Politicians with Moral Purpose?

Radio 4 has a new show “Number 10” starting this Friday 7 (9.00pm) which is being billed as a sort of British West-Wing on the wireless. The publicity guff claims

Jonathan Myerson’s drama series about the daily struggles inside Downing Street, and the cut-and-thrust of opinion polls and spin, features characters who are united by their genuine drive to do something positive and their hope for a better future.

The show’s characters will be selfless politicians who are not power-crazed egoists. It is a work of fiction…

The Truth Is Out There : Tell It!

The long political recess is nearly over and Guido is getting back to blogging with a purpose. Bashing and exposing politicians, lying lobbyists, sleazy spin-merchants, wonk-whores and their tame media mouthpieces requires information. You make this blog happen. Sources are anonymous (unless you want credit). Who is to blame really? If it is your boss, you know. If you know “the line” is a lie, ask yourself why you got into politics; was it to cover up the truth or tell it? You may even get a conspiracy member T-shirt for your troubles…

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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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