• Their Men in Washington

    July 18, 2007

    There’s an important article in Harpers Magazine, ‘Their Men in Washington‘, which is an expose of the Washington lobbying industry. Anyone who is reasonably well informed should know that lobbyists for industrial, commercial and other capitalist interests have enormous power and sometimes directly write chunks of legislation, but this article is about the way that […]

  • What do you think of this story?

    July 17, 2007

    Have you seen a nappy-clad donkey? Quite possibly the most foolish story I have seen reported on the BBC. How low can the national broadcaster sink in its quest for low-brow newsertainment?

  • Recipe for success in international relations: no sodomy

    July 9, 2007

    According to Markus Hund of the University of Trier (p. 4), ASEAN’s success can be attributed to its ‘”don’t bugger thy neighbour” attitude’. A sensible approach.

  • Brown's Depoliticisation of Politics

    July 3, 2007

    Brown made his first announcement to the Commons today and set out a ‘route map’ for constitutional reform. According to the BBC’s Nick Assinder this was classic Brown – weighty, strategic, littered with traps for the opposition and with just a sprinkle of re-announcements and spin on top. It was classic Brown, but not in […]

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