Sunday Gospel Corner: I’m Running For My Life – Keith Pringle & Pentecostal Community Choir

When this post goes up on the blog I should be running the Malaga half marathon. So I thought I’d go for a running themed song for this Sunday’s Gospel Corner.

Today we have I’m Running For My Life by Keith Pringle & Pentecostal Community Choir. This is a more modern recording than I usually post – this was recorded in 1981 – but stylistically it borrows heavily from the 50s and 60s gospel, that was the golden period for gospel.

Enjoy.

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Weekly movement of the “Poll of Polls” updated to 12-03-15

Poll of Polls weekly movement - 120315I’ve just updated my Poll of Polls for polls up to 12-03-15 and it can be found in the here. Above is the updated graph showing the weekly movement in the Poll of Polls.

If you want to download the spreadsheet that did this analysis go here. If you want to understand the methodology behind the “Poll of Polls” click here and scroll down to the bit that gives the description.

Poll of Polls now updated to 12-03-15 – Lab lead falls by 0.3%

Poll of Polls - 120315I’ve updated my “Poll of Polls” to include 9 more polls that were carried out since I did my last graph.

Overall this Poll of Polls shows another 0.3 per cent fall in the Labour lead from last week. That’s a 0.6 per cent fall over two weeks.

If you want to download the spreadsheet that did this analysis go here. If you want to understand the methodology behind the “Poll of Polls” click here and scroll down to the bit that gives the description.

Graph of Women in European Parliaments shows UK is woeful

Prop of women in parliament in EuropeAs part of International Women’s Day I thought it might be useful to reprise a graph I knocked up about six months ago to demonstrate to UNISON activists that we still had a long way to go to proper gender equality in the UK parliament.

This graph shows the UK does poorly in absolute terms and poorly relative to other countries too.

For an advanced and wealthy economy this should be a source of embarrassment and shame for us all.

Happy International Women’s Day – but we could do better in the UK

Today is International Women’s Day and you can find out more here. For the past nine years the World Economic Forum have produced a report with the Global Gender Gap (GGG) Index for countries all across the world.

The 2014 report is now available and it does not really make good reading for a rich and well developed nation like the UK, which is ranked 26 out 142 countries. The UK is unsurprisingly behind the Scandinavian countries which are known for their good gender equality, but the UK is also behind countries like  Nicaragua, Rwanda, Latvia, Burundi, Ecuador, Slovenia and Bulgaria. The full rankings can be found here.

I’ve reproduced the detailed gender equality analysis for the UK below. Those who think “feminism’s gone too far” should take a look at the evidence and they’ll see we are still a long way off from full gender equality.