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by admin published Jun 15, 2007 09:25 PM
Musings of an itinerant web developer

And the winner is...

by Laurence Rowe published May 11, 2008 01:35 AM
... the stupid party.

You might have thought all those reviews would bring about a new era of evidence based policy making. Marking, if you like, a clear change of direction from the policy based evidence making of the Blair years. Sadly you would be mistaken. Whether it's 42 days internment without trial, or the classification of cannabis, Gordon seems determined to press on in spite of the views from the DPP and former Attorney General that 28 days is quite enough, or despite the panel of experts report. He must be seen to be Tough. And Tough Men Ignore the Evidence.

But the stupid vote is large and important block, so not to be outdone the Tories are urging a reduction in the term limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, as survival rates for early births are rising. The evidence flatly contradicts this assertion.

A Young Conservative at university once told me he read the Guardian to find out what those in power were thinking. I sometimes wonder if he wouldn't have been better off reading the Mail.

The politics of hope?

by Laurence Rowe published Apr 07, 2008 11:10 PM

America has Obama. London has Ken. Not the same league perhaps, but then it's difficult to get excited about an incumbent at the best of times. Back to the politics of fear then? Maybe. The alternative is Boris, and this is the start of the first Mayoral campaign where the Tories have a real chance of winning. The message? 'Keep London moving'.

Evening rush hour in the heart of the City. Liverpool Street tube station may not be the most likely place to canvas for Ken supporters, but after an hour and a half I had managed to hand out all of my stack of pamphlets (what proportion were taken by those who thought it a particularly thin free sheet I don't know). Who supports Ken? The usual suspects, the less old, the less rich and the less white.

The pamphlet and website are telling of the state of the national Labour Party, the only clue he's not standing as an independent again is the stylised rose logo in the bottom left hand corner. The word 'Labour' doesn't even appear on the page.

Do we deserve the Torys?

by Laurence Rowe published Mar 28, 2008 11:40 PM

I'm not normally a moralistic person, but I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that we deserve a period of Tory power. How many people have to die before we offer some sort of apology for the terrible anarchy into which we have plunged the people of Iraq?

Sunset at Sunderland Point

by Laurence Rowe published Feb 24, 2008 09:00 PM
Visiting Gareth and Gil in Lancaster for the weekend.
Sunderland Point (by Gareth)


Northern Soul

by Laurence Rowe published Feb 19, 2008 11:05 PM
Why we dance