We are in an inter-glacial


The Day of the Illiberals.

Futile Democracy

It’s been a bizarre few weeks for UK politics.

Today, the UK rolled out the red carpet for China. A country that sentenced 2,466 to death in 2014, and, according to Human Rights Watch, uses torture to extract confessions. But we wont be bringing up its human rights abuses, because we’re a Tory country now, and human rights just gets in the way of all that money. Unless Jeremy Corbyn makes excuses for human rights abusers, in which case, it’s a travesty.

Speaking of Jeremy Corbyn & hypocrisy, on the day the Tories are lavishing sycophantic praise on a country that uses forced abortions to enforce its laws on families, Jeremy Corbyn – who insists he’ll bring up human rights abuses with the Chinese this evening – hired Seumas Milne as his new head of communications. The same Seumas Milne who, two days after the September 11th attacks, wrote:


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Dissolution By Demise of the Crown

James Bowden's Blog


Last year, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law published my piece “When the Bell Tolls for Parliament: Dissolution by Efflux of Time,” in which I highlighted a little-known means by which Parliament can dissolve automatically when it reaches its maximum lifespan – without any intervention whatever from the Crown. This is dissolution by efflux of time. The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, 2011 had now made dissolution by efflux of time the norm and has put into abeyance the prerogative authority over dissolution.

In his famous treatise Commentaries on the Laws of England, Blackstone identified that dissolution can occur through one of three ways:

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Review of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” by Peter Baker


My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” is Peter Baker’s 2013 review of the two-term Bush administration. Baker is Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times and was a reporter for The Washington Post for two decades. He is the author of books on Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the rise of Vladimir Putin and a recent biography of Barack Obama.

Based on hundreds of interviews and thousands of pages of notes and internal documents, this book is brimming with eyewitness accounts of almost every consequential moment of Bush’s presidency. But it is more than just a survey of Bush’s eight years in the White House – it is also an in-depth examination of the intriguing Bush-Cheney political partnership.

The clear focus of this 653-page book is undeniably the Bush presidency, but Baker does a nice job introducing both George W. Bush and…

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