After 500 years, the government of David Cameron has announced the unthinkable
: from as early as today a majority stake in the Royal Mail
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be put up for sale into private hands
. Some are not happy
The sale is expected to fetch between US$3-4.7 billion
But what does it mean
? Should you invest
? And what does it mean for other postal systems in, say, Australia
or the USA
Postal services have been benefiting from the rise in online shopping, even as traditional mail declines.
The governments of the United Kingdom and Scotland agree on a framework for the latter to vote on independence
. Other reporting in the Telegraph
and the Scottish Sun
The referendum, for this nation of 5.25 million people and a unicorn as its national animal
, will be held before the end of 2014. [more inside]
While much is being made of dysfunctional government
] and hung parliament
], David Cameron's pitches for a fairer society
], smarter policy
] and employee ownership
] have been positively, uh, Obamanian
.* [more inside]
"The crisis is an opportunity to sweep away the rotten postwar settlement of British politics. Labour is moribund. But David Cameron has a chance to develop a "red Tory
" communitarianism, socially conservative but sceptical of neoliberal economics" [more inside]
"Even the greatest cities have further greatness in them. I will stand for a greater London and for putting the smile back on London's face." Boris Johnson
announces his candidacy for Mayor of London
, though he is yet to be endorsed by the Conservative Party. Though decidedly right wing in his views (this clip
, perhaps more than any other summarises his view on Europe, for example) his very English brand
lends him unique appeal (though not universally
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party in the UK, reaches out to the Youtube generation.
Britain's New Labour have very short memories!
They are trying to persuade people to vote for them by highlighting exactly how they got in to power themselves
as being a fault in the Conservative Party
The truth behind the spin?
- three party political broadcasts (.wmv) made by Lee and Dan
, the men behind the VW Suicide Bomber
advert, and commissioned by the UK's Channel 4
(Well, a couple anyway) are calling for the legalisation of cannabis
4 Years of Labour
and he still hasn't delivered. More typically mature Conservative advertising campaigns are revealed.