Does democracy have to be political?

This is by way of a polemic – I expect people to disagree but I also hope it strikes a chord. I can’t be the only one who has been struck by the way in which the people getting involved with the community clear-ups after the riots have been so keen to state that their […]

Petitions with purpose

“The blogosphere is not an area that is open to sensible debate; it is dominated by the obsessed and the fanatical and we will get crazy ideas coming forward.” Paul Flynn MP, quoted in a recent BBC article on the possibility of e-petitions. Is this really the best objection that Labour can raise to to the […]