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The Disaffected Lib: The Union May Survive Intact but Cameron Is Seriously Wounded

According to The Guardian, late polls show Scotland will stay in the United Kingdom.  As Scots went to cast their ballots the No side was up six points, 53 to 47 for the Yes secessionists.

Assuming those numbers hold, the onus is going to fall very heavily on London to come through with its 11th-hour promises of a new deal for the Scottish people.

Already Cameron is facing a rebellion in his caucus over what are seen as giveaways to the north that will have to be paid for by the south.

“Writing in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: David Cameron and Scotland’s Butterfly Rebellion

Well there he was today, David Cameron, the leader of Britain's savage Con regime.The Prime Minister who has inflicted the most pain on the British people since the bestial Margaret Thatcher.Trying to bully the Scottish people into voting NO by threatening them with a "painful divorce." Read more »

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone

A very strange Oped piece appeared in the Globe and Mail on the weekend, written by none other than Stephen Harper. It was a follow up to a government announcement that we would be giving the Ukrainian military another 220 million dollars, on top of the 300 million already provided, to assist in their battle with rebel forces.

It reads like a typical propaganda piece, laying all of the blame on Russia’s doorstep, for the horrific downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, that killed 298 innocent civilians.

Had this appeared under a different byline, it would simply reflect the views (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Prime Minister Said he Created a Million Jobs … Oh! You Thought I Meant Our Prime Minister

I try to keep up with politics everywhere so follow political junkies from several different countries.

What I’ve discovered, in this mostly conservative sphere, is that the top news stories, no matter where they originate, are eerily similar. In fact, I often have to rely on the media source to assign it to a nation.

One headline that’s popping up everywhere, contains the phrase “million jobs”.

In the last Ontario election, Conservative candidate Tim Hudak, gave the term a life of its own, when he presented his Million Jobs plan, worked out on an abacus that was missing a (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten

David Cameron and the Spitzenkandidaten

Remember The Cullen Plan for pre-election electoral cooperation between the NDP and Liberals? He advocated a deal which enabled one candidate to run against the sitting Conservative MP, rather than splitting the vote and letting the Tory win, which is the reason Harper is in power right now. In the election of the European Parliament held yesterday, we saw a somewhat similar electoral cooperation pact between certain parties, resulting in what is called the selection of Spitzenkandidaten, to maximize the chances that groups of parties with similar policies will have a better chance of having (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Video: George Galloway’s impassioned speech opposing attack on Syria: UK parliament votes NO to military action

One of the highlights of the British parliamentary debate on Syria was the rousing speech delivered by Respect Party MP for Bradford West, George Galloway. He delivered with trademark conviction and elan, stating his opposition to any British involvement in an attack on Syria.

This is part of what Galloway had to say:

It is absolutely evident that if it was not for the democratic revolt that has been underway in this House of Commons and outside in the wider public against this war, that the engines in Cyprus would now be revving and the cruise missiles ready to fly (Read more…)

LeDaro: Barack Obama and Martin Luther King

Was Obama a suitable person to give a speech on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech? MLK may have his own weaknesses as he was human after all, but he was not a hypocrite like Obama.

It was Martin Luther King’s efforts and Lyndon Johnson’s co-operation that brought about the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, which were signed by Lyndon Johnson. However, when it came to the Vietnam war, Martin Luther King spoke out loud and clear that it was an unjust war where innocent people were being killed and American soldiers were (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Open letter to Cameron from European editors: Miranda’s detention threat to freedom of the press

Editors of a number of northern European newspapers have written an open letter to British PM David Cameron stating their concerns arising from the detention of David Miranda – partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The writers express concern about the “harassment” of “the paper and individuals associated with it.”

Glenn Greenwald has broken a number of important stories in the Guardian based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The editors of Aftenposten (Norway), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) and Politiken (Denmark) make a number of points worth repeating:

We are surprised by the recent acts (Read more…)

Alex's Blog: Austeria

Mad scientist selling his utopian project to the master of Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

“Austeria”. An informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

Alex's Blog: Austeria

Informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

CuriosityCat: Syria: Showdown time between the West and Putin

High noon at 10 Downing Street

Politicians are becoming more graphic in their descriptions of the warring sides in the Syrian civil war, with the latest spat leading to a shortened meeting between Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK and Russia’s Putin: Talks on the crisis in Syria between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin broke up Sunday amid “very serious differences.” This week’s G8 summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, got off to the worst possible start as talks between the two leaders immediately stalled. Putin refused to stop providing arms to Bashar (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Syria: Showdown time between the West and Putin

The Canadian Progressive: Pro-business Harper Conservatives coddling tax havens, tax cheats

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

An Alberta businessman is included in a massive online database of secret tax-haven names released to the public on Friday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David Ghermezian, the president of the West Edmonton Mall, is linked to a British Virgin Islands-registered company called Regal Mega Malls Development Corp, the CBC News reports.

Ghermezian’s inclusion on this list got me thinking about the pro-business Harper Conservatives and their undisguised determination to coddle tax havens and tax cheats.

The database, first leaked by the CBC and ICIJ in April, indicates that at least 130,000 people globally are (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the recent Munk Debate has helped to highlight Canadians’ preference for a fairer, more progressive tax system – and on a couple of the most important steps we can take toward that end goal.

For further reading…- Ipsos Reid’s polling on public views toward taxing the rich is here. – Stephen Gordon’s response to the Munk Debate (referenced in the column) is here. And I’ll note that there seems to be some difference in determining the tax rate applicable to high-end income: while KPMG’s numbers roughly match Gordon’s, the CRA’s figures actually show Ontario as (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Sunday reading.

- Daniel Boffey catches one of David Cameron’s top aides saying what most Cons leave as an unstated assumption: that recession and depressed wages are good for business (as long as “business” is defined only to mean short-term profits based on exploitation): The prime minister’s adviser on enterprise has told the cabinet that the economic downturn is an excellent time for new businesses to boost profits and grow because labour is cheap, the Observer can reveal.

Lord Young, a cabinet minister under the late Baroness Thatcher, who is the only aide with his (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: At least none of OUR MPs has been found with an orange in his mouth. Not yet.

Former MP?

Nobody skewers their own kith and kin with devastating play of the knife as the British do. My latest chuckle arose reading John O’Sullivan’s article in today’s Globe & Mail entitled Cameronism at an impasse. O’Sullivan once ran (unsuccessfully) for Parliament for the Conservative Party, and was a speechwriter in 10 Downing Street for Margaret Thatcher. Founder of the New Atlantic Initiative in 1996 in Prague, along with Maggie and the poet-politician Václav Havel, O’Sullivan is editor-at-large of the National Review. O’Sullivan recounts with relish the death in 1994 of a Tory MP: The parliamentary constituency of Eastleigh,

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LeDaro: Barack Obama and David Cameron

Wow! These two are great buddies!

The Canadian Progressive: What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 31, 2013: Let’s agree in one point: we can have anything, but we CAN’T have everything #wef — Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) January 25, 2013 The tweet by Paulo Coelho, the world-renowned Brazilian author of The Alchemist, was one of the most popular of world leaders’ reflections during last week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, READ MORE

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, updating the respective effects of smart investment and needless austerity in the economic laboratory provided by the 2008 financial meltdown – and noting we have all the more reason to be suspicious of our own austerity buffs at home.

For further background, see…- Jason Kirby’s 2011 proposal to compare the U.S. and U.K. as test cases. – Philip Aldrick on the disastrous effects of austerity in the U.K.- The U.S. Treasury’s comparison (PDF) of growth among different countries up to early 2012.- Reuters on Japan’s sudden surge since its stimulus program

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Alex's Blog: The Age of Austerity

Notes: Keynote talk, CCPA Post-Austerity session, Toronto, January 9, 2013

We are living in the “Age of Austerity” or at least so says David Cameron, the UK’s Prime Minister. He made this announcement in 2009 at the Conservative convention just before becoming prime minister. This meant, he explained, that he would have to fix the errors, the folly of previous governments. He would restore the economy by cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and shifting resources from public to private.

In 2010, the G20 met in Toronto and, apart from arresting citizens, they were also talking austerity. Canada led

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Alex's Blog: The Age of Austerity

Notes: Keynote talk, CCPA Post-Austerity session, Toronto, January 9, 2013

We are living in the “Age of Austerity” or at least so says David Cameron, the UK’s Prime Minister. He made this announcement in 2009 at the Conservative convention just before becoming prime minister. This meant, he explained, that he would have to fix the errors, the folly of previous governments. He would restore the economy by cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and shifting resources from public to private.

In 2010, the G20 met in Toronto and, apart from arresting citizens, they were also talking austerity. Canada led (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Europe takes another big step towards the United States of Europe

United States of Europe?

Financial integration is one major step along the road towards eventual political integration into one massive new federal state, the USE (United States of Europe), and yesterday a significant move was made in this direction: Europe’s finance ministers have taken another major step towards closer integration, with a significant transfer of authority from national governments to the ECB, he says.

The EU had already agreed that the ECB would act as chief supervisor of eurozone banks. But the deal gives the ECB powers to close down eurozone banks that do not follow the rules. It also . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Europe takes another big step towards the United States of Europe

CuriosityCat: Anglo-Franco-German ménage à trois: A Federal Europe or a confederation of Nation States?

The European Union

A struggle for the future of Europe is being waged right now by the politicians of the EU. 

Most of the fighting is being done by the leaders of France, Germany and Britain (the Big Three of Europe), with the other medium sized states putting the boot in every now and then but largely shouting encouragement from the sidelines. The big battle that is shaping up is over the contours of the future Europe. Germany: A tighter Union or Else: And the issue has been framed as a choice between two stark contracts: a move towards . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Anglo-Franco-German ménage à trois: A Federal Europe or a confederation of Nation States?

LeDaro: Stephen Harper: What are his motives for joint U.K. –Canadian Embassies?

Sounds like an idiotic idea.

Maybe he was missing George W. Bush as his master and now he wants to be a poodle to David Cameron.

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

Ah, the memories of Stephen Harper and his bestest international buddy deciding what to do about the economic pain they’ve inflicted on the world: Mr. Cameron, hailing Canada as a model of fiscal probity and pointing to his own deep spending cuts, argued that debt cutting is the only way to fix a disturbing pattern, with economic growth in Europe and the United States stalled. He said the problem is high debts of governments and individuals, and that the fear that they won’t be repaid will spark a loss of confidence and a rise in interest rates.…Mr. Harper said

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CuriosityCat: Out of the Mouth of Murdoch

Deep Throat is on the job, bringing you the latest news from around the globe, just for you political junkies out there .. today he reports from London, where the phone hacking saga is grinding remorselessly on, slowly devouring the Murdoch clan and now  nibbling at the feet of Prime . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Out of the Mouth of Murdoch