Tory councillor’s nicknames: domestic abuse victims are “screamers”, gay people are “queens”

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Brentwood Tory councillor Keith Parker has shown the caring, sharing side of his party in the last week. PinkNews reports:

A Tory councillor in Brentwood who made a joke about promoting gay rights and help for domestic violence victims has been accused of being offensive.
Keith Parker, the councillor for Brizes and Doddinghurst ward, remarked at a […]

Cameron: he was against paternity pay before he was in favour of it. What will his view be next month?

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

‘Dads will be able to take up to six months’ paternity leave while their child’s mother returns to work, under government plans announced today,’ reports The Guardian.
The Lib Dems’ shadow children, schools and families secretary, David Laws, is deeply unimpressed with Labour’s approach:
The Government fails to understand that all families are different and need […]

New Lib Dem members’ site goes live

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Lib Dem members on email will have received the following message from the party’s interim chief executive Chris Fox this afternoon advertising the new members’ site, designed to complement the main party website and the ACT social networking website.

Dear Stephen,
Today we are launching the new Liberal Democrat members’ website: www.libdems.org.uk/members
This provides a new channel of […]

If Gordon’s a “glum optimist” and Dave’s a “perky doom-monger”, can Nick be the “honest optimist”?

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Here’s how The Economist’s Bagehot characterised the performances of Gordon Brown and David Cameron at their respective press conferences this week:
On Gordon Brown: “… [he] was his usual funereal self (even if he did manage a decent joke about the date of the general election). I thought he looked exhausted. But what he had to […]