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Why we need proportional representation – even if we don’t like voter choices

July 6th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

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How can one obtain a revealing interview?

June 23rd, 2024 by Roger Darlington

In this weekend’s “Observer” newspaper, there’s a long and revealing interview by Charlotte Edwards of the Leader of the Labour Party, soon to be Prime Minister, Keir Starmer. It reminded me of when I was interviewed as a Parliamentary candidate and of when recently I conducted a series of interviews of staff and residents in […]

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Learning lessons from the Post Office scandal

May 22nd, 2024 by Roger Darlington

For 23 years, I was a national official with a trade union which represented the staff in the small number of main post offices actually owned by Post Office Limited (POL). Then, for 17 years, I sat on bodies representing customers of post offices. On one occasion (an awards ceremony), I spent the evening sitting […]

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What if the Labour Party wins the coming General Election with a huge majority?

March 19th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

Do you remember the General Election of December 2019? Do you really remember it? The Conservative Party, then led by Boris Johnson, won a landslide victory with a majority of 80 seats, a net gain of 48, on 43.6% of the popular vote, the highest percentage for any party since the General Election of 1979.   […]

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A review of the book “But What Can I Do?” by Alastair Campbell

February 24th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

The last book that I read was “Why We Get The Wrong Politicians” by Isabel Hardman. In my view, that work put too much emphasis and blame on individuals for the current state of British politics, spent far too much time describing the problem and very little time suggesting remedies, and was overly pessimistic about the present […]

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“Why We Get The Wrong Politicians” by Isabel Hardman (2022)

January 27th, 2024 by Roger Darlington

This analysis of British politicians was first published in 2018 (when it was a winner at the Parliamentary Book Awards) and then revised and updated in 2022. I was given it as a present for Christmas 2023 and therefore read it in a year (2024) when we will have a General Election which is almost […]

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And … we’re back

January 21st, 2024 by Roger Darlington

Sorry we’ve been offline for a few weeks, but the tech problems now seem to be sorted.

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The next General Election …

November 7th, 2023 by Roger Darlington

will be held on Thursday, 7 November 2024 – a year today. Remember where you heard it first.

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Is Lucy Letby a case of the banality of evil?

August 19th, 2023 by Roger Darlington

Understandably, the British media is awash with coverage of the recently-concluded, ten-month court case in which Lucy Letby has been found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six more. The newspaper which I read – the “Guardian” – today devotes its first 12 pages to the case. I love children. I love […]

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Would a universal basic income work? Let’s try it.

June 6th, 2023 by Roger Darlington

“A universal basic income of £1,600 a month is to be trialled in England for the first time in a pilot programme. Thirty people will be paid a lump sum without conditions each month for two years and will be observed to understand the effects on their lives. Two places in England have been selected […]

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