Here’s a bad argument about the reform of the House of Lords: “Does the ‘Big Society’ include bishops in the Lords?“.
I don’t want to be mean to Paul Woolley, director of Theos, whose argument it is, but it is pretty much identical to every other argument against full democratic reform of the Lords. It runs “democracy isn’t just about electoral mandates, it’s about [people I agree with] having a say over legislation”.
The Government today launched Your Freedom, a discussion site where people can make suggestions on civil liberties issues and legislation they want to see repealed. good site, but can Government live up to its rhetoric and answer as well as it asks?
Little thing I noticed today. In the Sunday Telegraph, 52% of people questioned in an ICM poll thought the recent budget cuts were necessary (although of course detail on what they will be is not yet clear). Compare that with the 75% of people before the election, as often mentioned by Ben Page, who thought that the deficit could be reduced by efficiency savings alone.
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: French bid for euro zone government gains ground – More positioning from France, Germany and EU Council President. Worth reading for background on this quietly important story Life inside the North Korean bubble – Fascinating film from BBC Newsnight, with footage from […]
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Peak State and The Valley of Nobody Knows – Adil Abrar from Sidekick Studios has joined the blogging team at The Big Society, and his first post is an interesting meditation on the similarities between energy policy and Big Society: both have […]
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: A right turn for the Dutch? – The collapse of the Dutch grand coalition of left and right looks like delivering a majority to centre-right parties at the election on 9 June. Murdoch has to become an elitist – John Gapper in […]
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The collapse of the euro would open the door to democracy – Lots of euro stuff recently, much from a technical perspective, so here's a counterbalance in a traditional UK-Eurosceptic article from Simon Heffer. His thesis: that the end of the Euro, […]
Here are some thoughts on lunchtime reading for today: In the loop: Twitter’s transformation of British politics – The Independent’s John Rentoul writes about how his work of covering UK politics has been transformed by Twitter. Europe’s debt crisis and Keynes’ green cheese solution – Well-timed for today’s UK spending cuts announcement, Thomas Palley writes […]
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: How proportional is PR for Black and ethnic minority people? – Dr Omar Khan from the Runnymede Trust considers the impact of AV and proportional representation on BME representation. (Left Foot Forward) Local collaboration will be even more necessary in the tough […]