Netflix House of Cards
series starring Kevin Spacey was a remake of a very popular British political thriller of the same name that aired during the 90's. The show begins
by tracking the dark political machinations and skullduggery of an urbane Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, who is conspiring to become Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher's resignation. [more inside]
Les érections de Stephen Harper.
(SL video) (SFW). Speaking in French, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asks the hard questions about Canadian "érections". (Via MontrealMemes
"I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever. The Leader of the Opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynists are not appropriate for high office. Well, I hope the Leader of the Opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation.
" - The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, takes the Leader of the Opposition to task over his sexist views
(link includes extracts and video of full fifteen minute speech) [more inside]
The prime minister
has suggested that people under the age of 25 could lose the right to housing benefit, as part of moves to cut the welfare bill.
Scrapping the benefit for that age group would save almost £2bn a year.
via BBC News. Comments sortable and worth reading. [more inside]
As reported a few hours ago in The Australian
, the right wing faction of the Australian Labor Party rolls
on Rudd and a caucus meeting is scheduled for 9 tomorrow morning, where it's predicted that he'll lose the ballot. One senior party source said: "This crypto-facist made no effort to build a base within the party and now his only faction - Newspoll - has deserted him. He is gone."
became today Iceland's
, and the world's
, first openly lesbian prime minister.
Je ne comprends pas anglais
, Former Canadian PM Jean Chrétien forgets his second language as he and former NDP leader Ed Broadbent use their elder statesmen status to discuss bringing down the six week old
Conservative government in Canada after the promised economic stimulus
turned into cutting
travel expenses, cancelling pay equity and the right to strike for federal workers, and changing the party
funding law in favour of the ruling Conservatives under PM Stephen Harper
. The opposition still vow to topple the government even though the funding change appears to have been dropped
. But the largest opposition party is effectively leaderless
and they need the Bloc Quebecois support. Could the next Prime Minister of Canada be Gilles Duceppe
Billy Hughes at War
― As Australia’s prime minister for most of the First World War, he steered the nation through the horrors of the war and the debates of the peace settlement. You can enter the conscription debate
and examine political cartoons
from the era. Billy Hughes provided Australia an independent voice
on the world stage. [more inside]
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for. [more inside]
Sadly, you will never be important enough to be invited to 10 Downing Street
. So take a virtual tour
Prime Minister's Questions
is a weekly televised convention in the UK started in the 1950s during which Members of Parliament get a chance to hold their leader accountable for his
actions. Sick of boring political meetings
? "PMQ" is fast-paced
, and sometimes hilarious
. In fact,
the inherant humor of it is has been well explored
But brits aren't the only ones; "Question Time
", as it's called generically, has been adapted in
other countries as well
. Yet the show often shocks Americans since
the concept of weekly unscripted
access to leaders without giving days of question prep-time
seems like a fantasy. Of course, maybe the alternative (0:41) is much worse
Canadian PM Stephen Harper eats babies.
Or at least that's what many Toronto commuters read on their commutes Thursday, Friday, and Monday (they decided to leave the news up over the weekend). Another case for real news becoming more like The Onion?
On December 3rd, 2006 Canada's next Prime Minister will be decided by a few thousand delegates
at the Liberal party convention in Montreal (join for ~$10)
. Don't believe me? In the last 110 years of Liberal party history
only one leader has failed to become Prime Minister. No fewer than sixteen candidates met in Edmonton
last week. On the surface the candidates are making nice.
Ignatieff: "None of us, none of us are going to run against each other. All of us are running against Stephen Harper's vision of Canada."
It is even said that Bob Rae and Ignatieff are life long close friends
. That didn't stop the Ignatieff campaign co-chair.
David Peterson: "[Rae's] got some terrible burdens to overcome. One is his record and one is his loyalty."
Emphasis mine, and <more inside>
As author Peter C. Newman writes in an explosive new book: "He bugs us still."
: The Secret Mulroney Tapes: Unguarded Confessions of a Prime Minister
is due for release this fall, and it's safe to say that it will likely be the most intimate and personal behind the scenes look at what a Canadian Prime Minister is actually thinking. That's because it's based on alleged secret tapings of private conversations between Brian Mulroney
and Peter Newman
, the man enlisted to write Mulroney's biography. Oh, and it's really juicy (for Canadian politics junkies at least). On Trudeau:"He didn't want anybody to succeed where he had failed. Trudeau's contribution was not to build Canada but to destroy it, and I had to come in and save it. Three times I've achieved unanimity. In 16 years, he couldn't do it once, the 'great statesman.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange died over the weekend
. His loss will impact our country considerably – he championed our anti-nuclear policy which led to the end of Anzus
and a falling out with the US that continues to this day
, he spoke at the Oxford Union
defending our stance on nuclear weapons and power and he was Prime Minister presiding over the far reaching economic reform
that has arguably led to the economic prosperity Kiwi’s are enjoying right now
. He was a man larger than life, funny, friendly and caring and his passing is being felt all over Godzone
Allawi shot inmates in cold blood, say witnesses.
Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.
IRC nominates one of their own
to be interim P.M. U.S. supports this even though only one-tenth of one percent of Iraqis believe they should be making this choice, according to CPA poll.
Clinton believes Iraq had weapons of mass destruction: Portugal PM
Ok. The Dems and the GOP. But what did Ralph Nader say about WMD?
Statesman or Skatesman
"Last Christmas my Dad and me had a big argument. He'd found a picture of Enoch Powell
on a pogo stick and claimed that politicians weren't as interesting as that any more ... " Jason Whiley disagreed and wrote to as many politicians as he could asking them if they'd ever used similar transport, such as skateboards, gokarts, BMX bikes and Space Hoppers. Over Eighty responded including "three Prime Ministers, five Chancellors, six Foreign Secretaries, four Home Secretaries, and three Speakers of the House of Commons. " [via B3ta
"But if the threat cannot be removed peacefully, please let us not fall for the delusion that it can be safely ignored." Speech by Prime Minister Tony Blair
at Labour's local government, women's and youth conferences, SECC, Glasgow.
i can't believe country leaders keep doing very stupid things
what do you think of the attitude of silvio berlusconi, italy's ultra right prime minister? i don't give a damn about his decision, but he (and also other silly country leaders: bush, fox, blair, etc.) should try to prevent this going public! there's also an incredible fact about poverty… and you thought aids was a problem?!
also… are really so desperate the communists (a.k.a. left wing)?
it's a shame they did this!
"What nonsense I have just come out with,"
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar admitted after delivering a 25-minute speech -- unaware that his microphone was still turned on. Oops.
Haughey in hospital after collapse
Former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Haughey, and sharer of the surname of this sites founder, collapsed at his home yesterday.
Haughey is now infamous for his dishonest dealings while in power in the 1970's and 1980's and the various tribunals instigated as a result have taken their toll.
In the UK, it seems marrying the wrong guy strips you of political expression.
Cherie Blair, Tony Blair's wife, apparently had the nerve -- the nerve!
-- to write an article about her professional field, which is employment law. Jeez, next thing you know, she'll be asking for UK citizenship, or the vote, or something.