Some people thrive on political drama and some nations manage to provide it on a regular basis. One of my favourite subjects during my undergraduate degree was Italian politics, which probably reveals my general disposition towards exciting, if disjointed politics. In recognising that revolution and upheaval are the more interesting political events, it is important to remember that there comes a time when what any country needs is political stability and normality. In this light recent political protests in Georgia lend little to improving the country’s prospects; but the situation should speak volumes about the failures of the regime, and point to some fast responses required for the next few years. Continue reading
The Liberal Democrats are angry. Following the cabinet fallout, Paddy Ashdown yesterday “took a swipe” (in the words of the FT blog) at Cameron, in what was apparently a sanctioned move to make quite clear how the leadership feels about the way the referendum campaigning has gone. A referendum which has seen a Tory led (and financed) No campaign lie voraciously, spin incessantly, and conduct the most brutal, underhand and cheap ad hominem attacks on Coalition partners, particularly the DPM. Now, the Yes campaign will almost certainly lose.
Since the moment the rebel movement in Libya began to coalesce into a serious threat to the regime, and the simultaneously defiant and violent response of Qaddafi spelled out the future that we have since seen unfold, the debate over the correct course of action raged in every medium. As it raged, particularly during the initial days of the bombing campaign, I would venture that perpetually somewhere, on some social network, in some op-ed, someone was justifying their opposition to the engagement in terms roughly adhering to the statement that ‘if we aren’t engaging (or willing to engage) against all oppressive dictatorships, then we shouldn’t engage in Libya.’ Continue reading
It’s worrying to see the declaration from Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy has been seemingly encouraging suggestion that direct action is an appropriate way to facilitate the regime change now clearly called for. I, by the way, welcome at least the marginally increased clarity on NATO’s war aims in Libya, the disingenuous discussion permeating the debate up to now is at least now temporarily slightly less dense. Continue reading