Author Archives: Sam Lawes

A picture postcard from a Liberal Democrat in Gezi Park

I’m leafing through the 2,077 photos I’ve taken so far of Turkey’s protests. Having sat down to shed a ‘liberal’ light on what’s happening here, I realize I may make a further claim to your attention: I am seeing, as it were, both sides of the coin.

Watching protests in Beşiktaş, Taksim & Gezi Park, marching to the outskirts of Istanbul & being pepper-sprayed is one side. Working in a conservative, pro-government school where colleagues refer to protestors as “terrorists” and tut gruffly every time Taksim gets mentioned is the other.

A Tale of Two Turkeys 

This is a tale of two Turkeys. …

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An apology to Dr Vince Cable

In what will likely be my last political outing for a while, I got the train to Cheltenham recently for a talk by the Business Secretary, Dr. Vince Cable. It was hosted by Cheltenham Ladies’ College, organised by the impressive local Liberal Youth branch and attended by some exceedingly bright young students.

As expected, the Business Secretary spoke with the lucidity, insight and maturity which characterises his style of politics. He detailed the origins and consequences of the 2008 financial ‘heart attack’ – in terms even I could understand – to a packed room …

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Opinion: Time to get serious about food wastage

License Some rights reserved by szczelIt may not seem a naturally risky topic, but the rate at which we are wasting food is nothing less than scandalous. From gross inefficiencies at the heart of modern food production to domestic habits, food waste is the quiet scandal of the decade.

A recent BBC article reported that up to half of the food we produce is simply thrown away. Worldwide. The waste of North Americans and Europeans, says another report, could feed the world’s hungry several times over.

This makes for uncomfortable reading on all sides. …

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  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 24th Oct - 11:15am
    Indeed, it's good of you to provide such fertile ground for diverting play for those of us whose a**e-pokers are not too rigid. More power...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 24th Oct - 11:14am
    If Paul Tyler and other Liberal Democrats in the Lords were mounting a consistent and ongoing campaign to get rid of the everyday farce I...
  • User Avatariain 24th Oct - 11:12am
    Gordon is a probable loss anyway, and if he stands it may actually help us in the long run, as it will encourage Labour and...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 24th Oct - 11:11am
    William - because a) renwables are (at least at the moment) much more expensive than gas b) virtually all our domestic heating runs on gas
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 24th Oct - 11:09am
    " the underlying message “politicians are all bad, don’t get involved” is the same one as the Orange Bookers" Can you point to any evidence...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 24th Oct - 11:04am
    It's a fine spoof. No problems from in that regard. I use pseudonym, and a deliberately silly one at that, so I could not complain...