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
21 July 2008
Reform of the House of Lords? Hereditary peers have feared nothing so much since the back of Nanny’s hairbrush. Life...
Society
10 July 2008
A thousand people have travelled to Shropshire to take part in the 14 different sports at the Wenlock Olympian Games,...
UK Politics
08 July 2008
There was great excitement here last week when we made the front page of the Sun: ARMY SPOT UFOs OVER SHROPSHIRE...
UK Politics
24 June 2008
If it weren’t for the bees I would be writing this in Howden. New Statesman High Command has decided that a “genuinely...
UK Politics
09 June 2008
Ann Widdecombe rings, urging me to draw your attention to her website and the section for younger readers in particular...
Economics
27 May 2008
It is not the failure of capitalism we should be worrying about. It is the success. Remember this when you encounter...
UK Politics
12 May 2008
I am disappointed in Boris Johnson. Already. What was his first act as Mayor of London? To ban alcohol on all the city’...
UK Politics
28 April 2008
These days I pay for things by barter wherever possible. But such were the looks I got last time I took a goat on the...
UK Politics
14 April 2008
I may not live to see the Revolution, but at least I know what it will be like. Because I was there when the Olympic...
Culture
31 March 2008
Ever since he started talking about ending selection in Northern Ireland’s schools Martin McGuinness has been popular...
UK Politics
18 March 2008
About this national identity business. On the whole, I think we are rather good at it. For centuries my ancestors coped...
UK Politics
04 March 2008
Blackpool’s Norbreck Castle Hotel does not lift the spirit at the best of times, and in January 1988 its Soviet...
Law
04 March 2008
There was a time when I knew every inch of the Palace of Westminster. From the sightless creatures nuzzling the rotting...
Society
18 February 2008
Alistair Darling has bowed to the inevitable and nationalised Northern Rock, even if he will not let the ‘n’ word pass...
UK Politics
04 February 2008
The New Statesman website has asked me to write a column about my memories of the 1960s. Well, when it comes to the...

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