In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned – for the first time – that they could both lose – New Statesman

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This is an excellent, must-read article from the New Statesman. Check it out!

via In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned – for the first time – that they could both lose – New Statesman.

The article takes a hard-look at the game-changers in UK politics in 2014. MPs in the mainstream political parties, Conservatives, Labour and the Liberals are worried about their futures after the next election. Meanwhile, the Greens and UKIP have been gaining ground strongly. UKIP has shrewdly been taking traditional Labout voters to add Conservative voters which it had previously woed. Meanwhile, the anti-austerity platform of the Greens provides a serious alternative to Labour’s left-wing flank.

Personally, I feel that it is time for a radical shake-up of the UK political classes. The Coalition of the Conservatives and the Liberals has abandoned their traditional voters. We have witnessed a swing towards minorities, like gays.

Any thoughts on the UK’s political landscape in Dec. 2015?

London 2012: what to do near the main Olympic venues | Travel | The Guardian

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This a really interesting article. Check it out if you planning to visit London or like me is a former Londoner.

London 2012: what to do near the main Olympic venues | Travel | The Guardian.

I grew up in London, then had many periods working overseas. Each time, I returned to London, I was a bit disappointed that London was it never was quite as I remembered it. For the last twenty years, I have lived in Bath about a hundred miles west of London.

This week, I was in London for the day and spent the evening there too. Spending an evening out in London, it is hard to believe that the UK is championing the way on austerity politics. I suppose that the moral message is that austerity is only for the less privileged.

I took the train to London and when I arrived at Paddington station had a  disagreement with the ticket collector. It was resolved when I insisted on calling an inspector who was charming and resolved the matter in seconds. The original ticket collector was hostile and confrontational, with zero client handling skills.

Given the billions of pounds that have been spent on the Olympics, I hoped that the Public Sector will field the A Team for visitors to London, this Summer? Client (or customer) handling skills really matter, especially for visitors.

By comparison to my experience with British Rail at Paddington, I found staff at London Underground really helpful.

Perhaps, Boris Johnson can help here?