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When will they learn?, Notebook

When will they learn?

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the President of Yemen, recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2013. That is extremely generous of him; after all, he has only been in power for the last thirty-one years.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 9:34 am

Online House Hunter: Olympic home win, Notebook

Online House Hunter: Olympic home win

On your marks for a home close to Olympic Park. Our Online House Hunter leads the way…

By | Notebook, Property | Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 7:00 am

iBet: Meeting of the pass masters, Sport

iBet: Meeting of the pass masters

Arsenal v Barcelona, Champions League, 7.45pm

Lay under 1.5 goals at 4.4 to one with Betfair
This is a mouth-watering clash if ever there was one. I don’t think anyone is expecting a boring and defensive game and let’s face it, Arsenal have to at least try and build some kind of lead before they visit Camp [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 1:00 am

Refinancing deal imminent at American Apparel?, Notebook

Refinancing deal imminent at American Apparel?

From fashion disaster to financial disaster, it has been a grim period for American Apparel.
Once the darling of the retail sector, its clothing has fallen out of favour, sales have been dire, the business is in chaos, and it has breached promises to its lenders. (I’ve thrashed around these issues on a couple of occasions [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 11:11 pm

The Palestinian [Non-] Authority…, Notebook

The Palestinian [Non-] Authority…

Is it only me who finds something strange about the following sequence of events?

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 3:44 pm

1931 And All That, Part II, Eagle Eye

1931 And All That, Part II

3 February 1931 The Prime Minister (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald) (right):
Then we come to the point made by the right hon. Member for Chelsea (Sir S. Hoare) yesterday. He said that in the case of candidates A, B and C, that when C is eliminated and his second votes are added to the first votes of A [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 3:12 pm

1931 And All That, Part I, Eagle Eye

1931 And All That, Part I

2 February 1931 John Clynes (Lab), Home Secretary (right):
It is not claimed for the alternative vote that it is an absolutely accurate method. Even in this matter, as in so many other matters, a Labour Government must fall short of absolute perfection. It does, however, prevent the election of a candidate against the wishes of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 2:37 pm

Does the Alternative Vote Bring Tyranny to Australia?, Eagle Eye

Does the Alternative Vote Bring Tyranny to Australia?

Number 510 in the never-ending series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Antony Green, an Australian elections pundit.
It recalls the contribution made to the debate in the House of Commons on 4 March 1931 by Captain Anthony Eden (right):
I happened to be in Australia in 1925 when, by the working of this [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 2:07 pm

The war for Cameron’s ear, Eagle Eye

The war for Cameron’s ear

A civil war seems to have broken out among David Cameron’s Big Society advisers. I noted last week that Philip Blond took a swipe at the Treasury for jeopardising the project with its “Thatcherism redux”.
Now the Thatcherites have struck back.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 1:56 pm

To Big Govern or not to Big Govern?, McSmith

To Big Govern or not to Big Govern?

A curious juxtaposition. This is David Cameron, speaking yesterday on the Big Society:
“Too many people have stopped taking responsibility for their lives and for the people around them.  Why?
Now I don’t think this has happened because we’ve somehow become bad people. I think at its core, it’s the consequence of years and years of Big [...]

By | McSmith, Notebook | Tuesday, 15 February 2011 at 1:43 pm

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