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The Need for Independent Redistricting in America

Every decade after the Census data has been processed the United States embarks on the long and drawn-out project to redistribute the 435 seats that make up the House of Representatives. In theory this should be a dry and technical exercise, which at...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 23, 2012

My Solution to the Public Sector Pension Problem

In recent months there has been a lot of talk about a period of industrial strife to equal or surpass any since the winter of discontent in 1978/79. This has mainly been caused by public sector union anger over proposed changes to their pensions, and...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 22, 2012

Liberal Democrats fortunes: The inevitability of progress disrupted

It has been a tough few weeks for the Lib Dems. Then again, when hasn’t it been tough for the Coalition’s junior partners? The departure of big-hitter Chris Huhne from the Cabinet and a devastating ‘Poll of Polls’ are the last things the part...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 22, 2012

The PM goes north: Cameron’s visit to Scotland

David Cameron’s visit to Scotland last week was much anticipated by both sides of the independence debate. On the one hand the nationalists waited with bated breath, in the hope that he would drop the ball by making some blunder which would give th...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 22, 2012

What is libertarianism? – Part I: principles

It strikes me that understanding of libertarianism is generally poor in Britain, even on the self-anointed political ‘right’. I thought it might be useful to lay out, in a series of posts, the basics of this philosophy. I do not claim any...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 20, 2012

The Falklands or Las Malvinas?

Many people felt that following the 1982 Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom, the trouble between the two countries had reached its climax and would not appear again. However conflict has once again risen between the two nations ov...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 20, 2012

The Labour Party, the Left and the double standards of class

One of Labour’s favourite lines of attack on the present government is that it consists of predominantly middle-aged, relatively rich white men, and therefore they have little or no real understanding of reality. While it is undoubtedly true that t...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 19, 2012

Why the Benedict agenda must succeed

The speech that Baroness Warsi gave to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy was not only hugely significant, but vital for the very future of the European continent. She reaffirmed the importance of religion in Europe and by doing so miorrored the c...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 18, 2012

Having no faith in the government

Baroness Warsi has expressed fear at the rise of militant secularism, typically putting two words together in one term and deliberately blurring what is intended to be understood. As it is in vogue to object to radical Islam then it is appropriate to...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 14, 2012

Abu Qatada: Surely Rights Work In Both Ways?

The media this week reported that Abu Qatada / Omar Othman, 51 maybe released from prison and be free to roam our streets again, was received with the usual howls of derision by our right wing press. At present, the reason he cannot be deported is th...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 14, 2012

What’s wrong with having a secular society?

In the wake of Baroness Warsi’s comments in the Telegraph today I feel the need to ask the question; If Britain is being taken over by an increasingly secular population where is the mandate to push for a greater role for religious groups? The...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 14, 2012

Schrader’s view of the family: a critique

This post was going to be a short riposte to Schrader (Why incest is still the ultimate taboo and should remain so), but as my thinking developed I decided to put together a longer item. This post is both a critique of Schrader’s view and an exposi...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 13, 2012

The myth of American neoconservativism

American foreign policy fundamentally remains the same. Irrespective of the administration or background of the president, the broad outline is constant.  Yet in the early 2000s a phrase gained notoriety that was more attached to one administration...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 11, 2012

Debunking the propaganda of repressive regimes; and the myths of internet pseudo-heroes

Over the last week my belief in quality journalism and the free press, rather shaken by recent scandals, has been renewed. Not I might add by any measure taken by the Leveson Enquiry, which began as an exercise in self-flagellation and is now stuck i...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 11, 2012

Homosexual marriage? Yes, if…

I am in two minds about changing the law to allow homosexuals to marry in church, and receive God’s blessing for – and contracting of – their union. Actually, I am not in two minds about homosexuals marrying. In and of itself, the m...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 8, 2012

The power of veto: Are the floodgates open?

David Cameron’s veto of the EU treaty to fix the Eurozone crisis may only really have stalled, rather than prevented, Europe’s fiscal union, but  it has potentially opened the floodgates for the use of what was once an unmentionable forc...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 6, 2012

The Syrian people are suffering as a direct result of a re-Putinization of Russian foreign policy.

Barring the unforecastable, March 4th 2012 will witness the former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin regain the Russian Presidency for an extended period of six years. Whilst his influence over incumbent Dmitri Medvedev has never tr...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 6, 2012

The Syrian veto: China and Russia risk self-defeating their interests

Once again in world history the UN, like the League of Nations before it, has been left paralysed and impotent when faced with blatant aggression and brutality. Earlier this weekend China and Russia, the two least democratic permanent members of the...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 6, 2012

Good-bye, Chris Huhne, and good riddance!

So, Chris Huhne finally resigned as Energy Secretary on Friday. It has been a long time coming. It was made clear – by the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, among others – that it would be impossible for a Minister of the Crown to continue i...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 5, 2012

The unfairness of Finnish presidential elections

Finland is voting for its new president on Sunday 5th of February. The first round of elections was two weeks ago, and since none of the candidates gained over 50% of the votes, the two most voted go into second round. We already know that these elec...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 5, 2012


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