Remarks and culture

  • Q: What do you do when your Party's popularity ratings are the lowest since records began?

    By on Aug. 12, 2008
    A: Apparently, you write a book. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7553713.stm Not content with decimating Labour support all over the country and losing 3 consecutive by-elections, Gordon Brown thinks it is a good time to pen another book.
  • Standing up to the State

    By on June 2, 2008
    June 1 marked the beginning of a ban on drinking alcohol on public transport in London, a high profile initiative by London's new Mayor Boris Johnson to restore order to the streets and tunnels of the capital.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People

    By on May 5, 2008
    Gordon Brown awkwardly admitted some of the numerous mistakes he has made during his time as British Prime Minister on yesterday's Andrew Marr Show. Brown's advisers have no doubt come up with some 'can't fail' strategy to admit mistakes and move forward; probably the only strategy left since his leadership is in a position in which he can do little else.
  • Forget democracy, how about running water?

    By on Feb. 12, 2008
    The UK's foreign secretary, David Milliband, set out his vision for foreign policy in a speech in Oxford today. He warns that the world can longer take "the forward march of democracy for granted" given the rise of China.
  • Overkill

    By on Feb. 6, 2008
    The director of national intelligence in the United States believes that al-Qaeda in Iraq is shifting its focus to other Middle Eastern countries. This is worrying but it is not surprising. While al-Qaeda's suicide missions in Iraq create a daily news ticker of death and destruction their impact as a tool of propaganda has worn thin outside of Iraq and has little ideological value.
  • The year of 'interculturalism'

    By on Jan. 16, 2008
    2008 is the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The year will feature a small number of flagship projects on a European level, as well as EU support for a national project in each Member State, and a Partner programme aimed at mobilising civil society.
  • The hijacking of academia...

    By on Nov. 7, 2007
    UPDATE: BBC's Newsnight have made allegations that the evidence in the report that I referred to in this article was fabricated. Examination of receipts provided by the researchers to verify their purchases showed some had been written by the same person - even though they purported to come from different mosques.
  • Lewis Hamilton, security threat to Switzerland?

    By on Oct. 30, 2007
    Lewis Hamilton, the British F1 Racing Driver, has decided to leave the UK for the tranquillity, and no doubt the tax benefits, of Switzerland. Of the UK he notes: "I can't go to the cinema. I go to the bathroom in a petrol station and people come in there for autographs. It's tough but I knew that was going to be the case.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything White by Bill Bryson

    By on Aug. 23, 2007
    Upon being given license to splatter my random thoughts across these “pages”, I began to think about what my first “post” would be about. Would I begin with an attempt at humour, should I seek to evidence my intellectual ability or should I just write what comes to mind?