General Election to be fought in Role Play Game format – move away from Real Time Strategy

The Electoral Commission has just announced that this year’s election will, for the first time ever, be fought in RPG (Role Play Game) format. Announcing the decision Electoral Commission chief executive, Ronald  Ironhammer, said it was high time that the democratic process became “more relevant to the lives of the younger generation”. Traditionally electoral contests […]

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Tatchell gets it right on free speech

A while ago I criticised Peter Tatchell for calling for statutory regulation of the press – or in other words state censorship. Yet he has got it absolutely right on the recent conviction of an evangelical preacher for speaking against homosexuality. Tatchell writes: The conviction and £1,000 fine imposed on a homophobic Christian street preacher in […]

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Why We Should Vote Green

Hagley Road to Ladywood has an excellent piece by Third Estate hotseat alumnus, Peter Tatchell, on why we should vote Green. Well worth a read. Labour has lost its heart and soul. It has become the party of war, privatisation and the erosion of hard-won civil liberties. The Lib Dems support free market capitalism, use […]

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BA Strike Part 2: A First Class Cabin Crew, A Second Weekend Of Strike Action & No Third Runway

Yesterday I went down again to the Heathrow picket lines, to see how the strike is developing, and also to check out the new community garden squatted by Sipson residents and activists. Last time I didn’t write about my journey down there. (Quick tangent: a crack-of-dawn piccadilly line farce complete with hundreds of tourists, Japanese […]

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Climate change deniers now welcome at the Science Museum?

This week, the Science Museum announced a new exhibition on climate change, set to open in November.* Nothing unusual about that, except that the Museum’s last Climate Change exhibition (“Prove It! All the evidence you need to believe in climate change”) only closed in February. It seems a bit odd to open another one so […]

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Earth Hour

As we speak, a blanket of darkness is rolling around the Earth. No, the orcs aren’t invading from Mordor, it’s Earth Hour! That time of year when governments, businesses and hundreds of millions of people around the world make a visual protest against climate change by turning off their lights for sixty minutes. Following the […]

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Review: The Fear Factory

When I received my review copy of Spirit Level Film’s latest documentary, The Fear Factory, through my letterbox a few days ago, I had little idea what to expect. A few seconds in, as the ominous music begins to play and the image of a foetus looms into view accompanied by the voiceover telling us […]

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Let’s not turn Parliament into the department of legislation

Ian Kennedy – the man in charge of overhauling the parliamentary expenses – has done a good job of encapsulating all that I dislike about post-expenses scandal attitudes. In a speech to the IPPR he suggested that parliamentary expenses are inflated by the house choosing “work its own idiosyncratic hours” and that costs could be […]

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Why Reuben is Right. About some things

I’m sure that today’s budget will be chewed over in the blogosphere pretty heavily over the next few days. I shan’t dwell on all the details. Not enough being done too late. We all agree. The government pushing this weird thing of high tech industries in their realisation that since Thatcher we’ve been kept afloat […]

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Last minute plea to the Chancellor: Cut the smoking tax now

It’s well known that Allistair Darling is a regular visitor to The Third Estate, and with Labour’s budget due tomorrow I thought I would hit him with a last minute plea. For the sake of millions of low earners, cut the smoking tax now. It does not need repeating that the tax raised by smoking […]

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