1. Will Straw at Left Foot Forward tries to persuade us that Iain Duncan Smith misleads by saying that 70 per cent of the net 4m jobs created in 13 years of Labour government were taken by people from overseas. I am baffled by his attempted distinction between the net and gross increase in employment. The [...]
I have written about the Phil Woolas case and truth in politics for The Independent today. It is right that there is a law against knowingly publishing a “false statement of fact” about an opponent during an election campaign. But the disqualification of Woolas (right), if upheld by the courts, would be undemocratic.
The law of defamation [...]
Would Stephen Glover and Kelvin MacKenzie be spitting poison at these two journalists if they had criticised the strike? Would that have demonstrated that they were too right-wing to do their jobs objectively? Would that have indicated a dangerous bias from the two journalists in favour of the Coalition? I think we all know the answer to that question.
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.
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