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So. Trying to catch up on my political watching/reading and the first stop was yesterday's Question Time. Now I know, I know, it isn't really any good for actual politics, but it is a good source for references, a bit like a poor man's political New Scientist in televisual form. It was actually quite good this time round. There was very little shouting or panellists talking over each other. Or at least, very little in comparison...


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But that's me being very very cynical. Maybe it's the weather. You know it was hailing the other day with a clear sky? It was the weirdest thing ever. It's no wonder I can't think coherently about politics when I'm living in such a strange city. I swear, Manchester must be the only city in England to have five different climate zones.




I do wish people would stop talking about 'Africa' though, especially people from Africa (ha ha). We really should know better because it just encourages this idea that it's some monolithic entity of darkness, corruption and famine (which, and I feel this is very important to stress, only happens in countries where it hasn't, you know, rained. England'd be getting famines too if it stopped raining and couldn't import enough food. And the next person who says 'overpopulation' will get a virtual steel chair to the back of the head. Seriously. Don't. Even). The only reason I mention this is because there was a suggestion from someone in the audience that perhaps Britain should look away from Europe and towards Africa which I previously would have agreed with, but then I remembered the Chinese have already made the first moves and I think that'll do for now. Britain can carry on with the aid thing and leave the Chinese to create the infrastructure.

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I'm one of those who's pretty much late to everything, expecially tv shows, so it was on Tuesday that I watched last Thursday's Question Time (hopefully I'll get round to watching last night's later on today).

Of Idiot Features and Metaphysics )
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I've missed so many of these. There's been so much I wanted to rant about: Melanie Philips and her standard 'we need the best sort of people, regardless of whether they be male or female' as if that's an answer to the problem of the tiny female representation in the House of Commons (oh how that line irritates me whenever the issue arises. It doesn't mean anything, it doesn't address anything. It just shuts down the conversation which is equally irritating because it shouldn't. It isn't even relevant to the conversation *rambles away*), the latest version of the expenses scandal, Matthew Paris' take on this seasons phase of the Israel-Palestinian conflict... so much juicy stuff. But I must be strong.

Thatcher, BP&Obama, University fees, stuff )

Tomorrow my teaching placement starts. At the moment I'm suffering from a stale-lemonade induced headache but I am definitely looking forward to it. Should certainly be interesting!
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 Some interesting articles:

'Why Democracy is always unfair' - New Scientist is on a roll it seems.

'First past the post is a rubbish electoral system'  -  I generally like Tom Harris; it's always weird to read the political opinions of a politician who actually believes them, but it's a good weird. This sermon certainly provides plenty of food for thought.


Father is still stuck in Nigeria as the seven days mourning has commenced and pretty much everything is shut up. However, there seems to be no sign of the insane and bloody rioting taking place as the BBC promised. Oh you. Don't ever change *grumbles*...
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 Nigeria and the politics of massacre

EDIT: Now I have my issues with JKR, but I really loved this article.

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You know Mandelson, maybe if you guys had been better at self-promotion, communicating with your electorate and perhaps not going to fucking war like a bunch of idiotic Kipling-fed public school boys, Labour wouldn't be 'fighting for it's life' right now?

What is it with these people?

Fresher's week, first lectures and other stuff )

And I have books! So many books! I can't believe how much I've spent in charity shops on books thus far, not to talk of the library ones. I'm so ridiculous. I still need books on C++ and Advanced Dynamics as well so clearly I'm going to have to snap out of my slothful habits and get back to studying. I used to be so good at it, but then A-levels came along and I became the disillusioned youth you all know and love so well...
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Thursday evening saw me at a 'Representing You Better' event hosted by Sadiq Khan at the House of Commons. He's our local Labour MP who also happens to be the first Muslim to be elected onto the Cabinet. It was quite short but in an hour and half, they packed in four amazing speakers starting off with Dawn Butler the Labour representative for Brent, then Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote and finally the ever delectable Oona King.

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At one point they mentioned Diane Abbott would be paying a visit, which would have been awesomeness incarnate. Unfortunately I never caught sight of her, though in retrospect, that's probably a good thing. I would have just embarrassed myself with my unhealthy knowledge of the 'This Week' programme.

EDIT: Doing my daily blog roll and I came upon this wonderful post on Gilroy's opinions concerning the state of black Britain. Funny how these things happen.

Also found this excellent article from the Left Luggage blog. Although it is focusing on class interests, I think it's relevant to all groups within the spectrum of the left, be they class based, racial, religious or other.

I ought to stop editing now because there are a couple of other posts I've been meaning to write but reading about the recent movements of the Nigerian Humanist Society made me want to stand up and dance. Once upon a time, this was the sort of thing that the churches would have also dug their teeth into but with the likes of Akinola running the show those days are long gone. I wonder if any of the traditional religious groups are also taking a stand as for too long, they either haven't spoken out or have been ignored when they do about the malpractices within various new cults. The myth of the 'satanic' cult simply fuels the crazy-eyed evangelicals and attracts the desperate to the congregations of these despicable 'witch-hunting' pastors and the like.

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First Question Time of the year last night, which I enjoyed thoroughly but nevertheless found a little depressing...

Unfortunately, having been distracted by 'Girls of the Playboy Mansion', I only watched half of the programme, but I can always say it was probably the better half, so there.

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The most disappointing thing was the fact that party members are still going for the 'well, it's better than the conservatives ten years ago...' and 'at least under Margaret Thatcher...' lines. I really don't know who they think they are talking to when they say this. If you must make comparisons, they have to be timely, and actually similar in cause and possible result. There is no way I can compare today's culture and governmental issues with those ten, twenty years ago and look for kudos there against my political opponents.


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