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Monthly Archives: February, 2016

On the Investigatory Powers Bill

Technological upheaval can leave existing institutions in disarray. Government laws can be rendered decrepit. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) was only passed in July 2000, regulating the powers … Continue reading

February 29, 2016

Recipe: Chocolate Fairy Cakes

Over the past year, I was taught how to bake. Here is a recipe that makes 12 chocolate fairy cakes. Ingredients Sponge 150g margarine 150g caster sugar 15g self-raising flour … Continue reading

February 28, 2016

Social Media and Silence

Social media has the incredible power to connect people all across the world, to share our stories, our hopes and our dreams. It also has the terrible power to mislead … Continue reading

February 27, 2016

Curries and Conundrums

Sometimes, the lines between politics and satire can dissolve. During a House of Commons debate on 9th December 2015, Dr Rupa Huq MP (Labour, Ealing Central and Acton) asked the … Continue reading

February 26, 2016

The Selectorate and the Leadership

In the second part of Ian Warren’s poll of the Labour selectorate, these questions focus on the beliefs around the party’s leadership, and puts forward several possible ballots [1]. Labour … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Selectorate and the Public

When Jeremy Corbyn became the Labour leader in September 2015, it was an inexorable conclusion that Mr Corbyn reflected the will of the Labour membership. Election analyst Ian Warren commissioned … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Strange Coalitions

These are strange days. On Twitter, a “social media advocacy group” calling itself UKIP to Stay appeared. Whether or not this is a genuine organisation, it does highlight an underlying … Continue reading

February 23, 2016