Compulsory voting – an argument against

I’ve just read Sackerson’s piece on why Britain needs AV and compulsory voting, and while I supported AV – the just rejected proposal was, I feel, superior both to FPTP and also to the full preferences variant used in most…

Common Sense on H&S

In the wake of the inquest into the London bombing, Sir Paul Stephenson has incurred the displeasure of the Police Federation. The gist of his remarks struck me as being sensible and pragmatic. He posed the question; should the health…

Let us embrace the paraphernalia of Europe Day

Such is the size of the elephant who arrived tippy-toed and now stands as still as it possibly can – sticking out from behind the grandfather clock in the UK’s otherwise spick and span, doily and tea-and-cake bedecked drawing room…

Splits and differences

Apart from the recent AV fiasco in which various Lib Dems are now noisily throwing their toys out of the pram because the “evil” Tories decided that throwing away a voting system that allowed them access to power every couple…

Reform and the benefits system

If you’re claiming disability benefits because you could only walk with crutches, then being filmed whilst skydiving probably isn’t a smart move. Express. A BENEFITS cheat who claimed she could only walk with crutches sky-dived from a plane at 12,000ft,…

Electoral Reform, Where to Now?

Now that the votes are in and the count has been done, we can see that the electorate –  those who voted –  rejected AV. There is much wailing and grinding of teeth going on over at the Guardian where…

Democracy’s nasty secret

It’s been said often enough – democracy is the worst possible system of government apart from all the others, it’s two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner, it’s the tyranny of the majority or even,…

Freedom and litter

We have a site, as many of you know, called Orphans of Liberty and it says it has a range of views, from libertarian to centre-right, including classical liberals. Somewhere in there is room for the true conservative. The question…

No One Expects an Empty Apology

So Majorca has apologised to the Jews for the Spanish Inquisition. Francesc Antich, the regional president of the Balearic Islands, issued an official condemnation of the killings in what was heralded by Jewish groups as the first of its kind…

We need both AV and compulsory voting

At time of writing (7 pm Friday 6th May), it looks as though the Alternative Vote will be given a resounding raspberry. A shame, because we may soon see radical policies in Scotland on the “mandate” of a majority party…

Super-injunctions and a historical lesson

Readers of my own blog are probably aware that I have quite an interest in the latest legal phenomenon that’s called the super-injunction. Your Reaper believes that their use is generally incredibly damaging to freedom of speech unless in absolutely…

Cash for entry?

It says something about the state of the university system now in England where they will just take the money despite the fact that there is simply no way that the students language skills are adequate enough to meet the…