Antony Timlin
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Antony is a political blogger who has previously worked as a Parliamentary Researcher and Speechwriter in Westminster. He writes on a wide range of subjects including British national politics, foreign affairs, international development and education. antonytimlin.wordpress.com

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Five Ways to See if Your MP Provides Value for Money

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2013 | (18:10)

The issue of how much we should pay our elected representatives is again causing debate and outrage. Having worked in Parliament, I have seen firsthand that many MPs work incredibly hard, are committed to improving the lives of their constituents and are involved in politics for the right reasons (Steve...

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David Cameron: 'Weak, Weak, Weak!'

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (02:17)

"What would you do," asks Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day, "if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?"

That is just one of many questions that must be running through David Cameron's head right about now....

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Young People Pay the Biggest Price for PCC Election Shambles

(1) Comments | Posted 19 November 2012 | (19:06)

'Farcical,' 'a complete shambles' and 'a comedy of errors from start to finish.' That's just a taste of the autopsy report on last week's elections to appoint Police and Crime Commissioners.

Turnout ranged from a dismal 11.6% in Staffordshire to a high of 19.5% in Northamptonshire. The number of...

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Exam Hysteria Risks Costing Britain Billions

(3) Comments | Posted 16 August 2012 | (13:44)

The reaction to the release of exam results has become all too predictable. The results are announced, records are broken and then a chorus of negative comments dominates the headlines.

The number of students receiving the highest grade may have slightly dipped, but instead of celebrating the success of...

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Blair Aiming for Gold in Olympic Revival

(28) Comments | Posted 8 August 2012 | (00:00)

Anyone who follows British politics could not have failed to notice the re-emergence of Tony Blair in recent months. He has hit the headlines for defending the Games, for speaking out on the West's ignorance to Islamic extremism and for his take on the hysteria over bankers.

From the...

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Blair Continues to Cast a Long Shadow Over British Politics

(9) Comments | Posted 25 July 2012 | (00:00)

Following Parliament's break-up for the summer recess, BBC Radio 4's This Week in Westminster interviewed former Chancellor Lord Lawson to give the Conservative Party its end-of-year report card.

Lord Lawson added his name to the long list of figures calling for George Osborne to focus his attention...

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Privacy: The 21st Century Civil Rights Struggle

(3) Comments | Posted 4 April 2012 | (00:00)

It's been a torrid couple of weeks for David Cameron. Ministerial incompetence combined with headline grabbing cock-up's such as the Granny Tax, the Pasty Tax, a tax break for millionaires and the fuel crisis have produced an entirely self inflicted news cycle that refuses to die.

You have to feel...

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Diane Abbott: Politics and Technology - The Minefield of Social Media

(10) Comments | Posted 5 January 2012 | (23:00)

The furore over Diane Abbott's reckless tweeting during the past 24 hours has once again thrust the relationship between politics and technology back into the spotlight.

Throughout modern history, innovations in the way that we communicate with each other have had a profound impact on way that politics is carried...

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As We Approach the Olympics, it is Time to Start Taking Slavery Seriously

(1) Comments | Posted 19 December 2011 | (23:00)

On 10 December 1948 the United Nations declared "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." Last week marked the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human...

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Remember, the Clocks Have Gone Back. It's now 1990

(1) Comments | Posted 30 October 2011 | (23:00)

As we enter November and leave British Summer Time behind, we reach the 21st anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's resignation as prime minister. Despite the melodrama of more recent political events, it is hard to imagine what Westminster must have been like in the three weeks between Geoffrey Howe quitting the...

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The Bizarre Cult of Vladamir Putin

(4) Comments | Posted 27 October 2011 | (00:00)

On the day that justice finally caught up with Muammar Gaddafi, former American Presidential candidate John McCain appeared on Newsnight and remarked that dictators all over the world - including those in Russia - should be nervous. "This is the Spring" he said, "not just the Arab Spring."

Just days...

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