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Inequality and the world economy: True Progressivism

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 15, 2012

A new form of radical centrist politics is needed to tackle inequality without hurting economic growth

BY THE end of the 19th century, the first age of globalisation and a spate of new inventions had transformed the world economy. But the “Gilded Age” was also a famously unequal one, with America’s robber barons and Europe’s “Downton Abbey” classes amassing huge wealth: the concept of “conspicuous consumption” dates back to 1899. The rising gap between rich and poor (and the fear of socialist revolution) spawned a wave of reforms, from Theodore Roosevelt’s trust-busting to Lloyd George’s People’s Budget. Governments promoted competition, introduced progressive taxation and wove the first threads of a social safety net. The aim of this new “Progressive era”, as it was known in America, was to make society fairer without reducing its entrepreneurial vim.

Modern politics needs to undergo a similar reinvention—to come up with ways of mitigating inequality without hurting economic growth. That dilemma is already at the centre of political debate, but it mostly produces heat, not light. Thus, on America’s campaign trail, the left attacks Mitt Romney as a robber baron and the right derides Barack Obama as a class warrior. In some European countries politicians have simply given in to the mob: witness François Hollande’s proposed 75% income-tax rate. In much of the emerging world leaders would rather sweep the issue of inequality under the carpet: witness China’s nervous embarrassment about the excesses of Ferrari-driving princelings, or India’s refusal to tackle corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Review Of The Year 2011: From Hacked Tom Watson To ‘Sacked’ Liam Fox

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 22, 2011


It is a truth universally acknowledged that a week is a long time in politics. A year is more like a decade, with leaders’ fortunes, cabinet members, poll ratings and the economy all having more twist and turns than a series of the Killing. With this in mind, the year just gone in particular feels like a political lifetime.

2011 started, like all the best years do, with a double resignation. Alan Johnson stepped down as shadow chancellor amid claims his wife had an affair with his bodyguard. Just over 12 hours later, Number 10 communications adviser Andy Coulson handed his notice in, saying the “drip drip” of revelations about phone hacking during his time editing News of the World made it impossible for him to give “110 per cent”.

David Cameron’s line, that Coulson had been “punished twice”, didn’t hold-up too well by July when his former adviser was questioned by police over his role in the phone hacking scandal. But more of that to follow, we’re still in February which began with a mini U-turn in the PM’s own family.

David Cameron’s brother-in-law acted swiftly to quash any suggestion he disagreed with the government’s NHS reforms after the PM himself told journalists the doctor had questioned giving GPs so much power.

As the Arab Spring gained steam, so did calls to intervene in Libya. Benghazi braced itself as Gaddafi threatened “no mercy, no pity”. David Cameron led condemnations of the violence as “unacceptable”, with Obama following suit.

By 17 March, the UN had resolved to impose a no-fly zone.

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UK: £1million prize for groundbreaking engineering advances launched

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 18, 2011

A £1 million prize is to be awarded for groundbreaking advances in engineering, it was announced today.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will be awarded every two years.

Speaking at its launch, Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK did not do enough to recognise engineering.

“In so many ways that is absurd because this is the country that gave birth to the industrial revolution,” he said.

In a rare show of cross-party unity, Mr Cameron was joined by Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Science Museum event.

David Cameron launches the £1million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering  (Clip)

 Mr Cameron said the prize, which will first be awarded in December 2013 and is open to all nationalities, would raise the status of engineering in the UK.

“We are here because we believe in the inventiveness and the genius of the British people.

“We want young people leaving school today to see engineering as the exciting, dynamic profession that it is.

“In many ways engineers are the real revolutionaries, the ones who take society forward.”

The Royal Academy of Engineering will deliver the accolade, which will be overseen by a charitable trust headed by former BP chief executive Lord Browne.

It is hoped the £1 million award, the world’s richest for engineering, will rival the status of the Nobel prizes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police Need Riot Tactics Guidance, Theresa May Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 16, 2011

Yes polise issue is one of the most important issues, but here the question not only about police.
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UK’s ‘Moral Collapse’ Must Be Fixed, Cameron Pledges In Response To Riots

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 15, 2011

It is easy to criticize, and when it comes time to face the problem criticizer­s will be criticized again. This is politics.
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Call Scotland Yard: Britain’s Prime Minister Is in Deep Trouble

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011


David Cameron presented himself to British voters as the candidate of change. He certainly hasn’t let them down. The

British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a press conference with South African President Jacob Zuma following their meeting at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 18, 2011. (Photo: Jerome Delay / AP)

Prime Minister can claim personal responsibility for triggering a series of unexpected and convulsive changes to public life in Britain that have left Britons, in the words of one habitually understated government official, “gobsmacked and agog.” Over just two weeks, the turbulence has toppled Britain’s top cop and thrown London’s Metropolitan Police Service (widely known as the Met or Scotland Yard) into crisis, shuttered the nation’s biggest Sunday newspaper, led to the arrests of some of the most prominent names in journalism, revived the moribund career of Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband and shaken a global media empire to its foundations. And this is only the beginning as questions mount over the damage to Cameron’s own credibility.

It all goes back to a single decision taken by Cameron in 2007: to make Andy Coulson, a former editor of the now defunct tabloid the News of the World from 2003 to 2007, his communications supremo. Coulson had resigned from the News of the World after the prosecution of Clive Goodman, its royal editor, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator retained by the newspaper. The pair had hacked into the phones of the royal princes and their household. Coulson accepted “full responsibility” for what happened on his watch but has denied knowledge of illegal activities during his editorship or at any other time during his Fleet Street career. “There have been rumors about that kind of activity, I suppose, and media commentators have written about it,” he told members of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2009. “It has been in the ether of the newspaper world for some time, but no, I have never had any involvement in it at all.” Cameron deemed such assurances sufficient to give Coulson “a second chance,” and upped the stakes on this gamble by bringing Coulson with him to 10 Downing Street after scraping into power at the head of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010 — this despite the emergence of fresh evidence that suggested the number of hacking victims might extend into the thousands and well beyond palace walls. Coulson’s second chance expired this January when he left his Downing Street post; he was arrested on July 7 by police investigating allegations of voicemail interception and corrupt payments to police.

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Coulson and the nine others arrested so far in relation to these two separate police inquiries must be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty by law. In overriding others’ advice to appoint Coulson, Cameron must be presumed naive or arrogant or unduly focused on schmoozing with the tabloid press and especially Coulson’s former bosses, Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch and his son James. If Coulson had not provided such a tempting target, Britain’s Guardian newspaper may not have pursued its investigations with such diligence and backbench critics of the Prime Minister probably wouldn’t have kept up their pressure to reopen inquiries into the News of the World. Even when the allegations that the tabloid commissioned the hacking of messages left for murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler surfaced, Cameron could have responded to the shocking development with calm and authority. Instead he has found himself playing catch-up to Miliband, his novice opponent suddenly transformed into a caped crusader against what he calls “a culture of irresponsibility” that underpinned not only #hackgate but also the banking crises and the scandal over MPs’ and peers’ expenses. In the latest demonstration of Miliband’s newfound power, the Labour leader planned to use a speech on July 18 to call for Parliament to delay its summer recess to discuss the hacking affair and its extraordinary repercussions. Before he stood up to speak, Cameron used a press conference during a long-planned visit to South Africa to say he was inclined to extend the parliamentary session. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rupert Murdoch’s empire must be dismantled – Ed Miliband

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 17, 2011

Labour leader urges for new media ownership rules saying News Corporation chief has too much power in the UK

Ed Miliband has demanded the breakup of Rupert Murdoch‘s UK media empire in a dramatic intervention in the row over

Ed Miliband has called for cross-party agreement on new media rules to curtail Rupert Murdoch's power. Photograph: Getty Images

phone hacking.

In an exclusive interview with the Observer, the Labour leader calls for cross-party agreement on new media ownership laws that would cut Murdoch’s current market share, arguing that he has “too much power over British public life”.

Miliband says that the abandonment by News International of its bid for BSkyB, the resignation of its chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the closure of the News of the World are insufficient to restore trust and reassure the public.

The Labour leader argues that current media ownership rules are outdated, describing them as “analogue rules for a digital age” that do not take into account the advent of mass digital and satellite broadcasting.

“I think that we’ve got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20% of the newspaper market, the Sky platform and Sky News,” Miliband said. “I think it’s unhealthy because that amount of power in one person’s hands has clearly led to abuses of power within his organisation. If you want to minimise the abuses of power then that kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous.” Read the rest of this entry »

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UK: The day the prime minister was forced to act on phone hacking

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 6, 2011

• Inquiry pledge, but David Cameron and Nick Clegg at odds
• Ministers resist delay to decision on Murdoch BSkyB takeover

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are wrangling over the membership and status of the inquiries that will be held into

David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks at a book launch in 2009. Photograph: Dafydd Jones

illegal phone hacking at the News of the World and wider questions about the future of media regulation.

The prime minister bowed to pressure to hold at least one inquiry, but is resisting calls by Clegg for a judge to take charge.

The differences between Clegg and Cameron came as the government faced calls from across the Commons and from City shareholders to delay its final decision on the proposed takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation.

Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, gave the provisional go-ahead for the deal last Friday, subject to a final seven-day consultation over plans to spin off Sky News as a separately listed company to allay plurality fears.

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, took the momentous step of turning against Rupert Murdoch‘s empire, calling for the resignation of News International‘s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and demanding the BSkyB decision be referred to the Competition Commission.

“The public will react with disbelief if next week the decision is taken to go ahead with this deal at a time when News International is subject to a major criminal investigation and we do not yet know who charges will be laid against,” he said.

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader, said he would ask Ofcom to exercise its right to assess whether the directors of News Corp were “fit and proper” to take full control of BSkyB. Read the rest of this entry »

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Labour coup: secret letters reveal how Ed Balls plotted to overthrow Tony Blair

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2011

The key role played by shadow chancellor Ed Balls in a “brutal” plot to destroy Tony Blair is laid bare for the first time in secret documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.

The key role played by shadow chancellor Ed Balls in a brutal plot to destroy Tony Blair is laid bare for the first time in dozens of secret documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.

Private memos between Mr Brown and Mr Balls heavily criticise Mr Blair. Photo: GETTY

By Robert Winnett, and Holly Watt

Mr Balls, as well as the current Labour leader Ed Miliband, began scheming to divide their party within weeks of the 2005 general election in a plot codenamed Project Volvo, which was launched as London was under attack from Islamic terrorists.

This newspaper has seen letters between Mr Blair and Gordon Brownwhich reveal the extraordinary rift at the heart of Labour.

The cache of documents show for the first time Mr Brown’s feelings towards Mr Blair in his own words and handwriting, material which has previously only been the subject of speculation and second-hand reports from anonymous sources.

Mr Brown makes it clear, in a series of memos, that he regarded his rival as a “muddled” lightweight whose obsession with spin destroyed trust in politics. He used the perception of “lies” over the Iraq War to try to force Mr Blair’s early departure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 17, 2010

LONDON — Years of fevered anticipation and premature speculation ended on Tuesday morning when Prince William, the heir to the heir to the British throne, said that, yes, he did plan to marry his girlfriend of many years, Kate Middleton.
In a brief statement, William’s father, Prince Charles, said that he was “delighted” to announce the engagement of William and Miss Middleton, both 28, and that they would be married next spring or summer.
“Prince William has informed the queen and other close members of his family,” the statement said. “Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.”
The statement added that the couple would live in north Wales, where William works as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot for the Royal Air Force. The announcement ends the long and winding “Will he or won’t he?” saga that has provided years of diversion for royal enthusiasts and helped keep the royal-focused gossip industry afloat. It also renders obsolete Miss Middleton’s sometime tabloid nickname, “Waity Katie,” a reference to the notion that she has supposedly been waiting around for Prince William to propose.

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