Jonathan Calder has been a district councillor and contributed to speeches by Paddy Ashdown and Charles Kennedy. These days he prefers to poke gentle fun from the sidelines. He blogs at Liberal England

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UK Politics
03 February 2009
It’s stories like this that make it worth buying the Shropshire Star: A four-inch lizard found in some broccoli from a...
UK Politics
20 January 2009
Sipson is a hamlet in the Middlesex parish of Harmondsworth. It is first mentioned in a document from 1110, but its...
Human Rights
06 January 2009
My first piece of the year. I have taken legal advice and understand what is required under the Columnists’ Act. So...
Environment
12 December 2008
“A lot of kids have never engaged with nature,” said the volunteer at Camley Street Natural Park, “and those from...
Law
08 December 2008
This is the time of year for traditions. And one of them is that the newspapers are full of untrue stories about...
TV and Radio
25 November 2008
This raging at the radio must stop. It is time to systematise my prejudices. Hand me down that encyclopaedia. Aardvarks...
UK Politics
11 November 2008
The last time we heard from Daniel Kawczynski, the Tory MP for Shrewsbury, he was announcing plans to bring a cow to...
UK Politics
27 October 2008
So there I was moored off Corfu with Oleg Deripaska and Nat Rothschild. Nat told me that Peter Mandelson says Rupert...
UK Politics
13 October 2008
I shall never understand the Labour view on education. You think they would be proud to have a minister who is the son...
UK Politics
30 September 2008
With the polls the way they are, many Labour MPs will be preparing for alternative careers after the next general...
Politics
26 September 2008
The Information Commissioner's Office has done the Liberal Democrats a favour by ordering them to stop using automated...
UK Politics
15 September 2008
The cabinet did meet here last week. I know the BBC interviewed people in Birmingham who said things like: “I’ve just...
UK Politics
01 September 2008
Rural England has been laid waste by the rich. Just look at the names of their houses: The Old Rectory. The Old...
UK Politics
18 August 2008
I have a scoop. A genuine scoop. Or something very close to it. We Midlanders remained neutral on the Policy Exchange...
UK Politics
05 August 2008
I have no wish to add to Gordon Brown’s troubles. I am happy to leave him in peace as he rolls up his trouser legs and...

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