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Political Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on June 22, 2008

UK

Our new key political enemy in the UK? The Grey Squirrel.

Gordon Brown is pleading for help from oil-rich nations on nuclear energy in the UK.

29% of secondary schools in the UK have sexual health clinics.

Labour is careering towards financial disaster.

Apparently we are also leading the world in arms sales.

MPs want money for second homes.

Brown’s plans for eco-housing are being attacked as just hot air.

The Anglican church is divided over the recent marriage of two gay priests and leading bishops will boycott the Lambeth conference

Could the intense criticism of Brown from the Conservatives backfire?

Stagflation in our economy will not be like it was in the 1970s.

World

Unicef say children have been targeted in the war in Haiti.

155 people have died in a typhoon in the Philippines. A ferry, carrying 700, has been hit by the disaster.

Brazil, and the mystery of the not-so-undiscovered tribe.

Violence in Zimbabwe continues and seems to have been meticulously planned.

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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.

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Politics Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on May 4, 2008

MUST READ – Let’s look at all the elephants in the room… including the white ones.

In that spirit, McCain has his own Rev. Wright in waiting. And he’s served time for Watergate.

There’s arguments to say though that McCain is a true conservative.

Seriously though, check the guy’s foreign policy.

How will the US accomplish success in Iraq.

Guantanamo and the destruction of the American reputation.

Obama versus Clinton. Bill, that is.

He’s edging closer to the official nomination now.

He’s using the personal touch in Indiana.

Keep in mind though the Wright scandal. Bill Maher described Wright eloquently on his season closer as a ‘prick’.

Shockingly though, even with this in the background, a policy debate has broken out in the Democratic race.

Loosely politics-focused but still fascinating, a look at human-trafficking in Moldova from The New Yorker.

Gordon’s getting jittery and the taxes are the first to benefit.

So Boris won… he’s really going to have to shed the buffoon image now, isn’t he?

David Cameron has very cheekily turned against him.

Indeed, his win could mark the beginning of Cameron’s final demise.

He must perform now though. There’s a nice note in this piece that Boris is ‘as unqualified for such a role as Livingstone was in 2000’. I’m not convinced but hell, I’ll give him a shot.