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I apologise for returning to the subject of electoral reform in The Independent on Sunday today. I had promised not to do so until the referendum, but the editor decided that the official launch of the “Yes” campaign constituted a national emergency.
The banking crisis gave the UK economy a heart attack and this had a disastrous impact on the public finances.
A very bad idea is back. The idea is to amend the United States Constitution to mandate a balanced federal budget. Tax income and government spending will have to match from now on, so there will be no more credit card spending for which the nation’s children will have to pick up the tab.
By Stephen Foley | | Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 12:03 am
In my restless search for clarity about the Alternative for which so many people marched last weekend, I have sought to answer a couple of questions posed to me by a friend who wasn’t on the march but was sympathetic to it.
I realise that the Daily Mail is now doing it on purpose, and that it did not have the conviction to put this in the print version of the newspaper, although the print headline, left, is a minor masterpiece in its own right.
The wait is almost over. The Doctor is nearly here. This week saw the release of the trailer for series 6 of Doctor Who, so the question is: What is in store for our Time Lord and his companions this time around?
Andrew Lansley has a letter in today’s Times (pay wall), which tries to clarify – if that’s the correctly ambiguous word – the Government’s NHS changes…
Eric Schmidt, the political donation, and the attempt to censor Google search results – what really happened
For those of you whose interest was piqued by the throwaway line in the New York Times report on the new Google biography by Steven Levy, and who can’t wait to buy the book on 12 April, more info on that allegation against chief executive Eric Schmidt.
Number 554. An earlier version of the same story, right, was number 553 of my Questions to Which the Answer is … You get the idea.
Thanks to Maurice Cousins.
Wars are won with force, and force in the 21st century is manifested in fire power and ammunition. To the hapless rebel, the man who has lived his life in the shadows of brutality and the silhouettes of barbarism, a gun is a beautiful thing. Likewise, In a society built on inequality and oppression, bullets can quickly become the only equaliser, and hold the promise of emancipation.
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