Friday, June 20, 2008

David Davis MP - an unlikely hero

Cartoon about the stand Conservative MP David Davis is taking on resigning his seat in the house of commons and refighting a by-election at Haltemprice and Howden. This cartoon made for campaign group No2ID.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Channel 4 News animated political cartoon - The Bank of England

Retail price inflation arrives at the Bank of England, for the immediate attention of the governor, Mervyn King. Click the picture or go to Channel 4 news.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Oil cartoon

The price of oil cartoon from Hack Cartoons.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The political Euro 2008

Want to give a nod to the series of pen portraits by Simon Kuper on the politics of footballers which has been running on Channel 4 here. The last one has just been published. It is about Lilian Thuram, captain of France. There are ten others to enjoy too.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Channel 4 News animated political cartoon - Times are poor

Channel 4 News is running a season on being poor in England. Click the picture for the animated cartoon, or click here.

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Conservative MP resigns on a point of principle...perhaps

The Shadow Home Secretary and Conservative MP, David Davis, has resigned from his seat in the House of Commons. He says he has done this to highlight attacks on the personal liberties of the British people by government legislation. To me, it appears many of his public concerns lie in and around information technology, its commercial and governmental uses and misuses. This is a subject about which parliament is notoriously badly informed. Privately, his reasons may well also be connected to internal strains in the Conservative party.
Having said this, I think it is interesting and laudable that any politician would choose to make a statement and take an action like this on an issue which is so difficult to explain clearly and well. You might also wonder how much of an influence the idea of the man-in-the-white-suit and Hamilton sleaze-buster of years gone by, Martin Bell, has also been on Mr Davis' chosen tactics.

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Channel 4 News animated political cartoon - Times are poor

Coming soon...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Detention without trial

The Prime Minister's public willy-waving and incautious use of language (unprecedented threat*) is busy doing some of the terrorists work for them. Parliament is, clearly, in a right panic about a measure which many people* seem to think is currently unnecessary. Thus, we all move onwards towards hysteria junction again, via more unnecessary legislation.

* from rhetorically speaking. Ther is a very similar list at C4 News here too.

UPDATE: Government wins by 9 votes. Thanks to the Democratic Unionist party. Oh well, it will have to be thrown out by the Lords instead.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Distractions, distractions...

The government certainly seems to be putting up plenty of chaff to try and keep attention away from the detention without trial debate on Wednesday. Briefly, listing two eye-catching initiatives, you might notice the threats to close schools in poor parts of the country and the imminent departure of our troops from southern Iraq again. Clearly, these are happy days in the news management department.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Channel 4 News animated political cartoon - The end for Hillary Clinton

Channel 4 News animated political cartoon on the end of Hillary Clinton and the beginning of Barack Obama. Click the picture to see the animation or press this

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hillary Clinton finally hits the glass ceiling

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Hillary Clinton has declared herself open to an offer for a vice-presidential running mate slot from her professional rival, Barack Obama. At the time this animation was made in January of this year, I thought she'd struggle to win against either Obama or Edwards and she has. Why, is more difficult to say. There are obvious and negative comparisons to be made between her skill at rhetoric and Obama’s and these do seem to have hurt her chances. However, I think there will be more than a few Americans who will feel, or come to, that a chance to advance one of America's less obviously oppressed groups, has also been missed. There is some thought on this theory from Frances Rosenbluth on the Politic blog from Yale University, which is well worth a read.

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Kudos to a competitor

Cartoonist Dave Brown, of the Independent, is very good today (June 3rd 2008).

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Monday, June 02, 2008

The problems of growing green politics

Green politics and policies are at the whim of strange human forces, such as a lack of willpower and economic chance.

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