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Nižinskyj
Yorkshire, England
Part Polish, mostly Ukrainian, unmistakably English hack.
Interests: Life, liberty, happiness.
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Isn't that a picture of the 1830 Revolution?
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That the state should fund but not run all public services - because others can often do the job better - isn't dogmatic ideology, it's common sense. Exactly the same common sense that drives the French healthcare system - it is funded, but not run by, the state. The majority of GPs are private practitioners. Furthermore, the World Health Organisation certified it with the 'best overall care' in the world.
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That was 'perfect constitution', sorry.
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Parliamentary democracy as we know it is something of a miscarriage of history, that is why no system will ever work as it is intended to. Before 1832 we had a system of checks and balances between the an independent executive and a legislature. The executive (monarch) picked his ministers and formed a government, provided it had the confidence of the legislature (House of Commons). We used to call this the perfect system. While we have decapitated our system, the French have one very much like the above. However, because their executive (President) is elected and has a direct role in choosing his or her government, the legislature (National Assembly) can afford to be more representative because there is still a strong, directly-elected centre calling the shots. Furthermore, power is shared between the President and his Prime Minister, whereas under our bizarre system the PM has found himself invested with both the premier's and monarch's power. Let's wait until the end of this reign and have a proper debate about how best to address the bizarre inadequacies of our monarchic parliamentary system.
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Apr 26, 2010
My head appears no be neatly sandwiched between Cameron's arm and the headlines!
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Mark, are you forgetting that Boris has done this himself? http://bit.ly/Ylk9a
I'm still a little thin on ground regarding the case against the voucher system. Other than what you've just said, that is.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2010 on Powerless parents at CentreRight
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A split in the Liberal Democrats would be the best thing that could happen to that bizarre party. Are they Liberals or are they Social Democrats? Who knows. It's telling that they changed their name no less than 3 times when the party was formed in 1988 - first as Social & Liberal Democrats, then the Democrats and finally as Liberal Democrats. True Liberals belong in the Conservative party (which has a history of welcoming them) and would do better to make their influence felt there. The remaining Social Democrats might as well rejoin Labour, as the removal of Clause 4 made it the SDP in all but name anyway.
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Jeez, even Hitler was nice to his typist!
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There are many people in the UK who share Mr Hannan's views on the EU, Holly. That is the reason he is there 'spouting off'. Or had you forgotten the point of democracy? And do you really think forming his own party is going to achieve anything? Have you heard of Kilroy-Silk's Veritas party recently? No, didn't think so.
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Oh reading this now is so good.
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So first past the post distorts the overall voting intentions of the population and the alternative vote... does this with gusto. Clever.
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Why not use a PR system for the Commons to make it more truly representative of the people, then elect senators on the basis of first-past-the-post, retaining the constituency link? I think that gives the Commons greater representative legitimacy from the whole of the UK whilst giving the Senate a more personal and scrutinising angle to legislation based on a particular constituency rather than 'the people' per ce.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2010 on Random Power at CentreRight
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Big resounding yes for the first two, can't say much for the rest though. What the hell are Bercow and Portillo doing on there though? Is the latter even a member? And where's Dan Hannan? :P
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Came across a very interesting passage in Boris Johnson's 'Lend Me Your Ears' from a mid-90s interview with Peter Thomson; "Blair advertises himself as the man who can bring the moral dimension back to politics, as if offering spiritual and political renewal". I'd love it if someone could make a video contrasting this pre- and post-1997 euphoria - with all its spin and empty promises - against the grim reality we're left with today. Perhaps a theme for the campaign?
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Partition might be the only way to save (at least half) of the country. It's pretty much split down the middle between European Ukraine and a Russian Ukraine. Ukrainian national identity is a more or less artificial construct from the nineteenth century so it's hardly surprising the country's previous overlords carry so much weight. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Ukraine_ElectionsMap_Nov2004.png
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But they're also a group who aren't old enough to remember Britain before new Labour and certainly not the mess it was before 1979. Without actually researching this, as I did, they really have no conception of it. Being young and having absolutely no experience of Conservative government whatsoever makes it much easier to be influenced by petty lefty prejudice. (p.s. I'm 24!)
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Hmm... Labour set to go back to the '30s, we need a 1930s swing to form a government. Looking good!
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Please explain what your point is and how it's relevant to this article because I'm having difficulty finding it.
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Depressing indeed. Though anybody who sincerely believes that the United States has ever given a rat's arse about this country is sadly mistaken. They'll sell us down the river every time. REMEMBER SUEZ.
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