A politician after my own heart :)

Archaic, illiberal drinking laws that banned serving alcohol in pubs after 11pm were scrapped, and gambling restrictions were loosened at her behest, too. “We will give adults the freedom they deserve and yobs the tough treatment they deserve,” she said at the time

Economist: Tessa Jowell, Olympian politician

The drawback of left-right “grand coalitions”

Grand coalitions play into the hands of populists, he suggests, because they signal to voters that political contests are redundant.

… “civilised conflict” helps keep politics, and parties, alive.

The Economist: Social democracy is floundering everywhere in Europe, except Portugal

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather…I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us.

The Economist: Obituary: John Perry Barlow died on February 7th