Thursday, June 24, 2004
In case you get bored watching the game tonight...
Marvellous news! Bill Clinton has a book!
Oh, and unlike a lot of people who have reviewed it, I'm actually bothering to read it...Updates soon
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Trashing the Blue Peter Garden
Well, apparently, one of the culprits was veteran footballer Les Ferdinand!!! This is only a rumour, and I'd really appreciate some confirmation.
Monday, June 21, 2004
Labour traditionally relies on the unions, not only for financial backing (and the withdrawal of FBU support will cost the party a cool £50K), but for a core base of support. The implications of this move could reach to the next election and beyond, but it doesn't seem to be something that either the press or the Tories have picked up on. What will be interesting to watch is if other members of the 'awkward squad' of unions (i.e. Unison) follow this lead...
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Ukip - some serious points
Josh rightly points out that Ukip's philosophy is underpinned by some fairly unsavoury principles, namely racism, anti-semitism and homophobia. There have been a number of similar accounts since the elections of the less palatable side of Ukip, of which this article by Aidan Rankin is one of the most revealing, but none brought it home to me until now.
I'd like to add a few points of my own. Firstly, while I cannot argue with the need for a reasoned debate on Britain's relationship with Europe, Ukip's platform has nothing to do with Euroscepticism and everything to do with xenophobia, appealing to the lowest common denominator. For those who don't agree, I'd simply point to this election broadcast.
If this isn't enough, any party which embraces a recently disgraced for his racist views, a homophobe, a wife beater, and a convicted fraudster has a lot of ground to make up.
Finally, I'd simply point you to the Ukip manifesto, with its reference to 'freedom from overcrowding'. According to Ukip, "the UK population at 60 million is higher than ever before. We live on a small island. Our cities are overcrowded, our roads clogged up and our railways are grinding to a halt. Our doctors' surgeries cannot cope and the hospital waiting lists are growing. New housing estates are covering the countryside. In 2002, the UK government allowed in another 200,000 people. The UK Independence party will put an end to mass immigration."
Sorry, this is turning into a bit of a rant. I've got more, but this will do for starters.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Dead celebrities are rising...!
If I've missed anyone, let me know.
Seriously though, what is the point of all these 'celebrity' endorsements? Is anyone really more likely to vote Ukip because Anne Diamond tells them to?
Update: My money is on Vanessa Feltz
Monday, June 14, 2004
As much as I wish he were right, I'm afraid that this is just wishful thinking. Almost all incumbent governments (Spain being the most notable exception) got a 'kicking', including Germany and France. While the war no doubt played a part in the UK, I can't help but think he is reaching a little too far this time...
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