Self-denying … and self-defeating?

[Originally posted on Liberal Democrat Voice, 21/10/10] It may have been a “miserable little compromise” back in April but AV would now appear to be the big prize. The coalition has to hold together, whatever the cost, at least long enough to allow a vote on electoral reform. […]

The sound of silence

[Originally posted on Bristol Running Resource, 17/10/10] Are you the type of person who distracts themselves with music on the run? Or someone who prefers the company of their own thoughts when on the move? I love listening to music in all sorts of situations – at work, […]

To hill and back …

[Originally published on Bristol Running Resource, 10/10/10] I’ve been out and about this weekend, visiting the in-laws in south Wales. Managed to squeeze in a run this morning. We ran north out of Beaufort on the road to Llangynidr. Within five minutes you’re into Powys and the Brecon […]

Broader shoulders

In his speech to the Tory party conference yesterday David Cameron used the argument that “it’s fair those with broader shoulders should bear a greater load” as justification for the removal of child benefit from higher earners. The appeal to “broader shoulders” is one of those statements that […]

Wise words

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“No section of the people has ever been excluded from political power without suffering legislative injustice”
(Millicent Garrett Fawcett, 1847-1929)

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”
(JK Galbraith, 1908-2006)

“a person is not likely to be a good political economist who is nothing else”
(JS Mill, 1806-1873)