At the debate on patient-centred healthcare, at the Battle of Ideas festival at the end of October, two eminent GPs threw a good deal of cold water on the idea that patients want more choice. They argued strongly that the people they met in their surgeries wanted to leave decision-making to the doctors.
I have written before about the little-known story of Jacques Chirac’s support for the US-led invasion of Iraq, and his offer, in December 2002, of French military support, before he changed his mind.
The Governor says not. At his press conference he claimed that he’d said less about government policy than his counterparts, Ben Bernanke in the US, and Jean-Claude Trichet at the European Central Bank. He also says that he was obliged to say something about the UK’s fiscal deficit as it grew like topsy.
Does leaving the country cause the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to talk sense? If so, I pray that they get plenty of foreign travel in the years ahead.
Compare and contrast:
47 per cent of Afghans say their country is headed in the right direction;
31 per cent of Americans say their country is headed in the right direction.
Thank you to Matt.
Congratulations to Clare Sambrook of the openDemocracy website, who last night scooped the Bevins Prize for Outstanding Investigative Journalism to add to the Paul Foot prize which she won last week.
The judges for both awards were impressed by Sambrook’s relentless reporting into the harm being caused to children being housed in detention centres by UK immigration [...]
Over the past generation, democracy globally has undergone two important changes; one political, and one more technical. The post-Cold War period, characterised by the steady decline of the mass movements of left and right, has coincided with the rise of information technology, most obviously in the form of the internet – itself originally a product of the Cold War race to harness computer technology, but now part of everyday life for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Thick and fast, now. Number 424 in the series was asked by Ed West. (Thanks to @NewHumanist.)
And number 425 was asked by Paul Waugh about Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union:
Will the UK’s Mr Europe be hauled before the Bar of the Commons?
(Thanks to @DavidMills73.)
To which Paul Waugh replied:
You do realise [...]
This report from Iran via CNN and Gene at Harry’s Place. Police have arrested several members of underground rap music groups. Tehran Police Chief Hussain Sajedinia told the semi-official news agency:
These groups use the most trashy, juvenile and street-like words and phrases that have no place in proper grammar. More importantly, they have no regard [...]
Tony Blair’s article in the Wall Street Journal today takes further the bluntness that is evident in his memoir, A Journey, itself a revelation. First he direct about the problem of integration:
We have to nail down the definition of the problem. There is no general failure to integrate. In the U.K., for example, we are [...]
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