18 February, 2008
Mike Kane brings news of another defection from the Lib Dem group in Manchester. And only a few weeks before the elections as well.
It does raise an interesting question. First Manchester Lib Dems bin Yasmin Zalzala as PPC in Withington, then Faraz Bhatti defects to a party with no other representation on the council and now this so why can’t Manchester Lib Dems hold on to Asian members?
Clearly Simon Ashley (he’s the one Manchester Lib Dems call a “leader” though they have probably been calling him quite a few other thing as well recently) has not been listening to Asians perferring far to much Queen recently
16 February, 2008
Britain is a winner takes all political system. In America is slightly different as whoever is elected President will have to deal with Congress. Now the Democrats just about gained control of Congress in the 2006 Mid Terms. They won the lower House of Representatives and with Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman caucusing with the Democrats they can just about call the Senate for the Dems. Although they don’t have the super majority neccessary I think 60 seats off the top of my head to stop the Republicans filibustering.
The thing about Congress particularly in the House is that the vast majority of incumbents will win re-election because they have greater funding raising ability and greater name recognition. This time it could well be different with the number of Republican retirements the largest in decades there will be many more open seats which will be much easier for the Democrats to take. The Democrats as also after being in the political wideness for so long as really fire up and angry which is why they are raising so much money compared to the Republicans. When the GOP traditionally wipes the floor with the Dems fund raising you can see why so many Republican members of congress are deciding to call it a day.
Elections matter. But to be frank some matter more than others. In the UK 1945, 1979, 1997 all have political associations in a way that say 2001 doesn’t. It might just be that we are seeing in the US a really seminal time in the life of that nation that will change not just of the course of history in the United States but restore the prestige with which the United States used to be viewed around the world.
12 February, 2008
It appears Guido has hired a lawyer to sue another blogger. What a guy. and who should it be? A distinguish member of the Bar? A leading practitioner in the libel courts? Infact it is none other than my favourite mullah in the Tory Taleban Donal Blaney.
Here is an extract from his blog. Honestly I didn’t make it up. Why would I when truth is stranger than fiction.
The Right to Bear Arms
The Young Britons’ Foundation has been described by TV’s Iain Dale as “a conservative madrassa” because of the way in which YBF trains young conservative activists in public speaking, debating, fundraising, internet activism, campaign management and media skills.
Now, like a real madrassa, YBF has added firearms training in a remote overseas outpost to its arsenal of programmes.
Yesterday, four Brits travelled to the Blue Ridge Arsenal, 30 minutes outside Washington where, after 3 hours of safety training, we got the opportunity to fire revolvers, semi-automatic pistols and an MP5 machine gun for over an hour. To say it was awesome is an understatement. The feeling of hot brass, gun recoil and the smell of gunpowder was incredible.
While I wasn’t particularly keen on the revolvers, I was rather taken by the Glock 9mm semi-automatic. However, like my colleagues, I most enjoyed firing the MP5. It was quite an experience and one I would very much recommend if you get the chance. I certainly intend to provide the opportunity to fire these weapons to more British conservative activists this summer when I bring across another few dozen activists to attend a variety of conferences in Washington, New York and California.
All I could think, though, was what a pity it was that we don’t have the same enlightened view that the Americans have as regards gun ownership – instead of allowing ourselves to be cowed into submitting to the authority of the state in that respect as in so many others. After all: guns don’t kill people – people kill people
Perhaps he explains the slaughter of American citizens due to firearms, more than another country in the civilised world, as a result of American being an instrincally evil people afterall Donal “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”