Normal service will hopefully resume

Apologies for the lack of posts. Unfortunately the host of the domain seemed to change where the website was being directed meaning that some people. myself included, could not access the site. That problem has nearly been rectified, however some people (including myself) are still struggling to access the site depending on who your Internet provider is.

All very complicated for a luddite such as myself – however normal service should be resumed shortly.


Seven Days Show 16th January 2011


In today’s episode of The Seven Days Show (episode 56) we discuss the ex Labour MP who announced he is standing down from the Commons; the recent by-election in Oldham East and Saddleworth; bankers and their bonuses; whether there could be a snap election; the referendum on AV; the Speaker spat and this t-shirt.

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Caution! The content of this t-shirt may cause offence to some readers


Yes Vote in AV Referendum Leads by 6 Points

ComRes for the Sunday Mirror and The Independent on Sunday tomorrow asked the official question drafted by the Electoral Commission:  At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons.  Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?

Yes               36%
No                30%
Don’t know    34%

(Answers were weighted by likelihood to vote.)

So what if anything does this tell us? Well there is al to play for given the number on undecideds, and getting the vote out will be crucial. Game on.

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60 Seconds in Politics 14 January 2011

In todays 60 Seconds in politics we discuss the Oldham East and Saddleworth by election; Baroness Warsi and her reaction; and the end game in the Speaker spat.


To listen to the podcast click the play button above.

Make sure you tune in to The Seven Day Show with Iain Dale to catch up on all the political news from the last seven days, coming Sunday.

The Speaker, Mark Pritchard, and my T-shirt

Following the ‘to do’ with Mark Pritchard and Mr Speaker it appears as though the media have been lapping up the spat. Today’s stories will be tomorrows chip papers. I did have a wry smile to learn that the t-shirt I put online had made it into the Evening Standard.

But the whole spat really does raise some serious issues. The argument with Mark Pritchard isn’t the first run in Mr Speaker has had. We all remember Simon Burns and the “dwarf” comments. Then there was the rather aggressive exchange with the Chief Whip. Nadine Dorries is no fan of Mr Speaker. How long does the list need to grow before there is an acknowledgement that maybe the fault doesn’t just lie with over aggressive Tory MPs as has been suggested as the reason for some of these slap downs by Mr Speaker?

I actually have great respect for the office of Speaker. But to lambaste an MP for not obeying Parliamentary tradition? So an MP should stand aside when The Speaker is passing. Fine. But does the Speaker get to pick and choose what traditions are to be respected. The current Speaker chooses not to wear the traditional wig. If MPs are expected to follow tradition should not the same rule apply to Mr Speaker?

I am saddened by the fact that I hark back to the days of Betty Boothroyd. Why doesn’t the current Speaker engender the same affection that she does? I am pleased the whole fuss about nothing seems to have died down. Mark Pritchard is sorry for using a swear word, but more importantly Mr Speaker wants a meeting with party managers to discuss the perceived breakdown in courtesy. I think it should be remembered that civility works both ways.

In the spirit of civility you can now buy an “I LOVE MR SPEAKER” T-shirt, because we all need to be loved, don’t we.

Daily Mail coverage

Not to most civil of exchanges was it?