Family affairs

People who are turned off by politics often argue that the parties are “all the same”. They also complain, slightly paradoxically, that politicians argue too much. Family policy is one of the areas where they are all the same – or at least, where the differences between the parties’ attitudes is fairly small. It hasn’t […]

Immigration, the election and a ‘sensible debate’

Voters rank immigration as the second most important issue, right behind the economy. The Conservatives and Labour are trying to outdo each other in appearing tough on immigration, although the Liberal Democrats also promise support giving the National Border Force powers of arrest . Reuters has a good summary of the positions of the major […]

Domestic Issues raised in the first Leaders’ Debate

There is no doubt that last night political history was made with the first live television debate between the leaders of the three main parties. Questions were put to them on domestic issues covering education, health, crime and the recovery from an audience hand picked to reflect British society. So was the debate focused on […]

The complex combination of Drugs and Politics

Image via Wikipedia The history of drug legislation is a tale of disjointed incrementalism. A drug becomes a social problem, the media pick it up and politicians push something through to prove that they care. So we have the three main parties manifestos at our fingertips for Election 2010. Covering all those big issues that […]

Are you going to vote on the basis of defence policy?

Heard your local parliamentary candidates talking about defence policy and their parties’ plans for the defence industry recently? You might have done if you live in a constituency with specific military or defence industry links. Dorset South, for example, includes Bovington Army camp and the MP for South Ribble notes that his constituency in Lancashire […]