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Austrian Social Democratic Party election video - with gnome

You do have some gnomes on your election campaign, don’t you?

28 August 2014
Last weekend in the mountainous Austrian state of Vorarlberg, 400 gnomes disappeared. Nobody knows where they have gone. But everyone knows it's down to politics.
VIDEO: Scottish Independence Referendum - Unmissable thumbnail

VIDEO: Scottish Independence Referendum – Unmissable

28 August 2014 ,
Here’s the new film from the Electoral Commission:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
Welcome to the House of Cue Cards: a tribute to the House of Cards thumbnail

Welcome to the House of Cue Cards: a tribute to the House of Cards

28 August 2014 , ,
Jimmy Fallon shows how the world of the Tonight Show is not that different from "House of Cards."
Midas Training postcard

First look: the training programme at Lib Dem Autumn Conference

28 August 2014
I've previously blogged a first look at the 2014 Glasgow Conference agenda. Now here's a first look at the training program, packed full of excellent sessions.
Moray Road - Fonthill Road junction

And lo, with an email the sign was gone

28 August 2014 ,
Cruel me: that "temporary" sign at the corner of Moray Road and Fonthill Road will now not seen its tenth birthday because following my email, Islington Council has now finally removed it.
Mansion

Londoners support a Mansion Tax

We very nearly got a Mansion Tax in this Parliament. It was only David Cameron's decision to over-ride George Osborne that blocked it.
Harriet Harman. Photo courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harriet_Harman,_January_2009_1.jpg - some rights reserved

Dodgy donations: Labour is right, Labour is wrong and the media are too generous

Despite some reforms introduced by Labour in the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 (on which see the guide I wrote), unincorporated associations continue to offer rather a loophole when it comes to donations to political parties.
Danny Alexander. Photo courtesy of the Liberal Democrats. Some rights reserved - https://www.flickr.com/photos/libdems/8043941203/

And finally: here’s some extra revenue in the Lib Dem policy plans

The Lib Dems say they will cut the deficit with a trio of wealth taxes, not by hitting the poor with welfare cuts.
Golden Dragon. Public Domain CC0

Which Liberal Democrat is most likely to…

26 August 2014 ,
The recent list of unusual Freedom of Information requests made me wonder which Liberal Democrat would be most likely to have submitted which.
Labour Party leaflet Kingston 1945 - endorsements from Anthony Asquith (front)

Kingston Liberal says ‘Vote Labour’: a leaflet from 1945

Anthony Asquith, son of Liberal Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, stunt double in Boadicea and respected film director, never quite fulfilled the promise of his talent.