Archive for 'Politics' Category

A double loss: Havel and Hitchens

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, December 19, 2011

First we lost Christopher Hitchens to cancer. I heard Hitchens speak in a debate at Hay on Wye in 2005 on the motion “History will be kinder to Bush and Blair than to Chirac and Schroeder”. He predicted then the trouble that Assad would have, as well as the Green revolution in Iran, although his […]

Lib Dems (and the NHS)

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I had a letter in tonight’s edition of the Evening Standard (21st September 2011, Page 49) , which isn’t easy to link to using the Evening Standard’s E-edition. It was in response to Jenni Russell’s piece. Here’s the text. Some, who deserted Labour, may now regret their support for the Liberal Democrats at the last […]

Unite’s Blood Money Campaign

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, March 12, 2011

While outlining the evidence to support de-branding cigarette packaging, Ben Goldacre draws attention to the Unite union’s statement opposing the move. Switching to plain packaging will make it easier to sell their illicit and unregulated products especially to young people. That would undermine the regulated industry, may increase long-term health problems and put workers in […]

Beards in history: Flett the counter-revolutionary

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Keith Flett, London Socialist Historians Group, makes a point about Henry the VIII’s beard in the debate about history teaching at the Guardian letters page: There are clearly limits to what can be taught, but knowing when the French revolution, American civil war and Russian revolution were is more important than understanding that Henry VIII […]

Wikileaks: Transparency and deception

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Today Julian Assange was arrested, and in the past few days wikileaks servers had to be moved and their financial accounts have been frozen. There is also internal dissent, with some arguing that far too much focus has been placed on Assange, and on the international leaks that Assange argues are meant to stop two […]

The Benghazi six and the UN Human Rights Council

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010

One of the issues this blog covered from 2004 to 2007 was the Benghazi Six. The posts are here. In summary, 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were accused of deliberately infecting children with HIV, and after a five year trial sentenced to death by firing squad. It was suggested that foreign intelligence had […]

Pope and the Dope

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One of the Pope’s senior advisors (not God, but a German Cardinal, Walter Kasper) has given his opinion on the UK immediately prior to the Pontiff’s arrival. “when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country” The apology is worse than the first gaffe. His secretary, Mgr […]

The Coalition NHS White Paper

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This isn’t a post in which I am going to set out my views on the NHS White Paper issued today, I’ve only skimmed it. I am going to note in passing that some people have failed to pay attention to what the coalition parties, with a particular focus on the Liberal Democrats, were saying […]

Libel Reform: Please sign

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010

UK libel laws are infringing on the freedom of speech. Read Nick Cohen’s article, and the case of Simon Singh then: SIGN THE NATIONAL PETITION FOR LIBEL REFORM