Archive for May, 2011
More and more people I know seem to be adopting an unspoken philosophy of frugalism. You can see the signs such as people growing their own food, making clothes and accessories, cooking from scratch as opposed to partially processed foods, making furniture from recycled materials and buying the cheapest possible smart phones and paying mortgages off early for example.
These people aren’t particularly interested in promotions and pay-rises, they don’t want a BMW, hot-spa for their garden or even an iPad. What surprises me most is that these people have the financial and mental capacity to have these things.
So what is this philosophy of frugalism? Where did it come from? Is it growing? What is the purpose?
… ask @InjunctionSuper on Twitter.
This super injunction nonsense still hasn’t gone away and now ‘he who cannot be named’ is after the identities of Twitter users who have published his name, presumably to initiate legal proceedings against them.
Now I can understand that if I had an affair with someone, I wouldn’t want it splashed all over the awful British tabloids. I think it is a step too far to hunt down everyone who has repeated a potentially unfounded rumour online.
This is a brazen attack against the freedom of the internet. Currently any person can publish any piece of information to the rest of the world. Next week the world may be less free.
Perhaps this is how the rapture starts?
Almost a years worth of campaigning is over and the public have had their say on voting reform. But what did the people of Ipswich in particular have to say? 36,287 votes were cast in Ipswich for the referendum, representing a 35.9% turnout. 10,859 voted yes, 25,428 voted no giving a 30/70 split.
The Yes campaign significantly outspent the No campaign. There were direct mailings, billboard posters, leaflets, stalls in town centres, online adverts and telephone campaigns. The Electoral Commission sent out an impartial guide describing the differences between the voting system. The referendum was all over the media; on the TV, in newspapers and radio almost everyday for weeks. I was so satisfied with the level of publicity that I did very little campaigning myself.
So what went wrong? Talking to non-political friends during voting week I discovered that they still did not properly understand the AV system, let alone the issues prompting the call for change or the potential impact for the future of British politics. A poll taken in March showed a small lead for the Yes campaign with a significant proportion of ‘don’t know’s. Over April and into the first days of May, it appears all of those ‘don’t know’s became ‘no’s. If you don’t know what the change is, then you probably vote for the status quo.
The first referendum for 36 years, a massive advertising spend and significant media interest. It was still not enough to encourage every potential voter to engage with the issues and make an informed decision. A strong democracy needs an informed and empowered public. Clearly there is a lot of work to be done!