We Made Young Liberals And Young Labor Date Each Other
Vice Australia: "Who are those students who join political clubs at university? They wear suits, push flyers, and disagree by default, but what makes them tick? To find out we paired them up with the people they disagree with most—students from opposing parties—and made them go on dates with each other."
Acknowledged to be one of the few British politicians who became more left-wing
after having actually served in government, former veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn
has died at home aged 88. Tony was a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for 50 years
, and a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. His legacy can be seen in postage
, in the powerful five questions
, the speeches he gave
, and his diaries
Economists and the theory of politics
- "why unions were often well worth any deadweight cost" [more inside]
"consists of a multitude of insecure people, living bits-and-pieces lives, in and out of short-term jobs, without a narrative of occupational development, including millions of frustrated educated youth who do not like what they see before them, millions of women abused in oppressive labour, growing numbers of criminalised tagged for life, millions being categorised as ‘disabled’ and migrants in their hundreds of millions around the world". [more inside]
In a victory unexpected until the last 24 hours of the race, Ed Miliband
has beaten older brother David
to win the leadership of the (UK) Labour Party
. [more inside]
Yesterday, the leaders of the three largest political parties in the UK
engaged in a live televised election debate
for the first time in history. Most
that Nick Clegg, the leader of Britain's perennial third party the Liberal Democrats, made the best impression
in yesterday's first of three weekly debates
leading up to the general election on May 6. The progressive-leaning Guardian even goes so far as to claim that he is now prime ministerial material
This being Metafilter you will undoubtedly ask, "how does Cory Doctorow figure into all of this?" Well, he agrees with Nick
on the Digital Economy Act
. Then again, Nick is agreed with
quite a lot
The Observer publish an excerpt of Andrew Rawnsley's new book
, in which he alleges that Gordon Brown has been aggressive and volatile in power. Immediately up pops a representative of an organisation called the National Bullying Helpline
, which says it has received calls from "inside Downing Street", garnering TV news appearances. However, is the NBH all that it seems? [more inside]
, price inflation
, and the great moderation
have been trying to locate the origins
of the great chain of causation
that has led us to our present situation
-- the worrying conclusion is that problems remain -- imbalances precipitated by a labour supply shock
] and/or (the rise of) machines
] have not gone away and continue to persist in decimating the ('developed world's) middle class, as evidenced by high and rising unemployment
, which has led to a crisis
in central banking
itself. [more inside]
It's election season,
and the stakes are high. The incumbent party is looking a little frayed, and people are looking for change
. The opposition leader (a young chap, who despite being neither gifted, nor black, has likened himself to someone of that definition
) is accused of profiting from parliamentary questions about undeclared shareholdings
. And forget about your $700 Billion, this election has been rocked by scandal over an undeclared NZ$100,000 donation
. Some would suggest that the state of the nation can be read largely through sales of doggy chew toys
Kiki and Bubu!
Austrian art collective monochrom
presents the adventures of two sock puppets. Part One: Kiki and Bubu and The Shift.
"Bubu wants to know why his dad is busy all the time. And Kiki explains him why... because of the neoliberal shift." Part Two: Kiki and Bubu and The Privilege.
"Bubu ran into a bunch of liberals and they gave him a book. They said if he doesn't read it, they're going to beat him up. But Bubu can't read! And so Kiki helps..." [Via BB]
"Families of soldiers killed in Iraq launch party to challenge ministers"
. Reg Keys, father of a British serviceman killed in the Iraq War, stood directly against Tony Blair in his Sedgefield constituency as an independent candidate (see Wikipedia for a brief summary of independent movements in the UK, USA and Canada
) in the 2005 UK election, taking 10% of the vote. A founder member of Military Families Against The War
, he is also at the centre of a new political movement, Spectre, that aim to stand up to 70 members of bereaved families directly against pro-war government and cabinet members in the 2009 election, and each by-election before then. See also the Guardian's Guide to anti-war websites
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
UK politician chooses his blog over his party: Paul Leake
, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Durham, was asked by his local party to remove any "controversial" posts from his weblog
and to give them the right to vet future posts. Denis Jackson, another Liberal Democrat on Durham City Council, said that the Labour councillors were using the blog to find "lurid headlines". Leake refused, and stepped down from the party
. He'll now serve his constituents as an independent. [Via The Political Weblog Project
Highlight of the election coverage:
George Galloway is the leader of Respect
and won a historic and unexpected victory against the Blairite Oona King, on an anti-war ticket. He was then interviewed by Jeremy Paxman, an increasingly controversial interviewer well known for asking questions absurd numbers of times until they get answered - a technique which arguably backfires here. You might want to watch Galloway's acceptance speech
first. [Windows Media. My two cents: Paxman is an egregious cock, more interested in getting his eternally righteous indignation across than any issues.]
I'm amused by today's Editorial in The Sun
. It starts off with how a protest vote against Labour
may mean 'you could be signing a young person's death warrant' due to the Liberal Democrat party's drugs policy
The second half of the newspaper's editorial is a tribute to Anthony Wakefield
... whose death came, of course, as part of the Blair government's war in Iraq... a basic irony that the newspaper has failed to pick up on. [via Bloggerheads
For those who don't know, The Sun - which backs Blair
, though not like this
- is the UK's biggest selling newspaper
and is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
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
At what point does a government have to stop and wonder if it's judged the mood correctly?
The UK government manages to bribe a rebel
with a cushy job, but not one
, not two
, but three
other MPs walk away from the government in one day.
Are things going wrong in the UK?