Donkeywatch

Paul Krugman discovers the Sad Donkeys.

Seeing like a Belgian province

A common argument for the Conservative-Liberal coalition back in May, 2010 was that any alternative government would be hopelessly weak and unstable. Oddly, the coalition itself tended to argue both that the country needed a balanced parliament that would represent a broad consensus of opinion, and also that the country needed a strong government that would be able to do what it saw fit. Taken together, this suggested that they wanted sweeping powers to do nothing that would be at all controversial.

Twat Madrassa Latest - Uniform Mediocrity

From the West London Free School Prospectus (full of suspiciously clean well uniformed kids in WLFS school uniform, which is a bit odd considering there aren't any WLFS pupils yet, so one concludes it's a straight PR job):

* These items must be purchased from our uniform supplier.

Key Theme: Coalition vs. Government

Thinking about that last post, it strikes me that the biggest dividing line in Coalition politics isn't Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, or even Coalition vs. Opposition, it's Coalition vs. Government.

This is what politics is like when the people in charge don't have a culture of government. It's not the same thing as being fundamentally opposed to it, or contemptuous of it, like the Bush administration - it's as if we were governed by people who had never actually seen a government, only heard one described, perhaps in a rather poor translation.

Out of Cops Error

Who is advising David Cameron on policing? Surely not the police.

Self-Binding Admin Notice: Inequality and Growth

The TUC Blog will be launching a new report on the relationship between inequality and economic growth on Monday, in an online seminar.

Is there still a coalition project?

The NHS reform: has run into the sand. Education: the mountains are travailing, and the ridiculous mouse will be here shortly. Housing: policy failed, probably to be forever-delayed. High speed rail: caught between departmental-Tory speed lust and constituency-Tory NIMBYism going on Build Nothing Near Anyone Ever. Foreign policy: not obvious success. Defence: a bad situation is worse. The economy: cutting itself fat.

What does that leave? Is it just the dead hand of incumbency, Major 2.0, in office but not in power? 2011: the year of the zombie government.

Sandy is Dead: Watch the Councils

You might think there was some sort of major political crisis on. Prime Minister's Questions has become a thing of spooks, dodgy private investigators, IMSI-catchers, and dangerous redheads. MPs Dennis Skinner and Graham Stuart have been agreeing. At long last, it's a House of Commons like me.

If all the Murdoch, all the time is beginning to pall, how about a quick trip to the latest Coalition policy crash site?

Whither the Brooks Academy for the Dark Arts?

In all the gleeful corpse-kicking that followed the official separation of government and News International after thirty years of abusive forced marriage, it's time to look at those little stories over the last year that the Coalition might prefer to forget and the Opposition might miss during the recovery from the shock that Ed Miliband is acting like the Prime Minister and Gordon Brown is cool again.  In particular, this from the Observer last September:

Suffolk Free Schools

In a week where Michael Gove's former employers at the Times are in a spot of bother, and Mr. Gove himself isn't immune to criticism, it's high time to have a look at the Free Schools again.

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