LABOUR’S shadow business minister, Ian Murray, has broken ranks with the party leadership over the renewal of Trident by stating that he would not vote for the renewal of the submarine missile fleet under any circumstances.
As the pressure mounts on Jim Murphy for tonight’s debate Tony Blair stepped out of whatever Gold Digging corporate hellhole he’d been working to announce his ‘100% backing for Miliband’, a strangely un-reassuring commitment probably about as welcome as his rejected money.
The question of whether non-residents of Scotland can vote for the Scottish National party unexpectedly featured in a list of most searched-for terms provided by Google after Thursday night’s leaders’ debate.
Right now, party strategists are squinting at demographic tools that divide Britain into sub-tribes in a battle to woo voters in individual postcodes. But they’re missing the bigger picture. This election is set to be dominated by political divides that are new, and much larger. Instead of micro-demographic categories, what we’ll need to understand are dreams. These can be reduced to three geospatial identities, which I’ve labelled Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain.
This year, 2013, was the year of Cumberbatch (at least that’s what we’re calling it at Bustle). The tall drink of British captivated audiences in a few small projects like Star Trek Into Darkness and that BBC series Sherlock everyone keeps going on about. You know,those little things. When he wasn’t busy working on this year’s biggest Oscar contender (12 Year’s a Slave) or being named the sexiest male movie star in the world by Empire Magazine (seriously, watch Sherlock — never before was “taking off a scarf” considered to be sexy until Cumberbatch did it), he was busy ruling the Internet and becoming a walking, talking meme. It seemed like any appearance the actor made on a talk show or any interview he gave was instant Interweb fodder. Just look what happened when he snapped a silly photo on Top Gear:
[Click the title for loads of daft internet memes and sassy moments captured in interviews throughout 2013.]
It seems to be typical of the triumph of spin over substance in this election campaign so far. The debate over whether or not E Miliband planted the meat cleaver into D Miliband’s back seemed to receive much more coverage than whether or not we should pay billions of pounds for Trident.
LAST week I ran into a Labour MP of my acquaintance, someone I respect. We had an off the record chat about the prospects of Ed Miliband accepting a deal with the SNP after the election. My confrere was of the opinion it would never happen.
For starters, he said, Labour is getting a lot of resistance from its English MPs and supporters to an accommodation with the Scots. I don’t doubt that is true, though I suspect it reflects a misguided view that relying on SNP parliamentary support – on a confidence and supply arrangement – implies giving Scotland unfair concessions. On the contrary, the SNP’s resistance to more austerity and Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a modest rise in UK public spending over the life of the next parliament, should be more than acceptable to the ordinary English Labour voter.
Fashion photographer Mario Testino continues his popular 'Towel Series', finding new muses behind the scenes of his many photo shoots. Having their moment in the spotlight this time around are models Bryant Brown, Marcelo Boldrini, Pablo Morais and William Albuquerque.
A crowd gathered in Leicester city centre today to call on Islamic State to release its hostages. About 40 men, women and children congregated at the Clock Tower to send a message for the release of...
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