It is quite astonishing to see Julie Kirkbride apparently announcing that she intends to restand for Bromsgrove after all, and that CCHQ is apparently actively helping her. If, as ConservativeHome contend, she is going to be subjected to an open primary (and not a misnamed open caucus) it will be an interesting contest as this… Continue reading Is Julie Kirkbride’s resurrection thanks to her Midlands Industrial Council links?
Another day, another TWO new big ideas for solving the deep problem inherent in our electoral system. Without, you know, actually solving the deep problem inherent in our electoral system. First we have Geoffrey Wheatcroft who proposes annual elections. Because, you know, the Chartists did. Imagine that. Political parties in permanent election mode – even… Continue reading Open Up: any candidate you like, so long as they are gleaming white.
Now that the Tory’s primary in Totnes is over, I thought I’d add a couple of extra thoughts following my previous post on the subject. The first is that, following the discovery that the candidates each had an expenses limit of £200, it is hard to see how this was much of a test at… Continue reading More thought on primaries – and London Mayors