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Newsfelch: 20/11/09 – The Divergence of Consociationalism

Posted by The Futility Monster on November 20, 2009 @ 09:29

Mr van Rompuy and Ms Ashton may soon be needing books like this little gem...

It appears to be one of those days: the media have all got different bits between their teeth this morning. So let’s take a quick peek:

  • The Telegraph, in their never ending attempt to keep stories about someone’s expenses the number one topic for discussion, decide today it’s the BBC’s turn, as Mark Thompson, the director general, has vetoed a review of top salaries. Fascinating news, I’m sure you’ll agree.
  • Amazingly, that story comes ahead of the one about David Curry, Tory MP, resigning as chair of the committee that allegedly polices Commons expenses. And despite this being a Telegraph exclusive, i.e. their dodgy dossier of info – that they paid huge amounts for – has been mined for yet another story. One would have thought they would have led on this story instead, what with it being yet another alleged case of snout-troughery, and massive hypocrisy to boot.
  • Over in the Guardian, they appear a little confused. Despite headlining the article “The great EU stitch up” in the print edition, the associated article online appears to be not much more than a description of the events of last night, which led to the appointment of Herman van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton to the top two EU posts. Yes, it is a stitch up, but that is what most of the EU is. Some people, like me, would democratise the whole thing. Elected President, elected Commission, a government formed in parliamentary fashion by the largest parties in the Parliament… but I understand no one else wants that…
  • The Times leads by stealing the Telegraph’s “exclusive” about David Curry. And then a lot of other tittle tattle about Gordon Brown’s reforms, David Cameron’s Mumsnet interview, and Harriet Harman’s run in with the law. I’ve gotta say, the more I visit the Times’ political sections, the more I find them incredibly dull. And Murdoch wants people to pay for this stuff? Good luck to him…
  • BBC News has a story no one else seems to have about the police being up in arms about Cameron’s plan (oh look, a policy!) to put police forces under local control, whatever that means. It’s not a very exciting story, but I suspect it’s one we’re all going to have to find more interesting if the Tories really are serious about having direct elections for police chiefs. It’s a policy I don’t understand, in the same way I don’t know why Americans elect judges and district attorneys. These jobs are supposed to be merely implementing/executing legislation. Why would we want to politicise them?
  • Professor David Nutt just won’t go away. What’s the betting he ends up entering the political fray properly by being elevated to the House of Lords after the next election? Go on Nick Clegg, I dare you to nominate him…
  • And meanwhile, when will politicians learn to stop dictating to schools?

And yes, the title of this post is meaningless. But it reminds me of various tedious academic lectures and essays about the EU we used to suffer in university. I thought it would be an appropriate title in honour of our new EU leaders…

Here’s to Victory. I’m listening to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as I type.

Well, it is our new Supranational Anthem!

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