Monday, 18 April 2011

"AV is a stepping stone to PR" - The Evening Standard

In a typical establishment diatribe against AV full of the usual half-truths, today's Evening Standard editorial also warns:

"Voting reform, ideally full PR, is the Lib-Dems' Holy Grail, and AV a stepping stone towards it."

So what do the Yes2PRNo2AV muppets have to say about that?

Sunday, 3 April 2011

There are big lessons to be learnt from Labour's handling of the economy...Labour says

Following my invitation to help out Mr.Ed, I have found this nearly mea culpa on their fresh ideas website. In the economy section, it says

"But we didn’t get everything right – and we know the challenges of the future will be different. There are big lessons to be learned from our time in government."

I'd love to hear from them what they think they got wrong and what big lessons they need to learn.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

In which Ed Miliband invites me to write his manifesto and is usurped by a Mexican design company

I got a letter from that nice Mr Ed Miliband today inviting me to tell him what my "hopes and concerns" are.
I had hoped to post a nice scan of it but unfortunately it didn't get past Mrs. LibCync so is now ripped into little bits. In a show of dedication to my readers (Sid and Doris Bonkers) I have retrieved it from the bin and done my best:

The text of the letter reads as follows (a lot of references to "people"):

Dear LibCync,

Over the past few months I have been meeting and writing to people up and down the country, asking them about the challenges their families face today but also about the future ambitions they have for themselves and their children. I know that many people feel that Labour lost touch with the British people and so one of my top priorities has been to get out of Westminster and listen to people.

It's been a fantastic experience and I've learned so much about the challenges people face at home and in work. I've also learn that the British people are resilient, inventive and hopeful for Britain.

I want to continue this valuable exercise. So today I'm asking if you'd like to tell me what your hopes and concerns are. For you, your family and your friends.

You'll find some questions online at which I hope you can take a few moments to answer.

Your ideas are invaluable and I thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Ed Miliband
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

I had a look at the website and saw that they had one of these new-fangled social media thingies, a hashtag #freshideas. Unfortunately it seems that this particular hashtag is already used by a Mexican design company. Oops!