Six months and on almost 100,000 casualties, over half murdered by Gaddafi, what’s next for Libya? The first thing is for the National Transitional Council to unite the separate factions. While most Libyans support them the ‘rebels’ are still very un-united in how Libya will be ruled. They will have to ensure Libya remains one country and that people do not try to take advantage. The other major obstacle will be to ensure Continue reading
With a second term of London mayoralty looming for Boris Johnson, A.P. Schrader asks whether another four years as London Mayor is necessary to shed his buffoon image? And, with the shedding of the buffoon image, what are his prospects for party leadership?
What is Boris up to? It is a question I find myself pondering more and more of late as the Mayor of London continues to run foul of his Continue reading
Financial crisis has been with us since 2007. Not much is changing. Have the established forms of capitalism failed? Chris Smith urges us to think about the economy from a progressive perspective.
Global capitalism continues to lurch from one crisis to the next, just as any good Marxist account of reality tells you it is destined to do. The US, the world’s largest economy and lynchpin of global capitalism is having its credit rating downgraded for the first time in its history. Whether this downgrade by one ratings agency turns out to be as universally damaging to the workings of Continue reading
On the 5th of August, James Garry wrote a piece outlining his support for the reinstatement of the death penalty. A.P. Schrader cares to disagree and tells us why Garry is wrong and also why it is wrong to kill people for their crimes.
A rather distressing development has occurred. In its infinite wisdom, Her Majesty’s Government launched a new ‘e-petitions’ site. The obviously fatuous (one might almost say ‘Blairesque’) idea behind this innovation is that any ‘e-petition’ that secures over a hundred thousand signatures will be “eligible for debate in the House of Commons”. It is a mind-bogglingly stupid idea and, one Continue reading
The capital punishment debate is back. If Guido Fawkes can collect 100,000 signatures for an e-petition, politicians will be forced to debate it in Parliament. James Garry puts forward the case in support of its reintroduction.
I support capital punishment and I am pleased to see that, via the endeavours of the blogger Guido Fawkes, the debate has returned to the public forum. Mine is already one of the signatures on the e-petition on capital punishment debated in Parliament – not that I think the Continue reading
Our intrepid Harry Rafal delves into the depths of news to bring you the week’s five (actually six, but who’s counting?) stories that you may have missed.
The events that have unfolded in Norway last week rightfully occupied the headlines at the beginning of the week, supplemented as the week progressed with news of the demise of Amy Winehouse, the sluggish growth of the British economy and the stalemate in the US debt crisis, so here are the five news stories you may have missed if you were fretting over whether Continue reading
The latest Euro crisis has cast doubt on the viability of European integration. While the economics of the EU are easy to implement, its desire for political dominion over its 27 members is damaging the Union. The European Union must learn that its citizens want is a single market and nothing more, writes Huw Longton.
History shows us that Europeans feel more European at times of crisis and uncertainty. Indeed, it is in such a context that Europe has integrated most: the aftermath of World War II, the collapse of Continue reading
History is replete with examples of the Conservative Party orchestrating the demise of its leader. Cameron will survive the phone-hacking scandal. But they are bound to get him for something, writes Colin Marsden.
The phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the Prime Minister will not likely lead to his resignation, he is safe for now, but the Tory party is ruthless when it comes to removing leaders that no longer look like they are winners. Continue reading
Who has the most dodgy economy in the EU after the PIIGS? Oh, it’s us. Britain. Would the Germans and the French be as willing to bail us out as they are Greece and Portugal? Asks Ventilator Blues.
I do hope that everyone is praying for a disorderly end to the PIIGS bailout saga which comes to another hydra-head 21st July 2011. Us Brits much cheer on further stagnation and fudge or we are doomed and here is why. Continue reading
Boris Johnston has a history of contradicting his leader, David Cameron. During the Hackgate scandal, Boris has failed to provide unequivocal support to Cameron. Just what is he playing at? Asks David Vaiani.
Just when you thought he’d learned his lesson, Boris does it again by putting his size 10 foot right back into it. Not content, seemingly, with ruffling a few feathers at a recent Tory Party Conference with his call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, the Mayor of London has, once again, managed to irritate Downing Street, by failing to provide the unequivocal support over ‘Hackgate’ that the PM, quite understandably, demands. This is what Boris had to say, when questioned by Continue reading