Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Or at least, the arguments for and against gay marriage, displayed in flowchart-ish format by pfarley. Advertisements


I haven’t posted yet about Proposition 8 being upheld. It took me some time to get my head around my reaction to it. I’m not a US citizen nor an expert on constitutional law. So when smarter people than I tell me that there were some good reasons behind the proposition being upheld, I know […]


It turns out the BNP has a manual – a book of Hate for Dummies, if you will. And someone leaked it to the BBC. BNP activists and writers should never refer to ‘black Britons’ or ‘Asian Britons’ etc, for the simple reason that such persons do not exist”. Now defining British nationality is tricky, […]


The Guardian has put together some word clouds for the Budget speeches for the years 1998-2009 (i.e. the speeches given by Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling as Chancellors). The more frequently a word is used in the speech, the bigger it appears in the cloud. It makes for interesting glancing for those of us who […]


Gordon Brown would have welcomed headlines pointing out that yesterday’s results were a victory for the Labour government. David Cameron would have liked them to emphasise that the vote was won by pressure, promises and concessions on other issues to anyone who wanted them. I don’t think either of them wanted this. David Davis’s resignation […]


Except I can’t, because I already did. And I don’t believe the best way to solve problems is to abandon them, anyway. But there are days when I really, truly, wonder what the country is going to look like when I go back in a year or two. The bill to increase pre-charge detention limits […]


On the Times website this week, Sarah Vine advances the theory that in order to become a successful politician, one needs a wife. Not in so many words, of course. But she might as well. The subheading of her article reads: You can tell a lot about a politician by which of the two types […]


Obama has finally clinched it. Over the past few weeks, commentators have been saying that the Democratic nomination is his. But it would have been foolish for him to announce himself as candidate then, when there were still delegates in play. But today’s primary results (a win for Obama in Montana and Clinton in South […]


A survey conducted by the Leaders in London International Leadership Summit of one thousand business leaders recently said that Tony Blair is the most powerful man in the country. Or the most powerful person in the country. Or the most influential man. Or the most influential person. It’s really not clear from any of the […]


In the next couple of weeks, the House of Commons will vote on the Counter-Terrorism Bill. One of the Bill’s key points is the proposal to extend the period during which suspects can be held before they are charged from 28 days (the current limit) to 42 days. What does this actually mean? The figure […]