" Can we not argue against Cameron because of his politics, the huge gap between what he says we need to cut and what he's specified, which must lead to huge cuts if he gets elected, cuts he's scared to tell us about,"
As the IFS says, the necessary cuts are going to ensure that, whoever makes up the next Government won't get re-elected. I suggested a solution, Seems like only yesterday
""...people should remember that the Labour Party has done more for the working people of this country than the other two parties have done put together"."
Aye, maybe, but that was before they sold their soul. Today's Labour Party bears little relation to the one which gave us the NHS. Long gone, I'm afraid.
"When matters which concern or interest us are under discussion, it is natural to form alliances with those who share aspects of our viewpoint or objectives, but when these are formalised into rigid policy frameworks, much of great value is lost:
1. The primary goal becomes the establishment or maintenance of a dominant position for the party. 2. Party discipline becomes more important than finding new solutions to new situations. 3. Policy, rather than being founded in conviction & principles, is manipulated to appeal to voters, while 4. The party is 'sold' as being more unified, more considerate, more efficient, than other parties. 5. The fewer parties involved, the more pronounced the shallow nature of the resulting discussion becomes."
"Talking of rodent problems does anyone know of a foolproof way of feeding the birds without attracting rats. I seem to have moved my problem around rather than solving it."
Never give them so much food at one time that there is any left on the ground. This is a common problem with 'hobby farmers' like ourselves. We put out food for the sheep [insert livestock of choice] and they scoff the lot. So we give them a bit more and they scoff that too, and so we give them even more, etc., until they leave a bit [and the grass grows wildly]. Then we complain about rats.
With feeding the birds, I only use suspended feeding points, virtually inaccessible to rats (though nothing really is), and sprinkle a wee bit on the ground.
The whole lot is hung from a cantilevered pole, tied back to the house, as Sort of visible here. Some food is inevitably spilt by the birds, but others clear it up, and we've had no rats since we stopped putting larger quantities on the ground.
If you do get rats and can find their diggings, I suggest you leave them a wee blue treat about a foot or more down their main entrance.
"The Labour Party had always trusted a segment of the middle classes. If workers were not to take power, if we were to be in the hands of one intellectual elite or another then for Labour it was better it should be an elite professing confidence in us rather than them. "
"When it comes to Nick Clegg's speech at his rally, all we hear is your reporter passing off his interpretation of Clegg's speech and commentary on Cleggmania. Hardly, one word from Clegg was broadcast"
You're not alone in noting the asymmetry. Shame on the BBC, but, sadly, this isn't an isolated incident - remember the "PM debates" (leader debates)