Archive for April, 2010
Its one of the problems of being on the go and doing stuff that you occasionally loose touch with the sudden newsflashes from the media, and today is no really noteworthy exception, other than the way little bits of info have dripped through. The story runs thus: Brown has been charming to a woman, got in a car and told his aides she’s a bigot. The media goes ballistic at Brown. One minor detail gets completely missed: the woman is, in fact, a bigot.
Like many people, I’ve been forced to wonder what on Earth David Cameron means when he talks about “the big society”. Apart from obviously being a reflection of the term “Big Government” it presumably has some other meaning, though its difficult to pick out quite what they have in mind.
One of the worst trends I’m seeing in politics right now is a complete disconnect between any sort of debate and the actual, practical outcome. Take for instance Climate Change; major companies are admitting they should be doing something, but doing worse than nothing. Or the Robin Hood Tax campaign, where party leaders are sure its the right thing to do, but cannot bring themselves to place it in their manifestos. Have we reached a point where debate is meaningless?
Its a long while since I’ve dealt with the dichotomy between Nuclear and so-called “Conventional” weapons, those where society has little or no trouble condoning usage, as long as some conditions are assured. In fact, I first raised it in my second ever post. But in the last week its come to the fore-ground, with both Obama’s media-stunt conference and the Lib Dems promising reductions on Labour’s commitments. (more…)
The Lib Dems are looking increasingly confident of squeezing out a majority government. There are many pros and cons to this state of affairs. True, Lib-Lab is better than Tory Majority government, but the situation with regards to Lib Dem votes and constituency boundaries is such that its very possible a massive surge for the Lib Dems might only give them a handful of Labour seats… and Cameron victory. This threat isn’t only theoretical as I wrote about before, its becoming real…
I had an interesting chat with a friend who works at Church today about the different parties and his main concern was Labour’s attitude on marriage, which he saw as uncommitted and against Christian interests. There were several things I said that feel like they should be noted down, so I’m going to do it here.
I was immediately struck by the Labour pledge to end rough sleeping by 2012. Its a very commendable effort, but I do think there’s a variety of reasons why this policy needs watching; great as it would be to actually end street-homelessness by in 2 years, there could be much “devil” in the detail. Lets start with one simple observation: they want to end rough sleeping in time for the Olympics.