Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

FDR quote

Friday, February 13th, 2009

“The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something,” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 22, 1932

Thanks Andrew Sullivan for that.

Prop 8: the musical

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

David Cameron: Man of the People

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

For the second time I’ve had to struggle against some strange unnatural feelings of being impressed by David Cameron. None of these urges are based on anything sensible:

1. A year or so ago cycling past him (minus car or security) outside Rough Trade, Ladbroke Grove.
2. Today, Meadbh, Will and I were taking the tube and there was Dave again leaning into the corner of a tube carriage reading a Metro (I think) and regularly clearing his throat. Maybe he was trying to draw atttention to himself. Again, he seemed to be without security.

Both of these moments gave me disturbing urges to vote for the man. I will get over it.

“What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way” by Nick Cohen

Monday, May 28th, 2007

What’s Left?

Fantastic deconstruction of the mainstream liberal left’s thinking towards the West, Israel and the US in particular. It argues that we now live in a time that the Left would more likely defend a totalitarian fascist regime, rather then stand up against it and show solidarity towards it’s oppressed. Why? Because of the lazy and vague critique that it is ultimately the West’s fault or that we can’t morally impose our values onto their culture. While these excuses may have a modicum of truth in them – they should not be enough to stop us doing good in the world. Of course, this thinking is what brought us to the current Middle Eastern situation (unless you think it is a guileless conspirarcy all to do with oil and neo-colonialism), so there is no simple answer. Whatever – the book is a bracing intellectual argument, and while I don’t agree with all its points, it’s well worth reading.

Amazon.co.uk – with some great reviews and comments

Into bed with Tony – review in The Guardian (generally negative)

Is Nick Cohen right about the left? His critics reply in The Guardian

Democratiya review

4th Estate

Peter Tatchell is a bit of a hero

Monday, May 28th, 2007

He truly gets out there and is on the front line for his beliefs. This time he’s getting beaten up for his beliefs in Russia by some neo-facists. The police then arrest Tatchell – not the thugs.