The first candidate for evidence-based politics must surely be the Tories deficit reduction plan. The Tories are making two main arguments: that to make the biggest cut in public spending since the Second World War over five years is necessary; and that it is safe to make such drastic cuts over such a short timescale, […]

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I spent Saturday at the TAM London conference. TAM stands for ‘The Amazing Meeting’, and is a conference for skeptics of all flavours. The keynote speaker was James Randi, the magician and professional skeptic, who made his name debunking, among others, Uri Geller. Randi was asked how people like Geller are able to make a […]

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On Saturday I spoke at the first Open Rights Group conference. Admittedly the title – ORGCON  – made it sound like a  1980’s Dr Who villain, but what can you do? I was part of the first panel of the day; the topic of the panel was “Thriving in the Real Digital Economy”; and (for […]

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I’ve been feeling a bit uncomfortable with myself over the last couple of days. It’s to do with Wednesday’s Gabby Logan programme on which I was a guest. It was a good-natured show, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. However, when the topic changed to Peter Mandelson’s memoirs, fellow guest and Spectator […]

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In yet another vindication of my decision to train as a lawyer, it turns out that in 2008 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) paid their lawyers more than $16 million to sue alleged filesharers, but only recovered $391,000. The numbers in 2007 were even more extreme – $21 million was spent to recover […]

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Six- one to hold the bulb, and five to drink until the room spins. Well, maybe that was true once upon a time, but these days if I get together with another five drummers, it can only mean one thing – the Sense Drumathon! Sense are a charity supporting and campaigning for children and adults […]

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We can’t afford to get the choice of party leader wrong. As the Tories discovered after 1997, leaders without vision, experience, and popular appeal can throw their parties on the electoral scrap heap for a generation. It seems to me that David Miliband’s vision for the country is grounded in the fight against inequality, which […]

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Spent Saturday morning at David Miliband’s leadership campaign event. While most of the candidates seem to be playing the ‘my shirt’s hairier than yours’ game over losing the election, David seems to be the only one with real plans and a real vision for transforming the party. If we get the choice of leader wrong, […]

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The Israeli government today attempted to justify the killing of at least nine activists on a ship in international waters. The activists say they were trying to ferry aid supplies to Gaza, by-passing Israel’s blockade. On the Israeli Diplomatic Website, troops are said to have ‘landed’ on the largest flotilla ship – the Mavi Marmara […]

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Out campaigning with the best constituency MP in the country, Karen Buck, on Saturday morning. If we look a bit glum, it’s because it was pouring with rain. By the time of the photo, Karen had gone to the other Labour stall in Church Street ward. It was quite gratifying to see that the Tories […]

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