Should UK MPs Work Just as MPs?

Last week George Osborne was announced as the new Editor of the Evening Standard. Osborne accepted a £650,000 part-time role with the investment firm BlackRock. As well as advising the financial giant, Osborne gives after-dinner speeches, chairs the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and is completing a fellowship in America, in addition to being MP for Tatton in Cheshire. Many are saying Osborne should step down as an MP … Continue reading Should UK MPs Work Just as MPs?

Lib Dems: Permanent Bridesmaids?

CSM POLLS The Liberal Democrats are an enigma. They surprised the nation by producing some competent ministers for the coalition government of 2010-2015. The likes of Danny Alexander and David Laws stepped up to the plate and Norman Lamb showed impressive grasp and empathy. Now, under Tim Farron, they have turned into the go-to Brexit protest party and – with 109 Peers in the House … Continue reading Lib Dems: Permanent Bridesmaids?

What Punishment for Dog Thieves?

CSM POLL Because a dog is classified in law as no more than a chattel or possession, UK magistrates’ sentencing guidelines treat stealing a dog the same as stealing an old bike or a lawnmower. Starting with a conditional discharge, a ‘Band B’ fine (about £100) currently results in possibly 20 hours community service (or 18 weeks in prison for a repeat offender). On the … Continue reading What Punishment for Dog Thieves?