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]
posted by zarq
on Jun 11, 2013 -
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]
posted by marienbad
on Jun 24, 2012 -
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."
posted by unliteral
on Jun 23, 2010 -
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
posted by saucysault
on Nov 28, 2008 -
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]
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 13, 2007 -
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
posted by TimeTravelSpeed
on Dec 5, 2006 -
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>
posted by Chuckles
on Apr 9, 2006 -
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
posted by Samuel Farrow
on Aug 14, 2005 -
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.
posted by waterfrog
on Jul 16, 2004 -
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
posted by feelinglistless
on Aug 15, 2003 -
"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.
posted by hama7
on Feb 17, 2003 -
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.
posted by tomcosgrave
on Mar 20, 2001 -