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To get Soudas Grits must take Adams?

The above title is meant only partly in jest for I can’t see an upside to Justin Trudeau’s decision to welcome so warmly former Conservative MP Eve Adams into the Liberal caucus. And, judging from opinions expressed in both conservative- and prog...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 11, 2015

The cost of being Liked

The stakes could not be higher. The Parties that form the next Government have the potential to attract substantial sums from funders for the next election and senior party representatives will be appointed to high office giving them well paid jobs...
by IanChisnall on Feb 7, 2015

Christine Elliott as PC leader, I hope so

Lisa MacLeod has dropped out of the Progressive Conservative leadership race today and endorsed Christine Elliott. The MPP for Nepean-Carleton, MacLeod also confirmed that she expects to contest the Ottawa-area federal riding that will become availab...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 6, 2015

John Baird: sorry to see him go

Yesterday, foreign affairs minister John Baird announced his retirement from politics. To many—and not only among conservatives—this was sad news for apparently Baird was genuinely liked by his colleagues in all parties and by many ordinary Canad...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 4, 2015

We should express our outrage

There is a rather murky story in this mornings newspapers regarding Amjad Bashir who was until last week the communities spokesperson for UKIP and is now apparently a member of the Conservative Party. His change of party is apparently so important...
by IanChisnall on Jan 25, 2015

Wind Power ‘more resilient than fossil fuels’

As we approach the General Election we are faced with choices on a number of different fronts all at once. This is the point at which we are sold the biggest lie in our democracy. Every 5 years politicians bundle … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jan 22, 2015

From one degree of chaos to another

The news from Brighton & Hove City Council that the Green Party have not been able to set a budget is disappointing, but hardly a shock. This sort of outcome has been threatened for the last 3 years if my … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jan 19, 2015

Tomorrow is really important

On Tuesday I wrote about the plans for tomorrows Disabled Access Day. My blog was read by only a small number of people. Yesterday I wrote a provocative piece following a series of attacks on charities by the Conservative Party in … Continue r...
by IanChisnall on Jan 16, 2015

Are the Tories hellbent on destroying Charities?

There is a truism that it is much easier to defend oneself from a major onslaught than it is from a drip drip drip undermining of value and credibility. An onslaught is often recognised by others as taking place and … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jan 15, 2015

Folly of Austerity.

FlipChartFairyTales has another reminder of how wrongheaded the whole austerity message is.  In fact it is a con by the Conservative Party and its little helpers in the Liberal Democrats to foist a small government ideology on a country that doe...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 10, 2015

Its make your mind up time!

As we read about the tussle over the ‘Leaders Debates’ it would be useful to recap how we got here. In the 16th Century Political Parties were created to allow individual MPs to work together to challenge the King. At … Continue rea...
by IanChisnall on Jan 9, 2015

More Threats to Local Welfare

I have written about local welfare schemes before.  It appears, in a declaration dropped out just before Christmas, that the central government is not guaranteeing funding for these.  This is as clear an example of the Conservatives and Lib...
by James Powney's Blog on Jan 5, 2015

Thatcher's Incomprehension

Recent archive releases show once again Margaret Thatcher's blank incomprehension of parts of the UK outside Middle England.  It actually rather suits separatists like the Sinn Fein in those days or the SNP now to have governments in London that...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 28, 2014

Out of touch

I have written several blogs about the decision by the coalition Government to gag charities in the period prior to General Elections through the Lobbying Act. I have spoken to others involved in the charitable sector whose concerns echo my own...
by IanChisnall on Dec 23, 2014

Council Tax Lessons from Scotland

I note one of the counter-arguments to a Council Tax rise in Brent is that the government gives a grant not to raise Council Tax which offsets most of the loss.  This is true, but to look at why it is not as simple as it seems it is worth lookin...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 17, 2014

Time well spent

According to statistics some 85-115 Parliamentary Constituencies are relatively safe seats and won’t change political hue in May unless the change of public mind is so immense that it overturns decades of previous track record in this regard. A...
by IanChisnall on Dec 16, 2014

Why is Industry Minister James Moore offering cheaper toys, but not cheaper food?

The federal government has announced plans to narrow the gap between prices in Canada and those charged in the United States, for the same items. Federal Industry Minister James Moore, today at a Toronto toy store, proposed a new price transparency a...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 9, 2014

PC Ontario: “Progressive” need not be a dirty word

Iattended the Annual General Meeting of the Progressive Conservative Riding Association of Burlington Ontario earlier today. It was in some ways a sombre occasion being as it was the first AGM in several decades without a sitting PC member of the leg...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 6, 2014

IFS and George Osborne's Economic Failure

The IFS has called out George Osborne's Autumn statement, and effectively accused the Chancellor of pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.  I can't recall this ever happening before.  The IFS is non-partisan, and gets a lot of its credibili...
by James Powney's Blog on Dec 5, 2014

Julian Fantino: from hero to zero

Veterans Affairs was supposed to be a strong point for the pro-military Harper Conservatives. It has, instead, become somewhat of a weak link under Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino. Fantino was supposed to be a star candidate when first recru...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 4, 2014


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