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  • Demand Question Time

    02/03/2010 7:39:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Hot Air ^ | February 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    A group of bloggers from the Left and the Right have launched a new effort to demand more substantive engagement in Washington. After last week’s meeting between Barack Obama and the House Republican Caucus wound up benefiting everyone, we have begun a petition drive to demand a regular Question Time to have the President available to engage in meaningful discourse with his opposition in Congress:
  • Brown's bombshell on voting reform just a 'worthless gimmick', say Lib Dems (UK)

    02/02/2010 9:02:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies · 267+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2010 | James Chapman
    Gordon Brown's plan for a referendum on scrapping Britain's first-past-the-post voting system was today labelled a 'gimmick' by opposition MPs. In what was billed as a major speech on constitutional reform just weeks before an election Labour is expected to lose, he announced plans for a referendum on whether to change the way MPs are elected. Brown made it clear any such change would take place after the looming election. The plan was to introduce legislation that would require a referendum to be held by October 2011. ................................................... The move towards an ' alternative vote' system, which would see candidates...
  • Why Must We Bow to the Intolerant Ways of Islam?

    08/17/2009 8:36:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 752+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Aug 2009 | Alasdair Palmer
    Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife were quite right to leave a wedding because it was segregated by sex, says Alasdair Palmer.When Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife decided to leave a Muslim wedding party after they discovered it was segregated by sex, he did not anticipate the controversy his decision would generate. "It reflects badly on him," said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the former head of the Muslim Council of Britain. "It shows a lack of interest… to engage with people of different backgrounds." Tim Archer, the Tory who is standing against the minister of state at the next election,...
  • Three Ethiopian Exchange Students 'Vanish' During Trip To Houses Of Parliament

    07/24/2009 10:41:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,016+ views
    July 24th 2009
    Three Ethiopian exchange students 'vanish' during trip to Houses of Parliament By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 24th July 2009 Three African exchange students have vanished during a trip to the Houses of Parliament. The three Ethiopian men were among a group of nine visitors who were staying with families in Hartlepool as part of a three-month visit to the UK. But at the end of a day's tour in the Houses of Commons and Lords, the trio failed to turn up and organisers Global Xchange were forced to report them missing. Missing: Muluneh Tilahun Abera (left) and Habtamu Debela have not...
  • Kyrgyz Parliament Approves Manas Air Base Agreement

    06/25/2009 6:35:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 236+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 – The Kyrgyz parliament today ratified an agreement between the United States and Kyrgyzstan to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub that supplies troops in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman confirmed today. The agreement must now go to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev for signature. “It’s not a done deal until the president signs it,” Whitman said. “Out of respect for their processes, we’ve been trying to give them the time and space to give this the consideration that it needs.” The agreement provides for a transit center at Manas International Airport,...
  • The Queen is urged to press a new Prime Minister to call a swift general election

    06/05/2009 8:22:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies · 727+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2009 | Andrew Pierce
    As the chances of Mr Brown surviving faded after the decision of the Work and Pensions Secretary to time the announcement of his departure as polls for European and local elections closed, the monarch will now consult her most senior advisers if Mr Brown loses his fight to stay in office. While the Queen still technically has the power to dissolve Parliament, in reality she only advises her prime ministers. It would be unprecedented for a second prime minister to move into 10 Downing Street without a general election. ..............................................
  • Coming Soon: An English Revolution

    05/30/2009 7:51:35 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 22 replies · 2,063+ views
    asharq alawsat ^ | May 29,2009 | Amir Taheri
    Is England on the verge of revolution? To those who know this most peaceful of nations intimately, the question is bound to sound bizarre. Boasting attachment to the rule of law and democratic government, the English have not had a revolution since the 17th century. Nevertheless, these days it is hard to be in the company of Englishmen without hearing talk of the need, indeed the imminence, of revolution.
  • Obama's brother-in-law to run for MP (Parliament) in Bracknell (England)

    05/28/2009 10:48:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 533+ views
    Barack Obama's brother-in-law is to challenge for the Conservative seat left vacant by disgraced MP Andrew MacKay in Bracknell. Ian Manners, a life-long Tory who lives in Bracknell constituency, plans to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by David Cameron to encourage candidates from a non-political background. Mr Manners acted after his MP was forced to announce he will stand down following a public outcry last week when his constituents in Bracknell, Berkshire, called him "a thieving toad". The politician, a former parliamentary aide to the Conservative leader, and his MP wife, Julie Kirkbride, have claimed a total of...
  • The Lords' Power Ended in 1911, the Commons' Ends in 2009

    05/21/2009 4:30:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 519+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | May 20, 2009 | Gerald Warner
    "Getting it" is the current craze. "They still don't get it" is the exasperated verdict on MPs who seem to believe it will be business as usual, now that Speaker Martin has been thrown out of the sleigh into the jaws of the pursuing wolf pack. In fact, how many commentators get it? How many of them, alarmed by mounting public anger, hastened to don their Mr Sensible persona and began to counsel us not to get things out of perspective? It is as if, in 1688, they had said: the King has been driven from his throne, the constitution...
  • Michael Martin jumps before he is pushed: Doomed Speaker will resign today

    05/19/2009 4:58:42 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies · 435+ views
    DailyMail UK ^ | May 19, 2009 | Michael Lea and Nicola Boden
    Michael Martin will become the first Commons Speaker in more than 300 years to be forced out this afternoon. In a historic statement to MPs at 2.30pm, he will announce his resignation. It comes after dramatic scenes in Parliament yesterday where his authority was openly challenged during a bumbling performance. Ministers were said to have put pressure on Gordon Brown last night to get Mr Martin to stand aside. Mr Martin's spokeswoman said: 'I can confirm that the Speaker is making a statement this afternoon and that it is about himself.' His decision to go frees the Prime Minister from...
  • Kuwait emir dissolves parliament

    03/18/2009 3:29:22 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 262+ views
    AFP ^ | March 18, 2009 | Staff
    KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — The emir of the Gulf state of Kuwait dissolved parliament on Wednesday for the second time in a year after a new row between MPs and the cabinet, which is dominated by members of his Sabah family. Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah called a snap election within the next two months, the official KUNA news agency said, the second poll in the Western-backed oil producer since May last year and the third since June 2006. The emir, whose country is the main rear base for US-led operations in neighbouring Iraq, said he took the decision to...
  • Mrs. Palin regrets… (Cornerstone Group doesn't sound like they felt this was a snub)

    03/10/2009 2:30:49 PM PDT · by euram · 15 replies · 936+ views
    The Cornerstone Group ^ | 03-05-09 | Cornerstone Group
    I thought readers of this blog would like to read the charming reply Edward Leigh received to his invitation to Sarah Palin to address the Cornerstone Group at one of our forthcoming dinners:
  • $2 Billion Worth of Police Will Save More Lives Than One Gun Registry (Canada)

    03/07/2009 7:04:46 AM PST · by epow · 20 replies · 582+ views
    national ^ | 02/27/09 | NP Editor
    Garry Breitkreuz: $2 billion worth of police will save more lives than one gun registry Posted: February 27, 2009, 8:45 AM by NP Editor When the national long-gun registry was introduced 14 years ago, I believed it would help keep Canadians safe. After many years of research, consultation and more than 600 access-to-information requests as a Member of Parliament, I now know that nothing could be further from the truth. The gun registry has not saved one life in Canada, and it has been a financial sinkhole, estimated to have cost some $2-billion. Imagine how many more police we could...
  • Outrage: Dutch court to prosecute Wilders for Fitna

    01/21/2009 6:57:25 AM PST · by Cindy · 32 replies · 1,910+ views ^ | January 21, 2009 | Robert Spencer
    Note: Video included. January 21, 2009 For hate speech -- after declining to do so last year, which means that Islamic supremacist groups in the Netherlands have kept up the pressure on lawmakers until they got the outcome they wanted. Hate speech, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and hate speech laws are tools in the hands of the powerful that they can use to silence the powerless and crush dissent. And make no mistake: even though the Muslims in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the West present themselves as embattled victims of racism and "Islamophobia," that...
  • EU parliament approves climate change package

    12/17/2008 9:01:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 977+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/08 | Christian Spillmann
    STRASBOURG (AFP) – The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the EU's climate change package, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, lifting the last hurdle to the ambitious plan. Six texts on the package, already agreed by the 27 European Union member states, were passed by a large majority of the MEPs present. "We have sealed the climate package," said European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering, after the vote. The so-called "20-20-20" climate package, which Europe hopes will serve as a model to other nations, will oblige EU nations to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent...
  • Canada halts parliament amid row [by order of The Queen]

    12/04/2008 6:11:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1,172+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/4/2008
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won a bid to suspend parliament, blocking an opposition attempt to topple his minority government. The governor general agreed to Mr Harper's request, unprecedented in the country, after talks. If the request had been rejected, he would have had to step down or face a confidence vote he was sure to lose. Opposition parties had called the vote for Monday, accusing the government of failing to shore up the economy. Acting head of state Michaelle Jean Governor General Michaelle Jean agreed to prorogue - or suspend - parliament until 26 January when the government...
  • Britain: MPs too scared to talk about forced marriage 'in case they lose Muslim votes'

    09/02/2008 5:47:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 364+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09/02/08 | Martin Beckford
    MPs too scared to talk about forced marriage 'in case they lose Muslim votes' Politicians are too scared to speak out against forced marriage in case they lose valuable Muslim votes, according to a veteran Labour MP. By Martin Beckford Religious Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 12:46AM BST 02 Sep 2008 Ann Cryer said politicians in areas with high Muslim populations, many of which are Labour heartlands, should be at the forefront of the campaign to stop young couples being made to wed against their will by their families. But she claimed that some politicians are afraid to speak out on...
  • Mrs T(hatcher) the temptress - and a woman who knew all about the seductive powers of politics...

    06/06/2008 7:24:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies · 151+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2008 | Edwina Currie
    A controversial new film about the young Margaret Thatcher's ten-year struggle to become an MP is to be screened next week. It tells how her attempts to break into a world dominated by male MPs were rebuffed time and again. But she refused to give up and ruthlessly used her womanly wiles to win through. The film's writer, Tony Saint, says Margaret Thatcher -The Long Walk To Finchley is simply how he imagines things might have been. But one former colleague says it's absolutely spot on.
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe party defeated, Electoral Commission confirms

    04/26/2008 8:09:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 95+ views
    AFP via translation | April 26, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Zimbabwe / legislation: the defeat of the party Mugabe confirmed HARARE - The defeat of the party history of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, when the general elections on March 29, was confirmed Saturday by the figures provided by the Electoral Commission.
  • No More Mosques, Says Senior Synod Member (UK)

    04/01/2008 7:15:44 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 171+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-2-2008 | Jonathan Petre
    No more mosques, says senior Synod member By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent Last Updated: 2:20am BST 02/04/2008 A senior lay member of the Church of England's "Parliament" has called for a ban on the building of more mosques in Britain. Alison Ruoff, a long-standing member of the General Synod, said that new mosques should not be built in this country while Islamic states continued to persecute Christians. The former magistrate, who was one of the strongest critics of the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech on Islamic law earlier this year, added that sharia would be introduced into Britain "if we don't...