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Morten Morland @ The Times

So, the American government is worried that: a failing Pakistani government may lead to the release of sensitive materials onto the black market, Angela Merkel lacks creativity, the Brits did a poor job in Sangin, Gordon Brown lacks social skills and the Saudis do not wish for a nuclear Iran.

All of this ‘secret’ information thrust upon us over the past 48 hours by an apathetic US Marine via Wikileaks and a handful of international newspapers is supposed to be ‘in the public interest.’ Avoiding the arduous subject as to what is and what isn’t in the public interest, here is why I disagree with the files’ release. Read the rest of this entry »

As of 2pm on the day of the Budget, the below were the first headlines of each of the respective newspapers / media outlets. Read full headline list »

On Monday afternoon Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s communications supremo, fired a shot across the bow(el)s of Nick Watt, the Guardian’s chief political correspondent.

This tale of political fart-throwing began with an article written by Watt correlating Dave (my wife’s pregnant) Cameron’s below performance at Lewisham College to that of John Major’s infamous election turn-around of ’92 – the much fabled election campaign that saw Major take to the streets armed with an upturned soap-box. Read the rest of this entry »

Tory Party HQ today confirmed that Samantha Cameron is pregnant.

The announcement of any political pregnancy is always one treated with suspicion and cynicism. Coming just weeks before the general election, and on the same day as some risqué photos were released of a young Sam Cam, this announcement will not be treated any differently.

As the colourful pictures of a smiling Cameron run off tonight’s press’, journalists across the board will pen articles lighting the flame of a grieving family’s new beacon of hope – albeit with a raised eyebrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Let me take you somewhere. Stick this on in the background, and get involved with the below.

After several months ignoring Conservative party electioneering, this weekend saw Labour waddle up to the edge of the pool and penguin dive into the deep end. It began on Saturday with Gordon and Harriet taking a well scripted jaunt up the M40 to Warwick University and ended with a full blown multi-pronged war of words.

Competing in the inaugural race of this years swim meet were Gordon Brown, The Observer, Journalists at large, the wider media, social tea party goers and an apparently innocent bystander with a floppy tongue. Read the rest of this entry »

For the past two months President Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria has been in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment for a suspected heart condition. Whilst out of the country repeated stories have coursed through the British media pertaining to the alleged deterioration of governance and social order, an increase in militancy in the Niger Delta and an ever worsening constitutional crisis.

Finding myself in a struggle to get a true picture of events that have and are continuing to unfold, I recently asked a friend in Nigeria to give an in country perspective on goings on. Read the rest of this entry »

As I attempt to fully compile my thoughts into an opinion as to the facts, pre-cursors and ramifications of the attempted terror attack on the people of Detroit, I find myself being drawn towards history.

The Arabs, since being defeated by the Ottomans in Aleppo, have generally been done over by a chorus of nations. In recent history, since being broken up as spoils of war post WW2, the Arab lands became the battle grounds throughout the Cold War. Arab nations needed to take sides in order to fuel their respective desires (and Arsenal’s). Those nations (re-branded Axis’ of evil) that sided with the Russians became, post cold war, targets of American vengeance (some might say rightly so). Read the rest of this entry »

With the recent revelation that Brian Lenihan, Irish Finance Minister, is suffering from Pancreatic Cancer, here is a brief synopsis of the man.

Born into a political dynasty and given a privileged education. Called to bar in early 80’s. Moved into politics in mid 90’s after successfully contesting Dublin seat in bi-election caused by the death of his father. Moved into cabinet in ’02 and rose up to Finance Minister in ’08.

No great scandals other than his patronage over the Irish Economy pre and throughout recession and a refuted story pertaining to him turning up in the middle of the night at a prominent economist’s house looking dishevelled whilst grasping a copy of Greenspan’s bio and a clove of garlic. The Irish press had a field day over this. Read the rest of this entry »

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