Monday, January 02, 2006

Britannia badalgaya?

Gordon Brown is contemplating a written constitution for Britain, believing that people's lack of trust in politics has been caused partly by the ability of any government to ignore the many elements of Britain's unwritten constitution. Hear, hear. Unwritten constitutions work only if you have people of...erm...integrity? implementing them.

Madeleine Bunting is cautiously optimistic that 2005 was the year global poverty registered on the British public consciousness (no she's not singing Geldof's praises, so this is worth reading).

...the politics of global inequality has come of age. It has become part of the mainstream in this country, in a way that was unthinkable a decade ago. In the past, third-world poverty did occasionally grab attention, but only when framed as an appeal to respond to a humanitarian crisis. This year marked a step change in the popular understanding that global poverty is about more than dipping your hand in your pocket for the odd pound coin. The involvement of celebrities ensured slots on primetime TV and the attention of newspapers like the Sun, and reached an entirely new constituency. Issues such as trade justice, once regarded as the obscure obsessions of the hairy, the sandalled and the tattooed, are percolating through to your average supermarket shopper.

Churchill would have let him starve to death, but Cameron invokes him in his speeches. What on earth are the Tories up to?

Meanwhile, ominous news from Der Spiegel via The Hindu: the US is contemplating a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. [Remember, you read this first on here]

And where there is satire, there is freedom...and therefore, always, hope for change!

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