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How Parliament walked eyes wide open into the Bob Ashford mess

Would-be Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Bob Ashford is rightly getting a positive press and sympathy from across the political spectrum today for discovering he’s disqualified from standing thanks to a £5 fine he paid 46 years ago.

It is absurd that he can’t stand. It is an absurdity that Parliament deliberately decided to enact, for the ban does not arise from unintended side effects of another measure or from poor drafting. Instead, it was a deliberate decision to introduce an unprecedented restriction on who can stand in the Police …

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Gay rights – what will you believe: the Tory spin or the Tory voting record?

Bless Nick Herbert: he’s doing his best today to make the claim that the Tories’ attitudes to homosexuality have changed, and that gay people should trust the party. The trouble is Nick has to contend with the reality of the Tories’ voting record – which, as the Lib Dems have pointed out, shows what the Tory party really believes.

The voting records of current Tory MPs who are standing again in 2010 show that:

  • One in six voted against the repeal of Section 28 in 2003 – including David Cameron and a third of the Tory shadow cabinet;
  • One in

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All aboard the new quango train, Conservative Party style

Toot toot! Hold tight! Another one coming on board the quango express.

It’s another new quango promised by the Conservatives with, as the Telegraph has reported,

Nick Herbert, shadow minister for farming and environment, promising a farmers’ conference that a future Conservative government will implement the Competition Commission’s recommendation to create an ombudsman to rule on disputes between supermarkets and their suppliers. That is one more quango to add to the already long list: perhaps they should call it Offtrolley.

Ah, you say. But that’s an ok quango. Surely there’s room for a bit of flexibility?

Only problem is, it’s an awful lot …

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  • User AvatarMichael BG 28th Apr - 1:23am
    Along with many who have posted I agree with Judy Abel, however it can be argued that at least a year ago it was decided...
  • User AvatarPsi 28th Apr - 12:54am
    Just to point out the LibDem manifesto states: “We are determined to combat antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate in the UK and internationally” So thankfully whoever...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 28th Apr - 12:52am
    Gosh Lester, I'm just saying from the perspective of voters it doesn't look good if some underrepresented groups have their own manifesto and others don't....
  • User AvatarJames 28th Apr - 12:47am
    "One pledge unfulfilled could be forgiven. Two, well, Lady Bracknell would be very disapproving." It beggars belief that we could consider breaking even just one...
  • User AvatarPsi 28th Apr - 12:44am
    Martin That is fantastic. The unofficial discussion forum of the successor to the Liberal Party has an automated filter that blocks quotes from John Stuart...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 28th Apr - 12:43am
    Hi David-1, I just don't really like it, but I don't want to keep going around in circles so we'll have to discuss it another...