Tony Blair was selected to win elections for the Labour party, by giving good PR face and convincing people that Labour wasn't terrifyingly left-wing any more, despite being way to the right of most activists and MPs. David Cameron was selected to win elections for the Tory party, by giving good PR face and convincing … Continue reading PR leaders and their downfalls
If you like nerdy dissections of UK by-election results based on over-analysis of post-election opinion polling, combined with random abuse directed at almost everybody involved (but especially UKIP, because obviously), then you'll probably like my latest piece at Liberal Conspiracy.
On the Church of England female bishops rejection, the saddest thing is that the C of E: was created by a woman (Henry VIII's Church rejected the authority of the Pope, but remained Catholic in doctrine; it was Elizabeth I who turned it into a solidly Protestant church after Mary I's attempt at Catholic, erm, … Continue reading Laity ladies kybosh wicked elite’s plan for equality
This is technically true (random quote from blog commenter, but one which reflects a lot of educated-people-who-know-about-stats opinion on the Silver model): Silver's analysis (which I happen to accept) won't be contradicted (or proven) in any way by tomorrow's outcome. Either result is accounted for in the model. People seem not to understand that. However, … Continue reading Thought on Nate Silver and election projection
In the context of the neo-puritan trial of Simon Walsh (description of case NSFW although text-only) for possessing 'extreme pornography' - in UK law, the simple ownership of photos of consenting adults doing kinky things to each other that could cause physical damage - civil liberties defender David Allen Green made the point that "the trial is about … Continue reading In order to protect the children, we had to imprison them
The first jetliner was Boeing's square-windowed 707; it was grounded after a few months following tragic incidents which wiped out a fair proportion of elite Americans. The money flowing to De Havilland to create a civilian airliner progamme to promote their non-murderous plane trumped nationalist concerns. Despite the fact that the 707 is a finer … Continue reading The Boeing Comet is still on sale
Everyone seems very upset about the fact that private security firm G4S has not delivered as many guards as contracted to police the white elephant that is Sports Day 2012, with many people suggesting it's an example of why outsourced contracts are terrible . I'm not sure they should. Let's rewind on what's happened here... G4S … Continue reading Why the G4S Olympics screw-up proves that outsourcing is good