Thursday, 22 May 2008
Steve Richards says as much in the Independent today while in yesterday's Guardian Jonathan Freedland says that it would be ok if only Labour were truly meritocratic.
What always gets me is that people who defend public school privilege accuse their opponents of being anti-aspirational. Buying advantages is not about aspiration, it's about the keeping the already advantaged ahead of the aspiring. It is the opposite of meritocratic.
p.s. I've just come across a blog called class warfare which declares that it adheres to the Orwellian maxim: "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Malik argues that to hand over the material would effectively end his ability to act as an investigative journalist, as well as putting his life at risk.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
He denied that pilot schemes for bin taxes would lead to a national roll-out of the plans.
He said: “This is not a national scheme. We’ve got no commitment to go any further. There is no national scheme here.”
Yesterday the Government response to a select committee report on bin taxes suggested there would be no pilots in place if there was not the chance that the scheme would be expanded nationally.
Surely, pilot schemes don't represent a commitment to go further. Surely, a chance of a scheme being extended nationally is not the same as a national scheme.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
I have increasingly come to believe that the likes of Peter Oborne and Fraser Nelson did not condemn “spin” and “cronyism” because they genuinely find them distasteful. They seem to have no problem with them in Tories. No: these concepts apparently were, for great chunks of the British press, just a partisan stick with which to disingenuously beat a Labour government.
Monday, 12 May 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is confident he will still be the leader of the Labour Party at the next general election, Downing Street has insisted.As it's the Beeb, naturally it takes the story from the government's point of view, rather than that of Frank Field, who suggested otherwise. But at least it attributes the claim that Brown is confident to someone else, instead of making the assertion itself.
Meanwhile, the BBC seems as determined as the press to show unflattering pictures of Brown, which is part of his problem. Or is his problem that it is so easily done?
Thursday, 8 May 2008
In the US and Britain, there is a campaign to smear anybody who tries to describe the plight of the Palestinian people. It is an attempt to intimidate and silence – and to a large degree, it works.It's impossible to disagree, even on Israel's "birthday".
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Tony Blair's former chief of spin, Alastair Campbell, may after all have sexed-up the notorious 45 minutes WMD claim when the case for invading Iraq was being made.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Nicolas Sarkozy has withdrawn his backing of Tony Blair to become the first president of the European Union, senior sources have told the BBC.
It is thought he feels EU opposition to the former UK prime minister is too strong because he backed the Iraq war.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Euroscepticism is the superclass's best friend, as is undermining all forms of multilateral collaboration.
Friday, 2 May 2008
It will be interesting to see what the government doesn't want us to see, if/when the documents are released.
PR Week has also covered the story.
She cites an article in the New York Sun by US investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein:
Edward Jay Epstein is not someone whose journalism should be dismissed lightly. He is, to be sure, something of a professional sceptic, but that does not make him wrong. He has in the past exposed stories published in The New York Times as having been essentially dictated by the political establishment. How right he was about the cosy relationship between that venerable newspaper and the Administration was evident from its obsequious coverage of Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction – a humungous error that eventually produced an abject apology.