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On Saturday morning, 100 people gathered outside the Tunisian embassy in London. The blustering wind could not dampen their spirit; a revolution had happened. A girl standing next to me introduces herself as Kaouther Ferjani; she says that her father was a political opponent of President Ben Ali, and she has been unable to visit [...]
ComRes for the The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow asked the official question drafted by the Electoral Commission (the Government’s earlier version, right) for the referendum in May:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?
We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror. As well as the usual voting intention question, we have asked people how they would vote in the May referendum by putting to them the wording of the official question, proposed by the Electoral Commission:
At present, the UK uses the “first [...]
Championship: Leeds v Scunthorpe
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Leeds have provided fantastic entertainment at Elland Road this season. Their 13 games have produced 49 goals at a whopping average of 3.76 per game. They meet Scunthorpe on Saturday who have yet to register an away draw all season – [...]
A lot of people have commented, and brilliantly, on Barack Obama’s Tucson speech on Wednesday. But this is the biscuit. Peggy Noonan (right), one of the greatest political wordsmiths, and a conservative, who has been bitingly dismissive of the President recently, hails the speech in the grandest terms:
About a third of the way through, the [...]
This year the Balloon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards merged and, as with everything FIFA awards, the winner was undeserving (although at least Qatari forward, Yusef Ahmed, didn’t win). The new award broke the conventions of its predecessors and was actually awarded to the best player in the world. This [...]
In a topsy-turvy year that contained controversy, elation and the retention of the Ashes, England are proving themselves to be world-beaters. Two heavyweights in the shape of Sri Lanka and India are making the trip to Blighty next year, but in 2010, we have seen a disciplined, confident and fearless side that have merited every success achieved.
Rich pickings in the wreckage. A second Question to Which the Answer is No about the Queensland floods. The above is number 486 in the series, asked by Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, at the Daily Telegraph.
Thank you to New Humanist.
Number 485 was asked by Accuracy in Media:
Will Piers Morgan Save CNN?
This is, strictly, a Question [...]
Call me paranoid, call me a conspiracy theorist, hell, call me Sheila if you want (but only on Thursdays), but a few things have been happening recently that have made me think, maybe the Mayans were right, and the world is going to end in 2012.
I first came across Birmingham-born RoxXxan in 2009, when she attended my club night, ChockABlock. She was surrounded by a very male-dominated audience, waiting patiently for her turn to jump on the microphone, something I hadn’t seen a female MC do in a very long time; it was definitely refreshing to see.
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