Welcome! My day job is at the communications agency Blue Rubicon and I am also a Visiting Lecturer at City University. I edit the monthly newsletter, Liberal Democrat Newswire. This is my personal blog – with my views, expressed on behalf of myself. Take a look around – and do comment on what you see.

Politics

Not such a house price bubble?

23 April 2014

Outside London in particular, house prices don't look so bubble like after all - when you factor in people's ability to pay for them, which has been hugely increased by the low interest rates we've been seeing.

Technology

Sabrent portable 4-port USB 3.0 Hub

22 April 2014

USB hubs are fairly standard, making it hard for one to stand out much from the crowd. But the Sabrent portable 4-port USB 3.0 Hub does a decent job of sticking its head above the others.

History

Great footage from the 1969 Islington North by-election

21 April 2014

Some things are rather different about elections in North Islington now compared with 1969, but as this report from the 1969 Islington North by-election shows – not everything. Note in particular the early reference to immigration and housing. Despite the less than flattering portrayal of levels of support for the Conservative candidate, he secured a […]

Media & PR

Two things to note about the Daily Mail’s attacks on the Lib Dems over Cyril Smith

16 April 2014

It's not really about the Lib Dems or Cyril Smith. It's about press regulation. As the last line in the latest Daily Mail editorial says, "With people like these to contend with, could there be any more powerful argument for keeping politicians’ grubby hands off the freedom of the Press?"