Posts Tagged ‘ UK ’

UK: More than 500 arrested as riots spread

August 9, 2011
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ABC News    

"There have been 563 people arrested and 105 charged so far in the violence and arson attacks that have rattled the northern part of London and have now spread to other British cities, London's Metropolitan Police Service said Tuesday. ... After spreading across London Monday, violence soon ignited in the British cities of Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool." (08/09/11)

http://abcn.ws/mXPCK3  

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UK: Pirates seize pharmaceuticals from yacht

August 3, 2011
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MSNBC    

"After a painstaking, six-day search of a million-pound luxury yacht, the U.K. border agency has seized its largest ever haul of cocaine — enough to satisfy around a third of Britain's annual demand for the drug. The cocaine, weighing 1.2 tons and with a street value of up to 300 million pounds ($492 million), was found expertly hidden beneath the bathing deck of the yacht "Louise" at Southampton docks in June, the border agency said." (08/03/011)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44003604/ns/world_news-europe/  

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Giving the NHS a bypass

July 14, 2011
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Stephen Snow  

"The NHS is a very visible service where those who pay feel they are in fact receiving something for all that they pay, and so there is massive resistance to anything which would on the face of it reduce the service provided. The NHS's visibility makes it seem like better value for money than it really is. I propose, then, a mechanism for making the NHS irrelevant, an approach which requires no reform of the NHS proper and which will not fail in the face of the public's desire to see something for its tax money." (07/14/11)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/health/giving-the-nhs-a-bypass/  

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The fatal conceit of the Police National Database

June 21, 2011
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Anna Moore  

"The Police National Database (PND) will go live next week. When it does, the details of some 10-15 million people will be conveniently stored in one place, available to over 12,000 police personnel. Jennie Cronin, director at the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), says of the new database, 'To share intelligence carries some risks, but choosing not to share poses a far greater risk to public protection.' This statement merits some examination." (06/21/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3r6538d  

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Have we ended up with AV‑style politics anyway?

May 9, 2011
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Spiked
by Mick Hume  

"Despite the crushing of the Alternative Vote in the referendum, the UK elections confirmed the strength of the anti-political trends AV embodies." (05/09/11)

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/10497/  

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Talking Tory blues

May 8, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by DD Guttenplan & Maria Margaronis  

"It wasn’t quite rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, but the May 5th referendum on whether to change Britain’s voting system seemed, to many people, at best an irrelevance and at worst a cheat. A vote on electoral reform was the prize Liberal Democrat leader (and Former Nation Intern TM) Nick Clegg waved at his party when he signed his coalition pact with the Tories after last year’s election — a foothold, it was said, towards fairer votes and truer representation in parliament for the Lib Dems, who because of demographics and the UK’s winner-takes-all voting system have so far played the role of the perpetual bridesmaid." (05/07/11)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/160500/talking-tory-blues  

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The democratic case against alternative voting

May 3, 2011
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Spiked
by Frank Furedi  

"Even asking the question ‘why are we having a referendum on AV?’ can be seen as argument for voting against AV at the polling booths in Britain this Thursday. ... The main public reaction to the referendum on the alternative vote, which is presented even by its supporters as a ‘compromise’ initiative, is one of indifference. Yes, a small coterie of party activists have very strong views on the referendum, but the electorate has no intellectual, emotional or moral investment in the outcome whatsoever." (05/03/11)

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/10476/  

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The consent of the governed

May 3, 2011
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by PJ Byrne  

"The facts are these: the referendum will not end debate on electoral reform, since the twin bugaboos of proportional representation and reform of the House of Lords lurk still in the wings. Nor will the referendum, regardless of outcome, make our system 'more democratic'-- not that this would be a good thing, since for seventy years 'more democracy' inevitably meant more bureaucracy, unsustainable deficits and a lot of unwanted, oppressive and inflexible laws, with negative implications for day-to-day life. So why on earth are Libertarians talking about AV at all-- which seems, by comparison, such an inconsequential issue, a procedural tweak of a right we exercise for thirty seconds every five years?" (05/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3qhuuqm  

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British gun control is sexist

May 1, 2011
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Pajamas Media
by Howard Nemerov  

"The Brits know how to keep their women under control. After imposing draconian gun control in 1997, the next decade saw about a 60% increase in the rape rate. Where women used to be safer than in the U.S., British women are now raped about twice as often as here in gun-toting USA. It’s still possible to own a shotgun, especially if you live in rural areas, which brings us to today’s lesson." (04/29/11)

http://tinyurl.com/66outte  

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