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 [...]
This just in from Jonathan Powell, The New Machiavelli, page 309, on life for prime ministers at 10 Downing Street:
Leaders … don’t live a life of luxury, and unlike in Berlin, Paris or Washington they have to do their own cooking and cleaning and there is no official photographer to record their every move.
Times have [...]
House prices reflect a shortage of supply, as the National Housing Federation is keen to stress. But they also reflect ease of credit. And they also reflect a surge of property speculation.
Tom Greatrex, Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, asks number 423 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No.
Several people have pointed out that King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations are all on Euston Road (some pedants say that Euston’s station’s postal address is Eversholt Street, but its original approach [...]
Fear is the most natural of reactions. It is a mechanism without which we could never have evolved. It is an instant response to an instant threat to our being. And it leads us to react immediately and viscerally too – fight or flight.
For several weeks there has been a heated debate going on in Germany on the issue of immigration and the integration of migrants into German society.
Great Guardian Headlines of Our Time #43. (And don’t you like that “admits”?) In fact, a whole bank of them, reeking of bias (and I don’t even like George Bush).
The top one is:
“George Bush’s memoirs reveal how he considered attacks on Iran and Syria”
(Translated: “… did his job”.)
And there is also:
“Iraq was the right thing [...]
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