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Here's what I told the BBC...
Last January I wrote an open letter to the party’s then new Chief Executive Tim Gordon, setting out four priorities. One year on, how are things looking? Here’s what I wrote (with introductory pleasantries skipped), with each of the four points followed by an update and a score. Read on to see how Tim has [...]
Continuing today’s theme of congratulations, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has picked 10 peers who “have most to contribute to debates on charity issues”, four of whom are Liberal Democrats. Well done Baroness Liz Barker, Lord Andrew Phillips, Lord Chris Rennard and Baroness Ros Scott. * Mark Pack has written 101 Ways To [...]
PoliticsHome reports: Labour peer Lord Hart has just tabled an amendment to the Electoral Registration Bill which would have another major impact on the timetable of the Coalition’s plans to cut seat numbers. The amendment, which seeks to amend a clause in Section 10 of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011, declares that [...]
One of the reasons for my love-hate attitude towards the state of modern British political science is the very limited approach taken to analysing and understanding tactical voting. There are huge numbers of research papers looking at opinion poll data about how many people voted tactically in a particular election, in what sorts of seats [...]
One thing my love of long-running local casework sagas (see potholes passim, for example) has taught me is how many different councils have developed – that is, paid for – their own individual IT systems to do very similar tasks, such as recording and managing reports of mine. Competition and variation frequently has many merits, [...]
In March the exceptionally popular David Walter lost his battle with cancer, and a memorial service is being held for him this week: Wednesday June 27th at 2pm at St Brides Church, Fleet Street EC4Y 8AU As Chris Rennard said when David died: David was widely respected as a decent, principled and trustworthy person. He was [...]
The plans have been through an extensive pre-legislative scrutiny process, including some of the best cross-party forensic examination of details by a Commons committee I've seen. Quite rightly therefore the published Bill includes some significant changes of detail which reflect those issues.
From the letters page: SIR – Many promises in the Conservative manifesto cannot be delivered by David Cameron because the Conservatives won only 307 of the 650 seats in the Commons. Fortunately, they need not compromise on the democratic principles in their manifesto, which said that they would “work to build a consensus for a [...]
Via Storify, an account of tonight’s CentreForum event “How to be an effective junior member of a coalition”: Share “ Use of photo of Russian dolls to advertise “How to be an effective junior member of a coalition” suitably ambiguous #CentreForum Mark Pack Mon, Mar 26 2012 13:22:57 ReplyRetweet Share “ Lord Rennard: Coalition is [...]