Category Archives: news analysis

Posts which are more about analysing news and current affairs from the point of view of young Britons.

Not just a song

BBC management has such a knack for unsuccessful compromise that I can only imagine Nick Clegg had a big smile on his face last night as he thought: for once it’s not me!

Yesterday evening, Radio 1’s chart show had a dilemma – a successful campaign had sent “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, the 50-second masterpiece from The Wizard of Oz, to number two as a macabre and (perhaps) humorous celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s death. It sold just under 53,000 copies, 5,700 short of the number one (Duke Dumont, Need You (100%)).

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So are you in…or are you out?

Union flag and the SaltireYou’ve got to have balls of steel (figuratively) to be one of the three Falkland Islanders who voted against remaining a part of the United Kingdom in a referendum earlier this month. How they could look the 1,517 yes-voters in the eye I do not know… Maybe they can’t, which would explain why they ticked the wrong box.

The Falkland’s referendum was a blatant political statement, but it’s not the only one catching headlines at the moment. It was announced today that Thursday 18 December next year is the moment of truth for Scotland: to stay in the UK, or to leave it.

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The “aspiration nation”

A mere six hours from his Twitter debut, Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, had 27,800 followers. Before he could so much as tweet twice, he was greeted with more than a few angry obscenities including delights such as “@George_Osborne go stick your cock in a tiger.” And that’s before he even started speaking. Needless to say, Britain’s 2013 Budget is a tender issue.

Here’s a run down of the most important points for young people in Britain. (I have ignored stuff which doesn’t really affect our jinxed generation. The full summary of Budget changes is here).

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The right to tell lies

News Corp Board Said To Approve Company SplitRelying on the press to tell you honestly about press regulation is like expecting sunshine for a wedding in December. With that in mind, I thought perhaps I’d clarify a couple of points, given that our esteemed politicians have just agreed upon a new way to spank the press when they offend (read: lie) about people.

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Triple dip? You aint seen nothin’ yet

In economics, everybody is in the same boat. Everybody has an oar, rowing in a different direction. Everybody’s oar is a different size. Oh, and there’s a wind. And strong currents. And the odd waterfall.

So it is in Cyprus this morning, as people rise to the knowledge that some of their savings are about to be taken to bail out their sinking banks. I feel sorry for the people of Cyprus, which include a large number of British service personnel. But the big danger is that this bailout (or rather, “bail-in”) will do just the opposite of what it intends: plunge Europe back into financial crisis. This is how…

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Sex and old men

The election of a new pope is weird. It involves millions of people looking at an old man and thinking about sex….at least, same sex marriage, abortion and child sexual abuse.

The new pope, who has taken the name Francis, was elected yesterday evening in Rome. He has his work cut out for him. The Vatican has been accused of being out of touch with its 1.2bn followers – particularly young people – and is reeling from repeated cases of child sexual abuse by its priests.

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