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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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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 08:58pm on 25/06/2010 under
 Can someone tell these politicians that talking over each other might make them think they seem tough, but really just means we - the public - either can't hear them, or think they're behaving like twats. Or both.

EDIT: On a more serious note, for anyone out there who can watch this weeks Question Time, is anyone else finding Peter Hitchens sounding surprisingly... sensible (regardless of whether you agree with him, as I mostly don't politically, but his cynicism is something else)?
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 12:01am on 14/06/2010 under , , , , ,
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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  •  Enter the Matrix - this suddenly makes the prospect of Vector Spaces revision so much more worth it.
  •   Mewonders if this is how the end of the human race will come about... beware, my friends, the Uprising!
And who else knew that Newsnight Review had changed to become 'The Review Show'? Oh, right, everyone. I'm an idiot. Well, I'll just rant about BBCs licence issues and it's inability to put up all/highlights from the episodes I've missed.


Thank you.

EDIT: Watching Question Tim and it's occurred to me that Simon Scharma has arms made of pure unadulterated win.

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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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