Michal Rozworski: What is done: quick thoughts on Brexit

What is done is done regardless of where you were on the referendum—or like most of us, outside the UK. The two questions that grab me now are what lessons can be learned and how to salvage the moment for an anti-racist, anti-austerity coalition. Instead I’ve seen too many tears shed for the EU, which ...

The Disaffected Lib: Dippers, Beware of a Left Wing Insurgency

Britain’s Labour Party may offer a cautionary tale for today’s Blairified New Democrats.  Layton and Mulcair have been Harper’s handmaidens in His quest to shift Canada’s political centre far to the Right.  In fairness, the Libs have done their share of the heavy lifting too, transforming the party of Laurier, St. Laurent, Pearson and Trudeau ...

The Disaffected Lib: But What Did They Expect?

David Cameron is wasting no time hammering rightwing nails in Britain’s coffin. He has served notice he’ll be making the most of his slim majority win last week and the first thing to go will be Britain’s Human Rights Act. Just as Harper has Poillevre to do his slime work, Cameron has his own poindexter ...

The Disaffected Lib: Measuring David Cameron’s Future – Will That Be Inches or Hours?

When the votes are counted at the end of the day, David Cameron may well remain Britain’s prime minister.  As for tomorrow, all bets are off. …he may only hold that title for a few weeks as caretaker PM, if Labour and the Scottish Nationalists can muster enough MPs between them to deliver a hostile ...

The Disaffected Lib: It is Finished. Scotland Stays Put – For Now.

The BBC has called the Scottish independence referendum for the No side.  The pro-independence Yes side did win some notable victories, Glasgow for example, but not enough votes overall to succeed. Now it falls to David Cameron to face down angry dissent in the Tory caucus and make good his promises to the Scottish people if ...

The Disaffected Lib: Canada Should Follow Britain’s Lead

David Cameron wanted to bomb Syria so bad his teeth hurt.  There was just one problem, Britain’s Iraq War fiasco. Because of Iraq, David Cameron had promised to allow parliament a veto on going to war back in 2010. He had even committed himself to repealing the royal prerogative, the executive powers which enable him ...

drive-by planet: The war-on-journalism

The Disaffected Lib: IMF Calls on Cameron Tories to Change Course

Britain’s Conservative Cameron government are the High Priests of bone-crushing austerity.   David Cameron and his gaggle of privileged Saville Row suiters are not interested in sparing the lash when it comes to Britain’s weak and vulnerable.   Meanwhile, Steve Harper looks on with fawning admiration at everything he wishes he could be. Yet Cameron has now ...

Polygonic: Omnishambles: the Brits dump the F35s

It’s contagious The Brits have made just as big a dog’s dinner out of the F35 file as the Harperites have. Whereas Canadians are fond of the word “boondoggle” to describe the government’s hopeless mismanagement of money and priority, the term in the UK right now is “omnishambles.” Both are beautiful in their own special ...

CuriosityCat: French Presidential election holds out hope for millions of Europeans

The reason is that France seems destined for a new Socialist President this Sunday, replacing the feisty Sarkozy, and dramatically changing the permissible dialogue in every capital of every democratic country in the world, as thisarticle explains: Sarkozy and the other Hooverites The French Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, challenging outgoing right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy, leads ...

Polygonic: La France Forte, or Why You Desperately Need Sarko Standing On the Beach

The French presidential campaign is kicking into high gear, and Nicolas Sarkozy has one key message for his ungrateful people: vote him back in, and he promises to spend his second term standing on the beach, like a magnificant granite Colossus, liquifying overseas demons with the sheer power of his blue-eyed gaze.  Don’t believe it? ...

CuriosityCat: Democratic Greeks fight the German and French Bullies

Gavin Hewitt, the Europe Editor of the BBC News, has written an incisive article today about what is at stake with the Greek Prime Minister’s call for a referendum on the EU austerity proposal. He draws a sharp distinction between the PM’s call that democracy play its part in the birthplace of our modern democracies, ...

CuriosityCat: No to the Euro Bond but Yes to the UK’s Social Bond?

Chancellor Merkel turned aside Sarkozy’s request for consideration of the much vaunted “Euro Bond”, arguing that it really amounted to the stronger EU countries guaranteeing the debt of the weaker ones, but without any commitments by the weaker ones to remedy their public finances. Now the Tory government in the UK is contemplating the issue ...

CuriosityCat: Deep Throat: Who told Murdoch to hack paragraphs from The Letter?

As in hacks paragraphs out, and then James (the junior Murdoch) tells the UK Parliamentary commission that Scotland Yard wanted the changes. Clive Goodman: The good man who wrote The Letter But Deep Throat can reveal that a newspaper today claims the police only wanted names redacted; the decision to remove the explosive paragraphs seems ...

CuriosityCat: The Murdochs: It’s often the cover up that gets you – just ask Tricky Dick

Murdoch Senior and Junior (and PM David Cameron) are in for a few sleepless nights now that this has happened: Cameron and Coulson Phone hacking was widely discussed at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to a reporter who was blamed as the sole culprit, contradicting repeated denials by senior executives and dragging Britain’s ...

World Headlines Review: British Ethics: A Dark Comedy

North Sea Oil Drilling by crawfish head Yesterday, January 6th 2011, the UK Parliamentary committee appointed to look into whether the government should enact a moratorium on deep-water drilling in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico-BP oil disaster, has ruled out the need for a halt to new projects before new regulations can be ...