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Dispatches from the corridors of British power

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Send Limbaugh and Robertson to Haiti

almost 5 years ago

I once booked a hire car to drive from Binghamton in New York State to Toronto. As I recall it was a four by four with plenty of space in the back and pretty reliable when it came to gas consumption – or petrol as we call it over here in England. My family were with me, and we were all looking ...

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The Agony That is Haiti

almost 5 years ago

The devastation wreaked on Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, in the aftermath of an earthquake which rocked the city to its fragile foundations is a bitter blow to what remains the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. That Haiti, the first country in the West Indies to win independence ...

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Media Versus Politics: Who Wins?

almost 5 years ago

From my own observation of having lived and worked in both the United States and Britain the main difference between media coverage of politicians in both countries is that of deference, or an almost complete lack of it amongst the British media. Or should I qualify such a bald statement? After all ...