A big weekend in the FA Cup – the women’s cup that is

I am sure many football fans will have a view on who they would like to see as the victors in tomorrow’s FA Cup ‘clash of the titans’ at Stamford Bridge. In many cases it will be which of Chelsea or Manchester United do you dislike less in determining whom you hope will emerge victors.… Continue reading A big weekend in the FA Cup – the women’s cup that is

Polly Toynbee and the polarisation of the benefits debate

This morning I found myself almost without thinking ‘liking’ a friend’s post on Facebook which shared Polly Toynbee’s piece from Thursday’s Guardian “Benefit cuts: Monday will be the day that defines this government” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/28/benefit-cuts-monday-defines-government). That in and of itself is an interesting departure as I have never been Ms Toynbee’s greatest fan, having felt for… Continue reading Polly Toynbee and the polarisation of the benefits debate

What kind of Liberal votes for secret courts?

I often find myself in a minority being a supporter of the coalition. I strongly believed that the Liberal Democrats could be a moderating influence on the more knee jerk authoritarian instincts of the Conservatives whilst setting the economy straight in a fair but firm manner. I’m not going to talk about economic policy here,… Continue reading What kind of Liberal votes for secret courts?

David Miliband – another moderate bites the dust

The departure of David Miliband from British politics will provoke mourning amongst the sensible centre of the Labour Party, just as Michael Portillo’s decision to retire from the House of Commons ten years ago had the same impact amongst liberal Conservatives, myself included. But the loss of such real talent from political life is a… Continue reading David Miliband – another moderate bites the dust

Sexism in the City (Elections)

Simon Clark’s Bloomberg article “Sexism in the City of London as men rule in elections” (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-25/sexism-in-the-city-of-london-as-men-rule-in-elections.html) draws out a number of crucial issues for the Corporation to tackle as the Council starts a new four year term. Clark’s core point about the gender imbalance of the City’s corporate nominee electors is absolutely valid. As he… Continue reading Sexism in the City (Elections)

‘Standing Up’ has fallen down – some thoughts on the City elections

This year’s City of London elections have been the hardest fought in living memory with 21 out of the 25 Wards being contested by over 150 candidates. The polls took place on March 21st and the results are now in. In my own Ward, I and two of my One Farringdon team colleagues – Wendy Mead… Continue reading ‘Standing Up’ has fallen down – some thoughts on the City elections

Sticking, stuffing and delivering

It is but a few days now until polling day for the City of London common council elections on Thursday 21 March and I seem to be spending most of my waking hours sticking labels, stuffing envelopes and delivering them around the ward of Farringdon Without. On Thursday evening a team of us stuffed (and… Continue reading Sticking, stuffing and delivering

“A very unhappy coalition” – not the Government, but the Conservative Party

We hear much from the media about the fractious nature of the Coalition Government, tensions existing between Cameron and Clegg and so on, but to my mind, it isn’t the Government that is failing, but rather our electoral system and the political parties that it necessitates. Having been a member of both of our governing… Continue reading “A very unhappy coalition” – not the Government, but the Conservative Party

Why the Public Sector Equality Duty matters to all of us

A very dear friend of mine posted on my Facebook wall a few weeks ago this quote, as he was concerned that we spend too much time focusing on the needs of particular groups in society: “I am not for gay rights, I am not for women’s rights, I am not for handicapped rights, I… Continue reading Why the Public Sector Equality Duty matters to all of us

Football v Homophobia

Last night I had the privilege of hosting the launch of the 2013 Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign at Guildhall with Lou Englefield from Pride Sports, Megan Worthing-Davies from FvH, and Kelly Simmons MBE, the FA’s Director of the National Game and Women’s Football. We all know that the ‘laddish’ culture in all sports can… Continue reading Football v Homophobia