Among my firm personal favourite videos. Credit belongs to Nina Paley and to those who went before.
To listen to the self-described recovering comedian Mark Thomas gather ideas for the People’s Magna Carta from some of my neighbours in my hometown of Winchester, Hampshire.
Among the winning ideas at the audience conversation show was a national maximum wage. A simple, elegant and rather persuasive idea in this, the age of austerity.
Accompanying Mark was Alex Runswick from Unlock Democracy who answered questions that ran into issues with the UK’s voluntary or unwritten constitution. Many of these concerned the notion of rights and responsibilities and what the role of the citizen is.
The pen sketches above and below were speedy five minute renders of both subjects in their listening poses.
The Queen’s Speech has been published at the House of Commons in Westminster and the Prime Minister will now get to find out if he over-promised in his eagerness to win re-election.
Above, I hazard he has done so.
Updated: 29th May 2015 – The FT reports on the reception Cameron received in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Poland.
The pretensions of the Labour party to remaining the last national political party in the United Kingdom have taken a battering after losing almost all of their parliamentary seats in Scotland in the General Election of 2015. They have been succeeded in Scotland by the Scottish National Party following their narrow defeat in the Independence referendum of autumn 2014.
There are now only three seats in Scotland belonging to what used to be called the Unionist parties. It’s hard to imagine there will not be another referendum for Independence for Scotland soon, even with the new majority Conservative government of the United Kingdom.
Columnist Mary Riddell explains the existential challenge this sets for the Labour Party, shorn as they now are of their Scottish ‘comfort blanket’. This was also the subject of the cartoon, displayed above.
The United Kingdom’s General Election of 2015 is deadlocked with all sides cancelling each other out. There is a good overview of the situation provided by PoliticoEurope this morning. I drew the analogy from a game of noughts and crosses.
I wonder if it will be the last before another Scottish Independence referendum.
The one speculatulation about the General Election of 2015 that might hold value is that the result will be a coalition of some sort. In this event, the much maligned leader of the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg remains likely to play a pivotal part. Neither of the two leaders of the two ‘main’ parties looks as stable in his position as Clegg is, assuming he can hang on to his own seat in Sheffield Hallam.
And one thing the recent seven leader television debate showed is that Labour has far more to lose in terms of votes from the rise of nationalism outside England than the Tories do.
On a similar theme, there is also some excellent commentary on the apparent or coming collapse of the United Kingdom as a coherent political entity at Renewal, should you be minded for a bank holiday long read.
HSBC helped cheat Her majesty’s Revenue and Customs of due revenues over many years according to this lively report following the disclosure of documents from the bank]s so-called Swiss files.