Never Was.

Dodgy Donors: Your Cut-Out-And-Keep Guide to Spotting the Difference
Compare and contrast Labour and Lib Dem dodgy donors – guess which party are the corrupt ones?

A Tragic Announcement… Oh, Who Am I Kidding?
At last, Mr Blair is going.

A Corrosive Effect
Mr Blair and lies again.

Gordon Widens Gap Between Rich and Poor – Tony Lies About It
Isn’t it amazing that Liberal Democrats spotted and opposed Gordon Brown’s 10p tax con over a year before Labour and Tory MPs discovered its ‘unforeseeable’ effects?

If Labour Does It, It Can’t Be Wrong
Labour and the Rule of Law. One of the pieces I’ve written that’s closest to my heart.

And Now… The Verdict
The Trial of Tony Blair.

That Post-Christmas, Post-Who Satisfied Feeling
Labour lose a member. And another. And…

Oh, Just Stop It!
Gossip about Cherie Blair isn’t big or clever.

Ming vs Flash Dour Gordon
Battle of the speeches.

“You Can’t Resign, In Fact, You’re Sacked! Oh, Bugger!”
That Mr Blair tells another whopper.

Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead (Pending)
Mr Blair, he dead. Or not.

The Crime Is Birth, The Sentence Is…
Even for Mr Blair, this one’s barking mad.

Ten Things I Hate About…
What has the Labour Government ever done for us? If only they were the Romans… They were probably better on civil liberties, too.


The Liberal Democrats – Conferences

Forthcoming Excitement From the FPC
Trailing Make It Happen and not-the-student-funding-row.

The Lisbon Treaty, Murphy’s Law and Why Policy Matters
Lib Dem splits over Europe in the run-up to Spring Conference 2008.

Speechblogging: Me Again
Making a speech at Lib Dem Conference, and my tips on doing so.

Limping Into Tuesday
Physical pain fun.

Ravishing Phone Intoxication
Conferences are silly.

‘Reassuringly Extensive’
Making a speech at the Lib Dem Blogger of the Year Awards 2006, and my rather unwise tips on blogging.

Living the Fast Life in Brighton
Fun on the wireless.

Some Motions Are More Equal Than Others
Even Lib Dem debates are sometimes crapulent.


The Liberal Democrats – Elections

The Two Messages Brian Paddick Needs To Get Across
Our difficulty in the 2008 London Mayoral Election.

Oh, I Give In: Election Fever!
What turned out to the Election That Never Was.

The Lib Dems Need More Votes. From Where?
Oh, the usual answer. Greens closer to us than fascists, surprise.


The Liberal Democrats – Leaders and People

Free the Stoke One!
Gavin Webb – too Liberal for some?

What Nick Should Have Said…
Nick Clegg and Europe.

The Bloggers and Nick: Decision, Diversity, Doughnuts
An interview with Nick Clegg on his day of election.

Well Done, Nick!
Nick Clegg is elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

A Vote For Nick (featuring Nick’s ‘EXCLUSIVE’ answer to a nasty question)
Why you should vote for Nick Clegg.

A Vote For Chris (featuring Chris’ answer to a nasty question you’ve probably seen elsewhere)
Why you should vote for Chris Huhne.

(Almost Past) Time To Decide
Looking back at the Leadership election.

Leaders – What’s the Point?
What I’d like to hear in the 2007 Leadership election.

The Candidate For You?
Potential London Mayoral and US Presidential candidates.

Brian Paddick: He’s Not the Messiah, He’s a… Very Distinguished Police Officer
A candidate for Mayor of London.

Dodgy Donors: Your Cut-Out-And-Keep Guide to Spotting the Difference
Compare and contrast Labour and Lib Dem dodgy donors – guess which party are the corrupt ones?

Ming vs Flash Dour Gordon
Battle of the speeches.

Return of the Leaders
Charles Kennedy and Paddy Ashdown.

Sex and the President
How to pick a Lib Dem President. But we didn’t.

Should Simon Hughes Be Re-elected?
Shows what I know!


Political TV

Did the Tories Win Because of Howards’ Way?
The Tories’ narrative in the ’80s and the sailing soap.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Aaron Sorkin’s latest; more very expensive therapy than watchable television, and incredibly patronising.

And Now… The Verdict
The Trial of Tony Blair.

Popping Mrs Balloon
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard.

Delayedblogging
Stephen Tall liveblogs Question Time. I don’t, quite.


Religion

Rowan Williams In Detail: Deceitful, Demented or Naïve to the Point of Idiocy?
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s spin about Sharia Law.

A Victory for Democracy
Pope Benedict appoints 24 new Cardinals.

The Problem of ‘Accident’
Vague theological meanderings, but generally serious.

Why Should I Want a Bigot to Smile Politely?
Why should we have anti-discrimination laws anyway?

Church Latest: Protect Hate, Hate Love
Churches justify homophobic bigotry and dumping kids (dog bites man, bears are Catholic, etc).

Compromised
A satirical look at the Prime Minister’s wish to find a compromise with bigots.

Thought For the Day
Is it worth listening to? Clue: no.


Science

Advertising Witchcraft
Homeopathy – how I love it!


The United States of America

Lib Dem Voice Participation Up 100%!
Somewhat sarcastic about The Golden Dozen. Plus Mitt Romney and John McCain.

My View On the US Elections…
2008 Presidential links.

Wise Old Man Speaks
Jimmy Carter on Mr Blair and Mr Bush. With special guest appearance from Mount Rushmore.

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