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Opinion: Talking at cross purposes about equal marriage

While it is tempting to be triumphal at success of the vote on equal marriage, I have some sympathy for some of the opponents. Not for the bigots of course – but while all bigots will oppose equal marriage, the converse isn’t true, and some opponents are genuinely unhappy at the idea of parliamentary vote to, as they see it, change the meaning of a word.

Now that may seem to many of us an odd thing to get upset about – although I would be quite unhappy if Parliament attempted to change the value of

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Daily View 2×2: 4 December 2009

It’s December 4th, and 210 years since the day William Pitt the Younger introduced income tax to help pay for the Napoleonic Wars. By that time, The Observer (the world’s first Sunday newspaper) was already celebrating its ninth birthday.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

MPs to go clubbing to investigate cocaine trade

The Commons home affairs committee, led by Labour’s Keith Vaz, will look at what goes on during “student nights”.

Members will look at the latest cocaine-detecting technology and talk to anti-drugs campaigners.

Labour MP Gwyn Prosser has already spent time outside a nightclub in Maidstone, Kent, as part of the committee’s preliminary research.

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Reasons to doubt that Darwin poll

Last week, an opinion poll supposedly showing relatively low levels of public belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution did the media rounds. Typical was this write-up from the Daily Telegraph:

Poll reveals public doubts over Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution
Belief in creationism is widespread in Britain, according to a new survey.

Having heard some more coverage of the poll this morning, I thought I’d take a look at what the poll actually said. It was conducted by ComRes, a reputable polling firm (and, regularly readers of my posts about BPIX will be glad to hear, a member of the British Polling …

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  • User AvatarTechnicalEphemera 26th Mar - 7:08pm
    A grubby shambles and as such a fitting full stop for this obscenity of a government to end on. The fact that the Lib Dems...
  • User Avatarmalcolm blount 26th Mar - 7:05pm
    generally speaking productivity growth falls with increasing economic activity in a purely cyclical upturn cos the factors of production coming back on stream are of...
  • User AvatarTom Papworth 26th Mar - 7:00pm
    BTW Jack/George, the whole of chapter 6 is devoted to answering your point.
  • User AvatarTom Papworth 26th Mar - 6:58pm
    Jack and George, The point is that that spare capacity would be being used if it were possible to relocate demand from London to other...
  • User Avatartonyhill 26th Mar - 6:48pm
    I think the number of species cited must be wrong - an ecosystem in an area like this would have many more than 80 species.
  • User Avatarmalcolm blount 26th Mar - 6:47pm
    a good tax avoids distorting economic activity--more easily said than done--& the incidence of taxation (who actually bears it) is not always obvious eg stamp...
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