Electricity & Lust

Political Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on May 25, 2008

Just a reminder for those who do enjoy the political linkage, check out the Slate Political Gabfest and KCRW’s Left, Right and Center podcasts. Both are excellent. For the British politics, try the BBC’s Weekly Political Review.

UK

Gordon Brown is being put under pressure appoint a viable successor as deputy.

Allegedly, ‘Blair-ite’ left-wing figures are plotting and have approached someone to consider taking the job.

The leading candidate at the moment is Miliband.

What about Alan Johnson though?

John Rentoul says only Labour can really be blamed for this.

It should also be noted this week that our government rejected restrictions on IVF (which really pissed off The Daily Mail and therefore must be good) which would have discriminated against lesbian and gay couples seeking adoption and we voted to keep the current upper abortion limit at 24 weeks.

US

One must-read this week, George Packer’s excellent piece from The New Yorker on the fall of conservatism in America.

He’s been getting a few responses since publishing the essay.

There are worries that McCain has failed to take advantage of the problems plaguing the Democratic party’s nominating process.

And his age is, it is argued here, a genuine issue.

But’s he’s been grilling his potential running mates over barbeque.

What has Hillary brought to feminism?

What about the lady above and the issue of sexism.

She has really pissed off folks with her Ted Kennedy remark.

Here’s an interesting comparison; Hillary Clinton and Eve Harrington. (If you don’t know who Eve Harrington is, watch this film immediately. Seriously)

Obama, McCain and Diplomacy.

John Dickerson comments on these two men and their strut and bluster.

Supposedly, Obama is looking to Bill to smooth out relations with Hillary.

An Obama-Clinton ticket. Dream or Nightmare?

Four more delegates have got behind Obama.

Here’s a very interesting piece on how technology has aided his campaign.

World

A deluge of drug addicts are putting strain on the rehabilitation facilities in Afghanistan.

The key question: What will happen when the Americans leave Iraq?

Iran apparanently paid some Iraqi insurgents to kill British soliders.

Hugo Chavez has some slightly troublesome acquaintances.

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