Miliband Comes up Short in Opposition Leaders' Debate -- If the opinion polls are accurate, the next British government is most likely to be formed by a party that has no majority in the House of Commons. This journal believes that Labour will finish the election with the largest faction in the House, but it will be a dozen or two seats shy of what it needs to govern. Last night, Labour leader Ed Miliband showed why this is so as he "debated"the leaders of the UKIP, Green Party, and Scottish and Welsh Nationalists. He's offering "Tory-lite" and not a courageous alternative to austerity. [17 April]
Gyrocopter Lands at US Capitol -- A Florida mailman flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace in Washington, DC, yesterday, landing at the US Capitol. He was protesting campaign finance shenanigans, and he thought that this stunt would get lawmakers to sit up and take notice. One doubts it. However, what he has done is demonstrate just how inept, lax and useless the authorities are in dealing with matters of everyday security. Heads must roll, and policies must change. [16 April]
Obama Willing to Sign New Iran Bill -- The White House has announced that the president is willing to sign the redrafted Corker-Menendez bill that deals with the Iran negotiations. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the leaders on the Foreign Relations Committee, have reworked the original to address objections from Democrats. Although the Iran agreement does not require Senate approval because it is an agreement pursuant to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Congress will have to act to remove certain sanctions on Iran that are part of the international pact. Consequently, this bill is a necessary evil, and in its current form, appears fairly harmless. [15 April]
Tory Manifesto Offers Thatcher's Housing Policy -- David Cameron has just presented the Conservative Party's election manifesto. In a speech presenting the document few will read, he said his nation must avoid returning to its past as"a debt-addicted, welfare-burdened, steadily-declining, once-great nation." Instead, "The next five years are about turning the good news in our economy into a good life for you and your family. ...This buccaneering, world-beating, can-do country - we can do it all over again." The original buccaneers were pirates, thieves in other words. This is fitting since Mr. Cameron appears to have stolen Mrs. Thatcher's housing policy. [14 April]
Hillary Clinton Announces White House Bid -- Hillary Clinton announced, rather quietly yesterday, that she is officially a candidate for the presidency of the United States. This may have been the worst kept secret in America, indeed the world. The launch of the campaign took no one by surprise, and that is a solid indicator of what Mrs. Clinton's biggest problem is going to be throughout the next two years. She is predictable, and therefore, she generates no excitement among the segment of swing voters who love a Chris Matthews-style "thrill up the leg." She needs to do a couple of things differently from 2008 to win it all, but the jury is out on whether she and her people understand this. [13 April]
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