Liberal Democrat Special Conference – …and its amendments

May 17, 2010

I was already booked to attend another conference this weekend, so was unable to attend the Liberal Democrat Special Conference in Birmingham this weekend. Just reading through all the coverage of it, especially on Twitter and over at Lib Dem Voice, no-one really mentions all the amendments that were passed into the main motion, some […]

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Letter from Justine Hall, Green Party candidate for Manchester Gorton

April 26, 2010

Last month I wrote a letter (republished here) to all the Manchester Gorton Constituency candidates regarding civil liberties and more specifically the recently passed Digital Economy Bill. To date, only Justine Hall of the Green Party has replied, although the Press Officer of the Pirate Party has been in touch offering to have Tim Dobson […]

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Letter to Manchester Gorton candidates re civil liberties

April 12, 2010

Sent to Qassim Afzal, Caroline Healy, Gerald Kaufman, Karen Reisseman and Justine Hall. Dear candidate, my name is Sarah McCulloch and I am a constituent of Manchester Gorton, whom you wish to represent in Parliament. I thought I would write to you with my concerns regarding the past few decades of curtailment of civil liberties […]

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Hello Digital Economy Act, goodbye freedom…

April 8, 2010

With the passing of the Digital Economy Bill today, here is your final chance was watch a mash-up of the wash-up “debate”. No doubt my website will be banned and you will be disconnected shortly. This is perhaps a little scare-mongering, but there is a very real prospect that hundreds, if not thousands, of people […]

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Letter to Gerald Kaufman re the digital economy bill

March 22, 2010

Dear Mr. Kaufman, thank you for your recent letter in reply to mine on the Early Day Motion on the labelling of products containing battery hen eggs. I’m writing to you today because I’m very worried that the Government is planning to rush the Digital Economy Bill into law without a full Parliamentary debate or […]

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Letter to Student Direct re: Israeli Deputy Ambassador

March 2, 2010

Dear Student Direct, Joe Sheffer writes last week that “the Executive… should remember that they were elected on an extremely limited Mandate” and for that reason the Israeli Deputy Ambassador should have been allowed to speak in our union. While I agree entirely with this statement, the Constitution outlines that the mandate of the Executive […]

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Prosecuting Tony Blair: problems and pitfalls.

January 13, 2010

There has been a great deal of calling for Tony Blair to be prosecuted for war crimes for the part he played in taking us to war in Iraq. However, I would much rather see him tried for crimes against peace. Many of the cases that have been built against Tony Blair have focussed on […]

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He shoots, he scores! Oh, what an own goal! GBL and the politics of drug policy.

December 26, 2009

I am not exactly ignorant of drugs and their uses, but I had never heard of something called “GBL” until I checked the news one day and discovered the government was planning to ban it. GBL is a synthetic drug similar to GHB, which induces mild euphoria and drowsiness at low doses and loss of motor […]

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