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Eliot Andersen
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A matter of principle
A lot of the political narrative over the last few weeks has centred on the idea of political principle and the application of it - or, on occasion, the lack of application of it. I don't know what I'd call myself - I've been involved with the Labour Party ...

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House of Cards - series 3 (SPOILERS!)
Brief review of the new series of House of Cards, released on Netflix on Friday. Read no further if you've been in a cave over the weekend and haven't watched it yet. No, seriously. Spoilers ahead. He's back... Episode 1 immediately reestablishes that Doug ...

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The Wrong Kind of Disruption: Sorry seems to be the hardest word
“The Wrong Kind of Disruption: Sorry seems to be the hardest word”  or  How Train Operating Companies apologise using Twitter  Eliot Andersen  Abstract  This paper deals with the usage of apologies by a British Train Operating Company, London Midland, throu...

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In My Life
There are places I'll remember All my life, t hough some have changed Some forever, not for better Some have gone a nd some remain All these places have their moments With lovers and friends  I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life, ...

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On voting
If you can't be bothered to engage with politics... ...then politics certainly won't be bothered to engage with you. --- Inaction changes nothing. People fought and died for you right  to vote. It's your responsibility  to carry out your civic duty. --- Thi...

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Vote Gove, have sex
Good news, friends! Everybody's favourite Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Michael "never cross a picket line" Gove MP, has come out with yet another non sequitur. Question at Cabinet meeting: "Why do people come to London?" Michael Gove: "For l...

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Rail in the North: ambition needed
Today, I went along to a Westminster Hall debate called by Labour on railway rolling stock allocation to the north of England, after the news that First TransPennine Express are to lose their nine Class 170 two-car units next year, ultimately due to the bun...

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Ahead of Labour's Special Conference
Ahead of tomorrow's Labour Party Special Conference, which is being held to vote on reforms to the party's links to the trade union movement, here's a few thoughts of my own on the party and the future. On the back of my party membership card is the followi...

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The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
Slow down, you move too fast You got to make the morning last Just kickin' down the cobbled stones Lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy Ba-da-da da-da da-da feelin' groovy Hello, lampost, whatcha knowin'? I come to watch your flowers growin' Ain't you got no ...

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The Spectator does House of Cards
Spectator TV presents Westminster's 'House of Cards' The Spectator has done its own little spoof of House of Cards, featuring the writer of the original novels, Lord Michael Dobbs, and some well-known political faces - Nadine Dorries MP, Michael Fabricant MP, Jacob R...
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